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Thursday, October 17, 2013

We're Baaaaack!

Hello Again! I'm sure you thought we fell off the planet. We sort of did for a while. And since it's been almost exactly a year since I last posted I am not going to do a catch up post. WAY to overwhelming. We'll just start with where we are in life and introduce you (finally!) to Benson David Taylor who was born December 10, 2012. 
I've been writing my sister who is in the MTC (headed soon to the Philippines) and keeping her updated on our life. So this time I am going to post part of my letters to her on here because I have been telling her what the boys have been doing lately. And I will be doing a picture overload as well. These are pics of both boys over the past year. Well Benson's are more like over the past 6 months.

Casen has started saying really funny things. I mean he always says funny things but lately he’s said a few good ones. A couple weeks ago he woke up and we had this convo:
C: my dream made me feel sick
Me: what kind of sick do you feel?
C: Um, roast beef
Me: ?

He got dressed before preschool and I was helping him zip up his jacket
C: I look genus (said like genius but without the yuh sound)
Me: you look genius?
C: yeah. I look genus.

And this last one is a convo between Aaron and casen one morning when Aaron was trying to teach Casen something about grammar. See how that went:
C: is me going to preschool today?
A: no, am i going to preschool today
C: no
A: no, you're supposed to say "Am I" going to preschool today, not "is me"
C: is me going to preschool today?
A: no say am i
C: is me going to preschool...
A: no, it's am i, not is me
C: but i can't say that.
A: yes you can. say am i
C: am i
A: going to preschool today
C: going to preschool today
A: now say it all together: am i going to preschool today
C: is me going to preschool today

It was so funny to just sit back and listen to this. I was laughing so hard. He totally didn’t get it. Anyway, Casen is LOVING preschool. And I am LOVING that he has preschool. It is really one of the greatest things for both of us right now. He gets to go and learn and do activities and channel his energy and learn to share and play with other kids in a controlled environment and I get a three hour break and get to go home and catch up on cleaning my house, take a nap, get housecleaning done that I never get done or cook meals to have throughout the week. Or just sit and stare at the wall in silence. J It really is SO nice to have an extra 3 hours a day to use without my kids (Benson usually naps at this time). It’s also a recharge for me so I can be ready to spend all the time with Casen that he needs after preschool.
Here are some random photos of casen over the past...year or so.

Benson had his first haircut a few weeks ago. His hair was just SO long and would hang down over his ears and look awkward in front so we gave him a shave! It was nearly as short as Casen’s. I was a little worried at first, wondering what it would look like but I love it now. He is so cute (of course) and you can see his face really well now and all of his hair is the same length and because he’s still got the baby face it doesn’t look so weird for him to have a buzzed head. It’s only crazy different for us because we know he had hair before. So that was fun.


OMGOSH he is SO cute. I am SO in love with this little guy! He has crawled a few times. Like twice he has done 2 crawls and then he gets down on his tummy and scoots, well more like swims around. He LOVES cords and is drawn to them wherever they are. I can never keep all of them away from him. He’s starting to understand when I tell him no and sometimes he listens. He also has started this thing where he will scream, like really loud…very loud, whenever he wants something and he isn’t getting it right away. This usually happens with food. I’m trying to teach him to sign “more” but I have a feeling that he will be screaming until he learns to talk and tell us that he needs more. Ugh.
He also likes to pull himself up on our coffee table. He’s still not strong enough to do this so he usually pulls himself up enough that his mouth is even with the edge of the table and then he loses his balance and smashes his face into the table. This happens daily. A lot daily. Poor kid. And he’s very offended when this happens and looks at me like, how could you do that to me? I know it’s super sad but it’s one of my most favorite things because it’s so hilarious that he even thinks I've done something and his offended cry is so cute and funny. Let’s be clear: I do not do anything to him to draw out this offended cry. He does it to himself. I just let him learn by experiencing it and it’s a little funny for me along the way. (you know, just in case anyone reads this and thinks I hurt my child for fun.)
And he’s so happy in the morning. I love going in to see him in the morning first thing because he always smiles really big and is super happy and cuddly. I LOVE It. 
here's some more random pics of him:

