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Friday, August 8, 2014

Teeth and stuff: An update on Nolan

Nolan has two teeth! They just broke through last week and I can't believe it. I really tried to get a picture of them. I tried:

And tried:

And tried. This is the best I could do:
You may have to wait til they're more visible. Until then, I'll keep posting terrible pictures :)

He is seven months old now and practically grown up. He started saying, "mama" which is the cutest thing ever and even though he probably doesn't know what it means, I'm totally claiming being the favorite parent while I can. 

He loves eating and trying new foods.

 He pushes up on his hands and pulls his knees under him to crawl, but doesn't coordinate the movements enough to ever actually be on all fours. He is still so chill and easy going, though he didn't love getting his teeth. 

Here's a good photobomb from Carson...

"I could do this all day."

One hand!

Ok, you get the idea. He's so cute. And of course he loves his brother!

Just found this old one. I guess they've always been friends.

Seriously, these boys are so darling together. I can't believe they are already such good friends, I love it! (Also something I'm enjoying while I can)

Another thing I love about Nolan is how much he loves Taylor. He's always looking around for him and he just stares and smiles when he finds him. Complete adoration. I don't blame him, it's what I would do too if I wasn't afraid of looking like a doofus, but for Nolan it's cute. I caught this cute candid of an interesting game of peek-a-boo the other day:

So, there's a little update on Nolan. He's growing so fast, it will be outdated soon. He's a keeper :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Video

I don't have a ton of time, and I mostly wrote everything the other day, but I wanted to share this video. I love how Carson talks a lot and acts like he usually does so you can see the fun that fills my days. I might caption it later in case you can't understand him, but for now here ya go:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good to go

Hey everyone! Life has been so good! We recently moved from midtown Atlanta to a little suburb. We have more space, pay less rent, are closer to the temple, and generally just like it better. So yay for that. At the beginning of this month Taylor took the 3rd (of 3) part of the CFA exam. We are keeping our fingers crossed that he passed and can be done! We have been enjoying evenings and even get to spend Saturdays with him now that he's not studying. We've gone to the park, the pool, played tennis, etc. and are even planning a trip to Louisville soon! Ok, enough enough I know you just want to hear about the kids. Here are some pictures: Wait. Let me tell you why these pictures are so awesome. Taylor got me a very nice camera for my birthday!! I don't really know anything about cameras yet, but if I can take pictures this nice already-it's nice. Nikon DSsomething or with a huge lens. Ok ok, HERE are some pictures:

These boys are always playing together. Carson loves when Nolan "talks" to him. When Nolan wakes up from a nap Carson dances around singing, "Nolan's awake, Nolan's awake! We can play with Nolie!" It's really cute. Carson also loves to take care of him. He helps change his diaper, bathe him, get his binkie, sing him songs, and is always telling Nolan not to eat things. In the car this morning he said, "Nolan, please don't eat your hand or you might get sick." He likes to say, "He's a good baby, huh? He's a really good baby." Which is true. 

Now that Nolan is always smiling now, Carson likes to be the source of those smiles. He goes up and says, "Where's your smiles, Nolie?" 

Carson doesn't have to do much to get him to smile. Nolan loves watching Carson. And smiling.

Oh yeah, Nolan also loves Taylor.

A child talent/modeling agency stopped us in the mall and called us for days trying to get Carson :) (or just our money, but seriously? Who wouldn't want rights to that blue steel face?)

He's a ham.

I love this picture. That's why it's huge. Cutest face ever. Enjoy.

Awwwww. They're just so cute.

We planted a little garden. It is mostly still intact (miraculously), and we've even harvested a couple banana peppers.

The thing people comment on most is Nolan's curly hair. It's so cute. I think he gets it from Taylor's side since some of Taylor's sisters have curly hair and I love it! It's not beautiful yet like his aunts', but it's awesome. A bit cartoonish and unruly, perfect for his little personality. I tried to take a picture of it:

You can see it better in this one:

Well, I guess I'll put some more words here at the bottom to even things out. I know I've been jumping around a bit, but there is so much I want to remember! Oh, and I hope it gives you a few smiles too.

Carson has been a great helper. He likes helping so much that if you call him anything (even nice things like sweetheart) he'll say, "I'm not a sweetheart (for example), I'm just a Carson helper (or Carsy helper, or helper Carson, etc.)" I was fixing the vacuum the other day and he came up and asked if I knocked it over. I said yeah, it fell over. And he says, "Oh. Well, can I help you pick it up?" In those exact words. It was just pretty cute coming from a 2-year-old.

