Dafney Harper

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Funny!

I've hit a bit of writer's block {and laziness},but hope to be back next week with some regular posts! For now, this will just have to do :)  Enjoy and have a fabulous Friday!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

2.5 years...now & then!

It’s so hard for me to believe that my little baby is already 2 ½ years old.  What?  How does it happen so fast?  In the last 2 ½ years, Dafney has learned, grown {both physically AND mentally}, changed and become a {mostly} sweet little girl.  I look back at pictures of her from when she was just an itty bitty baby and I cry I can’t believe that she was that small.  Whoa.  Seriously.

Dafney has learned so much since moving to the Discovery Toddler room at daycare.  She moved to that room over a year ago and learns something new on a daily basis.  It’s truly amazing.  By the age of 2, she knew her ABC’s, could count to 10 in both English AND Spanish, knew all sorts of kiddo songs and was speaking in 2-3 word sentences {phrases}. 

 Now, she sings her ABC’s perfectly, can basically count to 20 {sometimes she forgets one of the upper teen numbers}, counts fluently to 10 in Spanish {or EspaƱola as she corrects me when I say “Spanish”}, can speak in 4-6 word sentences, knows a few non-kiddo songs {i.e. One Directions “Story of My Life”} and SO much more.  I just love watching her grow and learn.  She’s curious and asks A LOT of questions and has a crazy good memory.  Seriously, she remembers EVERYTHING and will remember for days/weeks.  She’s learning the Minnesota Gopher Rouser; we’re working on spelling out MINNESOTA – she’s getting there!

 Dafney LOVES playing with all her babies, which all have names {Maya, Laylo, Maggie, Eda, Robin, Puppy, Marcus...she’ll be VERY upset if you forget one of their names}.  She changes their diapers, puts on their sunscreen, takes them for walks, reads to them, feeds them and puts them to sleep.  It’s pretty adorable…and it allows me to get some things done around the house – BONUS!

When she’s not playing with her many babies, she’s probably outside riding her bike or begging us to take her to the park.  We try to fit in a couple park visits each week to keep her happy! 

All in all, it’s been an amazing 2 ½ years and I know the next years will be equally amazing, and probably fly by even faster than these first 2 did.

 Other Dafney Stats:

Height – not sure, but probably around 34-35 inches
Weight – around 22.5lbs…she’s a teeny little thing
Pants/Shorts – this is a bit tricky…12 month pants/shorts fit her best in the waist, where 18-24 month pants/shorts fit her better in length.  I’ve even been known to throw on some 9 month pants and call ‘em Capris….don’t judge.
Shirts – 24 months/2T is what she mostly wears
Dresses – 2T
Shoes –size 5, I’m afraid she’s going to have annoyingly small feet like her Mother!

I asked Dafney what a few of her favorites were and here were her answers:

Favorite Toys: bike(s), babies, strollers/wagons and her kitchen set
Favorite Color: "I like Pink" {however, this changes from day to dya}
Favorite Food: Pizza, although she can eat her way through a plate of chicken like no other!
Favorite Stuffed Animal: this usually changes on a day to day basis.  Some days it’s her Hello Kitty, Dora or “baby”...today it was her Frog
Favorite Song: Story of My Life...ha, she's 2 going on 13 :)
Favorite School Friend: tie between her buddies Oscar and Oliver – seriously, they are the cutest together!
Favorite Sport: running...although she does like to watch Basketball {her Dad has trained her well}
Favorite Book:  Back and Forth...otherwise known as I'll Love you Forever.  She also likes "the Monster Book", which is a cute book we got at the library months ago and she STILL talks about it!  And, her newest favorite

Newest Trick – riding her bike…fun to see her be able to pedal around the driveway and sidewalk!

Sleep – usually it’s pretty good!  She tends to go to bed around 8:30pm and we wake her at 6:30am M-F {YIKES…she’s NOT a morning person} and she tends to get up around 8:30-9am on the weekends {a parent’s DREAM}!

