Baby Harrison's Nursery

Project Nursery is under way!  We are so excited.

We finished cleaning out the room and this past weekend started working on little projects for Peanut.

We bought these two furniture pieces from a friend several weeks ago and this weekend worked on painting them.  We used spray paint so we had to make sure the humidity was low enough for Greg to do this.  One of them is done and we hope to finish the other one this week sometime.  

Excuse the sunglasses, sometimes we forget we put them down before the picture.

The crib has officially been ordered.  It should be here this week.  We are so excited about this pretty crib.  

We have been blessed by wonderful friends and family who have wanted to pass along some of their baby items to us.  This past weekend all of this was added to the nursery.


It is no secret that I love all things Peanuts.  I mean Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Sally, Linus, and of course the other bird Conrad.  You should look up Conrad if you don't know who that is.  That being said I came across a Snoopy and Woodstock nursery theme and the whole theme for Baby Harrison's nursery changed.  Sorry Greg.  Two of the baby blankets we found came in the mail yesterday.  I ordered the one on the right to make sure I had a good match for the yellow for the wall paint.  I am so excited to see how this room turns out.


My brother was originally going to build the crib for us.  However, he lives 20 hours away and logistically it did not make sense.  Instead he is building some bookshelves to put on the walls and he is also working on letters for the name to be hung over the crib.  

I have been looking all over Pinterest for other ideas on how to make the room look sweet and homey. I loved the idea below and thought if I could use a yellow paint instead of pink to make the petals.  We will see how it turns out. 


Lots to do still, but we are having so much fun.  The goal is to have the room painted by the end of the weekend.  We will see.

Just for fun, here is Baby Emily with all of that dark hair.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


Christmas is coming everyone!  6 months.  I find myself on these 95+ degree days dreaming of Christmas pajamas, hot chocolate and maybe a snowy Christmas morning.  You heard me right, I'm over summer temperatures already.  

Christmas is also on my mind because I have received several messages lately with people wanting to give us things for Baby Harrison.  My Aunt told me it will feel like Christmas as all of the things for Peanut come in. We ordered our crib this week and we are slowly getting ready for the new addition to our family.  

Maybe I can convince Greg to let me watch A Charlie Brown Christmas tonight.  Doubtful.  Maybe if I make some Cranberry Bars that will help.

Happy 6 month countdown to Christmas everyone!

What's Up Wednesday


This has been such a fun link-up, so it is time to do it again.  I'm linking up with The Larson Lingo, Mix & Match Family and Pinterest Told Me To blogs today.  


What We're Eating This Week...
This week has been lots of our comfort foods.  Tacos, Lasagna, Oven Fry Chicken and I'm thinking I might have a Baked Potato Bar one night. 

What I'm Reminiscing About...
The days that I had a metabolism.  Greg's sister can eat and eat and not gain a pound.  I think she actually loses weight.  Greg and I were talking just the other day about how we miss being able to eat a lot and not see the effects of our choices.  Oh to be young.  

What I'm Loving...
Strawberry Popsicles.  It is so hot so Greg and I treat ourselves to a Strawberry Popsicle each night.  Hello yummy and refreshing treat.  
What We've Been Up To...
We have been in baby mode at the Harrison Home.  We have cleaned out closets, reorganized kitchen cabinets, looked at paint colors for the nursery and finished our baby registries.  We are wore out, but are having a great time getting ready for this new addition.  Hello family of 3. 

What I'm Dreading...
We have had 12, yes 12, straight days of temperatures in the 90s with some triple digits.  It is only June people.  This makes me dread July and August oh so very much.  

What I'm Working On...
My goal is to learn to love to drink water.  I know the importance of it and especially for this pregnant mama in the heat, but I am not a big fan.  I'm working so hard to drink 80 ounces of water a day.  I keep telling myself why I'm doing it to press through.  

What I'm Excited About...
We find out next week if Baby Harrison is a Little Mister or a Miss Priss.  Greg and I are so so ready to find out and finally get to call that little person by their actual name instead of Peanut.  

What I'm Watching/Reading...
It's baseball season in our house.  We watch a lot of baseball.  We were watching the NBA finals the last week or so.  I've also been watching some of the Women's World Cup.

What I'm Listening To...
I've been listening to All Sons & Daughters lately on Spotify.  They are one of my favorites.  

What I'm Wearing...
I've entered the maternity clothes season.  I've had fun shopping for them and I LOVE how comfortable some of the pants are.  



