June 2010 archive

Dogs

Gressett usually asks people if they have dogs. When they ask him if he has any, he immediately says, “yes, Jesse is old and she is going to die.” They look at me like we are a little crazy and I just chuckle at the fact that yes, one day that will happen. Things die. We have a lot of conversations lately after those comments about plants and bugs dying. The fact is, Jesse has gotten old. And we are enjoying every minute we can with her.

More Firsts

This week Gress had 2 more firsts…

1) A Baseball Game with the Sand Gnats. Gress loved going and on our way there said, “I have never been to a baseball game before.” It was a blast and we will definitely be doing it again.

2) A movie in the movie theatre. They have free movies every week for kids and this week was Charlotte’s Web. Gress sat on the edge of his chair for the whole movie and loved watching it on the big screen while eating his popcorn. We will definitely be going back to do this again.

Gress loved going with his buddy Mason to both of these. THANKS Mason!

Happy Hearts

Our hearts were overflowing this last weekend while Gress’ buddies Luke and Jake came for a visit. It was so much fun to have them here and we loved every minute of it. A BIG THANK YOU to Kristen for making the trek with the two boys alone. The last night there were here, Gress and Luke were sleeping in the same room and we were listening to the monitor. We heard Gress say, ” Buddy Luke, Buddy Lukey, I am going to miss you when you leave.” And Luke mumbled something and Gress said, “speak up, speak up.” Our hearts melted. We miss them already!!!

Dad….how we love you

I have loved watching Rad being an amazing father to Gress. And I have loved watching Gress be fully involved in all details of whatever it is that Rad is doing. They have such a sweet connection and I am so thankful I get to have a front row seat. THANKS Rad for the way you love our sweet boy! You are incredible.

Rad and Gress planted a sunflower seed sometime back and have been taking care of it together ever since. On Father’s Day, one of the flowers bloomed. How very special to see Gress’ face and for him to share that with Rad.

New Friends

It has taken us (ok me) awhile to feel somewhat settled in this new place we call home. Today, I realized I finally have those feelings. Perhaps a big part of  it is the people we have met that have openly invited us into their lives, and have walked with us in this new chapter.  With so many changes, it is good to finally feel more at home. Here is one family we have grown to love..the Smiths. 4 children, who all have their own sweet personalities. They like to swim as much as we do so swim-time is a regular occurrence at our house!

The Reason

I am always melancholy at the end of my trip when I know I won’t see my grandparents for a while. Too much time has passed since we last saw them and I am so thankful for this time with them. I LOVE that Gress has gotten to see 3 of his great grand-parents during his life. I don’t know how many more years we will be blessed to have them in our lives but thankful for the time we have gotten.

Leaving on a jet plane….

It had been WAY too long since we last saw my grandparents. So we decided to take a trip out west. It was fun flying with Gress now that he is a bit older. And it was so fun to go with Aunt Karin, hang out with my mom, and see my sweet grandparents. We also got to take a trip to the “Out of Africa” Wildlife Preserve in the MIDDLE of the desert. We took a safari ride through the desert, fed the giraffes, camels, hung out with the zebras, lions and all the desert animals. It was WAY TOO COOL and has now become a tradition to add to our trips! Another special moment was a book of questions we are asking my grandparents to try and document parts of their life. I love knowing more about them.

What’s growing at our house?

We have a new garden, thanks to Radford and the Square Food Gardening book. It grows by the day and I am afraid we will have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Gressett is even growing his own Sunflower and it is now bigger than him. It has been a great learning experience for Gress.

We also have a baby growing in my belly, which also grows bigger by the day. A new baby Harrell will be here in November. Gress keeps asking is he done yet? (Yes, he just KNOWS it is going to be a boy.) He loves babies and is already so sweet with my belly. When I leave he says, “I didn’t get to say bye to baby” and gives my belly a kiss. He is regularly talking to my belly. It is cute.

Visit with Pop

Pop came to visit Gressett for his 3rd Birthday. Gress can’t get enough of his Pop. They were buddies the whole time he was here. It was sweet to watch. On Memorial Day we went to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum and it was an honor to be there with two military veterans. We also rode the ferry and had a picnic lunch on another day. Too fun! Gress went up to Pop before he left and said, “Pop, I don’t want you to go, I am going to miss you.” Ahhh, your heart just melts..