Thursday, September 30, 2010

Throwback Thursday (Sort Of)

Celebrating our past and blessing along the way! Join us for Throwback Thursday!

I can hardly believe this Harrison's second State Fair! We had a blast remembering last year's State Fair and seeing how much Harrison has changed! This year he did not disappoint, though his face pretty much kept the same expression (the one above.)
I'm guessing it has something to do with how overwhelming it must be to someone who really doesn't understand what's going on exactly. Who wouldn't be worried to see 30 people strapped into a metal cage and flipped violently around while screaming their heads off.
Or why wouldn't you be the slightest concerned when we you see someone inhale a turkey leg the size of your head, enough cotton candy to fill a bed pillow, and a fried dough that could rival a compact car in a few minutes time? And I think it's ok to be a little intimidated of large, loud, flying machines when you are less than three feet tall.
And why the horses stay stuck in the same circle and don't go another way, I'm sure has been baffling young minds for ages.
I sure wish I knew exactly what must be going through your little mind Harrison, but your face sure was a highlight of my day as you tried to figure out the craziness that is the Sate Fair!

Monday, September 27, 2010

How Do You Define?

I recently saw a great definition of a boy. It said... Boy: (n) /boi/ - a noise with dirt on it
After laughing out loud I realized how true that is.

In so few words it completely describes boys, well at least my boy, perfectly! I think my boy covered in dirt, getting into mischief, satisfying his curiosity, and practicing his various vehicle noises non-stop is just perfect.
I love my little noise with dirt on it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


When Harrison became mobile and his toy collection grew we knew we needed to have some toys downstairs in our house, not just in his room. I wasn't thrilled with the ides of having loose toys out so we found this awesome leather trunk which camouflaged in with our living room furniture and housed Harrison's toys.
The trunk helped my sanity with organization and kept my living room from looking like a day care. These days the trunk has become more than just a piece of furniture to house Harrison's many things...'s become a toy itself!
I cannot count how many time he empties it out and climbs in to sit and play.
And anything that keeps this guy contained is well worth it's value!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hands On

For a kid who loves "tack-ors" as much as Harrison... couldn't have gotten much better than walking by these parked yellow monsters.
He had the time of his life exploring the vehicles he is used to pushing around on his hands and knees.
Of course, now he wants to know why there isn't one this size in his toy box.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Better Batter

Let's just say Harrison has been more than spoiled being around all these aunts who love to bake. Because all the baking means there will be batter...
...and where there is batter, there is a beater to lick, and believe me, Harrison knows this!
He's a pretty quick learner! :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Saying Thank You

On Saturday, September 11, we went to our local fire station. My mom had a wonderful idea of how to commemorate this 9/11 anniversary. We baked cookies and took them to our local first responders to thank them for their service.
We didn't really know what to expect, but I guess when you walk into a building full of males with a basket loaded with fresh baked cookies, they are pretty much going to be happy to see you!
Harrison was thrilled beyond words the moment we stepped in and he saw the trucks! He started to asked to get up in them, and they firemen were so excited to see him crawl in and "drive"!
Harrison calls them "whee-ew, whee-ew's", mimicking the siren noise- haha!
It was great for us to take some time out of our day to give back to the men and women who give us so much. And I think the firefighters really enjoyed interacting and meeting some of the faces they give their lives to protect. It was kind of awe inspiring and really made us have a new appreciation. I think we might have to come bearing goodies to these brave heroes more than just once a year!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Being Sick...

...has its advantages! Harrison had a GI bug for ten days! He wasn't eating and was losing weight.
Though we were able to get a lot of fluids in him we were still worried about him not eating.
The doctor made a suggestion saying in most situations, even if the child has refused all other foods because they are sick, they will eat french fries.
Sure enough, he bit into those salty, greasy, American classics! It sure was good to see him eat again, even if it was only about six fries.
That was enough, his energy went back up a bit and he enjoyed roaming outside with his little bag of fries. I think he likes being spoiled when sick!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Here Today Because of You

Maybe it's cliche but it's true, Harrison is here today because of grandparents like you! Because his parents were trained up in the way they should go, because we were instilled with value and character through your tears, joy, heart ache, and love. Harrison is blessed with a Godly legacy and that wouldn't be if it hadn't been for your steadfast relationships, your Christ-like example, and your daily teaching and instructing.
So on this Grandparent's day we want to thank you for your love and example and being the best grandparents a kid could have! We love you all very much!
Happy Grandparent's Day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Never Forget

You weren't yet alive so you won't remember that day. You won't have to remember those horrific images on the screen, the terror and panic, the shock of the news. You didn't have to sit glued to the TV for hours trying to make sense of it all. But Harrison, because of that day, the world you live in has been changed forever. And I don't want you to forget. You are going to hear and learn about that day because I don't want you to forget. I want you to learn about the bravery, the heroes, the sacrifices, and the patriotism. I want you to truly grasp the burden of that day. And more importantly I want you to know how God reigned in the face of it all. Even in the midst of chaos our God is ever present. I pray for your salvation so that even in the midst of fear and panic you will have an ever present help in trouble.
Harrison, never forget the blessing of the country you were born in, the brave men and women who defend it, and the lives given to protect it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Holdin' On

The mornings are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves on the tree are noticeably becoming less green. While I very much look forward to some of the fun holidays and events the cool weather brings, I sure am always sorry to see the last of summer fade away.
I think this guy shares my dismay of seeing summer end. He is begging to go out first thing in the morning and begging even still to go out before bedtime.
I can't say that he or I will be thrilled when the temperatures dip to the point of having to bundle up to even step out for a little bit.
In the meantime we are holdin' on to the last days of summer and drinking up every bit of warm sunshine. But I have a feeling, with this guy we will find just as much to enjoy, even in the colder weather.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mr. President

There's a commercial on TV (has something to do with cell phones) that shows a president at an inauguration and then backtracks to give you his history. It goes all the way back to his parents meeting on a train all because the father had great cell coverage and was able to change his ticket to get on the mother's train. While silly to revolve around who has the best 3G network, the commercial does make you think how one little choice can change history. One impulsive decision really can make or break you.
Harrison, only God knows your future, but I do know your past and you have been ordained from before time. Your life on this earth is no mistake and I know God has an incredible plan for the man you are becoming. Every decision you make will effect your tomorrows and the tomorrows of many others, including your own children one day.
Harrison, as long as you listen to the voice of wisdom, your choices will be easy to make as you follow in our Father's footsteps. And who knows, maybe you will be the president one day!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, September 3, 2010

This Time Last Year... were into chewing, babbling, and sitting contentedly staring out the window. You were only five months old and I didn't think it could get better. I was wrong.Now you are my handsome one and half year old. You are very much so a little man and won't stand to be treated like a baby, because you aren't. You are exploring, conquering, and creative. You beam your baby blues at anyone willing to hold conversation, you can run faster than Michael Johnson (ok, that may be exaggerated), and you are as mischievous as the day is long.
Today, I'd say it couldn't get any better, but I know from experience that's only true today. I am blessed to be your mommy and thank God for you, my son, every day! Thank you for making my days rich!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hide It In Your Heart

The Lord is my shepherd... I shall not want...
He makes me lie down in green pastures...
He leads me besides still waters.
Psalm 23:1-2