Remember when I started this series on a daily basis? Oh those were sweet naive days of yore. This past week was all about "finishing strong" for Harper for school. Starting last week it was four more weeks of school and I had gotten a bit lax about her school work. Giving up too easily. It was a reminder that it could be so easy to be a shitty parent. Sure, you can play minecraft any time. Sure, you can watch tv all you want. But that's not me. So I worked harder last week (and will for three more weeks) to help Harper get her work done throughout the day with plenty of breaks and fun time.
On Monday it rained. It was heaven. I feel like that will be the last rain I see for another eight months. I don't love LA for this.
Kurt brought home lovely peonies from Trader Joe's this week. My favorite flowers!
The rain soothed my soul and also rinsed off the old sidewalk chalk course. Time for a new one! I need new chalk the next time I do this as I prefer not to scrape my knuckles on the rough sidewalk again. Actually creating the thing is tiring! Also I'm out of shape for sidewalk chalk art.
I love hearing random people do the course, laughing and playing. It makes me happy.
One afternoon Harper was running around with this butterfly cage, using it as a net, chashing butterflies. AND SHE CAUGHT ONE! She kept it inside for a few hours, then took it back outside and let it go. She did "play" with it a few times so I hope it wasn't dead...
My lovely thank you gift from Jenny was a tiny ceramic dish, soil and strawberry seeds. I planted it, dubious about growing strawberry plants in such a tiny spot but lo and behold! Wee little strawberry shoots! I'm going to transplant them later into a planter. Fingers crossed.
Not quite so much baking this week. Had to slow my roll on that action.
Harper had a very fancy lunch one day. She likes her dogs naked.
I tried my hand at soda bread and made 2 errors - not cutting the top deep enough to open up all the way and baking it just a little too long. It was delicious though, with butter and jammmmmmm...mmmmmm. So easy to make, I will make it again.
For absolutely no reason I bought a shortbread pan. No good can come of it.
Mr. Biscuit continues to grow. He's suddenly taken a liking to my desk chair when I stand up. And he's starting to get some outside time in Kurt's arms. We are prepping to have him try and be outside soon. Willoughby goes out and mostly sticks to the backyard, so we are hoping Biscuit does the same. But he still has his teenage boy cat brain so it's kind of a crap shoot.
I got some new sunglasses.
Harper a lot of art this week. She and Kurt logged onto the Mo Willems Lunch Doodles channel. Two of my all time favorites are these:
Harper also helped me do a birthday card for Uncle Peter.
And one morning I asked her to write a letter to someone before playing minecraft. She wrote to Kurt and made this GENIUS picture of them playing their favorite game "throw and catch". They play in Harper's room with a big soft ball but manage to destroy the room. Apparently Kurt's glasses get knocked off some times and Harper laughs and laughs. (click for bigger image.)
She also painted this. And used up aaaaalllllll the glitter paint in the process. Hmmm.
It was a week. I have a lot of shit to work through about myself.