What I'm Doing This Weekend...
Greg got a new charcoal smoker for Father's Day.  We are hoping to test it out this weekend.  I'm thinking smoked BBQ Chicken sounds quite tasty.  Other than that, I think I shall stay inside with the AC.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
I get to see some of my family next month!  It will just be for a few days but I am very excited.  They live 10+ hours away so it is a rare treat for me.  

What Else Is New...
I received my very first Erin Condren LifePlanner and oh my it is wonderful!  I am so excited to put it to use.  I know it will be a huge help as my schedule continues to get busier each and every month.  

Bonus:  What Are Our 4th of July Plans...
We do not have any concrete plans as of yet.  I do know there will be fireworks and some kind of cheeseburger involved. 

Let's Get Organized

It came, it finally came.  I broke down and ordered my very first Erin Condren LifePlanner and I am in love.  It is pretty and it has so much room to write.  

I decided to start small and get one that is ready to ship.  You can create your own design and get more personalized ones, but I thought for round one I would start with one that I could work with and get going. 

I know you are all thinking, oh how pretty.  You can choose if you want a vertical or horizontal interior with this one.  I went with the horizontal one this time.  I also love how colorful it is.  There are little stickies in the back that you can use all year for things like birthdays, concerts, hair appointments, etc.  

I think next year I may try out some little extras.  What do you think of the ones below?


If you want to learn more about the planners and get a discount, click here.  We all get a referral discount.  Win win. 

Weekend Recap: Father's Day Weekend Style

What a busy weekend we had!  We didn't leave home much but we got a ton of things done around the house.  It was glorious!  

Thursday night began our cleaning frenzy.  Our house is not very big and we have made full use out of our closets.  One of the rooms was used as an extra TV/game room and the other is the office.   We knew that the extra TV room would become the nursery so mission one was to completely clean out the closet.  We had cleaned out the room a week or two ago, so the closet was all that was left.  We emptied the closet and tossed the items that were so old and have not been touched since we moved in.  The clothes that we no longer wear we put in a bag to donate to our clothing drive at church.  The hard part was to decide where to put the things that we wanted to keep.  We decided to move them to the office closet which meant cleaning it out and reorganizing it.  Several hours later both closets were cleaned out.  The office closet is all organized and you can see everything that is in it.  By everything I mean lots of Pampered Chef dishes,  Greg's tools and all of the board games.  The closet in the nursery just has two big boxes of Pampers.  Hooray for diapers that will last all of a few weeks.  

The best part of cleaning out the closet was it gave us the opportunity to get rid of all of the "touch-up" paint that our builder left when we moved in.  I am a big fan of touch-up paint.  However, in my mind touch-up paint is a gallon or two at most.  Our builder's version is to leave 7, yes 7, 5-gallon buckets of paint.  Some had more paint than others.   We decided to go to Home Depot and get two empty one gallon paint buckets and save one gallon of the wall color paint and one gallon of the trim paint.  That is all of the touch up paint we need.  

I think Greg really enjoyed his Father's Day weekend.  He is counting down until he knows whether his firstborn will be a boy or girl (that countdown is just over a week) and until he gets to meet that little person.  

Peanut decided to give Dad his first Father's Day card and present this weekend.  Silly me forgot to take a picture of the card, but this is where the idea came from.


Peanut also got Daddy a new smoker, because let's face it Mommy and Peanut are ready for some smoked chicken and smoked brisket.

Have a great Monday everyone! 

Summer Fun for Your Favorite Little People

Happy Summer!  One of my favorite blogs to read is Momfessionals.  Andrea is so fun and so creative.  It makes perfect sense that she is a teacher.  She has started a fun tradition with her kids called the Family Book Club.  They take a childrens book and make that their theme for the whole day.  She does crafts, projects, games and even meals around the theme of the book.  It is so clever and her kids love it.  

I wanted to share two of them with you so that you can have some summer fun with your kiddos.  I mean who wants to go outside when it is 100 degrees out, not this pregnant mama.  These books are going on my Peanut Book List. 


 


Have any of you done anything like this?  I'm so curious.  What are some great children's books that would work well with this idea?


Weekend Recap

I lost track of how many times I hit the snooze button this morning.  I was so tired and the fact that it is Monday morning did not help matters.

We had so much fun this weekend but I think I wore myself out.  

Saturday was baby registry day.  We were in Babies R Us for 2 1/2 hours.  I was exhausted when we left and all I wanted to do was get lunch and sit down.  We did have a good time though.  We brought Greg's Mom and Grandma with us and began the process of trying to figure out what the heck we will do with all of this baby stuff in the upcoming months.  

We started with the crib and bedding.  We both thought we would want a gender specific bedding.  We are not sure yet what Baby Harrison is but our plan was to pick out a girl option and a boy option and then just remove the wrong one when we find out.  Little did we know that we would like the gender neutral bedding the best.  

