8 month Shai. (just a {tad} late)

Each month holds an entire new round of ‘firsts’ and new fun for babies. In his 8th month…-He started to really mimic his brother in such cute and funny ways. Above photo shows him trying to grin like Chaseyboy.

-We decided we would do an UP inspired 1st birthday party for him because when he was a newborn we thought he looked like a “little old man” so what better way to celebrate him?!  Plus, okay, I love UP and Shailo really doesn’t have an opinion yet ;)

-He had sugar for his first time when he stole a cinnamon roll and then another time when he grabbed my frosty (chase was around 16 months when he had sugar… second child syndrome? haha),

Sure love this boy!

 -He took his first trip to the top of a mountain.

-He got his first real cold :( Broke mah heart.

-Wore his first wig haha … We also have a similar wig photo of Chase when he was his age.

-Celebrated Chase’s birthday for the first time

-Tried mangos and loved them. Boy after my own heart.

-He got his first gash.

 -Started really climbing up on things and inside of things too!

I can’t think of anymore first, but I’m sure there are some I am missing.

What a fun month :) Waaay over due. Trying to catch up before he is one in less than a MONTH! What?!

8 Months Old.

We were almost too late with this photoshoot. He turns 9 months in just a few days.

Melts. my. heart. It sure does help me forget the difficult moments when this killer smile comes out.

He’s such a joyful, playful, energetic little boy.

During his 8 month he learned to stand without us and to stand without holding anything. It makes me wonder, when is he going to walk? Oh boy.

It has been an incredible, phenomenal journey thus far with this little man. Each month is more and more exciting as his personality grows and his mobility as well. He sure keeps us on our toes! We can’t wait to see what the future with him holds, but for now, we’re savoring every moment because so far, it is flying by.

My Morning Sunshine.

This morning, I awoke to this.

My little sunshine {loves} the sunshine.

In our previous home, we lived in a basement with little sunlight. Chase is so captivated because now our bed is right up against a window.

And in this house, this isn’t the only window he can reach. He also enjoys watching the squirrels on the back porch.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant I have sung ‘You are my sunshine’ to him every evening before bed. He truly is.

He brightens my life and I just had to share.

Beyond Blessed (a random post).

-Yesterday & most of today I rested (cause I am not feeling well) and hung out with my son and my grandma while watching Project Runway season 6 (a bday gift) which makes me want to, first, learn to truly sew (more than onesies & pillows) and secondly, to be creative.

-Watching Chase explore his new surroundings is actually really blessing me. He reminds me of the endless possibilities and how the little, simple things in life can bring such joy. (Seriously, spend some time with a kiddo and you’ll know just what I am talking about!) He is such a fun boy. Super silly and is constantly surprising me with the new things he learns. For example, yesterday he just started dancing to music. I said “dance” and he would! I was stunned. He finally got it!

Here are is a video I took with the mac (i wanted to hurry and capture the moment, sorry for the quality);

-My Grandpa hung Chase’s new swing on the playground in the backyard. This boy loves to be outside and especially, to swing. I think every kid probably loves these things. It’s refreshing, freeing. I came out to find him swinging and smiling and snapped a few photos. :)

-I have also had a lot more time with Ted lately and that’s been an incredible blessing. I guess I didn’t realize just how much time we spent apart. Tonight we went out for a date for the first time since my birthday!

-It wasn’t a super long date, only 2 hours in fact, but it was great spending time alone. Ted is such a great man. He is adreamer and I absolutely love that.  He, like Chase, is constantly keeping me on my toes! I really wouldn’t change my dreamer in for anything. Even when the dreams are sometimes frightening and/or crazy, like his current one. I can’t say… anything really… but tomorrow he flies to Alaska for a two week trip which will determine a lot for our future. He believes in excellence and will do whatever it takes to be excellent in the things he is passionate in!

Maybe soon, I will be sharing something. quite. huge.

-The past few weeks of transition have been rough, but my eyes have been opened to see just how blessed we are. I am trying to focus on that lately, despite the times that are hard.

Here’s to counting our blessings!

Our new home…

Is less than ten minutes from the foothills of the mountains, which means a lot of camping, hiking, tubing on the Poudre river and fishing! (I may be mostly girly, but i grew up doing all of these and love them!)

And a 20 minute walk east brings us to this beautiful park, where I played at as a child!

The view from here is {breathtaking}, the colours are phenomenal. I love being so near the mountains!

Ted has been spending time working on our car and helping me unpack and organize but today he spent the day fishing with a pal he did a DTS with who just happens to live in Ft.Collins as well. (This is NOT where he went fishing, haha, he is in the mountains somewhere, right now, as I… type :) )

The little lake at City park will be perfect to walk or run around! And right next to the lake is the playground I played on as a child (remodeled though) and a little toddler playground! This city is so family friendly, I love it! They even have a trolley run during the summer time. So fun!

One of the best things about living here, we get to watch the sunset behind the mountains. This is a bad angle to see this, but I wanted you to see what Chase sees. He was in awe of the cars driving by, the swingset behind him, the tall trees, etc.

We are living in one of the guest  rooms at my grandparent’s home until we know the next step. More to come on our future :) For now we are spending more time as a family, quality time, something we didn’t get a whole lot of on staff in Denver. It’s been an amazing week already, can’t wait to see what this summer holds! I know Chase will be walking soon so that should make it especially interesting!!