Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 30: Surprise Package

Today I got a surprise package in the mail... It was from my good scrappy buddy Alecia in Texas... I opened the box and she had sent goodies for the kids for Valentines Day!!!! Both Austin and Sydney got a huge yummy treat and then she packed it was a Valentines outfit for Chorley and an outfit to grow into!!!! My heart melted, I was sooo grateful.. It's those lil, unexpected things that someone does for you, to show they care, you don't expect it, and comes on a day you need it.. totally means that most!!! Thanks Alecia!! seriously, you made our family's day.

Day 30: Chorley
Age: 52 days old

Day 29: Jackie Robinson

Austin has an upcoming oral report to work on, so today was the day to get it going. Austin chose Jackie Robinson to write about, and then do the oral report in school later on this week. He was excited since Jackie is a baseball player, and with baseball season in session and going for Austin right now, the timing was perfect.

Day 29: Chorley
Age: 51 days old

Day: 28 Cali Beach Day

Today is the reason why I have LOVED living in So Cali.... It's January, 70 degrees outside, sun is shining and gorgeous day at the beach. We couldn't resist going down there today. It was packed with people, but who cares. We went for a walk out on Hermosa Beach Pier, watched some surfers catch some waves- the waves weren't too bad either. Austin dug in the sand, which makes him a happy lil guy. Chorley enjoyed the sunshine too. I didn't keep her out too long, I forgot a hat. I actually forgot you can get some sun on your face, here in January...

Day 28: Chorley
Age: 50 days old

Day 27: Family Fun Night

Today we had a Friday Fun night. This was something I started when Jeremy had worked out of state, and so if the kids did good on their homework and chores throughout the week, then we got Friday Fun night. The kids loved that idea and we've kinda been going back to it. We've tried to have Friday movie night, sometimes it's just going out to dinner, and staying up late. But this week, we went out to Cafe Rio with grandma and grandpa Hatter. It was packed at the Rio, but that pork salad.. yum!!! worth it. Then they came over and we watched Tin Tin. Austin, Jeremy and Sydney had already seen it, but they didn't mind seeing it again. I made up some Snickerdoodle cookies, which seem to be a new favorite and we stayed up late and hung out. A great ending to a looooong week.

Day 27: Chorley
Age: 49 days old

Day 26: Pinewood Derby

Well today was the day... Race day!!! Pinewood derby.. and actually the last pinewood derby for Austin too. Since this is his last year in Cub Scouts, it's his last pinewood derby. I actually really enjoy and look forward to it. It's fun to watch Austin and Jeremy create a car, design it, cut it out, and then add the paint and details. This year he created the "Flame" card. Austin made the flame and painted it himself. It turned out pretty cool. In the first heat we lost, then he won about 4 in a row, and then lost on the one to go to the quarter finals. So the car had a good run, and he was proud of it too.
It was also not such a great day. That morning I managed to burn 3 of my fingers, while I carried an unknowingly hot cookie sheet to the sink. They blistered in minutes and ouch!! it hurt. I also managed to pull my ultimate "blonde" moment.. It was super embarrassing and not too fun...

Day 26: Chorley
Age: 48 days old

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 25: Torrance Report

Well today was finally the day!!! We finished Sydney's Torrance report for her class. We did 12 Torrance activities which we do mostly as a family. Three of them counted from field trips that her class went on. Auntie Katelin took her on 3 of the activities and also was there for a 4th- go to a Torrance Restaurant, El Paso Cantina... where else?? So it was alot of hard work, but it was worth it, and I'm proud that she finished it.

Day 25: Chorley
Age: 47 days old, 7 weeks

Day 24: Veterans Memorial

Today Sydney and I went to the Torrance Veterans Memorial. We used it towards one of the places to see for her Torrance Report. My grandpa's brother, Robert Hatter's name is on the wall so we wrote about him and what happened for her report. It's cool to see the ties that we have to Torrance.

Day 24: Chorley
Age: 46 days old
Jeremy is also doing his own version of the 365 challenge. He is taking a daily picture of Chorley and then going to add it in a slide show at the end.. He takes a picture in the same place, and on the same blanket. I can't wait to see how much she grows over a year.

Day 23: First Bottle

Well we finally did it.. We gave Chorley a bottle. Jeremy actually was the one to give it to her. At first, she wasn't too excited about it, but after a few minutes, she decided to go for it and drank it... waaaahhh hoooo.

