Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What did you buy?

'What did you buy?'
That was my thought when Andrew walked in the door with this.



Andrew and I don't just go around buying random big gifts for each other. If there is a big gift it is usually, always tied to an ocassion (anniversary, birthday, etc) never a 'just because'. We had been casually talking about some day wanting to get me one because I can't really use his because my midget feet rip out of his bindings. But Andrew is determined to get me out on the water doing something. I hate to tube, and skiing is just not my thing, but I do like to wakeboard, but I have just never had a board that fit me. So my sweet husband surprised me with board that i LOVE and can't wait to try it out! Thanks babe!

Too Cool for Baby Food.

Guess who is too cool for baby food?

This Guy:

He has all of a sudden decided that he wants nothing to do with baby food.
To all you mom out there has this ever happened to on of yours?
He screams, gets upset, spits, cries, and locks his mouth shut, but if I give him puffs, or other food that he can feed himself he eats those right up happily. I am guessing that this is a sign that he is ready to move on from the baby food world and on to 'big kid' food.
Anyways I am now trying to figure out what beginner foods to give him, so that we don't have these fit every time he eats. I still might try to squeeze in some oatmeal, but I think he is wanting to feed himself. Last night he had peas, and this morning he ate mini blueberry waffles cut up.
Any suggestions on good easy to chew foods? He only has 2 teeth so I am afraid that he won't be able to chew much.
Clearly he is growing up so fast (too fast!), and I feel like at this rate he will be going to Kindergarten next week.!

Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July!

We got home late on Friday night, actually at 3 am Saturday morning from Destin, on 4th of July weekend, but we still wanted to celebrate the 4th! It is one of my favorite holidays, so we headed out to the lake Saturday evening to enjoy the rest of long weekend. Andrew's brother and his family decided to join to. Our plan was to get out on the boat, which we did some, but honestly we got very interested in the trial that we spent a lot of time watching all the closing arguments. We did go out on the boat down to where the fire works show is at Granbury and watched it...it was so good! Luke freaked out at first, but then when he saw what they were, he loved them and was entertained the whole time! We will be doing that every year! Happy 4th!

The best dessert:







Swimming off the boat:





Going to see the fireworks:

Granbury Fireworks!

Eight Months- June 29th!

Well, better late than never. Sorry I am just now posting this. But with traveling and craziness I am just now getting to sit down and catch up on a few things.

Luke,

You are eight months now! you are closer to being one than to being a newborn...where did time go?? You are growing so fast!
I can now say that you are crawler!! You crawl everywhere. It sometimes takes you a while, but you get there. You do this cute thing when you get tired of crawling where you drop to your belly and kick you feet and wave you hands, like you're swimming, but then you realize that won't get you anywhere, so you get back up on your knees and keep crawling.
You have now been on your first long road trip. You lasted 12+ hours in the car all the way to Destin and did great. Way better than I expected.
The biggest news is that you have your first tooth!! Yay! It is the cutest little white tooth anyone has ever seen. I have been waiting for this for what seems like forever to come in. I know you have many more to cut, and I hope that the rest aren't as painful as this one was.
You are still a champ at eating, and have even ventured out to eat some table food, you love guacamole, queso, black beans, rice and sweet potato fries. (Clearly Mexican food is going to be your favorite!)
You have had your first major fall. Stupid mommy here, let you sit on top of a chair at church just for one quick micro second and you bailed and did a flip off of it and crashed to the floor. I freaked, you were just scared and shaken up and were quickly back to your happy self, but I felt and still do feel like I should get the worst mom award for that one.
Probably one of my favorite things that you can now do is clap. It is so cute and sweet. We were even at church the other day and you were clapping to the music and 'singing' (squealing and babbling) and my heart just melted.
You are so precious and are turning into such a sweet and precious big boy!

Love,

Mommy




Monday, July 4, 2011

Harmon Family Vacation- Destin!!

So last week we spent the whole week in Destin with Andrew's family for a week of vacation on the beach! Andrew, Luke and I had our first long family road trip (12ish hours). Luke did great for the most part. On the 2nd day of our road trip, when we were about 10 miles from the house in traffic going about 5 mph. I had to pull a 'Britney' and take Luke out of the carseat and let him play because he was NOT wanting to be in his seat any longer. But we finally made it to the house and it was absolutely wonderful. It was right on the beach, and we had great time. The last night Andrew's dad, Andrew and I, and my BIL and SIL Christopher and Tiffany went to a piano bar and had a blast. We requested songs, and sang until we couldn't sing anymore. We had so much fun and we are so appreciative of Andrew's mom for putting this whole trip together! I'll let the mass of pictures speak for themselves:






We found some time to take some family pictures!


Luke is a nautral beach bum. He napped and played in the sand. I barely had to feed him any food at all, because his main source of nutrition was sand. :)



A few of the day the waves were HUGE and we all spent time riding them. It was so fun, but we were all beat up.


On on night Andrew's parents so generously offered to watch all the kids and let us 'adults' go out for a nice dinner. We got all dressed up, and went to a fancy seafood restaurant. Andrew and I split King Crab legs that were delicious!


