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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sesame Street Live!

It’s been a busy week at our house. Monday was Jarrod’s mother’s birthday so he picked up Hadley and I met them over at his parents to visit with his mom a while. Amy and her kids brought KFC and donuts for the Birthday party as Hadley called it. Hadley and Whit kept us entertained with their piano playing of a medley between Jingle Bells,Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. If I can ever get my video to load, I will be sure to share because it is the funniest thing!

Tuesday night, we went to see Sesame Street Live with Nancy. Jarrod was very thrilled to go (please sense my sarcasm in that statement). We went to Cracker Barrel and ate dinner before the show so Hadley could get some pintos. It’s the only thing I feel like I can get her to eat. I am not sure if she is really picky about what to eat or if she is just too busy to eat when it is time to eat dinner. Just about every night now when we go to bed, she tells me she is starving and her belly needs some food so of course I let her get a snack because I don’t want her to go to bed hungry but I just wish I could figure out a way to get her to eat better!

Anyways, on our way to see Elmo last night, she kept informing us that she was “sooo scited” and before the show was yelling at Elmo to come out. Last year when we went to Sesame Street we had to buy a $15 stuffed Elmo. We have definitely gotten our $15 out of him though considering he has been just about everywhere and now doesn’t even have eyes. I tried to get her to get another one last night but she decided she needed the Elmo spinning light instead!



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Joy!

I am proud to say that I am currently enjoying one of those very rare moments in my life where all the laundry is cleaned and put away, all the dishes washed, and all the beds are made in our house!  Even the play room is picked up!  It is amazing the things you can get done when Jarrod goes hunting and Hadley takes a 3 hour nap.  I even found time to watch a little bit of Legally Blonde and take a small much needed nap myself!

This morning we got up and went to church.  Hadley loves going to church.  She loves going to her Sunday School class and playing with the boys. (She is the only little girl in her class right now.)  She loves to color and make things in class.  Last week she colored a plate and today we had to take it back with us!  She was so proud of it.  I am so thankful she loves going to church.  She even motivates me to get up and make it to Sunday School myself because I don't want her to have to miss out.  Today Hadley wore her sweet navity scene dress that I love.  She wore it last year on Christmas but I was afraid it would be too small this year so I was so glad when it still fit.  I know it is still November but we have to start now if we plan to get all of our Christmas outfits in!

As I put away Hadley's laundry today, I decided to clean out a little bit as well.  I still had a few summer outfits in her closet and some pj's that had gotten way too small so I put those away along with her Halloween and Thanksgiving clothes.  It felt so much better putting these away knowing that I would be getting them back out soon for her little sister.  It was always so depressing cleaning out her clothes each season because it seemed like she had barely worn them before they were too small or out of season and I really love some of the sweet dresses and outfits she has had.  So I am very thankful we will get to wear them all again!

Hadley wanted a ponytail like mine today.  It makes her looks so grown up!
Tonight we met Ben and Leslie at Casa Blanca for dinner.  It was a nice change from all of the turkey and dressing type of food we have ate over the last 4 days.  I was about tired of leftovers!  But now I am very much in need of a major grocery shopping trip!  Our cubbards are bare! 
It wouldn't be a normal day at the Harrison house without spending a little time in "time out" before bed.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Catching Up

I have absolutely loved not having to wake up to an alarm the last three days!  And Hadley has even slept until about 8:00 almost every day to.  I could definitely get used to it!  We have had a busy last few days.  I have loved getting to spend all day with Hadley.  I am so glad to have a job but I feel like I miss out on so much leaving her with someone else every day.  I am so thankful for Mrs. Sam but I would definitely love to get to spend that time with her instead.

Thursday consisted of Thanksgiving lunch at Karen's house.  We then came home to take a nap before heading to MeMe and Papa's house for dinner.  This little turkey was worn out!


After dinner, Amy and I decided to take on Walmart's Black Friday (that was actually on Thursday) sale.  It started at 8:00 but we didn't get there until around 8:15.  Little did we know that there would not be a singe parking spot available!  Luckily, I saw my friend Shea in the parking lot and followed her to get her parking spot.  Once we got in, Amy headed to stand in line for electronics while I went to find the Disney Princess Barbies!  I was pretty glad that I found all but Snow White.  And I even got everything else that was on my shopping list plus a few extra gifts I hadn't planned on.  I went and got Amy's other items she wanted while she stood in line and then I left her there to come home and go to bed!  We were all asleep by 9:30!  Friday after we got up and piddled around the house a bit, I convinced Jarrod to go to Belk with me to get some boots I have had my eye on and some leggings that were on sale.  We got there about 11 and they still had everything I wanted to so I was pretty excited.  I had seen these boots several weeks ago and really wanted them but refused to pay $90 for them so I super excited yesterday when I got the boots, some leggings, two pair of tights for Hadley, pajamas, and a wallet for Papa all for less than $100!
 
