December 31, 2007

Children's Museum

Last Friday Trask and I took Taylor to the Children's Museum in Portland to go and play. This was Taylor's second trip to the museum, and he loved it just as much as he did the first time, if not even more! His Nana and Pampa got us a family membership for the year as a Christmas gift, so we are super excited to go all year long... it really is a great place to go and play, and awesome because it's indoors and it's so rainy this time of year.


Taylor loving the water exhibit



Taylor was really in to the water exhibit at the museum, which was one of his favorites on the first trip, too. (Aside from the stage that he took a giant poop on in front of an audience of parents). He loves to play in the water and we spent the majority of this trip playing in the water and waving at other kids, right up in their faces. He really gets offended if someone doesn't wave back. I guess I do, too!

Trask, Taylor and awesome bull

I did get really excited on this trip because I was talking to another mom while our boys were playing and getting soaking wet and she told me that Taylor looks just like me! I love hearing that because a lot of people just assume that he looks like Trask because he is a boy and he has glasses just like Trask used to. I love hearing that my sweet baby boy looks like me, too! I love it!

Anyway, we hope we can bring others to the museum with us... it's a blast!!



A Very Merry Christmas

I realized that I posted pictures of Taylor's Christmas on my blog and not his, so I am going to throw a few pictures up on his site so I don't feel like a bad mom.

Taylor had an awesome Christmas, packed with family and friends, toys, wrapping paper, boxes, bags and organized chaos. Taylor's Aunt Karlie and Grammie made Taylor the neatest wooden stick horse, it's too cool! He loves it to pieces. Since he got so much this year, it was a good opportunity to sort all his toys in his room and rearrange everything and make all his toys fit in our 950 square foot apartment. We got everything put away and in order, just how we like it!

We loved having a white Christmas, and now that we know how much Taylor loves the snow, we're going to have to go take him to the mountains to go and play.

Taylor wishes everyone a very happy new year and can't wait to reveal what he and his family have up their sleeves for 2008.

December 13, 2007

It took awhile, but in the end, we got there!

I don't know if everyone knew our seemingly never-ending battle with our dearest Tay-man in trying to get him to sleep through the night... but I think that we're finally there, and he's 16-1/2 months old! So if you ever wondered why we had dark circles and bags under our eyes, we were testy and a touch too sassy, now you will understand why. Our story begins...

Taylor has always had a rough time sleeping through the night, and at about 8 months of age, when Trask and I were both a tad grumpy and sleep-deprived from waking up at least 3 times a night to get the innocent and precious booger back to bed, it was taking a toll. That is when I called upon the advice and wisdom from my dearest family and friends, soliciting their advice, solutions and basically begging for help. The response was astounding (thanks again for all those who helped, you know who you are!!), and we tried a bit of everything. What we found to work was the hardest thing I have had to do as a mom (even including the joys childbirth).

We started to let Taylor cry it out at 8-months old. Enough was enough. I had come to accept the fact that he just wasn't one of those babies everyone loves to tell a sleep-deprived and desperate parent. You know, the stories of a child sleeping through the night starting at 2-3 months old, or sooner, and just not having any sleeping issues. So, needless to say, Taylor was shocked by our new antics, but after about 4-5 nights of letting him cry it out and soothe himself back to sleep, he was sleeping through the night... but not for long. (Imagine some sort of thriller or horror movie music here). Teething started, as well as his first cold, and then Mommy and Daddy turned back into giant suckers! And so we fell back into the same routine with him-- i.e., catering to his every squeak, squawk, whimper, scream and yelp. And we (I should be saying Trask), would get up with the precious baby chunk of an angel, throwing the cry-it-out method to the curb.

Well, we started again in November and you know what, it's been real good! It didn't really take Tay that long to get it figured out, and now he's sleeping great, and so are we. He even has the luxury of having a nature's sound CD playing for him in his room all night, because he is the lightest sleeper, ever. My knee popping as I walk down the hall will wake him up. If he does wake up in the night, we are ignoring him and he usually heads back to sleep within a few minutes. We only get up and take him to our room if it's after 6 AM, and then we let him fall asleep with us, which then he'll usually sleep until about 8 AM, which is what I call "a dream day!" (I can't sleep past 6, usually earlier, ever, so it gives me a bit of quiet time while Tay sleeps and snuggles with Trask, who is loving this while in-between jobs.) Not all mornings are like this, please note, sometimes I get two angry bears coming out of the bedroom (Trask and Taylor). It is then my job to pacify each of them... they can get pretty scary and fierce in the morning.

