Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grandpa Elden

After a few years of health difficulties, including a severe case of Alzheimer's, my mother's father, Elden Page, passed away last Friday. I am in Idaho with Harper this week, helping with funeral preparations and reconnecting with my mom's family.

As part of those preparations, I've been pulling together the printed program for the funeral. Everyone decided it would be nice to feature several pictures from his life on the program. As we've sifted through a lifetime of photos, we've found some really great ones - ones that most of us had never seen.

My grandparents when they were young - what a handsome couple!

This is my grandpa as I love to remember him: swinging me and my brother around until we are exhausted from laughing.

We are so grateful that he isn't suffering any longer, but we'll definitely miss him and all of the great times we had together.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

15 months... or 16... nope: 17

I started a 15-month post months ago, then it turned to 16 months, and now we're at just about 17. I suppose I'll back-track a bit. But first, a quick hair update... we have curls!

At her 15 month appointment in early March, she weighed 22 pounds (25-50%) and was 31 3/4 inches (90%), which has been fairly normal. However, her head is now up to the 50% range (has been 25% until this trip)!

Harper had a rough few months early in the year. She had loads of colds and other illnesses, transitioning to cow's milk was pretty difficult, and the cold of winter has kept her inside more than she would have like. Her 15 month immunizations were pretty tough on her, causing her to spike a fever and be very cranky for quite a few days. The addition of new teeth and fluid in her ears extended her crankiness nearly two weeks (which explains how miserable she looks in the St. Pat's pictures). Then one Sunday we woke up, and our happy baby was back. We missed her!

Harper has really started to show us her personality. She seems to be a little shy at first, but with familiar people she is adorable and super affectionate. Like her dad, she is quite a tease and is very curious about how things around her work.

Her vocabulary is really taking off. We've officially entered the parrot stage, where she tries to mimic the same words we say. She has really perfected the use of the word "No" and says it with a certain attitude that makes it really difficult not to laugh out loud. Along with words, Harper loves animals and the noises they make. Her elephant impression is awesome.

Adi has found a special place in Harper's heart. We will often find Harper snuggling with the dog on the dog's bed. She loves to take Adi for walks and LOVES to hold her leash. She says "Adi" and "dog" more clearly than most words and is so excited to see her every morning.

Finally, It has to be recorded that Harper loves the park - especially slides. On my days off of work we can (and occasionally do) spend literally hours there with no complaints from her. In fact, when we aren't at the park, Harper spends loads of time sliding down the grassy hill in our front yard. You can tell she's having a great time when she squeals "WHEEE".

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


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My bathtub faucet has become leaky over the last week. How does this happen? One week: no problems; the next: a leak that is actually more like a nearly running faucet. Seriously, I can hear the water running through the pipes constantly, and the water is HOT.

AND my repairman who usually fixes such leaks (if you can call this a leak) is away until Friday. Anyone know a good plumber?

Fingers crossed that I don't have to brave a cold shower in the morning.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011


For the last week all three of us have been sick. again. We're really tired of being sick.

So, to recall healthier days, please enjoy this gem.

Turns out that we needed to turn on the humidifier during the winter to avoid such static. Problem solved.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

fun with a kiwi

Today, I cut open a kiwi to discover this. Channeling my inner high school art student, I had some fun...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One Year - November 30, 2010

On her birthday, I wrote the following list of notes about Harper.

Harper is a happy, happy little girl who likes to:

· Wrinkle her nose

· Twist her tongue

· Pat & rub her belly while bathing

· Say “ma ma ma ma”, “thanks”, “wow”, and “da da”

· Shake her finger when we say the word Monkey

· Dance to music

· Run away from someone who is chasing her

· Play peek-a boo

· Read & look at books

· Eat, not be fed

· Cuddle her dog

· Bark like a dog

· Look out our storm door & wave to people walking by

· Ride on shoulders

· Wave and flirt with strangers

· Brush her teeth

· Take baths

· Push things around

· Playfully flop on our bed

She took her first step at 9 ½ months and started walking when she was 10 months old.

She has 4 teeth, and her head of hair is finally filling in.

She is so lucky to have lots of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents that love her.

We have loved (nearly) every minute of the last year with her. She has made us better people as we have struggled to learn how to become good parents.

A few days after her birthday we scrambled to throw together a (previously canceled) bubble-themed birthday party. With the help of my mom, who was in town for a basketball game, we pulled it off!

Harper had a great time with all her friends. My mom was the star of the event - she entertained the kids with songs and Ukulele music. Thanks so much mom!