Monday, August 29, 2011

Children's Museum

On Friday we went to the children's museum with some friends from the ward, and even though Harrison was still a little young to enjoy everything we had a really good time.  

The giant calculator and ATM were a huge hit

He has great fine motor skills already, putting all the rods into the holes.....

.....And putting them in his mouth too

Had fun riding in the car with friends

 My favorite part was the mini grocery store. He got his shopping cart and pushed it around while putting things in his basket

Of course he had to have his sheep in the basket too!

 And some items ended up on the floor instead of the basket

Gotta have the ice cream!

And checkout time

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Well I thought it was about time to give another update. Nothing much has happened lately, but here are a few pictures. Porter is in course 5 out of 6, which means we have 6 weeks left in San Antonio and we are excited to see our families again.

Getting ready to go to church

Playing with some water at the ward playgroup

Monday, August 8, 2011

Still Alice

My mom asked all of our family to read the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova since she was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's Disease at age 50 and it's taken me up until now (3 years) to actually read it because I figured it was going to be a really hard book to read.....and no surprise, it was. I pretty much cried through the whole thing and I can't say I came away with "aha" moments but I do think it gave me a little insight into maybe how my mom is feeling living with this disease. But if our family has learned anything from this disease it's how to be supportive of my mom, and I believe we are, 110%. Yes I get angry sometimes and wonder why, but then so does she and the rest of our family, and honestly who doesn't think that with whatever they're going through. I will say that my mom is the most positive person I know and even though she's living with Alzheimer's I still think she's holding our family together through her optimism. And of course my dad who takes care of her. This disease is heartbreaking but it's comforting to know she is loved unconditionally by my dad.

On a lighter note, we went to the horse races on Friday night and it was so fun! Both Porter and I had never been before and I felt like we were in a scaled down version of Seabiscuit or Secretariat. We learned how to bet on horse racing.....and how to lose. They had a small petting zoo and Harrison loved it. It was so fun to watch him with the animals.

And some more fun pictures of the weekend.
 Harrison loves to look at books

 Bird central outside our door

 Exploring at the pool

 Such a cute sleeper!!

 He loves the shower.....he cries whenever it's time to get out

My boys, my white husband and my super tanned boy!

Feeding the ducks