Weekend Recap: Harper in DC!

I had THE BEST weekend. It was the perfect mix of hanging with family, EATING, relaxing, and just enough activity to balance it out.

It all started with a much deserved early departure from work on Friday. Since I worked 29 hours between Saturday and Sunday (!) last weekend when I was in Indianapolis, I took advantage of some of the comp time I earned by leaving a few hours early Friday afternoon. As if on cue, my sister arrived just as I finished cleaning the apartment top to bottom with her hubby Justin and my nephew – Harper! He is looking amazing these days…

Crazy to think he was born weighing just over a pound!

We ended up having a very low key evening Friday – picking up some take out Vietnamese food and just talking and laying low. Saturday morning Wendy and I took off first thing (7am) for a 4 mile run. The run itself was really hard for me – one of the toughest I’ve had in a while. I didn’t drink even a sip of water before I went (smart, I know) and it was super humid outside, so I got parched shortly into the run. I also ended up getting a really bad side stich, so stopped to talk for a minute or two. We finished around 4 miles in 41:30 – not too bad, especially considering the heat. It makes me extremely nervous for marathon training seeing as its only June, but let’s not go there today…

After cleaning up after our run, I watched Harper for a bit while they went out to breakfast and proceeded to have a little photo shoot with him.

He has the cutest little toes, and learned early how to put them in his mouth. What a skill!

After his parents returned, we headed down to the pool and Harper got to put his toes into the pool for the first time ever.

by the pool

Wendy with the little peanut and me!

After everyone was maxed out on sun, we went back inside for a little impromptu concert featuring Wil.

You can’t see from that angle, but Harper was totally mesmerized by the guitar.

We ended their quick visit with a crab feast at the Quarterdeck, which was awessssssome. While we waited for the crabs, we took turns holding Harper, drinking beer, and eating onion rings. Harper was especially taken by Wil, which made me happy but slightly jealous.

He instantly started smiling when it was Wil’s turn to hold him and it was too cute not to take a picture of! Two beaming baldies with blue eyes! (Say that five times fast).

And then finally – the crabs arrived!

And the camera turned off for the rest of the meal because my hands were caked in old bay and crab and I could tell my camera wouldn’t have liked it. They hit the road back to Philly right after dinner, and the time to say goodbye came SO fast! Even though the visit was over so quick, it’s nice that they live close enough to visit for just one night without it being a big deal.

How close/far do you live from your family? Do you get to see them often?

My other sister Heather lives in NYC, and she is the farthest from me with just about a 4 hour drive. I’m lucky we’re all so concentrated on the east coast!

17 Comments on Weekend Recap: Harper in DC!

  1. Katie Photiadis
    June 13, 2011 at 8:58 am (9 years ago)

    Beth, Harper looks adorable!!! I love the photo with his toes =)

    Sounds like you had a much-needed, fun and relaxing weekend!

  2. powellgh
    June 13, 2011 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, Harper is SO cute. Those eyes… such a looker! My family all lives close right now, for which I’m very fortunate, I know. My sister lives about 45 minutes away, my parents live about 5 minutes away, and my brother lives about 15 seconds away (we live together, hahaha.) Hopefully my sis and her hubs won’t move away when they have kids!

    PS – Is your bathing suit from Old Navy? Because if so I toooootally have it toooo! 😉

  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    June 13, 2011 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    Harper is so cute!

    My family all lives within a few miles of us (Jason’s family too) — except for my sister, bro in law and niece and nephew — they live in OK and I don’t get to see them much. One of my other sisters and her husband live in TX, but they are teachers and come back to MN every summer, so I feel like I get to see them quite a bit.

  4. Beyond Bananas
    June 13, 2011 at 9:05 am (9 years ago)

    Harper is absolutely adorable, Beth! It must have been so nice to spend some time with your family! I only have to drive about 45 minutes o get back to Southbury.. and that is jutst want I did sthis weekend!

  5. Lisa @ lisalettinggo
    June 13, 2011 at 9:07 am (9 years ago)

    My family is all in Ohio and I am in Texas, so I’m a plane flight away. I get to see them about 2x a year which just isn’t enough! I miss living closer to home.

  6. goodtastehealthyme
    June 13, 2011 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    That looks great. I live about an hour and a half from family and it stinks. I so wish we were closer because I would end up seeing them all the time!

  7. Jennifer
    June 13, 2011 at 9:37 am (9 years ago)

    Harper is adorable!!! I’m so glad he’s doing well. It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend.

    I moved away from my hometown when I left for college and just recently moved back. My whole family is here which is really nice. I see extended family so much more since I moved back, and don’t miss the casual get togethers I used to miss. It’s awesome!

  8. Theresa @ActiveEggplant.com
    June 13, 2011 at 9:39 am (9 years ago)

    What a cutie pie! So glad to see Harper is doing so well – and the picture of him & Wil? Priceless!

    I moved to FL back in 2004 from PA where my mom still lives. 3 years later, my sister moved to FL too! My brother is the only one of us with kids yet & they live just north of Atlanta, so a long drive away, but close enough that we can drive up for long weekends and vacations. We all see each other at least once a year which is nice, but I wish we ALL lived in FL!

  9. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    June 13, 2011 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    Harper is adorbs! And he’s come such a long way!

    So jealous you got to see the fam! I haven’t since Easter (the 8-hour drive is a killer!)

    Glad you had a nice weekend!

  10. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    June 13, 2011 at 10:36 am (9 years ago)

    He is so cute! Love it! I live a little more than 1,400 miles from my parents so unfortunately I don’t get to see them as often as I like. Its a goal for us in the next few years to be closer!

  11. Latina Barbi
    June 13, 2011 at 11:09 am (9 years ago)

    I was livingt in Los Angeles for 8 years…my 2 brothers were starting families and I just had to be near my niece and nephews..So I move back to San Diego and currently live 2 miles from my parents,in fact I love in the same town I grew up in! MUAH!

  12. Lisa
    June 13, 2011 at 11:41 am (9 years ago)

    Awww! What a cutie!!!

  13. Ashley @ CoffeeCakeandCardio
    June 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm (9 years ago)

    What an awesome weekend!

    My family is all over the place. My parents and 2 of my siblings live in Texas and my other brother is out in Vegas. My extended family is all over the place, including Ireland. I miss my family very much but it makes my time with them even more special.

  14. definediana
    June 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm (9 years ago)

    I love seeing your posts about Harper. I am going to be an aunt for the first time in December and I just can’t wait! I live about 45 mins away from my family so it’s really nothing to go see them at all.

  15. Ang
    June 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Harper is looking so cute!!! 🙂 Love the picture of him and Will. Babies love bald guys so don’t feel too bad! My dad is bald and he is a baby magnet! Everywhere he goes random babies smile and run up to him.

  16. happywhennothungry
    June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Harper has gotten so big!!!! Love his big blue eyes. Such a cutie! My sis lives in Fairfax and is having her baby any day now. So happy that she’s close by so I can visit my future niece/nephew!


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