Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone. We hope you have a party to attend tonight and that you will be safe. Fun Pictures to follow from our party tonight.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Day

Earl, Patty, Cynthia, Alex, Spencer, Christopher, Lorie, Jamie, Momma, Daddy, Kynn

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pretty Patty

Our neice, Patty, has recently graduated from East Carolina and will soon begin her career in nursing. We are so proud of her and I would like to brag on her just a little. Patty is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. She does not know a stranger and is kind to all she meets. On top of all of that, she is one smart cookie!! Over the Thanksgiving holidays the two of us went shopping and I had a great time. (As you know, I don't have a girl to shop with) :) Congratuations Patty. May God bless you as you begin this new chapter of your life.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spencer's camera

This is what walks in the woods at 7:24 PM at night.
And, this is what walks in the woods at 2:20 AM in the morning. Mr. Coyote.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Congratulations Jamie!

Zhuowei Yin Chapter
National Honor Society
Induction Ceremony
A.C. Flora High School
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
8:45 a.m.

We are very proud of Jamie.

It's the weekend

Ahhhh. It is the weekend. I am off work until Jan. 5th. Much to do between now and Christmas. I am off to shop. Kynn and Spencer are hunting. Christopher is raking a yard. (Getting some spending money. Smart kid!) Jamie is sleeping. Alex is going to a wrestling tournament. Daisy is just hanging out. Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kitty's saying for the day!

Kitty had this to say on her blog.
Don't get your tinsel in a tangle. Jesus is the reason for the season.
So, there you have it. Don't get tangled up today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Exam week

During college exam week, we send Christopher a survival box with all his favorite junk food and since Spencer lives in town, we cook dinner for him and deliver it to his apartment. Marlene went with us to deliver the "goods" which was seafood gumbo, rice, and dessert. (Spencer's request). Below are a few pictures from our visit. Fall semister 2008 is over. My how time flies by. We are so proud of both of our college men!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ayusa Christmas Party

The Foreign Exchange Program had their Christmas Party last weekend. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies recommended by Dave Boehi

How about a good Christmas movie. Turn on the air conditioner, (so it will really feel like winter) get your favorite blanket, make some hot chocolate and grab the Christmas cookies. Enjoy!!!

So here is a short list of my favorite Christmas films, in alphabetical order. Each are highly recommended for an evening by the fire with your spouse and your family. Most are on television regularly in December, and many are available on DVD.

A Christmas Carol. There are many versions of this movie, and everyone has their favorite. Many swear by the 1951 film starring Alistair Sim. Yesterday a coworker said her favorite was The Muppet Christmas Carol. I am partial to the 1984 version with George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. But no matter what version I view, I never get tired of seeing Scrooge wake up on Christmas morning with the realization that he’s been given a second chance. My colleague Bob Lepine points out that this story is a picture of the gospel—a man is on the road to destruction when he is visited by “spirits” who point out his past, present and future, and this leads to repentance and transformation.

A Season for Miracles. This Hallmark Hall of Fame production tells the story of a single woman trying to provide a home for the children of her imprisoned sister. While on the run from authorities, her car breaks down in a small town, and while waiting for repairs she and the children begin to make a home there as Christmas approaches. The movie combines romance with some strong statements about the importance of stability, community, and forgiveness.

The Bishop’s Wife. This 1947 classic stars Cary Grant as Dudley, an angel who appears when a bishop (David Niven) prays for God’s help to build a cathedral. Dudley quickly discerns that the bishop is so focused on his work that he’s losing sight of other priorities—including his marriage to Julia (Loretta Young). I also like the remake, The Preacher’s Wife, with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.

The Gathering. In this 1977 television movie, Ed Asner plays a selfish, domineering man who has estranged himself from his wife (Maureen Stapleton) and most of his children. When he learns he has terminal cancer, he tries to bring everyone together for one last Christmas. This is my all-time favorite Christmas movie, but unfortunately it has not been released on DVD, and it apparently hasn’t been shown on television for years. Old VHS copies can be found online.

It’s a Wonderful Life. Many people not only regard this classic with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed as their favorite holiday movie, but also as their favorite film, period. I was surprised to see that it appears on many lists of “most romantic movies,” until I remembered it has several of the most romantic scenes you’ll find anywhere.

Little Lord Fauntleroy. A poor American boy living with his widowed mother learns he is the heir to his English grandfather’s title and estate. He moves to England to become Lord Fauntleroy and learn about his responsibilities before the old man dies. The grandfather lives in isolation and bitterness in his massive home, and won’t allow his daughter-in-law to live with them. But the boy’s enthusiasm and compassion begin to win him over. This is a great story from Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also wrote The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. I like the 1980 television film with Ricky Schroeder and Alec Guinness, but it is not yet on DVD and is rarely shown on television. A 1935 version is available.

Honorable mention: Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, The Note, and White Christmas.

Let us know if you can recommend any other good movies for the holidays.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Not I, But Christ

Not I, but Christ, be honored, loved and exalted; Not I, but Christ, be seen, be known, be heard; not I, but Christ, in every look and action; not I, but Christ, in every thought and word.

Author unknown

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brigadeiro- A Brazilian Dessert

On Sat. night, we will all go to the Foreign Exchange Christmas Party. Each student was asked to bring a food from his or her country. Alex chose Brigadeiro. As he was making the brigadeiro, he told us that he was remembering the times that he has made this dessert with his grandmother, mom, great aunt, and Leda. I can say, it is yummy!!!

Essa noite eu estava fazendo brigadeiros para a festa dos estudantes de intercambio que vai ser no Sabado e eu lembrei as vezes que minha mae, minha avó, minha tia-avó, e Leda antes das festas preparando os brigadeiros e enrolando eles no granulado e conversando e se divertindo. Minha parte preferida é quando eu ia na cozinha enquanto elas preparavam e pegava um brigadeiro e comia, e minha mãe dizendo para mim:

" Pare de comer brigadeiros senaum não vai sobrar pra festa!"

