Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Becca on the Boulevard

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My mom sweetly offered to pick Rebecca up early one day so that she could come to visit me at school. It was so fun for staff, teachers, and kids to see Becca, and she loved running up and down the hall when students were in class. She's really into running these days! After school was out, we packed up and headed down the road to the Beer Hall at Boulevard Brewery. My friend Anne works over there, and it's always fun to hang out in the Beer Hall. It's gorgeous! It was a little bit cool and windy, but there was a great spot on the patio for Becca to walk around and make a mess.
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We all tried a little taster of a beer before committing to a big beer, and Mom even branched out from her favorite Boulevard Wheat on tap. They have so many good options! Rebecca had some snacks from her snack trap and cried a few tears when Mama spilled the end of her beer. She was the only kiddo there, but I don't think she bothered anyone. We marveled at the number of people already out enjoying good beer before five o'clock on a Thursday!
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We considered this a Mother's Day celebration of sorts because we were all able to be together, hanging out in Kansas City. It was Mom and Lauren's (and Becca's!) first trip to the Beer Hall. I can't stop talking about how much I love this space with a view.
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We all were ready for an early dinner and left the Beer Hall to meet Kip at Rosedale Barbeque. I've been at Rosedale for almost two years and never eaten at the famous barbeque joint at the bottom of the hill. Rebecca was thrilled to eat bbq and see Daddy. She loves him so much - just look at her laughing at him at the dinner table! We thought the food was just okay, but now we can say we've eaten at another one of Kansas City's landmark barbeque joints. It was so fun to spend an afternoon hanging out on Southwest Boulevard with my family - a true Mother's Day treat!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The One Book of April

There was just one book in April, and I didn't love it. Our book club pick for April, it seemed like a good one with lots of votes from our group to choose it. It was also an NPR best book for 2016. Over the Plain Houses proved to be a heavy read, and only two of us finished it in time to discuss all the parts at book club. The chapters alternate between the perspectives up of a husband and wife in Appalachia during the New Deal era. It was pretty heavy, with domestic violence, a little bit of witchcraft, and crazy fundamentalism.

I had a couple of other books I almost finished during April and one that I gave up on in the middle of the book. It was just one of those reading months. May is looking much better already!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Becca Outside || Fourteen Months

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Taking all those monthly photos was a bit tricky sometimes, especially once Rebecca could move. However, it was nice to have a regular place to update what Becca was up to each month! Here are a few updates about our girl.

She still very much loves to be outside, both at school and at home. If you ask her if she wants to ride in the wagon or the stroller, she'll walk to the door and start nodding like crazy. She also loves bubbles (bu-bu), and I think will grow to love her swing. It's still a very new experience! So thankful for a daddy that can climb trees and hang it up for her! Kip was cleared after surgery a couple weeks ago, and his body is very slowly adjusting to his old routines. He mended remarkably quickly!
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Rebecca seems to know what's going on all the time, and she will help move the laundry, close the pantry door, and put her toys away. She even tried to close the dishwasher the other day! She stands at her high chair when she wants to eat, and yells with excitement at the chair where she nurses after school, pounding on it with her little hand.

Almost all of her words involve ba- and da- sounds except for Mama and yes. This is convenient for Becca because it allows her to describe all her favorite things! Dog, daddy, ball, book, Brown Bear, Go Dog Go, Belle, baby, banana...they probably all sound the same to anybody else, but they clearly mean very different things to Becca! She said "wa-wa" the other day for water which was a new sound that she followed up Tuesday morning with WHOA. Every time she drops something off the changing table, she TRIES to say uh-oh, but it's mostly been a long uhhhhhhhhhh until recently. I think she's dropping stuff just to hear us say uh-oh so that she can try to perfect it too!
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She is unintentionally hilarious all the time, and I love sharing these funny toddler moments with Kip. Earlier this week Rebecca learned how to blow on her food if it's hot. But now she thinks she needs to blow on everything including her cottage cheese! Becca is generally very happy except if she's not getting exactly what she thinks she needs or wants. She gives the sweetest hugs, leaning her head against your shoulder and patting your back and wide open mouth kisses that are more like a good lick. Every day is different, and we're loving life with a toddler.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Green Watering Can

