27 July 2006

New pictures are in order, as Hazel has grown tremendously since the first kiddie pool of the season. She has protested several times recently that she is a grown-up now. Usually she insists upon her maturity when I'm cutting her off from playing with something dangerous. "I'm a grown-up NOW!" While she's most assuredly still a toddler, she's taller, leaner, more articulate, and inventive every day.

She is my partner in crime, particularly during the summer when it's mostly the two of us while her father is buried in school work and I'm on hiatus from my non-Hazel work. We've taken swim classes, gone to the farmer's market regularly, gardened, danced and even flown on a plane across the country. This was her third trip to Virginia. She's also been to Georgia and California. (And Canada if in utero travel counts for anything.) Her fifth round-trip flight, and the second one with just the two of us. It was a little more challenging than last year, because she loves to move, but still she was amazing and clearly enjoys to go on adventures.

The best part was spending a lot of time with family. Our closest family in Oregon is five hours away by car. Most of our other family is about five hours away by plane. We have a number of very good and loving friends, but Hazel likes to talk about how her cousin did this and her grandma gave her that. It was fun to watch my extended family interact with her and she thrived with the attention and family hustle and bustle.

She also got to:
spend time with horses (who scare and fascinate her)
pick black-eyed peas, tomatoes and flowers
jump into a deep swimming pool over and over again
meet her great grandmother's senior friends (and play on the playground where I very first went to school; holy circle of life, as her father says)
dance with her cousin
have a tea party with the toddler daughters of one of my high school friends
help her great grandmother in the kitchen
get materially spoiled by her grandmother

watch excessive amounts of t.v. (I love her father, but gained a new appreciation for all he does after being soley responsible for her every need for a week, including the fact that she never slept through the night the entire week, as time wore on she became more intrigued with the less child safe areas of the house we were staying in, and she is two and loves constant interaction and won't sit politely on the sidelines while I play catch-up with long-lost relatives. Hello, Elmo!)

get several mosquito bites (to spray the poison OR to allow the bites which may carry disease OR stay inside where there are limited activities when the house is not your own and your hosts are clearly concerned about what your child is going to do next? Hello, Elmo!)

To recap:
-I'm trying to upload photos, but blogger's being a j-hole (remember j-hole, ritchey? good times!)
-Hazel pulled her own suitcase through two airports and I thought I was with a movie star the way people stopped, stared and exuded positive vibes and smiles her way
-When faced with the chance to watch copious amounts of t.v., Hazel will take the challenge and execute the couch potato stance with grace and dignity
-We are back to Portland where we spend time outside, take walks and just feel really good these days
-While we were gone there was a heat wave and the peas Hazel planted grew nearly a foot (they were only about an inch when we left, we were a little tardy planting the peas), Hazel got to pick beans and tomatoes from the front yard also
-Hazel totally hit her neighborhood friend (who is turning two soon) in the face with a badminton racket and I am still so so so so sorry that happened.
-I love people who take the time to get to know Hazel and interact with her, and that is the surest way to my heart; therefore, Hazel's father has the topmost spot in my heart because to watch the two of them reunite after a week apart brought tears to my eyes
-She reads literature to her most beloved of dolls: yarn baby


  • At 7/27/2006 6:49 PM, Blogger K said…

    Oooooh ! She is just so cute! what a lovely babe. Hope to see you guys soon! :D

  • At 7/27/2006 8:18 PM, Anonymous ritchey said…

    I do remember j-hole. I use it constantly! Remember how Kim thought it meant "juice-hole?" That Kim. Hazel looks like a million bucks, I tell you! I miss you.


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