Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"These are Beautiful..."

Micah may look like his mother, but other then that he is Matt to a T! Case in point... this morning Micah and I got up even earlier then the Crocodile (see 5 posts down). We actually got up at 5:15 (yes folks that is AM) to take Matt to school so that Micah and I could have the car to do a ton of errands today. (don't worry he took a 3 1/2 hour nap later) Fall happens to be the rainy season here and Matt could not have ridden his motorcycle to work. So anyway we got Micah out of bed put him in his rain boots with jammies and set off for daddy's work. (by the way..funny side note...Micah wants me to call Matt daddy and he calls him Matt. He likes the reversal!) Anyway, we get to school and have breakfest with Daddy Matt and watch an episode of Flipper (see one post down). Then Micah and I set off to do our errands at 7:30. We first went to Walmart to kill some time and then we went to the crafts store to get a few things for the wedding flowers that I am doing this weekend. While we were walking down the isle looking at "harvest" decorations aka Halloween stuff, Micah looks at me panic striken and says. "Mommy, I have to go poopy!" So I start running to the back of the store saying, "Come on buddy, quick quick hurry hurry." Only to look behind my pregnant self and see Micah 5 rows back, stopped and gazing at something. "Mommy, come look at these houses. They are BEAUTIFUL!" "Micah, hurry" I yell in the fabric store, "You said you have to go Poopy" He slowly starts to walk towards me, "but mommy they are beautiful, come and see." I tell him that once he has gone to the bathroom we will come right back here so that I too can see what he's in love with. We finish up in the bathroom and I tell him to take me to the beauty. He RUNS to these houses. I finally get to where he is and he is gazing at the cheapest little snow village houses I have ever seen in my life. "This is Beauty in the eye of my son?" I think to myself... But he is enamored by these things, JUST LIKE MATT! If it were up to my husband our house would have little hideously painted villages everywhere at Christmas. I have up until today, kept them out, but now I am not so sure I have a chance at winning this battle. Now that there are two of them against me. The funny thing is Micah has never even seen a Christmas village house or tree or fake snow until today, he never knew what they were, never knew how much his father loves them, nothing, nada, no clue and yet somehow things that I never thought could be embedded in DNA, are. How does this happen? It is remarkable to me! His love of these houses, the way he sticks his tounge out when he is thinking like Matt's mom and yes Micah even has his mother's clumsyness. Thanks for pointing that out Matt... Qualities, traits, even preferences never spoken are these things inherited? Whatever the case, in THIS area he is Matt to a T!

They call him Flipper...Lounge Singer Style

So the funny thing about this is Micah picked this up at the library yesterday and could not be talked out of getting it. I tried to convince him it was old, dated, totally sexist, but my stubborn little man would hear nothing of it and simply looked at me saying, "No mommy, I want the dolphin movie...what's his name?" "Flipper honey" "Yeah, I want to go home and watch Flipper, he swims under water. He doesn't have teeth that will bite me like a shark. He's a dolphin." So I bring the movie home thinking he will forget all about it. No he loves this show. Hopefully he won't catch on to too much of it because man is it ever politcally WRONG! Hahaha! Enjoy the theme song. I had to print out the lyrics tonight from Goggle so that he and Matt could sing it together while Micah was in the bathtub. Where do they get these ideas from?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Roundy Moundy

For those of you wondering what I am looking like at 35 weeks....

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Amazing Waffles

Need a breakfest idea.... well since I have been up since the "crocodile" today (see 3 posts down) I made waffles for micah and I this morning. (can you tell I am pregnant?) Matt has a "swim race" this morning and I woke up HUNGRY! So, I stumbled on this recipe from a magazine and thought to myself "Wow, I have got to try these!"
Michael White's Whole-Wheat Peanut Butter Waffles
(from Cookie magazine)
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups milk
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
cooking spray or melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1. Preheat waffle iron before getting started.
2. In a bowl combine all of the dry ingredents and stir with a wire wisk
3. In another bowl combine oil and peanut butter, mix well. Then add milk and beaten eggs. Stir until combined.
4. Add wet to dry and stir quickly but don't over mix. May be some lumps and will probably look thick. MY NOTE: Once the batter has started to get foamy don't mix it more...that causes the baking powder to deflate and then your waffles won't be as puffy. And whatever you do don't add more milk to thin it out...big mistake!
5. Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook until brown and crispy.
I served them with butter, syrup and cut up bananas. Then ate the two together! oh man....I wanted to eat all of them, but quit after a half a waffle. Try them...I have never shared a recipe before and these were AWESOME!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Harrison Halloween 1929

Dear Matt, Lydia and Micah,

This picture was taken in 1929 (during the great depression). I was 5 years of age. My dad came home and my mother was crying. He asked the reason for her crying. She said we have only $1.00 left to live on. Dad said, there is a Halloween dance up town. The admission is $1.00 let's dress up and go dancing. My mother put together these costumes and they went to the dance. They won 1st prize for the best costumes of $5.00.

Matt note the purse my mother has in front of her (a hot water bottle). Every good scot has a purse in front. Note the piece of black tape she has on her tooth (to look as though she was missing one).

I thought you would enjoy your Great Grandparents dressing up for Halloween.

Love, Grandpa Harrison

I don't know about you, but I think that this is a beautiful story! They are on their last dollar and he says lets go dancing. ??? I wish that I could respond to our money woes with such a calming demeanor.

I have been wanting to post something about Matt for awhile now, but didn't want to write about his school, or work, or coaching swim team.... all of the busy-ness that he is experiencing right now. I have wanted to write something ABOUT him. Who he is as a person. A window into my love. This letter coming in the mail yesterday has given me just that. Matt loves Halloween. As evidenced by this picture from 1929, it seems to be firmly embedded in his very genes. I don't really understand some of the things about my husband, but one thing I do get very clearly. He ADORES his holidays. I love that about him. He makes them special and fun and that is something that our children will cherish for the rest of their lives. Never will a holiday go by without decorations or excitment. He has not been able to put this picture down since it came in the mail yesterday. I think he even took it to school with him today. It has given him something....hope? a sense of groundness? belonging? I'm not sure what, but it brings a smile to his face every time he looks at it and thats enough for me.

A Funny Picture Just Found

I found this picture of Micah....Matt had it stored on the cell phone. This is from a night when I was gone somewhere, can you tell? Matt thought it would be hilarious to draw a beard like Daddy's on Micah's face! (yes it is with markers!) Dads and Moms are so different, aren't we... though you know if it wasn't for our differences i guess we wouldn't have this hilarious picture. The good Lord help us when we have multiple children running around the house with drawn on facial hair. This kind of thing reminds me to relax....

Mornings and Conversations

yesterday morning micah and i had a conversation and it went like this....

micah - "mommy i got up at the crocodile today!"

me- (confused) "what?"

micah - "i got up at the c r o c o d i l e today!" (getting frustrated)

me - (still lost) "the crocodile? honey what are you talking about?"

micah - "you told daddy, i got up at the crocodile today."

me - (sudden understanding) "oh! mommy said the crack of dawn. you woke up at the crack of dawn, buddy."

micah - "yeah, mommy, the crocodile."

me - "yes, honey the crocodile." (sigh, why fight it?)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ahem.... Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Ladies and Gentlemen!
A Harrison Announcement!
A name has been choosen for baby mystery....
According to the Royal Sir Micah Pea the baby's name shall hence forth be known as




let the records show that on Sept. 12, 2008 a name was choosen.
We dub thee...

Sir Micah Pea and his royal scary teeth.