With shout-outs to Pop Pop, Tu Tu and Mer Mer.
Rob’s folks came up to San Francisco for a visit this past weekend and got to see Harper Sue in her native habitat including Bernal Heights Park, Mission Pool Playground, and home.
Here’s a few of my favorite pics from the visit:
The highlight of Christmas in San Diego was Pop Pop’s train set. Not only where familiar photos placed near the tracks for the kids but the entire table was a yes-touch zone (as opposed to no-touch which is prevalent in a toddler’s life).
Zach was happy to show Harper how to work the speed and direction lever- I’ve never seen a train move so fast going backward!
It brought back memories of my own Grandpa Roll’s train set when I was little. So nice to have that tradition continue with Harper Sue.
We spent a marvelous 10 days on Maui in August. We stayed at Rob’s folks house in Wailea and our trip overlapped with Rob’s sisters family and a visit from Grandma Sue too. This year we decided to bring our nanny Marina along for the trip and are so glad for it. That meant Date Night was any night… this IS vacation!
We had a big week planned with lots of activities and a challenging time change (yes, that DOES say “3am Wake Up”) so we posted it on the white board and assigned dawn patrol duty evenly between Rob, Marina, and me.
After the five hour leg of our flight she finally had a chance to walk/crawl around the empty gates while we waited for our connection.
Harper Sue had just started taking a few steps before the trip and was inspired by her cousin Zach who at 4 months older is a full sprinter.
This was also Harper Sue’s first time standing in the beach break and she absolutely loved it! Each time a wave would come in she was scream with delight and make every attempt to chase them back into the ocean. The few times she got a face full of spray didn’t deter her excitement and glee of playing in the waves.
Here’s a few of my favorite shots of Harper Sue enjoying Makena (aka: Big Beach):
The other big highlight of the trip for Harper (and us) was the fruit! Lots of amazing local plums, strawberries, and of course mangoes. Here’s a nice shot of Harper eating one of the aforementioned plums and sporting her new Mana Foods tank top:
One of the big kid attractions in the Wailea area of Maui is the pool at the Grand Wailea. Calling it a “pool” is not even close to accurate because it’s actually many many pools linked by swim-through water ways, underground grotto’s, waterfalls, and baby beaches. If you are 12 years old this place IS heaven on earth. If you are 14 months old, the baby beach is where the action is and we spent an afternoon watching Harper explore the miniature version of the adjacent ocean break. Pop Pop (aka: Grandpa Pete) came with us and had a great time building sand castles for Harper to destroy.
We grabbed an abandoned casabella later in the afternoon and relaxed after a “hard day”:
Our flight home was uneventful and the time change worked in our favor back in San Francisco with Harper Sue’s new rise time at 7am instead of 6am… at least for now.
Pop Pop posted a bunch more photos of the vacation here.
We met up with The Lord’s Gang at Huntington Gardens on Sunday morning and spent the day meandering through the beautiful grounds. We took an unplanned break near a lovely pond and gave the kiddo’s a chance to explore.
Harper Sue attempted to purse snatch G Grandma Sue’s bag, pull Cousin Zach’s hair, and wrestle her Dada to the ground before convincing Grandma Tu Tu to carry her into a restricted zone. All in a days adventure for our sinister ‘lil SueBee.
All in all it was a lovely day and Grandpa Lord posted some nice pictures of Harper Sue on her best behavior:
Grandparents now twice over, Peter and Barbara Lord visited Harper Sue this weekend in her San Francisco home. More pictures in this photo set.
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