Yesterday afternoon, we went to Hatton to share Thanksgiving with the Harrison family.  Heather wanted some bedding at Belk so we headed back to the mall yet again on our way home.  Hadley wanted to go see Santa while we were there but he was out "feeding the reindeer" so we didn't get to see him.  But hopefully this means she will not have a come apart when we actually do get to see him!  Jarrod went to Birmingham to the Tanner football game so Hadley and I went to play at Babu and Gigi's for a while last night.  Of course, she had to play with her dollar store Minnie Mouse puzzle the whole time we were there.  Hadley also got her toe nails painted by her Daddy yesterday!  She wanted them painted and I was in the shower but when I got out, I walked in to this...

 

So today, we slept in and then got up and tried to catch up on laundry and cleaning up the billion dishes I had let pile up in the sink from all my Thanksgiving cooking.  I love cooking but I sure do hate doing the dishes!  While I did that, Jarrod helped Hadley put together her train track that she was soooo excited about.  Donna and Trevor had cleaned out a train track with lots of pieces and trains to go with it and brought them to Hadley.  When I showed them to her she said, "OOOOO a train! Can I please play with it?"  Once they got it built, she played with it for a good hour and a half or so before we decided to head to town for a bit. I told Jarrod that if he has to have all girls, at least one of them loves trains!
 

We went to town with Chelsey this afternoon and I got a few Christmas presents bought. Hadley loves to go shopping and to the grocery store.  After our little outing, we came home and got ready for the Iron Bowl game.  Some friends came over to watch and Gigi, Babu, and Nanu even joined us for a while when their power went out.  Alabama won big time so now on to the SEC championship next week!  We finished our day with watching a little bit of Little Einsteins before bed.  I have really enjoyed our Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving! Every year we go to my Aunt Karen's house for lunch where we gather with both sides of my family. After that we go to Jarrod's parents to eat dinner with his family.  I am so thankful for my family and being able to spend time together every year. Hadley was so excited about wearing her turkey dress and going to "Karens Party" today. 
One of our many attempts at a family picture!

I am so thankful for these two!



Hadley is also excited that our little elf on a shelf showed up at her house. Hadley named him Tinker Bell! I guess I better go buy him a skirt?  However, she is having a hard time understanding that you can't touch him or he will lose his magic!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Give Thanks

I have been seeing everyone's post on Facebook where they say something they are thankful for everyday during November.  And since I am 20 days behind, I figured I would just name a few things here.  I have soooo many things to be thankful for that it would be impossible to list them all but here is a shot at it.

1 - My Salvation:  I am so thankful that God saved us so we don't have to worry about things of this world and we can have hope for better things to come.  This world is just a temporary home that we are passing through and I am so thankful that I have that assurance that one day I will get to reunite with all of my loved ones in a place that He has prepared for us where there is no sadness or heartache.

2 - My Husband:  I am thankful to have a husband who truly loves me and cares about me and our family.  Yes he is a typical man and yes I gripe and complain that he does not always change the toilet paper but I would not trade him for the world!  I don't know how people make it through life without that person who you rely on and feel like takes care of you, that one person that you share all of your hopes and dreams with and is your partner throughout life's journey.

3 - My Girls:  Hadley is such a light in my life and I am so thankful for her!  She is such a blessing to us all!  I could not imagine life without her in it.  She is so funny and loving and brings a smile to my face everyday.  It amazes me at what a happy child she is and she spreads that happiness to everyone around!  I am also very thankful for my sweet baby girl growing inside me.  I am thankful for each little punch and kick because it assures me that she is healthy.  I am thankful that they will get to grow up with a sister and hope they are always best friends throughout life!

4- My Sister:  I am soo thankful that I have a sister.  And not just a sister, but a sister that truly is my best friend!  I hope my girls grow up to have the same relationship as LL and I. 

5 - My Parents:  I am thankful that I have a close relationship with my parents.  I am thankful for the way they raised me and the things they taught me growing up.  I am extremely thankful for their help with Hadley and that they are such wonderful grandparents to her.  She has no idea how much she is loved!

6 - My In-Laws:  I have been blessed with wonderful in-laws!  I always hear awful "in-law stories" and I am so thankful that I don't have to go through that.  Jarrod's parents have always treated me as if I was their own child and his sisters are some of my best friends!  I love that Jarrod enjoys spending time with his family and am thankful for the time that we get to share with them.  I have always truly felt like a part of his family.

