Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Harper Eve's First Christmas EVE

After a looooooong 15 hour car ride, we arrived in Iowa to visit family. My best tip for long roadtrips with 10 month old babies? Don't do it. It's a shitshow. There's not enough Christmas music or holiday cheer to make this trip enjoyable. 

I think by now, you all know that Harper Eve was named after my love of Eve's of holidays. So this Christmas Eve was even more special than ever. 



So special that daddy decided to give her ice cream for the first time! It has been his life long dream to be the first person to feed ice cream to someone (I know, he is a strange cat) so this was a big moment for us all! What better place than at great grandma's house on Christmas Eve? 



Despite the puzzled look, she loved it & reached for the spoon for more! A sweet tooth, just like mom! :)





Our favorite Christmas Eve tradition takes place at the home of the most beautiful Christmas tree. 


Where Harper got lots of kisses from her future husband, little Mr. Talan. 


My best friend from high school & her beautiful family have us over for cookies & cocktails every Christmas Eve. It is even more fun now with our little babes! I was in Heaven with all of the festive fun happening... wish I could have just bottled it all up & kept it forever!



 Then Harper realized that Santa was coming in the morning & lost her marbles. 


Hope you all had a wonderful & festive Christmas Eve!! Be back soon with Christmas day pictures & more! 

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful family! You're my inspiration!

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  2. Lol @ your husbands lifelong dream! that tree is like magic and so is harper...

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  3. This is too cute! Im glad you had a nice time!

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  4. We went on a 4 hour road trip when my daughter was about 11 months, and that was looong! I can't even imagine 15 hours. Suggestion, a portable DVD player that attatches to the headrest. One of our best investments. Car rides are now easy.

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  5. Cutest. Love the kisses from Talan. Adorable.

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  6. Im in love with your whole family especially Ms.Harper.. I just wanted to tell you that my sons name is Talen. he is 10 weeks as of wednesday.

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  7. Merry Christmas! :)

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  8. Adorable! Merry Christmas and have a safe drive back home :) I'm driving from GA to Virginia tomorrow and dreading it!

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  9. What did Harper think of all the snow?!? Not sure where u visited but here in Des Moines we have plenty! :) love the pictures!!!

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  10. So cute! I hear you, traveling with the little ones! Ah!
    Xoxo Carly

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  11. A tip for the ride? Do it overnight. It suck to drive through the night but just switch off every couple hours and pray she doesn't wake up when you stop for gas. It's how we got our 4.5 month old from NY to Atl and back without wanting to kill ourselves:)

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  12. Totally get the long car ride thing. We did the same with our 2 month old only for 6 hours and that was painful enough. I can't imagine 15 hours. How great to be back by family though for the holidays! Harper is as cute as ever! Love your blog. Can't wait to see more

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  13. Totally get the long car ride thing. We did the same with our 2 month old only for 6 hours and that was painful enough. I can't imagine 15 hours. How great to be back by family though for the holidays! Harper is as cute as ever! Love your blog. Can't wait to see more

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  14. Ugh, I feel ya on the long drive. We drove from Texas to North Carolina for a beach vacay with my husband's 4 sisters, their families and his mom. It was so wonderful to all be together and have all the cousins meet our little Sadie, but sweet Lord, was that trip miseeable!! Especially on the way home when she lost her mind from being strapped in the car seat so long and we still had 8 hours to go!!! We had to stop every 5 seconds to give her a break and it took us foreverrrrrrrrrr to get home!!! The memories you make being with all of your family make it all worth it though! Hope your Christmas was the Merriest one yet!

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  15. Harper is so darn sweet - absoultely beautiful family!

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  16. Oooh geez the thought of that car ride is nauseating...we have already contemplated attempting it next year when our little guy is here....but now you've got me thinking twice. Glad you had a great Christmas Eve and that Harper got to taste the magical deliciousness of ice cream :)

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  17. Looks like you guys had such a great Christmas Eve! Now I hate to be the person that asks for additional info on where you got Harper's little ensemble from, but I can't hold back on this one....her boots... the fur...Where did you find those?! Looking forward to Christmas Day pics!

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  18. Such cute pictures!! Your hair is getting so long I love it! Glad Harper had such a great Christmas Eve and that your family got to spend it with family and friends.

    I have traveled with a baby before NOT FUN!! Actually my kids are now 9, 6 and 2 and its STILL not fun!

    We install a DVD system in our car best investment EVER spent!! We had our nay sayers but I don't care it keeps them quiet and entertained!! =)

    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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  19. i see an arranged marriage in the making! harper's headband is so adorable.

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  20. Harper is always so well dressed! And I feel for you on the 15 hour drive. We made an 11 hour trip with our 5 month old earlier this month. The way there we drove straight through the night and he slept amazingly, but they way home was a different story - not a happy boy!

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