A tangled birthday party

When people ask me how old Hadley is, I still can’t believe the answer is ONE! I know that it has only been a little over a week since her birthday, but just in this last week it seems like she’s gone from being our little baby to being our little girl. I love getting to watch her learn and grow each day. There is simply nothing better. Every time she does something for the first time my momma heart leaps for joy! But more about our little girl and all she is learning later, first I want to share some pictures and memories of Hadley’s first birthday party! It was small and simple, but to me it was perfect.

First off, let me explain that Hadley LOVES the movie Tangled. She will watch it start to finish, all while smiling, singing and clapping along. She doesn’t do this with just any show, so it is safe to say it is one of her favorites! It is fun to watch her watch it! That being said, how could we not¬†have a Tangled themed party for her??

Second, I have to give a huge shout out to Chase for helping me SO much with the party! After planning this party I give props to any and all party planners out there! ¬†Hadley’s party was small, and there were still so many little things to think about and have ready. Among other things, Chase stayed up until 3 that morning making cupcakes while I went to the hospital to be with my sister while she had her baby! He was (and always is) a trooper! I love him so much. He would do anything for me and Hadley and we are blessed to have him. Also, thanks to both my mom and Chase’s mom for bringing things to the party!

It was a beautiful day spent with people that love Hadley and that we love too!

Haha Hadley wasn’t all that into opening her presents. I don’t think she quite understood why we were taking things away from her after she had just opened them! And by far her favorite part of the whole cake thing was when we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her! She loved that.

On the menu:

“Hazelnut soup” (aka: Tortilla soup!) served with rolls and tortilla chips. And for dessert-cupcakes!

We also had a table set up for everyone to paint Hadley a picture-since we all know that one of Rapunzel’s favorite activities is painting ūüėČ Happy birthday Hadley girl, we love you!

Birthday shenanigans!

This past Saturday I turned 24! We started off our day with breakfast at Joe’s Farm Grill, which was delicious as always, then headed off to my parents house to watch the first session of conference. In the words of my sister Staci “Babies just make everything more fun!” It’s true. We loved watching conference with our sweet baby girl for the first time!

In between sessions what is there better to do than go to Costco and raid all the samples? Nothing. This Saturday of sampling at Costco was particularly golden if you ask me! There were so.many. samples. I left feeling like we had eaten lunch and we had fun! Win, win.

We went back to my parents to watch the second session followed by a delicious meal at a newly discovered and super yummy Chinese restaurant we love. Conveniently the restaurant is right next to a Krispy Kreme so we stopped and picked up my free donut which I saved for breakfast the next day. I love donuts.

Because my mom is awesome she wanted to buy me a new pair of rollerblades for my birthday so we went to Sports Authority to pick some out. I love them! Stac and I went for a ride Sunday afternoon and had so much fun! I see many, many more rides in our future.

The day ended with a trip to Liberty Market with all my sisters and my mom where we ate yummy pizza, red velvet cake (a new favorite), bread pudding (absolutely delicious), and the classic salt river bar. If you have never been to Liberty Market, go, like now! It is so good. Chase met us there after the priesthood session and after we were all full to the brim we decided to head home.

There was I greeted with a gorgeous boutique of flowers, a sweet note, some gift cards and 3 coupons that are good for 3 pre-planned date nights with one hot date! I can’t wait to cash those in! We got Hadley ready for bed, turned on a movie and probably fell asleep a few minutes later! Haha, we were pretty tired after our long but fun and exciting day!

I’m so lucky to have got to spend the day with people I love. I wouldn’t have wanted ¬†it any other way. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with me! It is so fun to hear from everyone that sent messages and called. I didn’t do great at taking too many pictures that day but I did get a few and took some more on Sunday just for good measure!

Playing in the splash pad, waiting for everyone to arrive

Playing in the splash pad, waiting for everyone to arrive

Me and Charly girl

Me and Charly girl

Me and Katie at Liberty Market

Me and Katie at Liberty Market

My favorite way to exercise

Hadley LOVES her cousins

Hadley LOVES her cousins

Hadley and G

Hadley and G

Hadley and GG

Hadley and GG

Adorable little feet

Adorable little feet

I love her big, toothless smile. Never gets old and is extremely contagious

I love her big, toothless smile. Never gets old and is extremely contagious

Where to begin?!

