Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Birthday to Our First Pook

That smile!  I have seen it almost every day for 7 years and every morning I know that when he comes down the stairs, he will have that smile on his face just for me.  I love it!

I don't know how we got here.  I know that each day we go through the motions: breakfast, school, homework, playing, dinner and bed. But how did I let another year slip by right before my eyes?  Did I cherish every moment?  Every laugh, silliness, and 6-year-old joke?  Did I show him how much he is loved and adored? How thankful we are for his 10 fingers, ten toes and huge heart?

With an honest and humble heart,I can say that I did not show him that every day.

So, Christopher, I tell you:
You are loved!
You are cherished!  
You are our gift from God; here on loan from Him that we might see His Glory shine through you.

Thank you for your huge heart. For your love that is so big and so giving that I sometimes take it for granted.  You amaze me daily at your thirst for knowledge, hunger for a challenge and desire to show others love. 

Seven years of smiles, laughter, love and so much more!  I love you, Bubba-boy!  Happy Birthday! 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Qwirkle Kid

This week is Christopher's birthday (and, as such, a birthday lasts all week in the Harrist household).  The birthday boy gets a week of picking some of his favorite foods, his favorite games and fun things to do.  Luckily for our little, getting bigger each day, man, it is also vacation week which means choices are infinite.

So what has young Christopher chosen to do everyday this week, since Saturday?  Play his newest game, Qwirkle!  If you have never heard of this, it is a spin on Scrabble using colors and shapes.  And, in my son's defense, it is addicting!  In the past month or so Christopher has been lured in by strategy games like Sudoku, Scrabble and now Qwirkle.

He loves to find ways to make the biggest possible scores and of course stop mom and dad from making those same big scores.  We are on day 4 of the having the game and he wins as much as anyone else. There is no easy winning in our home! 

Thank you, Gramma and Granpa for this fantastic gift!  Be ready to play when you come visit!