Sunday, February 27, 2011

Who the heck is Taylor?

Okay let's face it, aside from pictures of Taylor with Anson and myself, I don't do many updates about my Hubby very often.  It's not because I don't like him, because I sorta do, but this is my blog--my journal of sorts.  

Well, because family and friends do read this, I decided that it would be a good idea to update everyone on how Taylor is and what he's up to, because he's pretty important too.

Taylor LOVES Florida and can you guess why?

Taylor has fishing down in Idaho, but fishing in Florida is a whole new ball game and he is head over heels.

So much so that he just HAD to buy one of these to have the ability to catch things like...

This.  Pretty ugly right?  This is a Tarpon and it has been around since the time of dinosaurs.

So that's Taylor.  When he's not working or helping me with Anson, he eats, drinks, and breaths fishing.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Biscanyne Bay

Taylor isn't exactly what you would call a romantic.  Laat Sunday though, he surprised me with an idea he had for the afternoon.  A boat float in Biscanyne Bay to one of the islands to have a picnic.  What a sweetie. 

Daddy and Anson.  I adore Anson's life jacket, he is unfortunately not a fan.
Pictures of Mommy and Anson?!?!?!  Can it be true?!?!  This never happens unless I'm taking them myself!

Our little man munching on a wheat thin.  What a big kid!

Walking around one of the islands.  We found an animal on our walk that looked like a piece of poo.  Literally.  Had it not started moving, I would have thought that's all it was...

Love him!

It was a good day--the view of Miami was incredible, my back got fried and I got a nap on the way home. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Sounds gross right?  Well, the kettlecorn, music and rides were anything but gross.  And may I say, the food smelled delicious, but we passed on that. 

If any of you have ever been to Victor, ID on the 4th of July or to downtown Portland's Saturday Market, the Garlicfest was pretty much a glorified version of one of those only they are free and this cost $10 to get in. It had tents upon tents of jewelry, spices, trinkets and pretty much anything homemade you can think of and tons of food vendors.  What set the Garlicfest apart was the array of rides and carnival games and the live bands!  We had a great time!

Super excited to be out doing something fun as a family!  The kettlecorn was AMAZING!!!

The many faces of least we got some picture together right?!?

I forget what this ride was called, but is went up and down in circles really fast and it made me nauseous!  I used to be able to ride things like this for hours--not anymore!  I hate getting older!

That is one tuckered out little man!

What a great night in downtown Delray! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

♥ Lovers Day ♥

This Valentines Day was slightly nuts.

Taylor had to pick up his new boat which was in a city 2 and 1/2 hours away.  He had no clue when it would be done--possibly not until close at 5, which would put him home at 7:30.  Or it could get done early and he could be home by 6.  So I had a babysitter and a date with my hubby, but no reservation for dinner and no time to give the babysitter.  My anxiety level was through the roof.

Taylor finally got home at 7:30 and we headed to Kristi and Mark's to drop Anson off.  Of course a semi truck had tipped over, so traffic was at a dead stop and I'm thinking "this date is just not supposed to happen for us."  We finally got Anson dropped off and headed to PF Changs for dinner (we've both never been).

We had to wait for an hour and a half.  That's right people.  We were starving by the time we were finally seated at 9:30 and once our depleted energy was brought back up by some egg rolls, we had a great time together. The food was delicious and the company wasn't bad either!! ;-)

Came back to our baby sleeping on a couch cushion on the floor--it was darling.  He had so much fun with Auntie Kristi, Uncle Mark, Grandma Pattie and Grandpa Jeff.

All in all it was a great night, sort of a headache, but totally worth it to have a night alone with my VERY fabulous Hubby!

Happy Valentines to all!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Dear Tooth Fairy,

I got my first tooth on February 6th and another one is coming soon.  I know you can't see it well in this photo, but it's there, trust me.  So you better be ready with some change--you feel me?  Thanks.

Love, Anson

Crash and burn

With Standing, comes crashing and with crashing comes bruises.
See that dark mark on my baby's sweet cheek?  Yep, that's his first bruise. One of many to come I'm sure.

