Don’t those look like delicious raspberries?
Too bad they’re not actually raspberries… they’re unripe blackberries. Joshua likes to pick and squish raspberries, so when he grabbed a berry from the blackberry bush I thought that was what he was going to do. Instead, he decided that after days of squishing berries he was ready to eat one. He’ll probably never eat one again!
Later that day, while visiting my family’s farm, we went for a wagon ride and picked some sweet corn and peaches. I hoped a sweet, juicy peach would make up for the unripe blackberry incident.
To my surprise, Joshua ate half of that very big peach, skin and all! He loved it!
Joshua is turning 17 months old this week. I still can’t really believe how big he’s gotten! He wears a size 3 to 4 T, and weighs in at over 30 lbs. Time really does move more quickly when you’re a parent.
Joshua’s vocabulary has expanded, and I want to list out all of his words to have on record. (In semi-order of appearance)
- what’s that? (wassat?)
- uh-oh (or uh-whoa)
- bock bock bock
Joshua also knows that he can grab people’s hands and lead them where he wants to go. I can tell he wants to communicate with us more, and it must be so frustrating to not have the words to do so. He gets upset when we don’t understand, or also when we don’t do exactly what he wants. I can see the “terrible” twos coming on, but for the most part I’m doing my best to understand why he acts the way he does, out of being tired, hot, overwhelmed, etc. I’m also trying to treat him with respect, understanding and compassion, especially when he’s having a hard time. It’s not always easy!
Joshua loves books, especially The Big Red Barn, Moo, Baa, La La La, anything with tractors or farm animals, and Goodnight Moon. He loves to watch “Thomas the Train” on TV and we try to play outside every day, especially with rocks, dirt and sand. Joshua is a fearless climber and keeps me on my toes. He loves to be chased, climb the stairs, and play peek-a-boo.
Joshua is such a fun-loving boy. We’ve had lots of good times this summer playing at the beach, in the pool, on the farm, at Ed’s parents’ house, in our play room, and outside in the driveway. I am thoroughly enjoying staying home for the summer, and I’m completely exhausted at the end of the day. I crash into bed knowing that Joshua will have me up early the next morning, since he has never wasted time by sleeping in. His days are full of fun and excitement.
I recently tweeted something about how I don’t like those Instagram photos. Then I promptly downloaded (is that the right word?) the Instagram ap onto my new iPhone (oh yeah, I retired my 9 year old phone) and fell in love with it. Here are some of my favorites from the last few days.
I haven’t quite figured out how to search out people to follow yet, so if you follow me, I’ll follow you back! My username is farmdaughter.
Two big events this week:
First, join @MomsCAF with special guests @FarmDaughter and @Non_Toxic_Kids for MCAF Twitter Chat: Finding Time for Activism on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST. Prizes include three copes of The Family Table, a Beaba Feeding Set donated by The Soft Landing and a Diva Cup donated by Diva International! Follow the hashtag #MCAF. Register here.
Then, I’m hosting the July Green Moms Carnival with the topic of FOOD PRESERVATION!!! Recipes, reflections, tips and tutorials all welcome! Send me your post by Thursday 7/14 to be included! Carnival goes live here on Monday 7/18.
Two great groups of moms, but we welcome everyone to join in!
I wasn’t planning to take the last week off of blogging. But I guess I took a little vacation; it was a tough week. I’ll probably write about it sometime, but not today. For now, enjoy the shots of our beautiful beach day.
How’s your summer going?
PS- I’m posting the July Green Moms Carnival, with the topic of Food Preservation. Email me your submissions by July 14!
It’s finally summer! I used to plan summer vacation for myself, but now I’ve got a companion! I’m so excited to have all summer to do nothing but play with Joshua! Well, I guess I’ll probably have to pull my weight with dishes, laundry, cooking and cleaning. But the majority of my days will be spent playing!
Each week, I hope to find time for each of the following:
- swim in the pool (this may end up being more than once a week!)
- go to the beach (may substitute the pool…)
- go on an adventure – aquarium, zoo, movie, children’s museum
- do something crafty at home – paint with pudding, build a cardboard play house…
I also want to transform the room above our garage into a playroom. Toys are now crammed into our living room and not organized at all, and we have this big empty space. Some ideas-
- Find kid-sized table and chairs. I have a little rocking chair, maybe paint it…
- Add a nice rug
- Make a felt board
- Set up a cozy reading area and move Joshua’s book case into the playroom from his bedroom
Of course I want to do some things for myself, too. I’m hoping to keep up with Weight Watchers for the summer and I also have a few books I’m reading. I’m hoping to get some canning done and keep up with the garden, too.
What are your plans for the summer?