Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Anyway, I feel very fortunate this year because there is so much to celebrate and be thankful for: I have a wonderful husband; I now have the most precious and loving son!; We have awesome and loving families who are so caring and supportive of us; We live in a beautiful home in a beautiful town; we are healthy; and we're able to pay our bills timely and still have some fun! What more could a girl ask for?
I do try to be helpful to others, but I know I could do better at that. . .We are tithing at church, but I could give more of my time (I used to give a lot of time. . .). I could be more patient with Aidan when he gets whiny for no reason.
So, some things to work on during the ocming months.
Today I am getting off work a little early and then we, the three of us, are going down to Manassas to the Social Security Administration to order Aidan's Social Security Card in person. I just didn't want to send his birth certificate, our adoption decree and his passport through the mail! After that, we're heading back to Herndon to meet with Pat's parents for dinner tonight at a place called Sweetwater. Yum! Can't wait.
So, now I'm off to begin my day. . .Aidan is home with Pat today so maybe I'll be able to treat myself to a Starbucks coffee! A little birthday present for me. . .
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
When I got home from work, I started dinner right away and we actually sat down to eat at 5:30--an unheard of time for us. I kept commenting to Pat that Aidan looked really tired. He seemed happy enough, but he really didn't eat much.
After dinner, Pat took Aidan up for his bath and then, because he was shivering, put some of his warmer PJ's on him while I did the dishes. I then fixed Aidan some warm milk--part of his evening routine each night. Pat then went on to bed to take a nap before going to work at 11:00 pm.
Aidan wandered off and I lost track of him momentarily. When I realized I wasn't sure where he was, I went in search of him and found him laying on the Living Room floor. His face looked flushed so I asked him, are you all right? He responded, "Aya (what he calls himself) night night." I immediately knew something was wrong. . .it was only 7:30 by this time!
I went to pick him up and he was just a little furnace. I took him upstairs and took his temperature under his armpit. . .102.6! And, I've heard you're supposed to add a degree! Needless to say, I was very worried. I gave him Children's Motrin, put a lukewarm cloth on his forehead and then rocked him for a while before putting him to bed. I was then up about every two hours checking on him all night!
I must thank my sister Amy, whom I called as soon as he was in bed. She totally reassured me and told me to do all of the things I had already done, making me feel so much better about what I was doing! Thank you, Amy!
The fever dissipated and did not come back, although we kept him home today. But, boy! His little eyes looked so sad! I did not like that experience at all. Poor little guy! Thank goodness it seems to have been one of those passing bugs that only affected him the one night!
I'm sure I'll have more experiences like that one again. . .I'm totally not looking forward to them!
But, hopefully they won't happen soon or even very often!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Okay, so here's a little rant for you. . .About every three weeks or so, I do a very selfish thing and go and get a pedicure. It feels good and it doesn't cost a lot and because I run it really makes my feet feel soooo much better.
Last night, I was enjoying the soaking portion of my pedicure when these two ladies next to me started talking about Virginia. They had come here from "somewhere else." They were talking about how they had come here about five years ago and that the cost of living here was too high and that there were too many people and that their alergies were now horrendous, and the people here are rude and so on and so on and so on!
Now, I confessed already I wasn't born here, but I have lived here for thirty years. . .since I was a kid. And, I plan to raise my son here. I have to tell you, I was slightly burning inside. I kep quiet though. I was thinking to myself, "well, those things weren't true until you all came here!" A few minutes later my lady came to begin the process of messaging my feet and making my toes look pretty again. She asked me, as she always does, where I live. . .Leesburg. . .how long have I been in Virginia. . .thirty years. . .she looked at me, slid a look at the ladies next to me and didn't ask me any more.
Please, people. Stay or leave. But, if you stay, be nice! Virginia is for lovers! Haven't you heard???
Thursday, June 19, 2008
THE REDSKINS PLAY!!!
Okay. Surely you saw that coming. . .I mean, really. Aidan was wearing the Redskin outfit outside of St. Basil's!
Anyway, preseason is just over a month away and I can't wait. I love football so much! A friend of mine just sent me an email today with the NFL music and I got chills of excitement. . .I think I'm going to move Aidan's easal to the basement by the big screen TV so I can begin the process of explaining the game to him. I know he's going to love it! I think he'd make an excellent linebacker. . .size is on his side! Have you seen his hands?????
