Summer photos and video from Harrison

August 22, 2016


Photo of Mississippi Starry Night by Harrison Tarabella.
Oh, how I love summer! August weather is a bit miserable here, but overall, I love having the boys home with us and the more relaxed schedules. They’ve both had summer jobs and taken a few classes, and it’s been so nice spending time together before my eldest son Harrison returns to college at the end of this week to begin his junior year. He’s had lots of college friends come visit over the past few months, so I’ve been cooking, cooking, cooking!


Harrison is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with a film emphasis, and all the photos on this post are from him as well as this video he made about his summer.



Photo by Harrison Tarabella

And yes, they had permission from the farmer, no, they weren’t really on the edge of a tall building— it only looked like it (good camera work) and yes, he was trying out his new underwater case which worked great. The other question he always gets is, yes, the stars are real. He goes out in the middle of nowhere with complete darkness and uses a long exposure on his camera. Poof = stars the way we should see them!



Photo by Harrison TarabellaHarrison returned for one week to volunteer with his former summer job of working at a Lake Forest Ranch in Mississippi so some of these shots were taken there. Others were made in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores where he likes to hang out.



Lake Forest Ranch - photo by Harrison TarabellaHis friends you see in the video and photos attend Mississippi State University,Mississippi College, Troy University, University of South Alabama, Catawba College and Samford University.



Nighttime stars by Harrison Tarabella
You may notice, the video is full of athletes  (you’ll be able to tell which one is on his college swim team), and this is why I had to cook so much food!


A few cute girls visited us this summer as well, and they didn’t eat much at all!

Photo by Harrison Tarabella

Boys visit . . . “Y’all grab a blanket out of the laundry room, make yourself comfortable on the couch and I’ll make some sandwiches.”

Girls visit . . . “I have to buy all new sheets and towels. What do they like to eat? Where are my pickle forks?”


I think there’s a story there somewhere. Stay tuned.



  • What wonderful memories with the photos & video to prove it. They leave home so soon I know you cherish these days.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      It’s been a busy summer, but so much fun!

  • Such beautiful photos ♥ Have a lovely day ♥

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Thanks so much. Love your name!

  • You must be beyond thrilled to have your son doing what he loves so passionately, and what a talent! God repays us all the pain suffered through the growing years with fabulous adult children! I know you had a wonderful summer having him home, special times…

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Yes, and thank you to all of the above, and now, we’ll see if he can make a living doing what he loves! That’s the challenge of our lives isn’t it?

  • Leslie Anne, I cannot believe how fast he has grown up. We have such handsome young men. Seems like yesterday he, Dylan and Joseph were playing in your yard on the zip line. I sure miss those days, but I am also so proud of them and their drive to go to college and have a career. Dylan actually started Pre-Med at UWF in Pensacola today. I know we miss them and it is hard to let them grow their wings, but we are also extremely proud of them. Tell everyone hello from the Ard’s.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      So good to hear from you! Dylan is an awesome young man and I’m so proud of him! Tell him to come see us anytime and I’ll cook for him too!

  • Harrison is very talented. The photos and video are awesome. It makes us tired to do all that cooking and entertaining, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Rest can come in September.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I agree. I’m so glad he has friends who are really good kids, I’ll cook all day for them!

  • Leslie Anne, beautiful video and photography…kudos to Harrison, very talented!! Pam @ Everyday Living

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