Sunday, December 10, 2017

Harrison is TWO!

*Sigh* Two! Two full years of this sweet boy. He never stops amazing me. Everyday I'm amazed at the things he's figured out and learned. He's getting busier everyday and more daring every day too. We find ourselves referring to him as our wrecking ball, pretty often. This little guy knows what he wants and will figure out a way to get it or do it.

He also has a lot to say. We aren't always sure what he's saying but he sure knows! I can usually understand him best (although there are times when even I'm not sure) and he's usually pretty patient to repeat or try to say it a different way. He also knows when he can't say something, especially names, and he'll refuse to try until I give him an easier option. So he has started calling himself "Buddy" because Harrison was just too hard (We use Buddy as his nickname anyway). He calls Emerson "Lala" - his own nickname for her..not sure where that came from, and when Grandma was just too hard we said he could say "Nana" and he's run with it. I'm writing this when he's actually 2yrs 2 months.. so some of this has been just in the last months. He also calls my brother Jared, "Uncle Meow" because he has cats. He'll bring me the ipad and say "Uncle Meow. Two Meow. See Uncle Meow. And Eyewe (Ellie)." because he wants to facetime them. He calls my brother Jordan "Uncle Jojo".

Harrison has been obsessed with letters lately. A little before his birthday I showed him H for Harrison. He has to be doing anything and everything that Emerson is doing so one day when we were writing he brings me a marker and some paper and says "Buddy too! Me too!" I showed him how to make H and he caught on pretty quickly. Emerson quickly decided to teach him E for Emerson and E is really easy to say so for a long time every letter was called E: "E for buddy (H), E Lala (E), E Daddy (D), E Mommy (M), E Nana (N) - you get the idea. He will say on his own D-daddy now, and sometimes P-Papa. He can recognize H, E, M, D, P, N, and just recently A and U (auntie and Uncle). We have these random letters written all over things because he'll bring us stuff to write with and ask us to write them. Or he's point out these letters whenever we see them - passing by a sign in the car, in a book, etc. It's pretty cute.

He's also a bookworm these days. LOVES his Gossie and Friends books by Olivier Dunrea (the only way I could get him to sit for a picture in the chair). And he's always bringing me bigger, longer books too, like Berenstain Bears, Elephant and Piggie, Henry and Mudge or Mr. Putter and Tabby (all Emerson's go-to books right now).

This little guy is so full of energy and spunk. He's funny, sweet and just a little stubborn. ;) And we love him so!

He really hates taking pictures in the chair

Emerson's favorite part of any photoshoot is when she gets to take some pictures. I think these are both sweet and real.
Mom looks

He was ready for a nap and some "mama ma" and I thought it would be sweet to capture
it before it ends (whenever that will be) ;)

And of course she has to grab a few shots with her camera.
She's so cute in how she directs us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Year of 3 Year Old Emerson

Lets see if I can find a video from every month of her 3rd year...

July, 2016

August 16  Her sweet little voice and funny way of saying things.. 

September, 2016 (It starts with Emerson, even though Harrison is the preview)

Oct, 2016. It's funny how much her voice has matured since then.

November, 16 It's really homemade healthy chocolate pudding.. but she read about chocolate coins in a Fancy Nancy book and it was apparently on her brain.

December, 16 (disclaimer.. We're not sure why her cheeks were so red, but I put lavender on it to appease her, thinking it would be placebo and maybe soothe it, but apparently it stung.. so then we put coconut oil on which helped.. but she HAD to send a video to Grandma W (my mommy) to tell her about it. Now it's one of our favorites because she's so dramatic!)

January, 2017 This was another phase.. I accidentally belted out this song one day and she became obsessed with it! I usually sing it wrong, somehow I just have it stuck in my head wrong, so she is quick to correct me ;) which is fun so now I do it on purpose.

Feb 17 (She'll love me for this one someday)

March 17  Ahh Bob Books!

April 17  She was so excited that she learned to swim! A little harder in the hot tub than the pool but you get the idea.

