Everyday lives of the Meabon Household

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Its a Texas Thing

When the pastures are green in the springtime
And the birds are singing their sonnets,
You may look to the hills and the valleys
And they’re covered with lovely Bluebonnets.

Blue is the emblem of loyalty,
They’re as blue as the deep, deep sea,
Their smiling faces bring gladness,
For they bloom for you and for me.

Bluebonnets, so gorgeous and stately,
In your mantle of blue and of green,
In the spring when you’re in your full glory,
You’re the loveliest sight ever seen.

You’re beautiful when you sway in the sunshine,
You look like waves of the sea,
Ah, Texas was wise in her choice of a flow’r,
So we offer our homage to thee.

Bluebonnets, blue lovely Bluebonnets,
More beautiful than all the rest.
Texas chose you for her flower,
And we love you best, Bluebonnets.
- by Julia D. Booth and Lora C. Crockett

Weekend of Projects

Whew! I was a domestic warrior this weekend and we're ready for spring time. First order of business was a Fiesta wreath. If you live in San Antonio, you know Fiesta comes in April. People have all kinds of Fiesta wreathes with bright colors and ribbons so I decided to make one. And no, I'm not turning into crazy wreath lady but yes, this is my second wreath in four months. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out if I do say so myself!

Our yard and beds have been slightly, um, neglected since August. Guess that happens when you become responsible for another human. We've been prepping for the last few weeks and so this weekend was yard work mania.

I've gone a little overboard with the Round-up in the back so its looking a little beaten up right now but I"m happy with how the front has turned out. I thought the frost killed my philodendron but they're coming back. I've rearranged the plumbago in the front beds and I'm hoping they'll flower this year. I planted purple verbena, dusty miller, diamond frost and a Knock-out Rose bush and I potted petunias, bougainvillea, diamond frost and geraniums in the front .

And I got two new pots for the back.

The back also got five rock rose bushes this winter and they're starting to take off so I planted some Knock-out Roses to go along with them. I'll try to get some pictures of these too. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with our back yard. The previous owners of our house were clearly not into yard work so it's a bit of a headache but I'm trying to do a little at a time. But its not picture ready so we'll wait on that.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This and that

I've discovered a new addiction and its called Picnik. Its a photo editing website and I've now spent the last hour and a half playing with it. I've copied a fellow blogger (insert credit to Tiffanie here) and started adding text to my pictures to protect them from being used outside of this blog without permission. Well, that's not the only thing Picnik can do. It can make you BEAUTIFUL! You can add a tan, lipstick, teeth whitening ANNNNDDDDDD you can make yourself skinnier in your pictures! I'm sure Vogue will soon be banging down my door to have that very tan, skinny mom on the cover of their magazine - they just might not recognize that its their cover girl answering the door without all of those magical touch ups! But really, I'll try to leave the airbrushing to a minimum for some authenticity. I cannot, however, promise that I won't airbrush out a stray pimple.

So in honor of my insta-beauty toy, I give you "Harper takes her first wagon ride".

And yes, I am looking a little trashy in these pictures because I was thrown up on, not once, not twice, but three times today. So what you are seeing is shirt #3. I gave up looking cute today and went with Jared's retired v-neck.

Speaking of throwing up, (nice transition huh?) we're having some new food adventures. I have diagnosed our recent bouts of vomit as a reaction to adding yogurt to Harp's diet. I was under the impression that reflux peaked at 4 months but seeing that we're about to hit the 8 month marker and the Squirrel is still spewing, I don't quite think I agree with that peaking theory. I also added some finger foods into her diet...and Harper's father promptly deleted them from her diet. I figured since we now have a tooth - one, uno, singular, A tooth - that the girl would be all ready to dive into the world of puffs, Cherrios, cubed cheese, small bites of veggies and fruit. Nix that idea. Nervous Nelly over here is afraid she'll choke so we had to compromise and wait until she's hit the 8 month mark ("AT LEAST" said Jared). Maybe we'll work on that while Daddy's out of town.

And we've been testing out the sippy cup over the last few weeks. It seems to be more of a chew toy at this point. I don't think Harper's succeeded in purposefully getting any liquids out but she gets so excited when she sees it that I think she's convinced its just a gigantic pacifier.

We went to PT last week and we've taken a little step backwards. I don't know if its the wrap or what but Harper isn't twisting her trunk like she should. The girl does have excellent posture but she just doesn't twist, turn and bend like she should be. She's also not too fond of putting her weight on her arms so we're going back to PT every two weeks again to see if we can figure this thing out.