Oh my goodness where to begin?! Life has been flying by and to say it has been a while since I have contributed to the blogging world would be a bit of an understatement! But for what it is worth, things have been pretty busy in our home starting back since well, let’s say Halloween. From family birthdays and parties to births to Thanksgiving to CHRISTMAS (which I CANNOT believe has come and gone!) we’ve been going, going and going but enjoying every minute of it! Don’t get me wrong, there have been moments of extreme tiredness and lots of learning experiences but getting to welcome in and love on our sweet little girl for the past seven weeks is worth it all and more!

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Hadley Jo Wheeler was born November 8th at 11:21 p.m. weighing in at 7lbs 5 oz of pure chubby cheeked cuteness. Needless to say we are in love. There is something truly amazing about bringing a newborn baby into your home. We’ve learned so much already and count our blessings each and every day! Here is to promising a lot of posts of what we’ve been up to the last several weeks (haha I’m just not going to promise when exactly that they are going to be up!) But just in case I don’t get a chance to be on here again too soon…I want to wish you all a very…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From our family to yours!

Another birthday!

Although it was almost a week ago now, last Monday was Chase’s birthday which happened to fall on Memorial Day this year which meant we got to spend the whole day together. I hope he had as good of a day as I had because he deserves the best. To say these past few months of pregnancy have been a walk in the park wouldn’t be the whole truth and Chase has been there to take care of me every step of way. Going above and beyond and doing everything he can to make me and baby comfortable. Even on his birthday while I was trying to spoil him, he was constantly asking if I was okay and if there was anything I wanted/needed. Here are a few pics–I only wish I had taken more!

Birthday boy bowler!

We’ve also got to spend some time with these two cute girls recently while their parents are in NY on vacation. I can’t help but sneak pictures of him being such a good uncle/future dad!

Their dolls.

Another picture I secretly took. (I’m getting pretty good at it if I do say so myself). Chase teaching me how to shine shoes. It’s the simple things in life.¬†He’s the best! Happy birthday love!

One year older

Flash forward a month from our anniversary and we got celebrate me turning 23! Now I know to anyone older than me 23 is young but to me 23 sounds a lot older than 22 for whatever reason. I don’t really feel any older is just sounds older, you know? Maybe? Anyways I had a fabulous birthday spent with my family and friends.

The day started off with Chase taking me out to Joe’s Farm Grill for breakfast! (Yes, for those of you that don’t know they do serve breakfast and it was delicious! Dare I say even better than lunch/dinner there.) We split Joe’s big breakfast between the two of us and left feeling full and happy. After that, Chase dropped me off at work where I found my desk decked out in birthday decor- Disney princess themed. The girls at work know me well (that and know that whenever I miss a day of work it is usually because I am at Disneyland). Which only happens every month or so…not uncommon, right? My mom, sister Staci, cousin Cathy and Madelyn brought me lunch and then met up with Chase and I later that afternoon for some shopping and, what do you know, more eating!

We met some of the rest of the family for dinner and then went and fulfilled a dream by not only seeing Titanic in 3D but seeing it at iPic theaters! (Quick plug for iPic- if you haven’t gone, go! It is worth every penny to spoil yourself every once in a while with personal recliner chairs, a pillow and blanket, personal popcorn bags and the option of having food served right to you chair all while enjoying a movie! And if you go, go to the bathroom while you are there! Trust me, you will thank me later.

It was a great day! I have some pictures to document the day but looking back now I wish I would have taken more!

Decorated office! The girls that I work with are awesome!

Couldn’t go shopping without this cute girl! Crazy thing is, she could actually walk around in those shoes!

Ready for our movie to start!

He is such a good sport! Not to mention the fact he made my 23rd birthday perfect!

a quick catch up. and….go!

