Friday, January 23, 2015

Max Joseph Harris 4 1/2 years old.


Here is an update on my sweet Max...

Max is 4 1/2 years old. He is going to preschool 3 times a week for half days and LOVES it! He has lots of friends, loves to play, is learning his letters, and learning to write. He has come a long way from a boy who never wanted to be away from me, to confidently leaving every morning to go to school! He always says "Bye mom" and walks right out the door. I'm so proud!

He is in CTR-4 at church and loves going to primary. He loves his friends at church and has become quite the singer. He loves to sing the primary songs, I can often here him through out the house singing "Follow the Prophet" It is his favorite. One day he was asking his grandma who the last prophet was...she said President Monson, and Max quickly said he is the winner because he's the last one! He then demanded that he needed his own verse in the song and they made one up together. He did SO good in his first primary program, was so clean and confident over the pulpit, and has said 2 talks in primary. He is also becoming very good at saying prayers.

Max LOVES to play outside. He loves to run around at the park, climb trees, and rocks. I can often find him outside in our backyard climbing on the rocks (noah right behind him) playing some sort of make believe game. He has such a great imagination! He goes on hikes with my mom out into the area we live in there is lots of different trees and places for them to explore. They have a tree they call the bucking bronco that he likes to hike to.

He is WAY into ninjas, fighting, and swords. Most days he is never not holding some sort of weapon. He loves to stick swords down the back of his shirt, often when we go places like the grocery store. He is all about ninjas and likes to play with Noah ninja games. During christmas I got him new santa jammies, and the second he put them on he came down stairs and declared he was a Santa Ninja! To say we have a big arsenal of weapons is an understatement.

He is a good big brother. He is very protective of Noah and Scout. He loves to give scout kisses, and rubs her little head. He gets super protective of Noah. The other day Noah said a bad word so I put soap in his mouth, Max was so worried and was screaming and crying for me not to do it to Noah. It's kinda a crack up how emotional he gets when Noah gets into trouble.

Max also LOVES LOVES legos!! This boy will do anything for a lego. At first he loved the ninjago lego mini figures because they were ninjas but now it's anything lego. He loves to sit and play for hours with them. He will make little guys, and give them all sorts of weapons and play so well. It is the best during nap time in the late afternoon when the 2 babies are sleeping Max will sit in the playroom and dig around the legos making things and coming to show me them!! He makes all sorts of story lines, and names for them, he is getting more creative as the months go by.

We still are trying to learn to be a better sharer as well as not interrupting mom so much. Max can be a bit demanding when he says MOM MOM MOM over and over while Im busy doing something else. He wants constant attention when he is trying to tell you something, and sometimes gets really emotional if your not looking directly at him, that can be hard while trying to take care of other kids, make dinner, or clean. We are working on that and obeying quickly. He is still very particular about is food and still needs everything individually spaces so nothing touches. He has mellowed a bit when it comes to walking on grass, wood or sand barefoot but is still particular about things he wears or how it feels on him. He likes things a very certain way and I am usually happy to oblige or already prepared for him but sometimes it does drive me nuts!

For example: Max loves pizza from costco but he doesn't like pepperoni but he doesn't want just cheese pizza he wants pepperoni pizza and then for me to take off all the pepperonis and cut it all up! You'd think I could just sneak getting him a cheese and cut it up before he saw, but NOPE he wants to check I got the right one before I cut it up!! I've learned to roll with it. Also one day Larry bought him a churro then broke it in half to give to Noah...I had warned him Max wouldn't like it but Larry said he wouldn't know the difference, wrong! Max saw the churro said it was broke then began to cry uncontrollably. There is no tricking him!!

Max is so smart, and knows all his letters and sounds. We are working on trying to know them instantly so that he can start to sound out words. Our goal is to get him starting to read by the summer whee he turns 5! He is looking forward to going to pre-k 5 days a week in the fall!!

One other thing about Max is that he is a really good swimmer. Over the summer he started to swim really well with his puddle jumpers. Once he felt confident in the water and started to even put his head under, which he use to never do, he finally decided to learn how to swim! That boy caught on so quickly, every day he got better and better. Now he can swim all over the pool, jumps in, and even does flips! It's amazing to see how he is hitting all these developmental milestones.

