Another Tag

Posted by Amanda on April 16th, 2008

Now my sister-in-law Andrea tagged me.

What I was doing 10 years ago:  I had just been in my first area of my mission for 1 month – Sibiu, Romania.  I was struggling to learn the language and having all sorts of adventures.  It was probably Easter time and I got sprayed with perfume (a Romanian Easter tradition).

5 Things on my to do list: Buy milk, clean the bathtub, read a conference talk, make things for Kathryn to play with at church, study Russian (always on the list but rarely happens)

3 Bad Habits:  Biting fingernails, getting the toothpaste tube dirty, overreacting

Places I’ve lived:  Sacramento and Folsom, CA; Provo, UT; Romania; China; Seattle, WA; Ukraine

What would I do if I became a millionaire:  I’m really not sure.  Maybe have the Maid Brigade come once a month.  We did that before we moved to Ukraine because we just didn’t have enough time to do a thorough cleaning with the traveling and packing (and it could count as a rental expense).  Probably save a lot for future travel and missions after buying a house.  Buy a new wardrobe.  I know that sounds superficial, but I have been noticing lately that most of my clothes don’t fit properly since they were purchased (long) before I had babies and I am just not the same.  Or they are hand me downs from old roommates.  Buy a treadmill.  Okay, that’s enough fantacizing, and there probably wouldn’t be that much left after the house if we bought it in Seattle.

Jobs I’ve had:  paper route, Mr. Sibs hotdog and yogurt place at the Folsom Outlets, Forest Deli, early morning custodian in the Benson Building at BYU, 99 cent store, meta information services, I can’t remember the name of it, but something at BYU that had to do with accounting and it was the summer before my mission, BYU internal audit department (different than the one I just mentioned – this one was post mission), Accounting Jr. core grader, PwC tax associate (wow, that’s a lot of jobs.)

Things you may not know about me:

I did dye my hair to try and cover my gray hair, and it did turn orange.  I wouldn’t let Darryl take a picture and the next day we got some different dye to try to get it back to normal.  It’s almost normal.

 When I was young I wanted to be a writer or a scientist.  Ha!

I don’t like chunks of fruit in yogurt (okay, I’m sure some people knew that).

I tag Bobbi, Molly, and Karen.

Language Acquisition Part I

Posted by Amanda on February 26th, 2008

I’ve realized over the past few years that all of the things I grew up saying may not be what everyone else is saying.  I’ll call them Harrison sayings.  Here are a couple, and I welcome any other sayings you Harrisons or Harrison in-laws have noticed and wish to add. 

“Eensy Weensy Spider” – I had always sung this song as “eensy weensy” until I was singing it with Kathryn and Darryl said it should be “itsy bitsy”.  I was clinging to the “eensy weensy” version until I heard the photographer at the Harrison Family Reunion (Summer 2006).  We were trying to get a picture of all the grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa but half of the kids were crying so we all lined up to sing “eensy weensy spider”.  I heard the photographer saying “itsy bitsy”…  FYI, Kathryn now sings it “eensy beensy” which is a nice combination, I think.

“Hook” – Apparently the word “hook” is not a universal attachment word.  I have used “hook” all my life for anything that attaches.  We hook puzzle pieces in, hook magents on the fridge, hook legos together, hook a lot of things together.  Darryl pointed out that to “hook” is actually very particular.  I am trying to expand my vocabulary to use words like buckle, fit, velcro, stick, plug, etc.  I did notice this word in MaryAnn’s blog today, and Darryl claims to have heard it a lot by various people in our family.  But in my heart of hearts, I believe that you really do “hook” puzzle pieces in.

“Huh” – This may just be used when talking to little kids.  I used to say it all the time to Kathryn – “Daddy will come home for dinner, huh.”  Then Kathryn started saying it to Amelia.  And we did catch both Grandma and Grandpa Harrison saying “huh” to Kathryn on the webcam last week.  Darryl apparently never says this word so he thinks it is funny that I say it so much when I talk to Kathryn and Amelia.

“Apple Bread” – This isn’t really a saying, but the thing.  I grew up eating apple bread every year and I think it is just heavenly.  I never had banana bread (that I can remember) until I was 18 years old one morning at seminary.  But since I have left home, I always talk about and bake apple bread in the Fall, and no one has ever heard of it.  Everyone thinks it is the strangest thing ever.  This is one thing where I am sure that the rest of the world is missing out!

Kathryn Currently

Posted by Amanda on February 6th, 2008

Kathryn has all but mastered using the mouse on the computer!  A few days ago she wanted to try, and I was amazed at how well she did.  She likes to play games at  She spent quite awhile today figuring out how to make the teletubbies dance. 

She loves building, but also loves organizing.  She likes to put the blocks she calls “moons” together, and the blocks she calls “tables” together.  The “moons” fit into the “tables” and she always has like colors together.  Sometimes she puts the triangles on the rectangles, arranged together by color.


She likes to have a pretend picnic with her play food.  She cooks soup or fruit salad and gives everyone a serving, and we eat it on a blanket.  Amelia is usually not invited.

She loves to sing and can remember the words to many songs.  She has told me her favorites are “We could be the heroes” (SUV Song) from Silly Songs with Larry, and “Domn, Domn, s-analtam”, a Romanian Christmas carol! 

She likes to get dressed by herself.  Well, let’s say she likes to put her clothes on by herself.  She doesn’t really like to get dressed.  She also likes to wear dresses.  We’re very lucky to have received some dresses from the 2 other families in our branch that have girls a little older than Kathryn. 


Kathryn loves peanut butter sandwiches.  She has this for a “snack” at lunchtime, while Amelia and I have lunch.  Then right before her nap, she claims that she needs “lunch”.  Kathryn also loves milk!  I am so glad she is a milk drinker.

Kathryn also loves nursery!  Sometimes we go to pick her up and she asks to stay for a few more minutes. 

And just for kicks, here are a couple pictures of me.