Friday, July 22, 2016

A Day in the Life: Monday

I'm often asked what I do all day now that I stay at home with the kids. The short answer is this:
I was recently reading a post on another mom's blog where she had documented their crazy day. Monday was one of those days where I thought to myself, "I need to write this day down because one day, I'm going to look back and miss having so much to do!" So here is my attempt to record an average Monday at the Harrison house: 

6:15: Wake-up call for me! This was on my First 5 app the other day and is SO true! I've learned that if I don't get up early before everyone else in the house and have my quiet time with God, then chances are, my day will get busy and I won't do it. God ALWAYS gives us His first and His best, so why can't we do the same for Him?
I'm currently reading For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. She is a hilarious Christian author and this book is just fabulous!
 This is an excerpt from her book and it could not be any truer of the season of life that I am currently in! It is so refreshing to start the day with some words of wisdom from a fellow mom, plus some words of wisdom from our awesome God!

After my quiet time in The Bible, off to the gym I go! Again, I feel like going first thing sets the framework for my entire day. It forces me to eat healthy and gives me so much energy! Disclaimer: The gym is a constant struggle for me.  I have to continuously make that decision to get up and go because most mornings, the bed just sounds way more appealing!!!
My post-workout-I'm-a-hot-sweaty-mess pic with my Muscle Milk (not my favorite protein drink, but we are all out of our Advocare protein, so this was a quick replacement).

I got home from the gym about 8:00 as Josh and the kids were waking up. I fixed a quick breakfast for everyone, threw clothes on and loaded up the kids, and off to the grocery store we went! Meanwhile, Josh had a full day of going to the dump, cutting the grass at the baseball field, training a kid in the weight room, and building a deck (another post, another time!).
Yes, we eat the free cookies from the grocery store at 8:30 in the morning. Don't judge!

When the shopping was complete, we scooted back home, unloaded groceries, threw dinner in the crockpot, loaded/unloaded the dishwasher, swept the breakfast off the floor, packed picnic lunches, put on swimsuits, and headed to the pool with the cousins! 
Edee Kate has just started using her puddle jumper and swimming on her own and is doing a phenomenal job! The kids love the pool and would stay there all day if they could. It's an added bonus when they also get to swim with their cousins!

After the pool, Pierce stayed with Wyatt and Briggs so that he could go to story time at the library, while Edee Kate and I headed home. By this time, it was about 1:00 which means nap time for EK. 

Once she was asleep, this sweet little princess came over! 
This is Avery, my precious niece! I loved getting to spend time with her while her mommy and daddy went to work! Usually during this time, I sit down at the computer and get work done. I am currently working three jobs from home, so there is lots to get done while the babies sleep (I am an assistant for a realtor, I sell essential oils, and just recently, I started a new adventure of becoming a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper!!). But I couldn't resist putting the work aside to love on Avery for a day.

Edee Kate woke up as my brother was picking up Avery. We stole a couple more hugs and kisses from "baby A", then it was time to eat supper and get ready for gymnastics! 
I love this action shot of the pigtails!
This was the girls' last class for the summer. We had the most fun at gymnastics (and laughed harder than I care to admit!). We can't wait to start back up again this fall!

When gymnastics was over, I took Edee Kate home to drop her off with Josh and Pierce. I gave the kids a quick hug and kiss goodnight, then out the door I went for small group! 

Our church is currently in a series called "These Are My People". The message behind it all is that you can't do life alone! I love having a group of fellow women/moms to share life with and to encourage one another! 

I left small group about 10:15. I got home, sat on the couch and chatted with Josh for a while, then off to bed we went. This was the last thing I saw before shutting my eyes...

So that is a typical Monday in the Harrison house...nothing crazy or exciting, just lots to do! Of course, not everyday is as jammed packed as this one. But on days where we are so busy, I am constantly reminded of how blessed we are!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Time, Slow Down!

Hey there, July! 

To say that I have been slack about updating my blog would be a huge understatement (it's been 7 months...oops!). Basically, I pushed it to the backburner and flat out forgot about it. But, here is my attempt to catch up and do a better job of documenting life with the Harrisons. Here we go!

