Harmon's Haven

Meet amazing dad Robbie, mother-in-training Jesika, 7 year old best big sister Bree, 5 year old boy in every way Gabe, 3 year old who thinks he's 10 years old who makes us all laugh McKay,
and 9 month old sweetest Quinn Marie...the Harmon Family!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~My January Babies~

Sunshine to all she meets.
January 23rd, 4 years old now...
My little girl is not so little any more!
She is a kind friend, and a loving big sister.
She loves dolls, barbies, dance class, and dress up.
She loves to run fast, can ride her bike without training wheels, jump off of tall things, and wrestle with her brother.
She loves to paint, do play-dough, and sketches everyone and anything.
She knows and can write all her letters, and is starting to sound out words.
She sings like an angel, dances all around the house, and loves to help mom cook.
Her favorite movie is Cinderella.
Her fruit of choice is watermelon...but when it's not in season she loves strawberries and oranges.
Her vegetable of choice is cucumber...and loves when they are cut long and calls them, cucumber popsicles.
If she could pick any snack (besides candy) she would choose frozen go-gurts.
She enjoys testing her limits, and has quite a strong, independent personality.
Bree is the biggest helper around the house! Always willing to run and get me anything I need.
She loves Primary and loves helping daddy read the Book of Mormon each morning.
She says the sweetest prayers, and I think has more faith than anyone in our family.
I am so blessed to have such a sweet daughter! Happy Birthday Bree!

My little angel boy GABRIEL ROBERT
January 26th, I can't believe he is already 2.
He is rough and tough and can hold his own wrestling his sister.
He love balls and horses and trucks.
But he'll play dolls with his sister too :)
He is getting so good at riding his little green bike, and runs everywhere he goes!
He loves to eat...loves to eat...
He is saying more words every day, but my favorite is when he is hiding and pops out of his hiding spot and says, "Here me are!"
He knows most all of his colors, and his shapes...and pretty much every animal! 
He loves Nursery and is the first to run and kneel down for family prayer when we call.
His fruit of choice is bananas or blueberries (he would eat them all day if I would let him!).
His vegetable of choice is avacado or edamame. And he can down a V8 in ten seconds flat.
If he could pick any snack (besides fruit snacks...and popsicles) he would choose go-gurts.
His favorite Christmas present (besides his bike) was the car vitamins in his stocking...he carried them around everywhere for a month! Even wanted to sleep with them!
His favorite movie is Toy Story.
He just moved to a "big boy bed" and loves it, so long as his four horses are along side of him when he sleeps.
He tries to do everything his sisters does, and says, "No me do" if you try and help him with anything else.
Happy Birthday my sweet boy!
Oh what a joy! I am so blessed to have such wonderful children. It really is so fun having Bree and Gabe's birthday's so close. They both get so excited for each other and it makes both celebrations even more fun! AND, then we get to have parties for what seems like all week! I love my children and feel more blessed every day to be a mom...and not just a mom, but their mom. I just want to take advantage of this time because I know it will pass so quickly. And to think we'll have another sweet child join our family in just another month or so!
I love this life of mine.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2010 Wrap Up

Yes, I've been out of the blogging world for a few months, but all for good reasons :) Life is so good!! But has been so busy! Here are some of the highlights from the end of our 2010:
Uncle Kurt's Return from the Helsinki Finland Mission! We were so happy we got to be there to watch him step off the airplane :) He looked so great and though he has an added sense of maturity and growth, he still has his wonderful sense of humor! My sister Lizzy and her husband Dave who live in CT couldn't be there, so we had them on Skype :) Bree had been so excited all day, and had been telling Gabe how much he was going to love Uncle Kurt. Even though she was barely 2 yrs. old when he left, she acted like she remembered him perfectly. She was so diligent about praying for him daily and could not stop talking about him all day. His plane didn't come in until 11 PM, and as soon as she saw him she got a little nervous, and went and hid under the benches! But it didn't take long before she and Kurt were best friends again! Gabe warmed up in no time as well...and as Bree said in her prayers just this week, "We are so grateful Kurt is home!"
NOVEMBER FUN! Our little Bree bird has had a busy Fall! She is LOVING pre-school (and all the fun things they get to make), hiking with daddy is a new favorite, she joined a soccer team and for the most part had a great time (though she is by far the fastest on her team, hopefully the connection between "running fast" and "kicking the ball" will come! I didn't think I would get so into it while watching her! Had to remind myself constantly, "...she's only three years old...she's only three..."), and of course, Bree loves dance :) She is a natural and did such a great job in the Christmas concert! Gabe of course is her biggest fan through it all! He LOVED the soccer games and never stopped cheering, "Ra ra ra ra ra, gooooo Bree!" And you would have thought Bree was the star of her dance class with how excited Gabe was watching! All smiles the whole time :) Such a proud brother!
~THANKSGIVING in UTAH~ Snow snow snow! Oh Bree and Gabe loved the snow...not to mention Robbie was in heaven as well. He loves to plow the driveway! (And yes, Gabe is in a pink snow suit...but we can't be too picky when we don't have any snow stuff!) The kids loved the carriage ride, the Christmas lights, and Thanksgiving at the ranch was awesome! (Unfortunately we didn't get many pictures there.) AND we got to spend a little time at Opa Rollie and Oma Phyllis's! I love my sweet grandparents and love that any time we are there our time is filled with music of some sort. Bree and Gabe love them! But of course the best part of being in Utah is cousins! Gabe couldn't get enough of baby Summer (sometimes we'd have to break him away from holding on to her!), and Bree and Grace were by each other's sides most of the time, laughing and running non-stop. So fun! Thank you Grammy and Grandpa for such fun!
~CHRISTMAS~ Then in no time at all we were back in Utah for a Christmas we have been waiting for...the first time the Henderson family has been together in EIGHT years!! Each of our missions have overlapped...I went to Hungary starting in 2003, Michael left for the West Indies in 2004, Lizzy left for Croatia in 2005, and then Taylor left for Russia in 2006 (then Lizzy came home and at least there was only one missionary out at a time, not two!), and then Kurt barely missed Taylor as he left for Finland the end of 2008. So this Christmas was a gift for our sweet mother...all of her children home at last! It was such a blessing to have that missionary spirit in our home though, and we all made such amazing memories, learned so much, and are each SO grateful we had the opportunity to serve! But oh Christmas was such a blast! My mom had the most delicious meals planned (and each of the girls got to plan a breakfast...nice work ladies! They were all delish!) We did a fun service project, played outside, the boys played golf (it wouldn't be a trip to St. George without a round of golf!), and we even had a mad game of Around the World ping pong (I even won a round!). The only damper perhaps was our fault...Bree and Gabe had the flu the weekend before we got there, and the Robbie came down with it the day before...we offered not to come, but Grandma Carrie said no way! Alas, after an amazing German meal on Christmas Eve, Kurt, Taylor, Michael, Rachel and Lizzy all woke up in the night with some variation of the flu...needless to say opening presents wasn't quite the same with half the family passed out on the ground! Oh I felt SO bad! Fortunately by the end of the day everyone was feeling much better, and we still had a fun filled three days afterwards :) A Christmas to Remember, that's for sure! Thank you mom and dad for such an amazing time! I LOVE YOU FAMILY!
All in all our 2010 ended with a bang. What a wonderful year!