1st girl vacay! Wylder Nation Gala!

Vesper and I have a weekend date coming up. She will be taking her first flight and her first vacation with her mama.

We wanted Jarrett and the boys to come too, but Jarrett had to work and the boys wanted to have a fun weekend with Auntie, so its just a girls trip. It’s my first time away, for more than 1 night, from Peyton and Conner! I know I will be a boob about it, but thankfully Auntie is super cool and they ask me every day when they get to go stay with her:)

So where are we going?!?!

To the First annual Living Like a Warrior Gala! You all know Wylder-sweet little Wylder-who also had NPA like our Trek. Wylder passed away just one month after Trek did, so his family and ours have been on a similar journey. They also have just had a little rainbow baby-Koa!

Doesn’t this event sound amazing?! Vesper and I are so excited to go, not only for the fun and to see our friends (Wylder’s family and Quinn’s mama will be there too!). But to support and raise money for this amazing cause-to help find a cure for the disease that took our babies, way too early, from us.

As you can see for $125-you get an amazing night! Dinner, a red carpet, open bar, dancing, a live concert from a real Hawaiian musician, and you get to support this amazing organization.

If any of my friends that live in Denver and want to come-let me know! I would love to see you there. Or you can go here and just buy tickets and I will see you that night!

Living like a Warrior Gala Tickets

Here are some words from my friend Shannon (Wyder’s mama) that really touched me from Wylder’s website:

When Wylder passed I thought the idea of his future was gone too.  First day of school, baseball, best friends, wedding … everything.  But truth is, his future is just different now.  It is in part this foundation, helping others, and so much more.   It is the idea that his life created change for the good for others.  It is a community of people (like you) that surround us and continue to grow and believe in all things Wylder.  With the outlook and prayer that one day a baby WILL get his or her “traditional” future because of Wylder and Wylder Nation.   His future is forever.


You can read more about the event and Wylder’s foundation on his website!

Wylder Nation website

Vesper and I hope to see you there!!!

(she’s even getting a teeny fancy new dress for it:)


Pegheads {an amazing giveaway!}

You guys are going to freak out, I totally did. A blog reader emailed me a few weeks ago and ask me if I wanted to check out her creations, get my own set, and offer one to the other readers! When I went to her etsy page, I knew it would be perfect for all of us!!

Let me introduce you to Lindsay. She is the creator and owner of Pegheads. This is the Ingram Peghead family-

are you freaking out yet?! I do every time I see us on our mantel!

This is beautiful Lindsay (in real form and Peghead:)image.png

a pregnant Peghead!!

This is the Peghead Etsy shop-you can go look around if you want!

I asked Lindsay a few questions, so we could all get to know her and her Pegheads-

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Craig, and I will be married 10 years in December.  Like you and Jarrett, we did the ETBU thing and got married when we were babies! We have two boys, Lane (27 months) and Cohen (2 months). 
Lane (I think he might be a painter like his mama!)
2. What inspired you to start your business?
When we found out we were pregnant with Cohen, I started brainstorming ways to generate an income from home so I could be with the boys during the day.  I worked previously as an elementary art teacher and have always loved creating things.  I came across some peg dolls on Pinterest, thought they were adorable (!), and decided to see if I could paint and sell some myself.  
3. What is a Peghead and what are all the ways a Peghead can be used?
 I have found a lot of people order my pegs for birthday and wedding cake toppers.  They’re also great toys that foster imaginative play and are just the right size for traditional doll houses.  
Superhero peg dolls 5pc Set
How fun are these super hero Pegheads?!
4. What peghead is your boy (s) favorite?
Lane’s current favorite is his Olaf peg from Frozen – although I did find an Elsa peg hidden under this pillow earlier this evening :)
Frozen peg dolls 4pc set including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf
oh yes she did! She made Frozen Pegheads:)
5. What is your favorite peghead?
 I find myself painting a lot of princesses, superheroes and here lately, Frozen pegs.  However, my favorite pegs to paint are custom orders, simply because each one is unique and different.  
Custom Peg Doll Family, 6pc set
the Ingrams on her Etsy page showing a custom family of 6 option
So what do you guys think?!?!
Custom Peg Doll Wedding Cake Topper
Lindsay is so sweet and if offering one of you your very own custom Peghead family!!!
Custom Peg Doll Family, 4pc set
All you have to do is “like” the Peghead Facebook page or follow Pegheads on Instagram!
Princess peg dolls 5pc Set
Just leave a comment below letting me know that you did one of the above (or both if you are feeling super cool), and I will randomly pick a winner Wednesday night and announce Thursday morning!
Thomas the Train peg dolls 5pc set

And Lindsay is also offering 20% off to oursonnylife readers!! Just enter the code sonnypegs20 at checkout-its good until July 4th of 2014!
And to send you off with a smile-here is sweet baby Trek as a Peghead:)

thank you so much Lindsay and have fun shopping my friends and family! 

