Friday, April 27, 2012

This Past Week We:

- Henry and I attended a ladies retreat. He had his first boat ride, took an awesome nap, and got passed around to all the ladies. I ate some of the best salmon I have ever had, shared a bed with Teresa, and enjoyed some great conversations.
- Went to a consignment sale and got some new clothes for Henry.
- Ate dinner in town with friends at our favorite local pizza place
- Made breakfast hobo's for dinner at the Palmer's house
- Celebrated Ms.Connie's birthday by going to the Cafe for some hot chai and then to the movie theater to see The Lucky One (the house in the movie is beautiful)
- Had lots of nap time battles. One was so brutal I had to go take a bubble bath after he finally fell asleep to reboot and recharge.
- Enjoyed a quiet evening at home together which consisted of decaf coffee, peanut butter cookies, comedies on NBC, Phase 10, and a foot rub.
- We have been following Fletcher and praying for him and his parents daily.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mom and Me:

I don't really like having pictures of myself taken. I think this is a pretty normal feeling about pictures but I don't want our kids to grow up and look back on pictures and never see me with them in the pictures. I want to document me being there and being their mom. I want to be intentional in capturing these moments, even if I would rather just take the picture.

Henry and I walked down to camp yesterday for lunch. About half way through the walk I had sweat dripping down my back and aching shoulders. It is a lot more difficult carrying around a 15 pound baby instead of an eight pound baby.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Dear Sweetheart,
The other night we were laying on the couch scratching each others legs and you said "I bet we will still be doing this when we are 80". I think you are so right. I love being your bride.

Dear Baby Boy,
You make every single day better. Seriously so glad you are in our family.

Dear 30 Day Shred,
Not sure I can make it 30 days.

Dear Good Coffee,
It is hard to find good coffee out here in the woods. So, we definitely take advantage of you when we are in the big city.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby Fletcher:

Henry has another cousin as of April 21st. Little Fletcher decided to come into the world a little early at only 31 weeks. He is a strong little guy that has already stolen our hearts. We wish so badly that we could just drive down the road and pay a little visit to little guy in the NICU and see his wonderful parents as well. Since we are not able to do that we check Facebook for new pictures and updates often and keep praying for his lungs and little body to keep growing and gaining strength.

So now Henry has three boy cousins all born within six months of each other. So many boys. So much fun.

Monday, April 23, 2012

5 months:

Laughs when you cough, cry, tickle his belly, and kiss his neck
Loves to stare at hands and grab your face
Sucks on his toes
We have added an early morning (4 or 5 am) feeding, which I think is our new normal until we start solids at 6 months
Decided he does not like naps. Which has resulted in many nap time battles throughout the day.
Has discovered Maxwell. He laughs louder and longer when Maxwell is around him than any other time.
Loves to give open mouth "kisses"
Chews on everything...blankets, his toy giraffe, wash clothes, our shoulders
Has a new cousin Fletcher Castle

[Fun Fact: Henry has celebrated his monthly birthday in 5 different places, including 4 different states. Month 1: Bozeman, Montana, Month 2: at camp, Month 3: Tulsa, Oklahoma, Month 4: Fort Walton, Florida, Month 5: Bella Vista, Arkansas. We must like traveling the same time every month!]

Friday, April 20, 2012

Grandpa Hale:

Henry Edward, Claude Edward, Douglas Edward
I was only his granddaughter for almost 4 years, but during those 4 years I have several memories I will always treasure. You can imagine that Doug has even more memories and stories since he was his grandson for 26 years.

- I remember going out to his house for the first time with Doug. We had BBQ from a local restaurant, helped him repair a roof on his garage, and talked about what I believed. He wanted to make sure that this girl that was dating his grandson believed what he believed.

- Best hugger ever. In fact, I think Doug might have been given his awesome hugging skills from Grandpa.

- This past year on Doug's birthday, Grandpa and Grandma Linda drove over to take us out to lunch. On the drive to the restaurant Grandma asked us where we got Henry's name from. As Doug explained that we named him Henry after Doug's Dad's Dad and then we used the middle name Edward after him, we could see tears coming to his eyes in the rear view mirror.

- He loved sharing stories, giving wisdom, and showed his love for his family every time we were around him. He had a deep faith and was always very concerned about those that were not living God honoring lives.

- When I was pregnant with Henry he sent me a chapter from a book that he had photo copied on pregnancy nutrition. I think the book must have been at least 20 years old.I remember smiling so big when I opened the letter. He was always so thoughtful.

- My last memory of him outside of the hospital room was the night before he had his stroke. He came to our fundraising banquet in Tulsa. After the program ended I went to the bathroom. When I came back into the room he was standing up holding Henry in his arms. A huge, beautiful smile on his face. So happy and content to have his great-grandson in his arms.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Toy:

Someone got a new toy for Easter from his Grandma. And someone looks especially big now that he has a big toy.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Car Time:

 We drove to Tulsa for Easter weekend. Then we came home on Monday night. We got a hard phone call on Tuesday informing us that Doug's grandpa had a stroke and was in the ICU in Tulsa. So we got back in the car and drove to Tulsa. We stayed with him and his mom for a day but had to come home to work. So we drove back home on Wednesday. On Thursday we had to drive to OKC for a fundraising banquet for camp. We stayed the night and drove back from OKC on Friday.

This week has felt like a blur between Doug's grandpa's condition, work commitments, and all the time driving in the car. We have spent a lot of time going through drive-thru's for food, filling up gas tanks, and cruising down the trunpike. Henry has been a champion baby. He deserves a treat. And Doug and I are excited to have our bed to sleep in tonight. It looks like there is a long road to recovery ahead for Doug's grandpa, so I see lots of trips to Tulsa in our near future. We are so blessed to be able to be close enough to hop in the car and go and see him.