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Catching up

April 12, 2017

1. Telling Rachel it was almost time to go inside for her nap, and her taking off across the lawn. Only she’s so unsure of herself when she walks on grass, she’s moving slower than a shuffle, so I have no problem catching her.

2. Vanilla ice cream topped with cherry coulis.

3. Rachel saying ‘sit, sit’, then backing up to sit on anything she can, water bottles still bundled together in plastic, her toy basket, my leg. Sometimes she misses and goes for a slow tumble.

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Travelers

April 2, 2017

1. ‘We’re aiming to leave by 7, right?’ asked S the night before a recent road trip. ‘Ha!’ I reply.

2. Rachel’s excitement over seeing a great Dane coming through the hotel lobby.

3. Seeing a hawk soaring high on the drive home.

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Chatting, snuggles, outdoors

March 27, 2017

1. Getting to know the next door neighbor a little bit this afternoon. Rachel stood behind me clinging to my legs while we chatted.

2. Rachel missed her morning nap this morning because of the funeral, so this afternoon, she napped an hour and forty minutes in her crib, woke up sad, and napped another hour on me. It’s been a few months since she’s slept on me like that, and I fully enjoyed it.

3. Getting out in the sun for a while this afternoon, watching for dogs for Rachel to see, hearing her try to imitate the birds she heard.

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Saturdays might be our favorite

March 25, 2017

1. Rachel plucking a note on the guitar, then singing it out with an off note ‘baaah’.

2. Snuggling with Rachel wrapped in her towel after her bath and turning so she can see her face in the mirror. ‘Look at that cute baby’, I say. She grins and says ‘me’.

3. Our nice breakfast this weekend is huevos rancheros with homemade salsa. It was a tasty start to the day today and we get it again tomorrow.

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Stored, sunshine

March 21, 2017
  1. I let Rachel play with an outdated credit card while I cleaned up the kitchen this morning. She went around poking it into various spots, but never left the kitchen with it. After I got my coffee and we were about to head to the living room, I asked her where it was, and she laughed at me. A few hours later, after her morning nap, I again asked her where the credit card was, because it was driving me crazy to not be able to find it, and she toddled to the pan cupboard, opened it, and showed me the credit card resting in the cast iron skillet.
  2. We got outside for a while this afternoon. The sun was shining so brightly, and the snow was melting. Rachel stomped in the trickles of water going down the driveway, and almost fell into the little stream at the end of our driveway. The dog next door came out for a few minutes, and you could see Rachel trying to figure out how to get close to it with all the snow we still have from last week.
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Special food, don’t go, plans

March 20, 2017

1. This past weekend’s special breakfast was crepes, or rather Hungarian pancakes as I knew them when I was growing up. I made a small batch of apple butter to go with them, and Rachel and I test tasted it while it was cooking down, which left her begging for more. I wasn’t sure the crepes with apple butter would be as good as I remembered them being, but they were. It’s nice when the real thing is as good as the memory.

2. Rachel puts her new ball into the lunch bag, asks me to put the strap on her shoulder, then says ‘bye’, blows kisses, and waves.

3. We have a 6 hour road trip coming up, and in an attempt at keeping Rachel from crying through it (will that go better now at 15 months than at 10 months?), I picked up some cheap little trinkets from Wal-Mart. She doesn’t understand making a choice between two items though, so I quickly learned that for now I just need to do the picking. They’re hidden away for now so they’ll be new and hopefully intriguing.

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Honesty

March 13, 2017

1. The kitchen floor was washed today, mostly because Rachel, after dinner the other night, took my napkin, went to a spot on the floor and scrubbed at it while saying, ‘a mess, a mess’. I figure when my one year old tells me the floor is dirty, it’s time to clean.

2. I organized and decluttered the top of the fridge, the cupboard, and the stand in the kitchen today.

3. Rachel stacked seven blocks on top of each other and clapped for herself.