Monday, August 20, 2012

Today, I'm grateful for..

Hands.  Yeah, that's right... my hands.

This morning was a pretty average morning.  Woke up to my sweet baby's complain, and got my lazy bum out of bed.  Got me and Max ready for the gym.  I was able to get to and from the car with ease.  After the gym, I went to Walmart for a new box of diapers, and a water case.  Which I was able to pick up with my own 2 hands.  While checking out, I was able to scan my items, and put them back in the cart.  With some struggle because of my strength, but I was able to do it.  Walking out to my car I thought to myself, "it's so hot outside", "i have so much to do today" yada yada yada.  While I opened my trunk, I lifted my items in and shut the trunk.  I looked over a couple cars down, to see an elderly man looking around in confusion. My first thought was how I should go help him.  Quickly, I decided that he doesn't need my help.. for I saw an elderly lady coming by which must have been his wife.  Nope, not his wife.  The lady quickly moved on by without notice of this man.  Again, I had a doubt.. "I have to put my baby in the cool car cause it's so dang hot outside!" but then the feeling came over me that I needed to go see if this man needs help.  As I brought my cart over, with Max in tow I saw something quite surprising.  This man had a empty cart. But on his cart were 2 hooks, as his hands.  He didn't have any hands.  Inside his van was a large vacuum and box that he was wanting to return.  As I loaded up his cart with all the supplies that he needed, I couldn't help but feel sorry for this man.  He was waiting so patiently but almost panicking for someone to come along and help him.  I couldn't believe myself that I would push away that feeling that I got, just so that I could get home and get on with my day.  He was so grateful at the end of my helping him that he gave me a huge, warm smile and complimented how beautiful and content my baby was.  While driving home, I thought of all the struggles that that man faces every. single. day. How silly of me to take my hands for granted.  Cause what did I accomplish today, with my hands & fingers? I was able to: make decorations for a baby shower, give Max a head rub, sew some skirts, cut some fabric, grocery shop, type this blog post and most importantly hold my sweetheart's hand.  Boy did that hit me hard.  I'm so lucky to have my hands. Then I started to think about all the other things that I take for granted and am oh so blessed to have.  People face a lot harder things than I face on a daily basis.  I really need to be more grateful in my life.  And follow the promptings that I get, so that I can help those in need.  I'm so grateful for that experience, for I was able to help someone today.  Even though it may have been a small favor, it really brought me to think of important things in my life that I'm grateful for. 

xoxo, the Harrison's

Sunday, August 19, 2012

the "perfect" stage

I'm convinced that Max is at the perfect stage right now.  He's so interactive, getting smarter by the minute, and still not mobile [good for mom :)].  He has started to do this thing where he coughs fake's hilarious.  He will just sit there and do this HUGE dramatic cough.  I think it's his way to get our attention when he wants it.  But I absolutely love it.  He's also getting more observant.  For example: the other day he was sitting on my lap.  Just playing with my necklace as usual.  He then looks at my right eye... and stares at it.  Slowly, he comes closer and closer until he's like 2cm from my eyeball.  Oh my goodness.  Why did he feel the need to do that? haha.  I love this little boy to pieces.  We are so blessed to have this special little baby in our home.  He does make life so much better.  It's incredible the happiness we have that comes from him.  I'm sorry I take so many pictures of him... I just can't seem to get enough of this little guy..

Love him. More everyday.

xoxo, the Harrison's

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hug your best friends tight!

Hug your best friends tight! Because yours probably isn't all the way in Alaska..

I miss this girl!
But I know that she's in the right place and helping SO many people. She's such an example to me and I can't wait till I can give her a big hug again! It's been weird not being able to just text or call her whenever I want.  Soon enough :)

That's alll... for now!

xoxo, the Harrison's [more so Haley ;)]

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Operation: Date Night Squared

We've had a pretty crazy weekend, plans left and right.  So we weren't sure when we were going to squeeze date night in.  So we decided that after our commitment last night, we would have our first babysitters would come over while Max went down for the night.  [Our babysitters were 2 of my lovely siblings, Nicole is now 12!].  We didn't even know what we were going to do yet, we just knew that our budget is low and most things were closed when it was finally time to go out.  AND we already had ice cream, which is something we usually result to over here.  haha.  So we decided that it would be fun to reenact one of our date nights! While we were dating, but before I left for school in the summer, this was one of our date nights.  And surprisingly, we had so much fun with it.  So we picked this date.  I would suggest any couple to do this.  It was so fun talking about memories that we had from the other date, and what has changed since then [for example, we now have a baby together :)] I love my man so much.  He always finds a way to make me laugh.  I'm so lucky to call him my husband.  This morning, we had the wonderful oppurtunity to attend the temple together, as I was sitting out in the foyer waiting for my hubs (shouldn't it be the other way around?!) there was bride after bride coming in and out of the temple.  It really was incredible how many sealings were going on.  But as I saw the excitement and love in the bride and grooms faces, it reminded me of how exciting that day is.  And how special and sacred marriage is. 

Here are a few of our goofy pictures. :)

xoxo, the Harrison's

Friday, August 3, 2012

6 months ago today...

I tear up a little as I write this post...
Because 6 months ago today, I had my precious little baby boy. Our lives have been changed forever, in the best way possible.  I remember the many emotions going through me this day.  Excitement, nervous, scared, so so happy.  Max has been such a huge blessing in our lives and I am so very grateful that I was the one chosen to be his mommy.  Everyday he amazes me.  I look at his tiny fingers and toes, and think...Wow, he was in my stomach for 9 months.  I love the way he looks at Mike and I while we're hugging and smooching.  He will be grossed out later, but right now he absolutely loves it.  Some days are really hard.  Being a stay at home mom is nothing like I had imagined.  It's even better.  Such a rewarding, tiring job.  I absolutely love it. 

Max, I hope that you know how much mom & dad love you.  You're incredible and have a great personality at such a young age.  You have changed our lives in so many ways.  But it is all oh so worth it.  We are so lucky.

xoxo, the Harrison's