January 8, 2018

we moved

Here is a quick little post on what's been going on lately and why I haven't been posting.

Back in September my husband was approached by the Western Adventist Foundation to interview for a job opening that they had. The Foundation is located in Scottsdale Arizona, which would require our family to move. After praying and discussing the idea of moving, my husband reached out and a date was set for the interview.

His interview was set for November 27th.

That weekend, my husband and I drove out to Scottsdale. We drove around, looked at potential neighborhoods and checked out the local Adventist school. The weather was beautiful, perfect for exploring a new city.

On the day of the interview, my husband and I were invited to join the Foundation for worship. I met his potential (future) boss and others who worked for the Foundation. After worship I left to visit and tour the local Adventist school nearby.

My tour of the school went well. And I left feeling confident that my son would do well academically and socially at the school.

I joined my husband and a few others from the Foundation for lunch. Lunch was at an Aquarium, which honestly I thought was odd being that we were in the middle of the desert. But apparently, the aquarium in Scottsdale is one of the biggest ones this side of the county.

We left Scottsdale after lunch, and on the long drive home discussed how the interview went. My husband and I agreed that if the Foundation offered him the job that he should take it. And less than an hour late, the Foundation called and offered my husband the job and he accepted.

I cried.

The weeks that followed were busy for our family. We had to pack up our home, find a new home, say good-bye to friends and family....oh and prepare for Christmas.

It was hard saying good-bye to our church friends, to Lucas' kindergarten teachers and our own families. It was stressful, and on top of everything I got sick.

On moving day it took every ounce of inner strength that I had not to curl up and cry. I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay in my home, and community that I had worked so hard to build.

I am happy for this opportunity and I am excited to see what this new chapter brings for our family. My husband had worked hard and I'm happy that he moving up in his chosen career.

And now back to unpacking.

January 1, 2018

From Our Family To Yours - Merry Christmas + recap

Merry Christmas from our family to yours..

This Christmas season has flown by quickly. We have been busy packing, saying good-bye to friends and family and making the best of our last days here in our current home. Even with the chaos of packing, the kiddos and I set up our Christmas tree and decorated the house. It was harder than I thought decorating this house knowing that this would be our last Christmas here. I didn't realize how attached I had grown to our "Starter home." 

For Christmas Eve we spent the morning with my parents, then went to my husband's parents in the evening. Christmas morning was spent at home enjoying the company of close family. We ended our Christmas festivities at my Grandparents home. 

I'm grateful that we got to spend so much time with family and friends before our big move. Everything from simple coffee dates with friends to having Dadi and Dada watch the kiddos so my husband and I could sneak away for a quick dinner (then back to packing) and movie. I'm so thankful and blessed to have such wonderful and caring people in my life and honestly that makes this move so much harder. It is my hope and prayer to never lose what I have gained during my time in the La Sierra community. 

Love you all, and Merry Christmas

Next time I post here on Little House of Harrison it will be from our new home in Arizona. 
Wish us luck and send lots of prayers our way as we travel. 

November 21, 2017

family camping adventure @ Cattail Cove

At the beginning of November, we took our first family camping trip. We camped at Cattail Cove in Arizona. It was about a five hour drive from our home to Cattail Cove, which wasn't to bad even with two kiddos and one dog stuffed in the back seat. From the beach at the rive, we could look across and see California. 

Growing up, my family rarely went camping. I think we went once with our church. We lived in a rural community, and worked at a summer camp. If any of us girls wanted to go camping all we had to do was step outside. My parents would often threaten us that if we didn't quiet down and go to sleep that my Dad would set up our tent and send outside for a night under the stars. 

Arizona is a great place for winter camping. The weather was beautiful! Warm during the day, cool (not cold) at night. And no bears! I'm terrified of camping in bear territory. The idea of using a bear box scares me...bears are destructive.   

The kiddos did well sleeping in a tent for the first time. Both were exhausted by the end of the day and fell asleep without much trouble. However, none of us slept well through the night. 

We spent our days by the beach, hiking and swimming. It was a quiet weekend. We made friends with our German neighbors and took Denny on lots of walks. 

I would highly recommend camping at Cattail Cove and could definitely see our family returning next season. 

October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween...

This year the kiddos and I actually went trick-or-treating. We kept close to home and stayed in familiar territory. The kiddos had fun collecting candy and walking around in their costumes.  I hope everyone had a fun and safe night.

till next time.

October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

This weekend, in an attempt to continue the fall spirit, we took the kiddos to the pumpkin patch. My parents and sister, along with their families joined as as well. Overall, the kiddos had fun. Alara was definitely more into the pumpkin patch than Lucas...but in his defense he had already been to a pumpkin patch this year with his kindergarten class and he was hungry. 

The kiddos played on a tractor in the pumpkin patch, panned for "gold" and enjoyed riding on the train around the corn field. My Dad was such a  great sport riding the train with all five kiddos.

We did get some good family pictures.

I'm surprised because by then everyone was hungry and getting cranky.

The hype of the pumpkin patche is wearing off. Might skip it next year...or maybe just take Alara.

October 16, 2017

Apple Picking Time

I love fall activities! 

This weekend, our family took a short trip to Oak Glen for apple picking and pie eating. It felt good to get outside and spend time together. Octobers in Southern California are warm. I didn't even bother dressing the kiddos in their cute fall clothes because I knew that it would be too warm. We did see some families all dressed up in boots, flannel and scarves, and they did look cute...and hot...especially after hiking around an apple orchard. 

For apple picking, we choose to go to Riley's Farm for their delicious Winesap apples. The kiddos enjoyed wandering around the apple orchard looking for the perfect apples. Most of the good apples were too high to reach. However, my husband found a way around that. 

Doing fall activities makes me excited for the cooler weather. Next weekend we are heading out to Temecula's wine country for a pumpkin patch and hopefully the weather will be cooler. 

September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all 

While everyone is posting pictures of pumpkin arrangements, here I am proudly showing off my succulents. I dug this planter box out of the clearance bin at Michael's a couple of months ago. I didn't know what I wanted to do with the box at the time, but it was only $5. After Lucas painted it, I decided to use this box for succulents. I've never grown succulents and I really hope they live.

It's spirit week at school. Monday was sports and today was 80's, tomorrow is career day, then tacky tourist and lastly on Friday its twin day.  I nailed sports day, however 80's not so much. I proudly don't own any 80's clothing. In fact...I really think that 80's fashion should be buried and forgotten! However, my little 80's inspired model did look adorable for picture. Tomorrow he asked to wear his fireman costume for career day. More pictures to follow.


Pictures of Career Day and Tacky Tourist Day. 

This little girl and I are enjoying our mornings together. At 27 months, Alara has become a little independent lady. She wants to do everything that her older brother does. She does not want a sippy cup, does not want to use her high chair tray and she insists on dressing herself. Her vocabulary is growing and she often uses it to her advantage by expressing herself loudly!!

Till Next Week.