Monday, October 12, 2015

a birthday "date" with Judson

Judson turns 3 at the end of the month.
We knew that we were going to get him new boots and a new cowboy hat for his birthday.
He has outgrown all of his boots and his hat has just about bitten the dust.
daily wear-and-tear have done a number to that black felt.

GT and I also wanted to spend some time with Judson- just the three of us!
but, between now and Judsons birthday party (which is a rodeo, of which he will need his new hat and boots), GT will be gone a lot for work.
So, this morning, we dropped Townesy off at my Mamaw Jo's and took our cowboy on a "date"!

but, first GT had to air up my tires
Judson came over to me and asked, "mom, can i go help daddy?"

then, off to "our donut store"
where Judson requested "a dozen donut holes"
(like we go there alot...cough, cough)
Judson spotted this wooden horse over to the side and asked if it could sit on our table.
we had some fun conversation about tractors, trucks ("they're the ones with tail-gates"), farm and jungle animals, rodeos and kolaches

next, we went to the "horse store" and found the perfect boots and hat!
and convinced him that he didn't need this bull-riding helmet

we sure loved our date with our cowboy
and as we were walking to the car he said, "this was a fun date"
all before 9:30am.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Taylor boys take school

The Taylor boys started Mothers Day Out roughly 1 month ago
and they are loving it.

well, i suppose Townes is.
he doesn't cry when i drop him off and they say he eats and naps, so in baby/nonverbal world...we'll call that a win!

first, we went for orientation,saw their classrooms and met their teachers
never ever would i force a photo-op

Judson is typically reserved when he first enters a new place.
and he was
(note that little Townesy is making his getaway...  behind me)

alas, Judson couldn't resist the magical land that is preschool toys

we were all prepped and ready for the first real day
Honey came with us, which always makes things more fun!
don't let Judsons painful smile fool you.

really though, he was super excited
and Townes had no clue
and his mother forgot his shoes.
strong first day!

Judson went right in his class, turned around and said, "bye, mom!"
Townes thought i had abandoned him, weeping crocodile tears, but quickly got over it in 3 seconds after i left (from what i'm told)

since then, they both go into their rooms happy and are equally happy when i return
they are so well cared for and i adore their sweet teachers :)
Judson is proving to be more shy at school then i thought he would be, but i predict he will warm up soon and they might miss his more reserved days.
he tells me that he doesn't sing in music class, but "just listens with his ears."

2 days per week at MDO is just the perfect amount of time for them to be in other peoples care, learn new things and realize the world will continue to spin if I am out of the room.
it also allows me time to study or go to clinical.

i'm truly thankful for a wonderful place that takes such good care of our boys. 
where they hear the name of Jesus and are provided a safe learning environment.

i suppose here is where i insert my "how are they growing up so fast?" rhetorical question

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 more things...not necessarily what i'm loving

actually, these are 3 things that i'm really not loving...
filed under "random thoughts"
cue weird music and fade screen

1. i leave the bathroom door open so that Judson can go "potty" by himself. 
i close the bathroom door so that Townes doesn't bathe in or drink the toilet water.
this is my life in 2 sentences.

2. i have had the same re-ocurring dream for a number of years.
i show up to my high school and our basketball game is starting. i have no uniform, no shoes and no sports bra. i also can't figure out which locker is mine in the locker room. 
perhaps this dream is based on my own reality from my high school b-ball days...preparedness was not my strong suit.

3. I saw a college-age girl wearing one of these just the other day
i thought we had made progress.
why are we doing this again?

cheers to Tuesday, may it be a re-start if your Monday was rough
because sometimes, that happens

Monday, September 21, 2015

3 things

whenever i get the chance, i like to listen to Podcast. 
the chance occurs when i am by myself in the car, which is rare to never.
but on those occasions, i like to pick up where i left on a Podcast.
lately, it's been the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey.
she hosts various women for an hour of chit-chatting.
Typically, the woman have some sort of platform, love Jesus and are friends (to some degree) of Jamie's. 
I love it. 
It's really like you're just eaves-dropping on their chats at Happy Hour, but i am always encouraged by something they talk about. Whether it's a struggle, their career, their parenting, words of advice, or just their life story-there's always a take away that keeps me coming back for more.

Towards the end of their conversation, Jamie asks her guest to talk about 3 things they are loving right now. It's fun to hear what they like, trivial or not and often i learn of something that i just HAD to have...very important.

It's funny, i constantly am catching myself mentally dog-earing something as one of my 3 things.
So, today i will share with you 3 things that i am loving right now.

1. Speaking of podcast, our church has our worship time as podcast and i love, love, love it.

So do Judson and Townes. 
We have a built in DVD player in our car, but really only use it when we're on road trips (except for when i turn it on other, yeah). 
Recently I had it open because the boys had been watching a show.
Judson asked me to close the TV and for us to listen to church songs.
He signs along when a song comes on that he can remember.
and, if you know him, then you know that he always. ALWAYS. requests "Shout Hallelujah". always. 
It's the best.
If you love acapella worship, like me, you can subscribe on itunes to the Podcast. 
it's called WFR church worship. 
Heres a link for step-by-step instructions on how to find it (thanks, Zac!)

2. my Advocare
this is not a plug or a commercial.
i'm just saying that my regimen of Thermoplus, Meal Replacement Shakes and Spark is working for me.
and I love it.

3. Cerave Renewing SA lotion

changed my Keratosis Pilaris life.
you know... the "chicken skin" on the back of your arms.

see, i told you.
only very important things.
ok, one more thing
these 3.

happy Monday,
let's do this.

Friday, September 11, 2015

family photos by Erin

When it came time to have Townesy's 1 year photos taken, I called my friend, Erin...of course!
She has taken the majority of our family photos and always captures us so well.
we were friends in college and she married one of my best childhood friends
she has two little girls (the cutest!) and is incredible with kids
we are so comfortable with her, which helps soooo much!

so, here we are
Townes 1 year photos!

which ended up being more like family photos because our sweet little bitty prefers to be held by his mother. especially at 630pm.
at one point, we were all doing crazy things to get him to smile, as he sat by himself on the ground.
I told Erin, "he just doesn't like to be by himself" (ridiculous, i know)
she said, "well, let's let Judson sit next to him!"
i said, "well, what i actually meant is... he just likes to be held by me" (so ridiculous, i know)
she did end up getting some really sweet photos of him
those blue eyes and little teeth
Judson did great, but wasn't so keen on smiling for every picture, but preferred to ask over and over when he could have his (promised) popsicle.
GT told him that the faster he smiled for the pictures, the faster he could get his popsicle

i am so happy to have our little family captured at this stage
and to have some photos of our sweet, little Townesy at 1 year

thanks again to Erin!