Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Cold Never Stopped Him

Harrison has had a hard time understanding why we can't spend hours outdoors every day like we used to. His cheeks will get chapped and his nose gets bright red, but he still braves the cooler days as if there were no temperature change since July! So on the most blustery days when going out isn't an option, Harrison has created his own playground. Who knew a lap board and an ottoman could be so much fun? video

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friendship

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade... ...but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement... ...The greater part of life is sunshine."
Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will praise the name of God with song... ...And magnify Him with Thanksgiving!
Psalm 69:30

Monday, November 22, 2010

Seek and Find

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
" Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." "You will seek Me, and find Me, when you seek Me with all of your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Read ALL Instructions Before Beginning

Due to cooler temperatures pushing us indoors more and more often we scramble to find things to keep the kids engaged. Left on their own, their energy tends to find outlets in jumping off furniture, stabbing each other with vacuum cleaner attachments, or emptying salt containers. They have bored themselves with every toy in the house and it's only November. This could be a long winter! We've been trying to come up with new and exciting things for the boys; fort building (or destroying), pot and pan bands, and...painting. We read "non-toxic" and saw the kid-friendly tubes and knew this would be a hit! Maybe we should have read ALL instructions before we began though. So follows are a few tips for others who are desperate to find entertainment indoors on cold days for multiple little ones: 1) When it says "for ages 3+" they usually have guessed correctly which age group can handle the activity correctly, (aka-keeping paint on papers, off others, and themselves.)
2) When it says "non-toxic" that is great, but for kids I think this is interpreted as "edible". So even though you don't have to worry that your child may attempt to taste it, you still have to convince them it isn't food!
3) When using any kind of paint make sure you read somewhere on the bottles "Washable". Then when your child attempts to taste the paint, you don't have to worry about his lips, teeth, and tongue getting permanently stained :/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

Before we had kids Matt and I talked about Christmas traditions we wanted to have as a family. We knew how easy it is for children especially to get caught up in what they want for Christmas. While it's not a bad thing to make a Christmas wish list, or hint about what you want, it can crowd out why we even celebrate why we get and give presents, anticipate, and celebrate. We didn't want our kids to be self-focused each December.
So Matt decided each Christmas we would focus as a family on the excitement of giving. We decided each year Matt and I and our children would give something of our own. It could be something we already own, our time or energy, or give up one of our own gifts to someone who wouldn't get any.
This year we took Harrison out shopping for Operation Christmas Child. We let him pick toys he liked and told him how we would send them to a little boy who wasn't going to get presents because his family couldn't afford them. But how neat it was to give of our resources to bless him with these neat toys Harrison picked out.
Let's just say Harrison didn't quite understand the concept. There were tears when he had to relinquish toys, and he seemed pretty confused to hand over his box at church on Sunday, but I'm hoping this year planted seeds in his little heart. He was pretty proud of his finished box, (he especially enjoyed popping the rubber bands! ha!)
I pray that as each year passes and Harrison grows up he will become more and more excited about giving and sharing the joy and blessings we have because of Jesus.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hide It In Your Heart

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation, to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His inheritance. The Lord looks from Heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the Earth.
He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.
Psalm 33:11-15

Friday, November 12, 2010

"I Vote!"

Harrison just "voted" in his second election. His Daddy wanted to start him off as young as possible teaching him about civic duty, the privilege, and responsibility we have to vote for our elected officials. This year Harrison was more into the process as his Daddy walked him into the booth and taught him about what we were doing, how to cast the ballot, and the overall election process.
Harrison felt pretty proud of his "I voted" sticker and walked around saying, "I vote!" It's our desire that Harrison knows how blessed he is to live in this country, the privileges we have, and the lives given to defend them, including our right to vote.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hockey Chocket

We recently let Harrison view the foot stomping "Hot Chocolate" song from The Polar Express. He is not a big tv watcher at all, he just won't sit still for it for more than 30 seconds. That's fine with me, but I had a feeling my music loving little man would get a kick out of this song. Sure enough, the tune had him dancing along for the entire song! I get a kick out of his dance moves to the "Hot Chocolate" song, or "Hockey Chocket" as he calls it!
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Pyrophobiac

Yes, I know that's not a real word, but I really don't think there's a better way to describe Harrison at this point. We have greatly enjoyed cooking over our outdoor fire pits a lot lately. Harrison starts off so intrigued. He is right in the midst of gathering kindling, stacking logs, and even striking the matches.
But as soon as the flames start roaring and the heat makes your cheeks turn pink he is suddenly not so sure about it all.
With his arm tightly through his Dad's they get their hotdogs roasted, he gobbles them up, and is asking for another. I'm going to be happy that he has a healthy fear of the fire, at least for now...
...because if he's anything like his Dad, his fascination for playing with flames will grow and the phobia will be dropped!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Teeeeese!" (Cheese!)

Kids are learning how to work gadgets and electronics younger and younger these days. It amazes me how well Harrison knows how to operate digital cameras, remote controls, laptops, and as follows...cell phones!
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This is the resulting self-portrait. As far as I know no one has sat down with Harrison to instruct him on which buttons to push, how to hold it to get the right shot, etc. He just knew, scary! I wasn't allowed to touch a computer until I was 12 and the word "cell phone", well we weren't allowed to use such language. I guess he'll be texting his ABC's and needing his own laptop for kindergarten, but for now, we'll just let him think taking pictures is all you can do with a cell phone.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ten Apples A Day

We took Harrison on his second annual apple picking trip. Last year he rode in a backpack carrier the whole time. Our biggest concern then was when he grabbed leaves off the trees and ate them!
This year he is much more mobile, tons more independent, and way more opinionated.
Our little man took off hunting for his own choice apples, eating his way through the orchard.
All the fruit he could eat within his reach made for one very happy and full little guy!
I lost count on how many apples he scarfed down. He was a man on a mission to find "Hayison opple" (Harrison's apples).
Mr. I-Can-Do-It-Myself hiked and ate all over that mountain side for hours.
Nothing like good mountain air, and walking up hill non-stop, and a belly full of apples, to make you sleep good.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Shin-oar" = Shiner

This past weekend we went away on our church retreat. Every few years all the families at our church go away together for a weekend and for a time of fellowship and growth. I told Harrison all about the mountains, the grassy hills to roll down, his class he would be in, the bon fires, fun foods, and staying up late. I told him about the cool lodge we would stay in, how cold it would be, and the hikes we would go on.
But I guess I should have told him more about what to avoid around the mountainous setting, such as the steep down grades, the urge to run down vertical paved walkways, and the stone stairway.
Sure enough, with me standing three feet away, he tripped and went face first over the top stair. His eye socket caught his full weight as he went head first onto the hard stone steps.
I think we were all in shock as we watched him in slow motion go over and then simultaneously went scrambling to grab him. Of course he was scared spitless himself.
After cleaning him up, clearing him for any serious injuries, giving plenty of hugs, and pacifying him with M&M's, our little man was proudly sporting his first shiner, or "shine-oar" as Harrison says.
He thinks he's something and likes to talk about it a lot. He is loving showing off his battle scars and war wounds. He is one brave little man!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Psalm 111:1


If you hadn't noticed, I'm pretty proud of my little guy and his accomplishments. Here is Harrison's new Bible verse reminding me that in good times and bad, win or lose, plenty or want, we will always praise the Lord!
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(Please excuse the ketchup and mustard all over his face. He had just indulged in a hotdog.)