To be Three

 

Our spring has really been just an extension of winter with a few warm days tossed in just to make ache for summer. Saturday was one of those warm days. As soon as I was home Harper and I took to the outdoors for a walk. Our walk really just consisted of going to the church next door’s lot. We walked, we ran and I watched Harper jump in the biggest puddles he could find, I helped him to the highest point of the rock so he could jump off, and we went and threw rocks into the river (one of use might have peed in the river).

Three has already been a huge year for Harper. His vocabulary that was stunted at two now knows no bounds (luckily it isn’t the clearest fingers crossed he isn’t really saying shit as often as it sounds). Sure he’s whining more and learning his limits but he listens more and understands more and it’s wonderful to watch. He loves having things to do, chores, just yesterday he resisted eating right away to set the entire table for me. He fallows directions, something I wondered at times if he would ever be capable of.

Harper has a huge heart that comes out in almost every thing he does. He has empathy, shows kindness to kids that are sad or hurt, he does hurt others occasionally but will often offer up a hug or a kiss in apology (sometimes he needs coaxing from his parents but will fallow up with compassion all his own). Even at home with his brother he watches over him. As soon as Willem cries he looks around for me and calls for me to help Willem.

I hope this spring and summer holds so many blue skied days of me and my boys exploring our world. Throwing rocks in the creek, digging worms in the dirt, jumping off big rocks.
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He pointed next to him and said "mama, sit"

He pointed next to him and said “mama, sit”

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First Day of Spring

Last night was a complete mess. Harper fought me till the end about falling to sleep. He thought he deserved a treat just for getting into bed but refused to stay there. After a good 2 hour fight he ended up falling asleep curled up on the couch.

Shortly after I went to bed myself he ended up waking up and climbing in with me. Fine. Then. He wet my bed. So everyone was up at 2 in the morning crying while I changed the sheets. I was quick and was able to get them calmed down but no one really slept after that. Willem’s little head cold didn’t help us at all. Or the fact that I had a kid on each side of me.

Fast forward to the morning and I somehow manage to pull off getting the kids up and in the truck to take Harper to school. Willem is still screaming so I make him a dr appointment but they can’t get us in while Harper is in preschool so I have to take both kids with me. This is okay, only okay. It could have gone much much worse but instead I did a little arguing with Harper about staying in the room and had to do a sprint down a long hallway as we were leaving but that’s the worst of it.

When 2 o’clock rolled around I was anxious to get out on my own since sleep wasn’t going to be happening. I had an appointment to get my windshield fixed and after that was going to do a little shopping. Mainly grocery shopping and swing by the courthouse to get some stuff for our car.

Didn’t happen.

They told me that the car will be ready at 5. So I walked off.

Thankfully the first day of spring in Rapid City was amazing. It wasn’t hot or cold just pleasant. Sun was out, there were clouds and birds singing, add some more grass and flowers and I’d be in heaven.

Anyway, I ended up walking about 5 miles. Stopped at the ol’bike shop to chat, the health food store for some corks, to the courthouse, got some sage flavored ice cream (amazing), browsed a boutique and went to my favorite art gallery in the area: art alley- an actual alley. A nice long, lonely walk was better than a nap.

Here are the highlights

Rapid City has statues of presidents on all the corners downtown. Here is George W and a dog. I couldn't tell if he was giving a thumbs up or looking for a ride but he sure does look happy.

Rapid City has statues of presidents on all the corners downtown. Here is George W and a dog. I couldn’t tell if he was giving a thumbs up or looking for a ride but he sure does look happy.

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This is one of my favorite pieces I've ever seen here. Honorable and intriguing.

This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever seen here. Honorable and intriguing.

Why would anyone put up this billboard? It's so oddball but very true. I can tell you I have a few things fermenting in my house, wine and Kombucha. True but strange sign.

Why would anyone put up this billboard? It’s so oddball but very true. I can tell you I have a few things fermenting in my house, wine and Kombucha. True but strange sign.