Friday, November 30, 2007

Oh Tannenbaum!

I finally got our tree up! After lugging it down from the attic and spending about 2 hours with the lights, I finally did it. Hailey and I spent the afternoon putting the ornaments on the tree and hanging decorations. We are so excited for Christmas! Hailey informed me that she wants camping stuff (?) and jewelry. Kind of polar opposites, but whatever! We'll see what Santa brings!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I know it is now time to get ready for Christmas and I am so excited.......but I want to step back for just a minute and write about my Thanksgiving. My family and I all carpooled down to St. George on Wednesday to enjoy Thanksgiving together. We stayed in a big beautiful house together until Sunday night. We went swimming, hiking, played games, watched movies, and of course Thanksgiving dinner! We had such a fun time! Thanks to Emily's parents for letting us use their beautiful home! This has been an amazing Thanksgiving for me and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. It was just what I needed. That brings me to what I am thankful for.

I am so Thankful for:

1. My children. I have the most amazingly beautiful and intelligent children. Each of them have their own unique personalities that makes our little family so wonderful. Hailey is my sunshine. She is so happy and such a social butterfly. She will make friends wherever we go. Hailey was asked at preschool what she is thankful for this year and she told her class she was thankful for her mommy and Jesus. Bronson is my tender-hearted one. He is so sensitive to everyone and knows just when you need a hug or kiss. Madison is so happy! I have never seen such a happy and good baby! I am not saying that just because she is mine either. She is happy all the time. She wakes up with a smile and goes to bed smiling in her sleep. My children are such a blessing and a joy in my life. I could not possibly make it through what I am experiencing right now in life without them. They bring me such peace and happiness that I will be forever grateful to my father in heaven for them.

2. My family. I have the most awesome wonderful family in the whole world! Family means everything to me. Life is not bearable without them. I want everyone in my family to know just how thankful I am for them. They have been there for me in my life through thick and the even thicker! I couldn't have asked for a better family. I feel so close to everyone in my family and I would do anything for them and I KNOW they would do anything for me and they already have. I really couldn't have asked for a better family!

3. My Savior. I am currently going through the most difficult time in my life right now. I KNOW that my Savior has been through what I am going through and has felt the pain and sorrow in my heart personally. I KNOW he is with me everyday cheering me on, gently urging me to get up and try again everytime I fall. I know he weeps with me when I weep, and I know he is filled with joy when I am happy and at peace. I know I will get through this and I know he will see to it that I do.

I couldn't be more blessed in my life than I am right now. I have so much to be thankful for, that I could go on for pages. This is just the top three. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.....Now bring on CHRISTMAS!!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

My laugh of the Day!

Why men shouldn't take messages:

Someone sent me this email to brighten up my day.  I laughed so hard, my cheeks were throbbing!  Enjoy a good laugh today, I sure did!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Do Brunettes like have more fun?

I needed a change in the worst way.  (not like my life isn't changing enough already, but whatever).  I just felt stuck in a rut.  So, on Saturday I bravely entered the world of being a brunette.  I think I like it.  This picture does not do the color justice.  Thank you Shannyn!  It will just be interesting to see what is more fun....Blonde or Brunette?  I'll keep you posted....
This is a terrible picture of me...but Hailey took this picture!  She's pretty good!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

"I've been Tagged..."

Yes, it finally happened.  I am officially cool in the blogging world.  Do you ever notice when you are going through blogs and you see the infamous "I've been tagged" post and secretly covet being tagged yourself?  Well, thank you Iliana!  I am officially cool, although this whole post almost makes me sound lame.  I think I am damaging my coolness.  Anyways, I'll get to the point.

The rules:
A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. I am a thrill seeker at heart.  Not many people know this about me, but I love to be scared.  I have been known to jump off high cliffs and bridges, para-sail, bungee jump, and ride through river rapids without a boat.  This of course pretty much all happened before I had children, but I would love to get back into the habit anytime!

2. I am a closet Disney Channel lover.  I would never admit this to anyone face to face but, I absolutely LOVE the Disney Channel.  Hannah Montana, That's So Raven, and The Suite Life are my favorites.  Sometimes when I am all alone I watch the Disney Channel because "there is nothing else on."  Crazy!

