Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rule of Three

"We have a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God...
...Who loves to surprise us out of our socks...
...and be there in the flesh to see our reaction." -Max Lucado
We love God's surprises and his plan for our family of five! 
Our newest little Clark will arrive April 2013!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Yo Ho

If you know Harrison, you know he has this, well, obsession for pirates. He is frequently seen sporting his bandana and eye patch requesting we all refer to him as, "Captain."
So it was very considerate of the Outer Banks to take into consideration our scheduled visit when planning their pirate festival.
Harrison was star struck when we first arrived as he watched his heroes in action. He warmed up though and enjoyed exploring pirate treasure, hooks, and swords.
Then all bravado took over as he challenged one of the pirates to a sword fight! We all watched as he swung and thrust his sword never backing down from the swaggering pirate.
Needless to say, we were pretty proud of our little matey and his budding pirate skills, just as long as it doesn't turn into a profession:)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Brother Bonding?

The boys were playing together in Harrison's room pretty peacefully...a rare occurrence. But Jefferson's ear piercing screams soon broke all tranquility.
Racing as fast as we could, we came around the corner to see Harrison wrapped around both of Jefferson's legs effectively pinning him to the ground just outside the door. "What's going on Harrison?" we asked.
"He wants to be done playing, but I'm having so much fun with him and don't want him to leave! I'm trying to make him stay and play some more!" Despite Jeff's protesting, we felt like we scored one in the brother bonding process:)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Harrison To The Rescue

Harrison has quite the imagination. Any given day he could be Spider Man, a cowboy, or Black Beard.
He could be fighting bad guys, playing quarter back for the Giants, or cooking us some dinner with ice cubes.
So when we went to the aquarium, Harrison had no trouble donning the lab coat of a veterinarian in the sea turtle rescue lab.
He assumed full doctor-ness with furrowed brow and head nods as he examined and diagnosed his injured sea turtle.
My little Doogie Howser vet worked feverishly to rehabilitate his shark bitten turtle and turned in an Oscar winning performance for the role.
He proudly announced his turtle's health restored and released it back into the wild - or a rubbermaid container on the other side of the wall, but he didn't have to know that.
Right across the hall were the actual sea turtles so Matt called over the little doctor to see them swimming.
Harrison proudly exclaimed, "That's my turtle! Look at him swim! I did it! I made him all better!"

Friday, September 21, 2012

Becoming His Own

Jefferson decided to start breaking the mold while being at the beach.
Maybe it was the salty sea air, maybe it was escaping the mountains, and maybe Jeff is just ready to be Jeff.
And I have to say...between all the sly grins, teasing, cuddles, and new words, I like Jeff a lot :)
He's one likeable guy with his infectious laugh and suck-you-in smile. I'm excited to see what each day brings with this fast growing and changing guy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sand Goons

One of our favorite Outer Banks must-stop-at-spot is Jockey's Ridge.
We've never made a trip to OBX that didn't include a hike to the top of the massive dunes.
So this year was no exception as we headed to the sandy summit. (Take note of Harrison's new Spider Man hands-shooting-out-web-pose.)
Once we took in the sound and ocean views we tried for some picturesque photo ops...these days that includes head locks, tackles, tears, and bribes.
My sister snapped away as fast as she could. After dozens of frames we got one where we are all looking the same general direction...it may not be perfect, but with two hyperactive guys I'll call it success.
Harrison then proceeded to relentlessly run down and climb back up the steep sandy face of the dune or goon as he calls it.
And that plan totally worked for me. Because after that much sand, hiking, sun, and climbing I knew nap time would work in my favor:)
The dunes were a hit, a partial photo op success, and the perfect place for my silly boys' slapstick humor of falling and tackling. I love the memories we've already made there and look forward to the ones still waiting for us to make at the "goons".

Monday, September 17, 2012

Oceanfront

We climbed to the top of Jockey's Ridge, we chased crabs with flashlights, we found sand in swim shorts, sweatshirts, and bed sheets.
We have sun golden hair and tanned skin, we have souvenirs, pictures, and memories.
We have eaten seafood, sword fought pirates, and watched sea turtles escape the surf.
We have slept in, stayed up late, played games, and shopped. We have tan lines, empty sunscreen bottles, and exfoliated toes.
We are richly blessed, living on memories, and so thankful to have spent the last week in the most magnificent place in God's creation...the oceanfront.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Needed

This week it's going to be quiet around here because this week we have escaped the mountains.
This week we went back home, surrounded with family, and are beach bound. This week we are finding shells, splashing in the surf, and recharging.
This week we are soaking up stillness, familiarity, contentment, and salty sea air.
This week the boys will be refueling in hugs, kisses, and spoiling from grandparents, aunts, and uncles who stand ready with M&M's, toys, and all kinds of energy producing treats:)
This week is a blessings, a gift to be savored one slow day at a time, like the cup of coffee I'm going to go get before the boys are too pumped on sugar and ready to hit the waves:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bears and Transformers Theology

Harrison's new favorite thing is to play church service. He loves for Matt to "preach" and then he will grab his guitar and lead us in a time of music.
His songs are like non other, made up on the spot with his own unique interpretation of Matt's preceding lesson.
This past "church service" Matt spoke about the promise of a long and happy life with obedience to parents. So Harrison's following song gave us his summation of what that meant to him.
"You should oooooobey, and you'll be very happy! If you don't obey bears will come and get you and your life will be over! But if you ooooobey, it will be happy 'cuz your parents will buy you transformers for you!" (Sung very loudly!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

To Jefferson

Jefferson, you are 14 months old now and I'm having a hard time figuring out where the last year went! I hardly remember you as a tiny newborn snuggled on my shoulder. Now you are a rough and tumble boy always on the go.
You are 24lbs and 31" long. You wear 18-24 months clothes and eat like a horse! I would list your favorite foods, but that would take up the rest of this post...let's just say there aren't a lot of foods you don't like! If you could choose anything to eat it would be chicken; nuggets, grilled, shredded, BBQ- you like it all.
You are a sneaky guy. You like hiding things, pretending, and sneak attacking Daddy's head if he's laying on the floor. You like knocking things over and pushing your big brother's buttons. But you also adore Harrison and want to be with him all the time.
You love cuddling still and giving out hugs and kisses. You are tender-hearted and kind yet you are strong as an ox and just as stubborn sometimes. All of these qualities are making an amazing man and I am blessed to be your mom. I love you Tank!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Gone Fishin'

Harrison can conquer mountains, scale the castle walls, and roundhouse kick a bank robber all the way to jail.
But sitting still for five minutes is a feat outside of his super power skills.
He's been training hard to rein in his energy surplus and we've been creative in finding ways to help him hone in his creative juices.
So we go fishing. He calmly leans over the back of the couch while painstakingly directing his "hook" towards the magnetic fish.
Flailing, flying, and fighting don't help reel in his catch so he is mastering his self control and at the same time, proudly landing some big ones :)