October 27, 2008

Saturday was Spooktacular!!

Saturday was lovely outside and was the perfect day for Spooktacular at Jenkins Estate in Aloha. We went last year, too, and had a blast.

Taylor was pumped to go this year and show off his UO Duck football player costume. I asked if he was excited to get another pumpkin and he told us no. All he wanted to see was the tractor that gives the hayrides.

At Spooktacular we went on the hayride, and picked out a small pumpkin. We ate some food and played some games with Nana, who was working the event. Then it was Taylor's dream come true, Nana went on a tractor ride with him (so he got to ride TWO times) and Trask and I stayed behind and enjoyed 10 quiet minutes to ourselves. Oh yeah, and I got my face painted like a cat, but our camera ran out of memory, so we didn't get a picture of that. (phew!).

Anyway, we can't wait for Halloween on Friday. What is everyone else going to be this year?!

October 26, 2008

he's peeing - in the toilet!

Taylor has shown a real interest in using the big boy potty lately, and not just encouraging us to use it. Today he has wanted to sit on the potty 4 different times, and each time he has gone, too! He loves getting rewarded with goodies, and likes to call Nana and Grammie after each success. And 3 of the 4 times when we took his diaper off so he could go potty, he was dry. I am hoping perhaps we'll be diaper-free during the days by Christmas. Maybe?! Go Taylor, Go! We are so proud of this big boy, obviously, since we're posting his bathroom behavior and activities on the Internet.

Make that five for five - he just did it again!

October 23, 2008

will he ever sleep?

While we were blessed with a wonderful son, a hilarious prankster, a sweetheart of a boy, we were not blessed with a sleeper. That is just how it is. We have been consistent, firm, tried many different things, read many books, established a predictable routine, but truth be told, Taylor still isn't a great sleeper.

How many times has he slept all through the night, you ask. Less than 10, we answer. Yes, less than 10. In 27 months. Jealous? Yeah, I didn't think you would be.

Taylor and I are both feeling sick lately, so that means extra-bad nights, which I totally understand. He feels like poop, can't breathe and keeps coughing and wheezing and snoring - I wouldn't be able to sleep either. Oh wait, we don't get to sleep anyway, that's right.

The poor kidlet came into our room every 20 minutes or so from 10pm until 2am. Trask is more tired than I am, I am guessing, but still, it's so exhausting! I am sure we'll be passing this cold around from family member to family member for awhile, isn't that how it always goes?!

October 22, 2008

looking back

Today Taylor turns 27 months old. He has grown up so much, but I still see him as my little baby boy. I don't think anything will ever change that, even when he's forty. This boy is my heart and my everything. I would be lost without him. To put it simply, my dreams came true the moment I met him.

October 21, 2008

crazy eyes

Yet another picture with Taylor's glasses off, showing off the crazy eyes. That is all. Just wanted to share.


I asked Taylor who he wanted for President and he looked me in the eyes and replied: 'Mommy for President. Mommy Shauna.'

I promise you he thought of this on his own, he doesn't take bribes yet, much to my dismay.

October 16, 2008

he makes us proud

Taylor is dedicated to helping with the energy crisis, and his latest thing is to make sure that all the lights are off if we aren't in that room. We do this anyway, but if I step out of the kitchen to go to the bathroom and come back, he has turned the light off. He's not a waster, no he isn't. I try to explain to him that I was going to be right back in the kitchen but he just looks at me and frankly says, 'Lights off, Mommy, lights off!' Right. I forgot.

October 12, 2008


On Friday we went with my mom and Taylor to the Lakeview Farms pumpkin patch in North Plains and LOVED every second of it. The weather was perfect and fun was had by all! It's just the neatest place. You get to ride a train into the pumpkin patches, and then ride a boat back to the farm. Sharks and dragons jump out of the water and it's just such a fun place.

Taylor helped pick out a pumpkin or two, and thought he was pretty cool wearing his boots. He also loved the petting zoo, giving plenty of love to the kittens, pigs and goats. I was excited to find some great gourds, too.

We'll definitely be back next year - awesome!! Stay tuned for my roasted pumpkin seed recipe - delicious!

October 8, 2008

Taylor's Mischief...

Taylor vs. Burt's Bees Baby Powder

yes, it was a FULL bottle. I just KNEW it was too quiet in his room! Silly boy!

October 7, 2008

first full, understandable sentence

Taylor has been able to put a few words together for awhile now. (It is usually to form demands of one sort or another), but last night while Trask and I were chasing him and tickling him throughout the house he yelled 'Get on the bed!' He ran into our bedroom and climbed onto the chair and hopped on the bed. He knows we always give him huge tickles there and do some jumping and rough-housing, as if it were a wrestling ring. It was so cool to see my little guy say such a big, clear sentence, and of course, it was another demand. Sheesh!

October 6, 2008


We have finally approached one of my favorite phases in a toddler's life - the 'what's this?' phase!!

Taylor needs to know what everything is, and believe it or not, I love it! I love coming up with answers, especially when I don't know what he is pointing to. I am also looking forward to the 'why?' phase... but this will keep me busy for now.

October 5, 2008


So it's really funny when Taylor says 'Snuffy', so of course, we had to make him say it for the camera for the whole world to see and hear. He's a good sport!!

October 1, 2008

you're how old?!

Ask Taylor how old he is and you'll get this answer: 'I twenty-six'. He certainly has aged quickly.