Chase is Eight! – Peanut Butter Fingers

And identical to that we’ve got a braces-wearing, book-reading, animal-loving eight-year-old in our home!

Chase turned eight years outdated on Saturday and it’s type of loopy to assume we’ve been dad and mom for eight years. A number of years in the past, I bear in mind asking my mother if she sees me as a grown up or nonetheless footage me as a bit of lady when she seems to be at me and she or he stated she sees me now however nonetheless vividly remembers “little lady Julie.” I get that a lot. Once I see Chase now I see an outgoing, imaginative, energetic, social, energetic, reliable, artistic and sort child who adores his associates, household and animals however I can even see child Chase and toddler Chase. All of them swirl collectively in my coronary heart to make up the child we all know and love a lot at the moment.

A lot of eight-year-old Chase is toddler Chase all grown up. Toddler Chase was extroverted, imaginative and friend-obsessed and large child Chase may be very a lot the identical. We joke that he doesn’t have an “off swap” in the case of good friend time and would fill each minute of his day with social playtime if he might. He’s artistic and considerate together with his associates and loves sharing his ardour for animals and out of doors exploration with anybody and everybody.

Chase is happiest when he’s exterior in search of creatures to catch and launch and the variety of critters he’s caught all through the years simply stretches into the a whole bunch. From anole lizards and frogs to turtles and bugs, Chase hasn’t met an animal that hasn’t piqued his curiosity. I believed Chase’s love of animals was only a typical child obsession however when considered one of his lecturers stated, “Oh, no, I’ll be really shocked if he doesn’t find yourself doing one thing with animals in his life,” I started to understand that perhaps his ardour for animals is perhaps simply that… a ardour. It’s one thing we love fostering inside him as a result of it lights him up a lot and we truthfully all love animals in our household so it makes it straightforward to share in his animal-loving pleasure.

Outdoors of animals, Chase loves soccer, martial arts, enjoying with family and friends, creativeness video games (particularly “animal rescue” with Ryder), Legos, enjoying with vehicles, constructing with Picasso Tiles, books, listening to kids’s podcasts, swimming, driving his bike, exploring in nature and just about something exterior.

He loves faculty however in the course of the faculty 12 months I admittedly heard much more about Maddie, Hadley and Jack than I did about something he really discovered in the course of the day. He liked science above all different topics and genuinely appeared to adore his lecturers, classmates and studying new issues. Chase has all the time been curious and inquisitive and although the social facet of college was clearly his favourite factor, he would additionally mild up when he’d inform me about one thing new he discovered, particularly if it needed to do with nature, animals, the planets or area. Although we’re absolutely embracing summer season and loving a bit of break for college, he’s excited concerning the faculty 12 months forward and I can not consider he’ll be beginning second grade in lower than two weeks!

Large Brother Chase

Large brother Chase is one of the best. We inform Chase day by day how good of a giant brother he’s to his siblings and I can not say how grateful I really feel for such an inclusive, form, artistic, considerate and playful first born little one.

Whereas Ryan and I joke that we marvel what on the planet we disciplined Chase about earlier than we had a number of kids (brother battles are REAL and will be so irritating), we additionally absolutely acknowledge the truth that the connection between Chase, Ryder and Rhett is without doubt one of the largest blessings in our lives.

Chase and Ryder share a room and playtime between our oldest two boys begins the minute they get up. They waste no time each morning diving into varied creativeness video games, solely breaking to inform us they’re hungry for breakfast. This is without doubt one of the causes I LOVE summer season; they get longer uninterrupted morning playtime! It kills me to interrupt up such enjoyable play with a view to make it to highschool within the mornings though faculty is one thing all of them love, too. Chase and Ryder instantly fall into step and resume their playtime the minute faculty is out and clearly love being every others’ go-to playmates. Chase completely seems to be to Ryder to be his playtime buddy and fortunately our two oldest boys share comparable pursuits in order that they hardly ever tire of one another and time collectively.

So far as Chase and Rhett’s relationship, it’s such a candy one however very totally different from Ryder and Chase because the 5 12 months age hole between our oldest and youngest means Chase takes on extra of a “let me present you ways” position with Rhett. He’ll present Rhett how one can do varied new issues, incorporate him into playtime, encourage him to do that and that and provides him sure roles of their brother creativeness video games. Rhett additionally cracks Chase up every day and Chase is admittedly way more mild when enjoying with Rhett. In fact there are video games we’ll must put an finish to as a result of Rhett was given a task like “trapped animal” however for essentially the most half, play between Chase and Rhett is loving, enjoyable and artistic.

Chase is idolized by Rhett and Ryder and the significance of his huge brother position is one he appears to know and embrace. On his birthday, when he turned within the tickets he gained on the arcade, he instantly started deciding on three of every little prize from behind the counter to share together with his little brothers. I advised him watching him make this selection was probably the greatest elements of the entire day for me. His reply? “Mother, it feels good to do stuff like that. I knew they weren’t going to get anything at the moment so I needed to get them one thing.” We regularly reference the guide Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and I can not suggest it sufficient for encouraging kindness in children in method that is smart to them. We advised Chase he majorly stuffed his brothers’ buckets with that selection.

Random Issues to Keep in mind

  • Favourite Meals: Apples, ice cream, donuts, carrots, scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, pizza, cucumbers, edamame, cheese, Bobo’s chocolate chip bites, yogurt, waffles, scorching canine, burgers, strawberries, popsicles
  • Favourite Colour: Blue
  • Favourite E-book: Dragon Masters collection, Owl Diaries collection, Eerie Elementary collection, non-fiction animal books
  • Favourite Associates: Maddie, Jack, Hadley, Lilly, Tommy, Claire, JJ, Caleb
  • Favourite Track: “We Will Rock You,” “High of the World Tonight” from Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, “I Consider That We Will Win”
  • Favourite Present: Wild Kratts, Octonauts and Creature Circumstances
  • Favourite Animal: Birds of prey (particularly bald eagles), lizards, parrots
  • Wake Up Time/Mattress Time: Bedtime is true round 7:30 p.m. however generally Chase will come downstairs after Ryder is asleep if he’s not too drained and head again upstairs for bedtime 2.0 at 8:30 p.m. Wakeup time is true round 6:30 a.m.


  • His family and friends
  • Animals
  • Fishing
  • Catching and releasing creatures
  • Playtime exterior
  • Driving his bike
  • Swimming
  • Soccer
  • Martial Arts
  • Creativeness Video games
  • College (particularly science, recess, gymnasium and artwork)
  • Legos
  • Constructing with Picasso Tiles
  • Podcasts (his favorites are Tales Podcast, Finn Caspian, Nationwide Geographic Bizarre However True, What If World, Studying Bug Adventures and Story Pirates)
  • City Air Trampoline Park
  • Playdates

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