Thursday, December 29, 2011

She's Here!!

Our precious blessing, Emerson Claire, arrived from Heaven on Tuesday 12/27 at 8:08 am weighing 7 lbs 11 oz and measuring 19 3/4 in long! She is so sweet and precious and we are ALL in love with her!! More pics to come soon but just wanted to announce her formal debut!




















We are so blessed!!!! Love my baby girls!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tomorrow is Baby Day!

I cannot believe that as I sit here and type this tonight that tomorrow is finally the big day! This pregnancy has seemed to fly by much faster than Addie's in some ways, but in other ways it feels like I have been pregnant forever! I am so incredibly excited about tomorrow and I am not sure how I will ever sleep tonight. I have to get up in exactly 5 hours (4 am) to get ready and be at the hospital by 5:30 am. I have been so nervous all day and all evening! I am not nervous about the surgery, but more about how BIG of a day it is. I often say that the day I had Addie is the best day of my life. I just can't believe we get to do all of this again! I feel so incredibly blessed to be having this sweet baby tomorrow and just cannot wait to see her sweet face. Someone once told me that there is just something about telling your first born child good bye to go have your second. Oh goodness how true that statement is. Telling Addie goodnight tonight was so incredibly emotional. I can't wait for her to meet her baby sister. I have been praying for a long time that God would prepare her heart for all that is to come in the days, weeks, months ahead, but also for the rest of her life. Emmie will always be her little sister, and will look up to Addie. I THINK I have everything packed that we need, I have everything ready at home for our return, Addie is all set for the week, her BIG SIS shirt is pressed and ready to go, and Brandon and I are ready. So here we go! We would love, love, love your prayers for our family tomorrow morning and in the days ahead as we prepare for a great big change! And also just for a smooth delivery! I guess I had better stop rambling and get to sleep!

Love to all,
Michelle :-)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Harmon Family Christmas Eve!

We had a lovely, relaxing Christmas Eve day and evening in our home!  I just love this time of year so much!  We spent the day around the house and then got ready for Christmas Eve service at church early this evening. 

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Carol’s sweet Aunt Penney sent Addie this special Christmas dress…

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Then we went to P.F. Chang’s for a nice dinner!  It was such a treat!  Addie loved her noodles :) and was so excited to eat her chicken with chopsticks!

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Then we came home and decorated cookies for Santa.  She had a blast! We used a special Christmas china plate that belongs to a set that was my Grammie’s.  My Dad and Julie saved these plates for me because they knew I love things like this!  It was fun to use them for our Santa cookies tonight! I bet she was smiling down on us!

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She was so proud of her cookies and milk for Santa.  She even said, “Decorating cookies was fun Mommy and Daddy!!”

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Thank you Hicare and Uncle Micah for the adorable Christmas jammies!!

Then we tucked her in bed and listened to the audio version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas read by Cece and Grandpa! 

We are excited to see what Santa brings tonight!  I think she’s going to be really excited!! She is so much fun! We feel so blessed that she is ours. 

Just to reminisce a little, it’s crazy to look back to  just a year ago on Christmas Eve…

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And even crazier to look at Christmas Eve TWO years ago!

Oh I could JUST SQUEEZE her! 

 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us…and we beheld his GLORY…” John 1:14

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Last Week as a Family of Three!

We have had such a fun week with Brandon off work!  We have tried really hard to do some fun things with Addie since we know next week her world is going to be turned upside down!  It has been so nice to just play with Addie and enjoy her.

 

Some of our fun has been….

 

Playing with gifts from sweet friends like this matching alphabet set from the Cannons…

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Playing with playdough from Sharon and Hillary….

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Listening to REAL Christmas carolers on our porch!!

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Making rice krispie houses (instead of gingerbread houses)

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Eating more icing and sprinkles than we put on the houses…. ha ha

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Enjoying some Christmas shows….

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Playing in the Toy Wonderland at Neiman Marcus Dallas…

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Looking at the window displays in downtown Dallas….

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Having a fun dinner with good friends….

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Organizing and checking things off our lists…

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Eating yummy treats….

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Park time!

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And looking at Christmas Lights in Deerfield!

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I have also loved reading to Addie a lot this week, especially her “I’m a Big Sister” Book!  So much to look forward to, but so much change too!  I’m ready!  :) Let’s do this!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

First Haircut, School Christmas Party, & A Surprise Shower!

 

Well, we took the plunge! We cut my baby girl’s hair for the first time!  It was getting really long, and unfortunately the ends were all baby hair, so they were scraggly and a little hard to comb through.  We took her to a cute little kids’ haircut place locally called Sharkey’s and she got to sit in a hot pink Barbie jeep while her hair was cut.  At first she was not too happy about it all (as you can see in the pictures) but after a few minutes she calmed down and realized that this could be fun!

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Before the cutting began….

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After her haircut the lady took her to a special room to have her nails painted. She chose purple for one hand and blue for the other.  Then they did some glitter art on her face.  She thought she was something else!

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Checking out her new “do” and face art in the mirror…

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It didn’t take her long to find the microphone and bust out a little song!

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Before we left we took some pictures out front of her with her new haircut.  She was really excited.  We cut about 3.5 inches off!!

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Modeling the back….

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On Thursday we had her Christmas Party at preschool.  It is always so fun for me to see her in that element.  She was precious and so happy to have me there! 
We started by making a craft together, it was a “Baby Jesus” in the form of a stuffed sock placed in a paper bag manger.  She loved making it, and we had fun together.

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So proud of her Baby Jesus.  This year we particularly love the way she says Mary is Jesus’ Mommy and JOFAS (her version of Joseph) is Jesus’ Daddy.

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Addie’s sweet friend Ben and his mommy Ms. Amy…Addie sure loves these guys!!

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Sweet, sweet Baby Briggs was having fun with Ben’s manger bag.  This little guy is the happiest baby you’ve ever seen!  Addie could eat him up!

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Showing Ms. Amy her Baby Jesus…

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Praying Hands before snacks….

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We did this neat activity where they placed their ornament picture of themselves on the baby Jesus as a symbol of “giving themselves to Him.”  Addie was first and was so excited to go up in front of everyone and put her ornament on the manger.  She put it SMACK on top of his face, which we all laughed at.  If you look at the manger behind her you can see her ornament over his eyes, mouth and nose.  I guess Baby Jesus doesn’t need to see, because Addie is all up in his business!  It made me giggle, but she was so proud, that it just melted my heart.

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Finally, on Thursday afternoon Brandon’s boss called an important meeting and he didn’t know what it was about.  He showed up to a conference room and they had put together a surprise shower for him!  They had gifts and cupcakes and drinks!  He was so surprised!  He actually sat and opened all the gifts in front of them all and even wrote his own thank you notes that night to pass out the following day!  It was such a sweet surprise!  The guy in the striped polo got him a container of baby powder called “Baby’s Anti Monkey Butt.”  But the funny part?  He crossed out Baby’s on the package and replaced it with Brandon’s.  So he got a container of “Brandon’s anti monkey butt.”  HILARIOUS! We are so grateful to his coworkers for stocking our diapers and wipes stash for baby Emerson!  Here is the ONE picture I got from the shower.  He is is such a cutie!

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