The biggest astoundment in my life right now is how quickly our sweet babies are growing. I can remember being pregnant and everyone saying, "Don't blink!" or "It goes by so fast!" Quite frankly, no truer words have ever been spoken! In just a few short months, Pierce will turn five and then this fall, Edee Kate will turn two. FIVE. TWO. Those aren't baby numbers...especially five! My stomach turns at the sound of it. Weren't they just born yesterday? Wasn't I just rocking them countless hours in the middle of the night (and in those moments thinking, "Will I ever get through this?")? Didn't they just start talking and walking? The truth is, it breaks, yet warms my heart all at the same time. And while I want to be sad at how quickly the time passes, I instead am choosing to greet every new phase with open arms and a big smile. I love watching these two grow and see them come into their personalities. They could not be any more opposite of each other, but I truly love each of them just the way they are. 

Pierce. He is my calm, laid back, easygoing, little boy. He is a rule-follower. He is the child that knows rules were made for a reason and he will follow every last one of them. He is cautious, yet daring. He loves dirt and mud and can get filthier faster than any human being. He is the definition of a little boy and loves trucks, trains, and superheroes. He also adores being at the baseball field with Josh. He has the best laugh and is the most ticklish child ever. He is super smart and has a math and science brain like his daddy. The other day we were riding down the road and he said, "Mommy, there are three ways to make 20...8 plus 8 and then add 4 more, 16 plus 4, and 10 plus 10!" He can take 1,000 tiny Legos and turn them into the most magnificent truck or tractor that you've ever seen (without instructions). It's always blown my mind that when he builds puzzles, he turns the pieces over to the cardboard side and then places them together. To him, it's about the shapes, not the picture. He loves books and reads so well by himself. He has the kindest heart and loves serving others. One day I was standing in the kitchen eating lunch and he went and got a chair and pulled it around to me and said, "Here, Mommy. You need to sit down for a little bit, too." He just gets it! I've never seen a child with manners like his. He loves talking to Jesus and leading prayer for our family. He is a special little boy and I have no clue what I did to deserve him. Does he have his four-year-old moments where he yells at his sister, is disobedient, and pitches a fit? Absolutely! But with him, they are few and far between and immediately followed by an apology. Pierce will start 4K this year at Spearman Elementary and he is so excited to get to go to "big kid school" with his daddy everyday, and one day, have daddy as a teacher! What a blessing, this sweet child is! 
Side note: Holy twins! Josh on the left and Pierce on the right at about the same age. 

Edee Kate...sweet, sassy, feisty, strong-willed, independent, hard-headed Edee Kate. I say it all the time, but I've never known two children with more opposite personalities than our two. She is wild, waking up at 110% and never slowing down until she is asleep. She is a rule-breaker. She is that child that thinks the rules were made to be broken, and she is going to break every last one (or at least test you along the way). She loves pushing the limits and stretching her boundaries. She is daring, to an extent where it is scary. She has zero fear when it comes to trying dangerous things, but gets spooked very easily. She will jump in a swimming pool with no swimmies on and not think twice about it, but will scream bloody murder and cry her eyes out when the cat chases the mice in Cinderella (and don't even get me started on Ursula from The Little Mermaid...nightmares for days!). She is extremely tender-hearted and gets her feeling hurt very easily. She has the biggest heart and loves with every ounce in her body. She has the best, most contagious smile. She loves to dance and starts moving as soon as she hears a beat. She is currently taking gymnastics ("nastics" as she calls it) and loves it so so much! She adores her big brother and wants to do anything he does/says/eats/plays. She is prissy. And I mean prissy! Everyday, she has to pick out her own bow AND shoes (she started this at 14 months). She will not leave the house without a complete matching outfit, her purse, and her cell phone (it's Fisher Price...). She loves baby dolls and stuffed animals, and sleeps with (no less than) seven every night. Josh and I always say that she makes the most of every single day and just enjoys life to the fullest. And while sometimes this can make for an exhausted momma, she truly is inspiring. There is a lot that can be learned from this little child. I often joke that I should have named her "Sassy Kate". She, too, is the biggest blessing and it is such a joy to be her mother. I love doing all things girly with her and having a little mini me! She is attached to my hip and I adore every minute of it! Watching her grow and blossom over these last twenty months has been the biggest joy! 

I sure do love these sweet babies of mine! My prayer for them is 2 Peter 3:18: 
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." I pray that they will continue to love church, love learning about Jesus, and for their future salvation. I pray that they will keep their oh so different personalities and always stay true to themselves. Four and one, almost five and two...don't blink! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Harrison Happenings + House

To say the past month has been busy would be the biggest understatement of the year. We have not slowed down! As a result, the blog has been pushed to the back burner. So here is what's happening with the Harrisons: 

We took the kids to the Clemson/Wake Forest game for some tailgating fun. Unfortunately, it was too cold for the kids to stay for the actual game, but we had such a great day in Clemson with family and friends! 