Anyway, I don't have a current sleeping picture of Taylor, so I am going to stick an old one on here... what an awesome thing it is to have a sleeping child again!!


Always loved napping in his Boppy - we LOVED the Boppy!!


A homecooked meal from Mama can put us all to sleep, or perhaps I was telling him my hopes and dreams and I put him to sleep! Either way, we love a sleeping baby!


Look - he'd even sleep when hanging out with Old Saint Nick - circa December 2006.

December 11, 2007

Plumper Pumpkin Tree Farm



Last Friday we went and picked out our family Christmas tree. The weather was perfect, meaning dry, and the skies were clear. I strapped Taylor to my back in his backpack and we hiked around at Plumper Pumpkin Farm out near Helvetia to find the perfect Christmas tree. (May I add that my shoulders still hurt after having my 29 pound beast on my back?!) After circling and circling and looking every tree up and down at least twice, we came back to the first one we saw that we liked. At least we think it's the same one, but who knows the difference after awhile. Needless to say, we found a tree that we were excited to take home. Trask, the manly man that he is, did the sawing, while Taylor and I gladly watched and cheered him on. We ended up with a 5-1/2 foot noble, my most favorite of trees, on the top of our car to take back home.

Not only did we pick out a tree at the farm, but we hiked around the property and checked everything else out. We met a sweet cat named TJ, and saw some freshly hatched chicks. Trask made friends with a couple bunnies, as well. We played with some goats and got kissed by some baby cows (their tongues are so scratchy!) and even saw pigs play fighting, and Trask was getting threatened by a llama that wanted to spit in his face. The day couldn't have gone any better!

Our tree is now up and decorated and somehow the decorations have remained up, despite Taylor's efforts to try and re-decorate. He is doing pretty well listening when we tell him to be gentle, so that's good. We have a fake 3 foot tree in his room for him to decorate with soft ornaments, so that's all his to play with. It's worked keeping him out of trouble, for the most part, and so far! There are still 2 weeks until Christmas! I decided not to keep any presents under the tree yet, I don't want to torture the poor soul with gifts that he can't open... not that he wants the gifts, but most likely just the wrapping paper!!

Merry Christmas to all... more posts to come soon.


December 1, 2007

Gingerbread Houses and Snow!

The title seems to be pretty self-explanatory. Trask and I have been running out of things to do here at the house. So we decided last night to decorate gingerbread houses (from a kit!) Taylor enjoyed hanging out by our feet, catching any candy pieces that we dropped. He also liked the frosting. This kid has a sugar-radar that frightens me, he gets this from his dad!! You can admire the craftsmanship and artwork at your leisure.

Also... it's SNOWING!! It's nothing big or exciting, but it's white and fluffy and fun to watch Taylor get excited about. Okay, I get excited about it, too. Here are some pictures of Taylor and Trask checking out the flakes from our back porch.

Trask and Taylor checking out the snow


Taylor - 16 months and 1 week

And finally, it's Civil War today... so let's hear a big "GO DUCKS!!" I know they have one more WIN for the season in them, I just know it!

November

So I have become one of those people that I always whine about - people who don't update their blogs (Jill - you know I need to hear about you all the time)!! November came and went and I can't believe I didn't find time to at least do one entry! November was fun and went by so fast. I want to blame a little of the lack of blogging on Taylor though. He broke our camera (he likes to take pictures on his own, and if he sees you with it and you don't share it with him, he freaks) and it was out of commission for awhile, until my Mr. Fix-It husband decided to break it more, in order to fix it. (It worked this time?!?...)

My 25th Birthday

Trask, Taylor and I decided to take a trip to Oceanside the weekend before my birthday to get away and spend some time together at one of our most favorite places in Oregon. We're a storm-lovin' family, and knew there was a storm on the way, so we were looking forward to getting in on the action, but it was so windy there that weekend that I thought we were going to fall off of the cliff, it was insane. They said gusts were reaching 92 MPH, and I believe it, it made me feel like I was 10 pounds the way it was pushing me around. We stayed at the Clifftop Inn in Oceanside, in a cozy little room overlooking the Ocean and the rocks. It was so windy that the toilet had whitecap waves - I was amazed, so of course I had to have Trask come in and check it out! You would be amazed too, if you saw it, or maybe not, but I am easily impressed. Taylor didn't mind the wind at all, and thought it was funny. He loves to be outside so much anyway, so I am not even surprised.

November also brought one of my most favorite holidays - Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, including our health, love and support from our dear friends and awesome family, Johnson's Vapor Bath, quality family time while Trask is between jobs, our faith, having Christmas cards sent and presents finished, and so much more. This Thanksgiving we spent the day at Gail's house with my mom and sister there, too, as well as Taylor's Great Grandparents Phil Sr and Judy from Carson City. It was a special day full of fun, games, food, wine and puppies (Toshi has 6 amazingly sweet pups to play with!). I am already looking forward to next Thanksgiving, as we are spending it with my side of the family, but that means I have more people to fight over Turkey skin with!!

My love goes out to all, I am truly blessed to have such amazing friends, a loving and supportive family, a funny and sweet husband, and my quirky, sassy and giggly little man who really isn't little anymore. More blogging to come, I promise.

Karlie & Taylor - Thanksgiving 2007

October 27, 2007

Spooktacular


Today we took Taylor to Spooktacular, at the Jenkins Estate, where Nana works. It was an awesome day outside, the weather was perfect, and Taylor loved every minute of it. We dressed him as a zebra this year. (The cutest zebra I have ever seen, if I can say that). We went on a hay-ride to go pick out a pumpkin, which Taylor did wonderfully at. He has a passion for pumpkin-pickin', and needed to examine each one to make sure he was getting the best one. He was just too cute checking them all out!

After the hay-ride we had some pictures taken and had lunch.
He didn't even seem fazed that his Nana was dressed up as a cat, or that everyone surrounding him had wings or horns or some sort of costume on at all. He finally cracked a smile and did some talking with 2 girls and a mom that we shared a lunch table with. He is such a flirt!

This was a great way to celebrate Halloween and the amazing fall season. This year has been more exciting for the little man, and we are loving every minute of it, and yes, it goes by way too fast!

Love, hugs and prayers to all our loved ones!!

October 25, 2007

Parenting...from a dad's perspective

Just a quick note that Trask just started a blog on parenting, from a dad's perspective. You should check it out when you have a chance at http://thisdadsperspective.blogspot.com. Stay tuned for posts about the essential gear for kids, fun places to go, etc.

Thanks!

October 14, 2007

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon


Fall is here and we absolutely love it! We set out to get some family pictures and take advantage of the amazing fall colors. Taylor, Trask and I played in the crunchy leaves together and had a great time. Trask and I made Taylor a nice bed of leaves, and Taylor seemed to like the idea of laying around outside, and relaxed awhile on the ground. We are so thankful for such a great day together, with such a beautiful day to boot.

September 27, 2007

Suttle Lake Camping Trip 2007


We spent the long Labor Day weekend camping at Suttle Lake in Central Oregon with my side of the family. We go every year, and this year we had the most amazing camp spots ever, right on the gorgeous lake. I think this was my most favorite trip yet! We had a great time with family, eating, playing games, and having fun. We even dodged the fire that was at Mt. Washington, and even got to see the helicopter come and fill his water bucket in the lake, only about 30 yards away from us. That was reallly neat to see, and it gave me goosebumps and made me all teary eyed. The firefighters were working so hard to get that fire under control.
Trask and I learned that Taylor was born to camp! This kid loves the outdoors and all that is outdoors! He and the dirt became one, not even 2 minutes after we were out of the car. He loved the water, loved the sun and loved the dirt most of all, and of course laughing at my cousins!!
I feel so blessed that we share this special spot at Suttle Lake together every year. I am thrilled that Taylor is going to grow up camping here, too, just as I did, and as my mom and aunts did as well. If ya'll don't know about Suttle Lake, you better check it out, but don't steal our campsites!!



August 18, 2007

A Fun Saturday!

Today we met Nana Gail at Duyck's Peachy Pig Farm in Hillsboro to go pick some fresh peaches and see the animals! It was beautiful weather for peach pickin'! Taylor rode on Trask's back and loved eating his own peach while we gathered more. We saw lots of chickens and baby chicks, a couple horses, and some newborn piglets just born hours earlier. Taylor was much more interested in the tractor tires than the farm life, studying the tractor's hub very carefully until I made him move on.
After the farm we went out to lunch with Nana and Taylor made friends with our waitress. Who wouldn't love the woman who brought us out a huge, warm peanut butter cookie topped with vanilla ice cream?!
Needless to say, we had a busy couple hours and Taylor and Trask were both ready for a nap on the couch as soon as we walked in the door!!
Thanks for the
great day, Mom/Nana!! We love you!!

August 15, 2007

The Rogers Family Reunion












Last weekend was the Rogers' Family reunion in Oregon City. We all had a blast, and it was the first time Taylor met a lot of his family that don't live close by. Friday through Sunday was spent laughing, eating, talking, and chasing Taylor and McKenna around the house, backyard and everywhere else they wandered off to. It was nice to have family help corral them. :) We loved our time spent with all the family, especially Grandpa Rogers, Baby Rylan, Cousin Chad & Eileen, Cousin Sam & Travis, Aunt Elaine, Uncle Bob, Auntie Berdie and Taylor's new favorite guy, Uncle George. Taylor has hung out with George lots before, but this weekend he was in awe of him the entire weekend. He copied everything George did (uh oh!), and had a ball playing chase with him, and making funny faces at one another! We also had the pleasure of spending time with Summer & Aaron's newest addition, Curly Sue, their 1966 AirStream trailer. How fun!! We sure were pooped after having fun with so much family, but had enough energy to eat at Fuddrucker's... the most amazing place I have encountered in a long time. Oh how I miss it already...
Enjoy the pictures. One is of Trask, Summer and the kids by Curly Sue. The other is Taylor hanging out with Sam. Aren't they too cute?!

July 30, 2007

Sand Between Our Toes...



Our family is happiest with the sand between our toes! We spent Saturday at our favorite beach, Oceanside, and played in the sand, put our feet in the water and chased our shadows. (Taylor chased our shadows!)Taylor has no fear of the water at all. We took him out to put his feet in the surf, and as the surf went back out, Taylor walked right out after it, holding our hands, of course, but not by choice! It was a hot day at the beach, so after some snacks, playing hard and watching the birds, it was time to come back home, and he slept the whole way home!!



July 25, 2007

Bubble Boy


We went to the Faulhaber Family Reunion on Taylor's birthday on Sunday and had a blast. Taylor's favorite parts of the reunion were: playing with cousins McKenna and Luke, playing in the creek, playing with a cute puppy and making bubbles.

July 24, 2007

12-Month Check Up

Taylor had his 12-month check up with Dr. D on Monday and he did great!! He was the lucky recipient of 3 shots in the legs, which didn't please him all too well, as when he laid down for the nurse, he thought she was going to play with him, so he was happy and giggly, until BAM, his legs were full of needles and vaccinations! He recouped just fine and was happy 2 minutes later, if not quicker. He did get a treat at Target for being so brave, even though his birthday was the day before and he got showered with presents... I am such a sucker and it made me feel better getting him a present to erase the memories of his red, screaming, tear-stained face, just looking into my eyes, pleading for me to make the nurse stop poking him. So there, I spoiled him, that is why I had him in the first place.

All in all, Taylor is a big boy and is in the 95th percentile for height and weight, and head size. He is 30-1/2" tall, and weighed in at 25 pounds, 9 ounces. His head measures a whoppin' 49 cm. He feels much, much heavier than this, as he is a baby made of solid gold.

July 23, 2007

It's Fun to be One!




Taylor turned the big O-N-E on Sunday and had a blast!! We had his party on Saturday at a park near our place, tucked in the trees, Taylor's favorite place to be. The weather was awesome, the rain held out for us and we had a great time with loved ones. Taylor took his cake very seriously... seriously messy! He was a happy camper all day, with only one nap before his party and a 10-minute snooze on me after the party, Taylor was still up and celebrating until 10:30PM that night! We couldn't wait for him to go to SLEEP!
Thank you to all our friends and family for helping us celebrate Taylor's big day. We love you all and are so lucky to have you in our lives.

July 16, 2007

Piano Man


Taylor absolutely loves the piano at his Nana's house, and spent a little time Saturday afternoon playing us some tunes with a boost from Trask. I am more than happy to take Taylor to Nana's to play the piano, and even happier there isn't one in my house to play all the time :)

July 11, 2007

The New Do



Taylor had his 4th hair cut yesterday, and now we can see his face again. We figured he had to be presentable for his cousin's birthday party on Saturday, and his coming up the following weekend. This was his second professional cut by Kim, in the big boy chair and everything! I love not having to try and get scissors close to his head by myself, we'll leave that to the professionals! He loves the fun green car cape and the spray bottle, so that keeps him still enough for Kim to cut his hair. It grows so stinkin' fast, so I am sure we'll be in there again in 6-8 weeks. Here is a picture of the new style.

