Monthly Archives: July 2013

Of Sleeping Babes and Sorting Minds

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“It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are alseep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of site. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.”

-J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy

Harry and I have been reading Peter Pan. I use it as a way to expose him to new words, and to entertain whilst doing so. Believe it or not, I’ve actually never read the story of Peter Pan, though I’ve seen it done in so many different movies (my favorite being Finding Neverland. Have you seen it? Amazing.). It’s amazing how, with the birth of my first son, my perspective has changed. I no longer relate to the children of the stories, which, up until age 26, I did. I now see the love, affection, heartache, of the mother. In all stories.

This passage struck a cord with me. I have many hats, but my favorite one to wear, and the most important, is Mum. Everything I do is hopefully for the best when it comes to Harry. At least that is my intention. And so watching Mrs. Darling tidy up Wendy, John, and Michael’s minds is where I find myself in these books. I see bits of Harry in John, Michael, the lost boys, even Peter Pan. But I find myself when Mrs. Darling is tidying her babies minds at the end of the day, with her sweet mocking mouth keeping that elusive kiss in the right hand corner.

xoxo, Mallory

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Jorts are Cute

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THIS JUST IN: Jorts are cute. On little boys. Who have mohawks. And blue eyes that go on for days.

xoxo, Mallory

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Butt Scratches for Duke

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So, those of you who hop over to KIN on the reg know something is up this week. We’re all a bit of a mess at the R.Simple House. For many reasons laid out in this post, we sent Duke to live with Jon’s family in Michigan for the next six months. The fact that it is temporary, and we will get our puppy dog back for Harry’s first birthday is wonderful, but it doesn’t make us miss him any less while he’s gone. We’ve been questioning whether we did the right thing every minute of every day, but ultimately, we knew this was best for Duke. Jon’s family love, love, loves that dog and has a lot more time for him than I will in the coming months. He’ll be spoiled there. Like a six month long summer camp.

But since I have Duke on the mind, I thought it was time for another update on the Duke-Harry situation. Last time we chatted about this, Duke was having a difficult time adjusting to a new baby in the house. He was as sweet as ever with Harry, just a little off in the rest of his world.

I’m very happy (and due to the current situation, a little sad) to report that Harry and Duke are now the best of friends. Harry adores Duke, preferring to spend his mornings climbing all over Duke’s back, petting his head, pulling his ears, and kissing him all over the place. Duke loves the attention, but even more, he loves the food that Harry “shares.” At meal times, you would be hard pressed to find that dog anywhere but under Harry’s high chair. I even caught Harry feeding Duke a bean the other day. Yep. Straight up feeding his bean to Duke.

Duke has calmed down a bit in the aspects of his personality which took a hit when we brought Harry home. He’s back to normal. And man, do we love that little puppy. I’ll be over at KIN today talking about one of my favorite Duke stories (and a good Calvin one too!), so if you miss Duke like I do, pop over there. You’ll get a good chuckle, and a few super cute photos.

And family, please give Duke a kiss for me.

xoxo, Mallory

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The Wise Baby

Jogging Stroller Buying Guide

Guys. I’m over at The Wise Baby today talking about jogging strollers. I’ll be writing with my dear friend Lindsey a few times a month (you remember my three month essentials post I wrote there three months ago)… always about parenting, or buying for baby, or babies in general. So if you’re interested, keep an eye out for me over there!

xoxo, Mallory

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More Things I Don’t Want to Forget (Again)

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+ The way you practice talking, and how your mouth moves, when sometimes your voice hasn’t developed those words yet. Your mouth never stops moving, but the “Ah, ba, ya” stops coming out for a minute.

+ How you reach for us and stand up when you’re done being in the bath tub (which is pretty much right away lately).

+ Your soft breathing when you’re tired.

+ The face you make when you try a new food.

+ The feel of your hand, gently rubbing my arm when you eat.

+ How you look up at me with a big smile when we’re practicing your walking. Then you request a kiss.

+ The smile on your face as I walk with you passed the bathroom. You love to go in there and see yourself in the mirror, but if I forget, I get a little glimpse of your sweet grin as we walk by.

+ Your sweet arms wrapped around me when I get you from a nap. Your hugs are the best.

+ How determined you are to get milk when you’re hungry.

+ How big your feet look now… even though this is the smallest they’ll be from here out.

+ The way you squirm and try to get away from me when I change your diaper.