Anson: 9 Months

Anson's 9 Month Stats:  Height 28 3/4inches (65th percentile) Weight 16lbs 12oz (3rd percentile).  He may be a skinny little man, but there is a lot of him to love!!

This has been a month of milestones and it's quite astounding to me that our little boy is just 3 months shy of a year.  Crazy how time flies.


You have achieved so much this month, I can hardly believe it!  You are definitely your own man and you are going to keep us on our toes--you are stubborn (sorry to admit that you got that trait from me), you always want to do things yourself whether it's hold your own bottle (last month you refused), putting your binky in your mouth or holding your own sippy cup.  You haven't quite figured out how to tip your cup up enough to actually get anything out of it, but you'll get it soon enough.  You amaze Mom and Dad with how quickly you figure things out-- at the end of last month you were scooting backwards and in circles and then you started scooting forward for just a week and now look at you!

 You are crawling like a mad man and there is no stopping you!

And crawling means...

 That you get yourself stuck in all sort of compromising positions and get into EVERYTHING!!!  Mommy is doomed when you figure out how to open the cupboards.  You love the bathroom, because there are all sorts of discoveries to be made and things to be eaten in there--like your diaper sprayer hose and toilet paper.  Mommy has to vacuum every other day, because you will eat anything and everything you find on the floor.  You will dig and rake at it until you get it and into the mouth it goes. 

 After crawling for just three weeks, you figured out how to pull yourself up onto furniture and STAND!  See the look on your face in these pictures?  You are so proud of yourself and we're proud of you too.

The combination of crawling and standing up on things means even more MISCHIEF, which means there are blockades in front of the printer, as well as the cable and wireless box.  Standing also means that you have discovered the electrical outlets and you could give a rip about the actual outlet, you just want the covers!  They are scattered all over the house.  Thanks buddy. 

One of Mommy's favorite things to do is get you dressed up for church, I just love your little sweaters and polo shirts!  Wait until you get a bit bigger, because little do you know that you have sweater vests and corduroys up the ying yang! 

 Papa and Grandma Barlow came to visit us this month and you just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!  One of your favorite things is when Papa gets on the floor and plays with you.  Sadly, you got sick for the first time this month too and it was during their visit.  Luckily Grandma was here, because she helped Mommy take the BEST care of you!

We hang out with Uncle Brian and Aunty Britt quite frequently and they ADORE the heck out you!  They love babysitting you and taking the cutest photos of you.  I have to give you a high five for convincing Uncle Brian that it's time to start a family!!  Yay you for being such a good baby and helping him realize that it's not that SCARY!

 Night time has become your and Daddy's time.  He plays with you and takes care of you every night before you go to bed.  You never disappoint him with the excited expression you have on your face when he walks through the door--you are THRILLED every single night!

 It's been really HOT here lately and that means lots of hats and shorts and even better--LOTS OF POOL TIME!!!!  You love to crawl across the top step and stand up to the side and on the second step.  You love to splash around and eat every leaf that has fallen in the water.  You crazy kid!

Thank you for being the most amazingly happy kid on the planet.  You are the best and we love you like crazy! Can't wait to see what next months brings!  Walking maybe? 

, Daddy & Mommy

Monday, February 7, 2011


I miss this...

And these...

And this...

Basically what I'm saying is that I'm homesick.  While Florida has been wonderful and great friendships have been made that will last forever--it seems unnatural to my body to have constant sun.  I need me some snow and some skiing!!!!  What's ironic is that if you'd talked to me two years ago, I would have told you that I HATE Idaho.  Amazing how having a child (who you want only the best for) and a place to call your own will dramatically change things.  Idaho, I look forward to seeing you SOON!
For now, I will try to make our time here an adventure.

Take Note...

To all you Moms and future Moms out there-
Electric outlet covers do NO GOOD if your 9 month old can pull them right off.
My 9 month old has made them his new favorite toy...AWESOME!
Time to try a different brand.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


After wasting the morning away with dance parties to Veggietales radio on Pandora, bath time, playing on the floor and making a certain handsome boy giggle all the while, I sit here as my sweet baby sleeps and know that my life is truly rich.