Thursday, November 26, 2009

A New Thanksgiving

We did it!

For the very first time, the Harrist family cooked and ate Thanksgiving, just the 3 of us!

Together, we made the turkey.
Together we mixed the dressing.
Together we mashed potatoes.
Together we made the cake.

We made this meal in a way that has become a way of life for us recently in that everyone pitched in to make it wonderful and we had so much fun doing it. With this holiday, we continued making more new traditions in the Harrist family.

Since we have had so many ups and downs this year, we decided to talk about what we are thankful for while eating dinner. Too many times, when we are frustrated or lost in a situation, we begin to dwell on that thing, and forget that we are to give Him thanks in EVERYTHING.

We were all thankful for Aiden, for Chris's new job, for my "new" job and Christopher's school. We gave thanks for our new friends, old friends and our new church; thanks for our family in Texas and Colorado and for our many new adventures. Our biggest thanks was for all the trials and joys that the last year has brought us. It is through these situations that for the first time we have really begun to trust God in all ways. To be able to do that is has been an amazing thing for Chris and I and something I wish we had been able to experience a long time ago.

We have so much more to be thankful for, and we sat and listed things the whole time we ate.

Starting new traditions has been fun, and exciting. This is one that will stick around.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! We are thankful for each of you!

Friday, November 20, 2009

2 months already!

This post is a little late, but we have passed the 2 month mark of having Aiden in our home. He has been such a joy and a blessing. We are still getting used to the fact that we are the parents of 2, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

In the past few weeks, he has learned to smile, talk and laugh a little. He has also grown out of some of his 3 month clothes! Aiden is putting on weight very well now, so we are no longer having to supplement with formula at feedings. He is sleeping great, and in his own bed (something we didn't think would ever happen after our Christopher experience!) We have even been told he'll start to sleep between 10-12 hours a night sometime in the next 6 weeks. So, fingers crossed for that one.

One of his favorite things to do is just lay and stare out the sky lights above the couch, or the windows in our room. The weather has been so up and down that we have not been able to be outside as much as we'd like, but we do what we can.

Aiden has been a joy to have in our home. Christopher still loves to help and make sure he is okay. Bubba has had a little cold lately, so he hasn't been able to help as much, which has made him not happy some days, but he knows we have to keep Aiden from being sick.

From the top of his auburn colored head to his Fred Flinstone feet, we have learned so much about love all over again with this new blessing. And watching Christopher learn to love Aiden so much has blessed Chris and I tremendously.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall "Fun"

Fall is one of those seasons that really does exist outside of Texas. We have enjoyed the weather, and the leaves (sorry, did not get good pictures of those), apple picking and Christopher even got to try apple cider for the first time. It has been too cold to take Aiden to the pumpkin patch, so I am looking forward to that next year.

Then came the best part of all. The fall chore. On Saturday, Chris and Christopher decided to do undertake round 1 of raking leaves. Our backyard has a huge semi-circle of trees surrounding it, so we had no shortage of the foliage lying on the ground. Thankfully, our homeowner's left us with the gift of aleaf blower. While, Chris manned that machine, Christopher grabbed a rake and worked right along side of him.

It took them about an hour and a half, but when they were done, it looked great. I loved watching the two of them working together and how much Christopher loves to help out.

Then, that night, we had huge wind gusts and lots of rain, and Sunday morning looked like nothing had been done. But, at least Christopher had fun! These pics do not adequately show the gigantic grin on his face as he dove in. But trust me, it was ear to ear!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Meet Dirk!

So, I always wanted to get a t-shirt that says "Dirk is my homeboy." But I finally got even better. I got to be "Dirk's Mom" for Halloween this year. I know, I don't look a bit German, and I am not tall but hey, it was fun!

Every year we are at a loss for Halloween costumes. We come up with good ideas, but because we are notoriously last minute for this day, can't seem to pull them together. This year was no different. But thankfully we had a great back up plan. Dirk Nowitzki! Great baller and team leader, and he's fair skinned and blonde haired, so no face paint or wigs needed (Christopher was adamant about no face paint).

Aiden's costume was easy. We knew that it would be cold, so it was hard to find something that would keep him warm and allow him to be safely strapped in the car seat. So this year, Aiden went as a sleeping baby. And he was great at it! He slept from the time we left the house until we got home after dinner. What a great character player!

We took the boys over to the Strawbery Banke Museum which is an historical museum that depicts how people lived in New England centuries ago. They had the grounds all decorated and historical "ghosts" at all the houses. We all had a great time and Christopher got to meet Ben Franklin's ghost in the very first house. The pictures are from the museum.

With all this for Halloween, I can't wait for their Holiday festivities!

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