After a wonderful vacation filled with fun, food and family, we are finally home. I couldn’t be more proud of my little girl. She was a trooper through it all. I am not a bit surprised by how well she did, but it feels good to have a successful maiden voyage under our belts.
Since we were having technical difficulties with the internet (guess that is what you get when you vacation on a horse ranch in the boondocks) and have been out of touch, I thought I would give you a quick run down of all the wonderful and exciting things that have happened over the last week.
Sunday December 18: After staying over at our aunt and uncles for the night, we enjoyed a yummy breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe before heading off to the airport. We lucked out by getting our own row on the plane and were grateful for the extra room. I was told to nurse Harper during take off to help with her ears but she was too busy looking out the window at all the exciting new sights. After a while she decided it was time for a nap and went to sleep on her daddy’s shoulder, her favorite spot. Harper woke up just in time for us to get off the plane. My sister and nephew were waiting for us at the airport to give us a ride back to her house. Harper was so pooped from the busy day that she slept a whole 12 hours without a peep!
Monday December 19: Vacation is all about rest and relaxation and so we weren’t shy about sleeping in. But once we were up and adam we were excited to spend time with our niece and nephews. The kids had a blast playing with their baby cousin. It was so fun to watch Harper interact with them. It brought out a whole new side of her. She looked like such a big girl playing with the big kids.
Tuesday December 20:
Harper turned 10 months! After working on my usual monthly post for hours on end only to have it delete multiple times because of the internet issues, I decided to give it a rest. Sharing my thoughts and feelings with you all on this blog is supposed to be enjoyable. Fighting with the internet made my blogging experience while being away not very enjoyable. So I decided to let go of the things I can not control and spent my free time with my family. So Harper’s 10 month review may be a few days late, but it will be posted soon :)
Wednesday December 21:
All dressed in our jammies (well the kids anyways) and heavy in the Christmas spirit, we enjoyed an evening ride on the Polar Express. My nephews are huge train buffs so it was the perfect family activity. We snacked on snickerdoodle cookies and sipped on hot chocolate as we rode on a steam engine train to the “North Pole”. We were lucky enough to see Santa and receive a small gift of a bell from his sleigh (Harper’s favorite part!). On our way back from the North Pole the entire train sang along to Christmas carols. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Thursday December 22: With Christmas just around the corner, there was much shopping to be done. Since we were traveling for the holidays, we decided to do our shopping once we arrived instead of hauling all of our stuff on the plane. So we were ripping and running with the rest of the last minute shoppers. But luckily everything got done and no one go hurt :)
Friday December 23: One of my favorite things to do when I visit my sister is to shop at Central Market. So I couldn’t wait to get all of the ingredients for our big Christmas feast. If you are ever in Texas, you have to check it out. It is by far the coolest market I have ever seen. And the quality of their food is unmatched. It is a good thing they don’t have a Central Market in my neck of the woods. With as much as I love fresh produce and gourmet ingredients, it might be dangerous.
Saturday December 24:
“All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”…even if it is one on the top and one on the bottom :) Almost two months after getting her first tooth, Harper finally got her second tooth. Only, instead of getting her other bottom tooth, one of her top teeth popped through. It was a perfect way to start the holiday festivities.
Sunday December 25:
Harper’s first christmas. What a special day. After opening up the presents from Santa, we all munched on a family breakfast of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and a fresh batch of Hootenannies (recipe will be posted soon). We lounged around in our PJs all day and had fun playing with the new toys Santa had brought for us. Leftovers from our Christmas feast were enjoyed for lunch and dinner. Our plates were full of roasted turkey, grilled tri-tip, corn pudding, stuffing, green beans, ambrosia salad, mashed potatoes and more. Needless to say, we were well fed!
Monday December 26:
After a wonderful time spent with our family, it was time to say goodbye. The week went by so quickly, it felt like it was just yesterday that we arrived. Harper did another wonderful job on the plane ride back. Once we grabbed our bags and loaded up the car it was time for a another 2 hour drive home. As good of a time as we had on our vacation, there is nothing like being home and sleeping in your own bed. Harper always gives a big sigh when we walk in the front door. And I have to say I echo her sentiments. After a long day of traveling, it was nice to finally get comfortable. It was a big trip for such a little girl, but she was aces the entire way.