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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jingle Bells!

Lexi and Chris singing Jingle Bells.  So cute!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Harper Cocktail Party

Our friends Nicole and Richard hosted a cocktail party this past weekend.  It was out first cocktail party and we were excited!  We got a babysitter and went and enjoyed ourselves!  I knew a lot of the people, and Joe met a lot of new people.  We had great food, drinks and conversation!

Nicole and I

Joe, Thad, Richard, Josh and Michelle

Michelle, Rob and Nicole

Joe and I

We can't wait for next year!

Lexi's New Haircut

Lexi's hair was getting long again and we finally talked her into getting it cut.  Joe and I usually do it, but we don't do a very good job!  She said she wanted it cut short like Mommy's.  I took her to Kiddie Kutters and she loved paying while we waited.  When it was her turn, they didn't have any regular chairs available, so she got to sit in a racecar.  She barely fit!

Long hair...

See all that hair sitting in her lap?  Getting shorter...

We have a smile! 

She didn't like the blow dryer.

Looking in the mirror...

Feeling how short it is and loving it!

This is the first time she has ever had a professional cut her hair!

Christmas Tree Decorating

We always get a real tree for Christmas.  I just LOVE the smell!  We decided to go out in 20 degree weather to get a tree.  It was cold, but luckily we found the perfect tree in just a few minutes.  It is skinny and petite.  Not like the fat, tall trees we usually get!  It was so nice and easy decorating it.  Lexi helped Daddy with the lights and then we all put on the ornaments.

Lexi getting the lights started!

Daddy making sure she is doing it right!

Almost done!

I swear Chris looks just like my brother Kyle in this picture!

This next picture was taken a few days after we put up the tree and is hilarious!  Chris has on his Santa hat, Scooby-Doo underwear, socks on his hands like mittens and Daddy's boots.  So cute!

Thanksgiving 09

I have A LOT of catching up to do!  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at our house with family and friends.  We ate, drank, talked and played a little Zilch.  The kids played upstairs and kept busy after a great meal while the adults played downstairs.  Luckily, there were no cooking disasters this year!  We always have one thing go wrong, but I think we finally got it right!

Richard, Marilyn, Connie and Joe playing Zilch.

Another one...

Richard took this awful picture of me eating biscotti!  It is the only picture I have of myself though...

The Beautiful Little Miss Ellie!

Nicole and Ellie

We did't get a picture of the other 3 kids!  Ellie wasn't feeling good, so the Harper's left early.  We were sitting on the couch at 7:30 ready for bed!  It was great!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Family Photos

A few weeks ago, we went to Palmer Park and took some family photos.  We got some really good ones!  It was a beautiful day.  We hiked, took pictures and enjoyed the day.

 Awww...Aren't we sweet?

Very cute!

They are getting so big!

I love this one of me and Lexi!

The family photo will have to wait!  We are sending it out for Christmas.  We finally got a family picture done before Christmas card time!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I HATE Dentists ~ Joe's Story

Joe has always hated dentists as long as I have known him.  Over the last couple of weeks, he has been sick and finally figured out what was wrong.  He started out with a cold, then he got an ear infection, and then he got a sinus infection that was putting pressure on his wisdom tooth.  All in a week and a half!  So, he called our dentist yesterday and told him how much pain he was in and they made an appointment right away.  Well, he went to our dentist and expected to get his wisdom took taken out.  He came home earlier than I expected and he was livid!  The dentist cut him on the side of his gums since the tooth had not come down yet and he tried to get the tooth out, but couldn't.  The dentist said it had been years since that had happened.  He sent Joe home with antibiotics for the sinus infection, but no pain meds!  He referred Joe to an oral surgeon and I worked with them last night to get him an appointment today.  This morning, after taking Lexi to school, we headed to the oral surgeon.  While Joe was having the procedure done, Chris and I went to a shopping center nearby to kill some time.  Joe was out of there fast!  He was sedated during the procedure and decided to have both of the top wisdom teeth taken out.  He is in a lot of pain and the first 2 days will be the worst.  What a great way to spend a vacation day!  HAHA!  Joe is such a trooper, he will be going back to work tomorrow.  He has laid on the couch most of the day and finally got him to eat something.  Now he is playing with the kids.  Hopefully, he will not have to go through anything like this again.  I got a couple of pictures with my cell phone at the surgeons's office.  They aren't very good, but you will get a laugh :).