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
We then went to church where Aidan was exceptionally good! After church, Aidan had his nap and that is when Daddy got up. Grandpa and Grandma came over to celebrate Father's day with us and Aidan was very excited to show off the wrapping paper he and Mommy had made the night before . . .that was a lot more fun than the gifts!
Daddy was very happy because he got a new Hammock and a note saying to not work so hard and take some time off from all the projects and enjoy his son! I think he was happy about that!
So, this week we were back to work and Day care. I guess it's okay. Aidan seems to really like the Day care and he is getting on a better schedule: going to bed about 8:15 giving Mommy a little bit of free time in the evening! He is learning so many words now, it's amazing and hard to keep track of them all. Today, on the drive home, we came across a tree that was down on the road. I said, "uh oh. Tree's down!" and Aidan said, "Tree's down!" He is just copying everything he hears, using the same tone and inflection.
But, big excitement! Tonight, he asked to go on the potty. So, I put him on the potty and he went! We celebrated with a small handful of M & M's that Nana brought last month! When Aidan asked for more M & M's, I told him he could have some more when he goes on the potty again! He said, "Okay." or something kind of like it.
That's it for now!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
The origins of triskadekaphobia can go back to the Last Supper in which Judas was the 13th person to sit at the table for the Seder. However, that doesn't mesh with the fact that he was replaced by Matthias nor does it mesh with the 13 attributes of God enumerated in the Torah. . .
Then, there was that unluckiest of nights of Friday, October 13, 1307 when the Knights Templars were betrayed by the King of France and the Pope himself. . .Of course, there are some great books and movies out now that touch on the myths surrounding these same Knights. . .
But, Pat and I happen to think that the number 13 is in face a very lucky one. . .
We were married on December 13, 1986. Every few years, it falls on a Friday, making it even more special. Good things have tended to happen to us on the 13th day of any given month. But, one big thing was that last year we got our Petition to the Court on December 13th. The Petition to the Court is necessary in order to file the paper work with the court in your Region in order to get your Court Date. Most importantly, this petition has the Russian name of the child which is needed in order to file that paperwork and to begin the process of changing the name to that which was chosen for him or her. Further, we returned home from Russia on April 13th. That means that Aidan became a US citizen on April 13th!
And so our tradition continues. 13 is indeed a very lucky number for the Harrison family.
Have a great day!
Oh, and by the way, there are 13 letters in my name: Stacy Harrison!!! And 13 letters in Aidan's name: Aidan Harrison!!! Weird. . .
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Daddy left me on the beach. . .whoa! Look at those waves!!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Starting our tour of Arlington Cemetery:
Dad with Aidan at
The Harrison family in front of the White House!
After the White House, we headed on home.
Because Pat worked so much this week, he hasn't had much time with Aidan. In fact, pretty much no time at all! So, mommy is tired. . .and Aidan has had a few timeouts more than he probably would normally get. Partly it is Aidan testing to see how far he can go, and partly it is because Aidan is two ( a number he can say and can almost show with his fingers!!), and partly it is because he hasn't had daddy time in about a week! But, today we should be getting back to normal again.
I head back to work on Wednesday. I'm not looking forward to it! Not that I don't want to work, but I'm going to miss being with Aidan all day. . .but I know it will be for the best. He needs to be around other children. . .not just mommy!!! : (
Beach pictures in a couple of days!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Thanks, Lori! Thanks a lot! : )
By the way, does anyone know how to order the blog in book format? I saw that in someones blog recently but didn't write it down. I no longer remember which blog I saw it in! Help!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
And don't try to tell me how innocuous it looks!!
Finally, I am borrowing a page from Lori and speaking my mind about something that has been troubling me for a quite a while. Let me preface this by saying, while in Russia, one thing I did not miss at all was the constant talk about politics and the race for the Presidency. In fact, I found it almost shocking when we returned at how much time is spent discussing/reporting/tearing about what people have said to whom and when! It almost seems self absorbed! So, I ask you, when did it become okay for three top Senators, elected and paid by the people of this great Nation, to basically devote all of their time and money, while continuing to be paid for a job they really aren't doing anymore, and run for an office they may or may not get for a period of more than two years????? This is driving me crazy!
Next time I won't rant. I promise!
Dad is here and tomorrow we will take Aidan to Washington to see Arlington Cemetery, the White House and the Capitol. Dad thinks we should get pictures of Aidan in front of the White House and the Capitol. . .afterall, we "got pictures of him in front of that church in Red Square!" Too true. . .pictures on Red Square while still a Russian and now pictures in front of the White House as an American! Pretty good idea!