Tuesday, December 19, 2006


He wasn't very excited about Santa...but he also didn't scream!

Monday, December 18, 2006

A Big Update

OK OK you can all stop bugging me to update my blog b/c here it is! And it's gonna be good...and thorough!

1) Willis Visit. Here are a few pics of when my fam. was here for the weekend:

2) Thanksgiving. We had a super time in Houston over T-giving. The weather was a chilly 75 degrees. Too bad we only took pants and hardly any short sleeves. We did a lot more than go to the park but that seems to be all we took pictures of. Like father, like son:

3) Snow Day. We had some great snow after we got back home from hot Houston! Chase didn't really know what to think about it. He hates his big bulky coat. Preston even got a day off of work!

4) Alabama. Preston's sweet grandma passed away the last week of November so we made a trip to Alabama to be with family. It was good to see everyone even if it was under very sad circumstances. She will be greatly missed.

5) Guilty. Chase says, "I don't think you want to come in here," then "OK you asked for it...look what I did! It's art!"

6) Early Christmas Present. Chase got this fun Kangaroo Climber for Christmas from his mom and dad. He loves it! We couldn't help but give it to him early so he could be playing. When it warms up it will go outside.

7) Before and After. Here's a picture of my dining room table before Photo Card Cafe' closed for Christmas and after. I had a much more successful first holiday season than I could have imagined. I did 111 (yes that's one hundred and eleven) people's Christmas cards from all over the country! Cool!

8) NO MOM! Not the reindeer antlers!

9) Wedding Bells. My sister Amy is getting married! I'll keep you posted as plans are made!

10) Explorer. We bought an Explorer for me to drive! Woo-hoo! I feel like I have all the room in the world! It's a gray '05 and I'm loving it!

10) Random Videos. Click to watch:
Playing Chase with Chase...
The new slide...
Pushing the tub...

Now if that's not an update...I don't know what is.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Fall Day

Our weekend was filled with time in the back yard over a few beautiful Oklahoma fall days. Chase had a lot of fun playing in the leaves while Preston was working on the fence. We finally got our back yard all fenced in so the dog and the kid can't escape or fall down the hill. Now we just need some yard toys! I'm sure Santa will think of something!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Well there are a few reasons why I have not updated in a while.
1) I'm busy with Christmas Cards
2) I've been sick (more later)
3) Yeah...I don't have any more excuses

About the sick part...I won't tell you all about it b/c believe me, you don't want to know but the doctor told me he thought I had salmanella food poisoning. I wasn't too convinced and am still not but he gave me some meds that really did make me feel better. Hallelujah! It's been a rough week and a half.

My parents came to visit last weekend which was fun. Then Chase and I went to visit them for a few days b/c Preston was on a business trip. It was nice to spend some time with them.

Chase went to the doctor for his 15 month...I accidentally waited until he was 16 months though....oops. I can't remember all the stats (it's written down in his room and he's asleep in there right now) but he weighed 23 pounds which was 30% and he was 75% in both height and head.

We had pictures made of Chase by our good friend Judson. Here's a sample:

That's about all I have for now. Have a good one!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

So I lied...

I said we weren't going to do anything on Halloween Day (mostly b/c Preston had class) but Chase and I invited his Aunts over for dinner. Amy came but Leah was too cool for school. ;) Amy, Chase, Lucy, and I handed out candy which was really fun. Then we ran out of candy and had the bright idea of putting Chase in his costume and trick-or-treating to the houses next to ours....this way we could get more candy to hand out to the kids who came to our house. This was a brilliant plan and worked beautifully! But the trick-or-treating was the most fun part of our night! Chase really had fun and so did Amy and I (sorry Leah you missed out)! Once Chase figured out how the whole process worked (go to the door, people give you candy, etc.) he was all about it!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween Happenings!

Click the picture to see it bigger.

Hope you are all having a fun Halloween! Here's what we have been up to over the last weekend.

1) Church Class Party - Good food, fun, a hay ride (pictured), and lots of little dressed up kiddos (also pictured)!

