We made our second all-in-a-day trek down to see Grandma Sue in Orange County last week. I felt much more relaxed on this trip and our flights where within 30 minutes of the expected departures which was great.
Once again we ended up with a couple hours of visiting time at Sue’s house and Harper Sue had a BLAST!
We took a stroll down a street we don’t often visit last week and came upon these two guard statues on the sidewalk. After introducing herself to both of them and noticing their shared features (eyes, teeth, and hair) she decided they both needed a few hugs. Cutest thing eva!
I’m so inspired by the Montessori mantra of creating a home environment that allows the child to be independent and found this video of a mom putting the idea into practice by creating a shelf in her frig for her son. Our frig has a pullout freezer on the bottom and is additionally challenging for little people because it has a heavy swing door. After thinking of ways to reconfigure the shelving inside to accomodate Harper’s reach and toying with some ideas on how to have the door open a bit easier I decided that getting a mini frig was the best bet based on safety and accessibility.
I bought the smallest frig I could find at Best Buy (1.7 cubic ft, about 18″ x 18″ square) and squeezed it next to the big frig last night.
This morning I introduced Harper to the new appliance. I showed her how to open it, explained what would be kept in it, how to properly remove her snacks and drinks, and showed her how to close the door and why it was important to keep the door shut.
Needless to say, she freaking LOVES her new frig! She pulled everything out and put everything back in twice. She helped Dada get ready to leave for the playground by getting all her own snacks together and putting them in the park bag. So AWESOME!
For now I’m planning to keep the frig stocked with her water bottle, a cup of juice, some ready to eat fruit, some cheese sticks, and some yogurt.
I read something over a year ago about giving little kid’s quality music instrument’s that sound great from the very beginning. I’ve mostly held to this idea and resisted a lot of the plastic toy-versions of drums, guitars, and rhythm instruments. I know Harper enjoys making sounds that are full and beautiful and I KNOW I like her to make sounds that are full and beautiful too
Rob recently decided to move his ukulele down from the out-of-Harper-reach bookcase to the easy-to-reach floor and Harper wasted no time adding the instrument to her new favorite things list. It’s the perfect size for her to carry from the neck without dragging and the open chords have a nice sound.
We’ve been spending some time talking into empty boxes, tubes, and bell jars. It was only amount of time until the activity was added to the dinner entertainment schedule.