Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sweet, Sweet Summer!

School is out for the summer! And, what a sweet, sweet summer it looks to be!

We live in a residential neighborhood on a lot that is 1.3 acres, and although we are surrounded by homes, we back up to farm land. We have had many visitors in our side and backyard as the weather has begun to warm up!

Our family- David, Harbor, Bichon, and myself- walk around 1.5 miles every night when it cools off. We try to mix things up and walk at different locations. Walking in the evenings is probably my favorite thing about summertime. I like it better than the pool, the lake, or snow cones! We went to the UofA to walk last week and had a fun time reminiscing about our school days... My college years were nothing but fun and freedom! I would love to go back someday.... Brandy, will you go back with me? : )

Harbor had cereal for the first time this month! Our pediatrician advised us to wait until six months before trying it due to Harbor's eczema and sensitive skin. He has done just fine! He is a good eater and takes 8-10 ounces at every feeding, plus a bit of cereal. These pictures were his first time to ever try it. I waited for him to make a funny face, but he truly must be my son after all, for he wolfed it down and didn't complain! Ha, ha!

Last weekend, my parents took Harbor out for dinner so that David and I could go on a date. We went to the theater to see Star Trek and then out to eat at Ichiban. It was nice to get out alone as a couple and play the stereo as loud as we wanted! Ha, ha!

Harbor had a fun ol' time with his Gigi and Poppy and was all smiles when we picked him up. I'm so thankful to have escaped the tear-filled separation anxiety I know so many moms face. It was one of my greatest prayers when I was pregnant, and I am so thankful Harbor and I can enjoy our time together and apart, still smiling! : )

Every month or so, I have Harbor's feet and hands inked for a little book I have been making for him since he was born. My mom has pretty much taken over the project since she is home with him (thanks, mom!) and I hope to be able to "read" it to him when he is a year or two older.

Sunshine welcomed here!!

Rachel is lifeguarding again this summer at a local pool and is close enough to come by on her lunch break. I try to make her lunch and sweet tea to help give her a break from the Arkansas sun, but I think she also comes to see a certain someone. : )

Last weekend, we walked at Wilson Park, one of our "must-see" places in Northwest Arkansas. We bought Taco Bell through the drive through and Bichon loved sitting under our table, waiting for something marvelous to drop, like cheese! Ha, ha!

I'm so happy with our high chair choice! My parents bought this for us off of our registry and I love that it fits onto one of our regular dining room chairs. It adjusts to grow with him and I love that it doesn't take up extra space in the dining room. It "hides" itself easily when we have company!

HW- 6 months old

How was your day? : )

Mom has been busy making burp cloth taggies for Harbor and upcoming baby showers we are attending.

A few went to this sweet couple-

Since their baby shower was held after our monthly faculty meeting, I had mom swing by and drop Harbor off. He was a good baby during the meeting and shower and it was fun to see him while at work. : ) Afterwards, we enjoyed our time at home together as a family.

I have been working here and there, when I can, on some summer onesies for Harbor. I'm hoping now that school is out for the summer, to make a to-do list and cross something off each day. I can't stand unfinished projects and am looking forward to getting the house cleaned and my craft room purged of half finished creations.

This week at school, we have had a field day with inflatables for jumping, another field day with activity rotations at a local park, and gone rollar skating. As a team, we had these cute pink and brown shirts made that say, "Closed for the Season" over top of a brain. Ha, ha! I love my team! We have worn them to several of our year-end events. We are already planning our first of the year shirts for next year, which will be a "cowboy" theme.

Harbor turned six months old earlier this month! He is a gift we certainly don't deserve, but are forever thankful we were entrusted with to care for!

David and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Tulsa at the Zoo. We love the Tulsa Zoo! We last went there over Valentine's Day.. One of our other favorite visits occured on our honeymoon. Our good friends, the Hickmans, had never been, so we invited them along. It was a muggy, summer day, but the company kept us smiling.

My parents called us Saturday night, asking to keep Harbor. It is hard to pass that up, especially when you are lucky enough to live only minutes from your parents. David thought it would be fun to take everything off the jeep, go to dinner and just drive around. It was fun! Harbor enjoyed his ride as well on the way home with no doors.. I sat in the back with him to make sure he stayed safe (and make sure Mr. Paci didn't go overboard!!) We went out to eat at Cafe Rue' Orleans and drove no where in particular... We played our Police cd and jammed out! : )

And if this post isn't long enough, these are some pictures I snapped this morning on our way out the door to church, and after church at lunch.

Here's to June- and all the BBQ, fireflies, and sunscreen we can stand! : )


  1. I can't believe he is 6 months old already! Goodness gracious--time flies! Aren't date nights the best?? My parents go through withdrawal if we don't have date night more than twice a month!

  2. have been super busy! I love your idea of going walking every night. We do that too when we can. I'm glad you are getting in some fun date nights, too.

    Your house looks so pretty in the sunshine. You just have such a knack for making everything so homey and inviting. And those burp cloths are precious. You need to tell us how to make those! :)

    I am with you...I can't wait for BBQ, sunscreen and fireflies. Bring it on!