Peghead Etsy Shop

1 month with Vesper

Yesterday, Vesper turned 1 month old. It has gone wonderfully slow, so much snuggling and staying hidden away inside. The world stopped the last month right?!

I weighed her yesterday on my sister’s antique baby scale. She is 9 lbs. She was 6 lbs at birth, 6 lbs 5 oz. at 11 days, then 9 lbs at 4 weeks! She is still in newborn diapers and clothes, but I think in the next week or so, she will move up to size 1 diapers and her  0-3 month clothes.

We stay home in jammies most days (the boys and I and then Jarrett too on his days off), but have gotten out a few times. The boys love to hold her and always do when I shower or cook dinner. They have recently been allowed to stand up and hold her-it was a big day for them! Granny came to visit this week too, it was a lot of fun.

Conner surprised me with my coffee in bed, he even brought my cup of ice, even if it was just one piece-hehe:) 

another sweet Conner thing-I found this picture of us in his room with heart stickers on it:)

totally relaxed on Daddy

family water park day, Vesper and me just chilled in the shade

looks just like this picture of Jarrett and Trek-

at Moody Garden’s rainforest

fresh out of the bath

baby jeggings that Peyton picked out

Cousin Dawson checking out Vesper

another sweet Conner thing:)

lots of brother lovin!

more cousin love-Journie and Harlie

this sweet girl also got some good Trek snuggles 2 years ago

Harlie and baby Trek

Trek’s father’s day gift for Jarrett-a tag for his laptop case for work

all 4 of my babies wore this little lamb sleeper

we play so many board games around here, the boys are at such a fun age for us all 4 (or 3 if Jarrett’s at work) to play

photo by Conner

my 10th wedding anniversary gift from Jarrett-a porch seating area:)

Peyton dressing Vesper

wrapped in my baby blanket

Vesper and Granny-her great-grandma

Conner always helps me pick out her hair bows

pool day at Aunties

Auntie Amanda (my sister) lovin on Vesper

cousins-watching Transformers-haha, something must have blown up 

What an amazing month!!!! I am so happy, Vesper really has brought the utmost joy into our lives, just like her 3 brothers have. This weekend is the 2 year angelversary of Trek’s death, we miss him so much, and can’t wait until we can all 6 be together again. I wish he was here to hold his little sister with his brothers, even though we know he is very near, we have all felt him.



Vesper Newborn Photo shoot


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Look who had her first photo session!! It was my first time to do a newborn girl photo session and it was waaaaaay too much fun! My friend Olivia, who lives on the island, and has a photography business, came over and did an amazing job capturing Vesper and our family. I won’t be doing photography the next few months because I have a demanding little nursling (hehe), so if you are on the island and want photos done-call Olivia! She is so sweet and amazing.

Olivia Bailey Photography

(I ordered all the headbands, pink outfit, and butterfly wings from The Hairbow Company)

my 4 babies

we are a family of 6 now! I am so lucky

hehe, bunny ears:)

one of my favorites-it reminds me of this photo of me, Peyton, and Trek

rainbow baby (quilt by Crochet 4 Cuties)

10 years

I have written this post a million times in my head. After 10 years being married to Jarrett, my one and only love, there is a billion things to say. How we have raised each other (getting married at 20 years old), how we have been to the height and depth of every human emotion possible (bringing 4 children into this world and losing Trek), how he has kept me safe, loved, adventurous, cared for, happy, and made me a mother.

Jarrett is everything to me. He is the beginning and end of our family, he keeps it going financially and emotionally. I wouldn’t change one thing about him, we fit together perfect. I love him with all that I am, and would choose him over and over again.

I could go on and on. There is not a love letter written or love song sung in this world that would not apply to him and my love for him. I take them all and apply them to us.

I woke up to my favorite coffee in bed, flowers on the table, and a love letter of my very own from Jarrett. When I read his letter to me through tears and laughter, I knew I could not beat it. It was perfect. So I asked him if I could share his letter. I am using it to mark the love we feel on this day. I add to it a love quote I found last year and have been saving to share with him on this exact day.

So here is my quote for Jarrett to celebrate our 10 years of love. Followed by his love letter to me.

