Friday, June 26, 2009

Family Fun Day

We took our first trip to the farm yesterday to go berry picking. This is one of our favorite summer activities, and something that we don't do often enough. We were able to pick some of the last strawberries of the season and red rasberries. Ray had never picked strawberries before. Last year and the year before he got to eat the fruits of my labor! Elise had a good time picking strawberries, but she really liked the rasberries better. It went something like two for Elise, one for the bucket. Rebekah was just along for the ride, and I think was glad to get out of the hot sun and under a shady tree for family snack time.

Trying to figure out how to eat an apple slice.

Last night we went to a concert and cookout at Bishop Cummins. It was part of their Missions Week, and we all had a really nice time. After Elise got some food in her belly, she was dancing away. I think she got Ray's dancing genes! Rebekah enjoyed sitting on the blanket and watching all of the people sitting around us on their chairs and blankets. I told Ray that this is what Summer was all about. Spending time with family and being outside. Looking forward to another family day tomorrow.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Perspective

My cousin Ann was right. She said that Rebekah would be sitting up this week, and she is! This whole new perspective has made Rebekah an even happier and curious girl. It's so neat to see her sitting and to see how Elise interacts with her. I think Elise is enjoying Rebekah more now that she can sit and play with toys, and of course, Rebekah loves her big sister. I don't know who can make Rebekah laugh as much as Elise does! These milestones are so exciting and fun to witness.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sleepy heads

The girls didn't get as much sleep as they're used to while we were on vacation, so they're trying to catch up wherever and whenever they can. They fell asleep on our five minute car ride home from the grocery store before lunch. I woke Elise up when we got home, she walked into the house and laid down next to Bek. Poor things.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Our Vacation

We're back from our trip to Pensacola. We had such a nice time, and the girls did really well with the flying, driving, time change, sleeping in a hotel, and basic upheaval of their usual routine. Here are some highlights.
Wednesday morning we got to see the Blue Angels practice. It was really neat, although it was making my stomach turn just watching some of the aerial acrobatics they do. We spent the rest of the morning at the National Naval Aviation Museum- admission is free. Elise had a great time checking out all of the planes and pretending to be a pilot.
Wednesday afternoon we went to Pensacola Beach and visited with my aunt, uncle, and cousin. It was so nice to catch up a bit at the beach- so peaceful and beautiful. Elise had fun with Ray in the ocean, and Rebekah took a nap in the beach tent.
Thursday morning we went to Perdido Key. That beach was further away from our hotel but a little more quiet. Rebekah slept some more while Elise played with some family's toys they left at the beach. The weather was great and there was a slight breeze. We took long naps that afternoon, and after dinner we got to see a parade. It went right past our hotel. We didn't have to do anything for these beads- they just kept throwing them and throwing them. Elise kept putting them around her neck. No wonder when we got back to our room she couldn't walk straight. They were weighing her down.
Friday morning we went back to Pensacola Beach for a short visit. Later that morning we went to the TT Wentworth Jr Museum- admission is free. The third floor had a discovery area for kids that was set up like a Spanish colony. Once she got warmed up, Elise had a great time checking out the ship, cottage, trading post, Indian village, and fort. That evening we went to the rehearsal dinner and visited with more family. The only bad part is when you go to a wedding, you don't get to catch up with the bride and groom because they have so much to do and so many people to see themselves. It's alright though. Ray and I completely understand what that's like. Ray loved all of the food. We got in the car to go back to our hotel, and he was wondering what they were going to do with the leftovers even though he said he was about into a food coma!

Saturday morning we got to Pensacola Beach early to play for a bit before the ladies went to the Bridal luncheon. While we were at the Bridal luncheon, which was a lovely intimate affair, the men took care of the girls (minus Rebekah because she doesn't like the bottle anymore). They all had a good time, and we all took long, much need naps that afternoon before the big event. The wedding was beautiful, and Elizabeth was such a graceful bride. Her dress was absolutely gorgeous, and Harley looked excellent in his seersucker suit.

We had a lot of fun at the reception. Again, Ray couldn't stop talking about the food! At one point Deb said, "I can't believe Ray's not out on the dance floor yet." To which Ray responded, "As long as there's still food out, I'll be right here." Elise had fun "dancing" with everyone. Rebekah was very tired and hungry, so she and I left early. Ray said the toasts were nice and the cake was good- he had two pieces!
Sunday morning it was time to say goodbye to Pensacola and head back to New Orleans for our flight home. We stopped in Fairhope, Alabama for church. The bishop was there, so we got to stay for a southern potluck lunch. Ray was happy they had asian slaw- Ray gets excited about food. We got to the airport late and our flight was overbooked, so I got on the plane with Elise and Rebekah. Ray was going to have to take a later flight, and I was sitting on the plane trying to console Elise because Daddy wasn't there and trying to figure out what I was going to do during the layover with two girls, a backpack, a car seat and no stroller, when Elise said, "DADDY!" I looked up and there was Ray coming on the plane. God answers prayers!!! That was a sure sign of His goodness to us.
We're home, getting back into our routine, doing lots of laundry, and looking back on our vacation with fondness.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Family Camp

We had such a great time at our church's Family Retreat this weekend. We stayed at Deer Valley YMCA Camp, which is about a mile from Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. The weather was gorgeous, the facility was wonderful, and the fellowship was encouraging. It was so nice to be able to spend some relaxed, outdoor time together as a family and catch up with friends that we don't always get to connect with on Sundays, for whatever reason. My favorite part of the retreat was the camp fire on Friday and Saturday night. Games, singing, testimony- what more could you want from church camp? So here are some photo highlights!
The Sailors!

Rebekah's first swing ride

Free time- Elise was completely obsessed with the basketballs

Ray representing the Harmer Fam during Field Games

Tonight and tomorrow we're unpacking, doing laundry, and repacking as we prepare for our trip to Florida. We're looking forward to spending time together, visiting some really neat places, catching up with extended family, and celebrating a wedding. It's going to be a busy vacation, but thankfully it's at the beach!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Discoveries

Yesterday was the first time Elise has helped make cookies. She got up on her stool and had her spoon already to scoop out some dough for the cookie sheets. Well, she decided to take a taste of the cookie dough, and that was the end of baking for her. Elise quickly set her spoon aside because it was mush easier to use her hand to eat the dough. I'm not sure exactly how much she ate, but it couldn't have been any less than four cookies worth of dough. I even told her to stop eating the dough because we were going to have dinner soon, and she replied, "No dinner." If Bill Cosby can justify chocolate cake for breakfast, Elise can justify oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for dinner.

Rebekah noticed that she had feet on Saturday. It wasn't until yesterday that she decided to taste them! I have a feeling that they are pretty yummy since everytime she's on her back she has at least one foot in her mouth. I was carrying her to the bathtub from her room this evening and she would not let go of her foot. Bek even played with them during her bath tonight. It's pretty adorable and definitely a cute discovery.