Wednesday, August 26, 2009

To Whitney, From Dad

My Dad wrote this and I thought I'd share it. Don't think I'm full of myself because I reposted it.

Dear Everyone (and Whitney):

In keeping with her own tradition, I wanted to give a "shout-out" to Whitney for her birthday. Since I am not in the blogging generation, I thought I would embarrass her by doing it on her own blog.

Many of you know and realize how sweet and giving Whitney is, but the amazing part is she has always been that way. Ever since she was a little girl, Whitney exuded kindness. She took tender care of big brothers and a little brother and sister. She was the ultimate peacemaker in the family and just went along. She had opinions and a strong will but disguised it behind a sweet disposition.

Whitney is so thoughtful and selfless. She reaches out to anyone and everyone with an open and accepting attitude. I have so many wonderful memories of her but one of my favorites is just walking to church with Whitney and holding her little hand in mine while she talked with me about her life, friends and fun.

I love my little Doll and am so proud of the woman she has become. I feel so blessed to have her in my life. I continually find her amazing.

I love you Whitney,

Thanks so much Dad! I love you too!

Life Around These Parts

Why am I so bad about updating my blog this year? Honestly. My bad. Here are the updates for the past couple weeks in the Harris family's life.

Lish went into work a couple weeks ago for his internship job. School was out and everyone was just preparing for the fall semester, so he didn't really have to go in, but he thought it'd be a good idea, just in case something came up. While he was there, a secretary came into his office and said, "I thought you weren't teaching this fall."

"I'm not. That's what I was told."

"Well, we have your name on the schedule for teaching the intro class again. You might want to go ask someone about it."

Long-ish story shortened, Lish was on the schedule to teach this fall, but he's in charge of working in the internship office as well. They told him that if he does teach, not only will he get paid extra for teaching, but he'd get some award money from another teaching award that he won. Had he not taught this semester, he would get paid what he initially expected, but he wouldn't have gotten the money from that award. So, he's teaching again for these fall and spring semesters, which means he got a raise. Yay!

With the raise and having thought about this for over a year, we went out and bought a new TV. We love it. It's a 42" plasma screen. It's beautiful.My birthday came and went. I'm in my mid-20's now. That's weird to me. Good, but weird. Lish woke up early and made me breakfast. I headed into work, and when I got home we went out to dinner with some friends. Lish made me dinner the next night and it was delicious. So it was kind of like a 2 day celebration. We didn't do too much, but I was so worn out from work, so I was okay with that.
My little sister moved up to college last week. It's so weird. She's growing up so fast, which means I'm growing up so fast. I thought time wasn't supposed to get away from you like this until you were in your 50's or 60's. Why does it seem to be happening already? Anyway, she seems to be loving it. She's living in the dorms with her best friend, and although she feels overwhelmed about school right now, I know she'll do great!
Back to Lish stuff. He's starting the application process for jobs. The job market is looking much better than it was last year, which is great! It's fun for us to think that we'll be moving on to the next stage of our lives soon. He isn't being picky about where he's applying because we just want to make sure he gets a job. We both would love to move back out west so we could be closer to family, but as of right now, most of the jobs listed are on the east coast. We're okay with that too, just as long as where we live isn't as hard to get to as Tallahassee is. Anyway, he's busy working on that and continuing to do his dissertation.

Besides those few things, life is just about as normal as it can get. We love the experiences we have here in Florida and we love getting to spend so much time together. It's a good thing we like each other.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stokes' Super Shower

This last weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for my friend, Jen Bryan. Jen and Trevor have become some really good friends of ours here in Tally. They live just around the corner from us, so we see them often. Anyway, their baby is due Sept. 28th, so we had to celebrate!

Now, I'm not just saying this because I helped plan it, but it was one of the most fun showers I've been to. Rather than play the cheesy poopy diaper games, we had crafts and little creative projects to do. One of them was painting plain white onesies. We had some stencils, fabric paint, and different sizes of onesies. It was so fun and they got some cute ones made for baby Stokes. The other little crafty thing we did was make scrapbooking pages for Jen's baby scrapbook. We had a bunch of different papers, stickers, ribbon, and so on. After the shower was over, Lolly and I sat and scrapbooked for a good hour. It was a great shower! Thanks for having a baby Trevor and Jen!
(I made the "Go Lakers" one for Trevor, because he hates them.)
(The Hosts)The present I got for Jen was a "hooter hider" for breast-feeding. I actually made myself one (not to use any time soon) and it was easy, so I made one for Jen. Happy hiding!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Birthday Girlie

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law Shelly! Shelly was the first to marry into the family, not only because she married the oldest, but also in part because she was the bravest. She has survived well with this family, and we're so thankful to have her be a part of it.
Shelly is fabulous! Some of my favorite memories of Shelly include girls nights/sleepovers. She used to come down and visit me at school in Provo with chick flicks and chocolate. Another time she sent Brian away and her, me and Courtney had a girls night and a sleepover. She is just so much fun to be around. She loves goofing around and playing games with us. She loves being pampered and pampering. She just has so many good qualities.
Shelly won't let you get away with anything. She was the youngest in her family and the only girl, so you know those brothers taught her to stand up for herself. This sounds cheesy, but she is just such a strong woman. She's hard working, dedicated, driven, and she's also a people pleaser. She has been such a great example to me of how to get involved with the family you married into. She showed how important it was to her with all the effort she put into getting to know us. (You may want to re-read that sentence. It's poorly worded. My bad.) Shelly is a great sister-in-law and I'm so glad my brother landed her! Thank you, Shelly, for being such a bright spot in our family!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sick Station and Destin Fun

Pretty much, my husband is amazing. He really takes good care of me, which I love. I love getting attention from him. This past week he helped prove to me again that I am extremely blessed. I was sick with a head cold. Not fun. Stuffy. Achy. Coughing. Tired. You know. I only missed 45 minutes of work at the end of the work day on Wednesday, and 40 minutes on Friday morning. Thursday was the worst day and I was stuck from 8 until after 5. When I got home on Thursday, I came home to see that Lish had laid out a "sick station" for me. He's so thoughtful. I stayed put all night.

(There's a box of tissues and some comfort food there too, aka, vanilla wafers and oreos.)
(This is pretty much what I did all night. It was the finale of SYTYCD, what else do you expect?)
(This is pretty much what she did all night too. Loved the company.)In other news, our friends Nate and Melanie from Provo came out to Destin, FL a couple weekends ago. We had the opportunity to drive out and visit them for a little bit. We got in earlier on Saturday and spent the day at the beach. Then we met up with them that night. We went back to our stellar hotel (it wasn't so stellar) and met up with them again on Sunday morning. We spent the whole day with them and Mel's family. It was so great to see them and catch up. I love spending time with amazing friends! Especially ones like Nate and Mel!

(They're a little sunburned. Alright, Lish is a little sunburned.)