And that's what's happening in our world.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Harper O'Meabon

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Harper's Baptism

Every good and perfect gift is from above.
-James 1:17

This weekend was a very special weekend. On Sunday, Harper was baptized. I know Harper has always been one of God's children but, I don't know....now it feels official.

In 17 months (10 of pregnancy and 7 of her life) my child has played such a crucial role in my faith. She has taught me that if we lean on the Lord and He will sculpt our lives beautifully. It might not always look perfect while its happening but the end product is breath-taking.

I think Jared was a little nervous about how she'd react but she couldn't have done better. She was doused, and I mean DOUSED, in water and then walked by Pastor Will down into the congregation and she was so pleasant the whole time. When we were finished, she immediately fell asleep in my arms and slept through the rest of the service.

My mom and Steve hosted a brunch at their house afterwards for family and friends. We were so grateful to surrounded by Harper's biggest supporters.

We asked Bobby Langenbahn to be her Godfather and Lily Langenbahn to be her Godmother. We know they will take their roles seriously and always keep a watch over Harper's spiritual life.

Harper wore Lily's baptism gown and her bonnet and bib were made out of my great-grandmother, Minnie Mama's handkerchiefs. It was such a special day and I absolutely got emotional!

We also celebrated Evelyn's 90th birthday this weekend so we had lots of fun with the family all weekend. Happy birthday Evelyn!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Mouse House

Harper had a playdate with Honey and Grandy yesterday while I had meeting. When I got back to Honey and Grandy's house, I walked in the front door and they were no where to be found. I looked in their room, I looked in the kitchen, I looked in the backyard. Then I heard a squeal from upstairs. My parents built their house and when they did, built it with grandchildren in mind. They have a "mouse house" off the tv room upstairs in a little nook. The doorway and the ceiling is for those under 3 1/2 feet tall. Its filled with small furniture, toys and treasures. Low and behold, look who I found in the mouse house!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day in the Life of a 7 month old

Why hello! I'm 7 months old and I wanted to show you a day in the life of Harper Meabon.

Good morning! I wake up between 7am and 7:30am each morning. I'm pretty happy in the mornings.

Time to change my diaper. I love my African mobile that Stephanie and Cooper gave me. My mom and I talk about what each one of them is doing while she's changing my diaper.

Then my mom feeds me.

Oh, good morning Daddy! You always put a smile on my face.

I get back in bed to play with my friends while my mom gets my breakfast ready. We have long conversations and I sing to them too.

Breakfast time - this morning its mango and nectarine oatmeal.

Time to get dressed. What is the outfit of the day? What am I going to wear? Decisions, decisions...

My mommy lays out my outfit so I can see if I approve - looks good to me.

I'll talk to Violet while Mom makes some last minute outfit adjustments.

She cleans me off and puts lotion on me. As you can see, I don't like the washcloth.

And whala! I'm ready!

Time to go down for my morning nap.

When I wake up, I have my next meal and then its time to get out of this house!

I'm very happy when I ride in the car. Probably because I get to spend some time talking to that baby in the mirror.

Today we're going to Chris Madrids. My uncle Brent came to see me and I love him.

My mom and I are going to run a few errands. I am a good shopper and I like to be out and about. Maybe we'll stop by Honey and Grandy's to say hi. I don't like to go more than a day without talking with them.

Once we get back home, I'll spend a little time doing my new favorite thing - jumping!

Okay - enough jumping.

Then its off to take my afternoon nap. I'm not always so good at this one. When I wake up, I like to spend some time doing my favorite things after I have my afternoon bottle.

Why hello beautiful! Fancy meeting you here. I could play with that baby in the mirror all day.

I'll spend some time with my best friend Rooney.

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty....I'll get to you one day Kitty.


I'll talk to my Dad a little more too. Isn't he silly?

Dinner time! Today its chicken, peas and pears with oatmeal.

I like bath time now. I love to kick in the water. I can't wait to hit the swimming pool that my mom keeps talking about.

Wrapped up...

And ready to go!

One last bottle before I go to bed.

And then I read, say my prayers, sing my nighttime songs.

And its off to bed at 7:30pm. Whew! I'm exhausted!

Thanks for sharing my day with me! And no, I do not have 6 outfit changes a day. My mom took these pictures over the last few days. Nothing like a little cabin fever from being stuck inside until yesterday!