This year for Halloween Barrett wanted to be a Dragon, and this is the costume he picked out. But he didn't like the mask because of his glasses so he went without. I still thought he was the best looking Dragon out there!
Talmage went as Master Chief from Halo. His extremely creative and talented Uncle Stephen made the costume!! It was so cool, and strangers kept commenting and asking about it! So Talmage was thrilled! Now he keeps saying he wants to grow up and make costumes....like Uncle Stephen!
And Tolson, or Little T, as we like to call him these days, went as a pumpkin! He wasn't too happy in his costume though.
I've been thinking alot lately about my life, and the unexpected turns it has taken. Maybe its the new baby, the new house, the new life....I'm not sure. My life is so different than it was a few years ago. I feel like I am back to the Therena I once was....long ago.....before all the heartache. I feel like me again, and that I don't ever have to hide who I am or how I feel. I never knew marriage and family and life could be like it is for me now. Of course life is still hard sometimes, it always will be. But its hard in a different way...the right way....the way it should be hard. But for the most part my life is beautiful, and peaceful, and happy. I am in awe of this man I am married to. He is more than I could ever ask for, and I often feel so undeserving of him. I am in awe of my older boys who have struggled through what I've struggled through, but have remained strong and brave, and patient as we made so many transitions. I am in awe of this new little person that has joined our family. His presence in our home has brought us all together. But most importantly, I am in awe of the Lord's love for his children. His tender mercies. The overflowing blessings he bestows upon us. I will never forget the struggles I went through or the heartache......but I believe that because of that I am more grateful for the things I have now. I will forever be grateful to the Lord for bringing me here, to this point in my life....for allowing me to feel the heartache, so that I can truly experience the joy.
For Labor Day Talmage and Barrett were with their dad, so we decided to take Tolson and go to Vegas with my parents for the weekend. Brian had never experienced Vegas, so we had fun walking the strip, and looking at all the casinos. Of course we ate too much at the buffets, but all those calories were worth it to me!! I love Vegas! We did a little shopping, my dad played a little blackjack...but couldn't get Brian to give it a try! Tolson did amazingly well the entire trip, especially considering he was only 6 weeks old!
This year Talmage started 2nd Grade and Barrett started Kindergarten. I can't believe my boys are so big! Talmage was nervous because he was starting a new school. He went to Ishikawa for kindergarten and first grade so he was worried that he didn't have any friends. And Barrett was surprisingly excited! He couldn't wait to start "big boy" school. He is still extremely shy so I was having anxiety over him starting school. But my kids never stop surprising me. Talmage came home and wouldn't stop talking about his teacher and new friends. Barrett, on the other hand, came home and was all business. He hung up his backpack, pulled out his folder and immediately wanted to start on his homework! Too funny! Although I could tell he loved it!
These are just a few pics I've taken since we've been home from the hospital! I think he looks like his dad! But then there's times he looks just like Talmage.....no Barrett......no Talmage! Haha! Its amazing how babies can do that!
Tolson Brian Taylor joined our family on July 17th 2012 at 9:50 p.m. He weighed 9lbs 5oz and was 22 inches long.
Here's the story: We went to the Dr. the wednesday before he was born, and were scheduled for an induction the coming monday. So that weekend we got everything done and prepared ourselves for monday morning. Well, monday came along and the hospital called to say they were full, and they would call when they were ready for us. They finally called that tuesday afternoon around 4:00. When we got to the hospital and hooked me up, I was already having steady contractions about five minutes apart. I had no idea!! I couldnt feel a thing! So they started me on pitocin around 6:00. I still was only dilated to a 4, so about a half hour later the dr. came and broke my water. Immediately after my water broke I could feel the contractions, and they did NOT feel good! I asked for the epidural immediately! Luckily they were quick about it and I only suffered through the pain for about a half hour. After the epidural was in place the nurse checked me again and I was dilated to a six. This was around 8:30, and by 9:00 I was dilated to a 10 and ready to push!!! I pushed twice and he was out! However his shoulder did get stuck, and the doctor had to try to manueuver him out. While this was happening the baby started to turn a little blue. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice. But he finally came out and all was well. I got a little nervous because he wasn't crying, but the nurses assured me he was fine. He was wide awake and just looking around.
