November 28, 2009

Growing and Growing!

I can't keep up with Taylor's growing. Honestly, I can't! Every time Trask and I think we have stocked up on pants and shirts that fit Taylor, the next time we go to put on those pants or that shirt - BAM! It's too small.

From age 2 to age 3, sweet Mister Taylor grew 3.5 inches that whole year. But then again, he was a tall 2 year old. At his 3 year appointment in August of this year, Taylor measured 39.5 inches tall.

However. When Taylor woke up and came out of his room from a nap yesterday, Trask and I both thought he looked so much taller. I got out the pencil and marked his height on the wall and measured, only to learn that since the middle of August (3 months!), Taylor has grown 2.25 inches!

No wonder all his pants are too small, and his sleeves are too short! He has been so busy growing, and we just can't seem to keep up!

Now I kind of want to put batteries in the scale to see how heavy he is!! Or do I!?

November 5, 2009

cold + flu season

Despite our tremendous efforts to stay germ-free this season, Taylor has caught a bug. I am sure it'll only be a matter of time until he shares it with his Mommy and Daddy. We've been working super hard to keep me healthy during this time in my pregnancy.

He's been sick since Monday evening or Tuesday morning, and missed school on Tuesday and again today. He's super bummed about missing out on class and his friends, and probably his girlfriend, and I feel so bad for him.

He's had a low-grade fever, and now a cough, congestion and sneezing. He keeps telling me he's not sick and it's just allergies. He also keeps telling me sorry that he is sick - breaks my heart that he's apologizing for being sick.

You wouldn't be able to tell Taylor is feeling crummy based on his behavior. He's been a sweet guy the whole time, and his spirits are high. This helps. It's hard to keep him resting and to keep him inside, so for now, he's been tying up his bike (inside) with dog leashes. This makes me laugh because my sister used to tie everything up when she was little, too, and it's just too weird to see that he is just like his Aunt Karlie! Booby traps everywhere!!

Another thing that is keeping Taylor occupied is this old camera that my Grandpa gave me when I was in 5th grade, while I had a photography mentor. I have had it kept up high, but Taylor is getting a kick out of playing with it, so it provides hours (yes, hours) of entertainment. Last night we found a roll of film in it and Taylor was boggled as to what film was! Makes me feel old!

Keep Tay in your thoughts as he gets over these germs. We appreciate it!

November 2, 2009

silly kid!

Taylor picks sayings up really easy, and for the past 6 months or maybe longer, he's been saying "what's up, my nerd?". A phrase he picked up from the show The Office. More specifically, from Todd Packer on The Office. It always gets us laughing because he can't say nerd very well, or chooses not to, and nerd comes out sounding like "dird". Too cute.

This morning he mixed this saying up a bit and was saying "what's up, my dirty fella" and something about "nerdy fella" and "dirty thirty". Who knows. I love hearing the things that he comes up with! This kid has a great imagination and a knack at getting people to laugh, or making them feel super awkward, or better yet, both!

October 29, 2009


I think it goes without saying what Taylor is going to be for Halloween this year - a sweet and sometimes fierce tiger! He had his mind made up for months before Halloween that he was going to be a tiger, and I am pretty surprised he hasn't changed his mind.

Today Taylor had his preschool Halloween party and he was excited to dress up, and to see all his friends in their costumes, too. I stuck around the classroom for a bit this morning to take pictures, all the kids looked so cute.

Taylor will pull his tiger costume out again on Halloween night while we go trick-or-treating with his cousin McKenna in their neighborhood. Afterwards is a Halloween party, and just as important - the Ducks are playing USC at Autzen. I so, so, so wish we were going to the game, but know we'll have a great night anyway, and the TV will be on the game, or I'll be sneaking off to check the score...

Happy Halloween from Taylor, and his black cat, Shadow!

October 12, 2009

Taylor's Hat

My amazingly talented and awesome Etsy friend Amber, of Confessions of a Crochet Addict, made this amazing hat for Taylor and his huge head this summer, and we are LOVING it during this fall weather we are having!

