Harper’s First Bad Word

Last week I was washing dishes. Harper walked into the kitchen , in my peripheral I saw that his cup flew out of his hands and the words “oh fuck” flew out of his mouth….

So many thoughts through my mind. I might have been a little amused, I was shocked and I was confused because that is not a word he may not have ever heard us say (in the recent past anyway).

He picked up the cup and handed to me and said it again! Only this time “it’s stuck” (it being the lid on his cup) came out much more clearly.

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This week I took Harper on a date. We went to the bookstore, to get him a hair cut and then to his first movie at a theater. At the bookstore I offered to buy him any book that wasn’t in the shape of a vehicle, the only one he really picked up was a tractor. While the haircut went fine, I think I will venture into attempting to cut his hair from now on- and I mean cut it not just buzz it.

IMG_0102The movie. The movie started off promising. We watched the previews, were entertained by the short film, ate our popcorn, I even let Harper try my sprite, he did show concern when they turned off the lights and offered to turn them back on.  By about the third song Harper was getting antsy. He told me he had to go potty so we went in the nasty cinema bathrooms. Back in the theater while walking to our seats he dove to the blue runway to show me the lights I got him to our seat somehow only to ask him if he wanted to go home. He did, and while I got our stuff together he ran down the ramp and tried to leave out the emergency exit. I was laughing the entire way out. It was just so him.

Harper's first movie

And we have baby Willem. This week he mastered crawling over the gate (when opened).

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Willem toes

Willem toes

What happens when you eat chocolate in the dark while holding a sleeping baby.

What happens when you eat chocolate in the dark while holding a sleeping baby.

These are the highlights of what I made this week. The easiest and best turned out bread I’ve ever made and I’m making a scoby for kombucha. The kombucha is an experiment. I’ll update as I go, but that with the wine makes for a lot of fermenting going on in my house.

kombucha scoby baby

kombucha scoby baby

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Not pictured from this week: Harper’s bed getting off the floor and onto a frame, the failing of poop-potty training, and Willem’s (almost) 6 month appointment.

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Please Lord let this last their lifetime.

Please Lord let this last their lifetime.

 

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You may have seen a few of these around. Here are some snippets from my week… mostly Willem but he’s just that cute, couldn’t be helped.

Willem and Emlyn are only 3 months apart but they are pretty much the same size.

Willem and Emlyn are only 3 months apart but they are pretty much the same size. Wish we lived closer to this family so these babies could play more.

He's a drooler.

He’s a drooler.

Harper making a tortilla walkway in the living room. Shame on me for leaving them out.

Harper making a tortilla walkway in the living room. Shame on me for leaving them out.

Willem has my thick ankles not as big of a deal on boys and cute on babies.

Willem has my thick ankles not as big of a deal on boys and cute on babies.

I found Harper reading one of his kid Bibles to Khaleesi in the kitchen. She pretended to be entertained.

I found Harper reading one of his kid Bibles to Khaleesi in the kitchen. She pretended to be entertained.

Harper waxed his car. Good thing he blew the candle out first.

Harper waxed his car. Good thing he blew the candle out first.

I just love the cheeks out of this kid.

I just love the cheeks out of this kid.

To Do in 2014

I love new starts and new years. This is the first year that I’m not waiting for something (like a baby or a move). It’s great to focus on the little things instead of anticipating huge life changers. I’ve noticed that since New Years Day I’ve already looking forward to and planning my summer… we still have 3-5 months of winter left. So, while I don’t believe in resolutions (because it sounds like resolve and my life is not a problem) I do have a to-do list that I’d like to put down for accountability and to help me remember.

1. I want to spend more time with my kids. This sounds so vanilla so let me specify. I want to have more projects, outings and specific memories made with my kids. I want to take Harper to art classes and fishing in the creek. I want to take Willem swimming for his first time and hike the Flume Trail with him on my back. I’ve always spent time with my kids, right now Harper and I are cuddling in bed while he watches Rescue Bots which I would consider quality time considering our weather is being described as “arctic” right now but it’s not exactly memory making. This might not sound that hard to many people but to this homebody with a spirited toddler it’s going to really take some gumption on my part.

2. I want to drink more water. It is my life force! I was so good at drinking at least 100oz per day while pregnant and now I’m lucky to get 60oz on average. I’d rather grab another cup of coffee which really adds up to a lot of coffee and a little amount of water. Time to get back to the good stuff especially since I’m still nursing Willem and need to stay hydrated for the both of us. Not to mention being well hydrated is good for your skin and overall health.

3. I want to have a hearty garden. This one is more fun but will be a lot of hard work. I’m really looking forward to weeding, planting, watering, cleaning and eating what I grow myself. Last year I basically threw seeds in the ground this year I am planning what I want and how to make it as successful as possible. I am so excited about this I’m already compiling my list of seeds to buy.

I have a few other smaller things. I want to get the rest of the trees picked up (from our snow storm). I want to make kombutcha and other experiments, make more dinners, eat at the table more (doesn’t happen when I’m not home for dinner 5 nights a week), find a table to re-finish for the kitchen, keep my house cleaner, get rid of baby stuff we don’t need/use and spend less.

Hopefully this year brings many more hugs and kisses and amazing memories with my little family. I have a good feeling about 2014, it’s our year to grow together (not in numbers, thank God). Happy 2014!