Carson-probably like most kids- takes to church things really naturally. I got him to stop drawing on his legs by explaining that Heavenly Father gave him his body. Then a couple days later we were playing with his fake tool set. I was trying to be silly and put the wrench on my nose. Carson said, "No, Mommy. Heavenly Father gave you that nose. He wants you to keep it there." We taught him about tithing and he doesn't understand the math yet, but it was so cute when we were counting his money to see if he had enough (probably for the ice cream truck that passes everyday) and he said, "We better keep one for Heavenly Father. I'll give it to the bishop so he can build a temple for Jesus." He surprises me with how much he remembers! We usually listen to primary songs in the car and a couple days ago "Follow the Prophet" was playing. He loves the chorus, etc. and this time he said, "I know! Thomas S. Monson!" I think the last time we talked about the living prophet was at General Conference. I was pretty impressed. 

I'd say it's a little bittersweet watching your kids grow up. I know I have a long way to go, but today I was putting Carson down for a nap and he said, "I'm good to go." He took a cup and a stuffed animal, climbed in bed then said, "You can tuck me in Mom then I'm good to go." And I was totally surprised that he really just went to sleep. It's crazy that you're needed and needed all day long and you get so worn out, but when they say, "I'm good to go." you just think, "Wait, don't you need something else? Don't you at least want to tell me it's not quiet time a few times?" They are a long way from independence, but I guess that's where they're headed. 

Anyway, in summation, I'm glad my kids still need me, my kids are smart and adorable, and look forward to more pictures as I learn to use my camera!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Smarts and Sleep

I have to brag for a minute. Carson is getting so smart! He has loved lining up his cars and trucks and I've noticed that lately he even sorts them by color.

He has a memory like a steel trap. Especially if it rhymes or is set to a melody. I think he knows the lyrics to every song he's ever heard. Learning the alphabet song was a cinch. We read a book to him a few times and then he'll start reading it to us. Strangers are shocked that he just turned 2 because he knows so many words.

I don't think I can take much credit for how fast he learns, but I love it and only hope I can keep up with him.

Nolan doesn't do much yet, haha, but he sure looks cute while he sleeps :)

Snow and Stuff

Life has been a bit busy and so good. We were able to have our parents come to see the new baby and we had so much fun during their visits.

While my parents were here, we had a crazy rainstorm and Carson's room flooded. I'm so glad I wasn't alone with 2 kids when it happened! I hardly did anything. And since we had to clear out most of Carson's stuff, there was plenty of room for the new bunk bed my dad built.

Carson trying it out.

I think we'll transition him to "Grandpa's bed" in a few weeks. For now he's stuck in the crib.

This picture was taken during the flood. Usually we're nice enough to give him a mattress at least.

In between my parents' visit and Taylor's parents' visit, we got a nice snow storm. Nice enough for Taylor to get a couple days off work while the city shut down. 

Carson LOVED it.

Nolan was only out long enough to make a snow angel.

Neither of them really liked the snow angel idea, but I'm glad we got this hilarious picture.

Then when Taylor's family was in town we got to bless Nolan. We didn't want to take him to church yet during this flu season, but the bishop came to our place and we had a nice little blessing.

I am so grateful for my parents and my in-laws for making the long journey over here and helping so much while we were learning how to be parents of two. I don't know what I would have done without them.

New Baby Love

Happy Valentines Day everyone! This isn't really a Valentines Day post, but it's the day I've found time to catch up and finally blog about our new baby!

Baby Nolan was born in the evening of Jan. 7th. I'll try and give a condensed version of the story so I can get on with the cute pictures. I started having contractions in the afternoon, Taylor came home from work, we took Carson to one of my visiting teachers and went to the hospital. I was at a 6.5 when they finally checked me. I ended up choosing to go without any pain medication which made for a much different experience than I had with Carson. I wasn't really in a lot of pain until a few hours later, but he was born pretty soon after it became unbearable so we all survived with minimal drama. Even though he weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz., I remember thinking he was really tiny. And he still pretty much is- at his one month check up he'd gained about 2 lbs. and grown about 3 inches. Anyway, here are some pictures:

Carson loved his soft hair.

I just love this picture.

Ok, I love all these pictures.

We do this a lot. Sleeping baby in one hand, book in the other.

Backtracking a bit.
39 wks. (2 days before delivery)

Carson imitating my big belly :)