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I told someone recently that I was unprepared for how much Rebecca would be loved by everyone else. I knew they were excited, but I underestimated the love they would show. It's one of the very sweetest and most wonderful parts about being Becca's mama. Her grandparents, aunts, and uncles ADORE HER. She is so lucky to have so many people cheering for every one of her milestones, reading her books, playing with her, and caring for her. Kip and I are also grateful. They have given us plenty of breaks and provided valuable back-up over the past fifteen months.
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We spent a weekend in Manhattan so Kip could hunt turkeys, and Becca could play at Grandma and Grandpa's house. They recently gave her this little t-shirt, and they call her a little munchkin. During naptime, Karen and I ran a couple of errands and picked up some rain boots for Becca and this adorable little green watering can. It matches Grandma Karen's and mine in Overland Park! The boots are still too big, but she will love them soon enough.

Of course after her nap, we wanted to put Becca to work with her watering can. I would say some grass got an excellent bath, and those are some very well watered bricks on the patio. But she definitely had so much fun playing outside with Grandma Karen. We need to plant some flowers at home and put her to work!
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After a while, she wanted to sit down in the shade and take a break with Mama. I think her serious face with her squishy little cheeks is just too cute.
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And then she was off on the run again. She probably is the cutest munchkin in the Land of Oz! Kip enjoyed a gorgeous April weather and shot his first double bearded tom. We went to church, I saw my friend Ally, and we even got in a gorgeous walk to see the dogs running around at Cico Park. Manhattan is so gorgeous in the spring!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Easter Weekend

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In the weeks leading up to Easter, I was so excited and could hardly wait for the weekend to arrive. My cousin Sasha and her husband Mike were coming from Derby for the weekend, staying at my mom's house with my aunt and uncle from Mankato. We planned a ton of fun for the time that they were all here!
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Saturday afternoon everybody else spent a little bit of time at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and then Kip and I had a babysitter come to put Rebecca to bed while we met everyone for dinner. We chose to eat at Rockhill Grille, the restaurant in the old Cashew. It's a little bit hip and swanky downtown, perfect for a meal before James Bond music with the Kansas City Symphony.
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The drinks and the food were delicious, and I love the atmosphere, even if the booth sat a little low to the ground, and it's a little loud. Our one mistake was not running up to see the very fancy remodel on second floor. Next time! Kip and I didn't join in for the Symphony, but the next morning everyone raved about it. My cousin and Mike have been working their way through James Bond movies over the past year, so it was a perfect fit for them!
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The good news was just as good on Sunday morning - He is risen! We went out to Leawood for church to worship in the new sanctuary at Church of the Resurrection. We didn't want to miss getting a seat in the sanctuary, so we were absurdly early. Becca, Lauren and I spent quite a bit of time walking up and down the halls. While she has fancier shoes, we went for practical on Easter. She's such a busy little walker!
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Becca's Easter dress was from Boden and will get plenty of wear. Her bow was from Etsy, and it stayed in for a few photos but not all of them. Her growing hair is a work in progress. Daycare can do the occasional little pigtail, but Mama has had no luck yet.
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While we were walking, we ran into our friend Kelsey and her husband Chris! Even though we saw a few people that we knew, Kels and Chris were the most exciting as they live in Oklahoma now. Their little boy Brock is exactly one year older than Rebecca - they are birthday buddies!
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Rebecca did okay during church. She made it through part of the sermon before we escaped to the back. There are hidden carpeted stairs in the back of the sanctuary, so Rebecca could climb up and down, sit on the bottom step and kick her legs, and walk back and forth without anyone seeing her. I was able to hear the sermon too!
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Mom prepared a delicious brunch and set a beautiful table. While we waited for the food to be ready, we toasted with mimosas and snacked on a family favorite, deviled eggs. We had fresh rolls, salad, potatoes and salmon before we tried to eat a few sweets (one of the best parts of Easter!). Everyone was so full that we packed up much of the sugary goodness to eat later.
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There were some quick photos after lunch before everyone headed separate ways. Rebecca was ready for a nap with her full belly, but she still sort of cooperated for some photos.
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And I'm totally the photographer that shows up with a tripod at family gatherings. It's always worth it, and my family never seems to mind too much. So thankful to share the weekend with our family in Kansas City!