The things that come out of her mouth:
{pointing to a larger} "oh my, he's SO big" {I literally wanted to crawl under the table} ~ {pointing to lady in wheelchair} "look, she's on her bike} ~ "Hannah is my brother", or "I want a brother"

Even though she sometimes acts like and wants us to treat her like a "baby", she's really growing up to be such a sweet, smart, funny, kind-hearted little girl.  She melts my heart on a daily basis and is constantly reminding me the meaning of "unconditional love".  Her sweet kisses, hugs and "I love you's" are the best things in the world!  Even though she continues to grow, she will always be my "baby'!

I love you, sweet Dafney!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Latte with Leah #5

Hello Monday!  Hard to believe it’s already JUNE.  Seriously, half the year is almost over…how is that even possible?  It seems like yesterday was just New Year’s Day. 

Alright, you know the drill – grab your favorite drink and let’s get this party started!

-   ~ Summer is officially 20 days away!  And though I've been working out for on a pretty routine basis the past few months, I’m not anywhere near beach ready.  After some thought, I figured that my eating habits might not be quite on par for achieving that dream beach figure.  So, this month, I've decided that I’d like to exchange one meal a day for a nice, healthy, veg-i-fied salad!  I know that it won’t be possible every day, but I’m shooting for 5 days out of the week.  Last night I made a nice, healthy grilled chicken Asian salad and it was so tasty!  

I    I didn't miss the heavy meal and actually felt quite full afterwards.  It was chalk full of grilled chicken and veggies and a really tasty    Asian Vinaigrette.  Perfect for a hot summer day!  I've also had my eye on all of these salads, too.

-   ~ Speaking of summer figure…I’m also participating in this ab challenge.  It started June 1st and runs the whole month of June.  It starts off pretty easy {especially since I've been working out on a regular basis for a few months}, but it definitely builds up and will certainly be a fun challenge!  Abs of steel…here I come!

-   ~ Over the weekend, we visited another park on #ourparktour2014!  Actually, it’s technically not a “new” park as it’s part of the Nokomis Lake Parks, but it’s one we’d never visited.  It’s fairly small, but it’s nice and shaded!  There were only a couple of other people there so we practically had the playgrounds to ourselves.  There are 2 separate playgrounds, but they’re almost identical.  Of course, the main attraction for Dafney were the swings!  She loves them!

     She did enjoy climbing and sliding, too, but she mainly hung out on  the swings.  


     Afterwards, we biked to Carbone’s for some lunch.  Though I've  had their pizza before, I never remember it being as good as it was  Saturday!  Dafney and I shared a pepperoni/green pepper pizza,  while the Hubby ate a sausage/mushroom pizza!  We even were  able to hit up a multi-family yard sale on our way home, too!  My  kind of Saturday J

-   ~ This video is about as cute as it gets!  Adorable!!

     On that note, have a great week!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bakin Friends - MAY

Happy Friday, friends!  It's Bakin Friends reveal day...yeah!  This month's secret ingredient was STRAWBERRIES!  I used to never touch strawberries, but after I got pregnant a couple years ago, I craved them like crazy!  I would eat cartons, yes plural, in a day!  I certainly don't love them like I did when I was pregnant, but they have become a part of my regular diet :)

There is something about their sweet, yet somewhat tart flavor that reminds me of a SUMMER!  

This month's treats were brought to me from Dawn over at Butter and Sprinkles.  She is super sweet and REALLY talented.  She sent me some loaves of Strawberry bread and let me tell you, the second I opened up the package, I could smell the delicious Strawberry!  I literally scarfed down half of one of the loaves right there on the spot.  Don't judge!  The bread was totally moist and oh-so tasty!  

I put the other loaf in the freezer so it wouldn't spoil and will probably bust it out this weekend!  I'm actually surprised it's lasted in the freezer this long...out of sight out of mind, maybe?!  

I apologize for not taking pictures of the packaging {it was totally adorable} or of the 1st loaf in inhaled.  I WILL take pictures of the other loaf and post them along with the recipe, which, of course, I left at home today.  Clearly, I can't function without caffeine in the mornings.  

Thanks again to Dawn for the amazing treats!!

