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Thanksgiving at the Farm

We spent Thanksgiving with Chris’s family at the farm. We had a good time hanging out by the camp fire, taking long walks under the autumn leaves, smoking meat in the smoker, eating a ton of food, riding four-wheelers, and taking the canoe out on the newly formed lake. Cooper had a good time and enjoyed all the attention from his grandparents, aunt, uncle, and extended family. Cooper was pretty much spoiled rotten while we were there.

I hope that all of you had a good Thanksgiving with your family!

Here is a picture of Cooper from our trip at the farm.
(Don’t worry that is milk in that glass!)


When Sickness Strikes

The Foley Family officially shared the love these past two weeks. It started with me, Susanne. I got a low grade fever, cough, headache, and a stuffy head/nose. I actually thought I might have the flu so I went to my doctor. I was never tested for the flu so I am not really sure if I had it or not. My doctor speculated that my fever was not high enough for the flu. Well about 4 days later, my son, Cooper, got this nasty head/ chest cold. He ran a fever and was pretty clingy and cuddly. He actually sat on the chair in his play room and watched about two hours of TV with me the second day he was ill. Poor guy! He usually will not sit in my lap for longer than 5 seconds- so I knew he was not feeling well. Then about three days go, Chris finally got sick. His fever ran a little higher than the rest of us. His fever finally broke last night and is at home resting.

I am glad we are all on the road to recovery! It is never fun when the ENTIRE family gets sick. I think the hardest part of me was playing mommy to Cooper when all I wanted to do was lay in bed and sleep my sickness away.


I know that I have not been as faithful to blogging as I should, but now that Cooper is crawling and pulling himself up on everything and anything, it is hard for me to have a moment to get to the computer.

House Update: So far we have painted the master bedroom, master bathroom, cooper’s bedroom, cooper’s bathroom, and the laundry room. We are also mostly done painting the living room and we are going to work on painting the hallway and entryway this week. Still have a long way to go, but eventually, little by little we will get there.

Church Update: We found a church! Yippy. I am so happy that we found a church that we can sink our feet into and grow. We attend morning service and then following the morning service we attend a small group. The small group is comprised of a lot of young families with young children. I love it. I am hoping to make some good friendships with these people. Best part about this small group, I am really challenged by the teaching and study that we are doing. Cooper goes to the nursery for 8:30-11 while we do our church thing. He seems to really enjoy being around other kids. There are 4 other babies who are his age in the nursery from our small group. I think that is neat. If you want to learn more about our church click here:

Cooper Update: Cooper is crawling, pulling himself up on everything. He is babbling away. Cooper loves to eat finger foods cut into small pieces. He enjoys drinking water from his big boy cup that has a straw. He is really not a little baby any more. I look at him and it is hard to imagine him as a tiny little baby. GEE, he did grow up fast. He is just a few days shy of 11 months and in one month he’ll be one. His new claim to fame is picking up his toy telephone and holding it up to his ear, too cute! He takes two naps- one hour nap in the am and 1.5 hour nap in the pm. He sleeps about 11-12 hours a night. I love all the sleep I can get at night.

Vacations/ Travel: We are getting ready to head back to Maryland for a family vacation with the Tumolo’s at my father and Step-mom’s beach house. That should be fun. I will make sure to take a ton of pictures. The week following that we are going to be in the Columbia area visiting with friends and family while Chris returns to APL for a week of work on site. For those of you who did not know, Chris is still working for APL remotely in Texas. Chris plans to make the switch to his family’s insurance business in the middle of September.



This is my last full week in Maryland before we make our trip west to Texas. I have a thousand and one things to cram into the last few days I have left here. Between packing, visiting with friends and family, Jayme’s graduation, settlement, and just trying to run a few more last minute errands, I have my hands pretty full. So if you don’t hear from me on our blog for a while, you will know why. I promise to faithful keep updating the blog once we get to Texas and get our Internet set up. I am sure I will have a lot to say about your move. Just in case you did not know, we are driving to Houston, Texas with Cooper. Yes, I know that sound crazy, but we are doing it. We needed to get our cars to Houston and well that means we needed to drive. Jayme is coming with me to help out with Cooper. We plan on breaking the trip down into 3-4 days. So hopefully that will make it more manageable with Cooper. Cooper has been a real trooper lately! We have taken him all over God’s creation and keeping him up late at night (normal bedtime is 7pm and he’s been going to sleep some nights close to 9pm) he is missing naps left and right, but despite all the craziness, he is doing okay! I cannot believe that he is handling all of this so well. I am thankful to God that he is allowing Cooper to be more flexible so that I can do all my good-byes!