If you want the coolest hats, scarves, cat toys, stuffies and more, you better go check out Amber's shop, and tell her that Taylor and Shauna sent you!

Amber, thanks again SO much for being so awesome. You're the coolest.

September 30, 2009


Taylor is going to have a little brother!

The ultrasound went terrific last night. We had the NICEST technician I could have ever hoped for, and my kiddo behaved. Both kiddos behaved. The one in my tummy cooperated so we could tell he was a boy, without any doubt, and my sweet Taylor was patient, cooperative and really enthusiastic about seeing the baby on the screen.

Taylor's first reaction when he saw the baby, even before we knew if it was a boy or a girl, was, "oh, the baby's so cute!", accompanied by a lot of cooing and baby noises.

We had the technician tell Taylor what the baby was, and then let him announce it to us. He proudly stated, "It's a little brother!" and we couldn't be more excited! I had thought before he announced it that I had identified a boy part, so I was pretty proud of myself when Taylor announced the news.

Now Taylor, Trask and I have the daunting task of naming this fella... wish us luck!

Oh, yeah, and for the record... in the room during this ultrasound, after we find out that I'll be the only girl in the house, Trask states to Taylor: "Mommy will deserve many, many more pedicures!" I love it!

September 29, 2009

little brother or little sister?

We are so sorry it has been so long since we've updated this blog! We meaning, me, Shauna, I suppose.

Taylor is doing GREAT in preschool and I think we've just been getting used to a new routine, and succeeding with it, so far! Taylor has made some cute friends in his class and he always tells me he had a great time. He has a certain girl in his class that he thinks is cute. Well, not just cute, but "really cute!" I had no idea it would start so early! He even told her when she walked up to him last week that he liked her pants. Flattery goes a long way, but I'm not sure what that means in preschool. He seems pretty smitten, but not sure if it's reciprocated or not. I don't think he even cares. Just wants someone to love!

Today Taylor will start his third week of preschool. I can't believe it. He is really enjoying show and tell on Thursdays, and I love hearing the kids sing their songs together before school is out. It's so cute, my eyes water up every single time. We have a ever-growing stockpile of art that Taylor has created, and I don't see it slowing down any time soon, so we are more than happy to share. Please let us know if you'd like a part of a Taylor Daniel masterpiece.

This evening is the BIG ultrasound appointment and Taylor gets to come, along with Trask and Nana (Gail). The appointment is at 5 this evening and already we are prepping Taylor that it may not be a girl. He has been insisting it's a baby sister since the first day he found out I was pregnant, and having a little brother doesn't even seem like an option he is going to consider. Time will tell! I am going to see if the ultrasound tech will whisper the baby's gender to Taylor so he can announce it to the rest of us, having a special job. Really bummed my mom can't be at the ultrasound, too, but I am planning on trying to take a video of some of the ultrasound for her. Love you MOM!

I was dreaming of the ultrasound all night last night and one dream told me that it would be a girl, and it would be born March 2nd. We'll see what happens. All I know is that last night it was so hard to sleep, almost like waiting for Christmas morning.

We all hope that everyone is doing well and that we can visit soon. We send out our hugs and kisses and we'll update the blog when we know more about this sweet baby.

Taylor, Trask and Shauna

September 16, 2009

Taylor Rogers, Shoe Tester

Taylor and I just got home from Nike with our friends Julie and Audrey, and we had a blast. Audrey is a tester of size 5 children's shoes for Nike and brought Taylor along to be a tester for the children's size 12 shoes. LUCKY KIDS!

It was so cute to see Audrey and Taylor trying on shoes together! (About 8 pairs or so). Once they were on, they'd get to run across the room and around the table. Taylor practiced his mad jumping skills and it was just a blast to watch.

With every pair of shoes, Taylor was asked questions about them, like how they felt, how they made him feel, if they hurt, if they were too loose, etc. His response to many questions were that the shoes were "snazzy, squishy, perfect, awesome and great." He liked almost every pair he tried. And they ask the parents if they are easy to get on, if the laces are too short/long, etc. It was so much fun!

At the end, Taylor did a bit of coloring and then got to go to a shelf of shoes and pick out a pair. The pair pictured in the post are the ones he ended up choosing. LOVE THEM! We are excited to do some more shoe testing in November.

