This is Harper’s newest interest: “walking Ira”. No doubt it was born from her morning walks on Dada’s back while he walks the dog. Ira is an absolute love with her and patience beyond what I ever imagined he was capable.
Our friend Lilia came over for a play date recently. They had a great time exploring the back deck and seeing who could climb the highest and hang the longest. Lilia was the clear winner in both categories.
Some of you might remember Lilia as she was the first baby Ira ever met (Ira was 4 months, Lilia was 8 months).
Most of you have seen Harper Sue in some of Lilia’s baby clothes. Lilia’s mom and I have a similar fashion sense when it comes to dressing our little ones.
The weather was gorgeous in the Bay Area this weekend. The park was at maximum capacity (over 50,000!!!) for the annual Dyke March and the city turned into one big bash for the 40th Pride Weekend.
Needless to say, hetero’s where fleeing the city in droves
We headed north to Mill Valley on Sunday to hike the Dipsea trail. “Trail” is a bit misleading since 95% of the route is stairs. Rob hiked with Harper Sue on his back, Ira and I simply carried our own butt’s to the top. Rob and I where both whimsical about the beautiful redwood tree’s lining the trail and the local playground. It’s obvious that Mill Valley is one of the places you live when you “win” (per Rob).
It seems that there are two Happy Tent Camper’s in the family. I haven’t seen them both in the tent at the same time- Ira usually vacates when Harper Sue climbs in- but it’s bound to happen sometime.
Team Lord headed down the peninsula on Sunday to rollerskate with Harper Sue and Ira along Canada Road. They close this beautiful section of Canada to car traffic every Sunday for cyclists, skaters, and strollers to enjoy.
Ira LOVED the pace and Harper loved seeing the cyclist whiz by. I used my hiking poles for just-in-case stability with the girl on my back and Rob held onto Ira’s leash. Now all we have to do is train Ira to be a husky and respond to the word “mush” and we might be able to make the full 7 mile loop.
Ira and Harper Sue continue to develop their relationship. Thankfully for Ira this includes more ball toss and toy exchange and less hair pulling.
This morning they passed Ira’s squeaky rubber chicken back and forth a few times, each attempting to impress the other with how loud and frequent the toy squawks could be.
Harper’s morning ritual now includes crawling the hallway end-to-end…in pursuit of the dog’s kibble dish.
Harper Sue found the “dog” door last week and it has been her primary crawl-to destination since. If the nursery door is open she will make a b-line out, through the entrance landing, past the bathroom, through the kitchen, down the step (more and more gracefully each time) into the back mud room and to the “dog” door. So far, Ira has managed to avoid running her down on his way in but this scenario is inevitable.