Tuesday, December 23, 2014

still here. kinda. sorta.

I've been going back and forth whether or not I want to continue blogging. Obviously, I'm doing a terrible job. Updating once a month is not what I intended when starting this blog. I'm not entirely sure what I intended for this blog when I began or what I intend for it now, but I might just take a break until the first of the year... yes, I realize that's only a couple weeks, but I'm going to attempt to put more thought into this blog over the next couple weeks and decide what I want to do here.

In the mean time, a few photos of the last couple months :)

Even though I asked him not to, Peyton is growing up, seemingly rapidly, but he is such a great big brother. Blessed!

many thanks to my mom for this photo. I'm so glad Dave is always willing to get a quick photo with me. this is probably one of my favorites :) this guy, this guy is my rock. that shine in his eyes... I'm glad he's mine forever.
Thanksgiving 2014

I've really been slacking with the photos lately, but as usual, we thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal at my aunts. Makes me long for the deliciousness again! 
(good thing Christmas is in a couple days)

We celebrated a few birthdays since I last posted. Meg (Mega Meg, The Beast) turned 2! Following right along like the other kids, this girl has quite the personality. She makes me laugh and lose my patience daily. She, alone, is my true test of patience, but she is just the biggest joy. 
she's a professional with these faces

Our oldest daughter, Lia, turned 12. Twelllllvvvveeee. I can't even. She and Peyton are terrible listeners. Don't age I said, and no, nnnooo... they're ruining me.

She's such a great helper and so, SO wonderful with the little ones. Couldn't do this mom business without her.

and then there is Rowdy (also known as Drew). This girl is such a lover. She has a twinkle in her eye... *sigh* sentimental night... she turned 4. And I love her. Gosh, I love her.

obviously I love all of the kids, I didn't mean to single Drew out. this brown-eyed trouble maker holds a special place in my heart as well. he knows how to work those eyes too :)

oh nuts, Nashie man. he has perfected his smile :)

okay, I had a baby, but then... what happened?! I'm lost. 
He *was* little. I remember. I birthed him. and then he's sitting. and crawling. and throwing fitsssss (not cool, Will. not cool!) and eating everything off.the.floor. seriously, saving babies is NOT what I wanted to cross off my bucket list! see here... what else does he do? hmm, oh he climbs stairs. yes, that's not cool. cause he can't climb down stairs. he likes to smile. and laugh. and be tickled. and eat puffs. We haven't started solids routinely. He's had some... I can't remember which kinds. This is probably the latest we've gone with all the kids, buttt I have no excuse really. I'm just boycotting it, putting it off, being lazy... you pick ;)

so he's 8 months now. 8 months. 22 pounds. 4 teeth. and a partridge in a pear tree. kidding. I couldn't think of anything else.

Meg wants in on all the monthly photos of the kids. Dirty face and pants ad lib.

and Drew as well. but she's clothed more often.

I love this photo of Dave and Nash. Nash has needed a lot of time-outs adjustments as of late. Here Dave is giving him a little firm talking to. Maybe not firm enough judging by the smile on his face ;) but I still love the photo.

a new-to-Tayt teddy bear hat

sometimes we deem it a no-television-day (or week), and the kids do the craziest things... like play games. bogus. unheard of. I know. but I think it makes them smarter... we mayyy need to learn them how to play tic-tac-to... or is it toe... 

brothers don't shake hands... brothers gotta hug! (name that movie) ;)

there's a lot of blurry love happening here. kitchen dance party!

and on that note... see you on the flip side... in 2015! 
(or maybe before if I step up my game and decide I'll blog more often... doubtful...)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

half the bunch

Random post. Random photo. Two brown eyes. Two blue.
Off to bed early to start the week off hopefully well-rested. Happy Sunday everyone!

Monday, October 20, 2014

6 months + 2 years

Will + Meg
6 months + 2 years

These two hoodlums are the closest in age of all of our children. Will reminds me a lot of Meg when she was a baby. He rarely cries. He is super easy going. He is always happy and smiling. He doesn't enjoy *too* much cuddling, but I still steal the snuggles at nap time every chance I get. He is too cute for his own good. 

Will is a busy boy. He apparently wants to keep up with the other kids. He's been army crawling since aboutttt 4-1/2 months. And ruining my life. I thought I swept the floor enough before. Nope. Not enough. The kid gets extremely dirty and puts/gets everything possible in his mouth. BUT he's pretty darn cute, so I'll forgive him.

and that smile... oh, that smile. I.can't.EVEN! it's all in the eyes, I tell ya!

then there's this character. Occasionally we call her The Scavenger because she is in.to.everything! Girl doesn't stop. No joke. Just today she got up onto the changing table and smeared half a container of petroleum jelly on her cheeks, hands, and shirt :| she works fast too. So if you're wondering what I'm doing while she does this... it's either pour a cup of coffee, feed Will, use the bathroom... anything that takes 2.4 minutes and she's into SOMEthing!

In her 2 short years of life, she has perfected her mean face... below. Hilarious!

and her scary face :)

This one... this one is strong-willed, determined, stubborn... note: strong-willed! If I ever thought I had my hands full or my work cut out for me, it's with this one. Everything I thought I knew about parenting is being tested with this one. All this said, I don't want her to change a bit. I love her sass, her spunk, her crazy attitude and wild hair. The girl is developing a great sense of humor. I love to watch her grow, although I would appreciate that slowing down just a smidge! Keep us laughing, little girl :)

We love you both more than you'll ever know. Here's to another wonderful year with these two wild ones :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

etsy+ Saturday

In classic fashion, it's been awhile since I've done an etsy post. This does not mean I have been away from my computer as long as I have been away from my blog. Oh no. Not at all. I'm at my computer daily. Granted, August, September, and October have been extremely busy. I feel like this weekend we have nothing to do. And I'm searching for something to do... kind of... but not really. I was thinking of doing a Sam's run. We shall see. Okay, rambling!

Point: etsy+ cominatcha!

These are adorable, although I'm quite certain one of my children would eat at least one of them.

I'm not entirely sure what to do with this salve, but I love the packaging.

My sister, Casey, a good friend of ours, and myself are taking a ceramics class at our local high school. We're all completely in love with the class. I keep running across ideas, and I'm loving this!

Another jewelry item catching my eye that I'll probably never wear as I almost never change my jewelry.

More inspiration for our ceramics class :)

Again with the adorable packaging!

Cute item for the kids to ruin and/or lose pieces to. Maybe Will would enjoy chewing on this/these :)

No idea where this would go in my house, but I'm in love with painting a room white and adding this to one wall. Hmm... winter project in the making... 

Saturday, October 4, 2014


our family spent the last beautiful weekend in September celebrating the life of an amazing woman. I'm really at a loss of words. if you knew her, you would understand. we were lucky and blessed to be able to call her family. while we weren't as close as I wish we would have been, she made a permanent imprint in our lives. I can truly say, I hope to live a life as fully and honestly and lovingly as she did. we'll miss those beautiful smiles and tight hugs.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
some of her beautiful work


balloons. live bands. favorite readings. Mehndi tattoos. it was really the perfect day.

in the naughty chair. shocker.

and the sunset... oh, the sunset... couldn't have been more beautiful!
sooc (straight out of the camera)
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