I'm going to go and try to fit my big feet into his new shoes while he's napping now...

first day of preschool

Yesterday was Taylor's first day of preschool, and the verdict is in. He LOVES it!

Trask and I took him to school in the morning, where we got there a little early. He made friends with the other boys waiting for the door to open, and kept telling everyone we only had to wait 3 more minutes. He wasn't shy one bit, and by the time the teachers came to unlock the door and greet the kids, Taylor was halfway in the door.

The first thing Taylor did was hang his jacket on his special coat hook in the hallway. Then his teacher did a quick head check for lice, and then he washed his hands (swine flu prevention). After greeting his teachers, he wanted nothing more than to just go to his classroom.

Trask and I followed Taylor into his classroom, but I doubt that Taylor cared or noticed. He was ready. We took a few pictures of him and told him I would pick him up at 11:30 and he gave us hugs and sent us away without looking back.

I made it all the way until the end of the hall, leaving the building when the tears started. I'd love to chalk it up to pregnancy hormones, but I know that I would have cried without the help of the handy hormones. They weren't tears of sadness, but of happiness, and disbelief. He's growing up so fast, but he's such a great kid, and so beyond ready for preschool!

We drove home, Trask left for work, I dried my eyes and ran some errands, solo, for the first time in 3 years. I felt lonely, and kept looking at my phone to check the time. When it was time to pick Taylor up, I brought our dog along with me in the car. I walked down the hall and waited with some of the other parents. When it was time to go, I saw Taylor lined up, waiting for a parent before he could leave the classroom. His sweet face lit up, he gave me a huge hug and away we went, picking up his coat along the way.

I tried to get information about Taylor's day from him, but he's very much a boy, and I am sure he was still letting everything soak in. He loved it, he said, and he played and had fun and sang his ABC's and played tag outside and sat in a circle and learned how to cough into his arm. Slowly he's telling us more and more, but whenever you ask him something, at first he just says, "I played and played and played and it was fun, fun, fun!"

I can't ask for a happier first day of preschool for this sweet, growing boy! He's so ready for tomorrow!

September 14, 2009

Mister Amazing

Tomorrow is Taylor's first day of preschool and boy is he ready! We had a nice weekend full of fun, and today we're getting the house ready for the week and just spending some mommy and son time together.

Trask and I took Taylor out to breakfast yesterday morning and then out to Forest Grove to walk around downtown and let Taylor get his energy out. Of course the camera was with us (thanks, dad!) and Taylor cooperated with a few pictures. He's at that stage where he thinks a tiny piece of his soul will disappear if we take his picture. (okay, not really, but he acts like that!)

We hung out around Pacific University (makes me want to go to college AGAIN), and then went to a feed/pet store and fell in love with a puppy, walked around downtown, ate lunch and just played all day. It was so much fun.

Well, back to chores, as Taylor is reminding me. He likes to 'supervise' more than participate. Smart boy. I'll fill you all in with pictures tomorrow on how the first day of preschool goes!

September 10, 2009

it's almost preschool time!

You guys, Taylor is doing amazing getting ready for preschool! His excitement and enthusiasm puts me at ease, and now I am just so excited for him to learn and love school. Getting him ready for school makes me miss school so much, do other parents go through that or am I just strange?

Last week Taylor and I volunteered in the classroom, helping the teachers get the classroom ready for the school year to begin. Taylor took to it RIGHT AWAY and played on the playground with classmates and Teacher Pam while I was in the classroom hanging posters and putting together paper packets and such. I peeked out the window at Taylor to see him picking a flower and giving it to his teacher. My eyes welled up with tears seeing such a sweet thing, and they are welling up now just typing this.

It was fun to watch Taylor interact with the kids and teacher, and to see him come inside for a snack, sit in a circle, wash his hands, etc, all without needing me. This totally put me at ease. He is going to do fine. There may be some tears from him on the first day or so, but I know that he is going to love school. He starts this Tuesday. In five days. I am not sure where my baby went, but he's growing up and going to school! I couldn't be more proud of him.

