Sunday, September 28, 2014

Finding rocks in my purse and other facts about Taryn

Popping Popcorn for our family home evening treat

An ice cream bar from Uncle Travis when he came to visit a few weeks ago. 
She ate it in front of the water display at The American Indian Museum.

She picked out her new shoes. She tells me they make her run faster. 

Taryn thought this was so funny. "Mom! Come take a picture of me!" She is a monkey!

It's not uncommon for me to find a few rocks in my purse at the end of the day. 
They have all been kept safe while out and about, until we can return home to put them in Taryn's ever growing rock collection outside our front door. She doesn't take just any rock though. Taryn studies it, tells me about it, then decides whether it's going home with her. Sometimes she even names her rocks.

Taryn can change from a horse, dog, cat, zebra, dragon or dinosaur within seconds. She gallops down the hall way or on the grass barking like a dog, meowing like a cat etc… She even refers to her cheesesticks as "doggie bones."

I have a stack of leggins to sew all the time. Taryn doesn't like to wear jeans so her wardrobe consists of dresses, and leggins & shorts. But when she is pretending to be a horse/dog/cat etc.. she wears her leggins down fast! Not to mention the times she may trip and fall. It's a good thing those leggings aren't too expensive so after I can't sew up any more holes, they can be replaced when they are beyond repair!

A few accidents to remember that happened recently:

Watch out for Brick walls
On a family walk around some lovely town homes, Taryn spotted a patch of grass about 6 feet long. So she become a horsey and ran the length of the grass. The problem with her galloping like this is that she doesn't keep her head up. Before we knew it (or could stop it) Taryn ran into a brick wall. I was certain she had given herself a concussion. Tyson & I both were very worried. Her head was dented in (it was just as gross as it sounds) and the bruises were already forming. Thankfully, within a few minutes she was acting like herself and we decided she was ok. No more horsey/doggie/kitty running outside.

Bee Stings
After church Taryn likes to frolic in the large grassy lawn outside the church doors. Today she was running around with her friend and all of a sudden burst into tears. Her friend asked what had happened. We were only a few feet away putting stuff into our car. When Taryn came up she said she hurt her finger. It took a while but she finally said, "It buzzed at me" through tears. We asked if she had gotten stung by a bee. She said yes through her tears. We couldn't find the stinger anywhere. About 10 minutes later when we arrived home, Taryn said, "My finger feels funny." When I saw her puffy finger I knew for sure it was a bee sting and that we needed to find the stinger!  Tyson finally found the stinger from the bee on the inside of her hand! It took a while it get it out, but we're happy to know she is not allergic to bees!

Taryn has such a creative imagination, creating a "Pet Store" to sell her stuffed animals, making a train for her toys (tickets too!), and coming up with the silliest stories. The other day in the sand box, Taryn cried out to me, "Mom, look! I filled my sock with sand!" as she held up her sock that was once on her foot, now in her hand, filled with sand. She thrives on making Hadleigh laugh and she is definitely the best at it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Everyday scenes - Church dresses

Caught some of my favorite expressions in these girls a few Sundays ago.
 I even love the few shots where Hadleigh is scooting out of the picture. 
Can't keep her still anymore :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taryn's little buddies

There is nothing better than some good little buddies to have adventures with. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Rollin' in Style

Fall is here and we are loving it! We've mixed up some hot chocolate already, a friend of mine showed me how to make her delicious whole wheat bread (grinding the wheat right in front of us!) and we are starting to enjoy all things pumpkin, though Tyson is not quite ready to jump on that band wagon just yet. Our summer had a lot of great moments in it. It was also filled with the hardest week of our lives and some continued trials that we are still working through because of it. But I would have to say that we all grew so much this summer. Our love for one another has grown stronger than I could have ever imagined.  We made some great memories in this wonderful place we live and I've put some of those snap shots here to remember.

Date night at Pedro & Vinny's. There is nothing like a good burrito from a hole in the wall establishment. Just think Chipotle but minus the chain restaurant. This was earlier on in the summer when Hadleigh was still little so she was napping almost the whole time we were out on our date. Best third wheel ever :) Thank you babysitting co-op for all the dates you provided Tyson and me. 

Tons and tons of park time at the park in our backyard. It's a fun little walk over the bridge. We've spent so much time there that Taryn now calls it "Our park" or "My park" Great thing about it?- It has big kid & baby swings :)

Time with Daddy. 
We are trying to make sure the girls get one on one time with Tyson.

One Saturday we headed to PetSmart to see the dogs up for adoption. Nope- we are not in the market for a dog…or any pet… but they are fun to look at for Tyson & Taryn. They will be trying to convince me to get a pet for their whole lives. Sorry guys ...but not really sorry :) We also spent a lot of time in Barnes & Noble. They have a large train table and legos to build with. It's also where we like to spend rainy days. 
Over the weekends we choose a day (or night) to give Hadleigh a short break from her feeding tube. This helps insure that she does not get sores from the tube rubbing on her  delicate skin. I always rejoice a little bit when the tube is out, knowing she has a little more freedom. But we are so grateful for the feeding tube and all that it has done for her. 

We could have built our own sand pit with how much sand we brought home this summer. It was in their shoes, hair, toys, clothes etc…!

This little munchkin! (Going way back to April here!)

Lots of pool time at our complex pool. 

Bathing beauties Eva, Ellie & Taryn

 A little break from the splash pad to play

 She's WAY too big for the baby swings, but when you find a park at that's all that is offered and your toddler REALLY wants to swing…well… sometimes you gotta roll with it.

Tyson taught Taryn all about the World Cup. Anytime we walked into Costco during the following weeks, if Taryn saw sports on the big screen TV's, she would go up and watch, saying, "Yeah! Go! Go! Go! Ohhhhh!!!! Wow!!!" mimicking Tyson :)

Going on a walk, Taryn brought her wagon along to collect what she saw outside. 

Hadleigh helped pack for Lake Powell

The longest time she has ever played with play dough. We had one of her friends over to play and even after he left, she was still there, intently playing. 

And some of our favorite pictures of Hadleigh. She thinks it's the greatest thing on earth to wear Tyson's glasses. The first picture was taken by our friend Chris (with Lynne in the background!) and the second one was taken by Tyson (with Taryn in  the background!)