6:35 a.m. I want to remember how I try to go back to sleep even though Harriet is clearly awake and wants to come hang out with us.
6:56 a.m. I want to remember how we all have our things. Harriet and I catch up on Instagram, Feedly, Facebook, and Snapchat.7:39 a.m. I want to remember how Jesse and Harriet make French toast. Harriet sits on the counter and takes it all in. And how I spilled a full on trail of syrup from the kitchen counter all the way to Alma’s seat at the table. Little drops of sticky the whole way. And how Harriet was totally freaked out by it.
7:47 a.m. I want to always remember Harriet’s pudgy fingers as she holds her fork in one hand, and using the other hand to eat. And how her whispy curls undoubtedly get stuck in whatever she’s eating. 8:15 a.m. I want to remember this time of our lives. While Jesse is looking for work, we all get the huge blessing of time together as a family. While it’s a hard time, it’s also magical and beautiful. 8:30 a.m. I want to remember these days of stealing my pots to make soups of puzzles, and the obsession with babies. And how Alma was dressed up ‘as a mommy’ and was going to work and said to me, “Grownups come back. Don’t worry, you have a good babysitter. Harriet is your babysitter.” 9:05 a.m. I want to remember these days of carseats and mirrors and my girl tribe going together all the time, all over. 9:25 a.m. I want to remember how they always stop to go through the tunnels. And how Harriet can hang on the bars. And how they do this together.9:35 a.m. I want to remember how Alma, Elizabeth Grace, Harriet, and whoever’s there love to race down this long hallway. And how the hallway probably seems much longer to them. And how I used to do the same thing at their age. 9:43 a.m. I want to remember the good moments between these two. EG and Alma have such a special, and complicated friendship. They love each other. Even when they don’t exactly like each other.9:54 a.m. I want to remember this time with the other young families at our church. And how Bingham can help us talk about Jesus, but can also crack the kids up, and lead them in The Wheels on the Bus. 9:59 a.m. I want to remember this age of discovery and peekaboos. 11:12 a.m. I want to remember Harriet’s two fingers in her mouth. And how she always falls asleep during our noonish drives home, but will still take a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. This girl loves sleep.12:45 p.m. I want to remember how I went to sell our clothes after doing the KonMari Method the night before. And how I had 3 hours on the town, by myself. And how we hardly sold anything, but donated everything.
And how I came home to do some dishes while water boiled for milk-reducing tea. And how I had just stopped nursing completely the week before (after almost 21 months!).4:07 p.m. I want to remember how Alma loves to watch shows on our bed during Harriet’s naps. And how Jesse sometimes joins her to nap, play games, or read. 5:17 p.m. I want to remember how we have 9 chickens, 5 of whom are new and still figuring things out. This one, in particular, escaped 4 times today. I had to chase her back through the gate over and over. Alma thinks it’s hilarious, but is actually a pretty effective chicken wrangler. 5:38 p.m. I want to remember this time of eating things from our garden, and the magic of putting flowers in our food. 6:02 p.m. I want to remember that we actually love frittatas. And how we made this whole meal (and many of our meals) completely from scratch, bread and salad dressing included. And how much better these scratch meals taste.6:42 p.m. I want to remember these whole family reading moments before bed. And how Alma wants to get all ‘tozy’ in her ‘dammies.’ And how we are mostly reading Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere because we all love them. 7:34 p.m. I want to remember my guilty pleasure TV shows. Scandal, Call the Midwife, Forever, Survivor, Amazing Race. Tonight Jesse had a vestry meeting, so I got to catch up a little. 9:33 p.m. I want to remember how Jesse and I have our favorite shows, and watch them with the big down blanket. Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Kimmy Schmidt, Mindy Project. 11:11 p.m. I want to remember how much I love our bed, and going to sleep.