+ You absolute natural curiosity. There is no sitting still, no hands to yourself, no content with just laying when there are new things around.

+ How quick your feet are to start kicking the moment we enter the pool.

+ This stage of non-crawling. You’re right on the verge of it, but that doesn’t stop you from getting to where you want to be. You roll, scoot, inchworm to whatever it is you want.

+ Your determined spirit.

+ Your hair, and the different personality it embodies daily.

+ Two teeth! And they’re so sharp. But you’re big stuff now.

+ How much you love Duke now. There isn’t a day that I am not constantly pulling dog hair from your little hands or sweet mouth.

+ The content conversation you have with the ceiling fan after a good meal of milk.

xoxo, Mama

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R.Simple Michigan Vacation

This is essentially a photo dump from our Michigan trip. With a few words thrown in to explain the pictures. I hope your eyes are ready for a feast, because you’re going to love Michigan through R.SimpleEyes. Well… really it’s a lot of pictures of Harry. So I hope you like to look at him.

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Here we are on Harry’s first ever plane ride. A whole lot of Brown Bear was read on that trip, but he handled it like a charm.

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That gorgeous old farm house is where we stayed. It’s also where I spent a lot of my weekends growing up. I love that place.

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These two were from our anniversary. We have taken a picture on our anniversary every year since we’ve been married and this year it got official. We’re starting a tradition to take a picture of our family every year to see how much we change and grow. I’m kind of really excited.

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And now we start the series on, why don’t you pull out your camera more often, Mallory? Seriously. I love having pictures of our family (top is us, obviously; middle is Jon, his dad (and Harry’s namesake), his brother, and Harry; bottom is Jon’s family). It makes me happy to have these updated family pictures. But do I have one of my family? Nope. Pull our your dang camera more often Mallory.

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Have you guys seen these chinese lanterns? They blow sparklers out of the water. So much fun. Also, Harry eats a peach.

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Just a few pictures of my cute kid, who did phenomenally on this trip. He cut a tooth, slept somewhere different for just about every nap, and was passed around to what must have been 90 different people. And he only pooped on one of them.

You guys. First of all, sorry if you don’t care about our quick trip to Michigan. But, considering how cute that little lettuce eater is in that last picture, I’m pretty sure I just gave you all a treat. Man, this makes me miss that Mitten State!

xoxo, Mallory

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Tracey Punches Guillain-Barré in the Face

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A couple of years ago, Jonathan and I were invited to a wedding. A wedding celebrating the nuptials of two of our greatest friends. Two people I had lived with in college. Two people who drove from Colorado to Michigan for one night (our wedding night). Two people I consider to be forever friends. James and Tracey.

As luck would have it (or not have it, if you will) Jonathan was in pilot training at the time, and though we thought he would have the weekend off to join me in the celebration, unforeseeable Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training tasks came up, as they always do. So I grabbed another lifelong friend who was way too kind when she volunteered to drive the 11+ hours to Colorado with me (and back!) to join me as my stand in “Jon” the wedding.

The wedding was gorgeous. So much fun. I got to break out some dance moves no one (including myself) realized I had. But there was one part of the night when my pseudo-husband looked at me very confused. You see, the wedding speeches started to get heavy. People were so grateful that Tracey was able to celebrate her wedding, when so many years before, they didn’t know if she was even going to make it to her 18th birthday.

That was one of the (many) times I was reminded how lucky I am to have Tracey in my life. To have her as a lifelong friend. You see, eight years ago, she had something called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. But she can tell you that story much better than I.

Tracey proved to be a valuable person to know while we were living 1,200 miles away from our family while attending Colorado State University. She was more than a friend, she was family. Her parents took us in on holidays, or when we were homeless for a night while moving, or just when we needed family. Tracey was and will always be part of my family, and I’m just so lucky to have her in my life.

If you’d like to read Tracey’s story, here it is. You’ll probably need a tissue or two. But know this. Today, Tracey is as healthy as ever. She’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s about to become a Mama to a lucky little girl. And coincidentally, her daughter and Harry will have almost exactly the same difference in age as Tracey and I do. Those two little babies have just made friends for life, and they don’t even know it yet. But they are lucky. As am I.

xoxo, Mallory

image courtesy of Anastasia Rae Photography

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Harry and the Kitten

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Despite the blurred hand, he actually was really gentle with this two week old kitten. That last face (as the kitten was being put back with it’s mother) kills me. He really is a little lover.

xoxo, Mallory

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