Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Giddyup!

Ride a little horsey...
Down to town... Careful little Harrison...
Don't fall down!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Half Birthday Harrison!

My wonderful little guy, Happy Half Birthday! Yes, your momma is funny like that and likes to celebrate half birthdays! I like celebrating you too! You are such a big boy now! You sit up, roll all over the place, creep on your belly, and scoot backwards across the floor. You love copying our funny noises, like fake coughs, sneezing, sniffling our noses, and growling!
You love to play with your toys. Your favorite toys are your excersaucer, especially the little guy in the mirror, your orange football, books, and the stacking cups. Your Daddy will build you a tower with the cups and you like to knock it over! You also like to wrestle with you Daddy and holding onto momma's hair.
You love your sling! You are so happy riding around in it as I clean the house, do grocery shopping, or take walks. You like to sing with Mommy and hum along to the noise of the vacuum cleaner and hair dryer! You love fish, bath time, biter biscuits, and getting kisses on your neck! Your favorite foods are sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, pears, and apples. You prefer your yellow or brown blanket over any others. You don't like to stop playing to get your diaper changed and you'd rather be outside all the time!You like making people smile and talking to everybody you meet. You are a gift from God and you have made our lives so rich! This half year has been one of the best in our lives and I can't wait for the many, many, many, half years ahead of us! Your life is a treasure and we are blessed beyond measure to be able to share in it! I love you Harrison!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

State Fair!

We went to the State Fair! We had a blast and Harrison loved every minute! I'll let him tell you about his first state fair! (Warning: Long Post!) I went to the fair! Do you want to know what I saw?
This place has tons of food! I wanted to eat it all!
This is my Lego fishy!
And these are the real fishies! I love fish!
Mommy and I saw this sign and thought it was really funny since it was in a pile of mulch! Mommy wouldn't let me taste the mulch either.
Can I get one of these Dad?
Those ducklings look like something fun to play with!
Now this lama was a little too friendly for me...I don't think I'm a fan.
The bunny was kinda boring, he didn't make any cool noises!
Flying with Daddy!
I had a good talk with the goats- They would say "baaaa" and I would grunt back!
After all that walking around I had to quench my thirst-a nice tall lemonade! No, I didn't really get any, but the straw sure was tasty!
Oh, and my favorite of the whole night...
The carousel! Our state fair is a great state fair!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Yet Another New Game

Harrison and his Daddy love hanging out together and are known for their antics and fun games. They are quite the pair and I love their entertainment. This is the latest act of of my stunt men.
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And once again my expertise self cannot figure out how to turn the video. So no, Matt is not throwing Harrison back over his head parallel to the ground. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Throwback Thursday

Celebrating our past and the blessings along the way! Welcome to our Throwback Thursday!
I love this picture! Taken by my sister-in-law right after Matt's graduation from law school! It was such an amazing day as we reveled in the completion of hard work, sweat, tears, laughs, and blessings of his time in graduate school. It was such a long road, but an amazing journey we would not change a thing about. Our every need was met by our Heavenly Father and we never were in want. He provided housing, food, money for bills, jobs, amazing friends, scholarships, internships, vacations, and memories. We never once doubted this was God's plan for us as Matt worked hard to complete his education. I am so proud of him! I look forward to telling Harrison all that God did in our lives during that time. I didn't think it then, but now I look back and those years were a sweet and precious time of growing together. I want to tell Harrison that no matter how tough things seem, if you are in the center of God's will He carries you and meets your every need!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

You Know the Economy is Bad for Parents When...

1) You hesitate to change the wet diaper because it could probably hold a little more.

2.) You let your child continue to wear the food smeared shirt instead of immediately changing him to save on wash loads.

3.) You wonder if they whole family can live off of vegetable and fruit purees.

4.) You look forward to filing taxes because of the new baby tax credit.

5.) New clothes for yourself consist of the ones that just came out of the dryer.

6.) You try to weigh the importance of a gas fill up or diapers?

7.) You wonder if the babysitter will notice that you paid her with Monopoly money.

8.) You wonder if the "My Baby Can Read" program also offers a "My Baby Can Budget".

