Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Office

Want to know what my office looks like? Take a look below:


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Yes, this is my office most days and YES, I know I'm lucky. It's not everyday you find a job you love and one where you get paid to do what you love. Seriously though, I've been asked time and time again about what a typical day is like in my work. True, this is my office of sorts, but fact is, I spend a lot of my time doing legal compliance work. BORING!

Maybe sometime in the future, I'll take the camera with me and take a photo of some of the neat things I see/do. Look for a post soon on just this topic.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Great Granny!

My boys and their great-granny (and my namesake, by the way!) I'm SO, SO, SO glad they know her and she knows them. It's always interesting because every time we go to her house, Jackson just expects that she'll have a cookie waiting on him. I assume that's what he'll remember most about her. I hope Ethan will grow and know/remember her as well. Love you, Granny Harris!



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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Photo Shoot

While we were waiting the other day, I put the camera up to Ethan's face and just took picture after picture till my finger was tired. Here's what we came up with. Aren't his eyes BLUE?? WOW!




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Friday, February 19, 2010

Be A Hero

So, can you guess what I did recently?

If you guessed "gave blood", that would be correct. I've always been a consistent blood donor. You know, unless I'm pregnant or breastfeeding. Then, I have to lay off the blood donations cause I'm not eligible then. Anyway, since I'm now done with the pregnancies and breastfeeding, I'm back in the game and it feels good!

Do you donate blood? Here are a few facts about blood donations/needs that I got off of the American Red Cross website.

Facts about blood needs
1. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
2. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day
3. One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood
4. Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001)
5. The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints
6. The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
7. The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
8. Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98% of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives
9. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
10. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. See more facts on blood needs for various medical treatments

Our local blood donation place is United Blood Services. You don't necessarily have to go to their office to donate. They do blood drives around a lot. Just look for them and or call and see when/where they will be.

If you're healthy and able to donate blood, I strongly urge you to. If you do already, then good for you and thanks for being a HERO!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A dinner theater

So, Jackson and I went to the dinner theater at Foothill Little Theater for the 6th annual Hee Hawww Show. My dad was in it again this year and I'm excited I was able to take Jackson to it to see it live this time around. He LOVED it! He wasn't so big on the meal, but LOVED the show. My little valentine! I'm so glad he's getting to the age where we can take him places and he acts good. I know he won't be little forever. When I picked him up from school the other day, the follwing poem was in his backpack and it made me realize that I need to treasure EVERY SINGLE day/moment with my boys. They're only little once. Anyway, here is the poem:

Goodnight Kiss

By Chapmans

I count it as a privlege,
I count it cause for praise
to kiss my children goodnight
at the close of every day.

For I know too soon they're up and gone,
and walking out the door.
And I'll never have a child
to kiss goodnight anymore.

It's very strange how times have changed
from the present to the past.
When did they grow so quickly
the time has flown so fast.

For it seems that only yesterday,
I helped him with his shirt.
I patted my baby on the back
and kissed away the hurt.

Mommy bounce me on your knee,
Daddy hold me high.
Let's go outside for a ride
or make a kite to fly.

How true it is!

Excuse the pictures, it's almost impossible to get a GOOD picture of Jackson these days, as he's always wanting to pose. UGH

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snack leader

Every few months, Jackson is snack leader at his preschool. They rotate out and his turn comes up every 3 months or so. So, what does being snack leader mean, you ask? Glad you asked!

All it means really is that he gets to be first in line wherever they go and he gets to help out with snacks and the fun things they do. I try to go help out when Jackson is snack leader when I'm able to. I did get to go one time this week, and it happened to be pink day. Just so you know, I don't always go around dressing my 4 year old son in pink. It just happened that it was pink day today and I got a picture.

Anyway, thought you'd like to see the snack leader in all his glory!




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Monday, February 15, 2010

New design!

So, you like? You like it? I DO!

The new blog design is courtesy of my friend and fellow blogger, Christel

Thanks much Christel!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bible Blitz Idol

We recently had our first annual BIBLE BLITZ IDOL. This is sort of like American Idol,except for just the kids in our bible blitz participate. It was fun really.

The preschool class that I help teach all did the Hokey Pokey for Jesus dance. And then Jackson did his own little routine. Can you guess what it was? Here are a couple hints: it had to do with sports and he needed his Razorback jersey and hog hat to complete the routine. Any guesses? He called the HOGS....AND....he won for his age group.

He was so happy! They had these cute little trophies or they could choose a blow up guitar. So, guess which Jackson chose? The guitar. So now we get to listen to him serenade us with his songs. Aren't we just lucky?




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Friday, February 12, 2010


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This little guy has hit quite a few milestones in the last month or so. On New Years eve night, he started sitting up by himself without any help at all for several minutes at a time.

Then, middle of January he started "giving 5" and giving kisses when prompted.

Then, January 19, I noticed his two bottom teeth just starting to pop through the skin. It's about time!

Then, January 21, he started to clap when prompted.

By the end of January, he was everywhere he could go in his walker. Not just backwards, but sideways and forwards too.

He still is showing absolutely no interest at all in puling up on things or crawling though. Not even military crawling. So, I don't know about that. I know Jackson didn't hardly crawl at all. Just went straight to walking, so maybe Ethan will do the same. He does stand up for long periods of time against the couch and chair. We shall see...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Another first

We recently paid a visit to here:

We got tired of combing the tangles out of his hair. We got tired of seeing the "scare hair" every morning. We got tired of people thinking HE was a SHE. So, we did it. We took Ethan for his first haircut and he did SO good. He sat up in the chair like a big boy and just sit so perfectly. The same lady, Heather, who did Jackson's first haircut, also did Ethan's, so that was special.

Here he is before with the mop of hair:


Here he is during:



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Here he is after! Is it just me, or does his hair look lighter and he look so much bigger, all of a sudden?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Baby Jonah and EB

So, have you ever heard of EB? Me either, until I stumbled upon this blog once upon a time. It was right before Ethan was born, and I was looking online, killing some time, surfing around the internet. I had NEVER heard of this disease before and it is really rare. Here is a small description of it.

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic disease characterized by the presence of extremely fragile skin and recurrent blister formation, resulting from minor mechanical friction or trauma. This condition is not contagious.

An estimated 1 out of every 50,000 live births are affected with some type of EB. The disorder occurs in every racial and ethnic group throughout the world and affects both sexes equally.

With all this said, little Jonah is about to turn 1 year old. In celebration of his birthday, they are having an auction here and all proceeds will go to DEBRA. A great cause! So, go and bid your heart out. I will be.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Another snow day

So, we had another good snow the other day. I think we got just about 4-5 inches here at the house. It was nice because we went to bed with just sleet, and woke up to a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL snow!

The boys liked it. Well, Jackson especially. I don't think Ethan really cared one way or the other. We made more snow ice cream (except this time put some Eagle Brand milk in it too.) That made all the difference. YUM, YUM!

Then, Grandma and Poppy came over and brought the sled and disk. The sled didn't work so well. But the disk....oh my! How fun it was! We have a great sleeding hill right out front and after a few passes, we had the snow compacted enough where it was great. If you went just right, you could sled almost all the way down to the pond!

I think this last picture, I was catching Ethan mid-sneeze!

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