Well, now that it is officially summer and “supposedly” I have more free time, I’ll give a quick update as to what Chase and I have been up to the past few weeks. First a recap of graduation. Graduation day was long but good. Graduating from ASU is definitely bitter sweet. I for one enjoyed going to school and I’m sure come fall I’ll wish I could take a class or two. What I’m pretty sure I won’t¬†miss: driving to and from campus (this was long and caused me to associate with drivers who most¬†definitely¬†do not know how to drive and should have their licenses provoked FOREVER. Even after 4 years I never really got use to it), group projects (GOODBYE forever. I KNOW you will not be missed) and homework/exams. Yes, the list of the things that I will miss is longer. I’ll miss the Institute, going to the football games as an ASU student, the SRC, the escort service (another story for another time), seeing various sisters, cousins and friends around campus and meeting up with them for lunch-the list goes on and on but I’ll stop for now, but it was indeed a good 4 years. After attending on llllooooonnnnngggg ceremony, going out to lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, then attending another llllllooooooonnnnnngggg ceremony, I became an official college graduate. That night my mom put together a party for me where we ate brownies, mini cheesecakes, dips galore,¬†Brazilian lemonade and play kinect dance central (love that game and Chase does too even though he may not admit it at first.) It was party no doubt. Just leave it up to my mom! She is the best. (Graduation pics soon to come!)

That weekend Chase and I headed up to Pine Dale AZ where his family has, what was once a cabin but it got burnt down in a fire about 10 years ago, what they currently call “the shack.” It is a nice shack if you ask me and their next project which they started while we up there, is a shower! Don’t ask if the shower has a cover over the top of it, for this matter is still under discussion but anywho….Going up to Pine Dale with Chase’s family is always fun and relaxing. A typical day up there, besides the work he and his brother and dad do, consists of reading in the hammock, going for a hike, eating, games, quad riding/riding Chase’s little, and I mean little, dirt bike, shooting and going spot lighting in search of elk (not elks- fyi.) Chase’s little bike is actually quite fun and let’s just say it wouldn’t be very difficult for him to convince me we need another one so we can ride together. Here is a picture of Chase getting some sick air (side note: it took a while for the photographer aka me to actually get him in the air so needless to say Chase’s behind was a bit sore afterwards just don’t tell him I told you that.)

We came home from Pine Dale rested and ready for the week which was the first week of full-time work. Well, technically I’m still interning at the Mesa Arts Center (only 8 1/2 hours to go!) which preoccupies me on Mondays and Thursday but other than that you can find me at work, or at home where you can find me working on work. Haha jealous? I don’t mean to complain. I enjoy my job! It will just to nice to rather than have to think about 50 things at once which all demand my time to be able to focus on just one thing during the day. Chase is also working full time and continues to be the hard-worker that he is! He has also taken up various tasks around our casa as well. Just this Saturday past, he spent all morning working on putting up new fiberglass along the side of our carport. With the help of his fam it looks great and the update was much needed. He also takes great care of our garden.

I love our garden. We planted it a bit late, so I can’t wait until everything starts to come on! We planted: pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, strawberries and a variety of peppers (bell,¬†jalape√Īos and Chase’s favorite-habaneros!) I’m sad to report our strawberries aren’t looking too good-they just can’t take the heat-but everything else is looking good and happy. We are pretty sure that come a couple weeks we are going to have a good amount of vines wanting to go each and every way due to the pumpkins, cantaloupe and watermelon all growing outward instead of upward so we’ll see how this goes. Here is pic of Chase and our garden a few weeks ago. A picture of it now would show much larger plants and unfortunately some unwanted grass that we can’t get rid of. Oh well, we digress.
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We spoke in church yesterday and apart from having a lot less time to speak than we were planning on (especially Chase), it went well! It is nice to be done with it though and to once and for all welcome summer in (with very open arms). Chase’s birthday is this Saturday, all our plans remain in the air at this moment in time but I’m sure this weekend will be a blast no matter what we end up doing. We both have Monday off of work too so we definitely can’t complain there! As far as summer plans go…a disneyland trip is in the works, Pine Dale is in there, and some other vacations are also still up in the air. On June 7th we get to go see Les Miserables at Gammage (a wonderful Christmas from my mom!) and I can’t wait. I saw it in London and few years back and fell in love with it. By the end of the play Julie, Katie and I were all in tears. And not like one tear running down our cheeks but buckets. I can’t wait.

Here are some more random pics taken over the last few weeks.

Me and baby Bennet celebrating my 22nd birthday. It was a really good day!

This was the tea-party my mom put on in honor of the royal wedding. (I have pictures of everyone completely asleep around 1 a.m. but I’ll be nice and not post those.) Nothing like not going to bed until 5 a.m. and having to be at work by 9! Haha the memories are worth it.