Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Eve Night

We headed to mass with a bunch of the Turner's on Christmas Eve night

Here are a few pics from the night after we got back from church.
                                          The Turner family from Michigan
                                              Colleen with all the kiddos
                                                  Hamming it up for my Mom
                                                                Our family
                                               The Turners from Wheaton

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Taking A Bath at Grammi's

Many children have taken baths at my grammie's throughout the years and typicall from ages of birth to 4 they take them in her kitchen sink. It feels like just yesterday we were giving Madeline baths in the kitchen! Over the holidays while everyone was home my aunt, cousin Caroline and I were itching to give Harper a bath in the sink. Even though she was probably a bit to small for it we went for it and I was able to snap some new pictures of it!

Our Harper girl LOVES her baths!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A visit from Madeline Jane

Last week Harper and I took a road trip and picked up Madeline Jane (my goddaughter) so she could come stay with us for a few days before the rest of my family got into town for Christmas celebrations!

It was interesting going from 1 to 2 little ones in the house event though there was a five year difference between the two Joey and divided and conquered!!! I guess that is the strategy when you move from 1 to 2.

Madeline was such a great help with Harper. She would sing and talk to her when I was busy doing something, She loved helping give her a bath, and became the Paci Patroller whenever Harper dropped her Paci.

We spend one of our days making Christmas Cookies! We didnt get to everything on our list but we tried!

Thanks for visiting us Madeline come back again soon!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!

Joe, Erin and Harper Haluska

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Haluska Christmas Gathering

A few weekends ago we headed back to Joe's hometown to celebrate Christmas with his family in Albia. It was a great because the majority of the family was able to be there but sadly we were missing a few!!!

The house was full of little kids running around, sports on the tv, talking, laughing, cooking, and of course a few babies crying.

Enjoy the pictures:
                                                Nana getting her cuddle time with Harper
                                             Joey's cousin's little girl Sydney meeting Harper for the first time
                                                           Crying Cousins- makes me laugh
                                                  All hanging out together!
                                             Adam and Kendra cheesing it up for the camera while Steve sleeps away
                                                           My love and I
                                                   Jerzey tearing through the presents!!
It was a great time to see everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Harper Meets Santa

The other weekend we headed up to Des Moines/ Albia area for a fun family packed weekend/ Thursday night we arrived in Indianola to spend the night with Joeys dad and stepmom Tammy. Friday Tammy had the day off so we went to the mall Jordan Creek, to do some shopping. Joe's dads surprised us and took of the afternoon and met us at the mall. Everyone was pretty excited for Harper first meeting of Santa!!!

Getting ready for her big meeting with Santa, Harper's thoughts: "I wonder if he will like my outfit?"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2 months old

Hi Blogland,

Life has been so BUSY lately. I am trying not to let all the running around, here and there, unpacking and packing, etc. to stress me out.

So our little girl turned two months old week ago and I am just posting about it now, better late than never right?????

She had her 2 month check-up last week and here is some info:
Weight: 10lbs 25% She is a bit under weight but her pediatrician isnt worried about it.
Height: 23 inches 90%
Our little girl is smiling away and it is one of our favorite things about parenthood. She follows us around the room with her eyes and isnt keen on tummy time!
She sleeps like a champ she usually goes down around midnight for the night and wakes up between 645-715ish for the day!
Harper is currently in her 3month clothing but will start to wear her 3-6 month clothing soon with her long legs! Packing away the newborn clothes made me a bit sad!

I cant believe it has already been 2 months!! We are so excited for the holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Wish List 2011

With Christmas right around the corner it is time for the Haluska family wish list!!! Yup Harper, Joe and I created out list the other night and I thought it would be great to feature some of the things we are hoping Santa leaves for us!!!!

Up first

Joe's Wish List
Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield Men's Running Shoe
Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield

Joey's favorite type of coffee!

Running Stroller all for Dad and Harper
Harper's List

Baby Bikini- she will be needing this for our FIRST family trip in March

Car seat mirror so Mom stops poking her head around at me!

Books I love listening to a book be read
Erin's List

Baby Bullet- I plan to make most of Harper's baby food so this will come in Handy!

Workout clothes-this momma is getting back in the swing of things! (isnt that a strange pose on the model)
and finally

A shellac manicure set! I love painting my nails but hate when they start chipping!
What is on your list this year?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Child's Ten Commandements to Parents

HI Blogland,

Hope you had a great weekend!! Harper and I are in Heaven with Joey home all week with us!!

For today's post I have something that really caught my eye on PINTEREST

They are the 10 Commandments a child has for a parent, a great remider of the importance of our job.

A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just A few

Rather than me going on and on about Harper girl today I thought I would post some pictures


Yup I just posted a picture of me with spit up and bags underneath my eyes- this is motherhood. The baby bjorn is fast becoming one of Harper's favorite things along with momma's since it helps me move around the house and get things done!!!