  3. I already am going to miss my little man, Harbor William since I know school is coming to an end for you. But I know you will love to get to spend more time with him & have some long lazy summer days ahead for you & HW. But I will be out to see you guys, ha!!!!Harbor is growing & changing so fast. He just doesn't lay in one place any more he is a man on the move these days, soon teeth & crawling & pulling himself up. We love him so much. Being a Gigi is just the best, love you, Mom

  4. He is growing up so fast! He gets cuter with every post. I can't wait for summer break to begin for me. I have a lot of plans for MK and me. I know you are so excited to have some time off to enjoy Harbor. I love the burp clothes. I wish I had a baby that needed those.

  5. I love the burp cloths and onesies. I still haven't made any and I keep saying I'm going to! :) We'll have to get together and walk sometime--I need to start and hate going alone!

  6. You have been one busy momma!! The onesies are adorable! I am looking forward to lots of summery posts :)

  7. Your comments were so cute. I would love to call you for boy advice. Maybe one day. You guys keep having fun. Keep in touch.

  8. Once again all of your little outings look like SOO much fun. Justin and I love the park too! I'm so ready to spend some time out there too!

  9. You have been busy girl! Enjoy your summer!

    Brayden mentioned tonight that he REALLY REALLY wants Mrs. McCash as his teacher next year. He asked if we (Robin & I) could mention it to you! ;)

  10. Wow you have been busy! We have wild animals in our yard too. I love that you are walking as a family and have so many date nights!! Have a great summer free from work! I know I will!

  11. First of all, YES, I will go back to school with you. In 2012. That is the current plan. :-)

    2nd of all, it's a wonder we didn't see you at Acambaro, we got there a lot after church!

    3rd of all, my last day of work is June 19th till July 15th, so let's get together for a summer play date!!! We'll be on "vaca" the week of the 21st, but should be back Thurs or Friday, so, let's get together!!!!

  12. I love that you and your family go walking every night ;)! Little Harbor is so lucky to have such amazing parents!!!

    Enjoy your summer and all the good times it will bring :)!

  13. I have that same high chair and I love it!

  14. Cute post. I'm not sure if I've comment before but I came across your blog from Kelly's Korner. That is a cute onsie where it says "my dad and I like football." My husband would have loved for our son to have that. My husband also loves to go on rides just because so I'm glad you enjoyed. You little boy is adorable and I love the paisley in his room!

  15. I love the footprints idea. It's such a good way to show how they grow from month to month

  16. We went to the Tulsa zoo over Memorial Weekend too..Loved it!!!
    Cute pics. Yay for SUMMER!

  17. We've stayed there a couple of time in the Loft too, after we got married and on some anniversaries. It is a really pretty place!

  18. Those burp cloths are adorable!! I can see a blanket made with the tags too! How cute!!

    Harbor looks like David in some pictures then I see you! Isn't that the most awesome thing ever! :)

    Have a fun week now that school is out for the summer! We have two more days!

  19. I always love catching up and reading your long posts!!! I bet you are glad to be almost out of school for the summer!!
    Harbor is soooo cute!!!!! I love the idea of doing his footprints in a book each month, wish I would have thought of that!
    I got the taggies/burp cloths your mom makes, love love love them!! Does she ever sell them?? :)

  20. He is sooo precious! I can't believe how big he's getting, it seems like you was just born! Love all the pictures!

  21. Sweet, sweet pictures!! How cool that you have deer come up so close to the house!

  22. You have such a cute family! Love all the pictures!

  23. He is absolutely handsome and getting so big! Thanks for the Congrats, and I think Mandy and Libby are hosting a shower sometime this summer :)

  24. Hey! I LOVE your crafts! I just wanted to let you know about another way to make onesies. I see that you sew them, but if you buy fusible web, you can iron it to the material, cut out the shape, pull off the backing, then iron it onto the onesie. If you get the extra strong type you won't need to sew it afterward and it will be easier. You might already know this, but just in case ;).

  25. I bet you are really looking forward to spending all summer with Harbor--I wish I had that schedule!:) We all need to meet up at the Aquatic park sometime this summer!

  26. He just gets cuter and cuter! I love the video, too of him eating. The tie t-shirt is adorable! You should sell those on etsy!

    Yay for school being out! Woo-hoo!

  27. Time flies by way too fast...its so sad to see our babies grow up as fast as they are.

    I have the same high chair and LOVE it. Even though Ava is only 3 months old, she enjoys sitting in it and being able to look around and interact w/ us. This has got to be one of the best high chairs ever and she'll be able to use it for many years.

  28. Thanks Jessica for the reply and sweet comment on Ava's hair! =) I was afraid that she was gonna come out bald being I had SO MANY bows and all...I had such terrible heartburn during my pregnancy - I had to take the maximum strength pepcid twice a day.

    Enjoy your time off this summer w/ your lil' one! =)

  29. You stay so busy!! I love those 6mo pictures - too cute!!

    Random question for you: I remember an older post about your "coffee table book" the one you did about your house - where did you have that book made? I tried to refind the post, but couldn't make it happen:) Thanks so much!