Harper is really suited for carnival life. Onto West Virginia!
(and there was literally no way to capture all of the people looking at the camera!)
Still reveling in a week of porches, playgrounds, and pontooning with this crew.
Also, the week was marked by many milestones, including,
First in-theater movie:
First ice cream sundae:
And, first talent show!
Until next time, TIPark! 💕
July was an absolute blur and the lack of blogging reflects our non-stop fun and non-stop hosting. It’s been action packed in the best of ways and our house and yard have truly shined. Ive looked at darren more than once to tell him he was right about buying this house, and we’re all so grateful.
Some snaps of the month:
The bar: (with Lukas and Jack! 😳)
July has so far been a blur of fun, marked by visits from many of our favorite people. We had all of the gargiones here for our first family 4th of July, complete with the Wyngate parade, delicious Italo foods appearing at all hours of the day, home improvement projects, and the hilarity that ensues when this crowd is together:
MoMo and Zio + Jack and Linda. Kindred spirits.
What better way to welcome the kiddies on Friday night?
Gang’s all here!
World cup watch:
It’s been a few weeks, but we are still feeling the Gargione glow. ✨💕✨
Thank you for not minding that this is as many days late as you are months old. It’s for good reason - there’s been too much fun to be had and people to be with - but we’re grateful nonetheless.
Your personality has exploded onto the scene in the last several months. We’ve always known you were the sweetest, happiest, most patient Fernandez, but now we see that you are also the cheery goofball of this family. You crack yourself up all day and in doing so have us constantly laughing. You “scare” us by “jumping” around the corner and exclaiming “Boo”! You bounce to music with your full body, and also bounce to imaginary music with your full body. You show us your signature “move” - a downward dog - anytime Harper decides it’s time for you both to put on a show. And you prompt us to tickle you so you can giggle and snort and throw your head back before exclaiming, “again!”
You idolize your sister and copy her every move- whether that’s singing, dancing, coughing or crying. Your eyes gleam when you look at her. And you’re learning that you need to assert yourself around here. We’re dealing with our first major toy grabs and full-on pushes and across-the-room-body-propelled tackles.
You are talking up a storm. The doctor says it would be natural for you to have 4 or 5 words, and you say so many things I’ve lost count! Some of my current favorites are “again!” (After tickles) “budo” (Bruno) and “oh no!” (When we see squirrels eating the bird food). You also love to call the birdies and the bunnies (with a word that sounds exactly the same) and the airplanes (with a word that sounds nothing like it.) You pick up everything like a sponge. We were eating sushi the other day and you repeated it. I realized the other night when I got to the “C” of ABC-d and the “star” of twinkle twinkle that you were singing along with me.
You are so busy. And so fast. You pride yourself on “running” (a quick leaning shuffle with your arms outstretched behind you) and you climb with the speed of a monkey - on absolutely everything. You sweep and you build and you insist on playing with wires and plugs and all of the sharp opbects you can find. We laughed all weekend with the Gargiones that you really are a mini-Max. You have your dad’s engineering brain. Other things you love include your Mickey (thanks Grandpa!), your car, your Bruno, and your Dadda. You lunge at him with your whole body.
On the stats (which I’ve been woefully bad about recording the second time around)... you are:
2ft 8 inches tall - 35%
23 lbs 10 oz - 42%
50 cm head - 98% (no wonder all your clothes get stuck!)
You have brought so much more laughter and love into our world. We absolutely delight in you and love you so.
Waving goodbye at the front window has become one of our best traditions. Also Harper suddenly looks 6.
And Roycie, “please mom... no more pics!”
It’s a very special block!
We had the best time on our first ever camping trip. S’mores, campfires, lakefest, hiking and QT with harper’s (now solely referred to as) “boyfriend” Leo and Maria and Jon. Not to mention only an hour drive, which got us home in time on sunday to decompress.
Harper has been talking about sleeping in a tent all week. And Leo.
We’ll be back, Cunningham Falls!
To the very very very best dad.
I finally have my feet back under me after a long weekend in Paris for work. And so happy to be reunited with these guys. 💕
Also, harper is starting to think I have magical predictive ice cream truck powers. So that’s awesome.
We’ve been spoiled by some Auntie Ash work trips!
Come back soon!
SO much fun, sun, sliding and chaos in the best of ways with this crew!
Camp Conway really took it to the next level with the 6:45 am pre-work weigh in for the 6 month weight loss challenge. Darren lost 35 lbs!