Monday, July 13, 2015

june and early july...

this month felt quick.  maybe because you are both so quick, which makes this photo all the more miraculous.  and you look like twinsies.  adorable.

you've already spent more time this month playing in hobbes' doghouse than he ever has...
our life is essentially covered in cheerios, as exhibited nicely below...
we've been welcoming summer with lots of outside water play (clothing optional)...
and i just love this blurry but adorable photo of the two of you hand-in-hand without being prompted while playing in the park...
jasper this month has been you on the move.  you love running around, playing chase, and being silly.  something tells me you and your two buddies here will be doing just that for many years to come.  the cousins island gang...
you know how to dribble a soccer ball...
and take water breaks...
you love ice cream...
and all of the watermelon...
you a an absolute hoot.  i mean look at you.  a fake tie shirt and a hawaiian shirt…good lord.

and on to you maeve.  you've grown up so much this month, with the word for absolutely everything, incredible questions, new interests, and a huge smile.  we took a photo of us being silly while taking a quick nap...
you love seeing yourself in the camera, which you call the mirror...
you have style for days...
and love helping in the garden...
you hair is getting really long.  you hate when we do anything more than brush it. no ponies.  no clips.  i snuck a sweet braid when you were busy brushing your teeth...
your latest obsession is this strange inflatable cat just over the bridge in wiscasset, which you talk about often and love to see when we head north to visit grandparents.  you call it "the monkey with the teeth" or "the cat with glasses"...
while helping me shop this month (which is one of your favorite things to do), i let you pick out a pouch.  you haven't had a pouch in probably 9 months and it made your day.  you chose a peach pudding thing and you were so proud and clearly felt like you'd just gotten away with something awesome...
you still love watermelon and our favorite place under the big tree...
you and papaw were wearing your jackets well into this past month.  so much for summer!
but the gardens are blooming, all thanks to your help (captured in this photo taken by my sweet aunt eileen who came for a visit)...
we went on many fun adventure this month.  our two favorite trips were to rockport and new harbor.  rockport first...
jasper, you and popsie love chatting, playing, and cruising around as seen above and below...
you guys got to ride on cousin eve's lobster bike, which was both fun and a little scary...
and you got to see the new little chicks, a real highlight...
and no trip to visit nana and popsie would be complete without ice cream.  you both went head first...
see...
we did some father's day paintings al fresco...
and explored the body as the canvas...
we found lots of fun exploring in the cutting garden...
and playing at the workshop beach...
while playing, you sat down, looked out, pointed, and said "a treasure boat!"...
and moments later perched yourself on a rock and said "i look like a princess…a princess in a hat" it was one of my favorite moments...
maeve, you loved playing with your new letters and the rocks you collected...
and then we spent the 4th of july weekend in new harbor.  jasper, you woke every morning and looked out the window at the driveway and said "busssss….bussss" over and over…your word for all things with wheels…
maeve, we celebrated uncle evan's birthday while there and you sang so beautifully and loudly to him and then helped him blow out the candles.  i had tears in my eyes watching you.  sigh.
another highlight of the weekend was getting to ride in this crazy truckster at deedee's grocery store.  you just kept asking me to go faster.  and we raced some random stranger down the freezer aisle...
we went to the round pond parade.  jasper, you had the best seat in the house...
we did a morning at pemaquid beach and built a big castle with a moat...
and watched the waves come in and the bigger kids playing on boogie boards...
and now some videos from this month…

first, an example of your togetherness...

next, a dance party with deedee and billy joel...


we had a wonderful month.  the two of you are so engaged with one another.  you love playing, touching each other's hands, and laughing.  most nights before bed, jasper is desperate to come upstairs and say goodnight to you maeve.  he's working on saying your name.  and you know how to spell his.  it's amazing.  your brains both seem to be filling exponentially each day. 

this month i got to visit a friend at the birthplace at mercy hospital.  and it was so special to be back in that sacred space, where i can remember both of you as your most wee selves.  and while those days were their own gift…this time of watching you each grow into who you always have been more and more each day is the most special of gifts.

and just in case anyone thinks it is all love and happiness in these parts, dad captured this video of you two piled on me on a rainy sunday this month.  i was able to laugh so hard i was crying, but man do you two know how to feed off of one another...


xo to both of you.  always always.
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