Sit back, relax & welcome to the Harrison world
Welcome to the daily happenings of the Harrison Family. It's crazy here, but we have a lot of fun. Mamma is clearly a little out numbered by the male species in the house, but it sure keeps things interesting. In our lives, you'll find lots of bugs, blocks, trucks, loud banging, clanging, running, hurdling off couches and beds, endless amounts of energy, no sleep, laughter from the belly, boo-boos, trips to the dr, walks to the park, did i mention no sleep? We hope you enjoy the ride as much as we do.
Anyway, after that the trip was good. The kids had a blast and as always begged us to live at the beach. They would make the best surfer boys... and I have to say... it WOULD be quite glorious.
To start, this year the 4th in TX was great.... probably about 10 degrees cooler than normal. We had a crazy busy day... 8:30 am parade, then Brian made two rounds to the KC pool taking first Brooks, then the big boys. Next, we went to my parents for some scrumptious backyard bbq'd ribs and finally, we wrapped up the night with an FC Dallas game and fireworks. I think I'm still recovering from that day.
The Fourth of July is a pretty good example of how our last year went. We did one thing after another with constant activity. It was a whirlwind. I'm sort of hoping it's a little bit more calm this year, but I can only imagine with 4 boys that won't be the case at all.
So... take a glimpse of what the past 12 months looked like ...I threw in just a few pics of each month to highlight some of the bigger things:) February took the cake though on special months. Brax was born and I fell in love again and it was beginning of his sleep stealing. (he's still stealing sleep , by the way.)
June also allowed us to have fun with one more sport.. Swimming! Brady and Breck both competed for the KC Sharks this year and loved it. I was pretty impressed with how far they came during the swim team season. Sad to see the season end...but, they'll definitely do it again next summer.
"UM, I'm sure..... no denying this one."
There was absolutely NO rush because I hadn't had any contractions and still wasn't. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to go to the hospital right then... but of course, everyone else thought I should. My Dad came over to hang out in the house with the other sleeping monkeys. We headed off to Presby without a single bit of pain or urgency. I walked myself right in there all calm and composed despite the nice wet pants that I couldn't get rid of.
I think my water broke at 10:30PM and my contractions didn't start until about 3:30 AM while walking the maternity floor. By 5:30, things were really rolling. I started hearing from the nurse "Well, it shouldn't be long now!" Not the case. My labor went on FOREVER for a fourth baby. It was like a cruel, cruel joke every time I heard "not much longer!" I chose not to get the epidural again just because I hate the after effects and I didn't want to risk the chance of it slowing labor down or worse yet...leading to other interventions and ending in a C section. Anyway, this labor was harder than my last despite I didn't even have back labor. It just NEVER went away and I hung out at the 9 mark for a good hour to and hour and a half. Let me tell you.... those are some LONG, HARD contractions to endure for that amount of time. Just ask my better half about his hand. I'm surprised I didn't cut off his circulation. Braxton decided that 11:45AM was the perfect time to arrive. What a moment... Nothing EVER compares to it. My littlest of littles was here.
The big brothers arrived adorably in their Big Bro shirts and were the hit of the hospital. They were SO very interested and excited about baby Braxton. They sanitized up and dove right in to check him out. Braxton is a lucky guy.
My sweet seesters and mom had a shower for me since this was the FOURTH baby and all:)
What a fun time we had at Celebration. Yummy food, and the best companions ,who would never tell me to "put down that buttery biscuit!" I wouldn't have listened if they had said that.
This was my second year to run the PreSchool Story Time with Santa, along with two other friends. I must admit, our Santa is fantastic... and the kids had a lot of fun.
The boys were ecstatic Christmas morning when they came down to see their air hockey table. They couldn't wait to get going on it.
Then, there was my Bday. Always rolls around too fast every year. I'm very large and in charge here with just two months left of pregnancy.
Brooks has been a strong brother/soccer supporter this year. I have a feeling, it won't be long before I see him in cleats and shin guards.
Last, but not least was Breck's drama. Monkey bars = staple to head
Brooks turned two on October 25 and we had a fun day at the park followed by a low key family celebration.
Halloween was fun. This year, we had a Dalmation, a Power Ranger, and a Fisherman. We did our usual routine by 'treating' on my parents street first and then going to the almighty Dartridge, Halloween street. I've never seen so much candy.
So, August was a big month for the Harrison Family. We got out our official announcement that I was pregnant again! Seriously SO exciting! I have always wanted four lunatics! I LOVED the picture my mom took and creatively came up with. The boys looks so cute!
August also meant the first day of Kindergarten for Brady at Wallace Elementary.
The 4th of July was fun... and HOT. We decorated our bikes and stroller and walked in the parade for the first time. If I remember correctly there was a little fighting over who got first and who got second for their bikes.. and there was some crying on the way to the parade, but other than that we were golden.