I love being Max's mom. He has taught me so much over these last years. I never know the bond or love that you could have to someone before I had him. He is amazing. I love being able to hug him, give him kisses, take care of him, feed him, and hear everything he wants to say to me. I can't wait to see how he grows up even though it kills me to see it. He is full of energy, and has such a bright spirit!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A simple January Day

Today was really a simple day. The boys were up by 5:30 am which really isn't normal but happens enough not to be too surprised. They played in the playroom while I tried to sleep until, larrys alarm when off at 6:30. Max went off to preschool and I put scout down for a nap. Noah and I played around, cleaned up, made beds, and watched some shows till it was time to get max. Noah fell asleep in the car ride to get max and took a nice long afternoon nap. AJ and oliver, the boys cousins came over to play for a few hours. Scout woke up and played along with them. She's learning to sit up which is so awesome she loves to sit and watch the world around her. I made dinner and grandpa set the table like he does every night. I got max ready for bed and my mom took Noah on an errand which always helps because he goes to bed later due to his nap. I had scout play on the floor in grandpa Drapers room while I lay with max. He loves someone to lay by him while he falls alsleep. Some nights I don't mind laying there listening to him tell me about crazy things but sometimes I feel rushed and uptight and so ready for him to go to bed, tonight it was calm and he slowly drifted away. He is so sweet. I then was able to get scout to sleep, she is so good and only cries for a few minutes then I hear her soft heavy breathing and she is out. She is such a blessing in my life. Noah came home and played around for another hour running around naked soaking up being the only one awake.noh man that boy is something else, how I love him fearsly but also can be steaming mad at him. He lay on my bed while I got him into his Jammies. I hope all my kids always feel safe and comfortable coming and laying on my bed. I took him into his room where he sleeps with max on the bottom bunk bed. Those two curled up together in bed is a sight to see. I laid on the foot of the bed while Noah told me he loved me over and over he always does that as he is drifting away. I laid there thinking about how I need to come write down this day and saying a sweet prayer, thanking my Heavenly Father for these sweet children. I want to remember this simple day and how at the end of it I felt so much love for my kids and so grateful to be a mom. I don't want to forget these days when I know that this is what I am suppose to be doing, because there are dark days where all I want to do is go hide in the bathroom for 2 seconds of peace and quite. There are days when just getting up and keeping my kids alive is a true effort and on those days I need to remember this simple day in January to keep me going and keep me continuing to do better.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Harris Family Goals 2015

This year I am making a BIG push to better document our family. I feel so bad these last 18 months or so are not as fully documented as I had wished. I am going to get back at it and make it a priority!! We had an FHE 2 weeks back or so about GOALS!! We are trying hard to establish that early on in our kids lives. I think having short-term and long-term goals helps you keep prospective of whats really important and helps you grow and learn things as a person.

So here is our family and some individual goals for the year!!

  • Weekly FHE! 
  • Nightly family prayer, kneeling down together. 
  • Better at sharing toys. 
  • Max learn to read, more reverent during prayers, and riding a bike without training wheels. 
  • Noah get potty trained!! Start learning ABC's and not destroying things as much!! 
  • OBEY quickly. 
  • Larry take and pass California BAR! 
  • AnnMarie better documenting, practice more patience, and letting go of a perfectly clean home! 
  • At least ONE family vacation! 
  • Scout start sleeping thru the night, learn to sit up, crawl, and eat more solids. 
  • Show more Kindness. 
  • Attend the temple monthly (Larry & AM) 
  • Forgive faster. 
  • Clean up your own messes, especially toys. 

One other thing I have been doing is keeping a written journal for each one of the kids. I write in it every few days about what they are doing individual, and let them know how much I love them, and how hard I am trying to be the best mom I can be to them. I hope years from now they know I tried so hard to give them the best life. I hope they know how loved they are by their mom and dad and that I want to remember everything because it does go to to fast, it's hard to imagine them growing up but I know that just these last few years have flown by and I need to soak it all up, and write and type as fast as I can!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Well here I am again, another year has flown by and it has not been documented on this sad neglected blog. I really wish I could get back to this daily writing or anything but it is SO HARD to find 10 minutes of my day to sit BUT I am going to try SO SO hard this new year 2015!! This last year was really really busy and I did take lots of pictures so there is that but I wish I could have written down more. My boys are growing up so fast it hurts to see really how fast this who motherhood gig is flying by.