Brian did great through the delivery. Since it was his first he wad definitely nervous. But both my mom and his mom were there with him. Also my sister Sarah was here from out of town and was able to be there for the delivery also! It was such a party!
The next morning my mom brought Talmage and Barrett to the hospital to meet their new brother. They fell in love with him immediately. Barrett kept wanting to look at his little feet.
We are thrilled to have this little one join our family. I feel like it has tied our family together perfectly.
We are SO blessed!
We finally moved into our new house in the middle of June. When Brian and I got married, we rented out his house, and rented another one while we looked for a house. We looked for a long time, and I was particular on schools and location. But there just wasn't anything on the market. For months we kept looking, and finally decided on a new build that was in the perfect location for us. We bought a floorplan that wasn't modeled, so it was a little risky, but I absolutely love the house! I was telling Brian the other day that I have never felt so "at home" in a home as I do about this one. And the boys love it! There are so many kids on the street that are their age.
The move itself was kinda crazy! I was due with our third boy in the middle of July, but both Talmage and Barrett came 3 weeks early. So we were really worried about getting in before the baby came. Luckily we closed right on time, and then ended up having the full month to get settle because the baby did not come early....unfortunately!
This was the only pic I could find of the house, and its one that was taken during construction.
Where does the time go? It seems like it was Talmage that was just turning 5! Barrett is really into pirates and pirate ships, so we had a pirate party for him. Unfortunately, we were a few days away from moving, so the party had to be pretty simple. We just invited his two cousins and spent the afternoon goofy golfing, then had cake and presents at home. Barrett was so excited to see his Pirate Ship Cake!
I just have to say a little bit about Barrett. I remember when he was born I called him my angel baby because thats literally what he was. I had such a hard time with Talmage that I was really worried about having another one. So when Barrett came and was the best baby in the world, I thought of him as my angel. Now that he is 5, he is still my angel. He has brought such a warm and peaceful spirit to our home. Through all our struggles as a family, he has shown so much love and courage. I am so grateful that the Lord blessed me with this angel.
We are pleased to announce that we are expecting a baby boy in July! The boys were a little disappointed because they were hoping for a sister, but we are all so thrilled! This will be Brian's first, so we are excited to experience this together.
It has been fun being able to go to my school and scan myself, or have friends scan me! And he is definitely a boy!!! Here is a lovely picture of me taken in Sedona when I was about 22 weeks. And as you can clearly see I am well on my way to gaining my usual 60lb prego weight! Yikes!
Oh, and I decided to get rid of my blonde and go as a brunette for a while!!!
I can't believe its already been a year! It has been crazy busy, and its been an adjustment (more for Brian I think). But I am married to the most incredible man! I didn't realize life could be this way! He has made our lives better than I ever imagined! I have no idea how I got so lucky! I have been so blessed in my life, even through hard times, but Brian is one of the greatest blessings our family has been given. We love him SO much!
Ok, so a week before our anniversary, Brian surprised me with tickets to Wicked! I had never seen it, and it was FABULOUS!!! The weekend of our anniversary I surprised Brian with a short getaway to Sedona. We hiked and shopped, and ate way too much! It was nice to have a quiet weekend alone together!
This year for Christmas, Grandma and Grandpa Taylor bought all the grandkids a Horseback Riding Day trip to celebrate AZ's 100 years! They got to dress up like "cowboys" before they took off on their horses!
Talmage is now 7 years old! It scares me to death to think I have a child that is 7! He is so full of energy and personality. He loves reading "chapter books" now, and is a whiz in Math!!! We love having Talmage in our family!
Grandma Taylor made him a Birthday cake for Sunday dinner Family party at Fuddruckers. Earlier that day we played some goofy golf at Golfland
We head to the Dunes every year after Christmas. The boys look forward to it every year, and when we get there all they want to do is ride their quad! This year Grandpa tried to make them a jump, which they spent hours riding on!
Barrett (he's way more cautious on the quad than his big brother) Talmage (our crazy daredevil)