Looking at his school schedule, my heart smiles with joy to see that there will be a holiday and spring singing program. I can't even begin to express how happy that makes me, along with ordering Scholastic books, preschool t-shirts and seeing something about a Thanksgiving feast at 10:30 am. This is going to be such a fun school year.

Tonight is Open House at the preschool. Taylor gets to have his picture taken for his choice time heart and he gets to pick out his coat hook.
Trask is coming along with us, so it'll be fun for the whole family. Can't believe I am getting all choked up about a coat hook...

We'll keep friends and family posted on Taylor's adjustment to preschool and all the other things that has been keeping us insanely busy.

We love you all!

August 26, 2009

three year check up

Taylor went to his 3-year check up on Monday and was a great boy. Doctor visits are tricky for 3-year olds. Like they would ever choose to go in a room, get in their undies and sit on the table.

Taylor did fine except for when he had to be on the table. I remember when he was a baby, he loved playing with the paper, but that trick doesn't work to distract him any longer.

Taylor weighed in at 40 pounds (90-95th percentile) and measured 39-1/2 inches tall (95th percentile). His doctor said he'll be big and tall like his daddy in no time, if not taller. My gosh! I wonder when Taylor will be my height. Probably when he's like in 5th grade.

Taylor and I have had a busy week, and today we've decided to stay home and clean. He is a big fan of helping me out, so has been using wipes to clean the fridge and the floor and whatever else he feels like, the dog included. We've been working with putting away our toys before we go on to other toys, but when he starts picking up, he gets distracted and just keeps playing with the ones he's supposed to be putting away, which is fine with me.

Not much else is going on. Just getting ready for preschool and also for our annual Suttle Lake camping trip. Taylor is super excited for it this year. We'll see how he does in the tent, last year was rough!

We hope everyone is having a great week.

August 13, 2009

bigger + bigger

Today is a big day for Taylor!

We're going on a picnic with his preschool teachers and classmates (returning and new) today at 11:30. Taylor seems to be very excited for this, and that makes me excited for him. I can't believe my baby is growing up, and growing up so quickly. I will edit this post later and let everyone know how the picnic went. Please pray that I have dry eyes and can semi-control my insane hormones.

On another note, Taylor has HUGE feet. The lady at the shoe store was shocked that Taylor is now in a children's size 11 and he just turned three. But then she looked at Trask. And looked down at his feet. Suddenly it all made sense to her. Beasts. Cute beasts. Needless to say, the tens that Taylor was wearing were a BIT snug! (why do I always do this to my kid?!). Taylor got 3 new pairs of shoes in one day. Sounds like how it used to be for me, long ago!!

We'll also have to go school clothes shopping for the big boy, as he's outgrown all his pants during the summer, and somehow I can't see Trask being okay with Taylor wearing manpris (capris for men - duh). It's never going to slow down, is it? This is why we have more children, isn't it? I think I'm finally catching on.

Aside from the preschool picnic that we've been looking forward to, and shoe shopping, Taylor got to play with his Aunt Summer and Cousin Liam yesterday when we went over there to bring Summer hot chocolate and keep her company. That little Liam is such a blessing, and Taylor adores him. It's comforting to see him be okay with me spending a lot of time with a baby, and being so patient. We'll see how that goes when it's HIS little brother or little sister in my arms. I can already tell he's going to be an enthusiastic helper.

Okay, off to get ready for the preschool picnic!!

PS: The preschool picnic was great. Taylor was super shy of the teachers at first, but he got warmed up and loved playing with all the kids on the playground. He eventually warmed up to the teachers and actually let them talk to him. He's excited for preschool, where Teacher Susan told him they have a train unit, a bug unit and a dinosaur unit. All things Taylor told Susan that he loved.

August 10, 2009

he {hearts} outside

We had the best weekend. It was full of perfect weather (not too hot) and lots of time outside together.

Saturday we took Taylor a little ways past Gales Creek, over by Timber, and let him go fishing. We found a perfect little spot. By perfect I mean it was safe, secluded and pretty. I do not mean to portray that there were any fish even near the area. There were none. We did see water skippers though.