The next week, we started our Thanksgiving celebrations with the annual parade at Pierce's school. Pierce's class dressed as pilgrims for the occasion, so naturally, Edee Kate had to dress the part as well!
           She was as happy as a lark! 

Pierce, on the other hand, was not. He couldn't quite understand why he had to dress as a pilgrim and not a mack truck for the parade. After explaining to him that A.) This is not Halloween & B.) Mack trucks were not at the first Thanksgiving, I sent him on his way to school. But not without a grumpy pilgrim pic, first! 

I was a little nervous as to what kind of pilgrim would come walking down that hallway during the parade, but (much to my surprise), he had a change of heart and decided that the mack truck could wait until next Halloween. 

Pierce's sweet teacher, Mrs. Saxon, whom we absolutely adore! 

On Thanksgiving Day, we went up to my father in law's restaurant on Lake Keowee. We always enjoy going to The Lighthouse, and what better day to overindulge in their delicious menu than on Thanksgiving! The view is not too shabby, either! 

           That "too much turkey" face 

On Friday, my Nanny and I hit the mall for some Black Friday shopping. Much to our surprise, we got some incredible deals and didn't have to wait in line a single time...score! That night, we had our annual shrimp and grits Thanksgiving with my family!

Saturday was the Clemson/Carolina game. Josh headed to Columbia with the fam, while the kids and I enjoyed it from the comfort of the couch. We came out with a victory, and the Tigers ended the regular season 12-0, and ranked #1 in the nation!

The following Saturday was the big ACC championship game! We got up early that morning and headed to Charlotte. 

But first...

You can't go to Charlotte without a trip to IKEA, especially when you are building a house! And when your best friends are also coming to the game and just finished building a house, you make a day of it! 

This picture cracks. me. up. The boys were such troopers and didn't complain the first time! They (ever so kindly) pushed the buggies while talking football, patiently awaiting their moment of fun! 

After 2+ hours of hardcore shopping, we packed the cars with all of our purchases and headed for the stadium. We walked through downtown, enjoyed a yummy lunch, and ran into many familiar faces! 

A day with your BFF is just good for the soul. We never get time away from the kids to just hang out and catch up.  It was much needed and the most fun! 

When it was time for the game, we met up with Jeanne, Curtis, and 90,000 other fans trying to get through the stadium gates. 

This was insane! For a solid hour, we were nose to nose with complete strangers. And while the situation was far from ideal, we decided to have fun with it and make friends with all of the crazies. When we finally reached the front, we received our security pat down and then bolted to our seats (seriously, I haven't ran that fast in...well, ever!) just in time for kickoff. 

It was a perfect day spent with the people we love most. The atmosphere was incredible, and it sure was awesome to see my alma mater finish their perfect season with a championship! 

Aside from football, we have been so so busy with the house! A lot has been done in the last month! So here is where we are...

They finished clearing and grading the backyard. I love how much room the kids are going to have to play outside at the new house. 

The wainscoting is up in the dining room. 

Tray ceilings are finished in the master bedroom. 

They've finished the trim work, baseboards, and crown molding. The first coat of paint is up and the doors are installed. 

The appliances are hanging out in the living room. The electrician is coming today to install them. 

This was my inspiration picture that I found on Pinterest when we were designing the kitchen.

I wanted a warm, Tuscan feel and it couldn't have turned out any better! 
The cabinets are in and I am IN. LOVE. We went with a light ivory color on the cabinets and an oil bronze finish in the crevices. The molding isn't on the cabinets yet, but I can't wait to see them finished!! 

Here is a top view of the island. The granite is Santa Cecilia and it matches the cabinets perfectly! {side note: the hardwoods are also finished but are completely covered up to protect them}

Here is a view of the side cabinets. 
It's hard to see the color here because I took these pictures in the dark before the lights were installed in the house. 

We have also made lots of progress on the exterior. 

The siding and stonework are almost complete. 

{Another side note: have you ever watched someone put stone on a house? Bless their hearts! They do it piece by piece like a puzzle! I would have screamed, pulled my hair out, and jumped off the ladder after the second piece!}

They also started stoning the columns on the front porch yesterday. 

So that's where we stand! There are a lot of little things left to do, plus landscape, and then we are done! At this time, we will close the week of Christmas! Merry Christmas to US!!