so that's about it for now! Life is good, we've had a lot of changes over the past year that I might write about another time if I get the motivation. 
Peace out home scout!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

random pics and stuff from the past few months

So in no particular order, here is a little update of the past few months. This is not nearly enough pictures to document everything that happened but at least it's a post.  Not included here:We hit up the zoo and Lagoon. He loved the zoo, Lagoon not so much. To his credit he was extremely tired when he went on the rides but he screamed on all 2 of them. Even the boat ride where you go -2 miles an hour in a circle. It was pretty much awesome. In September we drove out to California for Aaron's mom's wedding. We stayed in Vegas on the way down, went to the beach and Casen was the ring bearer for the beautiful beach wedding. Sorry, no pics. But enjoy these!
Chillin' with cousin Hunter
Loves hats
Got my hair chopped in August. Needed a new do and love it short!
My boys at the temple for family night
Loves to "help" do the dishes! Hey I'll take any volunteer child labor I can get!
Birthday morning celebrations!
New baby boy coming december 6th!
Lovin him some bath time
 Hey you never know when your forehead may get cold in the summer!
Surprise-just-because- boquet from the hubby. Love him!
Casen has recently taken up the art of lining things up....books, cars, toys, etc.
A day at the park with dad
Mmmm, butter. Straight from the cube. Life doesn't get much better than that!
Horsey rides from "gampa"
Best friend who got married in June. Beautiful!
True blue through and through sportin some sweet sunglasses! Go BY-U cougars! (That's how he says it anyway)
Green eggs (no ham, we were fresh out) but he loved it! We just had to try it after reading the book. It was all I dreamed of and more!

Life has been good to us these last few months! We are looking forward to our new little one joining us in about 7 weeks give or take.
And Casen has grown up so much in the past few months. Here is what he is like now:
-can count to ten (minus the number 5. he forgets that for some reason)
-knows some of his colors
-will repeat the alphabet with me
-likes to sing songs
-loves to dance
-eats just about anything (I'm so grateful he's not picky!)
-likes cars, wrestling, pillow fights, airplanes, hockers (helicopters), and tickling
-likes to do anything and everything by himself
-frequently tells me to "welax mom!" (relax) when he's upset and wants me to back off
-likes to sit on his potty fully clothed
-repeats everything we say (this is scary sometimes)
-loves nursery and singing songs
-can say his own prayers
-bore his testimony in FHE for the first time about a month ago-it was adorable!
-has memorized and can say a kipper (scripture)
-likes to help mom with dishes, vacuuming, laundry, etc
-likes to watch cartoons
-has converted to a toddler bed
-says hilarious things on a daily basis:"hey mom, what's up?", "focus mom!", "mom, I fustated (frustrated)", "I sorry mom. I dint mean to. I love you mom"

We love him lots and are excited to meet our newest addition soon! Sorry about the massive blank space. Don't know what the deal is but I'm too tired to figure it out.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

recent pics

Found some more pics on my phone....this first one is a picture of my little bro who's just home from a mission as of Wednesday April 11!!! Yahoo! He served in the Lima Peru South mission and we are excited he is home!!
Picture 2 is after Casen ate a chocolate donut. He was in heaven and came out a little messy.
This last one is of the 3D glasses we found at D.I. that he loved wearing around the store.

a few new pics

So here are a few (very few) pics of recent fun. I had a whole bunch of new pics loaded on the computer and then I deleted them off the card for our camera only to find out that they didn't save on the computer and they are all gone. I hate technology. Please don't try to console me. I'm just annoyed.
Anyway the first pic is of us at Arches. Aaron and I were able to hike Delicate Arch together and that was cool. A little harder than I thought it would be but great exercise and a beautiful view at the top!
The next pic is Casen in his (at the time) new Christmas outfit with sweet hair and everything.
The last one is Casen playing in what little snow we got this year. He loved getting all dressed up in his snow clothes and playing outside in the "noni" (know knee) which is what he calls snow.