Taylor didn't care that there weren't any fish. He had his pole ready in seconds and the bobber in the water, casting and reeling it in, over and over. And the fish net. Oh the fish net. Taylor was in heaven. I sat in my camp chair and took pictures while Trask and Taylor 'fished' and skipped rocks and then proceeded to throw huge rocks into the water. Taylor eventually ended up walking across the creek with Trask, with his converse and jeans on. This was after Taylor swore he just wanted to dip his toes in. Yeah right.

After some fishing, we went to Summer's birthday party get-together and had a great time. It was nice to spend the evening with family (and love on the sweet baby!!). Taylor and McKenna were wound up beyond belief, with extra energy to spare, so they did a good job at keeping one another entertained. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUMMER (AUNT SISSY!) - we love you so much!!

Sunday (yesterday) was another fun day. We took Taylor hiking on part of the Forest Hills hiking trails, off of Skyline. It was perfect weather and the hike was beautiful. We walked a long ways, and Taylor was perched on top of Trask's shoulders for most of the trip. Lucky. We'll definitely be there again next weekend if the weather isn't too hot, it's a great way for us to get out and play.

Taylor and I are starting off this week not feeling so great. I am feeling super dizzy and just plain sick, and Taylor keeps telling me he feels sick. So we plan on laying low. I am not sure if he's really sick, he seems fine, I think he just likes to copy me.

Have a wonderful Monday!!

August 7, 2009

professional toy tester

Taylor is now a professional toy tester. His first toy he has been given to review is Play Toys' Activity Bus, and it's awesome! Note that you don't need to be fully clothed to play with it!

Read me and Taylor's review here.

We can't wait for another opportunity to play with another great toy!

August 4, 2009

updates from a three year old.

Did we really not blog at all in July?! So sorry! Last month was amazingly busy, and Taylor was busy tending to me and my all-day morning sickness like a champ.

Taylor is three. I didn't even get a birthday post done. But he's loving being three, and reminds everyone around him that he's getting older.

His newsletter came for preschool, and the waterworks for me began. There are so many fun activities we are going to do with the teachers and students before school begins. Hopefully this will be a good way to ease my anxiety about it, and for Taylor to make some friends before class. His first day of preschool is September 15th. Right around the corner. I can't even believe it. He is so excited to go, we have to keep reminding him that he has to wait a little while longer.

Taylor has a new cousin!! Baby Liam was born on Taylor's due date, July 29th, at 6:04pm. Summer, Aaron and McKenna, as well as Liam are doing great. Liam is a sweet little guy. I guess he's not little. He was born 9 pounds 13 ounces and was almost 22 inches long. Big boy, but so very sweet, and still seems so tiny when you're used to playing with a giant 3 year old.

Taylor has spent his days rolling down grassy hills, eating a ton, playing with friends, riding his bike with training wheels, going to the fair and gagging because the animals were too smelly, coloring pictures in his journal and swimming.

We'll be better about the blogging, now that I am feeling a bit better.

Happy August!!

June 26, 2009

structural engineer

We have always known that Taylor was a thinker. And a processor. He likes to figure out how everything works, and isn't happy until he fully understands, assembles and disassembles anything. He has been this way since a very young infant. Always quieter, observing and testing. And now, after playing with wooden blocks with Taylor for 3 uninterrupted hours this morning, it's confirmed. This kid is going to be a structural engineer.

Favorite Taylor quote this morning: "Mom, this is the biggest, strongest bridge I have ever, EVER seen".

I adore my sweet, little nerd.

Note: I used to work with engineers. Taylor will be one of the rare gems with a dashing personality, rugged good looks and a super powerful brain. Most engineers, in my experience, are not blessed with all 3 qualities.

Sorry to all the engineers I just offended out there.

June 23, 2009

birthday countdown + summer time

Taylor is on the birthday countdown, it seems. Each day he asks how much longer, and then reacts like we just told him the big day is tomorrow. Little does he know he has to wait a whole month!

