Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

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Confused, anniversary day, holding hands

June 22, 2017

1. I’m looking forward to when Rachel can tell me, or I can figure out, what she means when she says ‘pem’. It’s not ‘pen’, and she says it in different parts of the house and different times of day.

2. Yesterday was such a lovely day. S took off work for our anniversary and we trekked up to a bird sanctuary, where we walked one of the paths. It was so peaceful there. We didn’t see many birds, but we heard them. The path was pretty level, so Rachel walked a good portion of the 3/4 mile trail we chose. Afterwards, we had a picnic lunch at one of the gorges, then decided to go ahead and hike it. Rachel had to be a backpack baby for that one. My legs were trembling on the stairs on the way down, but it felt so nice to be out. After we came home, we whipped up an orange parfait dessert for later.

3. ‘Hand, daddy. Daddy, hand’, are some of the sweetest words I heard from Rachel on the walk at the bird sanctuary. She was very independent most of the walk, but sometimes wanted a little extra support.

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Birdies, boo, energy

April 26, 2017

1. Two little finches landing on the garden fence while I work on the weeding and Rachel putters around. It felt like a secret garden moment.

2. Playing ‘boo’ with Rachel. We race back and forth and around from the kitchen to the living room, trying to surprise each other. Her laugh is contagious.

3. My afternoon slump has been less slumpy since I’ve been spending more time outside on walks and gardening.

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Sunshine

April 24, 2017

1. Seeing a cardinal pair flit through the back yard.

2. Rachel’s happiness that I was wearing a sun hat too.

3. Rachel wanting me to put the two dandelions I picked for her back where I found them.

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Missing

April 13, 2017

1. Looking over our backyard to see what work needs to be done. ‘Didn’t we have four dying pine trees here?’ I ask. We look for the missing one and see that it fell over the bank into the creek bed. The roots were so shallow, or so rotted, the earth was barely disturbed.

2. The new word today is ‘ant’. We get bothered by black ants during the non winter months, and I was especially annoyed with them at lunchtime. I got out the little vacuum and am afraid I kind of messed up Rachel’s lunch with the distraction. She was pretty excited about it all and kept shouting out ‘ain, ain’. 

3. Rachel was having a difficult time with bedtime ever since our trip a few weeks ago, but the last two nights, she turns out the light while being held, listens as one of us chats with her for a bit, then reaches for her crib to be put in it. Such peaceful bedtimes are nice.

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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.