Saturday, April 30, 2011

One of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over you!

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Easter 2011

Easter this year was a busy and fun one.  It was Anson's first after all and so being busy all Sunday long with festivities was very enjoyable.  We didn't dye eggs this year, I figured he wouldn't have a clue what was going on anyway.  Observe Anson and his Easter gifts.

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Despite not having any idea why he was getting gifts, he loves his Farm touch and feel book and he loves his dinosaur puzzle!

We spent the morning in Sacrament meeting, which was a beautiful service filled with music.  We ditched out afterwards to have a lovely Easter Brunch with the Anderson's.  Don't remember me talking about Taylor's bosses and their wonderful families?  Go here, here or here.  They are incredible and of course the food was delicious.  They are the closest thing we have to family around here and they made for a darn Happy Easter!

Jeff was so sweet and snapped a few photos of our handsome little man in his Sunday best.  They turned out real cute and we are so grateful to have such adorable photos to remember Anson's first Easter .  Thanks Jeff!


After Brunch, we headed home for about an hour for naps and a change of clothes, then we headed to the Ladles.  They are the cutest little family in our ward and we just love 'em!  We had a scrumptious ham dinner completed with the MOST AMAZING potatoes I have ever eaten.  Heck yes, we went back for seconds!   We completed the night with cheesecake, chatting and me dancing around like a crazy person with their adorable daughter Parker.  It was a fantastic evening.  P.S. Robin has the cutest blog and she's real cute and clever!  Check it out here!

What better way to spend Easter than with friends, family and good food?  Hope everyone's Easter was equally as fun and Happy!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hi, my name is Taylor and I'm a fishaholic

My husband has been disappearing every weekend without fail to go fishing.  He is OBSESSED!!  What's worse is that he found a couple friends who are equally obsessed.  It sure beats the alternative of some other very bad addictions.  I'm glad it makes him happy!





Thursday, April 7, 2011

Anson: 11 Months

It's been a great month full of fun for Anson!  We traveled to Washington D.C., went to the Zoo, celebrated Anson's first St Patrick's Day and spent lots of time in the pool.  Anson is officially a little person.  It's so strange to see him stand and WALK around, he took 20 or more steps just the other day.  He definitely isn't a little baby anymore.

Anson,
You are such a good kid, you listen well already although, that doesn't mean if Daddy or Mommy tell no that you always listen the first time.  You are so aware of everything around you, whether it's birds or planes, you are always observing.  You've become very mischievous as of late getting into the toilet that has had pee in it a few times (YUCK), taking all the paper out of the printer, terrorizing Mommy's magazines or books, licking water off of the dishwasher when I'm putting dishes away and intentionally dumping over your basket of socks.  Mommy is REALLY GRATEFUL that you have yet to learn how to open the cupboards. 

We had such grand adventures this month when we traveled to Washington D.C. and you were the trooper of the century minus waking up at 5:30a.m. every morning!!  You took naps in your stroller, ate on the go and adjusted very well to the crib in the hotel room.  We got to see and do so much, so thanks for being the GREATEST! 


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 You LOVE to stare at yourself in the mirror.  If fact, you could do it all day.  You love to sit and talk to yourself,  make faces, do tricks for yourself and dance.

 
Did I mention that we took lots of trips to the pool.  You love it!  You love to splash and kick and squeal!  Daddy and Mommy got you your very own Turtle tube to float around in and while your a little too light for it now (your bum hardly goes in the water), you'll grow into it!

We had successfully weaned you off your binky before we went to D.C., but we may have gone backwards on the trip, because you needed it and you were being so incredible that I just couldn't say no if it was going to make you happy.  Mommy is sort of  a push over.

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Addy is your BESTEST best friend!  You adore her and she adores you too even though she has a funny way of showing it (like running away from you, growling at you and snapping at you), she comes up to you and give you kisses and puts up with you patting her and pulling her hair out.

  You do some really hilarious things like taste testing your food; you stick your tongue out to the first bite of every meal to make sure you like it before completely opening your mouth.  You love to bang on things, hiss and point at things you see.  Hissing is funny, because that's what your Daddy and your cousin Claire used to do when they were little and didn't talk very well.

We love you Mr. and don't you forget it!  Happy 11 months!

, Daddy & Mommy

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Zoobers

Anson and I went to the Palm Beach Zoo a few weeks ago.  It was so fun to see his interest in the animals, it was a stark contrast from the time we took him to the Miami Zoo and he had no clue what was going on. 

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We saw Deer.  I'm so excited to go back to Idaho and show them to him in the wild!  The Bird clearly has a lot on his mind.


We saw lots of birds!

Some Gators!

Prettiness like this enormous and beautiful tree and a few Peacocks.

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And lastly, some Kangaroos. 

 The little curious cutie!

It was a great morning full of new discoveries!  Can't wait to take him again before we leave. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Barlows & The Andersons go to D.C.

About a month ago, we got to go to Washington D.C. with our best buddies Brian and Brittany for five days!  It was a PARTY!!!

 Day one: We arrive and Brittany, Celeste and Anson go to Georgetown, VA while the boys worked.  Nevermind that we got lost and almost died on the way there because some stupid man wouldn't let us over!  We shopped, had lunch and ate some yummy cupcakes, it was a GRREEAT day!

Out to dinner that night.

Day two: Brittany, Celeste and Anson go tour the Capitol building and the National Museum of Natural History (diamonds people, lots of diamonds).  Did we get lost AGAIN?  Perhaps.  Let's just say that Brittany and I would not win the Amazing race. 



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I was like a little kid at Christmas time when we pulled into D.C.  I have seen the sites all my life in movies, books and pictures, but the real thing is WAY BETTER!!  Britt was laughing her head off at me. The guards at the capitol tried to make us throw away our matching $14 water bottles, it wasn't happening.  We hiked to our state building to store them there (long story) and BONUS, we got tickets to see the house and senate in session!  We met up with the boys for a delicious dinner at Sweetwater in VA.  It was an awesome way to end a wonderful day!

P.S. Sorry Mr. Man who was breathing down my neck at the museum while we were in the diamond gallery for telling you to get out of my personal bubble.  You were kind of freaking me out with your lack of respect for personal space.  I really didn't meant to be rude.

Day 3:  The Barlows and The Andersons power tour D.C.  We saw the Arlington cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Wall of Tears,  the white house(drive by) and the National Museum of American History.  We ended our day at Martin's Tavern where almost every President has eaten and where J.F.K proposed to Jackie. 







Sometimes, when I get really excited, I jump around and I look like this.  SPAZZ.
Enough said.

Day 4: it rained, so we toured a wine vineyard and after Brain, Britt and Kyle had a wine tasting, we played Cranium!  We also went to Wegman's, it's probably the most amazing grocery store I've ever seen.  You should go.
The phantom Brian!  This is the only picture of him because he was kind enough to take on the roll of photographer!



  
Day 5:  Time to say Good Bye!  We ended our fabulous vacation at the Air and Space Museum in Dulles, the space section was my fave!

Thanks Brian and Britt for being the BEST TOUR GUIDES EVER and for being the AWESOMEST travel partners!!