Growing up so fast. So proud of her.
My sister was a gymnast (a State-level medal-winning gymnast) when we where in high school so we always had a pull up bar in a doorway of our house. At some point we installed a pull up bar at 321 in Palo Alto between the kitchen and the living room and all the housemates had guns (the arm kind) as a result.
The idea to install a pull up bar for Harper Sue occurred to me after a recent swim classes when Harper’s instructor was speaking to the importance of upper body strength in developing the ability for a toddler to climb out of the pool by herself. Fifteen bucks and two days later (thx amazon) we where in business.
It’s so fun to watch her monkey moves and remember back to when Sandi and I would hang on the bar and talk of the phone or brush our teeth or watch tv or… (the list is long).
Here’s a few shot’s of our monkey:
Rob and I trade off the role of Bath Time Guardian. This agreement was reached after realizing that this is one of the best times of the day with Harper Sue. She LOVES the bath and in particular pulling the plug and swimming while the water disappears down the drain.
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.
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.
Harper Sue has been in the pool nearly every day for the past week. At first she was silent and watchful, now she’s cooing and kicking with the occasional splash. It’s super fun to watch her adapt to new situations and sensations. I have yet to introduce her to the warm ocean water of Maui but will give it a whirl before we head home to the frigid water of NorCal.