Saturday, June 30, 2012

ready for more

We decided that Max is ready for "solids".  As of yesterday, he has been having an insane appetite.. like hungry ALL the time.  He was just really cranky and we've noticed that he's  been interested in our food so we figured he was ready.  He maybe ate 10% of the food we gave him but hey, it's a start!
Here's our first experience:

 Above, is a huge snot bubble created by yours truly.
I was hesitant to give him food, mainly because that just means that he's only getting bigger :(

xoxo, the Harrison's

Friday, June 29, 2012

tryin a little harder to be a little better.

Something that's been on my mind lately... service.  Service service service.  It all started last Sunday when my best friend left for her mission and her topic was "Missionary Work" but what I got out of it most is service.  This has been a constant thing in my head. I guess it's something that I need to do better at, helping those around me.  There's just one personal experience that I can't shake from my thoughts. 

Story time: I was up at BYU-Idaho and was getting ready to fly home.  {I can't remember if it was home or a family vacay that I was leaving for} but that's not the point...  I had decided that I was going to head to the local Deseret Book for a good read on the plane ride.  I had nothing in mind, I just wanted something uplifting and entertaining.  When I got in the store I kept asking the employee about what she may suggest to take on this trip.  She led me to a few isles, pointing at things that may grab my interest.  Soon enough, we wound up at the front of the store where the "best sellers" were placed.  The employee turned to me and pointed out the window, where the parking lot was. For a split second I was nervous to look thinking it was maybe a burglary that was taking place in my car. There were several cars parked, one being my cute, red volkswagen bug.  She didn't know that the bug was mine but just wanted me to see what was going on in the parking lot.  As I looked out the window, I saw an old man like really old man.  He was in his Sunday best {even though it wasn't sunday} with suspenders and a hat.  I'm talking the old man that you will smile when you see because he's just so cute! But that's besides the point, this man was cleaning my dirty windshield.  I'm not talking just spray spray swipe swipe. Like, this man was doing a really neat job. The whole time, with a smile.  The employee began to smile as well and realized what a sweet gesture this was, I began to tell her that this was my car.  We both got all giddy at this sweet service that he had performed.  A few minutes later, I was back looking at books.. still amazed at the kind service.  After thinking, I decided that I needed to go thank him. Before I had the time to turn around and do so,  I heard an old mans voice behind me talking to the employee.  With a very excited voice he said to the employee, "Thank you for letting me use this Windex, that windshield was just so dirty.  I'm so excited to see that person's face!"  The employee didn't say anything to me about how it was my car and I kept quiet. Before I had the opportunity to thank the old man, I turned around and he was gone. I began thinking in my head; this man wants this service to be anonymous. How cool is that? He doesn't care to get a thank you, but he would love to see that person's face. 

 Little does this man know, he changed my outlook on service for the better.  I remember driving home to get my luggage that day with a big HUGE smile on my face.  I couldn't believe at the sincerity of this old man.  Not only was he helping those around him but he was OLD, how does he have the energy to do something like this? I will be forever grateful for this man.  I don't know his name, I don't know his history.  At the end of the day, he was looking for ways to serve others no matter his circumstances.  Now, I'm not sure why this story won't get out of my head these last couple of days but maybe there's someone that I need to help in the near future.  Maybe big, or small.  I hope that I can be better in this department because I always have room for improvement.  So the moral of the story, you never know who you're going to make smile, or even make a huge impact on them like this old man did.

xoxo, the Harrison's

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

and she's off...

This past weekend, I had the wonderful oppurtunity to fly to Salt Lake City, Ut for my best friends last weekend before she became a Sister misssionary!! It was so great to spend tons of time with her.  We did everything you'd think 2 best friends do: eating, drinking {non alcoholic of course haha}, shoppimg and laughing.  Sunday she gave her farewell talk on missionary work {go figure}.  Her talk inspired me to serve those around me often.  After her message, she sang a duet "I Know that my Redeemer Lives".  This is when I teared up... the spirit was so strong {even with little wiggly Max in my arms}.  She is goiing to be a fabulous missionary.  Her testimony is so strong and will be a light to the people in Alaska.  I'm so grateful I was able to fly up for this big occasion.  I'm going to miss her dearly but I know that she's doing a great  great thing.  She has and will continue to be a example to me in my life.  I created a blog to update everyone while she's on her mission:

"See you later"

xoxo, the Harrison's

Monday, June 18, 2012

there's a first for everything.

What a fun weekend we had! It all started last Thursday night, Mike and I were packing our bags for the Michaelson family reunion! This reunion was held in St. George, Ut. {This was halfway between most of the family so that determined our location}. We stayed up a little late Thursday night, packing and having a little dance party in our room. haha. It was quite the site. Friday morning we left bright and early and got into St. George around 5PM. That night we had a luau and skits. It was so fun to watch everyone perform and learn more about their families! This reunion was for my husbands mom's side {she has 8 siblings} so you can imagine the crowd! The next day we were able to participate in going to the St. George temple with the majority of the group. That temple is beyond beautiful. I love it! That afternoon was pretty much free-time, where we swam and just hung out.  Some girls and I did some shopping {you know, what we do best ;)} That night we rushed off to the airport which is at the top of a bluff where we watched the sunset and could see the whole St. George valley, and my personal favorite the temple! All in all, it was a great time with family.  Sunday we had a little twist in plans, my mother in law was not feeling well and wound up in the hospital.  She's doing better now and headed home for more testing. We pray that she will be all right and the doctors will be able to find out what's wrong. 
Max' first swim! Had to take pictures, of course!

xoxo, the Harrison's

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

brag sesh...

How can I not with those chubby cheeks, blue eyes, pouty lips?

I just love this little man.  Wish we could freeze time and he could need me forever...
Okay, i'm done now :)

xoxo, the Harrison's

Saturday, June 9, 2012

1 down, 3 to go.

Well, we had the first vacation of the summer this past week.  It was so much fun! I was so bummed that Mike wasn't able to make it out to California with us.  {He had to work and is already taking off days for other big vacays}.  We took off on Tuesday morning, bright and early.  We went with my mom and siblings, where we had mostly free stay since my dad is currently working there {Newport Beach area}. Our trip was full of: downtown LA, shopping, beach, relaxing, eating and great quality family time.  {Missing Mike and my big brother, Brock}. It was such a great oppurtunity to get away from the heat.  Boy was the weather PERFECT! Up next on our vacation list: the Michaelson Family Reunion next weekend!

 How did I get a baby with blue eyes? BEAUTIFUL.

We love the beach!!

xoxo, the Harrison's

Monday, June 4, 2012

the number four.

Yesterday, our sweet little boy turned 4 months old!
We can't believe how fast our baby is growing.  He is such a joy in our life.  He has made it much fuller and happier.  {we didn't think happier was possible}.  We are so grateful for his healthy body and happy smiles and giggles.  Dad and I still "argue" about how I think you need to stay little and he thinks you need to grow up into a mighty football player who loves to camp. haha.

We did a little 4 month photoshoot and here's some of the results:

That's pretty much all the update over here.  Till next time..

xoxo, the Harrison's