With school getting rolling (and the teachers and students are taking our time getting rolling which is a good thing) I realize that what Harper (and the entire world of 8 year olds) is missing by not going to actual school is the autonomy and independence she would be building on from last year. This is part of the whole socialization thing, I realize, but sharing an office with her made me realize it even more. She has to be in school with me being in the room most of the time. I've arrange the desks so she can't see me at least and hopefully that helps somewhat. Plus just getting used to it will help as well. At least that's what I remember from being in shared work spaces - you just tune out all the people around you.
The week was momentous for the whole Frey family as we got our hair cut! First Harper washed her hair and I helped her comb it out, then stick it in a bun as she she had an after school zoom class while Kurt and I got our hairs cut.
Harper and I haven't had our hair cut since December. Kurt not since I cut his in April (was it April?). Our stylist does a fantastic job of having super clean/sterilized capes and scissors and etc. She constantly wiped down the stuff she used and cut our hair as much as she could without being in our face. Tough with Kurt's hair though, but she kept it as minimum as possible. Overall it was just refreshing to have tidy hair again!
School lunches are interesting around here. Harper made her own one day. I promise she also ate green things for breakfast and a snack! Her favorite thing right now is edamame. (not pictured)
Another night was pizza roll ups which Harper was so happy to help with and seemed excited about! I thought they came out yummy! But she ate half of one, Kurt ate one and then no one ate the leftovers except me during the week. So okay fine.
Mr. Biscuit got a lot more time outdoors as his training continues (not pictured). As does the yowling when he gets put back indoors (not recorded). We did catch Mr. B and Willoughby hanging out as though they get a long... but these sessions don't last too long.
Biscuit has found a new sleep spot - on Kurt's jeans in the closet. He's pretty damn cute.
I had to go to the Post Office to mail off a baby gift to friends and HAD to buy these GORGEOUS stamps.
Kurt introduced Harper and me to one of his favorite games as a kid. A game he played with his brother. There might be a name for it, but basically it's States Darts or something. You throw handmade darts (they grew up on the pioneer days) at a big map of the US and whoever hits 25 states first wins. Oh my god it takes forever! But Harper had a good time. I kept score. Biscuit kept players on their toes by grabbing them by the leg from time to time.
Okay yes, secretly it's a great educational tool!
Harper also got some more VR time in.
One of her first assignments at school was to talk about PE and what your favorite exercise is and why then draw a picture of it. Harper wrote (and I'll fix the spelling for you):
Go Noodle is my favorite exercise 'cause you get to jump, dance and wiggle around. Also there is lots of channels you can choose. The people who do it are very funny. Good Noodle is amazing!
But the best part is the picture she drew. I just love it. She captured herself from behind, drew the monitor image to be truly behind her and included the zoom gallery of other classmates doing Go Noodle. So good!
One night before dinner Harper and took a walk around the neighborhood.