Monday, May 19, 2014

Mother's Day tea and Farm Expansion

My happy Mother's Day involved a BBC TV show, a pot of green-ginger tea, and of course my handsome little man! The moment this shot was taken, HD was booty-scootching over to his police car that rolled away. This little dude prefers to pivot in circles in the general direction of his desire rather than crawl. What a goof! :) 

It was a wonderful first Mother's Day for sure! My man made breakfast & lunch for me, and I was able to spend a bit of time in the garden before a storm blew in. Perfection. While I planted my two new red birthday roses, I was pleasantly misted by rain. Ahh, it felt like I was gardening in Portland, Oregon. Oh so nice! :) ... Then the wind picked up and gardening was replaced by my lovely spot of tea seen above.

Henry is seen here telling us all about what he learned from this issue of Time Magazine. Like father like son, what can I say? :)

I am head over heals about these three buds! Mark this as year 1 that my peonies have put out buds! I am eagerly awaiting their beautiful blooms.

Oh yes we did! Those are turkeys! No, they are not all ours. We 5 went to a local farm, sadly 4 didn't make it, and we will give a couple more away to friends. Spreading the love! Aren't they cute? Henry loves watching them. :) fun, fun!

Seriously, how cute? Right?!

Anywho, cheers! Here's to warm weather and cold beverages! Tonight I made some Brazillian Limonades! Yum-o!!! All ya do is blend together 3 limes (quartered), 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/3 cup sugar, and 4 cups water. Strain and enjoy over ice! So good! Add some coconut rum if you want to add a twist!
Excuse the moody lighting above, this was our evening beverage after a 90 degree day! Bring on the hot weather!!!

~ jess

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Life on an Urban Farm

Yes, that is a chicken. Yes, she is inside on Mike's chair. Yes, I shoo'd her off after taking this picture. Miss. Houdini has been loving upto her name recently! 

Last week Mike came back in from feeding the chickens in the morning with a sad disposition. Houdini was no where to be found...which for a chicken typically means they're toast. A dog's meal. Finished... We went through the work day thinking we were down to 2 chickens. Would we take a trip to Big R to buy another couple chickens? What to do, what to do. But then, when Henry and I were taking our evening spin around the garden before the dinner-bath-bed routine, I heard her! The silly bird somehow found her way into the garage! Haha. Life with foul birds is definately constantly interesting!

Here is Red. She is pretty adventurous too. A 9 year old neighbor boy found her outside our yard once. He managed to pick her up and bring her back "before his dog ate her." What a good kid... And talented! Chickens are rather difficult to catch most of the time.

Instead if ducks, we are trying out geese this year. Check out this goslings! They are already much bigger than the ducks were at this point. 

What about the turkeys you ask? They are being shipped to us! Mike had to order like 20 of them in order for the company he went through to ship them to us, so he will be distributing them to a couple local farms and to friends who also raise chickens.

Never a dull moment around the Hartkop Farm!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hanging in the Mornin' & I Spy a Couple Teeth!

This was the best Monday!!!
Monday ended up being a random day (mostly) off. Whenever our daycare provider closes during the week we have to figure out other arrangements. Typically I end up watching him and bringing him to work for a couple hours while I complete my essential daily tasks. This time was fantastically different! Michael decided to take most of the day off also! While Mike worked a bit in the morning Henry and I hung out in the garden. Jump, jump, jump'a roo! He totally digs this little harness! And hanging outside? With his dog, cat, and one of his chickens!? This was the coolest morning ever!
(By the way, yes that is a yellow chicken in the background. Meet Bowie the Chicken!)
Henry jumped while mommy sipped her Solar Roast Coffee! Spring mornings in Colorado are superb! I'm glad we went outside when we did because the wind picked up in the afternoon. 
Ahh, this is the life. 

Frankie-dog joined us in our little corner. He would run around the garden, chase a squirrel, lick Henry's cheek, then lay back down by my foot. This cycle occurred every few minutes. 

Mike came home just before Henry's first nap. We took a quick drive over to Beulah while Henry napped. Time for a little hike with our boy!  Like I said- best Monday ever! :) We tested out this rad new backpack carrier! Henry loved it! Not one frustrated peep came from this little 8 month old while up in the backpack carrier. He was completely distracted by the wonders found under the trees. 

Lucky for us, this carrier was a score found in a second-hand sport store on the southside of Pueblo. So cool! Let the fun hikes begin!! Woohoo!

I love my boys by the way! :)

So, yesterday while I was feeding Henry some dinner I noticed some white peeking out of his gums! Our little baby is getting his first teeth!!! Holy cow! 

Peace & Love

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Off To The Park!!!

Michael, Henry, and I took a stroll over to our local park!  
Henry had fun swinging on the baby swing for the first time. 

How fun! We relaxed on the grass for a bit.
Henry thought Dad's hat was way better than his own hat. He looks pretty darn cute!

We finished our park excursion with some bird watching. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8 months, Traveling, and Cousins

How is it possible that my little man is almost 8 months old!? It is unbelievable how awesome Henry is. He has grown like a weed and this is only the beginning!  This dude is 18 pounds of talkative fun. He loves bouncing on the bed, watching the cat, and spending time exploring outside. 

