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Harper in a cotton field in Alabama

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Harper in a cotton field in Alabama

I’ve been noticeably absent from the blog for a few days because we’ve been vacationing visiting with family in Alabama. I marked out “vacationing” because…well…as anyone with kids can tell you, traveling with kids leaves a lot to be desired in the R&R department. I like to say that vacationing with kids is just like being at home but with different scenery. In fact, I might even argue it’s harder than being home since your routine gets disrupted, and you don’t have all your creature comforts nearby. It provides for fun adventures nonetheless.

Harper in a cotton field in Alabama

My dad’s house is just across the road from a sprawling cotton field, and because of all the rain this year, the plants are shoulder-height. Just amazing. I couldn’t wait to snap a few shots of Harper in the field. The first photo is of her with her Grandpa Jim (my dad), and the one above is Harper with Aunt Alli (my little sister).

Harper's Lizard

As evidenced by the photo above, we’ve discovered that Harper has no fear of critters. She chased lizards, caught ladybugs, grabbed Granddaddy Longlegs (“itsy bitsy spiders”) and handled fish like a true southern tomboy. Apparently she is just like her mommy.

Ezra and Gramma

Ezra is having a great time, too. It was important to me for him to be able to meet his Great Gramma (above, my dad’s mother) since she is getting older and suffering from Alzheimer’s. He seemed at home in her arms and in the swing, too.

Ezra swinging at Grandpa Jim's

Harper looks really happy in the photo below, but this was right before she landed on her face on the ground. Two-year-olds apparently aren’t so great at holding on to the chains… (Don’t worry, she was fine.)

Harper swinging at Grandpa Jim's

Growing up, my dad and I went fishing all the time. He lives on a lake that is stocked with catfish and bream, so this was a perfect opportunity for Harper to catch her first fish.

Harper fishing with daddy

She was a natural with a bamboo rod!

Harper fishing with grandpa Jim

…and not afraid of the fish at all.

Harper's first fish

Looking at these photos, I see just how quickly she is growing up. She’s really a little girl now – not my baby anymore. Even Chunk (Ezra) is growing up so fast. Someone stop them, or I might just need another one!

More photos to come…

  • Justine

    Oh . . . , I love this
    post, Lauren!! I’ve always wanted to visit the South, including Alabama.
    It is so neat to see Harper and Ezra–in front of the cotton field,
    holding the fish, and sharing time with Great Gramma. These are such cute,
    cute pictures!! I imagine you’re there for Thanksgiving, right? I’m
    so happy for you–that you get to spend some special time with your family.
    I hope you have a wonderful time, there; and I hope you’ll post even more
    pictures of the fun you’re experiencing there. It might just be my
    imagination, but I imagine a sewing machine on a porch, making a cute
    skirt–while looking out over a field of cotton, some country music playing in
    the background, a quick pause for some southern fried chicken, and then back to
    the sewing machine. And then trying on the skirt, with some cute
    footwear, etc. :) :)–while standing in the cotton field . . . :) fun . . .

    • Lauren Dahl

      Justine – You are so sweet! Your vision sounds like an Anthropologie catalog. Hahaha. It’s not really like that…there’s no sewing machine on the porch (I wish!). Honestly, I spent most of the time baby wrangling. Maybe someday when my kids are older, I can make your dream come true. ;)

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