Welcome to Happenings of the Harper Household! On our blog you will find a great variety of posts including product reviews, giveaways, craft tutorials, recipes, updates on our family, travel and lots more. We live in Ohio so we tend to share lots of activities, entertainment, and travel destinations around the area. As a family we are making steps to live a greener more natural life style.
And now for a little bit about each member of our family….
Let’s start of with me – Danielle, but you can call me Mama Harper. I’m 29 years old and absolutely loving life as a wife and mommy. I’m a stay at home mom and am very grateful to be able to watch my girls grow up and not miss a single milestone. I am also very thankful for my blog because it enables me to stay home providing for our family both monetarily and with lots of fun opportunities. I choose to breastfeed, baby wear, co-sleep, and cloth diaper but respect everyone’s parenting decisions. I am on a bowling league, enjoy geocaching, hiking, swimming, and absolutely adore squirrels.
That’s the hubby – Dustin. He’s about 2 and half years older than me. We met in August of 2006 on a blind date. Got our first apartment together in October of 2006. And got married on June 1st 2007 in a small ceremony with only our siblings, parents, and best friends present. We had a formal reception in November of 2007. Yup, we moved pretty fast… but when you meet the right person you just know. Dustin is a hard working husband and daddy. When we first met he was working on cell phone towers traveling most of the time – climbing, building, and repairing them which made me a nervous for his safety… especially once our little ones entered the picture. He now works at the Timken Company in the shipping department on swing shift, but at least he comes home every day. Dustin enjoys golfing, bowling, playing xbox 360, and being sarcastic. He also volunteers in the sound booth at our church.
My oldest – Alleigh Jade. We found out I was pregnant with this gorgeous little girl at the very beginning of September 2007 just a few months after we had gotten married and after only one month of trying. Alleigh was born on April 30th 2008 and after a very uneventful pregnancy she made quite the entrance into the world. I truly can not believe that she is already 6 years old and in first grade. This little munchkin is absolutely brilliant and doing amazingly well in school excelling in every subject area and has made lots of friends. She is very crafty and loves making bracelets on her rainbow loom. Alleigh loves flamingos, the color pink, vanilla, and likes to watch Sponge Bob.
The second oldest child – Kaelyn Mae. After trying for about 6 months to get pregnant I saw those two little pink lines on the morning of September 5th 2009 – Dustin’s birthday! With this pregnancy I had gestational diabetes, but managed it well with diet and exercise. She was born on April 30th 2010 with a smooth delivery. Does the date look familiar? It should because Kaelyn Mae arrived on the exact same day as her big sister. It was a very surreal experience to say the least. Kaelyn is now 4 years old and is quite the spunky mischievous little girl. She recently began attending pre-kindergarten and absolutely loves her teacher. She also likes to play dress up and watch Disney movies especially The Princess & The Frog, Tangled, and Brave. Kaelyn loves giraffes, the color purple, chocolate, and likes to watch Team Umizoomi.
The toddler of the family – Willow Jean. After trying for over 6 months to get pregnant we decided to give the Ovacue Fertility Monitor a try and it worked the first time – yup, that product got a very good review! After a rather uneventful and sweltering hot summer pregnancy Willow was born August 18th 2012 via an emergency c-section. Just like her sisters she was born with a head full of hair and never lost any. She is a super active toddler and just adores her sisters. She was a late walker at about 16 months old, but makes up for it now by getting into anything and everything she can possibly find. Some of Willow’s favorite things include her AppleCheeks cloth diapers, Fisher-Price Klip-Klop Castle, bath time, and dinosaurs. Her current favorite movie is Jurassic Park… and she’s only 2 years old.
And coming in November we will be welcoming our fourth daughter into the world. For now we’re simply calling her Baby Harper #4 here on the blog, but she already has a name… just keeping it a secret til she arrives, hehe. All of the girls are very excited to have a new sibling and spend lots of time hugging on my belly and talking about who she will look like. I’ve been having lots of fun stocking up on AppleCheeks and bamboo inserts for this lil one. And I’m also very hopeful I will get the VBAC that I so desperately want.
Hopefully now you feel like you know a little bit more about us!
Thanks for reading!