Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Diaper R'us

I was slaving over the stove tonight when I heard a wicked little giggle coming from the living room. I figured Taj was entertaining himself; he was happy, so why bother him? That wicked little laugh rolled on and I knew that none of his toys made him laugh for so long, so I went to take a look and this is what I found: an entire jumbo box of diapers strung out all over the floor. How could I be mad at a boy with a face like this?

Friday, December 11, 2009


All you moms out there, this is a great idea for a stocking stuffer. Your kids will love flashing their "Grillz" not only for you, but for anyone else that may come their path. "Grillz" features lovely gold teeth, perfect for the holidays. Not only are the teeth golden, they also look like dice, which makes them educational because your kids can practice counting every time they smile. You can find these exclusively in Rose Park and the Dollar store.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


High-end carolers at the Gateway

This is what I waited in line for at three in the morning in the freezing cold on Black Friay...it was worth it though and so much fun! My little sis Marci waited with me and helped me score this dual screen dvd player for the car and these dirt cheap dvds. I know it doesn't look like a lot, but Black Friday is knowing exactly what items you want before you go to the store in a mad rush.

The two loves of my life

We did go and see the lights at temple square, but it was way too packed and dark to get a pic. We took this at the Gateway mall.

My brother and his wife, my dad, my baby brother, and my mum

This year we had Thanksgiving up north with my dad's family. It was so much fun to have everyone up here. Taj has never been more spoiled. There was heck to pay when everyone went home and Taj didn't get held all the time. It really is a blessing to be with family. It's always hard when everyone has to go back home. Family is what's so great about the holidays:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My little cowboy

Brannon and Taj play bucking broncos on this horse that my mom gave Taj for his birthday. Sometimes I feel like I'm looking after two kids. I have to tell them both to settle down, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Taj is lucky to have a daddy that loves him and takes the time to play with him. It seems like Taj is growing up so fast now. He's still not really saying anything coherent, but he babbles all the time just like his dad. He may live up to his dad's nickname: Gabby. He is so close to walking on his own now. He's burned a ring in our carpet walking around and around our coffee table. He travels around the house by holding onto walls and crawls less and less, so hopefully he'll get it in the next week or so. He also loves to go shopping with me. I have to put him in the big part of the cart because he crawls out of the seat. So now he stands up in the big basket and tears things off of the shelves when I'm not looking. Usually he ends up breaking something before we leave. He's made shopping a lot more interesting for me though:) My life has changed in more ways than one since I had Taj, but I'm finding out how rewarding motherhood is. There really is no other job in the world that will bring you more happiness.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

This wild thing was inseperable from this car...he loves loves anything with wheels. I think I know what we'll get him for Christmas.

I don't get this costume...the arms were way too long and the legs were too short...maybe that's why it was at Kid to Kid....

We only took Taj to one door since he doesn't really understand what trick or treating is all about...now that I think about it, we could've scored some big time candy had we taken him to every door...dang it!
Brannon going back for seconds

A bumble bee, Tinkerbell, and a lion, what a combination:) We went trick or treating with our friends and their little girls. It was so much fun watching them go door to door...next year hopefully Taj will love doing the same.

As you can see, Taj was loving his costume....

My little wild thing
I hope everyone else enjoyed taking their kids trick or treating as much as we did. Even though Taj is still too young to understand, we still had a good time. Brannon is stoked about taking Taj around next year, probably because he has a major sweet tooth;)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good Times

Taj is Brannon's little clone to the T. Like his dad, he is always babbling on about something and like his daddy, Taj loves anything with wheels (trucks, strollers, vacuums, shopping carts). He also loves animals, especially dogs. He has no fear of animals or going down the stairs head first, which yes, can be a bad thing. Taj is probably the pickiest eater on the planet and the only things I can get him to eat are Macaroni and Cheese Spirals, Shapes Spaghettios, yogurt, chocolate pudding, pasta with red sauce, pizza, and crackers. That is seriously all he will eat, so we are still doing food therapy to get him to eat more so that we can finally stop buying formula, which will save us like $50 bucks a month! Taj loves to laugh and rough house with his daddy and his grandpas and uncles. He really is all boy. The newest things he likes to do are empy out his dresser drawers into the trash can in his room, tip over the trash can in the kitchen, take all the shoes out the shoe basket and then put them back in, clean out the tupperware cabinent, and playing at the play ground. He has yet to be walking, but he has taken his first steps, he's just a little chicken liver. Anyway, we feel so lucky to have him and he really does inspire us to be better people. Kids really are the epitome of joy.

