Wednesday, April 11, 2012

birthday girl

Happy 1st birthday to our sweet Harper Claire!  She turned one on Monday.  Her first year has breezed by so quickly.  I don't want her to grow up so fast!  I nursed her for the last time today too.  Feeling a little sentimental...  
Harper Claire - April 9, 2011

I still remember the pain it took to bring that child into this world.  But of course worth it!  She is a jewel and we had a great day celebrating her.  Will took the day off and we had some fun family time.  The Shotts joined us for dinner and cake.
 storytime in the morning (wearing her new outfit from Pa and Nini)
pizza with Daddy for lunch
 Party time!
 smash cake
 Mom, enough pictures.  Hand me the flower.
 What is this?
 A little more
 A lot more
 Me likey
 Birthdays are the best
 All done and quite happy
 washing off her little frosted self
 new Toms from Pops and Nana
playing with her present from Zeke, Laura and Evie

I love you Harper Claire Copeland.  And the latest development in her life - one that she is unaware of - Harper is going to be a big sister!  Will and I saw the sweet little heartbeat of Harper's baby bro/sister today.  We are so excited!  Baby due Novembr 10th.  Fourth and final...I think...

Monday, April 9, 2012

a happy Easter

I love having my family together on Easter.  Will has had to work the past two years on Easter so I was pretty thankful to have him home this weekend.  It would have been great to be with grandparents too but that's not in the cards when you're across the country from home.  I feel a twinge of sadness when several of my friends are with their parents celebrating Easter.  However,  I LOVED having our little fam of five together.  We colored eggs on Saturday night.  The kids get totally into this.

We tucked the kids in and I played Easter bunny - which I love.  I get my love for basket/stocking stuffing from my mom.  She always made us the best Easter baskets and Christmas stockings.  It's fun to think of little things for each kid that will surprise them.  Passing on the good memories!

This weekend Liam said, "I know you're the Easter bunny."  I said, "How do you know?"  He said, "Because you hide the eggs."  I'm not really sure what he meant by that but I said, "You're right, but isn't it fun to pretend?"  Will couldn't believe that I didn't try to keep up the ruse that the Easter bunny is real, but Liam didn't seem to care... and I can guarantee you that if Liam doesn't believe, nobody in our house will stand a chance to believe.  That bubble has been burst.  Hayden was actually put at ease when she realized the scary giant bunny from the grocery store wasn't really going to sneak into her house to fill up her basket.
Shoes and treats for all

Sunday morning the kids checked out their baskets and then we made the mad dash to get ready in our Easter best for church by 9:30.  People up here don't seem to care much about dressing kids up in new spring clothes for Easter - part of the low maintenance midwest I guess.  And you better believe there is not a single smocked jumper on any kid up here.  For one thing, it's still kinda cold in April.  I think on Sunday it was in the 50s and super windy.  I still put my girls in matching dresses and sandals.  A tiny piece of home.  
Silver sandals and goldfish!  Thanks Easter bunny.... I mean Mom.
matchy matchy
Hayden - 3, Harper - 1, Liam 4.5
It looks like a warm spring day but Harper's face tells the truth.  A cold wind can make you frown.

We went home and Will grilled some yummy steaks for our Easter lunch.  I made potato casserole, asparagus and chocolate peanutbutter pie.  Everyone napped and then we had a little egg hunt in the backyard with a few friends who didn't have extended family in town.    

Liam and his buddies - Ezra, Jude and Ethan
checking out their loot - a massive sugar rush ensued
 Evie and Laura

 Harper cleaning up fallen treats.  I fished several jelly beans out of her eager little mouth.

The kids had a big time.  They eventually crashed from their sugar high.  Will and I promptly put them to bed and then stayed up late watching a movie... because Will had Monday off of work too!!  Vacation day for Harper Claire's birthday.  More to come...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Big boo boo and spring in MN

Harper suffered a bloody injury today.  It was 9:45 and I was running late getting ready for church.  I was supposed to teach Liam's Bible class at 10:30.  Will was at work.  I was putting my make-up on for church when I heard a loud cry and walked out into the living room to see blood dripping down Harper's head and face.  This picture doesn't really do the moment justice.
I didn't know where all the blood was coming from and I was trying not to freak out.  Apparently Hayden had rammed Harper with her metal shopping cart.  And Hayden has had a bad track record with being too rough with her little sister.  I was saying, "Oh Hayden!!!! What have you done!!  Do you see this blood!!"  I was trying to take a picture of Harper's head to send to Will and I accidently got this one of Hayden.  She was obviously remorseful for her offense.  
Will looked at the picture I sent him and of course said it was fine and not to worry about it.  I was thinking, "you may be a neurosurgeon but I'm a mom and someone needs to look at her!"  But we went on to church with Harper looking like a head banger.
And she of course was fine and didn't skip a beat.
I still went by the hospital after church just so Will could lay eyes on her and give me a more official word that she didn't need a stitch or two.  

In other news... it's spring in Minnesota!  I love spring here.  It was a mild winter this year but spring is still so refreshing.  I never appreciated the four seasons until I moved here.  A little spring action...
Como Zoo in the cities

building train tracks on the deck
 a little spring wardrobe
 walk to McDonalds for ice cream.  Hayden sporting her new Crocs.
 fuzzy head Harper
 swimming lessons at the Y...Instagram pic
 sisters eating cheerios

Harper playing with the very weapon that took her down today
 Liam wears this shirt every day that he posssibly can regardless of the weather.
"The Thing" is his favorite.  ??
Easter bunny at the grocery store.  Liam was the only one excited and Hayden kept a safe distance at all times.
the Momma store...The kids aren't really saving up tickets for dates with Dad or movie nights.  In this picture Liam bought a plastic snake and two Airheads.  So guess what Hayden bought...  she didn't go for the cute little pink pot with the daisy seeds inside or the animal coloring book.  She got a rubber spider and two Airheads.