Anyway here are some highlights from 2014

  • Max graduated form nursery and became a Sunbeam!! 
  • In February we found out we were having a little GIRL!! 
  • Noah turned 2 and we have the cutest minnie and Mickey mouse party with his BFF Cambria woods who was born 2 days after him. It rained all day which was a damper on the party but the decor was so cute and we had a lot of fun. Later that night we threw a Retirement party for my moms friend. 
  • Did MAJOR renovations on the Castle Craigs House including new paint, carpet, and a kitchen redo. It was crazy town for awhile and I thought I'd die with all the renovations, being pregnant, and taking care of 2 very very active boys. 
  • In May we MOVED!! My parents bought a huge house and we moved with them and my grandpa moved in with us as well! It is a 4 generation house hold and it is so amazing. 
  • Larry and I spent many late nights at the new house painting the kids rooms getting them ready for the big move.
  • The move nearly killed us all!! 
  • Max turned 4 in June. We had a fun Dinosaur themed b-day party at a local splash pad. We had a huge blow up dinosaur and awesome decorations everywhere and a dino piƱata (max request) His cousins came and a few friends from church. 
  • Max learned how to swim without his floaties and can jump, dive, and even flip into the pool. He went from not wanting to put his head under water to full on swimming all over the pool. This was the highlight of the summer to see how quickly he learned something and conquered his fear. We would hit the pool for hours and hours and he just loved to swim. It was really nice being pregnant and hot. I'd sit in the middle of the pool and the kids would just swim all around me. 
  • Noah learned to swim around with his floaties and enjoyed playing in the water with Max. I loved it because they would crash at night!! 
  • Noah learned to talk really well this year and is almost the same size as Max! He is into EVERYTHING!! We call him the devil child. He has broken out of nursery at church, made it across and down the street from out house, learned to climb out of his crib, and gotten lost more times then I can count. He is a handful of a child, but is so cute it is hard to stay mad at him very long! 
  • We welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Scout into our family on July 7th. She came quickly and was and is a sweet little girl! (will document more on her soon) 
  • Max and Noah began sharing a bedroom, Max can finally sleep through Noah who will wake up in the middle of the night a lot and talk and sing in his crib then go back to sleep. 
  • Larry started his FINAL year of law school. After working full time and going to school at night we are all ready for him to be done! 
  • We celebrated 7 years of marriage by forgetting and letting the date pass us by until 2 days later we both realized what had happened! Sleep depravation at its best. 
  • Halloween was rainy and Noah went to bed and Max tick or treated at one house and was pretty happy with that!! 
  • Thanksgiving was busy day hanging out with the Martin and Harris cousins, and Larry and I did our annual shop till we drop all night long!
  • I continue to serve in the YW presidency at church and it keeps me pretty busy. 
  • Max started Preschool in September and has learned SO much and really enjoys going 3 days a week. He has learned to write his name and we are working on getting him reading and writing better! We decided to really force the writing in his right hand and it seems to be working well for him which was a relief because he really wasn't having a dominate hand in writing. 
  • Both boys had their first dental appointments and they were great and their teeth were even better, much to my relief! 
  • Max is really into ninjas, star wars, swords, and legos. He plays all day long and has a very vivid imagination. He can turn anything into a sword and lots to stick them down the back of his shirt. He came down stairs in christmas jammies and said "Look mom, I'm a christmas ninja" He loves lego guys and has a big collection he plays with. 
  • Noah says so many funny things. His latest thing is when he has to poop he goes into a corner and says "Don't look at me" He called Max...Maxie and Scout...Scoutie. He copies everything Max says and loves to take apart any toy that Max has built. He also has a deep rooted love for all things swords and always wants "THE CLAW" (my dad) to come chase them around the house. 
  • Max has really been talking about Jesus a lot (all those FHE & church house are paying off) He prays very well and loves to sing primary songs. 
  • Noah loves to read books and will sit for a good 30 minutes being read to. He loves grandma and when she will sit and read to him.
  • Larry and I enjoyed our date nights when we can get away we hit a movie and dinner a lot. Its nice to get breather away from kids. 
  • AnnMarie continues to spend too much money at Target! 
  • Larry took on a large project in our new garage making cabinets all around, he is almost done!! Him and my dad also redid our pantry to make it even more efficient.
  • I continue to try to do my monthly meal plans cooking for all these people! 
  • Scout is almost 6 months old and after a very very fussy first few months she has now become a chubby happy little baby! She can almost sit up, rolls around, and loves her jumper. She has only slept through the night once or twice and has NO teeth but is drooling tons and comps on everything. She has beautiful blue eyes and rolls that are so deep it's hard to keep them clean ;) She hates baths and her car seat. If she could nurse all day she would :) 
  • I survived a bad case of mastitis, but thought I'd die in the process. 
  • We continue to go to parks almost daily, and have really gotten into hiking around our new neighborhood. My mom takes the boys out each Sunday on hikes where the go and do fun adventurous things while I get my lessons prepared, get ready, or take nap. It's a great deal! Max and Noah are so blessed to have her to do those special things with.
  • December was a busy month full of lots of rain! It was fun to get a new house decorated and to put 2 trees up in the house. The boys really caught the spirit of it all. We didn't get to go as many places this year due to the rain but did get to spend lots of time with the Foell family and made candy houses with the Martin-Harris cousins. 
  • Max got a new green lightsaber for christmas and a Razor scooter he is getting good at! Noah got a wiggle wagon which he has been asking for, for awhile. 
  • 2014 was a busy and VERY blessed year!! 
I am exhausted by the demands of taking care of 3 little children, but have found my groove and feel like I can handle things a lot better then a few months ago. I couldn't do half the things I do without my moms help and feel SO blessed to have my parents with us. I also feel so blessed to have my grandpa living with us. It is unconventional but it really works well for our family and I wouldn't have it any other way. The new house has allowed us more space to spread out and has a neat backyard that the boys love to climb and play in. I look forward to 2015 being better at documenting it and see what happens to our little family. As the kids get bigger I feel anxiety about remembering it all. I don't want my time to just speed on a head leaving me forgetting so many funny, cute things they did. I want to remember how their little bodies felt when I hugged them or carried them around. I want to remember those slobbery kisses or the crazy things they said or asked or did! I want to remember finding them doing naughty things together or the image of them playing the the bath for so long their tiny feet get pruney. I want to always remember Noahs wild blonde hair or how fast he was at running away from me whenever he was doing something naughty or his deep laugh. Or Max screaming about his ears every time he got his hair cut or the particular way he likes to eat his food.I already forget so many things over the past few years like 2013 it's a blur :( I think its all the lost sleep which has caused me to loose brain cells...I'm sure it's that! Anyways I have many O' goals to set and to try to achieve this upcoming year. 