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.  – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

I love you Jarrett, I am so glad we will forever be entwined. your love always, Chelsea

Jarrett’s love letter to me:

June 5, 2014

Ten years ago a boy decided to marry a girl. It was an easy decision. She was breathtakingly beautiful, complete with a glowing personality and a rare ability to make everyone around her happy. She had silky brown hair with deep brown eyes. Her skin was perfectly tan and soft. Her voice was melodic and she possessed a laugh that melted his soul.

When he had asked her to marry him, the boy was unsure if she would say yes. He asked her in October. There was nothing wrong with asking a girl to marry you in October…unless the girl had told him not to ask until December (which she had).  He didn’t listen (a common problem she would find). The boy was foolish with love and found the prospect of waiting as unbearable. So he asked and she said yes. The two had never kissed; At least not on the lips. That changed when she said yes. The two stayed together under the moonlight and kissed until they could kiss no more.

This would be easy…

The two were married and the boy became a husband and the girl a bride. The husband worked and went to school. The bride did the same. Every night they would do something fun together. Play a game, watch a movie, go to dinner, or make new friends.

Sometimes it wasn’t easy…

The husband didn’t know it, but he was his own person, with his own thoughts , opinions, and habits. He had just assumed that his bride’s thoughts, opinions, and habits would be the same as his own. He was wrong. She was completely different than he was. Sometimes he would say things and it would bother her and make her sad. He would talk to her and it would make it worse. Being married wasn’t as easy as he thought it was going to be.

Thankfully, the husband truly loved her and she truly loved him. Over time, the husband realized how important it was to be truly in love with his bride and she with him. For true love, loves even when the other person doesn’t deserve it. Or hurts you, or is mad at you, or is hopelessly sad because of something you said. True love forgives when it is easier to hate. Stays when it is easier to leave and forgets when it is easy to remember.

Even though it wasn’t easy, it was worth it to be with his love…

The husband and the bride started to learn how to be together and accept each other for who they were. Now it would be easy, he thought. Nothing else would complicate things or change from now until eternity.

This would be easy…

Or so he thought, until the bride walked in holding a stick. The husband had seen one of these sticks before on television and at the store. It had two lines on it and she was smiling. She told him she was pregnant. The husband was reading a magazine and thought about what she had said. He had known they would have children, but he hadn’t planned on that being now. For a moment, he was afraid at the notion.  But her smile warmed him. Her beauty reminded him that it was their love that had made this baby and it would be a combination and representation of that love. No matter what, this was good.

It was only one…

Than two, than three, and four. With each child, time became more precious, more valuable. Each child was different in spectacular and beautiful ways. For each birth, the husband and bride were at different places in their life. For the first, they were busy finishing school. The second, they were playing house. The third was born while living in an island paradise called Maui, and the fourth on the island of Galveston. Each were beautiful and amazingly different. Two looked like the husband and two like the bride. They named them Peyton, Conner, Trek, and Vesper. They loved each of them like air. Each was precious, perfect, special.

One died…

Trek, the husband and bride’s third son did not get to live a long life. It was both magical and painful. His birth changed their lives and his name was a prophecy of the life they would lead with him. He was stolen fourteen months into his life. While he lived though, it was glorious. Glorious in pain and glorious in life. The husband and bride abandoned everything to spend time with their family while he was alive, traveling the world and going on many adventures. His death changed them both, leaving them profoundly empty with a cavernous void inside that would always be vacant because of his absence. But they had no regrets of their time with him.

The fourth was a rainbow miracle…

The doctors had told the husband and bride that any future children they had would most likely be sick like the third. While they loved the third child, they were scared to bring another baby from their love only for them to live a short life. But a fourth was needed for the bride who was now a mommy. She felt  hopelessly empty that her nest had two when it should have three. The husband knew that she had too much love in her heart for only three children; they needed a fourth. Like before, they made a child with their love and miraculously, she was healthy. The sickness that had claimed the third would not claim the fourth.

There was something different about the fourth…

The child was a girl. Previously, the husband and bride had not thought they could make a girl. But this was their rainbow baby. Their miracle. Anything was possible with a rainbow baby and they were glad to be joined with a beautiful baby girl that looked just like the bride.

Ten years in…

Four children, many adventures, much love, much pain, and much hope for the future. The husband now knows that his bride was the most special and intelligent decision he had ever made. He knows  how empty and hopeless his life would be without his family. He is excited about what the future holds. The adventures they will have. The love they will share. Watching his precious children grow with his bride.

Looking back, he knows one thing for certain. He wouldn’t change a thing.

Love you bride,


June 5, 2004

the depths: letting Trek go