If you'd like to join for JUNE, please send me an email at: leahmarie.mackenzie@gmail.com for details &/or to sign up!  

**Please note the deadline to sign up for JUNE is June 5th; matches will go out on June 6th!**

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

when you're TWO...

…you can go out in public looking ridiculous like this:

…kisses heal everything!

…hanging out in your "under garments" is socially acceptable!

…it’s fun to play dress up; or at least wear Mom's heals!

…your “puppy-brother” is your best friend {and yes, Hannah is a GIRL}!

…walking your “baby” is a MUST.

…you’re okay with driving a plastic car.

…it’s quite all right to eat whip cream with a spoon {WAIT, WHAT?}

...it's still considered "cool" to take selfies with Mom & Dad ♥

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day & Parks Review #1

Happy Monday Tuesday, friends :)  I love having an extra day to hang out with my family and relax.  Although, I didn't lose sight of the real reason we had yesterday off.  I made a point to take some time to think of all those that have {& currently do} serve for our Country.  There are some amazingly brave men & women who risk their lives on a daily basis for us.  Thank you, to those men & women...you're bravery & hard work do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  

We had a really fun weekend!  We spent a lot of time outside and really enjoyed the gorgeous weather!  It's finally getting nice outside...Spring is HERE!

We were able to enjoy some really nice bike rides and even visited 2 new parks!  

Saturday, we visited Pearl Park.  

It's about a 4.5-5 mile bike ride from our house.  And it's a gorgeous one!  The trees were absolutely gorgeous on our bike ride!

I love biking around our neighborhood, lakes and the many trails we have.  I'm not a big fan of actually biking, but I sure do love to check out the scenery :)

The gorgeous-ness makes biking worth while!

The park was awesome, especially from the eyes of a certain little 2.5 year old ;)  There were lots of slides, swings and sand.

 But, Dafney's favorite thing of the whole park was this little hut that had a table and bench on one side and was open on the other.

Seriously, she could have played in this little hut all day!  There's a little bench & table on the other side, so she had us sit there while she "went to the store to get us food".  Kids and their imaginations!

After playing for a while, we had lunch.  Nothing fancy, just some fruit, goldfish and good ole' PB & J's!

On our bike ride home, we took a mini-detour to the Grand Ole Creamery for some dessert!  

We shared a scoop of Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  And it was AMAZING!  It was definitely not your typical DQ soft serve or Ben & Jerry's!  

By the time we made it home, Dafney was fast asleep!  She was ready for a nap and we were ready to relax for a couple hours!

After a much needed nap by all of us, we were back outside!  Since it was so warm out, we decided to set up Dafney's water table that she got from the "Easter Bunny"!  And, just as the "Easter Bunny" suspected, she LOVED it!

Hubby and I ended the wonderful day with a little bonfire!  

Sunday I decided I wanted to try my hand at a breakfast pizza.  It was pretty good, but there will definitely be some tweaking next time {and a recipe for YOU}!

It was the perfect "fuel" for another bike ride and another new park!  This time, we hit up a park in Richfield called Veterans Park.

It was another really nice bike ride and really, really, really nice day!  The only "complaint" I had about this park was that it was not shaded, which in turn made the slides, swings and sand SUPER hot - to the point that Dafney didn't even want to play very long.

But, before things got too hot, she did do a little swinging...

And some climbing...

And balancing...

And running...

And even some sliding...

To her defense, it was pretty toasty out and without any shade, the plastic was HOT!

On our way home, we stopped at one of our favorite local places to eat, 3 Tiers for some lunch!  It's an adorable little cafe and their food is awesome!  It's definitely one of our neighborhood "go-to" places to eat!


And Hers {shared with the Kiddo}:

...followed by LONG naps :)

Monday we decided to take a break from the biking and parks and took a train ride to the Mall of America!  Dafney absolutely LOVED riding the train.  In fact, she cried the whole walk home, begging us to go back to the train :)  I see some more train rides in our very near future!

It was such a fun weekend...I was sad to see it end.  Reality was definitely knocking at the door this morning...UGH!  But, on the bright side, only 4 work days until the weekend!  Hope you all had a great weekend, too!!