This is Taj's little cousin Alivia. She is so sweet:) Brannon definitely handled her a lot more gently than he does Taj. Taj loved sticking his finger in her mouth so that she could knaw on it. Yeah I think they hit it off real well:)

This is the worst dog in the whole world. My mom would disagree, but Pappy really is a naughty dog. This dog jumps through screen doors, notice the screen is gone off this window (yep, that was her too), has been known for eating entire plates of cookies of the counter at night and your dinner if your not careful, has been caught dragging unknown animal parts onto the back porch, tearing up newly planted gardens, and the list goes on and on. I would go nuts if she were my dog, thank goodness she's not my problem to worry about...

This is where we took the pictures of Taj and I do have to say that there is a creepy factor going on here...you never know who or what you might run in to....

Is that Cruella Deville??? See you never know who you will run into in the forest...this is actually my sister and I didn't even know that I took this shot, but that huge coat really made her look like Cruella, yeah we had a good laugh over this:)

This is me and my sister trying to do our own special effects with the leaves...
I love this picture...I've been wanting to get one like this for a few months now. Taj absolutely loved the leaves. He loved the crunch noise they made and getting him back out of here was a nightmare. It took me and my sister to carry him back to the car because he was throwing such a huge fit.
This kid laughed himself out of breath...wish we could all have this much fun in the leaves, who needs toys?

Instead of carving pumpkins, my mom thought it would be a good idea to paint a pumpkin. This was part II of our craft fest in Monticello. Taj sat and stared at this for like five minutes straight and then he tried to pull off the cute sparkly spiders, so I had to put this witch up a bit higher.

This was part I of our craft fest in Monticello. This was actually really fun and super simple to make. We will probably do something similar for Christmas, minus the spiders and the webs. Every time my mom gets all of her kids at home on the same weekend, she always breaks out the crafts.

October has honestly flown by so dang fast! I've been at all ends of the state the last two weeks. I spent a week in Monticello and then a few days in Tropic, and now I am back in the city, back to real life again. Is anyone else excited to see some snow? I guess I have mixed feelings about it. I love looking at the snow when it's white and clean and everything looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting. I don't like driving in it or walking in it...I'm too accident prone. I'm bound to fall at least a dozen times this winter and maybe even slide off the road once or twice. Like last year I was driving down a nice plowed road and noticed too late that some moron was snowblowing all the snow off his driveway and into a big pile on the road. I hit the brakes mid-pile and slid off into the curb. I got out to assess the damage and seeing no harm done, hit the road again. Upon further inspection, Brannon found that I bent the rim on the tire...all I can say is that it could've been worse and it was plenty scary. To make matters worse, I now live the at the top of one of the steepest hills in Holladay. Cars go down this hill like tobbogans when there is snow and ice on it. SO I'm panicked already...my guardian angels are going to be working overtime this winter.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Family Pics, Taj's Birthday, Locks for Love

Taj's cake and presents

Taj's uncle Easton was more than happy to help open Taj's presents:)

Grandma spoiling Taj...I don't let him guzzle pop!

My new "do" My good friend Danielle did an excellent job. If any of you are ever up north and need your hair done, she's the one the call!

I'm donating my 10 in braid to Locks for Love...makes cutting all my hair off worth it:)

My mom and dad got Taj a radio flyer rocking horse, which he is still trying to figure out, but he loves it so far, thanks mom and dad!

Taj had way more fun playing with his cake than eating it

Grandpa Clint gave Taj his first real cell phone, which he loves, and thank goodness because I don't think Brannon's blackberry could take anymore abuse from one kid.

