Guess who turns TWO this week??!! I can’t believe he’s only been a part of my life for two short years so far – feels more like we’ve been a family for eternity (and I’m pretty sure that’s true!). I couldn’t be a luckier mom. And isn’t this the cutest picture ever taken of Rush? He now says “cheese” for the camera. Happy birthday, little buddy! xoxo
We actually have one other birthday boy in February – I’ll get to Jake’s post soon. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do! February has been a busy but good month. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, out-of-town visitors, funeral, designing wedding invitations, home improvement projects… Like I said, busy. And for someone who doesn’t like cake all that much, I’ve made 3 birthday cakes so far this month and I’ll do one more for this weekend! Anyone have a super awesome non-super-complicated cake recipe that they want to share? I’m thinking lemon…
I got a pretty early start to the day (darn the tiny pregnancy bladder that often wakes me up early morning instead of late night) so by 10 a.m., I decided I should start being productive (besides the usual feed and diaper the baby and clean the house routine). I ironed some new curtains in my room, and to keep Rush busy and away from the iron, I set him on my bed with a brand new 36-pack of toilet paper rolls from Costco and let him have at it. He was one happy little guy, unwrapping roll after roll after roll (just the blue outside wrapper), and then throwing every single one of them down the stairs.
(He wouldn’t stand still for a picture because as soon as I get the camera out nowadays, he goes “See! See!” and wants to look at the pictures I’ve taken. And that’s why I seldom get a great photo of him these days!)
Whenever I try to use the computer, Rush insists that we look at “pictures of babies” – which means, he mostly just wants to look at our blog and all the pictures and videos of himself. Sometimes we look at friends/families blogs, but he definitely loves ours the best. I can’t get anything done because once he sees the laptop open, it’s all over. Here he is eating a cookie after hijacking the laptop.
My mom came to visit last week and it was nothing short of a piece of heaven! It was so fun for her to have so much one-on-one time with Rush (and me, of course :). He was shy for the first 30 minutes but after that he wanted to be with her or know her whereabouts at all times. Besides all the laundry, cooking, cleaning, and curtain ironing and hanging that my mom did, she also did a ton of playing with and loving Rushton. We all miss hear dearly and wish that California and Utah weren’t so far apart!
While she was here, she got Rushton a few more balls. He is absolutely obsessed with balls and talks about them constantly. NON-STOP. Like tonight, he had fallen asleep in the car and when we got home, he was barely starting to wake up and he kept saying “ball. ball. ball.” before he could even open his eyes all the way. He plays with balls all day long and now even sleeps with them. Not teddy bears, folks, he sleeps with footballs and soccer balls and basketballs. Today for his nap he fell asleep holding 2 balls and a sippy cup. He usually sleeps on his tummy, but that’s kind of difficult now with his hands/arms so full. It’s pretty cute.
Also while my mother was here, we visited her mother (my Grandma Hanks – 95 years old. WOW.) a few times…
…and went to the dino museum with my brother’s family (they were here from Arizona for a surprise visit to his in-laws’ family but we got to steal them for a day).
I am seriously so blessed to have such amazing parents and family (including, of course, my husband, little boy, and our little girl on the way). I love you all!
Life is so fragile. On Monday, my sweet cousin MaeLynn passed away from cancer. She was only 30 years old and the mother of 5 young children. She survived about a year and a half after her diagnosis, which was much longer than the doctors expected, but so much shorter than we all hoped. As I think about MaeLynn’s passing and about all of the lives she touched in her short life, I have absolutely no doubt that she is in a better place. I pray that her family can find peace and healing. I’m so grateful for my understanding of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. I’m grateful that our families can be eternal. I’m grateful for my faith in a loving Heavenly Father who will take care of this sweet family in the absence of their mother/wife/sister/daughter. Squeeze your loved ones a little tighter tonight – I know I will.
Here is her obituary from the Logan Herald Journal:
MaeLynn (Kartchner) Harris (1980 – 2011)
MaeLynn Kartchner Harris, beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend, passed away quietly at home Jan. 31, 2011, from neuroendocrine cancer.
MaeLynn was born April 11, 1980, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Jerry Charles Kartchner and Marie Hanks Kartchner. She attended school in Salt Lake City and graduated from Brighton High School in 1998. In 2002 she graduated from Utah State University with a major in public relations.
MaeLynn married Andrew Lee Harris of North Logan, Utah, on June 22, 2001, in the Jordan River LDS Temple. They made their home in Logan. They are the parents of five children: Kendall (8), Ellie (6), Triston (4), Sawyer (4), and Abigail (3).
MaeLynn was an amazingly sweet person who brought joy to whomever she met. She loved painting, being outdoors, and socializing. She will be remembered as a happy, fun-loving, kind, beautiful woman who loved life. She served faithfully in multiple callings in the LDS Church and had a firm and abiding testimony. Her children were her joy and happiness and she was an excellent mother.
As a family we would like to thank all of those who cared so lovingly for MaeLynn and her family during her illness. The kindness, effort, and generosity extended in her behalf were without limit and were greatly appreciated.
MaeLynn is survived by her husband and children, her parents, her sister, Jamie, and her maternal grandmother, Mae Hanks, for whom she was named. She is also survived by her in-laws, Lee and Pamela Harris, and her biological family, Andy and Lori Reese, Devan, Jaide and Tonia.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Logan 10th Ward chapel located at 792 N. 500 East, Logan, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home located at 162 E. 400 North, Logan, and Saturday at the church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be at the North Logan City Cemetery, 2000 E. 2500 North, North Logan. Online guest book at nelsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from February 2 to February 16, 2011