This week is bound to have me filled up with emotions. I was born and raised in Maryland and leaving it feels like I am leaving a piece of me behind. I pray that my transition to Texas will be smooth! I’ll just miss all my family and friends that I am leaving behind.
Okay…more cleaning/ boxes await…signing off for a little while…

Little Jesus Lost & Found

I went to the grocery store today bought a ton of groceries. By the time I left the grocery store, it was only 10 minutes before Cooper’s scheduled napped time. Cooper was getting kind of cranky. I was trying to hurry to the car and get it all loaded up so I could get him home and in his crib before to long. As I reached into the front pocket of my purse for my keys, I gasped. NO KEYS!! I started to frantically tear my purse apart, still no keys. You know what happened next, I panicked. I went back inside and searched up and down the isles, went back to the check out I was in, talked to customer service–STILL NO KEYS! Now I am really panicking, especially since Cooper is really getting overtired at this point. Finally, I call Chris. Chris has to leave work to come and get me. Chris asked that I keep looking the whole time he is on his way, which was just what Cooper and I did. We paced the isles, up and down, up and down, and I am repeating to myself, “little Jesus lost and found, please bring my keys around” over and over in my head. STILL NO KEYS!! We took out every item I bought thinking it had been dropped into one of the bags. STILL NO KEYS!!! At this point it has been almost an hour since I realized I had lost my keys. THEN….over the loud speaker a man’s voice announces, “if someone lost their keys in produce, come and pick them up.” HOORAY! My keys were found. Guess where they were…..laying in the bin with the pears. What a weird place for them don’t you think? Not sure how they ended up there. Thank God I found them! The only bad thing, Chris had finally made it to the store at the same time I relocated my keys.

Cooper’s napping now, I have my keys, I have unloaded my groceries, I’m thankful for my husband’s patience with me, and praising God for an answer to prayer!

Happy Birthday Chris

Today, April 23rd, is Chris’s 28th Birthday! I thought I would wish him a happy birthday on our blog. I also wanted to comment on how much I love him.

Chris is a wonderful husband and father. I feel truly blessed to have the privilege of being married to my best friend. He is patient, loving, funny, supportive, giving, friendly, slow to anger, kind, compassionate…the list could keep going! I really feel like the luckiest woman to be married to him. God knew my need and provided me a husband to fit! He can have some cheesy jokes and corny ways, but I love him for it 😉 I cannot imagine having to raise Cooper on my own without him. There have been those hard parenting moments that Chris has stepped in and helped out, even if it is a 2am and Cooper is crying with Colic or it is early evening and Cooper is just screaming his little head off. I can count of Chris. I feel secure and loved. I think that all woman long to feel security in their relationships. I never have to questioned Chris’s love for me or his actions. I know he is devoted to me!
I love you Chris! Thanks for always being supportive and loving. I pray that God will bless you in the coming year. Have a Happy Birthday.

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Chris and I rented the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith. Oh man, that movie is so sad. I really could not hold it together by the end of the movie…but anyway…We started to watch the movie when Cooper was napping, but he woke up fairly early in the movie. I breast feed him and watched the movie.  When I was finished feeding him, we just kept him in bed with us. I brought a few toys over for him to play with. He kept himself entertained with his toys, giggling to himself. Occasionally he would look up at Chris or I for approval or acknowledgment. We would engage with him and tickle him or just give him a kiss and Cooper would go strait back to playing. At one point in the movie he just laid across my legs with his head resting in my arms. He was just so content to be near Chris and I.  I loved that he let me snuggle with him. Cooper is not a snugly baby so I took full advantage of his cuddling. He sat there for almost 2 hours (long movie) and was such a good boy. I enjoyed having all three of us up on our king size bed “Snuggling” together on a quite Sunday Afternoon. That’s a memory I want to remember, which is why I am writing about it. Makes me thank God for the family he’s given me and for beautiful moments like that.