I mean who doesn't love all of the cute little animals.  There was a plush fox and owl too.  The owl is named Winky.  So sweet.

We ended up creating a registry online at Target as well.  Greg thought it was appropriate that we add this as well.  

Maybe Baby Harrison will experience a winning New York Jets team.  Who knows.

Sunday we had lunch with our friend Isaac.  Isaac has helped us teach our Middle School class this last year and our students miss him already.  He has  moved to another class and just graduated high school.  It was a lot of fun.  

Sunday afternoon, Greg went with me to Target to get a few maternity shirts.  I found a couple and apparently I like things that have lots of blues, especially navy.



We also bought two boxes of diapers.  We figured we might as well start a collection now.  

I think they both will be great for this summer heat.  Greg and I both said a few times that it is just mid-June and we are already over the heat.  We have a long way to go.


Isn't this lovely?  Nope, didn't think so. 

Here is something that I have every intention of trying soon.  My Mom and Mema always made Mississippi Mud Cake growing up and it is so tasty.  I saw this quick version of one on Instagram yesterday.

Enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Bring on the Mexican Food

Let's be real here.  I LOVE Mexican food.  I can eat chips and salsa every day.  I want enchiladas on a weekly basis and can make a meal out of queso.  When I lived in Arkansas, I would go to Abuelos sometimes with friends and I always liked getting the Papas Con Chile with my Chicken Enchiladas.  I searched and searched for a way to recreate them for a long time and found a copycat recipe a while back and they are quite tasty.  

Shopping List:
3 lbs of red potatoes
3 oz of cream cheese, cut into small squares
1/2 cup of heavy cream
10 oz of Velveeta cheese cut into small squares
1/2 tbsp of salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of diced red bell peppers
1/2 cup of diced green bell peppers
2 cans chopped green chiles
1/2 cup of chopped green onions
2 tbsp of finely chopped jalapeno (seeds removed)

Wash and scrub those potatoes.  Place in a large pot covered with water and boil until the potatoes are soft.  Drain the potatoes and add all of your ingredients to the pot.  I typically add the cream cheese and Velveeta first to help it melt a little faster.   You do not have to bake the potatoes, but I do sometimes for a little bit.  

If you want a smoother potato texture, you can puree your peppers, chiles, green onions and jalapenos so they have a similar consistency.  I think Abuelos adds a couple kinds of cheese to their potatoes.  I'm sure you could take out the Velveeta and use a Mexican blend shredded cheese.  

The best part of cooking is there is freedom to improvise and make the recipes a little more how you prefer it. 

Life is Changing

I am currently very aware that things are changing on a daily basis at our house.  The past few months have been full of excitement but not much has changed for us in terms of our daily routine.  Well, except the morning sickness that overstayed its welcome.  Correction, it was not welcome in the first place.

However, this week that has all changed.  Greg and I love our first house but we realized that with the upcoming arrival of person #3 in the house that we were going to have to do some reorganizing of one of the extra rooms.  We have two small rooms that we had to decide what to do with.  One functions as our office and home for all of my books and the other was Greg's game room, aka where we put our old couch and TV.  We decided the best thing to do would be to get rid of the couch and TV stand and put the TV in our bedroom to make room for Baby Harrison.  

We gave the couch and TV stand to our friends from church who are selling items to raise money for missions.  Last night, that room suddenly looked really empty and it hit both of us that life is changing.  There are just a few things in that room now.  




See, just a few things.  A chest, a dresser, a snow globe from Grammy, a baby book, some Dr. Seuss books, a book that my cousin Anna wrote and MY stuffed animals.  Sorry Peanut, but the Minion and Snoopy are for Mommy. She will let you play with the penguins who are named Pepper and Jeffrey.  Greg has been deciding on how he wants to paint the dresser and chest. 


Yesterday was also the first day that I realized that some of my clothes do not fit so well anymore.  I was at work thinking this is not very comfy all day.  I walked in my house at 5:15 and changed faster than I have in my entire life.  Goodbye clothes that are a little snug and hello to the beginning stage of maternity clothes.  I think I will have a date with the Target maternity section this weekend. 

Life is looking different around the Harrison household and we are pretty excited.

Baby Boy or Baby Girl

Greg and I are supposed to find out whether Peanut is a boy or girl here in a few weeks.  We have both weighed in on our thoughts.  We have also enjoyed looking at the old wives tales that help predict gender.  Greg's boss kept asking what the heartbeat has been.  Have any of you tested any of these and found success with them? 


