Friday, January 21, 2011

Chase's crazy hair

So I still haven't taken Chase to get a professional haircut because let's face it.... this kid's hair needs a chop ever 2 weeks! I usually end up convincing myself that it is worth the savings and that "it'll be better this time around." But let's face it. It always ends up completely different than how I originally cut/style it. Everyone who knows Chase knows he has "crazy hair." It does what it wants, sticks up when it wants and has so much volume you'd think I was using styling products in it! (Chase does ask me for mousse on occasion.) Maybe his hair is having a case of the terrible two's?! Today it was so crazy that spraying water did nothing but made it look worse. Brian called it his "Conan O'Brien hair-do". Yikes!

front shot

"the part"

rear view

side shot

"the Conan O'Brien"

Just so all of the Chase fans know that I truly do attempt to cut his hair evenly, you can see my work (right after his hair cut/style):
rear view

side shot

profile shot (check out that dimple!)

"the part"

front view

the action shot

"blue steel"
(For all you Zoolander fans. This one is gonna make him famous.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Sophie has been moving all over the place (scooching on her belly) since 5 and a half months. She would get up on her knees and take maybe one step (on her knees) and then go back to her belly. She would even get in pushup position with bum straight up in the air but then go back to her belly to scooch. But then last night, she finally made the move!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

When two peas come from the same pod...

...they are hard to tell apart!

Sophie scooching (6 months)

Chase scooching (8.5 months)

Daddy kissing Sophie

Daddy kissing Chase

Sophie smiling (5 months here and still toothless at 7 months)

Chase smiling (with teeth at 6 months)

Big Sophie grin (5 months)

Chase grin (5 months)

Sophie getting some "exersauce"

Chase buddy getting some "exersauce"

bright-eyed Sophie

bright-eyed Chase

As infants, Sophie looked almost identical to Chase:
But in these photos you can finally see a difference. Both have a cute rounded nose, blue eyes, and hair that went from almost black as newborns to a medium brown. Sophie's face is much rounder and even though I remember Chase having chubby cheeks/several chins, Sophie's take the cake!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Dancing in the Minefields

We've been through a lot together. We've shared in exciting times- traveled across the world together (Venezuela, Dominican, India), learned different languages (Hebrew, Spanish, Chase-ese), bought a house together and brought two beautiful babies into the world together. We've shared in mundane times- setting the table for dinner each night and arguing over whose turn it is to give Chase a bath or get up and feed Sophie at 2 a.m.! haha! We've endured some disappointments- questioning God's calling on our lives and feeling as though we were wandering in the darkness and at times, struggling to make ends meet. We've shared in successes- you finished seminary and made it through ordination! And I came away with a straight A average on my seminary report card (however few the classes). :) And you trained and finished a really hard marathon! And I made it through 2 separate 9+ month marathons of my own! We learned to cleave and leave and start a family all our own... And the day we covenanted our love, was exactly 6 years ago!!!

So, Brian, this song is for you. It speaks to what our hearts know and need to hear but so often forget. That God's promise is true. And that is why we can keep forgiving, keep saying "I love you," and keep believing amidst our struggle to lay our lives down for each other. He never said it would be easy, but His promises are true. So in the face of all this chaos, I can still dance with you.

"Dancing in the Minefields" - by Andrew Peterson

Well I was 19 you were 21
The year we got engaged
Everyone said we were much to young
But we did it anyway
We got the rings for 40 each from a pawnshop down the road
We said our vows and took the leap now 15 years ago

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

Well ‘I do’ are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I’ve heard is a good place to begin
Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I lose loves chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith
to the end of all my days
when I forget my name, remind me

Cause we bear the light of the Son of man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow lands
Till the shadows disappear
Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos baby
I can dance with you

So lets go dancing in the minefields
Lets go sailing in the storms
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And kicking down the doors
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And sailing in the storms
Oh this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

Love you, Hubby. Happy Anniversary. Will you still dance with me?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Sophie's latest scoop

Here are some Sophie facts:

Other aliases: Sophilicious, Miss Sophie, spit-up-queen, Baby Soap-ee (per Chase; he graduated from his original "baby Bo-pee")
Age: 6. 5 months old
Length: Really long (so that she needs 9 months clothes in length)
Weight: 15 lb 5 oz (really skinny so that everything long enough to fit her falls off her waist)
Face: still has the chubbiest cheeks and several chins
Eyes: very blue
Likes: scooching (very fast) across the room to get Chase's toys or computer cords, rocking on her knees, smiling at people, baths, the exersaucer, sleeping with her bum up in the air, sucking her middle fingers, watching Zoe through the baby gate, eating rice cereal, facesucking and using her hands to swat and scratch things, wiggling out of her pants
Dislikes: her baby toys like rattles (b/c they are too boring for a woman on the go and toys with small parts are much more interesting!), nursing/being burped, diaper changes, sleeping through the night (all very unfortunate for mommy as these comprise the majority of her day!)
Her BFF's: Chase of course, baby Eli, and baby Josh
Here's a pix of Sophie and Baby Eli (short for Eliana)
Random stats: irresistibly kissable cheeks, very responsive baby, loves to smile at people, no teeth as of yet, just beginning to get a little bit of chunk in her thighs, has constant rashes (not sure if food allergies or eczema), went from sleeping through the night at 6 weeks to waking up now several times a night since she began rolling over, sometimes will take a bottle of formula (but usually only if daddy gives it), does well in her carseat and will stay in it a long while when she's content, generally very happy baby but also less predictable/routined than Chase, hair is a medium brown and has a little bit of curl to it

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Thankfulness for friends & family

We celebrated Christmas with lots of loved ones!

Giving Sophie smooches

B helping Chase open a present

Papi playing with Sophie

Sophie rocking on her knees

Nu-Nu showing Asher his new book

Grammy B with Sophie

Bryan being goofy

Asher waiting for his Siberian husky

Chase ready for a snowball fight!

Chase & Sophie enjoying their new blankies Aunty Cat made them!!!
Aunty Cat snuggling with Chase buddy
The Whited sibling plus BIL Tyler


Chase giving Sophie "pat-pats"

Chase & Sophie enjoying each other

Oh, and Bryan, Brian and Renu had competition to see who could do the best worm. All three have still GOT IT!!! I do think Bryan's took the cake, though.

Sorry, Bryan. I just had to. Plus, you got Dad's two thumbs up in the video. Some families do carols. Some eat a particular dish. Only in my family is "the worm" a normalcy in any celebratory event. Wedding, Christmas, you name it! Aren't you jealous that you don't live in my family?!