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Currently | July 2017

This is going to be quite a busy month. I feel loads better physically and mentally than I did in June–it was a good break for me, not having any expectations of myself. But, I am revived and reinvigorated. I can’t wait for this month (and August so we can move and I can decorate and set up our new apartment already) to happen! So, not much different or exciting is currently happening, but here is what we’ve been up to!

Rhys Michael is now 3 years old!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Happy Birthday, Justin!

Happy 26th birthday to my dearest husband, Justin!

Thank you for being the most patient, most supportive, most caring  husband and father I could ever ask for! I hope I can do better in these respects for you this year!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Happy 1st Birthday, Rhys!

Dear Rhys Michael,

Baby boy, I cannot fathom that you are already one year old. It is hard for me to even write words to describe the joy and love I feel for you right now, today. This past year has been one of the hardest, most stressful years of my life. However, it has also been the happiest, most peaceful year of my life. You are absolutely perfect and everything I could have imagined. Although I have helped you learn many things in this short year, you have already helped teach me many things. I am working on not letting my motherhood paranoia instinct get control of me, but I am thankful for it because I feel that it binds us together. I realize more and more everyday how important it is to smile and remind myself to be patient. My mothering philosophy has changed numerous times throughout the year, but that is because I want to do what is best for you.

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you, Rhys. I want to give you the world. I want you to explore, as you do. I feel that exploration, curiosity, and imagination are the most important traits to have to be successful in life, and I can already see them burgeoning in your small body. Your bright blue eyes take everything in. The turning cogs in your mind are very visible. I cannot believe how brilliantly smart you are and how you quickly you catch on to things. I love watching you learn and grow.

You have become quite the perfect mixture of rowdy boy and gentle son. One minute you’d be crawling up the couch and trying to tackle me, and the next, you’re giving me kisses and cuddling your stuffed animals. I can’t wait to begin teaching you (starting today) about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel. You are already showing true love, and I want to guide you down that straight and narrow path.

Rhys, you are such a handsome boy. You have so much of your father in you, and that makes me love you even more. Your father is the love of my life, my soul mate, and knowing that you are his, makes me admire him even more. You have the same facial expressions in him, and that makes me hope you will become like him. I love seeing how happy you are in the mornings when you get to see Daddy before he goes to work, and how excited you get when he comes home, running to go hug him.

You are the apple of my eye. Lehi, a prophet from the Book of Mormon said that “Men are, that they might have joy.” You are my joy. I love you so much, Rhys Michael.

Love,
Momma

Weight: 20.4 pounds
Height: 29.5 inches

Eating and Teething
You have 4 bottles of 5-7 ounces and eat 3 meals plus a snack every day. For the most part, you eat table food, but sometimes, we supplement with babyfood if we’re on the run, or you spit out the table food. You love it when Momma puts some food on a fork and then you put it in your mouth, and when Momma helps you use the utensils yourself.

Your favorite foods:
– strawberries
– cheese
– Kix
– chicken
– peas
– mandarin oranges

You have 4 teeth: two top front and two bottom front. You’ve been acting like you are on another bout of teething, but we can’t feel or see any evidence.

Sleeping
If you wake up between 4-6 AM, we’ll let you try to self-soothe for 15-20 minutes, and if you don’t, we’ll give you a full bottle in your crib and you’ll drink most of it before falling back asleep. We don’t let you out of your crib until 6:30 AM, and you are typically pretty good with that, although Momma prefers it if you sleep until at least 7 AM, which you do about half the time. You take 2 solid naps, although in the past month, you have had three 3-hour naps! In addition, you’ve skipped at least one nap about 2-4 times. We put you to at about 7:30 with very minimal rocking. Sometimes, you’ll have to sooth yourself to sleep for about 15-20 minutes, but you always turn on your music machine to help you. You sleep through the night.

Relationship and Socializing
You love cuddling, chasing, wrestling, and playing with Momma and Daddy. You love seeing Daddy in the morning, and run to him when he gets home from work. You have started being a little too aggressively friendly with your friends at church, as well as other toddlers you meet. You want to play with them so badly, that you’ll grab their shirts or hair, and try to tackle them. Most kids don’t like this. We’re trying to teach you not only to be soft to animals, but other kids as well. As for other adults, or big groups, you are a little shy in the beginning (like Momma), but after a while, you’ll be jabbering with everyone.

Milestones:
Talking and Communicating
You can say, “hi,” “nana” (food, but specifically banana), “nom nom” (yummy). You also have a very specific whiny grunt that means, “help”. You can point (for the most part). You understand most of what we are saying or asking, and about half the time, you do as we ask. You also have a very specific, loud squeal when you are excited and wanting to play hard or wrestle. Another very specific, but softer squeal is for when you have your stuffed animals and you cuddle them. “Dadadada” is your favorite sound to make.

Mobility
You are just about running now and love chasing things. You realize when there is a step, or ledge, you need to stop, get down, turn around, and go down backwards. You also like to take “big steps” down or up with Momma or Daddy’s help.