If he doesn't want his puréed veggies, you can be the is sick or soon to be sick. This boy loves doesn't pass on yummy food.  Cheerios and bananas are his favorite morning snack. 
*Milestone: Small Motor Skill Development
Henry has figured out how to pick up a Cheerio with and put it in his mouth! Watching him figure the proper technique required to get the Cheerio from tray to mouth was fun! 

Henry has joined us on sales trips to Fort Collins, Albuquerque, and South Oregon. Our little bugger has been such a trooper through all the travel! Our trip to Albuquerque was not the ideal event for a baby to attend! Mike and I were running a booth at the Chocolate and Coffee Festival and Henry was our mascot... Or our lucky charm... When I say Mike and I ran the booth really it was all Mike. I helped between Henry's outbursts and feedings. 

Unfortunately, the Bjorn was no where to be found so, we had to make do without it on day 1. Day 2 I bought a Moby Wrap from Target.  While this wrap is pretty sweet, it is extremely long and not convenient to put on and take off when you have a wiggly 7 month old. The Bjorn is definately the best choice for convenient baby wearing. 

Our son is getting a big dose of long distance travel in his first year! He is not a fan of riding in the car. About a month or two ago I drove him up to the American Bouldering Series Final Competition in Colorado Springs and he cried the entire way up. Lucky for my sanity, he slept on the drive home.

Henry did amazingly well with the plane ride over to Medford, Oregon. Both directions he slept the entire first link and all but the last 20 min of the second link! Having a sleeping baby on my lap for all 4 plane rides wasn't the most comfortable situation but I will take a sleeping baby and struggling to drink my coffee or reading a magazine over struggling to manage a fussy, irritated baby!

Just incase you were wondering, the security tag the airport gives you when you check a car seat is a WAY better toy than any toy you may have brought. The magazines tucked into the back of the airplane seats fall into the random amazing toy category also.

Crackers are new found joy! While at a restaurant in Bandon, Oregon, we occupied Henry's attention with a cracker after he had eaten his baby food.

Our time in Southern Oregon was amazing! Henry was able to spend time with his cousins. 

Henry likes to scoot slither, and any mode of movement that isn't actually crawling.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day Care, Tummy time, and Friends

Henry is just about 4 months old!  Time has flown by. Between working and taking care of HD, I just don't know where the time goes. I haven't been able to sit down an submit a new blog post in over 2 months! I did take 3 month photos, I just wasn't able to post anything. The real problem is that 2 of the computers I have access to wont allow me to type unless I am HTML and the other computer wont let me transfer photos from my phone to the computer. How is a girl supposed to pull together a blog post with these obstacles? Once I find the time to post, nothing works! I did find a new app that will help me compose blogs. It is called BlogGO. Jury is still out on whether I like it or not. I will have to fish out those 3 month photos and include them in his 4 month update.

HD prefers standing or sitting up with assistance over tummy time these days. He even likes "flying" more than being on his tummy. I can get a good arm workout while lifting him above my head while also making him giggle like crazy.Tummy time is still a must but because he quickly gets super, mad we don't linger for more than 3-5 minutes. His neck muscles get stronger everyday. He rolled from his tummy to his back once a couple weeks ago. I haven't seen him do it since so I didn't report on it. I have a feeling he will be able to prop himself in a sitting position before he masters rolling over, or both skills at about the same time. In the next couple weeks the question of whether he is ready for rice cereal and smashed bananas will arise. His day care provider keeps mentioning it. I am pushing it off saying we will wait until after his 4 month check up. Maybe around Chrismas we will give it a go! He definately is interested when he can see me eating something. And he can sit in his ExerSaucer pretty good these days. The determining factor is if his gag reflex has improved. I can't believe my baby boy is almost eating real food! Where did the time go?

Henry fits right in at day care. He is mister popular! Who can resist those baby cheeks? There is a little girl who is just over a year who is completely enthralled by Henry. "Enry" is her little friend...or her pet.. not sure which. She blows him kisses now. Blowing kisses is the alternative to her poking his eye when she touches him. I'm told she once got mad at her older brother for laying next to Henry on his little pillow-roll. Another little girl of 4 or 5 year old likes to flip through books for Henry. When I arrive at the day care all the little girls come running to say hello to Henry. He is my little lady's man-baby! 

Henry is growing so fast! One part of me wants to keep him this little, giggling boy forever while the other part of me is eager for him to learn some words. He gets intensely frustration when he wants something but can't communicate it to me. Even as I comfort him sometimes he just resists being comforted. When he is mad and doesn't even want his formula, it takes a lot to get him to calm down. This morning at 4am it took me bouncing with him, singing, and having the christmas tree there for him to finally allow himself to calm down. Another morning it took looking out the window to calm him down for a second before I got his bottle ready. Maybe this intense frustration is just him being a little baby still. I just think/hope his little temper settles a bit once he can tell us what he wants. Crying is just his only form of communication right now and he is quite passionate with his opinions. I love this determined little boy. :)