Wednesday, December 30, 2009

baby's first blizzard

Chase's first Christmas was an adventure, to say the least. We flew to Missouri for a week to see my family, and unfortunately Chase came down with a nasty cold on the day of our flight. He gave the other passengers on the plane quite an earful for the whole last hour! The poor little guy was sick for our whole vacation, but he was a trooper, and despite a few long nights he gave us lots of smiles and good times. He left grandma and grandpa Kent with lots of fun memories, and a few germs to boot. My family hadn't seen Chase in 6 months, so he had obviously changed a lot. It was especially fun to see my niece Aubrey, and watch her and Chase play together. Aubrey will be getting a baby brother of her own in a few months, so it was good practice for sharing her toys and being "soft". We had lots of quality time with the family, and the girls got to go to the Nutcracker...a Kent tradition. On Christmas Eve, Missouri was struck by a blizzard which left us with about a foot of snow for Christmas Day. We also go to talk to my brothers David and Owen on Christmas, who are serving church missions in California and Mexico right now. Chase didn't really understand how to open his presents, but he sure enjoyed ripping the bows off of everyone's, and pushing all the boxes around. We got together with Brett's family the day after Christmas, and Chase enjoyed crawling all over to play with his cousins. I can't believe he's only been crawling for a couple of weeks, because he's a pro at it. He's amazed us this week by learning to open and shut doors (by pulling on the sides while sitting down), and even crawling up one stair (that one both scared and shocked me). He got a little toy that he can either sit on or push around, and we've been having lots of fun with that. I get a kick out of pulling him around the living room on it, and he loves to pull up to standing and push it along while he walks behind it. I love watching him play with all his new toys, because you can really see his brain working, and his intent little expression is so cute. He turned 8 months old yesterday, and if these last few months are any indication, this kid is really going to keep us hopping.

with Aunt Kristen and cousin Aubrey on Christmas Eve
Grandpa Kent & Uncle Jason
Grandma Kent
playing with his new toy
8 months old
Christmas morning
all dressed up
our first Christmas as a family
anything can be a toy!
bundled up to see the lights on Temple Square

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Expedition - 50 Mile Relay

I was going to wait to post this until I have more pictures, but I am not sure when Trent will email them to me. At the beginning of December I went down to St. George with the Trent Baggaley and some of his family. Someone got the idea to run in a 50 mile relay that starts in St. George, runs up Snow Canyon, heads out to Arizona and then ends up back in the city. I was lucky enough to run up the canyon. It was a beautiful run, I just wish that I would of had more than two weeks to prepare for it. The race was fun and we did well considering that I was the only real runner on the team. The race made me excited for all of the marathons that I am planning on running this year.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

November/7 months old

Well, another month has flown by, and now Christmas is just around the corner. We've been busy the last few weeks. Thanksgiving weekend was full of family time with the Rosens, including the reunion of all 7 cousins (and 2 on the way). Chase's new best friend is his cousin Cole; they are pretty cute to watch together. Chase also got his 2nd tooth, so he was a bit whiny over the holiday, but all in all did fine. That Saturday he got all decked out in his Utah gear only to be disappointed when my Cougars claimed the victory at the all important rivalry game. Brett and Chase were definitely outnumbered by BYU fans this year, but Chase still looked dang cute as a Ute fan. His favorite things to do right now are spin on his tummy, crawl backwards, pull up to standing using anything in sight, and cruise around the crib. Needless to say we had to lower his mattress, and we ended up taking off the bumpers too after he tried to pull up holding on to them and ended up bonking his mouth on the edge pretty hard. I'm trying to get used to the fact that there are going to be lots of "bonks" coming in the next few months as he learns to walk, so thankfully he doesn't cry too much when he gets hurt. He's also developed a bit of separation anxiety whenever Brett or I are out of sight. He loves to eat oatmeal, bananas, and veggies, as well as gnaw on teeth crackers. Last weekend Brett ran in a 50 mile relay with some friends down in St. George, so we took our first road trip as a family. I was pleasantly surprised on the way down, because Chase played or slept for 3 of the 4 hours, although he cried for the remainder of the time. The way back was the exact opposite, with a good 3 hours worth of screaming. He's not exactly fond of his car seat these days, no matter how many toys are attached or who's sitting next to him! Brett did great on his run, and I had fun hanging out with my good friend Brooke. We stayed with Brooke and her husband Ryan, and really appreciate them sharing their home with us. Chase did a pretty good job of sleeping in his pack & play down there, so that gives me hope for our trip to Missouri later this month. So far this month I've dealt with a really bad cold and a really painful root canal, so I'm looking forward to being healthy for Christmas at least, and I certainly can hardly wait for a whole week off work! The 4 day weekend I had for Thanksgiving really spoiled me; it was wonderful to get to spend so much time in a row with Chase and Brett. Anyway, here are a few pictures of my little turkey: