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!


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