The Corona Diaries Week 37 - Thankful
Harper Turns Nine - A Pandemic Birthday Adventure

The Corona Diaries Week 38 - Birthday and Holiday Prep Week

Harper turned 9 on Sunday (12/6). (I'll do a separate post on that pandemic adventure.)

Here she is 8 years ago on her very first birthday and again, same wagon, same spot in the yard, turning 9.

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Leading up to this big day, we had a week of just getting by, prepping for the party and the holidays to follow, but all pretty low key. I did have an emotional up and down. I was feeling soooooo good about the future! A reasonable chance at better government, vaccine within shouting distance. I got EXCITED! Then I remembered, that everything would be the same (or worse because, you know, stupid people and rising covid numbers, UGH.) for months and months and months and months. Truly, nothing will really change until summer 2021, earliest. Like a little kid, I gobbled down all that sweet sweet sugar of hope and then crashed hard. I'm making my way back from that.

The normal things of the week:

Biscuit. He roams around outside now, having learned to actually climb fences in both directions. (Into our neighbor's yard and out of our neighbor's yard.) Sometimes I'll walk out the front door and find him there, just flopping around, chillin'.

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Harper wrote about Thanksgiving for school. (Please click for bigger and enjoy the read). I asked where Kurt was in this picture and she said she just couldn't fit him in. Sorry Kurt.
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Also, music is a big thing in Harper's life. Her current faves are Shaed and Little Mix. Little does she know that her big christmas present this year is an iPod Touch so she can listen to music on her own. Currently, she has to borrow my phone or the iPad. Kurt and I were talking about "back in the old days" when we were kids, we had a record player and/or a radio to listen to. But now you have to buy a device that can also do a zillion other things. (okay I could have bought a more basic mp3 player, but for a hundred other reasons, we didn't, mainly ease of use for listening in our Apple account.) Before she really starts using it, I'm going to remove a few apps first. I'm sure it won't take her long to figure out how to download everything, but that's what parental passwords are for!

More art from Harper.
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Holiday themed:
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Speaking of Holidays - we usually don't get a tree until after Harper's birthday so we did a lot of inside decorating (as previously mentioned). Got the traditional Trader Joe's advent calendar for us and for the cats (thanks Tom!). After the third or fourth chocolate, Harper declared the chocolate "not that great. The chocolate coins are better. Can I have another one of those?"

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Harper made her banner letters, but we have yet to put them up on a string and hang them over the mantle.
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Added one more string around our Little Free Library.
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Monthly Cratejoy box arrived from GammaJane. Harper raced through the book!
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Have you changed out your air filters lately? This was five months of dust/dirt/cat hair!! Yowza.

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Special surprise breakfast! #lucky
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Our neighbors pulled up with this behind their Jeep and I leaped outside, mask on, to look at it. I love these little trailer campers - this one has a bathroom! It is soooo nice. As you may recall, we are not great at camping, so something like this might be way more fun. But that's a big ask from Santa, so we'll keep dreaming.

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The week ended like this on Sunday night after all the pandemic birthday fun - wholesome family evening. Yes, Harper is eating pumpkin pie and finishing her cheeseburger all at the same time.

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PS: I won the game of LIFE.

 

 

 

 

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