Friday, March 29, 2013


These last couple days I have felt so yucky and there is really no other way to describe it. I've had a horrible headache with body aches galore. Onyx had a lot of "snuggle-on-the-floor" with mommy time since I couldn't even hardly pick him up, but I am feel like I am riding the end of the yuck wave today. THANK GOODNESS.

Some good came of it however! Onyx has been rolling all over, since he mastered the 360° full belly roll. I think the two days straight of floor playing time really helped him focus. Now I can't let him sit or lay where he used too. It's weird how your parenting style has to constantly change since your child is constantly changing. A good friend of mine came over with her wee toddler a few days ago and she was telling me about how adaptable you have to be. Along with being kind, patient, and loving you really have to learn to be an adaptable parent. She's a good mom with lot's of good advice. 

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I am proud of my little roller.
Now to just get through teething. ^ Until then, you can call him Slime.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Day

We had a good day a couple days ago. So good, I actually wrote down everything that happened that day because I have a horrible memory! We got a ton done which made me feel accomplished and lunch (burgers with raspberry lemon aid) makes you feel pretty good too, I guess.  

I made an apple pie for the in-laws which turned out to be actually quite good! (Of course topped with real vanilla ice cream) Slowly, I am "level-ing up" my baking skills and making edible food from the oven. Yesss!

I brought it over to their house last Sunday when my mother in law asked me about Onyx's Easter basket. !!! Five-month-old's get Easter baskets?  Oh! I had never thought of that! I mean, what do you put in a basket if not candy?! So we headed to town or "down river" as us "up river" people call it, and looked for some goodies for the boy. 

When Onyx turned four months old he decided he was already bored of all his toys and books. So I bought him some neat little books and other things I felt he would like. Sun glasses, mashed bananas, rainbow spoons and some lady bug plates. What else could a baby need? Right? I don't know. You've got to remember I am new at this but I love it. I love making holidays special for a little baby. My little baby. I love that I can do that for a person. It makes my heart happy. 

You know what DOESN'T make my heart happy? As we were about to head into a store Jared says "Hey Challice, look at that little old lady in her car." I did. Then she picked her ear wax and ate it. After we both gagged/ laughed a good bunch Jared told me the only reason he told me to look was because she was eating more little "body goodies" from her nose too! Really? I guess some people just never learn. Oh. Body goodies, how gross are you?! 

Aside from that little shin-dig we bought a really pretty green vase from a thrift store and let Onyx try on some of the wigs we found there. My thoughts were, "He can't get lice!" ... maybe it wasn't such a good idea in hindsight, but now we have pictures that are more than hilarious. So maybe it was worth it. I couldn't breath I was laughing so hard. (Please excuse the picture quality, they are from Jared's phone.)

And here is my little rant for the day. I nurse my son and I don't feel any shame about it. We feel most comfortable if we are covered up and snuggled down. It's a me and him thing, not an me and everyone else thing so that's how I choose to nurse. At the end of the day I don't think any mother is wrong on how she feeds her child as long as she does it respectfully and with love. So here it goes... Before we drove the long trip home I nursed Onyx in the back seat of our car in a grocery store parking lot. You could not see any part of my body, but you could tell what was going on. No biggie right? I was glared at and stared down three times. Really? Excuse me sir but you don't have to do a double take to check if that is indeed what I am really doing  and then give me "The look". You sir, can keep walking. I was in my own car, in the back seat for pete's sake! Sheesh people. It's not like I am crying out "Look at me! Look over here!" *sigh. So there is my rant. 

When we finally got home from our adventures (So much more happened but I am not going to bore you with pictures of mini strawberry plants, chai tea, mushroom cultivation ect.) I made a pizza from scratch and Jared goofed off with some oranges. We played two person poker fun fun ;) and that was about it! We tried to stay up forever because we didn't want the day to end so I think we fell asleep talking. Or maybe I fell asleep while Jared was talking. ... I'll never know. 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Sick Day Cuddles

It's a phenomenon that I will never understand. I look my best when I am not feeling good. Does this happen to anyone else? Ugh. Good face/hair days are always wasted on these days. Anyway, here was some good floor cuddling time with the bub since I just didn't have the energy to do any chores, make any calls, tote around a teething baby, sit up or pretty much anything else that involved physical effort. Lazy lazy lazy floor cuddles.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The 10 Hour Snow

Friday morning it was snow, snow, snowing.
And it was gone by 3 in the afternoon. 
Oh the magic of snow.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cry, cry baby.

