Sweet Rory,

Today you are fourteen months old.  You have had a rough month.  You have been grumpy, hurting (we think) and just mad.  You were whiny, moaning, tantrum throwing and just downright miserable.  You wanted everything someone else had.  A waterbottle, you’d better share.  You wanted knives from the counter, rakes from the garden and any and every electronic known to man.  And then, Saturday you woke up and you were okay.  You have been so wonderful these past few days that I feel so terrible for whatever was bothering you this last month.  You must have been hurting and I am so sorry I didn’t do anything  about it.  Tylenol just once is making Mama feeling like she didn’t do enough.  I am so sorry.

You have mastered walking and now are just about everywhere.  You were quick with your pseudo crawling, but now you are quieter and quicker.  This is what pictures of you look like these days…

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You want to be doing everything your brothers are doing.  You are obsessed with books right now.  Chasing any adult around with a book in hand showing them and requesting in your fourteen month way of asking for that person to read you a book.  You have a few favorites.  Pat the Bunny and Open the Barn Door are on the topof your list.  You make awesome car noises when you are moving your trucks around.  You also are very fond of the spice drawers in the kitchen and the mops in the laundry room.  You know just where to get into that we really don’t want you to, well done boy, well done.

You have a few words.  You wake up every morning and roll over and say, “ickle, ickle, ickle” and try to tickle Mama or Dada.  It makes even the worst night sleep erased from our memory  (well, almost).  That being said, you are the worst sleeper at night.  Seriously, the worst.  We love you so much, but we have got to work on the evening sleeping arrangement.  We have a few good days and we think we are on our way to a change, but then we are (un)pleasantly reminded.  We know it is a phase, that is the great thing about being seasoned, this will not last forever.  But it has been awhile since I have slept more than 3 hours in a row.

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Rory, we had a rough go this month, but we made it through.  Seeing you grow and move around and babble and be your adorable fourteen month old self is such a joy.  You know more than we give your credit for (as all fourteen month olds do).  You observe everything.  You know where your nose is and are currently liking belly buttons.  You want to poke them and pinch them when you see one.  You buzz for bees in your books and make a “neighing” sound when you see a horse in one of your books.  Rory, I am so happy to see that you are happy again.  I look forward to this next month of feeling good, no new teeth and exploring the outdoors, which is your favorite place.  Here is to wandering around, exploring and growing.  Rory we love you so much.  Happy 14 Months.


this week in the garden

We have harvested snap peas, bok choy and lettuce.  Most of the radishes are in Henry’s belly and new things are starting in the garden.  We have squash growing, beans are flowering and producing, there are flowers on our tomato plants!!! and we ate our first broccoli this week.  So exciting to see the work you put in actually turn into something!  After weeks of wondering what was going to happen, would we have to move the garden, will things grow- they are growing!

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It looks like I am fall off pace for entires here, but for good reason.  It is summer.  We are playing, relaxing, working and reading.  Days are spent bike riding, sprinklier hopping, hammock swaying and garden tending.  We are busy, but not, we are relaxed, yet are days are full.  We had a bout of a weird stomach thing, but we have recovered.

This week we are sprinting out the door to get Henry to his first every summer camp.  Legos.  Of course.  He is having a blast.  The rest of us are enjoying spending time together and playing while we wait.  It is very hard for us to get out the door and somewhere by nine AM.  I suppose you get used to it, get better at it, but I will look forward to next week when our mornings involve leisurely breakfasts and garden watering.

A bit of what we have been up to, surprisingly photos are also not happening, but I do hope to get better as the summer progresses.  I want to remember this time.

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san juan island

Today we got back from a Forth of July camping trip  An attempt to get away from fireworks for dear Flanders again failed, but we have anxiety medication now, so he weathered through alright.  We also exhausted him with swims and hikes and walks, these also exhausted his three human brothers.  We all slept through the fireworks.

We missed our first attempt at a ferry crossing, so we spent a few hours playing at the ferry terminal.  Nobody seemed to mind- we looked for snails, crabs, watched birds catch fish, saw otters and watched ferry’s go by.  Even the baby, with just one nap for the day was on his best behavior.  We did make it across to San Juan Island, checked into our campsite and set up camp.  The boys were a little bit more than excited to say the least…

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And a recap from our time away.  Rory had three favorite pastimes- walk around the van, walk over the speed bump and check to see what Flanders is doing.

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We took trips to San Juan Island Historical National Park- both the American and English Camps.  The boys became Jr. Rangers and one six year old was very much excited about it.  We saw bald eagles, osprey, deer, ravens and a lot of shorebirds- include an oystercatcher which was pretty neat.

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We hung out near our campsite and tie-dyed shirts, rented a paddleboat and swam in the lake.  Mama was the only one not in and she very much wished the weather was a bit warmer!  We ate smores.  We discovered one boy prefers his marshmallows unroasted while another boy prefers his charred.

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We explored around Lime Klin State Park, which is the number one place to see orca whales in the world.  We didn’t see anyway, but there was a sighting reported about an hour before we got there.  We hiked down to Dead Man’s Bay and we threw rocks into the water.

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We went into Friday Harbor and posed by this thing… went to the Whale Museum and ate lunch (at the same restaurant as a local meteorologist no less).


We headed home today early, made the first ferry and enjoyed the sunshine at home today.  It was a good trip.  It was exhausting, we had sour moments and really happy moments.  I hope the boys remember the latter.  I love being with these four people,  They really are my favorite.

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