Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chase's First Halloween

Chase was a turtle for Halloween this year! He didn't go trick-or-treating, just posed for a "few" (*cough* 52... *cough, cough*) photos for Mom and then headed off to bed. There are lots more photos in our Photo Album if you want to check them out!

(The little turtle feet didn't stay on very well!)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Toys

Chase fell in love with this toy at Isaac's house so he just HAD to have one!

Chase also got an early birthday gift this weekend. Well... 2, actually. He is only 13oz away from being too big for his infant car seat so it was time for a new one. And of course that meant we needed 1 for each car. Joy! The checkout guy at Toys R Us asked if we had twins (I wanted to say, with Chase on my hip, "yes, but we left the evil one locked up in the basement at home")! Apparently if you have twins you get a 10% discount there. Almost makes twice the work/expense/etc. seem worth it! You hearin' me, Barb? ;)

Anyway, to get the most bang for our buck I tried to entice Chase to get some use out of the boxes they came in (but I think I had more fun playing in them than he did)!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Blazin' Brother Update

Thanks to all who have expressed concern for my brother in the midst of the California blazes. I call him every day for updates and he assures me that it looks worse on the map than it really is in Vista. He now has clear skies and things are looking up. Assume no news is good news from me!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Jack-O-Lantern Family Photo

Brian and I carved pumpkins tonight and we had an extra one to do this year! Here is our Jack-O-Lantern family photo. Pictured here, from L-R: Mommy, Daddy and Chase!

(Daddy is not very photogenic.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fire Map

Click here for a map of the area where my brother lives (sorry, it takes a little while to load). He lives in Vista, shown on the map just a little northeast of Oceanside.

Please keep thinking of him and his family!

Monday, October 22, 2007

California Blazes

Everyone please keep my brother and his beautiful family (new wife Julia and daughter Rhianna) in your thoughts as they watch the San Diego area around them drown in fire and smoke. I talked to Jeff this morning and he said they are evacuating areas all around them but they haven't had to evacuate where he lives in Vista yet. The photos above are from his camera. Creepy, huh? Anyway, please keep in your thoughts that their home, friends and family members remain safe.

Love you, J!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

10 Months!

Chase turned 10 months old yesterday, so here is his 10 month photo! It is getting harder and harder to get him to sit still for these!

Click here to compare it to his 9 month photo!

The slideshow of all his month photos has been updated at the bottom of Chase's Info Page if you're interested in seeing the progression. [Update 1/18/08: This page no longer exists. If you would like me to email you a slideshow of the progression, let me know!]

He is all over the place, crawling like a maniac and pulling up on things. He has finally learned to wave "bye-bye" (we've been working on that for awhile) so that has been the highlight of my mornings this week. He's so much fun!

Random photos taken over the last month are now in our Photo Album (labeled "Chase: 9 Months - Misc.").

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weekend in Alma

Since Brian had to go to Columbus for a conference this weekend Chase and I decided to take a little road trip ourselves to Grandma & Grandpa K's house! On the way there we made a pit stop in Grand Rapids to see Brian, Becky and Isaac. Brian and Becky had not met Chase before Friday, and Chase and Isaac had never met each other! They had so much fun playing together (a.k.a. wrestling!) and it was really nice to be able to hang out with adults while the kids entertained themselves (pretty much)!

From there we headed to Alma, where we attended Alma College's homecoming parade! We bundled Chase up tight (it was SO cold!) and he enjoyed the parade up until the end when all the fire trucks came through, blaring their horns and sirens. That didn't go over too well!

We then went up to Mt. Pleasant to see Uncle Kory, Aunt Nicole, cousin Emma and brand-new cousin Addison!

Chase had a lot of fun playing with Emma as she tried to teach him not to put everything in his mouth (a wasted effort, obviously)!

Sunday we went to church with Grandma and I got to see my dear friend Krista and her sweet little girl, Ella, again! Krista told me in the middle of the service that she is expecting baby #2 (due in June), and I cursed her for telling me during church where I couldn't scream!! Chase spent the service in the daycare downstairs where he had lots of fun playing with the other kids. Afterwards we met up with Grandpa at the good ol' Main Cafe before hitting the road.

Chase normally does really well in the car, but about 25 miles from home he had decided he'd had ENOUGH of our road trip. I was only a few miles from work when he started wailing in the back seat, so we stopped at my office to stretch our legs and move around a bit. I have a window full of slobbery baby handprints staring me in the face today as a reminder of our fun at the office yesterday.

Photos of our weekend are now in our Photo Album. Enjoy!

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Visit from the Deck Fairy

Not that I'm calling Brian's dad a fairy (!), but what else do you call someone who removes the loose stain chips from your ratty old deck one day and then, in exchange, gives you something more valuable the next?

Elmer was kind enough to drive up from St. Louis this weekend to help Brian powerwash and re-stain the deck. It looks really nice now that it's done! Of course we managed to find time to go to the Scarecrow Festival and do some shopping (and eating!) while he was here, too! He was also kind enough to babysit for us while we attended friends Jill and Jonah's wedding and reception Saturday (Congrats, Jill & Jonah)!

Photos of our weekend are posted in our Photo Album!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Website Update: I'm phasing out our old homepage. will now bring you directly to this blog instead of taking you here like it used to!

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