We can't believe that our little boy isn't so little anymore. Well, was he ever really little?! It's hard to remember that time when he was tiny. We couldn't be more proud of the quirky, curious, joking and teasing, treat-sneaking boy that he is growing into.

The other day we found Taylor just staring at himself in the mirror. Usually we find him making funny faces at himself, but this time, he was just staring.

We asked what he was doing.

His response? "I'm trying to find a mustache!"

Taylor recently got a full-sized bed, thanks to dear friends who are moving out of the country. Since he has been in his super huge, super cool and super comfy bed... he has been sleeping through the night. You heard it folks. The kid just needed more room. I KNEW IT and so many people told me that that wasn't the reason he was waking up, but it has to be. I love it when I am right, it's so rare these days. Sleeping at night is a great thing, I missed it. Glad to have it back!

Taylor starts Happy Hearts Preschool in September, and couldn't be more thrilled. Somehow he already has the concept of Summer Break, even though he doesn't have anything to take a break from yet. We told him to do something the other day (like put his shoes away or something) and his response was, "But it's summer-time!" What?! How is that even relevant!?

Taylor has spent his 'summer break' playing with the neighbor boys downstairs, his amigos (ages 9,8 and almost 3). He's been frequenting the zoo (the sandbox at the zoo in particular). The playgrounds have been destinations, as well as walks to hunt for bugs.

Everyday he wants to go to the 'swimming cool' (pool) to go swim, even in the downpours of rain we've recently had. Thank goodness today is supposed to be warm, it'll be a 'swimming cool' day.

Taylor has also been more than excited about the impending birth of his newest cousin, Liam, and is patiently, or not-so-patiently awaiting the time when Aunt Summer goes into labor. He's ready to have another baby to play with! And he has been making me laugh, because he keeps telling me he has a baby in his tummy, too. I am not sure when he is due. I will keep you all posted.

Taylor gave Trask a terrific Father's Day weekend. On Saturday we took him to Oceanside and spent the whole day playing. The weather was perfect and fun was had by all. We even took the dog! Taylor's main goal was for me to build the sand castles and for him to demolish them. He also combed the beach looking for treasures to put in his beach wagon. His treasures he coveted include seagull feathers, a rope and a couple rocks, just to humor us. He also had a couple girls nearby to flirt with, bringing them some of our peanut butter cookies. He sure knows how to make a girl smile.

On Sunday we ate Krispy Kreme donuts and spent a good portion of the day at Smith Barry Barns picking raspberries and a few strawberries. Taylor ate a bunch of green blueberries and loved 'em. We're waiting for them to turn blue before WE go back! After that we went to family's house to go celebrate his cousin Rylan's 2nd birthday. Fun was had by all!

Our summer is continually packed, with play dates and outings for Taylor and I during the week, and then family filled adventures during the weekends. It's been crazy!

We'll leave you at that, for now. Thanks for dropping in to see how Mister Taylor is! We hope to see you all soon!

June 11, 2009

first time bowling

Taylor went bowling with his cousin Rylan today and he had a BLAST! Rylan is practically a professional, but this was Taylor's first time.

Taylor bowled 3 games, and used bumpers. Sometimes he'd use the ramp and other times he would just push the ball down the lane, and after grass grew and paint dried, it would maybe hit a pin or two!

Taylor's Bowling Games:
Game 1: 59
Game 2: 69 (with a spare!)
Game 3: 54 (with a strike!)

Bowling was a HIT and he'll be going again soon! He was excited when he knocked down one pin, so when he got his strike, it was the same reaction he had when he got a gutter ball. Looks like he's not going to be as competitive as his Mommy. That's a good thing!

He loved playing with his cousin, Rylan. Between bowling, playing tag and just running aimlessly, it was a great afternoon for this toddler.

Thanks for introducing bowling to Taylor, Uncle Chad, Auntie Eileen and Cousin Rylan!

PS: Totally hard to believe that there's 11 months between these kids. Rylan is growing up so fast, he'll be taller than Taylor soon!

June 10, 2009

Thanks, Grandma + Paul

Taylor just received the best gift he could have ever hoped for in the mail yesterday... tickets to Day Out With Thomas (DOWT), which we'll be going to the last weekend in June.