May 17  This is one of those 'real life' videos, crazy hair, jammies and all. We went out to see the cows at my parents' house and we had to wait outside the barn or the momma cow would get distracted and stop giving milk while my dad was milking. Emerson is a crazy weeding fool! We do a lot of hand weeding at our house and Emerson does help, but she also can't help herself from stopping to pull a weed, anywhere she goes! And she started this strange talking out of the side of her mouth thing recently.. what is that!?

June 3, 2017 Just a silly video to Grandma M, explaining her art.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Emerson is 4!

My sweet 4 year old!

I know you're expecting me to lament this milestone but I'm actually kind of excited. I mean, this girl! She's so sweet and she's so fun lately. Yes, we have our meltdowns and moments but in general, life is full of new discoveries and so many ideas coming out of her head. Besides, there's just no baby left in her, she's all little girl now. She is actually the one lamenting this birthday. She's so excited for the celebration but keeps saying she wishes she could stay little forever. I think she's probably heard her grandmothers and me talking a little too much about our love of babies and keeping littles little.

Some of her favorite things right now are her dollies (aaaallll of them), the United States - she has a couple of states puzzles and she's getting really good at naming them, she's still my arts and crafts girl with her glitter glue, Purler/melty beads, coloring, drawing etc. She also still loves, loves, loves her books. She's so inquisitive and has so many questions about everything, and I mean real questions (for the most part) and she keeps so many details straight! She is loving math right now, and really interested in telling time, reading and Bible history (she'll ask me after Sunday School, Nehemiah was sad that the wall was destroyed and then he built it again but who broke the wall? Did that happen when Daniel was in the lions den or after?).

She has gone through some phases in this last year, don't we all. We love audiobooks in the car and she listens to them during quiet time and usually at night when she falls asleep.. we'll see if that's a good idea long term or not ;). She started her 3rd year loving the free Libravox podcasts of the Beatrix Potter Collection and a few Fancy Nancy audiobooks. I mean she ate, drank and breathed Beatrix Potter. I'll admit, I got a little tired of them - sweet as they are - and I started looking for more audiobook options. From there we downloaded the complete collection of Fancy Nancy, which are great but a little sassy. So we started looking into the library's audiobook option and found Winnie the Pooh, the original books read by British actors.. they're the sweetest! I'm already a little sad that we moved on from Beatrix Potter so swiftly (although she sometimes still requests them), I regret not waiting until she asked for more options.. but it was a sweet phase and now Winnie the Pooh is just as sweet. I'll be really sad when she's ready to move on from that. She almost always wants Winnie the Pooh when she's falling asleep but she also loves the Berenstain Bears, Mouse Tails, the Bear books (Bonny Becker's and Shirley Parenteau's two different series), Corduroy... oh so, so many more. She also went through an extensive Happy Birthday phase. She would sing to us and wrap something up as a present at least 15 times a day. If we asked her to bring us something, she'd wrap it in a napkin or blanket and sing us the song and then give us the thing we asked for... all day long.
She's had other phases too but they're not coming to mind.

I'm sure I could go on, but I'll stop here. I should have done a mid year post because there's just too much change to fit into one late night blog post! It's crazy how much changes in a year!<3 p="">

PS. Harrison HATES the chair

20 Months


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

18 Months

This boy. Those eyes. That sweet little voice saying, "mama". Oh my heart.

This has been the sweetest six months. Watching this boy learn and grow is such a joy. He is such a talkative little guy. Always singing and jabbering to his own tune and telling his own story.

He (finally) loves reading books. He'll get a book, give it to you and go pat the place he wants you to sit to read to him and say, "booh, booh, dah, dah, moe, moe, booh, booh, moe, dah, dah". He's pretty good about playing by himself and playing with Emerson, but still pretty much loves his momma except for the first 10 minutes after daddy gets home. Harrison LOVES the vacuum and his little trike. He's so proud of himself as he rolls around the house.

Harrison really does prefer his own little language but he's coming along with his vocabulary. He's really good at following directions and I'm always amazed at the things he understands and follows. Here's what he says, off the top of my head.