9.) Clipping coupons is an exciting activity.

and finally you know the economy is bad for parents when...

10.) You fear "recession" might be your child's first word.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Orange

I was a good boy; I waited for a whole hour at the Target pharmacy with no crying! It was not fun, but I tried my best to be patient... It paid off because mommy took me to walk around while we waited and I saw these jammies! I started laughing, squirming, and squealing to grab them. Mommy handed them to me and I hugged them! I loved the orange jammies!
Mommy said since I was such a good boy, she would buy them for me! I was so happy to have my orange jammies! They are my favorite. Mommy says it is so much fun to be able to buy me fun treats like this, but I think I get the better end of the deal; I mean look how cool my orange jammies are!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Who Is That Baby in the Mirror?

Harrison has a new friend. Well, maybe not best. The baby in the mirror on his exersaucer provides long conversations for Harrison. They coo and copy long noises and "da-da", they hum and make weird eye expressions. They get very loud! They smile and giggle at each other- we giggle watching them! They are a pair; but maybe not the best of friends. It seems after awhile Harrison tires of being copied. He starts growling at that little guy in the mirror. The growls turn to grunts, the grunts turn to howls, and the howls, well...
...we end up having to separate the two because they stop getting along. My silly baby boy in the mirror!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Up Side...

...of feeling down... ...is lots more cuddles and...
...and "I just need my mommy time"...sigh...I love it, but I hope you feel all better soon my little guy. I love you!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hide It In Your Heart

Harrison, you watch me so closely, observing, retaining, cataloging every move, word, and response. Your brows go up and down tyring to give face to what you are seeing, and you memorize it. Right now my precious boy you are so innocent. Right now you mimic funny kissy noises and fake coughs, right now you observe mommy dancing around the house being goofy just to make you smile. Right now you only know this sheltered, safe environment. Right now you only know what we teach you. Right now won't always be right now... Harrison, there is an ugly world out there. You will observe many sad things that we cannot keep you from forever. So my wonderful and pure gift from God, guard your mind and hide His word in your heart! Mimic these behaviors, study and retain our praying, jump and bounce to our songs of worship. I pray over you my son that one day you will begin to mimic our Heavenly Father. That you will study Him and live your life to bring glory and honor to His name! I love you Harrison.

"How can a young man keep his way pure; by keeping it according to Thy word." Psalm 119:9

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What is Throwback Thursday?


Every now and then the NFL teams will wear throwback jerseys for a game. These jerseys are from days gone by celebrating the team's history- where they have come from, their foundations, and memories. Throwbacks keep fresh in mind their rich histories. We all have rich histories; weather funny stories, ridiculous pictures, unexpected blessings, or answered prayers. In Joshua 4 God instructs the Israelites to set up 12 stones after crossing the Jordan river. When their children asked what these stones meant they could tell them of God's provision. It is always important to remember where you have come from, to celebrate God's provision, lessons learned, and overcome hardships.
Please feel free to join in Throwback Thursdays. Leave a comment or link to this post. Tell about your throwback; laugh, cry, reminisce, and celebrate!

Throwback Thursday

In honor of my husband's love for football, I have decided to kickoff Throwback Thursdays!
The term throwback refers to the NFL teams occasionally wearing jerseys from decades past to celebrate their history. So in observing our own Throwback Thursday I want this weekly post to be a fun look back over our antics; and so Harrison can one day laugh at us! :)

This rather embarrassing photo was taken right before Matt left for senior year of college. His school was 1000 miles away and I was not looking forward to saying goodbye! But it was taken right in front of Starbucks. That summer started a tradition, er, obsession with Starbucks. It is still our weekly date and always bring back memories of our goodbye and time of long distance courting. Ok Harrison, go ahead and laugh at your parents' goofy clothes and hair! I am laughing now, what were we thinking?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

Dear Concerned Strangers, Well Meaning Persons of Unknown Identities, and Informative Nameless Faces in Public Places,

I know I am new at this, I know I do not have it all together nor am I a professional by any means. But I have learned a thing or two along the way that makes me somewhat fit to be a mother. But I wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your advice.

