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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Harper Turns One!

So, we did it!  We kept a baby alive for a whole year!  I was pretty excited about that.  Harp was excited by all the cake.  We ended up having two mini-parties for the birthday girl.  The first one was the day before her birthday, with just a few close friends, at Liberty Park (our favorite place).  Harp was a bit grumpy, but watching her eat the cake was amazing.  She wasn't sure just how to dig in at first, but boy did she find her groove.  Witness, below:




















And video footage: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWn_Nb2fj4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgYYJ6XFweY&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ4N0yo4PXQ&feature=youtu.be

She got some pretty awesome gifts from her friends and admirers, including one of these,


a gift card for a yummy local ice cream place, called Maggie Moos (Harp LOVES ice cream), a pretty necklace, a really cute book, a pez dispenser and some pez.  Guess what she liked the best?
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The PEZ!!

She carried that pez around with her nonstop, for weeks, until it literally all fell apart or got lost.  She didn't eat a single piece.  She's so weird.



I feel like I never put crying pictures on here and I actually don't want to forget her cute, tragic crying face.

Her second party was a on her birthday.  It was a family party at Tom's parents' house.

She's making this face because she want the cake.

Then we started singing, so...

She got happy.
Destroyed it again.








And video footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlzmnEPplPQ&feature=youtu.be

(she was getting upset because she was having trouble reaching it with her mouth)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWvE6gGExS4&list=UU8AOfQJanIyQHU9OsdpOsHw



Let's see if I can remember all the toys she got this time.  She got a cute little doll that giggles when squeezed, Dr. Seuss books, a graduated ring stacker, an awesome musical instrument set (from us), a doctor doll that surprised us by singing songs (we had no idea it did that when we bought it), a puzzle (us).  She's spoiled.


Last, but not least, I made a video compilation of her entire first year.  What I did is, I took all the videos I took of her in her first year, sped them up 8x faster, then edited out parts like crazy to get it down to 10 min.  I took so many videos that even after speeding it up, all the videos together were something crazy like 1.5 hrs.  Anyway, then I set it to music and voila!  Watching it brings back SO many memories for me.  Enjoy!



Family Photos (from January 2014)

I was going to post this after the "Birthday" post, but I can't get my videos for that post to upload, so I'm doing it now instead.

So, way back in January (2014) we took a trip to visit my family in California.  While we were there, we got family pictures done.  It took a loooong time to get them back, but we finally did and they're really fun to look at.  I remember that on that day, the timing for the family pictures work out so that Harper was just slated to go down for a nap right when we were suppose to start.  I was so worried that she would just be screaming the whole time, but somehow she was SO happy instead.  She stayed up more than twice as long as usual and was just giddy the whole time.  It was great.  Anyway, sadly, not everyone was able to be there (my sisters' husbands, Johnny & Kevin), but we got some good pictures of those that were there.  

First, some pictures of random small groups of people:

The grandkids, minus Cash.

Cash

Cash & Donny - they're something like a day apart

Rori

Cash, Mom, Donny, Arron

Arron & Ashley - Man, they're so photogenic!

Mom & her mom


Grandma, Mom & Grandma's husband, Lee

Grandma & Lee

Mom & Dad


Arron & Harper's first meeting

Sarah & Cash



Dad & Harp - see what I mean by her being giddy?  So cute.




The hands of Harp, Me, Mom & Grandma




The siblings - Me, Emily, Sarah, Arron


The Women

The grandparents & the Grandkids

The Grands - Grandparents, Great-Grandparents & Grandkids

Immediate family

The whole family (that could be there)

The rest are just of our little family, starting with just Harp:






Harp & Daddy:






Harp & Mommy (I LOVE these):







All 3 of us:



Her face - hahahaha








The End!