7 - My Grandmothers:  I am thankful that I still have 2 healthy, happy grandmothers in my life.  I love talking to them and spending time with them.

8 - My Extended Family:  I am so very thankful for the close relationship I have with my extended family.  There are not many families in this world that get to see each other as much as we do, much less enjoy spending time together!  I am so thankful that I have aunts and uncles that live so close and are able to get together so often.

9 - Our Jobs - I am so thankful that Jarrod both have great jobs!  I am so thankful that we have stable jobs and a steady income so that we can provide for our family.  We don't have to worry about not having food to eat, clothes to wear, or a warm place to lay our heads at night.

There is no way I could ever be able to list everything I am thankful for and could go on and on about all of these I am sure I could go on forever about each one but it is bed time at the Harrison house tonight and 5:00 AM comes very early!  Good night!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Jarrod!

Today is Jarrod's 25th Birthday!  So for his birthday, I made him this little video.  It is hard to believe that we have been together for over 10 years!  It seems like it was just yesterday we were dating before we could even drive! So he is out celebrating his birthday in pretty much the best way he could imagine... hunting!  I don't think I will ever understand how someone could want to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and get out of bed to go sit in the cold.... especially on your birthday!  But, he enjoys it so I guess that is all that matters.

Hadley and I got up early and met Gigi, Nanu, LL, Karen, and Becca for our girl's day shopping trip.  Hadley did sooo good but is definitely worn out.  She has been asleep for over 2 hours and still snoozing away!  Between our trips to Target, the mall, and Sam's I am worn out myself.  I am very thankful to have a close family that enjoys doing things like this together.
Thanks LL for my XL blue icee! And yes her baby had to ride in the buggy with us!

I did get a little Christmas shopping done and bought myself a few much needed tops and some more jeggings!  I don't know who invented HUE jeggings but not sure how I would make it through this winter without them.  They are soooo comfortable!!!  And best of all, they make it where I don't have to live in maternity clothes all winter.  I hate wearing maternity clothes.  I much rather wear normal people clothes that can be turned into maternity wear.  Anyways, we had a good trip but glad to be home!  Now, I just have to muster up some energy to take Jarrod out to dinner for this birthday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Makeup Fun

I have never been a girly girl but I do love playing with makeup and skin care products.  I was not blessed with beautiful blemish free skin so I pretty much always wear makeup.  I like a full coverage but I can't stand feeling like I have tons of layers caked on either.  I had been using Bare Minerals but it was costing too much and my face breaks out terribly when I am pregnant so I really needed something with more coverage.  I went to Ulta a few weeks ago and the guy talked me into buying PUR makeup.  It's good and all but does not give me near the coverage that I need.  However, the little flambouant makeup guy did introduce me to primer and concealer. It really does make a huge difference but overall the PUR makeup still was not really what I was looking for.  I had heard a lot of good things about Mary Kay lately so I wanted to give it a try. So I called up a girl I knew that sells it to have a Mary Kay party so I could try it out and get some guidance on what I needed. 

Tonight my mom, LL, and Melesa came over to have "facials."  We tried different cleansers, foundations, and other products.  I love trying out new things.  I always feel so fresh when I try a new product.  Especially a cleanser.  I just wish I could afford it all!  So I talked myself into just buying the basics.   I ordered the cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, and lipstick and of course the primer and concealer.  I hate to spend so much money on makeup but I consider it an investment and she gave me a good discount since I was the hostess!  There are definitely several other products I would love to try but I guess I better wait for Santa for those!  I wonder if the Santa that comes to my house knows how to call and order from a Mary Kay beauty consultant? 

Anyways, we have had a pretty slow week around here.  Besides my exciting purchase of a milk frother to doctor up my morning coffee, it has been a pretty normal week for us with work, school, and church.  I had a doctor appointment today to check up on little Hunter Claire.  Everything was just as it was supposed to be!  I am so thankful for a healthy pregnancy.  I hear of so many people that have so many problems or have sick babies and it definitely makes me super thankful for my healthy happy family!

We have a busy weekend planned.  Eli's basketball season starts tomorrow so we will have those games to fill up our schedule.  Saturday, Mom has planned a girl's day shopping trip for us all and I am sure we will celebrate Jarrod's birthday Saturday night as well.  So I am really hoping for a nap with Hadley tomorrow afternoon!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

I love holidays where you don't have to actually do anything to celebrate.  Of course I am thankful for all that our veteran's have done for our country and remember their services.  But I do love these holidays where you get a day off of work but don't have to go anywhere or do anything.  Today was one of those days!  Besides a trip to the dentist, we pretty much just stayed home and got some much needed things done around the house.

