Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Harper turned four months on Friday. My little girl is no longer a new born. She is now just an adorable, happy, chunky baby. She has the best temperament and smiles constantly. She honestly gets easier by the day, and I am so thankful for her easy going personality. She has precious girly features, and giggles and squeaks that are all girl as well. She is incredibly ticklish and loves bath time. She loves being snuggled, but doesn't mind hanging out on the floor with her play mat. She thinks her brother is goofy, loves talking to daddy and cracks up at mommy's singing. She has not tried cereal yet, but if you check out her arms you can tell the child is deprived of nothing! She sucks her thumb, loves mommy's hair and her rabbit. She grunts when frustrated and can let out a mean scream when she is angry. Behind all of the chunk there is some amazing muscle because this little lady is strong and she is already enjoying her exersaucer.
If you couldn't tell, I think she is perfect. Everyday, I thank the good Lord that she is all mine!!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
On September 21st, 2010, I was student teaching in the first grade. I will never forget the moment, when I was reading Hazel's Amazing Mother to a carpet full of precious, toothless 7 year olds and a wave of nausea hit me. It lasted about an hour and was gone. I thought to myself, "That was odd. Almost felt like morning sickness....." My heart skipped a beat. No way. Could I be pregnant again?!? The rest of that day I spent daydreaming of what life would be like with two babies. As quickly as I allowed myself to get lost in a daydream, I would just as quickly push the silly thought away. I mean, we weren't even trying for baby number two even though I was getting a fairly severe case of baby fever for the second time. That was one of the longest afternoons of my life. I could not wait to race home and take a pregnancy test. Technically, it was a little early for a pregnancy test, but to heck with it. When you have that "what if" running through your brain, what is a $5 test?
It was four days before Harrison's first birthday party, and Matt and I decided it would be so much fun to wait until the party to tell our families together. That is the longest I have ever kept a secret that big. When I found out I was pregnant with Harrison, I waited a whole 37 minutes (enough time to run to Walmart to buy a second test, drink more water and pee again) to tell my family. This time, there was no need for a second test. I had bought a digital test that flat out read PREGNANT.
Here Matt and I are three days before we found out about blessing #2. We were happy and in love. Life was good, but it was about to get a whole lot better!
And this is what I have to look at one year later. God is so good. She is perfect, and everything I could have ever hoped for. She is happy, easy, cuddly, and happy! Everyday I fall more and more in love with this little girl. With sweet grins and contagious giggles, it is hard not to be head over heels in love with her. I know from my experience with Harrison that this love continues to grow and deepen in ways that are unfathomable. I am looking forward to each new experience with my baby girl. I know how blessed I am to have a healthy son and daughter and I thank God everyday for trusting me with these sweet souls.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
As I have stated before, my boy has a little thang for Jeeps. So there really was no other option for his 2nd birthday party. It was a small party, just family. But our family got in on the Jeep action to celebrate with Harrison!
Cupcakes I made for Harrison.
I was most excited about the Jeep cookies :)
Can we say SPOILED!!!
Thanks to the local Jeep dealership, we even had Jeep balloons :)
My sweet girl
He is all smiles with Pop's Jeep!
An attempt at a family photo. Harrison was obviously not feeling it.
Mommy daughter time!
Can't have a 2 year old party with out a little Jello Jiggler action!
This was the first time Harrison showed interest in opening presents. With each present he tore into, he was all smiles! That child was loving it. Ohhh and squeals of delight were paired with the sound of wrapping paper being ripped apart. It. Was. Priceless.
Harrison blew out the candles all by himself for the very first time.
He was one very happy two year old!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
For the last five years, this was the wall behind my kitchen table.
There was nothing wrong with this wall, but I thought it was a little boring. Because most of my waking hours are spent in my kitchen I decided it was time to make a "Happy Wall". It was the perfect space to fill with things that make me happy. I love to entertain and so I thought this wall might also make for fun dinner conversations. Thus began the search for items for my wall.
I found 15 frames at a local thrift store. I had to use my imagination, but for prices ranging from $0.50 to $1.00 per frame, it was worth a little creativity.
I even broke out some burlap and my hot glue gun. Sometimes it pays to keep scraps from old projects :)
I laid out the finished frames on my floor to make sure I had the right look. The next step was hanging.
Here is the finished product. I could not be more please with my Happy Wall. I find myself looking at it as I cook, fold laundry, wash dishes, and just enjoy my coffee. It was worth all $24. That is right! The entire wall cost me less than $25 dollars. Like I said, I found the frames at a thrift store, printed pictures from my computer or used photos I already had, and made my "Scrabble" frame from already purchased burlap and our game. The chalk board paint was half the cost of the entire project but was well worth it. I have since painted the frame that was on the Happy Wall (before it was so happy) and now Harrison has a chalk board in his room.
So what is on my Happy Wall? Well, if it made me smile, it was in the running. Here is a break down of what made the final cut:
The Pear frame makes me laugh and warms my heart because it makes me think of my wonderful hubby. We really are a perfect pair. And I could not have a Happy Wall and not include something by my favorite artist, Van Gogh.
I thought this last frame was fun because I used a piece of scrap material I had from making new curtains for my kitchen. The colors in the fabric are so bright and cheery, it is perfect for my kitchen :) Sorry the picture is a little dark, my camera died so I used my phone.
I hope you enjoyed my Happy Wall. I highly recommend having one of your own. It never hurts to have something that makes you smile!