2) Haunt the Zoo - A walk through the zoo where they give out treats and have lots of fun photo ops. Here is Chase and some of his buddies at the zoo and him hugging his friend Mickey. :)

3) Fall Festival at Church - lots of games, prizes, candy, etc. Chase didn't have a great time here because it was so crowded and hot...and he's not old enough to care. Here is a picture of what it was like most of the time we were there...at least until he got to take off his costume and have a sucker and play with his new glasses...things started looking up after that. :)

4) That brings us to Halloween...Oct. 31st. What are we going to do? Not a thing! Maybe we'll give out candy at our door. :)

Hope you all have a super day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Our Weekend in Pictures

We visited a pumpkin patch that was really a down-home amusement park for kids. It was really fun. Chase got to go in a petting zoo, play on the play ground, go on a train ride, ride the carousel, etc. It started out great but then the weather turned cold and windy and we decided to leave before we actually went on the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch. But Chase had a good time while we were there and had no idea that we missed anything. We went with our friends the Fosters. Oh...and am I the only one in the family that knows how to look when a picture is being taken?

The Chase had his first hair cut!!!! He did great as long as he had a cherry sucker in his mouth!

Then we went for a walk in the park and took a few pictures. This big one was my favorite. Nice hair cut Chase!

OH! And then the Fosters (pictured above) had their baby on Sunday! Welcome baby Bryce! Maybe they'll post a picture soon...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Funny Video

Here's some cute video of Chase, Lucy, and our friend's dog Pod for a few laughs...
Chase is laughing so hard while I make this post...he keeps wanting me to play the video over and over. I wonder if he realizes it's himself....

Purple White, Purple White, Fight Fight Fight

This weekend Preston, Chase, and I all headed down to Abilene for ACU Homecoming. It was super fun! This year was my 5-year reunion year so it was really a big deal: lots of people that I graduated with were there, we had a reunion dinner, etc. Much fun was had by all. We stayed with my cousins Ryan, Holly, Boston, and Boone and it was really fun to see them. We went to a carnival on campus, went to the parade, I went to my EOX breakfast at 6:30 in the morning, we went to the dinner, went to my favorite church in the whole world. But best of all I got to spend lots of time hanging out with old friends. :) Here are some pictures...as always there are more of kids than of adults.

Me and a few of my girls:

Preston and Chase watching the parade and Chase in his new ACU shirt:

ACU moms and kids:

Great picture of the future of ACU on the steps of the Ad. Building:

And picture time is over:

I mean 5 years...are you serious? How old am I? Where did the time go?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Something New To Try

One of our friends has been involved in the creation of a new website. It's very cool and has tons of features. If you have a chance go to the website, create an account, and take a look around. (It's kind of an alternative to a website similar to yahoo.) They are still in process so give them some tips or suggestions if you have any. And tell your friends about it!

The site is www.madnonnie.com.

Chase's Battle Wound

Well...it's not really a "battle wound" but he did fall off of the chair in our living room face-first only to hit the corner of his wooden puzzle that happened to be between him and the carpet. All this while in the care of his Aunt Leah. :) Haha. She said he didn't cry too much. What a toughie. This is also a pic of his new fire truck p.j.'s.
(And no, i'm not trying to compete with Jen's crazy kid...check this out...and this.)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Young Married Class Retreat

Last weekend Preston and I joined our young married class from church on our annual retreat. (Chase stayed with Grammy and Granddaddy.) It was really fun! Here's a picture of all of us that went. We have such an awesome group!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Getting Read for Halloween!

Here's a picture of Chase playing with his new pumpkin! He fills it with his toys and carries it around. He'll even set it on his push toy and push it around. Haha. So funny. :)

I have to admit that I only put this picture up so that you wouldn't think this was a completely boring post. I'm getting ready for Halloween with my card business too. That said, I'm wondering if you would click on this link and visit my Halloween party invitations page. It helps with search engines to get lots of hits.

Then after that if you have time come back and click on this link to see my photo save-the-date magnets and photo birth announcement magnets.

Thanks folks!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Last Week...