I decided to go ahead and put up our Christmas decorations.  I know it is a little early but we have tons of stuff going on in the next couple of weeks and today was just a good day to get it done!  I decided to wait on my outside decorations for a couple of more weeks so my neighbors don't talk about me ;) This morning Jarrod brought everything down from the attic and I began to go through it all.  I always forget what all I have from year to year.  So we had to rearrange some furniture but we got the tree up in the living room.  Hadley helped me put a tree up in her room as well.  Daddy brought over Mom's snow village from the storage building so I could put it up to with the few pieces I have.  My entertainment center is the perfect little display for the Snow Village so I have really been wanting to put it up.  It might have been a bad idea considering Hadley is having a very hard time keeping her hands off of it but we will see how it goes!  Nanu stopped by to help me with my bows to go on top of my trees so now they all look great!  I still need a few more decorations for my kitchen and bookshelves so I will definitely be searching Pinterest for some good ideas. 



 


Anyways, tonight I fixed chicken pot pies and probably the best cornbread I have ever made.  Not a single bit of it burnt or stuck to the pan so I was very impressed with myself.  I don't think I have ever made it before without it somehow messing up.  I love being able to have dinner early and the kitchen cleaned up before we have to rush for bathtime and to bed!  I could definitely get used to these off days!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Surprise!

We threw Jarrod a surprise party for his 25th Birthday Saturday night.  I am terrible with suprises so I definitely had to get some help from some others in the planning.  Ben took Jarrod hunting while we all got ready for the party and when he got here, I think he we completely surprised!  I was just so proud of myself for actually pulling it off!  We partied like it was 1987 or with our attire anyways.  Even Hadley joined in with the 80s theme.  Besides starting the party off with Bama losing a terrible football game, I believe everyone had a good time!


Surprise!!

Don't they look cute?


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Playroom Organization

I am by far no means a neat and clean freak but I do like for things to be organized.  Well tonight I was playing with Hadley when I noticed what a mess her kitchen stuff in her playroom had gotten so I decided I would clean it up a little bit.  I keep all of her dishes and food in a basket by her little play kitchen but it had become more of a catch all basket and had all kinds of stuff thrown in it.  So I started taking everything out that wasn't kitchen things, then I thought well why I am doing this, I might as well organize her food.  So I got a bag and attempted to put all the vegetables in it, then I found a pail and put all of the utenils in it. I put all of the plates and cups in the little cabinet in her kitchen, put all the "dry goods" in the other cabinet, and the stuff that should go in the fridge, in there.  Yes I know this is a little much for a two year olds kitchen, but I just thought it would be a good idea and she could find her things to cook easier.  Well I obviously should have reminded myself before I spent the half hour organizing that she is two and this is her kitchen in her playroom because before I had time to put all her naked babies clothes back on, she had proceeded to dump pretty much every bit of her stuff into her little grocery buggy.  So I learned my lesson!  Some things are definitely out of my control and are not meant to always be organized... especially a toddler's kitchen!  I don't know how I will stay sane with two children running the playroom!  So anyways, since I just couldn't hardly stand her messing up my neatly organized kitchen anymore, I convinced her to play with blocks.  But that didn't last long, because she decided she needed to go to the grocery store and managed to dump all her food back in the floor! So much for a productive evening!
 
 
 
On another note, I made almost $40 at the consignment shop today and cooked a very good supper that consisted of pork chops in the crockpot, brown sugar green beans, and baked maccaroni and cheese!  Yum!!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Yes I saved $79 at Publix today!

Just have to share this picture of all the men and Hadley Sunday afternoon at Papa and Meme's house.  Bless their hearts, they were obviously worn out from that extra hour of sleep they got!
 
 
Anyways, I have to brag on my shopping trip today.  I haven't been to Publix in awhile just because I have been lazy and hadn't felt like messing with my coupons or studying their ad.  But yesterday I finally took about an hour and got all my coupons clipped and organized for a Publix shopping trip.  And it paid off... I saved $79.43 on my groceries! And to make it even better, I only bought stuff that I needed and didn't even "stockpile."  It was all spent on what I would have normally bought at the grocery today without any coupons or anything.  So maybe I will be motivated a little more now to keep up with my coupons.  My problem with couponing usually is that I buy stuff that I really don't need just because I have a coupon or I buy 3 of something because that is what the coupon says I must do to save $1 which always makes me end up spending way more than I need to.  I am trying a new budget this month so saving that extra $79 really helps!  I only paid $8 for a big box of Pampers with the sale and my coupons.  I may go back tomorrow and get another one!
 
