Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bye Bye Mrs. Katy!

Jack's 1 year old teacher had to make the decision to leave her teaching position to focus solely on her schooling....we will truly miss her! Her face lit up every morning when we dropped JackJack off...she encouraged him to be silly...encouraged his curiosity...helped to guide him and teach him and most of all, love him. She re-directed, discovered and interacted with him. She would chase him down the hallway, for just one more hug and kiss and not a day went by where they did not say, "I love you!" to each other. She really made an impact on our little family. Katy was actually one of Jack's first words! I am forever grateful to all of the teacher's and staff at our boys school. Thank you all for your daily patience and commitment to devoting your time to keeping young spirits engaged throughout the day!

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And the sweet letter she wrote to him...had me in tears!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sunshine break!

We have had days and days of non-stop rain. Pouring rain and tons of thunder and lightning and when we had a "sunshine break", we went hard.

Be still my heart...
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The B-man:
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Happy 21 months old Kiddo!

How in the world, is it even possible, that our baby boy is 21 months old today?? Jack is possibly the fastest and most coordinated little squirt I have ever seen. He is kind, loves to cuddle and loves to share. He is reckless and carefree, but is still gentle and has the sweetest soul. Is very adventurous and seems to have no fear, but is cautious around new people. He has finally gotten over his fear of men and will even give one a high five...hehehe. He as decided that doing somersaults off of the couch is a brilliant idea, as well as jumping from the couch to whatever other piece of furniture or person is around. He would prefer to do most things on his own and is turning into such a big helper. Sweet boy wakes up around 5:30a-6:00a every morning, but does not start calling for Mommy or Daddy until about 7:00am. Think he enjoys the peace and quiet :) He loves to repeat all words and is happiest when all 5 of our family members are in the same room.! Jack is still infatuated with fruit snacks and wants to sit in a big boy chair, instead of his booster seat, just like his big brothers. He can use his utensils like a pro, but still enjoys throwing his food on the floor and feeding Miller and Buckley. He loves our dogs, can climb up stairs without a hand or railing and love to dance and march and sing songs. We are constantly working on sharing and taking turns, undoubtedly spending lots of time in "time-out", when not being kind and reinforcing the ultimate importance of love. He can help get undressed and take off his shoes/socks and think it's the greatest thing on earth to be naked. He enjoys story time, bath time and loves to eat snacks. He enjoys kicking, rolling and throwing balls. He prefers to play and dance over watching TV any day, which makes this Momma happy! He talks ALL of the time. Never stops...especially in the car. He also enjoys bossing us ALL around and he kind of runs the show at the Harrell house!! Loves the water and has the most surprised and joyful expression after every time he goes under. He still wakes up in the best moods. Jack is quite the observer, taking it all in and studying everybody's emotions, reacting to them accordingly. He is understanding right from wrong and testing those theories on Mommy and Daddy on a consistent basis. He loves to wear ball caps and could dance til the cows come home. He is spunky, full of life and always on the go...our little JackJack, Jackie, Jickers...we love you!

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Blogging Funk

I just haven't felt in the blogging mood as of recently...haven't really felt like being behind the camera lens either. So I didn't blog or take many pics over the past 1-2 weeks! But, here I am...back at it. I have gone back numerous times, starting in the beginning of my very first blog entry, on October 6, 2008...when the boys were just a teenie, tiny 7 weeks old!! I am forever thankful that I have remained diligent to our little family blog, because it has recorded so many memories that I have already forgotten. The sweet, tender, day-to-day moments that pass quickly...I will have them to cherish for forever!

So, without further ado, we (I) am back!

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply... -Jane Austen
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How incredibly special that they will always have each other~

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fort Morgan!!

Another Saturday adventure! Headed to Fort Morgan, AL...right at the tip of Gulf Shores,. It was freezing, the wind was blowing, but, at least the sun was shining! I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Brody practicing!

The B-man in action with Mrs. Monica and Mrs. Cristy! Oh how I love their little school!!!!! (He was writing his "d" ,in Brody, backwards, so he was practicing writing it correctly!)

Happy Valentine's Day 2013!

Cards for them to open at school!
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Crazy Boys!
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Sweet boys...
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My boys, all on sugar highs! xoxo
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We are incredibly blessed! Happy Valentine's Day, from our little family to yours :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Making their cards!

Getting our Valentine cards ready for our friends! This year was the first, where they signed all of their own cards and wrote out all of their friends names (well, I wrote them in yellow marker and they traced them). They even stuffed em' with lolli pops, taped them shut and were so proud of their big boy skills...We did find out half way through this particular project, they work better separated, one with Mom and one with Dad. They have even told us, more than once, that they want to be in DIFFERENT kindergarten classes, if given the opportunity. Bittersweet...
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We made Jack's cards for his friends and here are the cards that B and W are passing out! We even made little tin bucket gifts for their teachers :)
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Headed back to Morrison Springs...things were extremely different this year, compared to last!

Feb 2012:
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Feb 2013:
I swear to you, we are the world's LOUDEST family. Ever. Seriously, when we are in a location, people just stare. It is like a competition. We are all trying to talk over each other. Things were no different at the Springs last Saturday!
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We continued our loudness throughout our entire neighborhood, on our nightly walk/stroll/ride...take your pick...
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Seriously, is anyone else's family as loud as we are?
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Practicing our soccer skills, as Brody and Wade start soccer this Spring!
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All is well that ends well friends :)
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