Last week Preston, Chase, and I were all in different places. Preston was on a business trip, Chase was in Houston with MiMi and PaPa, and I was here at home. Chase had a ton of fun, Preston's trip was good except the airline loosing his luggage for a day, and I had a good time here working, hanging out with friends and sisters, and enjoying some alone time. By the end of the week I was ready for my boys to come home but all in all it was a really great, relaxing week. After Preston came home on Friday we flew to Houston for the weekend so we could bring Chase back. When Chase first saw us he just stood there and looked at us for a couple of minutes like he couldn't believe his eyes, or was having a weird dream, or maybe he was being a punk since we had "left" him for a while. Whatever it was it was pretty funny. He would stand there and blink his eyes really slow. We were all just watching him laughing. Then he started cracking a smile and came to hug us and we had a really fun game of chase after that. No pun intended.

Here's some funny video of Chase "talking"... (It's a .mov file. Hope you can view that.)

Here are some pictures of Chase's week as well as our weekend in Houston. 1) Chase, MiMi, MeMa, and Aunt Sharon at the Gulf; 2) Chase and MiMi riding the planes! 3) Chase put your hands over your ears...good job! 4) Chase at the water park 5)Sara's early b-day celebration; 6) This is a picture of a picture...don't be mistaken...this is not Chase. It's Preston when he was 2. :)

Another diaper update: So Melanie (MiMi) bought Chase size 3 Target diapers when he usually wears a size 4. It wasn't her fault, I had a brain freeze and told her wrong. Technically he fits into the weight guidelines for size 3. He had no less than 3 leaky diapers at night while he was there. (Sorry Melanie.) I tell you this story so that you will know that when trying generic diapers in general you should buy a size bigger than what you would use in other diapers. They run a little smaller. FYI. I think Karyn was the first person to pass this info to me. Too true Karyn.

Monday, September 18, 2006

A Few Randoms

Bible Class:
I've been meaning to take Chase's picture at Bible Class for a while now and I finally did. This is one of him daydreaming in class. :) If he's anything like his mom he probably has a hard time paying attention. I just think the little table with the wholes in it for them to sit in is so cute. He really likes class.

Watterson Visit:
Preston's parents came for a visit this last weekend. We had a really great time with them. We even went to the OK State Fair. It was fun! We had lots of fair food, went to the car show, checked out some exhibits, and Chase and Preston rode the Carousel. Chase loved that part...and apparently so did Preston. ;) It may be weird but I really enjoy the fair atmosphere. Maybe it's the food...maybe it's the WIDE variety of people there...I don't know. But I love it. :)

Chase left with the Wattersons (aka - MiMi and PaPa) to go to Houston yesterday so I have the week off! Or actually more time to work. Here he is at the air port about to leave with them. Don't his grandparents look elated?!

Girl's Night in Tulsa:
Last weekend I went with a large crowd of my girl friends to Tulsa for a girl's night. We left our kids and our husbands at home and had a great time eating, shopping, and staying up late talking! Fun times!

Diaper Update:
I just had to share this bit of info about diapers with all you moms. (I guess it's kinda of a tight wad update that I used to do all the time.) So mom does not have access to a Target and she bought some Luvs diapers and gave them to us. Chase had his first leak in AGES while he was wearing them. I can't even remember the last time he had a leak in his cheapo Target diapers. I'm still committed!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

An Update...

Well, things are going great around here. We're really excited about the cooler weather. I always love it when September rolls around because by then I'm soooo tired of the heat! Preston is back to school for the fall working on his masters in engineering and Chase is back in Son Shine School working on his ability to share. They basically have the same curriculum. j/k :) And I'm working on keeping my new business up to speed. It's been pretty exciting to get several card orders! A few of them have been from people I know and a few have been from people who just found me on the internet. If you still haven't checked it out take a look: Photo Card Cafe'

And now for some photo updates:

Chase and me at the zoo playground last week:

Labor Day weekend with friends:

Basketball in the drive way:

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

Meet Chase's new favorite toys...

That's right. Chase loves these two objects. An unopened container of sprinkles and a bottle of travel hair conditioner. Carries them around everywhere. Actually cries when I take them away. Weird.

