Chase:Every:Second

Enjoying every second of life and running.


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So Long Summer

So I basically didn’t post all summer so it’s time to catch up.

I have a post of us celebrating Chase’s 2nd birthday. Also that month we got Chase’s birthday present, a play house set up. It took every night from about 6pm-9pm for like 5 days (not including the extra day for Rob to remove the sod for the rubber mulch)Β to get it assembled.

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We spent the summer enjoying the Farmer’s Market on the weekends and taking Chase to gymnastics class.

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I ran the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile in Peoria, IL – 38:02, 8:02 Pace and Chase and Rob watched me run.

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Chase got to join the Lake Run’s Kids Runs for the summer. Every Friday evening they had a run on a track or in a field. At the end of every run the kids get a ribbon and at the end of the summer Chase got her first trophy.

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We also checked out a couple Cornbelters baseball games.

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Our company has a fair every year and this was our first year attending. She loved the petting zoo the most.

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July 2nd we found out we were pregnant with our second baby! So for the 4th of July 5 Miler we ran easy with Chase in the stroller.

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We spent time at the park bubblers and also at our company’s pool.

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After our 9 week ultrasound we announced our pregnancy by involving Chase as a big sister in training. Chase is so excited for the baby. She changes her answer week to week if she thinks she is getting a baby brother or sister.

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We took Chase to the McLean County Fair and she enjoyed seeing all the animals and getting the chance to pet bunnies and a baby goat.

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We made trips to the zoo. Chase loved the butterfly garden at Brookfield and the carousel.

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Other summer fun included attending birthday parties, the Corn Festival of Normal, IL, and checking out the Hot Air Balloon Festival of Lincoln, IL even though we didn’t get to see the balloons take flight due to weather.

Labor day parade was a huge hit with Chase. It was very hot out, but she loved seeing all the bands and ISU’s Reggie Redbird.

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And our tradition to welcome in fall is a trip to Tanner’s Orchard in Speer, IL. Chase enjoyed her first apple cider doughnut, going off the largest slide she’s done so far, visiting lamas and goats, and picking out a pumpkin.

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I’m looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and some more adventures. Up this fall I will be posting about baby updates, home improvement projects, a couple of races, vacation, and more.


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Chase is 2 Years Old!!!

Time has flown by and Chase is now 2 Years Old! We celebrated her birthday in June with a friends party on Saturday and family that Sunday. Here are a few pictures from the party. It was a Tiffany & Co. themed party, but named “Chase & Co.” πŸ˜€

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Birthday banner, “Chase & Co. Set. 2013” Print, and Tiffany Boxes

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The delicious cake and cake pops that were vanilla cake tinted pink. Cake and cake pops from SugarMamaBakery. Light pink peonies from Hy-Vee. Vases from Michael’s.

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Belgium waffles with syrup for dipping, yogurt cups with berries and granola

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cinnamon rolls and donuts

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muffins, pastries, scones, cinnamon rolls

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White and chocolate milk, Straws from Easy, Milk Containers from Michael’s

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Custom napkins from Etsy

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Lemonade, Iced Tea, Mimosa Bar, and Bloody Mary Bar

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The roses we got Chase for her birthday. The custom cookies and favor boxes were both from Etsy. The favor boxes had candy bracelets and a candy ring inside.

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Pink rose petals from Hy-Vee. Chase’s black dress from Old Navy, black bow from Meijer

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My dress is from White House Black Market, pearl necklace (Mommy & Me.) from Etsy

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Me, Chase and JuLee

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We had pony rides for the kids, but Chase was too scared to ride or even pet the ponies. πŸ™‚

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Thankfully other kids like Kyleigh enjoyed the pony rides. πŸ™‚

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We got Chase a new playhouse for her birthday. Emily and Chase inside. πŸ™‚

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We also got Chase a keepsake jewelry box from Tiffany & Co. that she will get to enjoy when she is older. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday to our sweet daughter!!! We love you Chase!!!


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Chase – Months 13, 14, and 15

I thought I would do a quick update of some of the highlights of the past 3 months with Chase. I love looking back on these posts and remembering these special moments. πŸ™‚

Words:

Saying “Momma”, “Dadda”, “No”, “Yea”, “Wow”, “Dog”, “Hi”, “Bye”, “Book”, “More”, “Milk”. Working on “Fish”, “Shoes”, “Boy”, “Girl”…and more! Plus she’s making animal sounds of a monkey, elephant, snake, and others. It’s too cute! πŸ™‚

Summer Fun:

First time at the company pool

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Chase and I met up with Carissa and her son Joey for time at the company pool. Chase loved the bubblers and getting in the kiddie pool with me. She loved splashing and wanted me to take her around all of the different water features so she could touch them all and then we would repeat the process again and again. It was a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

Park bubblers

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Another day Daddy, Chase, and I checked out a local park and they have their own set of bubblers. Chase enjoyed the same process of checking out each water feature.

Shedd Aquarium

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For my birthday we headed up to Chicago to take Chase to Shedd Aquarium. She LOVED it. She enjoyed seeing all of the fish and even sat through the dolphin show in total amazement.

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Moving into fall:

Gymnastics class

So far Chase’s favorite parts of gymnastics class are circle-music time, handstands, using the slide, handing things to Daddy, and getting her stamp at the end of her class.

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So far Chase’s favorite parts of gymnastics class are circle-music time, handstands, using the slide, handing things to Daddy, and getting her stamp at the end of her class.

Cheering on the Chicago Bears

Chase loves watching football and cheers anytime a game is on. She really gets into it. πŸ™‚

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Tanner’s Orchard

We have a tradition of going to Tanner’s Orchard every fall. This year it ended up being so warm and beautiful we had to change some clothes part way through. This time last year Chase was a tiny little baby and the weather wasn’t great so we really only did some shopping and left. This year we got to explore everything. Chase enjoyed the kids area with little tractors and playground equipment. Plus she enjoyed looking at the chickens, goats, and llamas.

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St. Louis Zoo

We have enjoyed checking out zoos in the area throughout the summer. We got lucky and had gorgeous weather on a Sunday this September and went to St. Louis Zoo for the day. If you haven’t been to St. Louis Zoo or Forest Park before, definitely check it out. There was so much to see that we barely made it through on section in the afternoon. Tip: consider bringing your own bottled water or drinks in a cooler. Bottled water was $3.50!

Chase enjoyed the elephants and the fish aquariums at the Children’s Zoo section. She also loved walking around and petting all of the goats. πŸ™‚ We took the train ride around the entire zoo. This was Chase’s first time on a ride and the train has some long sections of tunnels and we weren’t sure how she would react. Turns out she love it!

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