July 5, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!


We had a great first 4th of July, and our day was packed full of fun. We started off at the Hillsboro Parade with Nana Gail, Aunt Berdie (who walked the 5k walk beforehand), Aunt Summer, Uncle Aaron and McKenna. We had an awesome spot to watch the parade, and got plenty of candy (well, Summer, Berdie and I, did!) The kids did some power napping, and it got a little hot, so we took them back to our pool and we swam and splashed around. After swimming we had a BBQ at our place, while Trask chiseled his finger open with a spatula and bled everywhere (Aaron saved him!) After the food settled and we all got some naps in, we headed out to Banks to the park by Summer & Aaron's house and watched the fireworks with: Summer, Aaron, Nana, Pampa, and the pups, Champ and Sidney. Taylor LOVED the fireworks and was a very happy camper since he was outside and it was nice and windy. He even did great despite being up 3 hours past his bedtime! Needless to say, this Fourth of July was a blessed one full of fun and family.

June 30, 2007

Oh boy...


Lately, Tay thinks it's rather funny to spit his food everywhere when he is in his highchair. Believe me, it's hard not to laugh, especially when the little bugger is just waiting for a reaction! I think he must get that from his mom : ) Needless to say, when this happens, Taylor gets pretty messy in no time flat. Food on his glasses, food on his face, and no food actually in his mouth. I present you with the proof...

June 27, 2007

Big Brain, Big Head, Big Boy!!

For those of you who didn't know, we had to take Taylor in to Emanuel Hospital on Monday morning for a CT scan of his noggin. Our pediatrician wanted us to get Taylor's head scanned because it was growing pretty fast, and wanted to make sure there wasn't any fluid or funny business going on in there.

We were pretty sure things were fine, because Tay's doctor measured my head (Shauna), and told me it was a "pretty big noggin." (Mostly filled with brains, might I add!!) So Taylor was a big, brave boy for us Monday during the CT scan and he made us very proud. The actual scan took only 20 seconds, it was the anesthesia process that took the most time (how else would they keep a wild 11-month old still?!), and after the scan, Taylor took a 5 minute nap and was ready to get the heck out of the hospital! We were told test results would be ready in 48 hours.

Now today we are even more proud of Taylor, because the results of the scan are in and they are NORMAL. Yay!! Now we know that Taylor is just a big boy, in the 95th percentile for both height and weight, weighing in at 26 lbs and measuring a huge 30-1/2 inches long... this boy's brain and head size matches the rest... just plain big!!!


June 26, 2007

Favorite Things...

A Few of Taylor's Favorite Things:
  • Swimming
  • Baths
  • Pickles
  • Windy days
  • Chasing the dog
  • Blowing raspberries
  • Helping with laundry
  • Bob the Builder, Sesame Street & Curious George
  • Playing in the grass
  • Crunching crispy leaves
  • Fuzzy blankies
  • Stuffed animals
  • Snuggling in Mom & Dad's bed in the morning
  • Finger painting
  • Playgroup with friends
  • Grocery shopping
  • Eating sand & finding beach treasures
  • Seeing family & friends
  • Whistling & singing
  • Clapping & cheering
  • Dancing
  • The vacuum
  • Books

Hiking with Daddy





On Saturday, June 23rd, in the morning, Taylor and Trask went on their first solo hike, accompanied by Maddie, our 2-year-old rat terrier pup. They hiked Kings Mountain and did great! It was over 2500 feet of elevation, all with a 26 pound kid on Trask's back, some bottles of milk for Taylor and a gallon of water for Trask! The hike took them 4 hours total, and Trask's knees were a bit sore on the hike down! They even got to see a black bear on their adventure, only 30 yards away or so. (This freaks me out!!) Taylor LOVES to be outside, which works great for us, as we love the outdoors. There will be many more hikes in the future, and we can't wait!

Father's Day at Oceanside, OR



We got to spend Trask's first Father's Day playing at the beach in Oceanside. The weather was perfect, and we all enjoyed the sand and sun peeking from the clouds. Taylor LOVES the sand, and loves the water even more. He is pretty content just crawling around and finding rocks and "treasures" in the sand, but always stays pretty close to us. He is fasinated with the seaguls, too, and loves the wind.