We where able to squeeze in a visit with Janene before departing for Maui and by chance the SF Mime Troupe was performing in Santa Cruz that day. Harper had a blast digging in the dirt and dancing to the songs in the performance. Even Ira had a good time checking out the duck pond and hanging with the local woof crowd.
We’ve recently shifted from managing Harper’s food chain from a bite-to-bite distribution model where we would manage the flow of veggies, fruits, and protein rich items one bite at a time to a feed-thyself strategy whereby we put the whole meal in front of her and let her decide in what order she consumes them.
To my delight she typically consumes all food categories by the end of the meal. Yes, the fruit is usually the focus early on and eventually she ends up with a meal casserole or meal shake (she’s really into putting things in her cup and drinking them. Pasta OJ anyone?) but it’s great to see it all go in her belly by the end.
This change of strategy requires more after meal cleanup but it’s a big step toward becoming an independent eater and I’m not too concerned with the blackberry stains on her onesies
One of my main draws to the Resort at Squaw Creek is the pool area. The kiddie pool and adjacent sand box is perfect for entertaining the munchkins. There’s a bigger kids pool (3.5 ft deep) with a slide that goes through the trees for when Harper is older. Selfishly most important is abundance of adult lounge chairs and poolside bar/deli that is well staffed with kind folks who will refill your limeade and bring you turkey wraps while you sit on your ass in the sun.
Aside from staying at the fancy resort we where lucky to have another indulgence: Marina! Her family has a vacation home on Lake Tahoe a mere 2 miles away and the timing worked out perfectly with her rendezvousing with her mom and sis and popping over for a couple hours during the day and evening to give me some time to lay in the sun & read and Rob and I a chance to attend a Moby DJ set and friends BBQ during the evenings.
Dada and Harper Sue spending some quality time in the sandbox.
Marina and Harper Sue soaking up the sun at the pool.
Dada and Harper Sue exploring the boat dock and Marina's gorgeous lakeside home.
The kiddie pool and adjacent sandbox at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Harper Sue discovered a force field in our hotel bathroom in Tahoe. She was surprisingly unintimidated given that this was her first experience with a magical force field and she was able to harness its power quickly, much like Susan Storm in the Fantastic Four.
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.
We recently returned to Tahoe to attend the Wanderlust Festival at Squaw. We went last year when Harper Sue was just 10 weeks old and new that it would be even more fun this time when she could advantage of more of the resort activities offered. One super fun thing we discovered that was not on the official activities list was spending our mornings (7am -8:30am) exploring the huge resort lounge and conference halls. Here’s a few shots from our excursions.
Since I’ve attended a few sales meetings at this resort I’m familiar with the layout and the best stair cases in the conference area.
Harper Sue in search of the conference room for her next presentation
Harper developed a bit of a crush on the cowhide chair and is giving him(her?) a kiss in this shot.
The lounge was cruising heaven for HS. She was even able to practice her bouldering skills on the granite rocks that protrude from the main entrance floor.