Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our (Easter) Sunday!

Happy Easter! 

He is Risen!

We had a fun-filled family day that started with an early breakfast for Harper and then driving to church for the Easter service.
On Saturday night I realized I still had our "Spring is Here" chalkboard up and I had wanted to draw a new one for Easter. I was tired, but I googled some ideas and got to work using my new Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk

My husband and I were watching Orphan Black (we just started the first season, and it's amazing) so I drew it while we watched (multitasking!)  It took me about 20-25 minutes to finish it, but it was well worth it, I think. Harper actually noticed it this morning and pointed at it and smiled, it was so sweet! She continued to point at it later today too. She points at absolutely everything now, it's too cute!
Harper's Easter baskets
After church we headed to brunch with Candice at The Glass Wall in the heights and the food was delish! I had the braised beef breakfast tacos.
smiling AND looking at the camera…score!

After brunch, my in-laws came to visit and we all watched Harper open her Easter baskets. It was so fun watching her explore the new things she received! We also watched Frozen (again) as Harper took a beautifully long 2-hour nap. 
I hope you and your family had fun celebrating!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our (Easter) Saturday

We had such a fun family day today enjoying Houston's beautiful weather. First, we headed to an Easter gathering at a local park and enjoyed a little time in the sun:
After the park we headed to one of our favorite lunch/brunch spots, Empire Cafe, in the Montrose area. Kevin and I split the eggs benedict and italian toast (which is unreal amazing!) and Harper had some fruit I brought from home. You literally cannot eat in front of her and not feed her too, even if she's eaten recently. She loves food so much.
Then we headed over the to the Pavilion for Women in the med center. When we had Harper, our hospital photographer came and shot some photos in our room a couple of days after she was born. When I came back from maternity leave our marketing director told me one of our photos was going up on the building! Ours was the first time ever a father has been on the building so that was pretty cool (before it was always just women and moms with babies). There are several billboards on the building and they are all employees/babies of employees and not models. I love that!

After being up for nearly a year, they are being changed out next week so we decided to snap some photos as a memory.
We stopped into a local shop to check out travel strollers again and I think we are going to go with the Mountain Buggy Nano. I will probably order it from amazon next week. 

Then we came home, had a little nap and played. Harper's hair is really growing in as you can see below! I totally think she's going to have a baby mullet because her back hair grows so much faster. Party in the back! Lol.
(headband thanks to Willow Crowns)

Hope you had a happy Saturday!

PS- I think we can all agree that Harper's passport is the cutest in all of the land!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Harper's Easter Basket!

We are so excited to celebrate Harper's first Easter! We have plans to go to an "Egg hunt" event in our community tomorrow (just for fun, obviously she's not old enough to know wha'ts going on but it's still an enjoyable outing) and on Sunday we will attend church services and go to brunch with Candice and spend time with my in-laws.

I decided to make Harper an Easter basket because they're just too cute and it's fun watching her discover new books and toys.

Here's what her first Easter basket contains:
JellyCat Woodland Babe Bunny  |  Boo in Bunny Ears (sold out but this one is adorable)
Her basket is from Target and so is the mint "grass" and the faux eggs
Harper's aunt Phyllis must have been on the same page as us because she sent an adorable full-sized Boo the dog and Boo: The Life of the World's Cutest Dog book for Harper. It was so sweet and unexpected. Thanks aunt Phyllis!

Hope you and your family have a very happy Easter and I also want to wish my Jewish readers a wonderful Passover!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Weekend...

We had a pretty fun-filled weekend starting with a playdate at Meg's house with Katie, Judy and Michelle and our kiddos. Meg is launching an online baby boutique called Little Kennedy Boutique so we got our little ones together to shoot some of the offerings!
Katie, me and Meg

Harper and daddy had a special story time moment later that night since we were gone most of the day. I just love this photo!
Today I treated myself to a much-needed pedicure and a trip to Target during Harper's nap time. 
tank- target  |  leggings- athleta (obsessed!)  | jacket- nordstrom
(some Target finds)
Later, we had lunch as a family at a local restaurant! It's so close to the house that we decided to walk! It's a nice perk of living inside the loop!
All weekend, there was a lot of this!  She just loves that walker.

After Harper was down for the night, I went grocery shopping (so much easier to go on your own!) and did some food prep for the week for Harper's daycare lunches and snacks.
We boiled some organic chicken breast tenders and baby carrots for her lunches and chopped up a bunch of fruit. YUM!  I also cleaned out our fridge tonight. Not a fun task but it can get gross in there.

Speaking of baby food---what kinds of lunches and snacks do you send if your baby is in daycare? Once she's in the toddler room the food is provided (and it's a fantastic menu) but I sometimes feel like I run out of ideas. Right now I send pasta with meat and veggies or just veggies, plain Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries and other berries crushed into it for flavor and a mix of various fruits (up to 5 kinds) all chopped up in little pieces. I would love to hear your ideas for fresh, healthy baby meals :)

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Skirting It

It's getting to that temperature in Houston where when you get into your car after work, you have to blast the AC at maximum levels because your car has been baking in the sun all day. But I said I was looking forward to warmer weather, so no complaints here!

Today I wore this beautiful full skirt from Madewell. It's comfortable and simple, yet has a semi-bold pattern to keep things interesting (though it would be beautiful in a solid color as well).  Madewell doesn't sell this skirt anymore, but here's a similar one and this one is beautiful as well.
tee- SixTwenty ℅  | skirt- madewell  | shoes- gap (similar, similar)  | necklace- ℅ Stella & Dot (similar for less than $20 and also love this one

If you've never heard of Six Twenty, check them out. They make beautiful basics with incredibly soft and high-quality materials that wash well---and it's all made in the USA (in sunny California). I've had this v-neck tee since last summer and wear it all the time. It's fitted (but not too tight) and the material is a quality opaque one. Absolutely love it!
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