Let the guessing game begin...

We have guessed gender, birth date and weight.  Our due date is November 21st. 

Greg's guess is a 7lb 8oz boy born on November 21st.  
My guess is a 8lb 2oz girl born on November 25th. 

Will we have a Thanksgiving Day baby?  Who knows.  If it helps, Greg was a few weeks early and I was a due date baby.  Have fun guessing. 

Making the Most of My Time

Time.  Time is so hard to make the most of.  There are so many things to do and so little time to complete those things.  It is safe to say that most of us make time for the things we want to do and struggle with allocating time for other things.  I know there is a lot of time in my day that is wasted because I'm not focused on spending my time wisely.  I'm sure many of you can relate.  

Many of us think that once we go to work and take care of our required commitments that there is little time for anything else.  I saw a statistic that said the average American between the ages of 25 and 34 watches 27 hours and 36 minutes of TV in a week.  That is mind boggling to me and then I think about the amount of TV I watch and it doesn't seem so far fetched. 

I have been very convicted of how I spend my time lately.  It seems like my Saturdays are filled with picking up around my house.  If I spent more of an effort of picking up here and there during the week, perhaps I would be able to better enjoy my weekends.  

I read an article on the Women's Life Blog at SEBTS yesterday and really liked the tips offered on how to better stay organized.  Tara offers some great advice that I think we could all benefit from.  I think if we just took a couple of the tips she mentions we all might have a little more time in our lives to work with and maybe less gray hairs. I loved what she said about creating routines and allowing certain tasks to be done on certain days throughout the week.  

Now is the time to be organized and diligent in making the most of our time and not letting time be a stress in our life. 


Show & Tell Tuesdays: When I Grow Up


Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's time for another Show and Tell Tuesday.  This week is all about what we wanted to be when we grew up.  

I have a feeling there will be lots of teacher posts, doctor posts, and veterinarian posts.  I think those were the big three when I was growing up.  I never wanted to be any of those things when I was little.  I did not ask for an overhead projector for Christmas, I don't do well with blood or throw up and I've never really been a big animal person.  

I remember when I was little wanting to be a figure skater.  I had high hopes of going to the Olympics and being like Kristi Yamaguchi.  I would practice my Lutz, Salchow and all of the fancy jumps in my living room.  There was just one problem with my figure skating dream, I had no clue how to ice skate.  There went that life long dream.

I think all of us had dreams to be a famous singer when we were growing up too.  I had the room full of Backstreet Boys posters and would sing along to songs with my hairbrush longing for the day when I would win my first Grammy.  Not so much on that one either.

The thing I wanted to be more than anything growing up was a Wedding Planner.  You got it, I wanted to be just like Jennifer Lopez and have the fancy pant suit with my handy kit of any thing I would need to make sure we did not have a Bridezilla on our hands.  


I actually have planned a few weddings and loved every minute of it.  There is no way to get around the fact that they are crazy and kind of stressful, but the joy comes from knowing that you made the Bride and Groom's day memorable and allowed the parents to enjoy their children getting married.

There you have it.  What did you want to be when you grew up?  These are so fun to read.

See you on June 16th for the next Show and Tell Tuesday!

 


Hey June

How is it June already? This year is flying by.  

I decided to share my goals for the month today.  After all it is June 1st and it's a Monday, seemed like good timing to me.  Here goes...

One: Quality Time with Greg
Greg and I know that our lives are about to change and look very different here in a few months.  I realized that I want to be very intentional in the time that I have.  We have both decided to put our iPhone's and iPad's up more when we are home and to just focus on family time.  By the time we get home and have dinner, we feel rushed to do things around the house or having to be somewhere.  Our goal for this month is to simply watch our time better and make the most of it.

Two: Drink More Water
Let's be honest.  Water is not and has never been on my list of favorites.  However, I know the importance of drinking water especially when pregnant.  My goal is to focus on drinking plenty of water.  With summer in full swing, I want to make sure I stay hydrated.  I think Peanut will appreciate that.  

Three: Compile Registry List
We are so happy that we received lots of feedback on items that we would need for little Baby Harrison.  This month I want to compile the list of the items we need and want and start focusing on what specific products we want to put on our registry.  

Four: Finish My Spring Cleaning
Yes I know that spring is over, but my spring cleaning is not.  I made some great progress this past weekend but I want to finish up my Spring Cleaning this month.  I really just want to take the three bedroom closets and purge.  There are things that can be sold and things that can be tossed.  This is a big project but it needs to be done.  

What are your goals for June?  I like to begin each month with some tasks to complete.  I've learned that the key is to keep the list simple.