Few things are more cliché than talk of how fast life goes by. But I guess clichés are cliché for good reason. Sitting here in May 2019, looking back at these photos from a year and a half ago, I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around how much Harper has grown and developed and learned in the last 18-ish months. She’s now a walking-talking-singing-running-jumping 2-year-old. I wouldn’t trade these days for those days, I think life with Harper is getting more and more fun and she grows, but there’s a precious nostalgia looking back to a time when she could only crawl.
After becoming a parent, I looked forward to experiencing Christmas with our child, to see the spectacle through their unjaded eyes and let their wonder rub off on me. Though Harper was too young to really understand her first Christmas, it was still a joy to watch her play with the gifts under the tree and marvel and all the lights.
We spent one evening walking around the canals of Naples, where the houses lining the water are extravagantly lit. Harper wore her fuzzy pink outfit and got lots of smiles from passersby.
Shortly after the holiday, I said goodbye to Harper and Sarah and set off with my dad for a surf-trip to Pohnpei, Micronesia.
Though it was incredibly hard to be away from my little family for a week, the trip paid off with some of the best surf of my life.
In March we spent a lovely, relaxing weekend at Las Gaviotas with a group of close friends.
Ever since buying our house, Sarah had wanted to tile our front porch with saltillo tiles. A couple years ago we looked into having someone do the job for us but couldn’t justify the $3000+ quote. So, eventually I got around to doing it myself. For my first time working with tile, I was happy with how it turned out.
In May, shortly before Harper’s 1st birthday, we took our first big family vacation and flew to Hawaii where we stayed for a week on the North Shore of Oahu. We’ll have pictures from that trip up next!