Last night was the first time Onyx slept in his own bed all through the night! (While holding my hand of course) He woke up and I sang him back to sleep every time. It's so hard to let him cry. Twenty minutes of little wimpers really makes you feel like a jerk even through all the singing and belly rubbing.

I've been singing, (if you'd like to call it that) Cee Lo Green's "Cry Baby" song to him. Even though the song's meaning is totally unrelatable to the situation he still seems to enjoy it.

I can't tell what my favorite thing about this video is even though I've probably seen it twenty times.
Yes, that is Steve Urkel being a player and oooooh  look at their hair!

Our weekend starts in just a couple hours... LET'S GO!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Indoor Picnic

 We set up a perfect little indoor picnic since the weather outdoors is INSANE right now. It's so windy it sounds like the walls are going to rip apart! ... Then it's sunny... Then it's hailing. And so goes the weather here in Washington.

After setting Onyx down in his little blue chair I ran to the other room to tie my hair up. I ran back in and it was the first time I ever saw the look of guilt on his face. It was probably the first time he experienced it! Tsk Tsk!  He pulled the apple sauce jar over to himself, knocked it over, scooped it into his hands and was eating it off his chubby fingers.

After I picked up the camera to snap a few pic's of the sneaky little bub, he assumed it was safe to keep eating. It was too cute. I couldn't stop him.

He took a super bubbley bath (kid was so sticky by the time he had his fill!) then we went on our daily walk. We said "Bye" to the cats and started on our way. The trip began with sun glasses on and it ended in us running home in a total black sky-down pour.

And so was the the tale of our day. Nothing too exciting, just some apple sauce and photogenic kitties.
It was a good, easy day.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Springtime Girl Thoughts

I started our indoor seeds this week. Everything is slower with a baby. Except my shower time, time going out to eat, and reading time. Those go a lot faster.  He's a good helper though. He kept an ever watchful eye on those pesky cats, making sure they didn't knock over the dirt filled pots. His technique is called "Pulling on their coats." Hey, whatever gets the job done.

Oh Spring is coming! This was me last year planting our little seeds. I didn't want to look at the camera. I thought my growing out hair looked ugly, my belly looked swollen and I just didn't want too! *sobs* Pffsh. Pregnancy. Girls are so hard on themselves. A couple of days ago I sat with two of my girl friends I consider to be teenage bombshells and both of them had complaints about things I never even noticed about their bodies. Their breasts were too small or hips too large. I was shocked. Other girls feel like that? Especially those pretty girls? Hahaha. Oh you silly girls. We're all more beautiful than we know. If only we believed those who told us.

Onyx is watching you MerDock. Fingers out and everything...

Proverbs 3:15 

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

We CAN do this!

We made it! That wasn't so bad. I didn't even have enough time to get everything done I wanted to do!
Short day with a short baby man. Good day all in all.

The morning started off differently than I thought it would. Jared informed me all snuggled down in bed, that  it was snowing -really hard. Let me just say I looooove snow! But I am so ready for it it be Springtime. So I was a little bummed. Plus, that cancelled Onyx's little stroller walk this afternoon. Maybe the weather gods like a little more solid Challice. Then again, maybe not. In any case by the time we "officially" woke up (not to Jared's 5am work alarm, as Onyx looks at us as if to say "LET THE GAMES BEGIN!") the snow had pretty much melted. (Okay weather gods, I guess we'll go...)

... Only after a little "wake up!" tea and a bath for the boy. 

We headed outside and the weather was as expected. Bipolar. It was raining and sunny all at once. It only took about 300 feet of bumpy blacktop before Onyx's wailing stopped and he fell asleep like *that*. It's a magic trick he's been doing for me these last few days. *Boom* asleep. It's pretty weird to go from laughing to sleep in a mili-second but that's a four month old for ya.