Playing and Problem Solving
You prefer to play with Momma and Daddy’s toys than your own: our waterbottles, video game controllers, brooms and swiffers, measuring tapes, bike pumps, the stroller, the bikes, cell phones, etc. Throwing balls and then chasing them is one of your favorite past times, as is playing peekaboo/hide and seek. You understand our different routines for meal times (you know we wash your hands and face, then you help sweep the floor), that bottles mean nap or bedtime, that when Momma gets our shoes, it’s time to go outside. You love trying to figure out how to put different toys in different shaped containers, and trying your hardest to climb or reach or get to places you shouldn’t be, this includes trying to get past barriers like the baby gate or throwing toys to these places as an excuse to go get them.

Personality:
Daddy jokes that you have two modes: “GO GO GO” and “sleep”. It’s pretty true. You are a very active boy, and I love it, even if it does drain me! You are also very demanding (when it comes to help, or sometimes, food) and opinionated.

Likes:
– playing with balls and cars
– going outside and running around
– reading books
– Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
– pushing the stroller or grocery cart
– wrestling

Dislikes:
– bedtime
– staying still
– being restrained, especially in your car seat. We are going to get you a front facing one and see if that improves your mood in the car.

We love you baby boy…er…I mean, toddler boy!

 

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

25

Holy cow! I am a quarter of a century old! I’m 25!

And thus, begins the “Valentine’s Week” as my husband calls it!

I’ve asked my students yesterday as a birthday present for them all to do their homework for today and behave well. So, we shall see if they do. Justin has a few surprises in store, and for dinner tonight, we’ll be going to Tucanos! And, I’m sure Rhys will be super adorable today for me!

So, for you to also enjoy my 25th birthday (and since I have a ton of new readers), here are 25 facts about me.

1) I’ve seen every single Tinkerbell movie they’ve made (and most fairy movies in general). I love fairies!

2) I’ve often considered calling in “sick” just so I can spend all day with my baby boy.

3) I used to own a tankini when I was a young teen, but at a wave-pool boogey boarding ride, had a little mishap and have never worn a two-piece swimsuit again.

4) I used to wear contacts, but my astigmatism is so bad in both eyes, that even weighted contacts specifically made for astigmatism don’t sit still.

5) I’m a little obsessed with Cheese! Especially old, ripened, foreign cheese! However, I don’t like pepper jack or bleu cheese.

6) I love cuddling Justin, but I absolutely cannot fall asleep that way! (He hates it)

7) I miss being a history teacher and think I enjoyed it more than I do being an English teacher.

8) I already want another baby…even though I’m not ready to want another!

9) I’ve never had a surprise party for anything.

10) I play a run through of Legend of Zelda: Windwaker just about once a year.

11) I get a little jealous when other Utah bloggers hang out without me–petty much?

12) I sing Disney songs out loud to Rhys, but when Justin gets home, I get pretty embarrassed to do it still.

13) As a kid, one of my main motives in becoming a teacher was all the gifts I’d receive on Christmas, Valentine’s Easter, Teacher Appreciation Day, and the last day of school. To be honest, by biggest load was my 1st year for Christmas when I taught at a public jr. high and had almost 200 students.

14) I want to go back to school and get a Masters/PhD in any of the following: medieval history, Welsh history, King Arthur lore, or mythology.

15) I haven’t had an actual bath for years, just showers.

16) As a teen, my best friend and I started to write a fantasy novel together.

17) Ever since I started blogging and reading other blogs, I started reading books less and less…go figure

18) I will never convert to tablets or kindles. Give me a book in my hand and I’ll be happy.

19) My dream home is an English country cottage or a Southern Victorian or plantation home.

20) I’m not like a normal teacher–I sit on desks while I teach, I converse with my students about Pokemon and anime, etc, and I dress in bright colors.

21) Justin says I get giddy about the randomest things: types of chocolate and cheese (not together), random historical facts, etc.

22) Justin also says that when I cry because I’m sad, I cry out of my left eye first.

23) I feel at peace in the woods, or just out in nature, period.

24) I’m a little obsessed with David Tennat.

25) I keep going back and forth on parenting philosophies, especially with sleeping through the night!

And there you have it!
If you want more, look at my about page or click here for more posts about me!

Since it’s my birthday, I’m also going to do a little self-promotion. So, here are 25 of my favorite posts I’ve written!

Why I Run
The Most Important Thing about History
Thoughts While Doing Husband’s Laundry For The First Time
Things I’ve Learned as a First Year History Teacher

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Golden Vlog: January Edition

I am so happy to be doing another Golden Vlog edition. I love this series and I love getting to know the girls who link up on a closer level by seeing and hearing them!

Here are this month’s questions:

1. Now that 2015 is officially here, what were your biggest moments/achievements of 2014?
2. How did you ring in the new year? Did you watch the ball drop or sleep right through it?
3. Did you make resolutions or pick a word of the year? Care to share?
4. How do you stay organized and on top of those goals/resolutions – a favorite planner or app? Do you stick to a strict schedule?
5. What things/moments are you looking forward to in 2015 – vacations, graduation, weddings, conferences?
6. What do you think your life will look like on January 1st, 2016?
7. In honor of Faith’s birthday, do you celebrate your birthdays with a big celebrate or go for something more low key?
8. What is your favorite birthday memory – a surprise party or a Disney themed party when you were little stand out?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.