I even screen printed shirts for the cousins, here they are wearing them:






Destin, we hope to come back soon!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

After my brother graduated we headed to the lake to spend the rest of the weekend out there. I have to begin this post with an apology. I only took like 3 pictures of the entire weekend and way more fun was had than what my photos document. Somehow I bring my camera with me and then usually fail to use it the majority of the time. I'll get better at that.

Anyways, my MIL just added this fancy new patio to the house that we hung out on the majority of the time and just enjoyed each others company. When the wind wasn't too bad we too the boat out and several people skied, tubed, and wake-boarded. Andrew took Luke for a swim in the whale pool with his cousin, Brazos. There was lots of splashing, and I think a little peeing in the water. Boys...


We had a great weekend out on the water, but we are even more thankful for the men and women that put their lives on the line everyday so that we can have this freedom. And we also remember all the ones that have passed and the sacrifice they made. We live in a wonderful country and we are so thankful for our military! Hope you memorial day was wonderful!

Seven Months- May 29th!

Luke,

You are growing and changing so fast! You are finally getting more hair on your head, and I actually have to comb it several time a day to keep it looking nice.
You are eating more and more real food. You have tried little puffs, and yogurt melts and love them both. Your favorite foods are avocado, pears, and carrots. You do not like blueberries or strawberries.
You are SO CLOSE crawling! You raise up, rock on you knees and launch your body forward, but you haven't quite figured out that you don't have to move both your knees at the the same time. It is so cute to see you try and try and try. You are very persistent and I know you will get it soon.
You are loving spending time outdoors; sometimes when you get bored in the house and you are just fussy I take you outside and let you put your feet in the pool. You think you have won the lottery when I do this. Water and outdoors, together- you are overwhelmed with happiness.
You are a champ at sleeping at night; you go to sleep around 7 and sleep till about 6, eat and then go back to sleep until about 8. For naps you are well into a 2 nap a day routine. Every now and then you will squeeze in a third nap, but for the most part you are a 2 nap a day man.
You finally have figured out when I leave the room. You don't like it at all- you want to know where I am at all times. Hopefully if you start crawling that will solve this problem. You can come find me!
Everyone always comments on how big you are- even though you are only in the 70 percentile in weight so really your not that 'big'- but I love you no matter what your size is!

Love,

Mommy




Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

This weekend my little brother graduated from Abilene High. We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and we are excited to see what he will do in the future. We had a great time in Abilene watching him graduate!


Taking Luke to graduation is quite a task. Having to hold him in for several hours in a seat was difficult, but between 4 of us we all took turns trying to entertain him. He even managed to fall asleep for a few minutes, and we tired to cover his ears when the air-horns went off, but that didn't last long. Overall he did a great job- especially in Abilene's record breaking 109 degree temperature!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An iPhone Recap

We have had a great past few days. If only the three of us could get our allergies under control then we would be doing even better. Mother's day was good- I got to spend it with who I wanted to- my baby boy Luke! We had so much fun. He wasn't in the greatest of moods because he was teething but we tried to help him forget about his pain some. The best 2 ways we got him to not fuss and worry about teething were these 2 activities:

Swimming:


Swinging:


He could do both of these forever- I know we will be spending most of our time in the pool and at the park this summer. I am trying to convince Andrew to get him a swing set for the backyard, but no such luck yet. Don't you think it would be fun for Luke to be able to go back and forth from swimming and swinging?? It would be Luke's dream world.


Anyways...Luke also moved up in the car seat world. He now has a convertible car seat instead of an infant carrier. He loves it so much more. No crying at all. He can now see out the window! Hopefully he will like it this summer when we drive 14 hours to Destin...yikes!



I decided to put my magic bullet to use and make some homemade baby food for Luke. It was so easy. I just picked up some fruits and veggies from the store. Threw them in the blender with a little water, and pureed them. I now have food for him for a week that is fresh and healthy- and way cheaper than store bought baby food. I'll still use the store bought stuff for on-the-go, but this will be great for at the house!



Luke has been laughing for a little while now, and it is the weirdest things that make him laugh- on this particualar day it was me sticking my finger in his mouth. I finally caught his giggles on camera and it is so cute. Hope you enjoy!!


video

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day trip to Corpus

On friday Andrew, Luke and I flew down for a day trip to Corpus Christi, to visit my grandmother, who is in the nursing home. When we got to the airport, of course there was only 1 security line open causing us to miss our morning flight, so we didn't end up getting down to Corpus until noon. Just in time to make it to the local Dairy Queen for lunch so everyone could see and meet Luke. After that we headed over to the nursing home where my Memaw is to visit her. She doesn't communicate verbally any more so we spent time showing her some pictures. She didn't talk the whole time we were there but she stare at Luke a lot of the time. And she followed conversation with her eyes, so we know she knew who we were and could understand, she just couldn't communicate back. My aunt came over and also visited with us and saw Luke too- Luke go to meet lots of new family members on this trip! While we were down there we took a 4 generation family picture. My memaw looked at Luke the whole time, but we got the picture anyways! :) I think she really liked Luke. We actually made our flight back home that evening, except we lost Luke's paci on the flight home- which was not a pleasant experience. He wasn't awful, but we had to be very creative in entertaining him or he would cry. (Note to self: bring more than 1 paci next time) Overall, we had a great mini-trip and it was great to see my memaw and it was good for her to meet/see Luke!


Luke in his Pa's shoes!