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Saturday, November 20, 2010

We love Saturdays!

Saturdays are such wonderful days! There is nothing better than waking up, staying in pjs, turning on cartoons (maybe a bit premature) and just having fun!

Chase loves to play with the pots and pans when we are in the kitchen. He loves the noise that each of the things make. Between the three of us, we can make a pretty good percussion section :) Before too long, Chase will be helping Matt cook eggs.

Road Trip!

These blog posts are all out of date but I guess that's what you get when you wait a month to update. We went to Dalton, GA to visit dear friends of ours who moved there during the summer. They live on 18 acres in an absolutely beautiful home! We couldn't stay but for a night but we had such a great time! It was so good to see them! I miss my Hartley boys!

Needless to say, Hogan had a blast running round. Susan and Michael have two dogs, Bentley and Sage, and Hogan spent the whole time chasing them. They are good sports about it, that's for sure!

Thank you Hartleys for a weekend of fun!

Hogan having a blast

Chase and his John Deere

Owen giving Chase a ride

My two boys!

Oh, I love him!

The Hartley crew

Fun on Saturday morning

Chase's new ride!


We had a great time dressing up Chase for Halloween. Needless to say, we had a great time, but the little bug? Not so much. He was a great sport considering he was tired and overdue for bed. We went up to the neighborhood party at the pool then over to our good friends Scott and Jacci to get pictures of the boys. Scott and Jacci's son, Jack, is just 5 weeks older than Chase. We live in the same neighborhood, have same age boys and go to the same church. And all a random coincidence. Here are some pictures of the fun night!

(In Chase's defense...his tiger outfit had padding to it so it looks like he is bigger than he really is :) )
Scott, Jacci and sweet Jack

How precious is he???!!!!

I think they were done...even the milk duds didn't excite them :)

Mom and her butterbean!

Sunday School

In Sunday School the other day, a friend played a song for us. The book we have been reading is all about raising our children in a Godly way and this song tells us exactly how we should be. Great lyrics and you can listen to it below.

Probably my new favorite song...I had heard it in the past but hadn't actually listened to the words. Such comforting things to remember.

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pictures from Chase's Baptism - Oct. 10, 2010

Both families here to celebrate!

Our sweet family...

With Gigi and Papa

With Nana and PopE

I love Happy

Happy 8th Month Birthday Chase!

Wow! Where did the time go?! Chase is already 8 months old! I cannot believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital all wrapped up in a blanket and walking in the house wondering, "what do we do now?!" Over the last 8 months, we definitely have learned a lot about child rearing...more lessons to follow, I know!

It is hard to imagine that you can love someone so much. The love between a parent and a child is amazing and so strong. Chase is a blessing to us and we look forward to the many years to come.

So what is Chase up to now a days?!

*He is now into crawling and pulling up on things. You can't leave him for a second without him trying to climb up on something. Needless to say this has caused a few bumps but he is learning his way around!

*He still Army crawls a bit and boy can he move! You can walk away and he'll be at your feet in no time. As of yesterday, he has started to crawl much more. Matt and I still need to baby proof the house...

*Chase is now in a big boy car seat. We went to Babies R Us yesterday to get a car seat for him. He went for a flu shot last Thursday night and I asked them to weigh him. He weighs 20 lbs 8.7 ounces, so he can move up! Still rear facing but a step up! The infant carrier was getting to be a little much for me to carry and he actually started to hate it. He still has it when he's in Matt's car (because car seats are so dang expensive) but my guess is he won't have it long there!

*He now says mama. Of course, he doesn't know that I am "mama" but that' s ok. I still pretend that he does :) We are trying out the dada but "d's" are harder.

*He has pretty much gone through all the baby stage 1 foods. With the milk protein allergy we were a little worried about bringing foods on too fast, so took our time. So far he likes everything except peas. And sweetie, I can't blame you there!

*He was baptized on October 10th and he was a charmer! He was so good during the service!

*Chase has 2 bottom teeth and 2 coming in up top. He is SO good about the pain with them. It seems he has a high pain tolerance like his mom!

*Still not sleeping through the night but mom and dad don't mind. We actually are used to waking up and working on little sleep :) so it's not a problem getting up. We've tried to make him cry it out, but he cries for an hour and a half and that's miserable to us. He'll grow out of it by the time he's 13, surely!

I think that's about it! I hope to be better about keeping my "record" updated with what he is doing!

Pictures to come later!

We love you Chase more than you'll ever know!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My goal...

I am on a mission to lose this baby weight. I can no longer pull the "I just had a baby" routine...he's almost 8 months old! In my defense, it was hard to work out during the summer. We were paying someone hourly to watch Chase and I just felt guilty paying for an hour while I worked out. But, I was at a point where I needed to do something.

In 2004 (I think), I ran the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. My goal? To run the whole way. And did I? HECK YEA! Of course, at the end, I couldn't feel my limbs but I did in fact run the whole way.

So now I am motivated to do it again. In DISNEY WORLD!!!! How fun!!! Slight problem...I'm somewhat behind the 8 Ball. As of 3 weeks ago, it had been a good year since I had run. I ran a little bit when I first got pregnant but then used the pregnancy as an excuse.

IF I have the nerve to sign up for the run, I may not be able to run the whole way. I have worked my way up to 3.2 miles, but that is a long way from 13.1.

Wish me luck! I'll keep you posted!