 His cheeks were so swollen!

Here he was smiling and talking to Chris.

I think we are now looking for a new dentsist.  Any recommendations?!

Ethan and Ellie's Birthday Party!

Our friends Ethan and Ellie had a joint birthday party on Saturday. Ethan will be 5 and Ellie will be 3 in December. Their Mom Nicole had a great idea to have a pajama party for them! It was so cute and the kids had fun! Ellie wanted a princess cake and since I made one for Lexi last year, I went over and helped Nicole out. Ellie loved it! Ethan wasn't so picky, so Nicole made him cupcakes. We enjoyed breakfast food, cake, games and fun! To top it off, it was COLD outside, so it was a good day to be in your jammies!

The kids playing pin the tail on the donkey.

Chris trying his turn and everyone trying to help him!

Present time!

Ellie so cute with her cake!

Ethan doesn't look happy to be getting his picture taken!

Now Lexi is asking for a pajama party next year.  I was planning on taking the year off - party wise!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Halloween 09

We had a very busy Halloween! The weekend before, we went to "Boo at the Zoo". The kids had a lot of fun, but not so fun for Joe and I. It took us about 30 minutes to drive to the zoo, then 30 minutes of waiting to get a parking spot. When it was finally our turn to park, they ran out of spaces! Joe had joked on the way there what if that happened. It was so frustrating! Well, Joe dropped us off and he made a parking spot for us. Luckily, it wasn't a very cold night. We walked around the zoo in the dark, getting candy. The only animals we saw were the giraffes and moneys and it smelled too bad to stay inside with them! Even with the membership to the zoo, we ended up paying more than we liked. At least we know for next year!

We started off Halloween day with a hayride at the Air Force Academy. It was fun and the weather was awesome! It was about 15 minutes long and it was the perfect length for the kids. They got to pet a bunch of horses and one kept eating Lexi's hair. I guess she smelled good!

Then we went home and relaxed for awhile. This is the first Halloween Joe didn't have to work, so we went trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. We started a little early, but the kids loved it!  It was a great night for it!  When they were getting cold, they wanted to go the Fall Festival at our church.  We got there when it was winding down, so we didn't have to wait in any lines!  They got a lot of candy there - and good candy according to Joe.  It was great to be able to do Halloween with Joe this year. 

Here are the pics:

The kids before going to the zoo: Shrek and Ariel.

Chris didn't know Lexi was making silly faces.

One of the horses at the hayride.  They were all pretty friendly.

Lexi eating a donut with friends Ethan and Ellie on the hayride.

Chris cheesing!  He thought it was so fun!

Leaving our house for trick-or-treating.

 Action!  They would both pound on the door and/or ring the door bell.  They wanted candy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Julie and Corey's Wedding

Our friends Julie and Corey were married on Sept. 26. They had a beautiful outdoor wedding in Pueblo West, CO. I think I had more stress over this wedding than my own! Why, you ask? Because Lexi was the flower girl, Chris was the ring bearer and I made the cake! We were all over the place! Even though Joe didn't have a specific job, we couldn't have done it without him!
We had to drive an hour to the wedding in 2 cars. One car had the wedding cake and the other one had the kids! Thankfully, we made it there safe. Once we got there, we had to get the kids dressed and TRY to keep them clean. Chris wanted out of his tux as soon as we got it on him. Lexi, of course, loved her dress. She looked like a mini bride. While Joe was entertaining the kids, I was working on the cake. It was covered in fresh fruit. I finished right before the ceremony started.
The ceremony was on the deck right on the Arkansas River. Beautiful! After the ceremony we ate and danced...a lot! The cake was perfect and got a lot of compliments! Remind me how much work it was if I ever get asked to do a wedding cake again!

Aren't they adorable?

They could be sisters!

Too cute!

The flower girl with her petals.

We fancied up her flip flops for the wedding.

The cake!