I thank you kind lady for reminding me how to dress my little boy for the weather. I know that since it has gotten slightly cooler in the last two weeks it must be time to pull out the parka and gloves. What was I thinking? Of course since it is now September and the temperatures are plummeting into the 70's I shouldn't be dressing Harrison in overalls and polo shirts as he might catch a cold.
And speaking of colds, thank you kind ma'am for your advice on about needing to be more swift to wipe up drool as this could cause horrible and unsightly chapping of his lips and chin, but by taking your finger (and who knows where it has been) and wiping his chin for me, well, don't you think a slobbery chin is much better than spreading germs? I really don't know you from Adam (or Eve in this case), so please tell me how it is ok to be putting your fingers on my baby's face? I'll take the drool over a shared cold, but thank you just the same. And as to your concerns kind sir in the condiment aisle. I am grocery shopping for two grown adults as well as a baby. All that stuff in my cart is not just for my baby. I do have a few things in there for him, but for the most part those grocery items are for the grown ups in the family. But thank you for reminding me just in case I forget that babies cannot have pickles, tomato sauce, or tortilla chips. But who knows, my mind could slip and I might find myself giving Harrison a bag of Cheetos while I finish my grocery shopping.
And I know how hard this face is to resist! He is one very smiley, happy, outgoing baby! But sometimes, and I hate to tell you this strangers, but he does get fussy. He tires of being out in public, or long grocery shopping trips, or not being able to stretch out and play. But I will take your advice into consideration. Let's see, you said maybe I am not giving him enough attention- yeah, he looks like he is starved for affection. And you said maybe he is hungry-ok I guess he could use a few more rolls of chunk to add to his emaciated 85th percentile body weight. And I think you told me he could be crying because he is cold. Well, I guess his sweaty neck and palms are no true indicator of his body temperature. So since I am new at this, I guess it is time (at least according to two knowledgeable strangers) to get out the snow bibs and ear muffs; because I must have no idea what I am doing.

Well, thank you informative souls of whom I do not know your names. I have learned a great deal from you. I shall take all your advice and insight and mull it over. I do though have a sneaky suspicion that Harrison will turn out fine. I learn on the job, and who knows, I might just come out the other side with a happy, well adjusted, healthy little boy!

Sincerely,

A New Mom

Monday, September 14, 2009

Model Baby

I think I am one hot little man in my grown up outfit!
I'm a stud and I know it. Watch out ladies!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Redskins Fight Song- By Harrison

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory! Hail to the Redskins!
Fight for Old D.C.!
It is the opening weekend of the 2009 NFL season and I have two very pumped men about the Redskins kickoff this afternoon. Last year this time Matt would mention at every game that next season he would have a son to watch the games with! Now Harrison is here and I get to watch my guys cheer on their Skins!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Photoshoot

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Isn't he the most handsome little man ever? Thanks to our good friend for taking such wonderful pictures of our guy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Growing Man

They tell you that they change in a blink of an eye; they tell you to cherish every minute because it goes by so fast; they tell you to hang on while you can because... ...they grow so fast. Harrison had barely entered our lives in this picture. He was only five weeks old and I could not imagine beyond that moment...
And now he is my little man! At five months this guy is growing and changing faster than I can keep up with. What they say is true - they grow up before you can blink...
They change before your eyes. But what they say is also true, the best is yet to come!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Way to the Heart is Through the Stomach

It is amazing how babies automatically know what food is! Harrison seems to know he is missing out on something; he gets so excited when he sees us eating. But his excitement took a new high when his daddy was eating a hamburger this past week!

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It's like he knows how good that burger is! He was drooling over it! One day my little man, I promise!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Big Blue Monster

I'm a brave little man with nothing to fear... Until a big blue monster suddenly appeared...
His mom in a blue mud mask; what a sight for him to see...
It's ok little man! The big blue monster is just me!

(To protect the identities of those involved, ahem- me-all discriminating photos of me in the mud mask have been removed. This is also to protect you from having to look like Harrison in the above pictures!)