3. My favorite place to shop is Nordstrom.  I seriously can't afford it, but I could spend hours there just browsing.  When I was little I always thought that people who shopped at Nordstrom's were so classy.  I remember buying my first pair of Doc. Martens at Nordstrom's in High School and I thought I had pretty much made it in life!  It is killing me right now that the Half Yearly Sale is going on!  Snap!

4. I absolutely love food.  I love cooking and making food, I love eating food, and I love trying new food.  I think it is pretty much a family trait because everyone in my family loves food too.  I am not a great cook, but I am pretty good at pretending.  Tonight I made BBQ Beef Sandwiches for a family get together at my house and my mom secretly told me that they were better than my sister's recipe.  (For those of you who don't know--my sister is like the Iron Chef of cooking.)  Sorry Kristen!  I also make some to-die-for-Fajitas.  

5. I love to fish, but I absolutely hate eating fish.  I hate anything that comes from the ocean for that matter.  I can't stand the smell or the texture.  It's just all bad.  But, give me a rod and send me to the lake and I am a happy camper.  This is interesting to me that I love to fish because when I was younger I was fishing with my Dad and he was flyfishing and swung his rod around and I got his barb stuck in my nose.  Yes, it was awful.  I seriously thought that something had jumped up out of the lake and was attacking me.  Some evil starfish or jumping clam or something.  I didn't have to go to the hospital, but let's just say if I had been into nose piercing's I was in luck.

6. My absolute worst habit is chewing my gum with my mouth open or popping my gum.  It's disgusting, I know.  But I seriously can't help it, I don't realize I am doing it until someone who is absolutely fed up with it chastizes me or I pop my gum at the worst time ever (like in the middle of testimony meeting at church).  Yuck!  I have had some serious talks with myself about this annoying and repulsive habit, but I just can't seem to kick it.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks  again Iliana for making me feel cool!  I tag: Carrie C., Cariann, Jenny B., and April (because I noticed that Iliana tagged her and she hasn't done it yet!) 

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy Birthday Bronson!

Bronson turned a big boy 2 years old today!  Wow, time has really flown by.  I am so grateful to have such a sweet, loving, son.  He definitely keeps my hands full and helped take those last ten baby pounds off!  He is a mover and a climber.  He seriously never stops.  He loves to climb up on the counter when I am getting ready in the morning and do everything that mommy is doing.  (he wants so badly for me to let him put makeup on)!  Uh oh.  I better stay on top of that!  He gives the sweetest hugs and kisses and always knows when to be tender with me.  His latest thing is that when he is mad at me or wants something he will in his cutest little boy voice say "I will bite you!"  What a cutie.  Bronson got a tool set for his birthday and the first thing he did when we got home was run to our entertainment center and try to fix the cupboard he broke.  After that he has been running all over the house saying, "I fix it!"  That suits him well.  He is the fixer in our family.  He is always so tender and loving to everyone and wants to make sure everyone is okay.  He has fixed my broken heart many times over the last few months and I can't imagine life without him!  I love  you Bronson!

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Cute Madison!

Recently I took the kids and I and had our pictures taken at the park. They turned out really cute, and just what I wanted. I wanted pictures of the kids and I that were happy, playful, and loving at this time. If you feel like viewing them (there are a lot) you can do so by going to: Click on Recent Sessions, then on View Slideshows, and then when it asks for a password type in "taylor" all lowercase. It will play a slideshow of all the pictures. It was kind of difficult with three kids to get them all to smile. I don't think I got all of them smiling together in the same picture, but oh well! Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 2, 2007


We had a great Halloween! We made caramel apples for FHE, and went to Thanksgiving Point for some scary tricks! It was so much fun trick-or-treating. Bronson loved all the treats, and was busily eating them in between houses. Hailey loved being "in costume" and Madison just went along with all of it. What a trooper! Bronson couldn't wait to get home and dump out his stash and dig right in. We might have to accidentally lose the trick-or-treat bag or Bronson will be losing his teeth!