So, walking isn't SO bad...

We headed back inside where I had to change his clothes 956,873 more times but no big. I think he believes he's a model since I change his spitty-uppy clothes so often. I'll just let him keep that idea. 

Jared got home before the sun was down and we went on a little stroll as a family. We made it!

End of day 1. Well, that wasn't so bad. :)
Life is good.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Every day we experience some sort of adjusting in one way or another.

Adjusting to the light when we wake up our sleepy eyes. Adjusting to our co-workers, friends and families good or bad attitudes. Adjusting to the ever changing world, day by day as we know it. Whether it be the coming or fading season, the price of food or new construction on the streets, the world is always in motion. Constantly unstable and it's a beautiful thing, I think. It makes for a more interesting life. Right now the biggest change in our life isn't ground shattering or dramatic. It's just Jared going back to work for the year, and I am pretty anxious about it. He's always been here for us since Onyx arrived but we can do it. We're just going to miss the guy while he is gone for the day.

But what am I going to do while he is gone?
(I mean other than be a mama to this little chunk, which in and of itself is more than a full time job)

  1. Work out. (The rest of this baby weight is really weighing me down! )
  2. Keep on crocheting so I have enough inventory to start up an etsy account.
    Stay tuned. I'll post pictures of my projects as I mosey on through them. 
  3. Keep a blog diary of our little life here in Washington.
  4. Garden. Garden. Garden. Garden. Oh I have so much to do. We are planning to maintain not one, but three gardens this year. I admit, I am in over my head and I might have to live in a tent outside eating snack foods all while chasing a crawling bebe around but I got this... I think.
... and not just the garden. I mean, I think I can do this. I really do! And I wont beat myself up over the little things that slip through the cracks, but I am going to try. Monday morning, you are coming too fast...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

In The Beginning...

There was a new mother, me! (even though I hadn't fully absorbed it yet!) Maybe I should go back farther than that, to the positive pregnancy test that would change my life forever? Maybe two years prior, to our wedding day?

I'll never forget that day. Most brides cross their fingers hoping for the sun to come out and the skies to be blue, not me though. We planned for an evening wrapped in holiday lights and pathways of lanterns. The problem was it was June 28th and the sun didn't go down that night until almost 9 o'clock. We needed the world to miraculously dim or all the lit decorations would serve no purpose! That evening the heavens decided to give us some cloud coverage and sprinkle raindrops on all my bridesmaid making it perfectly, romantically dim enough for everything to flow just perfectly. Even though it's a wonderful story we should to go back even farther than that happy, happy day.

There was a time when we were quite the dramatic topic of some conversations. We fell in love as best friends. That  ticked some people right off, but we tried to help everyone along with the new idea of  "Jared and Challice". It took some time to say the least. We knew we were in it for life once we decided to move passed the awkward "You're my friend but.... I think I love you" phase. Sheesh. I was going to say "Good times!" but in all honesty I am just glad to be married and solidly attached to this guy, my sweet best friend and husband (who is also super duper handsome, one of the many downfalls of our "just friendship") Anyways, aside from the lovey love stuff. There was a time even before this, a time before marriage, before Jared, before my chuck of a son, before I ever knew any of this part of my life was going to happen. There was a time when it was just me and I was...


I believe that's what makes me love this life, my life so much. 
To imagine that in a few years I would be married and have a child of my own would have been not only a fantasy but something I didn't know I wanted! I wanted to live single, move to the city and become a fashion designer playing violin on the street corner. I was quite fine with that idea. Thank you very much!  ... It's funny how people think they have so much control over their life. God's plan was -MUCH- better than mine. I wouldn't have been starting seeds indoors for my garden in the country today with a sweet smelling baby on my hip if I had followed my plan. If I had followed my plan I would have probably still been alone and to be honest, being a wife and a mother is really a beautiful thing to be. 

And here's to what I am blogging about, my version of "happily ever after".


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