He likes playing with a pillow in the floor too. He'll stand in front of it and fall forward on it. Right now he's dragging it around the living room (with the conditioner in his mouth and the sprinkles in the other hand).

Other than that there's not really much going on around here. I'm just working on fixing the bugs on my website, Preston is busy with work and about to start grad school again for the fall, and Chase well...you can see what he's been up to.

My sister Leah has moved into her apartment on campus so now all three of us sisters are here in one city! It's pretty fun! It's been 10 years since we spent more than a summer all in one place. Love my sistas!

Here's another fun picture that I stole off of Judson and Amanda's blog. This is some of my friends and me at Super Suppers (where you make meals in advance to put in your freezer and make later). We have the best time!

Oh and here's a good one of Preston putting Chase to bed. Aren't they cute! :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My New Biz

Hey everyone. Preston told me I have been slacking on the posts lately (though not as much as some of you blogging buddies...Jen...Mel.) The truth is I haven't been taking as many pictures lately. I should be fined by the parent's police! I'll try to do better. In the mean time I have something new to tell you about...

I have started a new online business called Photo Card Cafe'. I have been working on it for about a year now and have finally finished and it is fully functional! My customers can order all kinds of photo greeting cards. You can upload a photo, add/change your own custom text, etc. I'm pretty excited about it and am, of course, still in the process of designing more cards (by Christmas I'll have a ton more holiday cards than I have now). If you don't mind I would like for everyone who visits my blog to check it out. I'm still trying to get indexed by the search engines and every click counts...so visit often if you think about it!

Here's the link: www.photocardcafe.com

I have another request to make of my fellow bloggers and emailers. I'm trying a Blog of Mouth campaign. All that means is that I'm asking anyone who feels like it to make a post on their blog directing people to it or send out an email to their contacts. Don't feel obligated...just thought I'd ask. If you decide to do it I'll make it really easy...just copy and paste the following text on your blog or in your email...or do it yourself.

"Hey everyone! My friend Sara has started a new business and I thought you all might like to see it. Check it out online at www.photocardcafe.com. If you want, put a link to this website on your blog if you have one. It would really help her out!"

Monday, August 07, 2006

All over the place!

So just this week Chase has decided to become a "walker". Sure he has known how for a while but still crawled a lot of the time. Not anymore! He's all over the place! In the picture below he is actually trying to run a way from me! haha.

Here is some video for those of you too far away to see it much...

The other picture is of Chase and his Grammy at Pelican Bay last week. We had a great time during her visit!

PS - just now Chase walked into the office and dropped the garlic salt from the pantry in my lap...great. :)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A few things

Spoon Fed:
Chase has recently learned to feed himself with a spoon! Sometimes it's more messy than others but he's pretty good at it. He mostly just dips it in the bowl...not that great at scooping yet. Here's some video...

Our Saturday:
Preston and I continued working on our yard today. We've had lots of people out to help with the retaining wall but today it was just Preston and me...with Chase sitting on the side-lines of course. We finished back-filling it with dirt and put down some sod! It was great to see it finally coming together. Of course we're still not done but we made some real headway. Here's a few pics:

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Love My New Toy!

Here's one of Chase's new toys:

And here's my new toy that we just ordered! (I mean, I'm no Betty Crocker but my current stove only has one burner that works...so annoying!) Can't wait for the new one!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Welcome to Jamaica Mon!

We had a great time on our Caribbean cruise with the Wattersons and the Holmes! It was a 7-day cruise where we had 3 days at sea and got to visit Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel! We loved spending time at the beach, snorkeling, shopping, and of course eating! Man, you can seriously eat your weight easily on a cruise...food all the time anytime you want it. The weather was great, no one got sea sick, Chase ate and slept well, etc. We didn't do any excursions but 2 of our land days we found a taxi driver that would stay with us all day and take us anywhere we wanted for a fixed rate per person. In Cozumel our driver even snorkeled with us...tough job! I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more for Chase to do on the boat but I think he still had fun...even if he doesn't remember any of it now! Kids have to be 3 before the activities for them start and they didn't even want kids with diapers or swim diapers in their pool! That didn't stop us though! ;) Anyway, it was a good time. I could have stayed longer!
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