I found a really good recipe I tried tonight for supper! It's from Pillsbury and was very good!  Not sure it was too healthy, but Jarrod and Hadley both approved of it!  It was pretty much hotdogs, stuffed with cheese, and wrapped in cresent rolls!  Yum!! 
 
 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Roll Tide Roll!

I love Saturday's when I have nowhere that I have to be.  I love getting up and staying in my pj's all day if I want to.  And yesterday was even better than this considering Hadley and Jarrod were both gone when I got up.  So I fixed me a bowl of cereal and sat on the couch and watched Lifetime!  I hardly ever get control of the TV at our house!  I worked on our scrapbook some more yesterday and got caught up through May.  Only 6 months behind now until I get caught up.  I am soooo thankful for Shutterfly.  It makes it so easy to upload my pictures and put them in a scrapbook.

Laura Leigh and I decided to go get pedicures yesterday afternoon.  I hadn't had one in forever so it was very much needed!  While we did that, Jarrod took Hadley on a father/daughter date to Taco Bell.  I was very impressed with him by doing this.  I suspect their will be many more Taco Bell Dates in their future considering they both love it!  So the rest of our day consisted of playing around the house, on our swing set, watching "Wittle Seinsteins," and taking naps!
Hadley's new way she has discovered to ride her 4-wheeler!

Last night we were going to stay home and be lazy.  A few friends came over to watch the Bama game.  I had planned to keep Hadley up a little late since the time change was last night and I didn't want her waking up at the crack of dawn today.  But our lazy night turned in to a VERY exciting football game!  It was pretty much the most exciting game I have ever watched.  Bama was down with a minute and a half to go and they scored to go ahead with only as few seconds left in the game!  Hadley was so funny watching everyone jumping around and cheering.  She definitely thinks her daddy is a crazy man now!  She must have been excited about the win to because as soon as it was over, we went to bed and she would not go to sleep! I'm not sure what time she finally went to sleep but it was after I did.  But considering she is still asleep this morning, I guess it is okay.

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Haircut!

It only took 2 years and 4 months but Hadley finally had enough hair to need a hair cut! Bless her heart, it has gotten so stringy down in her eyes she couldn't hardly see unless I pulled it back with a bow. (I really did have reason to always make her wear a bow. Plus the fact that I feel sorry for little girls that don't.) Anyways, Nanu came over this afternoon and trimmed Hadley's bangs. We had to distract her a little bit with some watermelon but she did great. I was way too afraid to try it myself so I was very thankful for backups!


Hadley is going to spend the night with MeeMee and Nancy tonight. I was a little sad she didn't even want me to stay when I dropped her off but I know she will have a big time. So we are going to eat at Crickets tonight with some friends. They have the very best hot wings and considering that seems to be one of Hunter Claire's favorites, I'm pretty pumped about going! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

What a busy week it has been! We have had a ton of Halloween festivities this week!

Tuesday night I rushed home to get Hadley ready to go to Elkmont to Boo at the Boss. Hadley was so funny walking around the football field getting all her candy but she wanted to know where the band and boys were. One boy called her a cute lamb and she quickly corrected him that "No, I Pig!!"
Look at all my candy Amy!

Sweet Cousins!

On Wednesday, Babu took Hadley to his Halloween thing at work during the day. When I got home from work, Hadley got back in her costume yet again and we hurried off to Meme and Papa's to Trick or Treat at their house. I believe they had the best "treat" of the night considering her bag had honeybuns in it! After we visited with them for a few minutes, we went to church to the Trunk or Treat where we met up with Amy and her kids. Hadley wasn't so sure about Batman Whit at first but warmed up quickly. She was so excited about riding on the hayride driven by HoHo while we were there. She even ran up and gave him a hug! I am hoping this means that we might be able to get a decent Santa picture this year!

When we left there, we headed to Gigi and Babu's house where we planned to trick or treat around the neighborhood with Bradson. We went to 2 houses and Hadley was pretty much over it by then so we just went back and joined the party. Gigi has been having a Halloween party at her house the last couple of years. There are always hundreds of trick or treaters that come to her house so we just go there with some of our friends and have fun handing out candy. By time we got home, we were pooped! I let Hadley watch her Barney Halloween VHS that I bought for $1 at a yard sale for a little bit and then we went to bed!
It's been a fun but busy Halloween! We have definitely gotten our $12 worth out of our pig costume... we have been in and out of it at least 5 times! Hopefully Hunter Claire will get to wear it sometime because its just too cute to get rid of!


And now on to November! Can't believe its already here!