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!!