November 27, 2008

{Cousins: Taylor and Rylan}

Taylor got to hang out with his 18 month old cousin Rylan yesterday morning and he loved it. Taylor thinks that he is Rylan's big brother, always showing him how to do things, tattling on him, bossing him around (nicely) and ruffling up Rylan's hair and calling him a 'good boy'. Taylor loves all the attention he gets from Rylan and loves the fact that Rylan laughs at his every move, and copies everything that Taylor does. Who wouldn't love that?!

November 25, 2008

too polite?

Once when Taylor and I were shopping at JoAnns, we were looking at all the goodies next to the line to pay. I stopped and was looking at ribbon (a weakness), so when someone came up behind us to get in line, I told them to go ahead, we were still looking. Taylor must have been paying attention, because now when we are in line (anywhere), whenever someone joins the line behind us, Taylor waves them ahead, saying "go ahead, go ahead." What a gentleman. I will have to teach Taylor selective manners, I suppose.

November 24, 2008

a cousin dinner-date

If Taylor had it his way, he'd spend every waking minute with his cousin McKenna - he loves this girl so much!! When they are together he always has to be touching her in some way, whether he's playing in her curls, holding her hand, yanking her around, tickling her, whatever, he has to touch her at all times. I love how much they love each other. It warms my heart. Here are the cuties dining together in Taylor's room at his table. They are too young for candlelight, but they'll get there. Or is that weird having a candlelit dinner with your cousin? You're right, it just might be too weird. Hooray for cousins!!

(**Note the cloth napkins - very classy!!)

November 19, 2008

growing up

Taylor has recently become very fond of his little gray Caribou backpack, and wants to take it everywhere. This is a special backpack because it used to be my diaper bag when I was his age. He used it last weekend when we stayed in Astoria. It held his blankie, clothes, stuffed animal and other treasures quite nicely. He is always so proud to wear it, and I just think it's so sweet. Looking at this picture today makes it look like he's ready for school though, and that makes me want to sob. Give me time, I am still adjusting to the fact that he can walk and talk. They don't stay babies very long, do they?

November 13, 2008


Wow. I found a few old pictures of Taylor in a file on the computer that somehow strayed from the pack. Enjoy the flashbacks. He has grown and changed so much. And I just know when he wakes up this morning in an hour or so he is going to look even bigger!! Enjoy.

November 3, 2008

Halloween 08

Let me just tell you that this was a very special and fun Halloween! This is the first year Taylor really understood the idea and loved every minute of the entire day. How awesome!

In the morning we read Halloween stories at Styledbaby for story time and had a blast. It's so nice to see the kiddos every Friday, they are a blast. After story time Taylor and I ran a couple errands, nothing that noteworthy. He was dressed up already in his costume though, as a UO Football
Player. It was pouring down rain and I thought his black smudges under his eyes would wash off, but hip-hip hooray for the mascara I used under his eyes, the smudges stayed put! (And it stayed DRY for the trick or treating that evening - yay!).

Trask had been out of town on business for 3 days and came home at about 1:15 in the afternoon on Halloween - Taylor and I were beyond thrilled. Life is not the same when Trask isn't around, let me tell you. When daddy got home we helped him unpack and then carved pumpkins. Well, we didn't carve faces, I guess we just gutted them so we could play with the insides, and I collected the seeds so I could roast them.

We headed over to McKenna and family's neighborhood in Banks a little after 5 to get ready to trick or treat. McKenna was the cutest Little Bo Peep I have ever seen! The kids really got into the trick or treating, it was so much fun to watch them. I was proud of my kidlet's manners and saying thank you after every house. He's such a sweetheart.

Trask and I did make-shift cheap costumes last minute for ourselves, of course. He was Mr. Rogers, and wore my maternity sweater, a dress shirt and tie, and some awesome canvas shoes, and oh, a side-part in his hair. He made a great Mr. Rogers. Wait, he IS Mr. Rogers. Hmmmm. And I was a pirate. I had a bandanna on my head, a striped shirt, and tall argyle socks (argh-yle) and put on some big earrings and a patch, although I couldn't wear the patch for long, it was messing up my vision. I did put on a fake mole for extra points. Does that count?

After trick or treating we played some fun games and munched on goodies - and a good time was had by all!

We hope everyone had a safe, happy Halloween. None of our candy is left, what a great way to start November.