|Mount Shasta, California|
|Pretty in Pink|
- Our baby grew up this week. While she may technically be turning two this Friday, she has taken on the independence of a 4 year old. That little girl kept up with the older kids like nobody’s business.
- In sitting at the bar with the “big kids” (not in a high chair), Leah learned to swallow her food last week. If you have ever seen the girl eat, you know what I am talking about. She usually chews it up, sucks out the juice/nutrients, and then spits out the bulk. This sort of twisted baby eating disorder has finally been cured and we could not be more proud.
- She conquered her fear of water and proved to be a true water baby. Floating on her back is her favorite. The girl is a fish.
- She fell in love with their baby kitten and little teacup shiatsu. Poor animals could not hide fast enough. You would have thought she was a mama cat by how she carried the kitten around by the scruff of her neck. Let’s say the girl loved the kitten too much!
|Nathan and Daddy |
caught a fish!!!
- 6 days in the spa for at least 4 hours a day. Raisin fingers… happy boy.
- If it is possible to have a forever friend at 5 years old, I do believe Nathan can officially say he has found his. “Superman” (6 yrs old) and “Spunky” (4 yrs old) are the kind of friends we will keep for life. Nathan has decided he wants to marry Spunky… and we are all completely fine with his choice. What a amazing time to watch my son find friendship at such a young age.
- Tape. Tape and paper. Tape and paper and pens. If they were not in the spa the kids were drawing. Bliss.
- Nathan had a great time with his dad. They caught a fish in the stream and had a blast golfing. Here is a pic of his stance/swing. Eric says his swing is near perfect… I don’t know enough about golf to argue. Love watching my boy and his dad share such amazing bonding moments.
|The kid looooooooooves golf.|
- The man shot at clay pigeons and was an all-star. There were only about 10 left and I watched him hit 7 in a row.
- Golf. He was able to go twice in one week and had a blast. As much as this habit can drive me crazy, I love how he comes home from a round relaxed and content.
- The boys had the amazing opportunity to go fly-fishing on the Fall River during the hex-hatch. Basically this means they went out on the river at sundown during the time that a special mayfly hatches and the fish go crazy jumping out of the water trying to snatch the flies. My man caught a 17 inch 2+lb rainbow trout! Happy, happy husband!!!
- I followed Mrs. Awesome around and learned a ton about gardening. She sent me home with a pallet of divided flowers that I put in the ground this morning. Just hoping I can nurse and love them to great health and vibrancy here in the valley.
- I experienced pains near the intensity of childbirth. Got to go to the ER and the determined that I was border lined between a kidney infection and UTI. Ouch. Reminder that my body is still healing and that my immune system is not yet normal. Grrr… but this will improve with time.
- Honestly, the kids were great and I just got to sit back and watch them have fun. This is my favorite kind of mothering.
- Deep conversation. Mr. & Mrs. McAwesome are very, very, very smart people. It is refreshing to have deep, intellectual conversations. About politics, about parenting, about religion… the list goes on and on. Loved the conversations of the week.
|Joppa Family - June 2012|
|Nathan and Superman in the spa.|
(Showing off their dinosaur and camel figurines.)
|Superman (6 yrs), Nathan (5 yrs), |
Spunky (4 yrs) and Leah (week shy of 2 yrs)