Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
His first dessert! He took a few bites, and I bet you can guess where the rest of it ended up!
My little one-year-old! Here are some facts about Chase:
*He has a very sweet disposition and rarely cries EXCEPT for when you put him down to sleep. I think I can count on one hand the number of times he hasn't cried when we laid him down for a nap or bed (usually only for 5 minutes, though).
* He can sign 'more' and 'all done' and can say 'grandpa, bye-bye, ma-ma, da-da,' and a few other words.
*He has never taken a binkie or a bottle, and has just recently formed an attachment to a blanket.
* He prefers ME over Brad, something that Nick never has!
*He loves his big brother and tries to do everything that Nick does.
* He is crawling everywhere, pulls himself up on everything, and walks along furniture or anything else he can hold on to.
*He loves to DANCE!
*He still loves his jumper chair and will happily jump away for 30 minutes or longer.
Oh, how we love this kid! I can't believe I have a three-yr-old and a 1-yr-old. How does time go by so fast? Happy Birthday, my little Chase!
PS- HURRAY and HALLELUJAH -- the boy is WEANED!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
As a stay-at-home mom who can't stand to stay in doors all day and who was adjusting to a new place and to the life of having two kids, I needed such a friend. So much so, in fact, that I was praying for one. Someone that I could call at the last minute to go to the park with, someone to run errands with, someone to go shopping with at the end of the day when the kids were in bed and the husband was studying or doing stuff for his calling. When Chase was just a few months old and the weather got a bit warmer, the kids and I would venture out on walks around our neighborhood and would consistently stop at Melissa's, who was always outside with her girls. Nick was obsessed, to say the least, with their five-yr-old- girl, Morgan, and would ask about her nonstop. When we decided to move down the street to be in an end unit and to get away from 2 smoking neighbors, we moved in right next to them.
I admired Melissa in every way, and eventually these walks turned into play dates at the park, galavanting around to every activity State College offered in the spring/summer/fall, 5:30 workout sessions every morning at the Y, and resulted in a friend, a best friend, to talk about everything with, to call every day (even though we lived next door to each other)to go grocery shopping with, to ask parenting advice from, to share heartaches and joys with, and to laugh with.
The WORST thing about living in a college town is the transience. Adam (smarty-pants), finished his PhD in 3.5 years, and they moved to Idaho a few weeks ago. And seriously, I know how incredibly cheesy this post is, but I miss her everyday. There are not words to describe Meliss. In the last few weeks they were here, I heard no less than 8 people tell her things like "you are the glue that holds our ward together," and it's true. She silently took care of everyone. She is outgoing, beautiful, hilarious, friendly, completely self-less, the best mom, generous, and absolutley wonderful in every way.
My favorite memories of her include:
*Having her go up and tickle the back of one of our friends at the gym, only to discover it wasn't our friend!
*Lying on the gym floor, supposedly working our abs, but laughing and talking forever.
*Bringing our baby monitor over after all the kids were in bed and playing games
*Preparing for the Super Saturday enrichment, and trying to figure out those bath salt ornaments! :)
*Grocery shopping late at night, then staying in the car talking until 11pm, when we know we're going to see each other at 5:20 the next morning.
*Watching our kids play together.
*Going to Huntingdon, and seeing her with her YW
*Our "glorious" trip to Lancaster
*Getting lost and going on a scooter hunt in Belleville
*Dinner at each others houses, and our Christmas party
*Eating at Baby's
*Seeing you go through the frustration and then the excitement of house hunting, and finally getting what you and Adam have worked so hard for these last 7 years!
I feel so blessed to have made this friend, for life.
Me and Meliss
Christmas 2006: B&B Goldie family are in Ohio
Christmas 2007: B&B Goldie family are in PA, unable to travel because of pregnancy.
Christmas 2008: We're FINALLY all together for the holiday, for the first time since 2004. No wonder I was excited!
This trip could not have been more perfect. We had a chore chart, a meal chart, a devotional chart and a posterboard calendar marking our activities hung on the wall to keep things organized. 8 adults and 4 little boys in such close proximity could have called for disaster, but instead the house was full of laughter and peace. I love this family I belong to and will always cherish these two weeks we had all together ... heaven knows when this will happen again! Now get ready for more pictures than I have ever put on a single post before!
Nick was obsessed with playing Santa just about the whole time. Here he made my dad and Mara sit on his "sleigh" while he drove it around, delivering toys.