Out for dinner on Dad's birthday. Yes we took our daughter out to a semi formal dinner and she did great and we loved walking to the car under all these pretty lights.

Dont worry Wrigley is still getting lots of attention ( please excuse the pile of laundry behind Joe)

                                                       Sleep is CHERISHED by all 3 of us
Baths are another favorite of Harpers and she loves when I get in with her which happens often.

And finally. . . . .

                                          Watching bad reality TV in bed with mom and dad By the way guess who is home with us for the next 12 days??????????????? Joey

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Friday

I LOVE Black Friday shopping.

For the past could of years Joe and I have made it a tradition to get up and  take part in the madness.

Whether is it is the great people watching or the awesome deals it is worth every minute!

This year Joe was to tired to go shopping


So we didn't go the morning of but rather the night of Black Friday and guess what?? We scored some very good deals!!!

Here we are out shopping!! DO you notice the top part of Joe's right shoulder spit-up!!
And moments later this is what happened. . . . . .

Let's just say this girl does WORK when she spits-up!!! I honestly wonder what perctange she keeps down in a day!

My motto for all the shoppers on Black Friday!!  Also you can see that I dressed accordingly for BLACK Friday with all black attire and hints of pink!!

                                                               My girl and I shopping!!! Our biggest score of the night:

Our new Nikon camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been researching cameras for some time now and since having Harper I realize how often the camera is a necessity so we decided to give our family an early Christmas gift with this. I want to learn to take good pictures and this is the perfect camera!!!!

Did you score any finds or deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!!! This year was a bit different for Joey and I were actually in our own home for this holiday. It was a nice change of pace for this Holiday and we have realized that as our family grows it will be important to create our family traditions on holidays as well.

Here is our little Turkey on the day:
Her shirt says "Mommy's Little Turkey" we couldn't get one where she was smiling and the outfit didn't last that long since she had a big episode of spitting up shortly after we took the picture!

 Thanksgiving morning Joe did a 5 mile race in Davenport, while Harper and I watched the Macy's Day parade. When Joey got home we relaxed for a bit before heading to my grandparents for dinner.

After dinner we started watching the Godfather series, have you seen all 3? I was hooked immediately.

I have lots to share with you this week so stay tuned for more posts this week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

Good Morning Blogland,

Well Thanksgiving day is right around the corner, we are having an unusual Holiday but will catch you up on that next week! Promise!

With that being said I think it is time to GIVE THANKS!!
Briefly I want to give thanks for my two loves Joe and Harper. Joe you are my bestest friend and I have fallen in love with you so much more watching you be a father. To my little cuddler Harper you arrived and turned my world upside down in the best way possible, I love you more than words can say.

A few other things that I am grateful for:
To all my fellow momma's out there for their support, advice, encouragement, and support.

Caffeine- who thought I could love you more but I do.

My shoes: for the last month of my pregnancy none of my shoes fit and it is so good to be able to wear my shoes again.

No snow, I am just plain not ready for it but I am going to work on preparing myself.

Wine: it is so nice to enjoy an occasional glass of wine

We wish all of our friends and families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Stuff your faces, enjoy each other, and make memories!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1 Month Old

Guess who turned 1 Month Old???

Harper Regina Haluska DID!

It came and oh my it was here before we knew it! I guess it is true when they say the time flies when you are a parent!!!!

After I posted this picture, I realized that my sweet girl is so BIG!! I mean she is still a baby a newborn at that, but she has changed so much in this past month. Her eyelashes have grown, her legs seem to be stretching through her sleepers, and she is starting to cooh more and more everyday!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Pre Thanksgiving Get Together!

This past weekend was jam packed with a Haluska family!! On Friday Joey's Mom and Nana arrived in town and we were very happy to see them. We had hoped that his brother Mikey would be able to make it as well but he had told us he had pervious plans. When they first got there we sat down to talk about that night and Joey let Wrigley out, as he went to the deck I heard Joey freak out!! There he wa hugging his brother Mikey- what a wonderful surprise!! This was the first time Mikey had seen Harper as well!!!!

Saturday Night we had Joey's cousin Adam his wife Kendra and their two loves Jerzey and Jace come for mass and dinner as well!!

Here is picture overload from the weekend!

Way to be funny margaret and mikey

Harper and I surprised Joey on Friday when he got home from work and were all dolled up in new Iowa State gear!

By the way did you see the Iowa State game on Friday night? Well Joe got so excited that he jumped up hit his head on a beam in out house and split open his head!! That's a true fan for you!

Our table setting for the evening!!!

I did placecards for the evening and on the back of every one said why we were thankful for that person. If you are having loved ones over for thanksgiving this is a neat idea!

Jerzey wanting to know what the bubbly was at each seat!

My very first turkey, that turned out pretty darn good!

We got out the karoke machine and Jerzey was a natural we didnt do much singing but would interview each other!!

Joey, Adam and Kendra

Nana with her two newest great grandbabies!

It was a great weekend with family and we are blessed to have you all in our lives!