Day 23: Chorley
Age: 45 days old

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 22: Cuddles

Today was one of those days, I just wanted to hold Chorley and cuddle, even take a lil nap with her. I couldn't resist, she is sooo super cuddley and cute. So we rested for awhile and watched a movie on the couch. I know she'll be getting bigger soon enough, so some days it's worth it just to take time out for the little moments.

Day 22: Chorley
Age: 44 days old

Day 21: Madrona Marsh

Sydney has a project at school, called a Torrance Report. She has to go to several different Torrance locations, take pictures, and write about each one. We are aiming to get 12 done, to get an A, and have one more to visit. #11 was the Madrona Marsh and we went as a family. The kids were super excited, since we drive by it all the time, and couldn't wait to actually walk inside, behind the gates. We also walked around the museum part too, which was pretty interesting. The kids had a great time.

Day 21: Chorley (our lil "bear")
Age: 43 days old

Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 20: Play Time

One of the new things we just got Chorley was a little play gym for her to play with. We had one of these for Austin and we called it the "bug" and I think Sydney even used the same thing, but it's time for a new one, and this one has lots of fun gadgets for Chorley to discover. So far, she seems to enjoy it, and I know she will learn to love it even more, the older and more advanced she gets. I'm excited to see how much she grows over time with it too.

Day 20: Chorley
Age: 42 days old

Day 19: Scouts

Well Thursday at our house is Scouts Day. We are the Weblos leaders for the ward, and Austin is in that level, so Thursdays is dedicated to Scouts. Prepping the lessons, talking about who is teaching what, and then our whole family goes to Scouts and we hold our meeting. Some days it can be a bit stressful to get everything ready, and some weeks it's really fun. But overall, it's a pretty fun calling and we both have enjoyed it.

Day 19: Chorley
Age: 41 days old

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 18: Jeans

Today I was back in a pair of my jeans. Not my skinnier sized jeans, but one my fave pairs of jeans. It made me happy, and feel pretty normal again. I know I'm not where I want to be, but I'm still on the mend, it's been 6 weeks since having Chorley, and I can't really exercise till the 8 week mark either. I've also had a couple small setbacks with recovering, so it hasn't gone as quickly as I had hoped for. But just to be back in some cute jeans put a smile on my face today.

Day 18: Chorley
Age: 40 days old, 6 weeks

Day 17: Lifesavers

I am really grateful to live so close to my parents. They have been a HUGE help over the last few month, through a move, my pregnancy and helping me after I had the baby. Today was one of those days when I was glad they were close by... Not only did we need help picking the kids up from school, help with a priesthood blessing, and watching Chorley while I went to a last minute unscheduled doctor's appt, but they also brought by some cookies for the kids, and got them going on their homework and helped me out. I am really grateful for them being right there for us and willing to help out when we need it.
Day 17: Chorley
Age: 39 days old

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 16:No School

Today was MLK Jr day, so the kids had the holiday off from school. It was great. Jeremy made a pancake breakfast, we got to sleep in, Chorley slept for almost 7 hours and we went out to lunch. The kids had fun, notice that Sydney has an orange in her mouth, whereas Austin has a lemon.. his choice.. I even got the kids new shoes, Austin is now in a size 7 mens, (I'm not that far off wearing about a mens size 8 shoe), Sydney is a size 4 girls and Austin is already on another size of new church pants, the 3rd time this year... Let the growth spurt begin.

Day 16: Chorley
Age: 38 days old

Day 15: Lazy Sunday Game Day

Now that we have 9 o clock church, there's alot more family time in the afternoon. The kids LOVE to play games, so they brought out a couple and we all played a family game of Sorry.. Of course, since it's Sorry... the sweet game of revenge, some people got sent back to Start a few times, a few tears were involved and some feelings were hurt. Of course after the games, the kids couldn't wait to play again.. lol... But it was fun. (And we actually made it to church during the opening song.. all of us).

Day 15: Chorley
age: 37 days old

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Day 14: Boys and Girls Day

Today was kinda boys and girls day. Daddy and Austin started working on their Pinewood Derby car, since they have the Pinewood Derby race at the end of January here. They cleared out some space in the garage and started working on the car. Then me, Sydney and Chorley went to the mall and had some girlie time checking out some stores. Sydney felt like a big girl, and Chorley was great in the stroller the whole time.

Day 14: Chorley
Age: 36 days old

Day 13: Friday the 13th

As always, I always am excited when it's a Friday the 13th... just something about it that makes me day a bit better. The kids watched BeetleJuice for the first time and loved it, they thought it was pretty funny. Then they kept watching some scary Goosebumps since they were having a scary marathon on one of the kid stations.

