Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas, New Years, and everything else

I would like to say that I have been too busy to blog lately, but I'm sitting here re-watching season 1 of Lost so I guess busy isn't really the right word.

Harper has changed so much in the last couple of weeks. Right after Christmas her vocabulary exploded and now she walks around saying new things all of the time. Most of it isn't very clear but we can usually figure out what she is saying, but she frequently says "bahti" or "wahti" and we have no idea what that is supposed to mean. She also loves to sing. Her favorite songs are Jingle Bells, itsy bitsy spider, and head, shoulders, knees and toes.

This year we went to Tucson for Christmas. Other than the fact that we all came home with a cold that we still haven't shaken, we all had a fantastic time. Harper didn't really understand Christmas, but she had a great time playing with her cousins and she loves all of her new presents. Maybe next year.

Tom's brother was kind enough to take a quick family photo while we were staying at his house. He also photographed us last October and it is crazy to see how much Harper has grown up. (also, I think I am the palest person on the planet).
For New Years we took it easy at home. Tom has been really wanting to make some massaman Thai curry at home, so earlier in the week I drove to Hollywood to a Thai grocery store and got some curry paste and we made curry and chocolate chip cookies for dinner and then watched some movies. It was SO GOOD.

On Saturday we went to Orange County to check out the new Cafe Rio that opened with some of our wonderful law school friends. Afterward we put the kids down for naps and played Rock Band. We loved being at UCLA, but it's sad when people graduate and we don't get to see them very often any more so it was great to catch up with everyone.And to finish off this post, here are a few videos from the last couple months.

This is Harper at Tom's grandpa's house right before Thanksgiving. As you can tell, she is a big fan of sugar.

This is Harper dancing with some of my family at my Mom's family Christmas party.

This is Harper at the Container Store by our house. She loves to accessorize lately (jewelry, purses, etc.).

And here are our nieces, nephews, and Harper dancing to Christmas music. I think Harper was a little confused.


Judy said...

Cafe Rio in California? It's about time! After all, we shared In-n-Out with Utah!

Massaman curry at the Tom Jackmans? And you didn't invite US? How about a recipe as consolation?

Harper growing up? When are we going to see you guys?

Jan said...

Great pics and videos! And I'm glad to know Harper likes the Container Store -- I do, too!

Melody said...

Thanks for the fully-loaded, long awaited post. We can never get enough videos and pictures.

We love you guys!

mom j said...

All the posts are wonderful. Harper looks so little compared to the adults (dancing the Hoki-poki)
---just like a tiny person. I guess she is. Ain't family wonderful? There may come a day in the future when the cousins can get together and there will be no viruses shared, (rhinoviruses that is)

Samantha said...

She's getting so big! I love her little bob haircut. Did you cut it or does it just hang like that? You made me consider bobbing Zara's hair!

April Celeste Garff said...

Harper is so funny---I love the videos. And her hair is getting so long!