Taylor: 43 weeks and a battle of the bows

Brrrr friends!!! It’s snowing outside, and while I feel trapped in a beautiful snow globe (snow all around), it’s the perfect time for a little blog catch up. Sharing a few photos from Taylor – week 43. Oh this little sunshine… always brings SUCH sunshine and smiles.

Enjoy …

Our little HAM..
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No bows mom, okay?
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Master bow taker-offer (ha)
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VICTORY.
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Dern.
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Or not.
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Clearly she enjoys the game. (Mommy, not so much).
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Stinker.
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And she knows it.
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Oh this little stinker face. MELTED. to the core.
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And those toes.
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And THIS pirate face. Ha
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SUCH sunshine.
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Our little sunshine. Growing up TOO fast.
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Monkey see, monkey do – Avery 28 months

Monkey see, monkey do. Right?

Avery watches me nurse taylor… so its only natural for this to now happen … right? (::hysterical, I know::)
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When Mark and I saw this we thought it was so cute. And funny. And sweet. And, well, it made my momma heart SO proud.
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She’s getting too big. And so brilliant.
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This face.
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…and this one..
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And even more… THIS one.
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… and definitely THIS one…
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… maybe not this one. ha.
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.. okay, just kidding.
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My cutie girl.
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.. I could just SQUEEZE ya..
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.. I’ll think about it..
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Catch up: Taylor 41 weeks (and a photo bomb)

Still catching up (thank you dear friends for sticking with me)… these photos don’t really need captions. Cute, hilarious, and well, a precious little family photo bomb with Avery and daddy. So cute.

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and then trouble walked in…
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…and then this happened.. Notice how Avery stays fairly calm, while Taylor gets SO excited to have her sister there with her..
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And ANOTHER notch..
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He’s got his hands full with this bunch..
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My entire heart all in that sweet little chair.

Seeing Santa – a success story

Do you remember last year’s santa visit? (Need a refresher?) Yeah, not our best santa moment.

But this year, was a HUGE success! Not only was this Taylor’s FIRST time meeting santa (and subsequently the first time we were glad santa had lap enough for two girls), but also the first time Avery SPOKE to santa and asked for her Christmas wish…. both for her, and her baby sister ‘tay-tay’

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So sweet. Melted my momma heart. Avery wasn’t scared, but she wasn’t quite sure of him either. And Taylor, well she was interrogating him the whole time. Both of them. Hilarious. But cute enough, and no crying. So i’m counting it as a win.

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Taylor was, of course, a tad suspicious of Santa. She barely took her eye of him. Handy hubs was so proud. ha.

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And what did Avery ask Santa for, you ask..? She asked Santa for a “BIGGG doll house”… and also said.. “and for baby tay-tay, a baby (insert tiny voice) doll house”… is that not too cute?!?! Oh my. Love.

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And Santa was a big help too. He’s been the same Santa every year, which is so nice. He even told the girls that he love chocolate chip cookies, milk (with a straw for his whiskers), and carrots for his reindeer. (If you ask me, typical NOVA santa.. ha.) Anyway, I’m sure we’ll make the cookies and make sure to have all his favorites out and ready. Counting down the days.. :)

And after the interrogation, err.. santa visit was over.. Taylor was back to her smiley self. She loved the little reindeer toy that santa gave her… so cute.
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Our Christmas photo shoot

Christmas time is always a busy time. So many things to do, celebrate, attend, enjoy and absorb. While it’s one of my favorite times of the year, it can also be one of the most hectic. But regardless of the crazy, since Avery was born -one of THE most important things to me has been taking a yearly christmas family photo. I really enjoy receiving christmas cards and love watching my friends and loved ones families as they grow. Likewise, I am so incredibly proud of our littles – and want to capture the moment in time with them. This year, Jessie Smith took our photos, and she did an amazing job. A few of these are on our christmas card as well (so forgive the sneak peek), but I couldn’t help but share with you too!

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One of my dear favorites. If this doesn’t capture their mischievous little personalities… I adore.
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Catch up – Halloween 2013

And on the road to being caught up… a few highlights from our Halloween this year…
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Carving our pumpkins…
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Note to self.. giving an engineer the task of carving a pumpkin was PURE genius on my part. Mark did an insane job, he’s far more patient and precise then I ever could be. Watching him was FAR more fun for all of us!

(of course, avery requested a spider)..
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(and mom asked for something a bit more cheery)..
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Way to go daddy!
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For Halloween night, we were lucky enough to continue our tradition – as our good friends joined us as we scarfed yummy chili and then trolled the neighborhood (or our street) in search of good candy. This year, both the costumes and the candy didn’t disappoint.

My mom and Mary were Paddington Bears… I mean, isn’t this hilarious!?! THE best version of a paddington bear i’ve ever seen… how cute! And even more fun, Avery totally knew who they were supposed to be!
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…and our friend’s (the Taylor’s) – again, pulled out all the stops…
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… and talk about in theme.. the Furtek’s looked so great.. two pirates and a tinker bell!
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And last but not least.. our family of mickey mice (?)… daddy mickey, minnie (mom), minnie (avery), and baby minnie (taylor). Ha. Avery picked our costume’s this year.. clearly, she’s still a HUGE fan of mickey. :X
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…friends..
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AND NOW.. time for candyyyyyyyy…
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How these adventures are changing from year to year. Last year Avery was barely walking house to house. And this year? She didn’t want to stop at the end of our street… in fact, we did a few houses on a street next to ours. She’s driven – and well, I love it. You go girl! And Taylor did a great job for her FIRST halloween. Oh sweet baby girl, can’t you stay by baby minnie forever?!

A wonderful Halloween with friends. And candy. :)