2015! I'm excited to see what happens, I'm nostalgic that another year has passed by. I'm beginning to feel old but maybe in a good I'm at Costco with my 3 kids filling up the cart full of food I'm buying to feed my kids, in my house, with money my husband made from his real grown up job?! Crazy real life stuff here people! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Introducing Baby #3...

Scout Elizabeth Harris 
Born July 7th, 2014
6 pounds 6 ounces 

I was dying to get her out of me, I was super uncomfortable and had hoped my dr. would induce me before July 4th, but she was out of town and so I had an appointed schedule for the following Tuesday hoping though she would come sooner. I was dilated to a 4 but once again no consistent contractions, so we went about our weekend celebrating the 4th, going boating and just waiting for her to arrive. Monday around 3 am or so I woke up to go to the bathroom and thought maybe I was leaking some fluid but nothing to big I went back to bed and in the morning took the kids to the park with my mom. I was walking around the park while the boys played trying to get my contractions going. I still thought maybe I was leaking fluid and decided maybe I'd go up to the hospital to get checked knowing if I was they'd let me stay. Before that though we took the boys to get lunch at Mcdonalds and as I was getting out of the car and unbuckling Noah from his carseat I had one hard contraction and the water broke right here in the Mcdonalds parking lot. SO classy. Well I called Larry knowing I wanted to get up to the hospital ASAP incase she came quick. He came over and mom my took the boys in to play. We went right up to the hospital and got all checked in. I walked the halls for awhile until my dr. came in the talk to me. We decided to get some pitocin going and get me my epidural. Not more the 10 minutes after the pitocin was in I was reading to push, my epidural had been placed and as I lay back down I knew it was time to push, the pressure with her was crazy and I couldn't wait for the dr. I sat up and said sorry I gotta push. Everyone knew I would be fast but it was still so funny how quick it goes. I pushed her out in 3 contractions and man it felt good to get her out! She was screaming from the get go! She was beautiful all pink and tiny. Giving birth is the highlight for me, I love to do it, I'd do it over and over if I could. It's so special and it's always so amazing to me what my body can do! Larry and I ordered pizza and settled in for the night holding that sweet little bundle. Words can't express how in love I am with her. 

Scout is a beautiful baby, she is very fussy and has a hard time settling down. She LOVES to nurse and latched on quickly and would do it 24/7 if possible. Her brothers love her and love to come check on her and hold her. Noah calls her baby scout, like its her full name. I love that they are all so close in age, its nuts but seeing the family we have creating is pretty amazing. 
Welcome to the family baby girl!! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dear 2013,

I am sitting here 3 weeks into January 2014 and feeling immensely guilty on my lack of documentation for almost the entire year of 2013. I dropped the ball. 2013 was a good year full of lots of firsts, that I being the horrible mom I am did not sit down and write about. I am repenting of that now. Not that anyone is reading this but when I am dead I can rest in piece that I documented this little families life, and I can sleep at night knowing that I am trying my best at journaling.

So 2013 sorry I will go finish the last 9 months and document highlights of the months. Sorry for the neglect and hate...

To 2014, I AM BACK! One of my many new years resolutions is to get back into blogging. It's for my future so when I look back 20 years from now I can know how CRAZY it is to raise kids, be a mom, be a wife, have an intense church calling, clean, cook, entertain, be a good friend....the list goes on and on but I can remember I did it and I survived and I love almost every minute of it.

So dear readers get excited because the Harris family is alive and well and growing! Get ready for real life moments and real mothering moments, because you guys know me I don't sugar coat the craziness of my life. I like to keep it real because there is no use reading a blog that makes you feel like your doing it all wrong, or that your life is not as glamours, adventures, or perfect as everyone else's. Heck I rarely spell check this baby ;)  That is one thing 2013 taught me. I'm okay with who I am, and I can handle a lot more then I thought.

2014 is going to be a great year, can't wait to document it, check back soon!