Taylor is so excited, he can hardly contain himself. I am not sure why we decided to tell him so early that we'd be going to Hood River for DOWT, but we did, and he certainly hasn't forgotten! It is going to be a blast, and actually, we are looking forward to it, too. We know that every little boy in Portland will be there, but the crowd will be totally worth it!

Taylor wants me to write: "Thank you Gram and Paul! I love Thomas the Train!"

Did we not know that before?! But really, thank you so much, Paul and Gram, we really appreciate the thoughtful gesture - we promise to take loads of pictures!!

May 28, 2009

sand man

We need to live closer to the beach - Taylor and sand - total BFF.


Someone is growing up WAY too fast. Can you guess who? It seems like everyday he is changing, learning, sassing and growing! He wakes up each morning looking older than when we put him to bed!

I couldn't be more proud of the sweet boy that he is! My heart melts when he sits next to me and says 'I love you so much, Mom' or 'you're my best friend'. This kidlet is a wild, but sweet little piece of Heaven.

The fashionable cape that he is wearing was made by BabyPop, and it has a lightning bolt on the back - too stinkin' cute! I would highly recommend BabyPop for any of your superhero needs.

May 21, 2009

Sauvie's Island

On Sunday we went to Sauvie's Island with Taylor to go play in the water and lay in the sand. The weather was PERFECT and there was a great breeze, making the day just that much better. I did a lot of lounging on the blanket while Taylor and Trask played in the sand and water. I then hear this conversation my 2 guys are having with this 10-11 year old boy...

Boy: Your kid is cute.

Trask: Thanks. He likes you!

Taylor is splashing him and laughing a lot.

Boy: How old is your son?

Trask: He'll be 3 in July.

Boy: I see he's mastered the cross-eye.


I couldn't stop laughing. Taylor had his glasses off while he was playing in the water, and yes, he had in fact, mastered the cross-eye.

May 3, 2009


Turns out, Taylor likes to climb trees. Are we at all surprised? No, no we aren't.

Great picture taken by Julie at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse on Friday.

April 30, 2009

Thomas on the Brain

Thomas the Tank Engine first entered our home a little over a year ago. At first it was fine, because it was just by way of the TV on Saturday mornings. I was worried at first because Thomas kind of drove me crazy, and I was bound and determined that I wouldn't have a Thomas-obsessed son. I had heard stories of this maddening obsession and I was a wee-bit terrified. Plus Thomas's big eyes kinda freaked me out.

Well, the TV show was a hit, and Taylor ate it up like candy. I was grateful that it was only on on Saturday mornings though. What a relief! Until the first Thomas the Tank Engine DVD found its way into our home. The floodgates had opened. Thomas was in the house.

My friend Marie warned me of this Thomas Epidemic, but I didn't listen. Well, I did, but I was in denial, and had the 'it won't happen to us' syndrome. It did. Marie was right. I should have taken her warnings more seriously.

First it was one DVD, and then another, and then 'oh, just one more'. Well, now we have a home full of Thomas DVDs, but it doesn't stop there. Taylor received some Thomas trains and tracks from a handful of family members over the holidays and at first it was awesome. Taylor was engaged in the trains and it kept him busy for an hour at a time - a little piece of heaven for a parent. BUT then things got out of control. Train tracks are scattered from one end of the house to another, and definitely not intact on the train table (that would make too much sense). There are train cars under the couch, hidden in toy bins and in the car (because he can't leave home without the green engine, Percy). What happened to keeping it all on the table to play with it, where things are contained and it's organized chaos? I'd like to know what happened.

Well, it happened. Taylor has been so exposed to Thomas that he's starting to talk like him. You know how they talk, right? They use grown up words and have accents and they are just kind of strange. So, anyway, the other day Trask said something to Taylor that just didn't sit right with the 2-1/2 year old kiddo. Taylor's response to Trask was hilarious, and went like this:

"Dad! You are making me CROSS!"

Come on, who says that? Thomas the Tank Engine lovers do. And it cracks me up that the word 'cross' left my son's mouth. Trask didn't really have a response to Taylor's statement, so perhaps I'll borrow that phrase the next time I need to get the last word in!