(The above is a note that Alex wrote for his family).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How Cool Is This????

Spencer has recently purchased a trail camera. This is a camera that hunters place out in the woods to capture pictures of wild life. It has a motion sensor and snaps the picture when the prize comes into view. These are just a few of his pictures that were recently captured.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Our Thanksgiving began on Tuesday evening with dinner at our church. Alex, Adam and I met Kynn around 5:00 PM and ate our first Thanksgiving meal. Jamie was not feeling well so he stayed at home. Christopher did not get out of class until 7:30, and Spencer met us for the church service right at 6:30. Alex and Adam had a good time with Marlene. We enjoyed listening to the handbell choir and we celebrated the Lord's supper during our worship service.
We left late Wed. afternoon and headed to my parents in Darlington. Most of the gang made it to Darlington. It was good to have everyone together. Gene and Honor Pierce also joined us and we always enjoy having them with us. After we ate our wonderful meal, we did a little skate boarding and then went on a geochache hunt. That was pretty fun. The Harris Family headed home a day early because Jamie got sick on us and we needed to get him home. (Poor Jamie) On Friday afternoon, I took Alex to get a haircut, and to buy wrestling shoes. When we got home he cooked for us. It has been a good Thanksgiving and we are thankful for all our blessings.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Birds in my Nest

One baby bird has arrived for Thanksgivng. Yeah!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Let the holidays begin!

May we be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. We have a very busy schedule so we decided to take the plunge and get the decorating done this weekend. The neighbors think it is a little early. We have decided that we will wait to turn the outside lights on after Thanksgiving. We had fun and it was cold this weekend, so it felt like the holidays were here.

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It's the weekend Baby!!!

Ahh! The weekend has come and gone once again. It has been a fun, busy time for all of us. On Friday night, Jamie's friend, Nic Miner, came to hangout at our house. Ping pong, cards, and PS2 were on the list of activities for them.

They even tried to play with wooden spoons. Conclusion: "It is HARD!"

Around 10:00 PM the great hunter arrived home from his overnight hunting trip. Yes, there will be venison in the freezer!

Daisy is always happy to see her master.
Alex went with several foreign exchange students to a play at Dreher High School. He said he enjoyed it. As for me, I started decorating for Christmas. Yes, I know we haven't celebrated Thanksgiving yet. I also know what a busy schedule we have ahead of us and it was this weekend or never. Wrestling season has started and we will be in a high school gym every weekend until Christmas.

It's a GUY thing!!!

Jamie presented the mouth wash challenge to his Dad. It went something like this.....
Jamie: "I bet I can hold the mouth wash in my mouth longer than you can."
Kynn: "Let's go big guy!"

I'm not really sure who won. Kynn says it was a tie. It looks like projectile vomiting to me. Like I said, it must be a guy thing. Oh yeah, they both complained that their mouths were numb.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The weekend

Boy are we glad it is the weekend! Kynn and I have a Sunday School Party tonight and Alex has a spend the night party with the other foreign exchange students. Not sure of Jamie's plans.

Here are a few pictures from last weekend.. Digging worms so we can go fishing. (Adam, Kynn and Alex)


Got one!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Returning from the Mountains Activity #4

Here is another smilebox photo play. I like smilebox because I can put a lot of pictures on the blog in a short time.

On Nov. 1, 2008, Kynn and I went to Anderson to visit with Christopher for Parents Day and Homecoming. Now, being a mom of all boys, I have never had a participant in a homecoming court. HOWEVER, things were different this year. Mr. Christopher was voted to represent the Sophomore class. What a hoot. Kynn and I enjoyed our day, and especially enjoyed when they called Christopher's name as ....
Mr. Sophomore.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

More Friends from around the world

May I introduce Adam Achberger and Pia Bernauer. Adam is from Slovakia and Pia is from Germany. Both of these students are staying temporarily in a neighbors home. They are seeking a host family for the remaining school year. They came over last night for a visit.

(Returning from the mountains activity #4 coming soon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Returning from the mountains Activity #3

Home from the mountains- Activity 3

After Jamie and Alex left for their party, and momma and I finished decorating, we had a "treat" for halloween evening. Gene and Anne Pierce, my nephew and neice, came by with their two "peas in a pod" to visit with great grandparents (my mom and dad, James and Maxine). We were thrilled that they were staying at our house so we got to visit too. Anne and Gene had planned on spending the night with Cynthia and Earl, (the grandparents) but Cynthia was sick with a fever.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Returning from the Mountains Activity #2

Activity #2
After we celebrated Jamie's birthday, he and Alex headed out for a halloween party. Momma and I went outside to put out a few halloween decorations for our trick or treaters. While we were out, we decided to do a little tricking ourselves. We put our mask on and rang the doorbell. I think it really surprised my daddy to see momma playing along with me. Great times.

Returning from the Mountains Activity #1

We arrived home from the mountains on Oct. 31st which is JAMIE'S BIRTHDAY.
OCTOBER 31, 1991
9lbs. 11oz.
3:06 PM
Time to open presents.A Harris family birthday tradition. We fill our "birthday basket" with the honored birthday person's favorite junk food.

Ah Yes!!! Loving on my 17 year old! Like it or not! :) (For Alex's mother: check out the picture on the table. Alex brought the picture out to the kitchen to show to my parents.) :)
Here he is, Mr. 17 year old, James Patterson Harris, AKA Jamie, in his new under armour USC coat and sweat pants. We are so proud of Jamie. He is truly growing into a fine young man. May God bless him richly in the years to come.