Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Puddle Jumpers

When buying new school clothes for Claire, there was one item that I knew I needed to get for Henry too:  rain boots.  He'd been wearing Claire's old flower ones long enough.  He picked out a particularly cool Batman pair.  And as soon as the first rain came about, Henry was only too excited to don his pair of puddle shoes.

We picked Claire up from the school bus, and the fun continued with a playmate!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Coat of a Different Color *PHOTO UPDATE (Garage doors and new light fixture)*

The time has finally arrived:  new house paint!  We are so excited to have our exterior repainted.  It looks sooo much better - it's like having a whole new house!  

Of course, I needed to  get some splashes of paint up on the exterior to finalize our color choice (we went with a shade darker than originally planned, and love it), and Henry was eager to help.  

I love my little helper!  

Here is the exterior colors before (we went with the middle shade):

and another "before" shot from back in February:

And here's the final product:

I love our red door, and it is now minus the storm door and with a new light fixture.

And Adam picked out some great new house numbers.  

We got new garage doors and had them painted the trim color to match.  We LOVE the way our house looks now!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grandma Visit

We were so lucky to have Glenda stop in for a short visit as she headed down to California to help Andrew move.  Adam had a vintage base ball game that weekend (which was also his birthday weekend), and she met us at the game.  She and Harper immediately got reacquainted.

Henry sat on the bleachers and cheered for his daddy.  It was so cute to hear him yell "Good job Dad!"

And then there was this cutie.  She just might be all legs.

Oh, how I wish that I could bottle this little baby up and stop her from growing any more.  I also wish I could get her to snuggle like this with me.  I guess she reserves this kind of cuddling for Grandma and Daddy only. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

School Library

We are regular library patrons.  And when we go to the public library, Claire has definite tastes in books.  These days it usually consists of titles relating to Barbie, Disney princesses, and Charlie and Lola.  I often pick books that I think she might like, but I rarely get a lot of interest in those titles.  So imagine my surprise when she came home from her first trip to the school library toting these in her backpack:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Claire got her very first shiner.  It was not a pretty event.  Claire was playing with her friends from across the street.  They have a bike trailer, and Claire has been known to catch a ride in the back of it as her (slightly older) friend rides her around the cul-de-sac.  Well, on this particular occasion, Claire wasn't wearing her helmet and was urging her friend to go faster and faster.  The trailer flipped, and the resulting face rash resulted.  I was actually at work when it happened, and when I walked in the door, unaware of what had occurred, I see Claire sitting on the couch with an ice pack on her face.  She was weepy, worrying that she was going to have to go to the hospital and get a shot. Over the course of the following few days, her eye got really puffy, bruises appeared, and Claire eagerly told the story to anyone who would listen.  Thankfully, it was mostly healed by the time school started.  

And as a throwback, here is a picture I found on my phone of Henry's first face injury.  This is from May of last year, and I remember he tripped and hit his forehead on Claire's bed frame.  It was quite the goose egg! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First Days

It's funny that while most new parents marvel at little toes and sleeping little bundles of joy, I remember that when Claire was just a baby, I would sit and wonder what it would be like when she started school.  I wondered what she would look like, if she would be smart, what things she would be interested in.  I always liked school, and I wondered what it would be like to be the parent of a Kindergartner, hopefully sharing good experiences with my daughter.  It's amazing to have that time upon me now.

We kind of did the first day of school thing twice.  In mid-August, Claire's school, Hazeldale Elementary, had a "Kindergarten Academy" - basically a Kinder-prep.  Though Claire was already able to write her name, use scissors and a glue stick, etc, there are a lot of kids who don't, so it was going through the motions of school for the Kindergartners, getting them ready for that first big day of school so they know what to expect.  Claire was so so so excited for this.  She woke up extra early all on her own (a feat that has yet to be repeated), got ready without a hassle, asked me to put a braid in her hair (like Elsa from Frozen) and even felt a little nervous.  We talked about my first day of school together, and we both shed tears as she walked away in her little line of fellow classmates.  Academy lasted two weeks, and she had about all the name writing practice she could handle.

Look at this leggy little girl!  When did she get so big?

Pretty much every day, Claire had a homework sheet to practice writing her name.  It's pretty safe to say that she hated it by the end (I probably would too, doing the same homework every day on top of doing the worksheet at school too).  Well, on one such occasion, Claire didn't get it done the night before, so we were scrambling to get it done before we had to leave for school.  But there was another sheet she had missed too, and Adam quickly stepped in to "help" her get it done.  I think he cut with his left hand to make it look like a 5 year old had done it.  I'm sure it is the first of many times where we "help" Claire with a project (science fair, anyone?).

Once Academy was done, we had two more weeks of summer to enjoy before the actual first day of school.  She started September 8 (the Kinders started a week later than the big kids), and this time, I had to drag her out of bed, beg her not to dawdle, and there was a definite lack of ceremony.  She didn't even want me to do her hair.  Thankfully, we had just enough time to snap a few pictures.

When I asked her about her day, she said that it was just like Academy (and she has said the same thing every day since).  Well, I'm glad I took those pictures on the first day of Academy then, because it appears that for her, that was the big first day!  She told me her favorite things were the treasure hunt (as they took a tour of the school, there was a teddy bear to find that had treats), and of course the bus ride home.  She liked the bus so much that she didn't want to get off!  As the bus pulled up at the stop, she sat at the window smiling and waving at me.  I was waving her to me, trying to convey to her that she needed to get off the bus.  Finally, the bus driver started saying goodbye to Claire to let her know it was time to get off, but she just sat there smiling and waving at me.  Funny girl!

I was such a space cadet that first day of school that I didn't even think to take pictures of her on the bus.  But since she has consistently said that is her favorite thing, I snapped some with my not-great phone camera.  Henry was actually jumping around and pointing at the bus when he saw it come around the corner down the street.  He is so happy when his sister comes home.

I honestly don't know why this picture turned out so goofy, but here's my Claire Bear getting off the bus.  She loves to run down the street, waving at her little friend she sits by until the bus is out of sight.

Monday, September 15, 2014

4 Months!

This baby is so beautiful, I can hardly stand it.  She's simply lovely.  Sweet disposition.  Quick to smile.  Practically perfect in every way.

Harper's still a little lightweight (compared to her brother and sister, that is).  At her 4 month checkup, she weighed in at 14 lb 2 oz (56%!), and was 86% for length.  Her brother and sister have always been in the 90%+, so comparatively, she's still little!  

She's finding her voice, drools like a maniac, loves how her brother and sister dote on her, sleeps through the night, sticks her legs in the air - and holds them there - when she's sitting in her seat, and loves to smile at herself in the mirror.  Harper is an absolute joy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Claire Selfie

Claire is developing an interest in my camera.  She loves to sit and take pictures.  Sometimes she even turns the camera on herself.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pilates Baby

Claire was a yoga baby.  It appears that Harper will be a pilates baby.  The girl is constantly working on her core strength.  How does a 4 month old do this, you ask?  Well, check out how she sits:

She will sit like this for minutes at a time.  This is not just a kick-in-the-air thing.  She actually holds her leg(s) in the air.  Sometimes both legs in the air, sometimes just one, occasionally alternating, but almost always with a smile on her face.  In no time, she'll be doing this without the help of a chair:

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...