And in case you were wondering, Thomas has now invaded bath-time. Taylor now has a boat (can't remember the boat's name) for the bathtub that carries Thomas. So now Taylor constantly wants a bath. He's had 3 baths in the past 24-hours, I kid you not.
Thanks Thomas.

So what am I going to do now? I am going to expose Thomas the Tank Engine to every young child in our family and get everyone hooked so I am not alone. Is that mean? I kind of don't care.

my heart

So, when I found out I was pregnant on November 18, 2005, I was ecstatic and a little nervous. On March 2, 2006 when we found out we were having a little man, I couldn't have been happier. But when I went to the hospital on July 21, 2006, I was ecstatic, happy and way nervous - what was I getting myself into? I was scared. But when Taylor entered this world Saturday, July 22, 2006 - the world was forever changed, and we were, too.

I love this boy. I love him with all of my heart.

His temper can be ridiculous at times, his requests can be off the wall, he talks in his sleep about kissing cats, and his sweet tooth is incredibly scary and real, but you know what... he is the kindest, most caring and thoughtful child with a great imagination and thirst for fun and desire to make everyone laugh. I love this kid!

Taylor Daniel Rogers... Mommy and Daddy sure love you!!

*incredible picture taken by Julie Flood.

April 22, 2009

shopping for siblings

Taylor has been asking for a baby sister for a few months now. And he's getting really persistent about it. He always asks for a baby sister when we are in Target. Unaware of the choices and options when I was pregnant with Taylor, I chose labor. Perhaps next time will be different and I'll just add a child to the shopping list. Anyway...

No matter what, Taylor always insists he wants a sister. Until today.

Today I asked him if he wanted a little brother or a little sister and he answered with an enthusiastic "brother!" And then he said, "Come on, let's go get him!" I then asked where we were going to go get a brother. His response: "Fred Meyer."

April 15, 2009


He takes after his mama... not quite sure if that's a good thing or not. I am sure we'll find out soon.

April 14, 2009

not a napper?

Taylor keeps cheating me out of naps - each and every day. He just doesn't nap. Until today.

After asking him if he was sleepy and him exclaming that we only 'sleep when we see stars'... look at what happened. The kid is so tired that he has fallen asleep while sitting on the couch, and yes, he's snoring!

I wonder how long he'll be asleep...

I love seeing his precious face while he is sleeping. I love this little man with all of my heart.

April 13, 2009

wait, what?!

Taylor: Mom, the noodles are terrible.

Me: What? The noodles are terrible, or on the table?

Taylor: They are TERRIBLE. Like, yucky, Mommy.

Me: Sorry.

April 3, 2009

steppin' it up a notch

Look here, at the cutest boy on the block. Here he is just really in his element, loving life and making jokes. Oh wait, no, not right now. He's mad. Very mad. He's mad it's still raining and the sun won't come out. Hurry up, summer, get here fast.

But here he is loving on his girlfriend, Audrey. Love always calms him down. Isn't she a babe!?

*Picture taken using my dream camera, that really belongs to
Julie, but she let me play with it, because she trusts me, and she shouldn't!

March 23, 2009

sweet. wait, what?!

Taylor has been a ham this morning. A ham with a side of silly. A heaping pile of silly.

Taylor keeps telling me that I am 'Super Cute' over and over and over. It was making him laugh so hard each time he'd say it. So, does he mean it, or is he telling a joke?

He then points to me and says 'Making you laugh, Mom, making you laugh'. I still don't get it. Is he mocking me?

March 19, 2009

Mister Taylor

Awhile ago I ran into a friend from freshman year at UO, Julie, and we reconnected. She lives up here with her husband and darling daughter and they live close, so I couldn't be more thrilled. Taylor adores Julie and her daughter, and I am so happy we ran into one another.

Julie is an amazing photographer and has a great blog and website you should check out! She took these pictures of Taylor last week and we had a blast. She did so well and you can't even tell that Taylor was running away from the camera 99% of the time!

Thanks, Julie! I love the pictures and we can't wait for another playdate!