Wednesday, October 8, 2014 update on my baby boy

The update is that I no longer have a baby boy.
He grew up and it all happened before I realized it and before I could stop it! 
What's a Momma to do?
> Chase says or tries to say everything he hears now! It's hilarious and scary all at the same time. 
> he says "no" to everything right now. 
Chase, do you love Momma?  No.
Chase, are you Momma's boy? No.
Chase, we're you a good boy today? No.
We'll at least the last one is true - lol
> he is starting to play by himself better
> he Ioves music. I think there is a song playing in his head all the time. He dances to music and sings a lot!
He really likes Deep and Wide, Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me, You Are My Sunshine, The Wheels on the Bus and This Little Light of Mine.
> chase loves pizza
> At nap and bed time, he is starting to want to be laid down with his bottle so he can put himself to sleep
> Chase is very loving. He gives big hugs where he squeezes your neck hard and loves to get kisses...even Eskimo kisses. He thinks those are especially funny!
> Chase was introduced to the song What Does The Fox Say? (Thanks Daddy!) and is obsessed with it now. Whenever our phones or tablets are out, he comes up and says "pop, pop, pop, pop, pop". I can only handle hearing that song so much before I get angry (with myself for having it memorized!).
> he wants bottles still... and I kind of feel like it's the only thing still "baby" about this stage... And I'm a pushover so I allow it.
> Chase likes playing peek-a-boo.  He will say Chaser! and then cover his head with a blanket so we will "find" him!
> his giggles and cuddles are the best part of each day! 
> he still shy with people he doesn't knownd gets very upset if they try to hold him or even get too close to him
> going to the doctor is loads of fun at this stage. Well, really when the nurse tries to touch him or gives him shots. He does ok with the doctor.
> he is a guy's guy! Maybe cause he is best buds with his Daddy but Chase is definitely more comfortable with guys. 
> Chase loves to go through the kitchen cabinets and play with whatever he can grab before he has to run from Momma :) 
> This month we started the time out chair.  I've kind of mocked the idea in the past, with the thought of, just spank your kid already! But apparently (and yes I knew this) certain kinds of discipline are effective for some children AND at certain ages.  Our child happens to be very stubborn. I love that he's strong willed because I feel like he will be a leader throughout life if I can just direct all of that stubbornness and instill discipline while he is young. But what do I know? He is only 16 months old and this is my first child, so really, it's all trial and error at this stage!
> I love our little family time. Chase gets to relax in Momma and Daddy's bed on Saturday and Sunday mornings and it is so cute to see how he just eats it up!
> Chase has started wanting  a kiss on his owie to make it all better.  I've always thought this was the cutest thing with other children and now that it is MY kisses for MY baby, it is just as special to make everything in his world ok with just a kiss! 

>>> I love being a Mommy even more with every day. Even the hard days or fussy times, he's all mine and he and I know what he needs to relax at night or when he needs cuddled during the day.  We know that wrestling with Daddy each evening always makes Chase happy. Going outside for some fresh air or to watch puppy dog are little things Chase always enjoys! It's crazy to me how hectic our evenings are - getting ready for Chase to go to Grandma's house the next day and me getting my stuff ready for work the next day... YET our chaos is what puts a smile on my face and makes me feel loved. Normally when I start to feel overwhelmed it is right in the middle of so much good happening. God has blessed us so much. Definitely with Chase, but just in general as well.  I can't believe we've been on this parenting journey for 16 months now, yet we are just starting...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dallas Style

Last week had me on a 3 day trip to Dallas, TX for work.  I was able to meet some of my clients and attend one of their conferences.

I had to get up at 2:30 AM in order to get to the airport by 4:00 AM.  Did I mention I am NOT a morning person?  I considered just staying up all night rather than getting a few hours of sleep, but I didn't last.  It also helped that adrenaline kept me going throughout the day since we had session after session, social hour and a 3 hour dinner to make it through.  I crashed hard that first night in Dallas.
 How nice it was to realize I ended up with a huge balcony that overlooked the pool.  The weather was refreshingly warm in Dallas and I enjoyed the sunshine and warmth through the balcony door. 

 A lot of the conferences I get to attend end up feeling very "trade show-ish" but this was refreshingly different.  It was a very engaging time with the client and a very enjoyable trip.  

By the time I got home Friday evening, I couldn't wait to hug my guys {just to verify, that would be Chase & Nathan - ha}.  I'm blessed with a rewarding job, but I'm always so thankful to get back home to my family.

P.S.  Hotel Zaza in Dallas is GORG.  It has southern charm with spacious rooms.  If you like to people watch, sit down by the valet and watch the constant stream of incredible cars and even some celebs that come through :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Closet | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

handbag, thrift via clothes mentor | boots, walmart | denim skirt, old navy
top, target | vest, consignment via Refinery 
I'm totally embracing layers already.  After our abnormally cool summer, I didn't think I'd be ready for Fall.  Apparently the vest and boot advertising has won me over already! :)  I'm enjoying the cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Now, if only Indiana actually stayed like this all year long!  #wishfulthinking

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Beautiful Day in Chicago!

Last weekend had me heading to Chicago again for a work conference.
I miss my guys so much when I have these, but Chicago does make for a fun little trip!
...and I finally got a cool rental this trip.  This 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was loaded and dream to drive :)
 There is literally not much at all between Indianapolis and Chicago.
BUT we did get to have a FAB meal on our trip (hit up Carlucci!!) and do some great shopping at the Outlet mall right behind our hotel.
All work and no play?  Not us!  :)
Thankful for some little perks from these trips when I have to leave my family. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Closet: Friday | September 12, 2014

 Target is killing it with their fall items.  Who am I kidding, they always  have great pieces I cannot resist!  I love the classic style of this dress and how I can easily transform it into a Fall or Winter piece.  I'm thinking of flats, booties, boots and fun bold accessories to really set it off.
  outfit details:
dress, target | wedges, payless | handbag, alloy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Closet: Tuesday | September 2, 2014

 outfit details:
tee, old navy | striped skirt, target | vest, gap via refinery consignment
belt, thrifted | flats, target | handbag, coach via clothes mentor
A co-worker and I have decided to do game of sorts this month.  I got a head start this past weekend and went on an organizing frenzy.  I have cleaned out over 4 totes of purses, clothes and baby stuff.  I decided to try some resale and consignment stores in my area to see if I could get anything out of my stuff.  This is the first time I've ever done this, but I figure getting anything is better than simply donating to Goodwill - ?!

Next I am going through my linen closet and kitchen cabinets.  It's amazing how much stuff accumulates in these places!

Monday, September 1, 2014

13 Years of Marriage

Happy Anniversary, Nathan!
engagement | 12.31.00
wedding | 9.1.01
here we are, 13 years and lots of fun later! :)

13 year photo by Joanna Brown Photography