Day 13: Chorley
Age: 36 days old

Day 12: Busy day

Today was SUPER busy.. Sydney started her tumbling class back up. Homework needed to be done. We taught at Scouts and had a meeting before Scouts, and then grab dinner and then tried to get everyone in bed on time. ugggh what a day. So there were lots of things to take pictures of, but this is the one for the day that is super cute. Chorley and Lily. Lily is really tender around Chorley. I'm not too sure if she totally knows what to think of her yet, but she loves to sniff her.

Day 12: Chorley
Age : 35 days old
I love watching Chorely discover her hands

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 11: Kinda Scary

Today when I woke up, I have to admit I was a little bit scared of what I heard. Helicopters flying overhead, a few of them. When the noise didn't stop after about 15-20 minutes I knew something was wrong. Jeremy was out on his walk with Lily, the kids were at school, and it was just me and Chorley at home. Well the helicopters kept going, and I even heard talking over a microphone/loud speaker which I know was not a good sign. Jeremy finally came home from his walk and said it was a News and Police helicopters and something was going on. Apparently a guy in court escaped from the courthouse and ran out and was on the loose. Of course, my parents live pretty close to the courthouse, and really we aren't all that far from it either. The kids school is also pretty close to it, and luckily their school went on lockdown. Then Sydney's class was on a walking fieldtrip today also, in Torrance. Luckily, they went to the downtown area of Torrance and were ok. The bad ending.. they didn't catch the guy after all that.

Day 11: Chorley
Age: 34 days old

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10: One cold Puppy.

I should have taken a picture of the dinner we are, it's a family favorite, homemade potato soup. I've been meaning to make it for about two weeks, but just kept putting it off. Well it was worth the wait.. yummmm. and everyone ate it up too, plus I always make a double batch so we can have some for tomorrow night too. Sydney was very playful with Lily today. Sometimes she gets worried about her being outside. But, seeing as how California really doesn't get that cold, maybe low 60s in the early evening, Sydney felt the need to bring her jacket out to Lily and cuddle her to make sure she was super warm. It was cute, and Sydney has such a big heart for animals.

Day 10: Chorley
Age: 33 days old (sometimes you can't always ask for a happy photo)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 9: Sister, Katelin

It's been great having Katelin down and visiting us here. She's been able to come over, hang out with the kids, catch up on some Super Smash Bros with Jeremy and I've gotten to hang out with her too. Today she was a HUGE help at our house, cleaning the house, changing the beds, and washing and cleaning out both cars. I haven't seen our house this clean in awhile, and I'm sure she doesn't realize what a huge help it is to me. Sadly, she is going back up to Utah tomorrow, so we'll miss her around here.

Day 9: Chorley
Age: 32 days old

Day 8: My 3 Babies

This is the first official photo of me with the 3 kids. I realized I didn't have one of me and the 3 kids yet, we don't even have a full family picture yet, so that is something that I am going to have to work on forsure. But I was sitting on the couch with the kids after church, and realized that I am sooo blessed to be a mother over these 3 wonderful kids. I couldn't ask for anything better than to be a mother to them.

Day 8: Chorley
Age: 31 days old

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day 7: Dinner out with Katelin, 1 Month Old

Day 7: Dinner out with Katelin. We went to an old family favorite for dinner, Ruby's. I have to say their garlic and sweet potato fries are super yummy, how can you just pick one? The kids had a fun time with Katelin, and Jeremy has enjoying catching up on some Super Smash Bros with her too. We even got to paint our fingernails, something that I never get to do, so it was a fun girlie activity.

Day 7
Chorley: 1 month old
I can't believe it's been one month since Chorley was born!!! It has gone by quickly, but I've been enjoying it all. I LOVE when babies are soooo small, so little, and make the cutest little squirms and peeping noises when they sleep or eat, and just sit there staring off, trying to make sense of this brand new world. I can tell she has grown alot in this past month, and finally really fitting into the 0-3 month clothes, which were just a bit too big when we brought her home. This is the first time I've ever had a few newborn outfits for one of our kids. We are so blessed to have her in our family.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 6: El Paso Cantina

Day 6: El Paso Cantina. One of my FAVE places in the world to eat. It's perfect for a Friday night, esp when you don't feel like cooking, and you can just drool over the chips and salsa, that are super delicious!!! yum... We went out to dinner tonight, as a family, with my parents and Katelin. It was a superb dinner, as always. I got the fish tacos, and was not disappointed, it's my new FAVE thing to get from there.

Day 6
Chorley: 29 days