Taj fell in his cake while he was trying to push the dump truck around...after that, nobody really wanted any cake because while he was stuck in it, he drooled all over on it:)

This cake was my mom's idea. I thought it was way cute and Taj loved it, thanks mom!

So a lot has happened in the past month, or at least a few events that are noteworthy. The first is that we took our first family pictures a couple weeks ago and lucky for us, Brannon has a friend who is an excellent photographer, so we were able to get some really nice pics. Taj absolutely loved our photographer and his camera. The whole 60s theme look turned out pretty nice too, thankfully, because it was a lot of work to get all the right clothes put together.

After family pictures, I decided it was time to cut my hair. I've been contemplating doing it for a couple months, so I decided to chop it last week. It is so much lighter and so fun to style. I don't know why I do drastic things to keep my life interesting, but it's fun!

Finally, we celebrated my dad and Taj's birthday in Monticello with my family last weeked. We had a lot of fun and Taj loved being the center of attention. Taj is so so close to walking now and I know my life is going to get even more hectic than it already is. Taj is fascinated with wheels, dogs, cell phones, and learning how to use a spoon to eat. He can clap his hands, give high five, dance, point at things he's interested in, say mama, dada, baba, baby, and mimi (he calls me this sometimes). He loves to push his trucks and cars around on the floor while making truck noises. He also still loves his swing that is wayyy too small for him and he likes a good story before bed. Anyway, I can't believe my baby is already 1 year old. He is growing so fast and I'm so thankful that I get to stay home and watch him grow up.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Farewell Summer

For Labor Day weekend we decided to take advantage of the last of the warm weather granted us and we headed up to the Uintah mountains, which by the way are fabulous for outdoor getaways! My brother Matt and his wife Ali joined us in our excursion. Again we drove around for about an hour staking out our territority and we finally found a really good spot. The ground was a lot softer here than at our last camp site, but that didn't help me sleep better at all. This time we didn't have noisy neighbors next to us, thus I could hear all the little critters running over our tent and I just knew that there was a bear meandering around the campsite. I woke Brannon up once to let him know that there was "something" walking around on the rocks. I got the usual grumpy answer of "there' nothing out there," and then he was back to sleep. I spent the rest of the night wide-eyed and jumpy, clutching onto Taj to protect him from whatever it was that was outside our tent. I've never been so happy to see daylight.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fun at the Zoo

My little sis on the train...we went on it too, not too bad a ride for a buck

These little guys were so cute, but man the stench from that water was not! I held my breath long enough to get a pic and get out!

Taj like the button on Brannon's hat more than he like the bears in this exhibit:)

I can't remember what was behind this glass, but man it must have been exciting!

My sister and I found the most ridiculous hats...I don't know what moved us to actually put them on our heads, but we thought a picture was a swell idea

Brannon soaked Taj under the misty things, but Taj loved it. He kept raising both hands in the air, giving thanks to the heavens for the rain...

Pound that glass baby...There was actually a little sign that tells you not to tap on the glass, but we figured since Taj is a baby we could bend the rules a bit. Actually when Taj was pounding on the glass a lady thought it was her kids and yelled at them...oops!

This is one of the most vile things I've ever seen...wanna take a ride?
There was a scale to weigh yourself by this exhibit, so we all jumped on and I swear it weighed heavy because when Brannon got on the scale, red lights started blinking and it was like "Congratulations! You weigh as much as a baby elephant!" Congratulations??? There must be something wrong with that scale...

Taj and his daddy taking a ride on the carousel (I can't believe they charge you two bucks to go around in a few circles on this thing!)

Taj did like the elephant; he kept pointing his little finger at it and spouting off all kinds of baby babble.........
This is the monkey checking out Taj and he too wasn't very impressed...

This is Taj checking out the monkey above...he really wasn't too impressed with this fellow...

We decided to take Taj to the zoo since he's already very keen on animals. We had the usual zoo experience: hot, humid, crowded, and stinky, but Taj enjoyed it, so it was worth it. It really is a cool experience to want to see your child learning something new and finding joy in that. I don't believe there is any other calling in life like parenthood that will inspire one to better.