December 30, 2008

thank you, Byron + Ayden

Taylor got a surprise in the mail this week and we couldn't be more thrilled. Out of a cute box hopped this cute little sock-eating monster that Taylor has named 'Oh'. This cute little guy is a present from Taylor's best bud Byron and his little brother Ayden, and was made by their babely fox of a mom and my sweet lady friend, Jill. Isn't she amazingly talented?

So... we just wanted to send a big SHOUT OUT to the Koehler Kids for such a wonderful monster, he's a super cute and welcomed addition to our home. Thanks Ayden, Byron and Jill - we love you all!!

Taylor and the parental units

December 29, 2008

holidays 08

Taylor has been a busy guy lately with all the holiday fun that our family has been having.

Despite the fact that Taylor was terrified of Santa this year, Santa didn't hold a grudge, and treated Taylor to a full stocking and some fun goodies under the tree. Taylor is thrilled with the digital camera that Santa brought him, and he's been quite the photographer, documenting everything in his room by making it pose so he can take a picture.

Taylor's wildest dream came true this holiday season - he is the proud owner of a Thomas the Train wooden train set and a train table. (We had high hopes that the tracks would fit on one of his tables, but nope, so of course he needed a train table!). This train set has been a miracle. Once we had a child that ran from toy to toy to toy every five minutes, but Thomas holds his attention for a very long time. The first night he had his train set he was up until eleven playing and refusing to go to bed. Now when he wakes up he asks to play 'Tommy, right now'. Love it!

Our family hopes that the holidays were wonderful for all of our family and friends, and may 2009 bring much happiness, laughter, peace and cookies.

December 18, 2008

conversation with Taylor

I was unloading groceries in the kitchen when Taylor comes up to me and hugs my legs and looks up at me sweetly. I knew he was up to something, and this is the conversation that followed...

Mom: Hi Taylor

Taylor: Hi Mom. Make cookies?

Mom: We can bake cookies, let me finish putting the food away.

Taylor: Oh God!

This kid really loves his cookies.

December 14, 2008

Taylor {hearts} Snow!

It's bitter cold here and it's not warming up anytime soon, and I think that that thrills Taylor! He is especially liking how windy it is, too. It's about 24 degrees outside with a wind chill factor of about 15 degrees. Brrrrr.

He played outside in the snow with Maddie until his cheeks were nice and pink and now is nice and warm, napping in our bed. I guess winter is here, right!?

December 10, 2008

Parents of the Year - Maybe Next Year

I think Trask and I are in denial about Taylor's growth. He has grown over an inch in the past 8 weeks, and I guess we forgot that his feet grow, too. Here's the story...

Taylor and I were shopping at Ross with my sis-in-law, Summer, and we started looking at shoes for McKenna since she had out-grown all of the ones she had. I asked Summer what size she wore and Summer said 8-1/2 or 9. I was shocked. Tay, who is taller than Kenna, wears (or so I thought) an 8. I started laughing at McKenna's adorable, big feet.

And then I felt Taylor's toes in his shoes while he was sitting in the cart. And then I realized I was a DUNCE! His toes were right on the very edge, and he wasn't even standing! Ugh - mean Mommy! So, I told Summer, well, he must be an 8-1/2 then, I will go find him shoes tonight with Trask at Payless or somewhere. Boy, I felt bad for Taylor's poor piggies, no wonder he was always asking to take his shoes off. Duh, Shauna, duh.

So Trask and I took Tay to go get some new shoes. They really have slim pickin's when it comes to boys shoes that aren't dumb. They had nothing in an 8-1/2. Then we had the lady measure his foot to make sure we were doing it right - and we weren't. The kid is in a 9. I failed! So now I am the one with the bigfoot child. I can't wait to tell Summer this, since I was laughing so hard at my niece. (I swear I am a good Auntie!)
But good news, there were 2 decent pairs of shoes in a size 9, and it was BOGO, so extra luck.

Well, off to go cry now as I put away in storage all his awesome size 8 shoes - he had tons.

Taylor, next time your toes are about to pop out of the ends of your shoes, don't just ask for them to come off, slap mom and dad across the face a few times, then we'll get it.

December 8, 2008

Christmas Tree Hunting

Yesterday we went to go pick out our Christmas tree - at Plumper Pumpkin Farm, of course, on Old Cornelius Pass Road. We love it there!

This was Taylor's first year WALKING around on his own, with all the freedom in the world. Last year he was in the backpack, but there was no chance we were packing his 37 pounds on our backs!! He was happy to be on foot, helping us find the perfect Christmas tree. (We are a Noble family, both the Noble tree type and just plain noble).

After we found our tree, we sent Trask to go tie it to the roof of the Subaru while Taylor and I played. Taylor went down a 40 foot long tube slide, three times. Please note this is the child that refuses to go down slides at the park. He loved that slide. We also petted some goats, cows, calves, bunnies and looked at the pigs. Taylor loved the cows. As soon as we were done and heading to the car, that's when it started to rain. PERFECT TIMING. Yay. We seem to do this every year.

Taylor decided since he wasn't allowed to carry the saw (such mean parents, huh?!), he would pretend to saw down trees with a stick. This kept him busy for a long time.

We somehow decided it would be fun for Taylor to have some cooled-down hot chocolate on the way home in the car. And there was hardly any left, but Taylor still managed to wear a lot of it on his face! He was a wreck when we got home. Lesson learned. He looks like such a grown up, I can't stand it. Where did our baby go?!

So the tree is up and decorated and we're ready for the holidays. We hope that everyone has a lovely holiday season and that you are blessed in every way.

December 4, 2008

foreman of lemon drop studio

Taylor loves to supervise me while I am working on etsy orders at the desk. He climbs right up and makes himself comfortable, and gives suggestions from time to time. And you know what, sometimes he has good ideas, and other times I don't understand a single word he says.

I had to document his 'help', so here he is, watching me, lounging on the desk, taking up about 95% of the desk. I am thankful he leaves me 5% - he's so generous.