How to annoy me? Tell me how great multiple sclerosis can be. Tell me to "just not think about it". Tell me to just "look on the bright side". Or better yet, just ignore me when I disclose to you that I have been diagnosed. Really want to get under my skin? Offer to help me before slowly backing away when I call your bluff. I'm not going to let people use me to make themselves feel better. Now is the time to call in favors. Now is the time I need help and not slogans. Now is the time for those who care sincerely and genuinely to step up. I don't have time for games. I'm leaving all of it in the dust. Want to be my best friend forever? Say what one friend recently did, and it melted my heart. "I don't know what to say, so I'm not going to pretend to, but I'm thinking about you all the time. Anything you need, just ask, but I'm just going to follow your lead. Are you free for lunch?" How refreshing.
Hazel loves eating peaches, right off the pit. We peel the skin off with out teeth, and strip her down naked and she just goes to town! It's messy business.
We picked FORTY-FOUR POUNDS of peaches at Cider Hill Farm!
The classic Stink Eye.
The Perfect PeachAn old picture of Hazel from way back at the beginning of the month when she could only crawl backwards and got stuck under the furniture all the time. She has come so far!
A playdate with Anson, Hazel's bud.Playing with Anson's fringe. The first attempt at a sippy cup! Note some of the peaches in the background. Also, note the beautiful sunfowers in the dining room that Jaymee sent. Hazel opening her very first present by herself! She loves this bunny puppet from Ani. Ani tempting Hazel with the bunny puppet. Trying to pick the polka-dots off of the bag. Sippy Cup Angst!
We went to the annual Harvest Party at our farm and met up with friends there. I'm so in love with these little tight leggings on Hazel...
Laurie and Magnolia took Hazel out for a spin while we all danced to the bluegrass band. Tina and Lola with Jamie and Hazel Mike using Magnolia's stroller to make a run to the beer tent for us. God, I love this onsie. Yay! Eating finger-food for the first time! We tried crumbled tofu, and Hazel enjoyed smashing it all over herself.
I love this. The day that Hazel started really crawling forward, she went right through the kitchen to the back door to stare wistfully at Flossie through the screen. Or maybe she was taunting her. I'm so in love with this impish little face! Right after I took this picture, Hazel pulled herself up to standing! We both sort of froze and stared at each other in shock before she toppled right over again. But she got a taste of power and is thirsting for more. Hazel in her new owl jammies playing her new piano. She loves banging on this thing! I got it for one dollar at the Birth to Three Family Center yardsale.
Jamie took this picture of Hazel chewing on one of my old dime-store pulp novels. I love it. Hazel's first adventure into the foyer under her own steam. Hector Fishstick stayed close to make sure she was safe in foreign lands.