Monday, June 29, 2009

A Little White Trash?

Just to let you know, you will see a lot of pictures of us in our swimsuits this summer. Let me rephrase. You will see a lot of pictures of Chloe in her swimsuit. Not me. I wouldn't do that to you. 

It looked a little stormy this afternoon so I decided to skip our afternoon pool time. We got all dressed up anyway and resorted to Plan B.

The scene of the crime: Our back porch that has yet to be assembled. A busted up grill. Stacked chairs around the table. An OU chair, covered with what I swear is dirt. And of course, a pink floaty. Everyone needs a floaty on the back porch.

A little girl in her swimsuit, in her diaper, hanging out in her bathtub. Look at that chunk! 

Rocking out to Raffi.

A mom covered in sticky watermelon.

Our consensus? Yeah, we may be a little white trash, but we sure do know how to have a good time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sweet Summer

We're finally settled here in Cleveland. Instead of showing you pictures of our place, I'll share pictures of the place where Chloe and I are spending a lot of time. The pool. I can honestly say that it's been at least 4 years since I've really been to the pool, which means 4 years without a tan. Pasty white. Scary. We've had a lot of fun getting our feet wet, all afternoon, hanging out with our friends, laying out, jumping off the high dive, reading magazines and really working on our tans. Okay, we actually sit in the shade, at 5 PM,  with hats, full sunscreen, and Chloe's only gotten her little toes wet. But it's great to get out all the same. What baby doesn't like playing outside? Here are some pictures. In the first two pictures, you will notice a little girl swimming in the water. This is Chloe's new friend Maddy. She's four and she asks if she can pet Chloe each time she sees her. Of course I say yes! I also think she swiped one of Chloe's pacifiers. Gotta keep my eye on this girl...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Goodbye for Now

Tonight is our last night in Chicago, and the tears are welling up at the thought. This place has been our home for the past four years and I am sad to leave. I feel like I came here a girl, and I'm leaving...well I wouldn't say a woman, but I would say that I've grown up. When you are thrown into a new place with just your husband and 500 guitars, you learn to stick together. You learn to grow together. Out of all of the wonderful things we are leaving with, the thing I'm most proud of leaving with is our strong marriage. Not that it's perfect, it's anything but, but I know in my heart we are the better for this. And of course, I am so happy to have my sweet Chloe. Chicago will always be special because of that girl. We have been so thankful to welcome her into our family. Okay, I've got to stop because I'm getting to emotional, and I'm sure you're bored of my ramblings. So I leave you with some pictures from saying goodbye, packing, and from the weekend.

Saying Goodbye (only for now)
I've talked about Scott and Whitney on my blog before, but I've never posted pictures. Such a shame because they are so cute! Scott is a podiatry student, a year behind Jason, and Whitney and I have worked together for the past two years. They are from Oklahoma and have become our best friends in Chicago. They are two of the sweetest people I know, and have done so many wonderful things for us. It has been so wonderful to go through this experience with such upstanding people. I know that we will be lifelong friends.

A Taste of the Packing Process
I thought I'd just show you a picture of all of our art. I don't think we realized how much we have until we took it all done and put it in one place...

okay, two places. I told you we had a lot.

And my most valued possession, my collection of Vogue.  I left a note for the packers apologizing. This is probably the heaviest box we have. I have to admit that I almost chucked the 6 year collection, but I kept looking at Gwyneth's face on the cover, and I couldn't do it.

I left little notes for the packers on items that should not be packed. It was only intended for the papisan, but thought it was funny when I put Chloe in it.

From the Weekend
Hanging out with cousin Addy. Just try and tell me you don't think those are two of the cutest girls you've ever seen.

Chloe and I before Blake and Rachel's rehearsal dinner. I must go ahead and apologize for my daughter who had a bit of a rough night. To Scott Chapel: I'm sorry that my daughter puked on your pristine floors. And I'm even more sorry that I tried to rub it into the carpet with my foot. I just thought it would get rid of it. To the staff at Iron Starr: I'm sorry that you had to witness a meltdown in the kitchen while I swaddled my daughter. Thank you to the sweet waitress who saw the distress in my eyes as I looked for a place to lay her down to work my swaddling magic. Thank you to all of the waiters who told me I was doing a great job as I rocked my girl to sleep. To Blake and Rachel: I'm sorry that she screamed a little bit during the rehearsal. I learned my lesson and skipped the actual ceremony for the safety of a loud reception. Sorry I missed your wedding, but I know that it was perfect. And to Chloe: I'm sorry that I post when you have an off night. You are a wonderful baby, but it's not as funny when I post things about you being a little angel.

And last but not least, pictures from the reception. It was so wonderful to see everyone. Please excuse my wild hair in the following picture.

This may be the longest post of my life, and if you haven't stopped reading by now, I appreciate you hanging in there with me. I will be out of internet land as we get moved tomorrow. I'll return soon, with what I'm sure will be some crazy Cleveland stories. Peace out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Faster than a speeding bullet

That's how fast I'm writing this post. We are headed to Oklahoma for Blake and Rachel's wedding. Wanting to blog before I left, I had some really cute pictures and ideas for the parting post. However, we have a strict 5 AM pack time, with a 5:30 AM departure time, I'm unable. You see, it's 5:09 and I've yet to dress and feed the girl. I can see the time ticking away in Jason's eyes. I've gotta go. Have a great rest of the week everyone!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Aftermath of Graduation

Here's how Chloe recovered from the madness of graduation. May I present, the equation.

Diaper & Mary Jane socks +

An episode of Man v. Food (Chloe is actually watching TV  in this picture. She loves TV and apparently likes to watch eating challenges.) 

= One fat, happy and relaxed baby.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

As we head towards graduation and moving, things are happening very quickly. Needless to say, we've been very busy. But mostly busy with fun things.

Friday was my last day of work. It was hard to say goodbye to all of my friends, but it was also exciting to know that I'm starting a new adventure. I, of course, had to take pictures of my office before I took everything down. 

Here's a picture of Chloe and me in front of the view I have from my office. Chloe, of course, has her frog in her mouth. If you see my daughter these days, you will see this poor, stuffed animal's arm hanging out of her mouth. She cannot get enough of it.

A picture of the family. Jason and Chloe came up to take me home from work.

Two pictures of the empty office.

Saturday night was date night/graduation celebration. For Jason's graduation gift, I took him to Japonais. It was AMAZING. The food was perfect and the atmosphere was awesome. 

First of all, it was great to have a date. I love my husband and I love it when it's just us. Second of all, it was great to celebrate everything that Jason/we've accomplished over the past four years. He has worked so hard for our family, and the dinner was quite a reward. 

This was our favorite part of our dinner. For an appetizer, we got this. It's a thinly sliced skirt steak that you cook over a hot rock. It was really good and fun.

A picture of us after dinner.

Sunday was my mom's birthday and the Lincoln Park Zoo. I was so happy to take my girl on her first visit to the zoo. She loved looking around at everything that was going on. Or maybe she was just fascinated with the inside of her hat. I'm not really sure.

Chloe and I in front of the tiger. She was obviously intrigued.

Chloe had a meltdown about 2/3s of the way through, and she slept in my arms for the rest of the zoo trip. It was really sweet. The sleeping, not the meltdown.

All in all, it was a wonderful and exhausting weekend. I love my family being here, and we are excited for Jason's family to get here too. Here's to hoping our last weekend in Chicago is as fun as this one.