"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sno Cones

Sunday afternoon shenanigans. Cabela's...
Eleanor's first sno cone. She's a fan :-) 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quack Quack

She doesn't use this duck bath to bathe anymore, but she still loves to play it in so I've left it blown up. When she sees it in the closet she heads straight for it and says "quack quack quack". 
Fell asleep in the car reading her book and I couldn't resist a picture. God makes sleeping babies so deliciously sweet because sometimes, after a really fussy & grumpy morning, Mommas need a little sweetness. 
Playing in the front yard while I worked in the flower beds. 
Look how her hair is growing! 
We're trying to encourage the cup, but it pretty much only happens if you snuggle up like its a bottle. 
Waiting (mostly) patiently for Grandpa's doctor appointment and pointing out cars that drive by.
The dog was on the couch, the baby & her baby doll were in the dog bed. Normal for us. 
We had the McGaugh's over for dinner last night and that's always a great time. Eleanor is sweet on Neil, but she's not the first Harris girl that has loved this guy. 
Before another great morning at our new church. Happy Happy Happy Girl. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Melting

I've got some photos from the big camera over the last week or two.  I love that technology has granted us all the opportunity to whip out our phones and snap pictures of all the cute things our kids do, but I'm oh so grateful for the big camera and the memories it captures. 
Where's your tongue? 
 Soon she'll figure out that she can walk and push this thing instead of just stand behind it. 
 See my bird feeder hanging from the tree?  The squirrel proof bird feeder?  See the squirrel hanging from it?  It was a good run.  I got it for my birthday in April and the squirrels have just now figured out how to get to it. 
 My sweet baby loving on her baby doll. 
Momma made enchiladas for dinner.  Eleanor prefered the beans & sour cream over everything else.  
 So did Foose. 
   
Eleanor says 'football' (actually & understandably says it) and she and Daddy have been excitedly preparing for football season. 


 From tonight.  I can't stop looking at these photos.  My. Heart. Is. Melting. Melting. 



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ninja Surfer

It's been a busy week, but it's been a good week. 
Have to make time for this girl to play outside. She still loves the swing, but really wants to play on the big toy & slide this week (which she can't do alone, so that means mom &/or dad have to play, too.) FYI, chubby baby thighs slide down easier while wearing leggings.  
Happy baby, squinting from the sunshine. 
Toes in the grass 💜
Playing with Kendra while Momma's hair color processes. 
Drew had a boss from Toronto in town one day and I made dinner for us that evening. That's sometimes hard to do when home alone with a baby, but we made it work thanks to the Moby wrap... and made time for plenty of selfies. 
So you can see how well this wrap thing works, even on a 20lb 13 month old. 
Front porch sitting. 
Sometimes a good, long, snuggly, Friday afternoon nap on Momma is the only answer. 
New baby doll from Grandma LaGayle & Ken. 
Beautiful night at the ballpark watching the Arkansas Naturals play. 
We tried a new church this morning and loved it. Drew & I loved the worship service and Eleanor LOVED her classroom. The classrooms for little ones are decided by development instead of age, so she was with other littles that are sitting, crawling, and pulling up, but not quite walking. There were 8 other kiddos in her class and three women caring for them. Eleanor went straight in without the slightest hesitation and had a blast. After worship we went to pick her up and she was standing up with a huge smile on her face. She saw us in the doorway and gave us a big wave and "HI"!! She was happy to be there and happy to see us again. One of the teachers said, "She talks so much!" Yes, yes, she has a lot to say. I don't think she has a shyness problem. Lol 
Did I mention how cute she is today? 
So this new church felt like a really good fit for all three of us and we are planning to give it another go next week. I've had a couple of special people give me some much needed encouragement in the past week and that means a lot. We are super excited for what God has ahead for us. 
Also, guess who is standing up on her own now? I mean... middle of the room, nothing to hold on to, watch me balance like a ninja surfer - standing up. 
She really loves her dogs. Poor Mac, he has no space that is all his own, but he loves her back. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Growing

Woo pig sooie! 
Eleanor keeps getting in trouble for giving her food to Foose. She throws it on the ground or hangs her hand over the side of her chair and he comes and gets it.  He's so gentle and that makes it a tiny bit harder to get mad. I've finally started putting the dogs outside while she's eating, but the definite sign that she's done eating is when she starts throwing her food on the floor. It makes me crazy, she thinks it's funny. 
Just being silly. 
Tantrums happen. 
Good times playing in the backyard this weekend. This swing is the best $5 I ever spent at a yard sale. 
Olympic watching snuggles with Daddy. 
Stair climbing practice with Daddy. 
After months of unspoken concern and even more months of talking and prayer, Drew & I have decided to explore some other churches in our area. It's a SUPER difficult decision that is not being made lightly. We have had the same church home & family for 13 years. They've loved us through so much and that is not forgotten. We aren't anxious to leave that, but we are very much missing having a peer group in church.  Friends aren't everything, but Christian fellowship with other parents our age, and just as importantly- children Eleanor's age, is vital. We've tried a few new 
churches recently and have a few others we want to try. We haven't made any decisions and it's possible that we may decide that our home church is where God needs us to stay, but right now we feel like God is leading us to step out of our comfort zone and seek Him in different ways. Right now we have both agreed that we have to be willing to let God do the leading and be okay with not knowing the answer yet. We've shared this with a few people. Some have been supportive and encouraging, some have not. That makes it even harder and requires more faith on our part. We are both hopeful that we can maintain the relationships with our long times church family, no matter what the future holds. 

Hey God, we trust that you've got this. 

Yesterday we tried a church much larger than we are accustomed to. It was very different, but there were many people our age in attendance and we loved the children's program. While we went to worship, Eleanor was in a classroom with 7 other one year olds. She had a snack, played with other children her age, listened to a Bible story, and came home with a card about that story. We loved that and Eleanor seemed to as well.  
Also, my kid was really cute in her church outfit. Look how big she is. Y'all, she's growing up and we desperately want to be sure that we are teaching her and exposing her to all she needs & deserves.