Dah/yah - yes, usually shouted: DAH!!
Mama - mommy and milk
Dada - daddy
Lala - Emerson
bapa - Papa
dama - Grandma
bye-bye - he also adds names to this, bye-bye mama, bye-bye moo etc
Bihe - bite
Bapple - apple
Diss - this
Moe - more
Booh - book
Heyo - Hello
wawa - water
baby - self explanatory
bubble - self explanatory
Oh luh - Oh Look, usually shouted OH LOOK!!
Ow-wow - owie
opah - open
dow - down
uh-dah - up
Raah - tiger, lion, bear
Mow - meow
Woo-wooh - woof woof
Baah - Sheep.. always kinda loud
Ahh oooh ahh - monkey noise
Uh-oh - still uh-oh
  Uh-oh mama - his favorite combo ;)
Mo dah - more that. usually more cheese, but more of what he's pointing at
Mo dis - more of this, usually pulling at the fridge
No no - right after he's done something wrong
Soos - Shoe.. kid loves shoes
Yewo - yellow
bwu - blue
There are more.. but I can't think of them at the moment.

Harrison is such a funny little guy. He has such unique little mannerisms. He's persistent and somewhat adventurous. He'll climb anything, or fall trying. He's also really sweet and snuggly and loves to help. He has his own little way of telling on himself and simultaneously ignoring my instructions to stop what he's doing wrong. He can eat as much as Emerson sometimes, but there are things that he just. wont. eat. no matter how I disguise them, avocado is the most befuddling. He does love: meat, coconut flakes, chomping salmon oil capsules (right!?), carrots, sardines, cheese and water from a real glass.

He likes to attempt arts and crafts with Emerson. He's okay at coloring and painting but he has a hard time following the rules like 'only on paper' and 'don't eat the ___'. He desperately loves to be outside. If he thinks that anyone might be going outside, he's on it. Grabbing his shoes and saying, "soos, soos, dah, ouw, ouw, dah, soos, dah. gabba dobba gibber gabber. ouw!" and heading to the door. When it's time to come inside... oof.. you'd better have a good distraction or be prepared for a major meltdown. Additional meltdown triggers: taking away or closing the toothpaste tube, sunscreen or chapstick.

Without further ado.. mys on whom despises photo shoots and my dear daughter who can sit sweetly with a smile for shot after shot after shot until Harrison looks and then she's taking a break ;). Ha!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Harrison and the First Birthday Party

Harrison was adorable. However, he basically had no clue what was going on :)! He totally got into his cake though, and there are a million pictures to prove it. I love first birthday cakes! He loved his gifts, but wasn't that interested in opening them. The favors, weak as they were being a last minute impulse buy straight from the Target party section, were really a big hit. Creativity: low Popularity: high. 

The day wasn't as bittersweet as I knew I would feel a week from then, since I liked to tell myself all day that he wasn't really one yet. It felt like a practice party but it wasn't ;). And a week later, he really did turn one. (Sob sob sob) It was a fun sweet afternoon with our people, lovin on our little Monkey. 

So without further ado.. here are the pictures, which will pretty much tell the rest of the story ;).

Birthday boy <3 td="">

These two :)<3 td="">

Love these kiddos!

And their momma!
My snuggle bug

And the cake pictures... my favorites!

Last minute addition.. Pancakes and Bacon cupcakes

Worst cheesecake I've ever made. Oh well! That's what I get for trying to bake two at a time a week in advance.

His little smash cake.

Football hold! Ha!

He's a food share-er

You want a piece of this?!

Loving the freedom of his new wheels!


Funny thing... we realized my parents' piano is Harrison brand! 

Last but not least... This sequence cracks me up. Emerson and Harrison are never smiling and looking and happy at the same time for pictures. NEVER. And occasionally, it's because Emerson is being too silly when we all know she can photo pose with the best of them ;). Ahh.. our family pictures.

There you have it. My last minute, low prep birthday party. My poor little Harrison, not the first child, and so his party didn't get half as much planning as Emerson's first birthday party did. We were gone for a week before this in Canada and had to plan and pack for it the week before, but also for Canada (and thinking about taking everything across the border) so my brain was a little stretched. In the end, it all came together better than I expected thanks to some last minute Pinterest, my cousin Macey's grocery store run and for taking pictures, my dad and Blake and a chainsaw. And of course my mom hosting it at their house and having it ready before they left for a week too. I may be forgetting someone.