Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skyping and momming

The next couple weeks are travel CRAZY for me for work - NY, then LA, then NY - oof!  Thank goodness for Skype video chats, that's all I have to say.  The past two nights I've gotten to Skype sing my boys to sleep and it makes my day. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

A great Easter was had by all!  We kicked off the weekend with an egg hunt at the boys' school, followed by a dinner party at our friend's and another egg hunt.  Sunday was ... you guessed it, opened with an egg hunt.  The boys kept telling us they could smell bunny fur around the house - we're not sure how to handle the whole "Easter Bunny" thing - Santa, yes.  Bunny, dunno.  In the afternoon we made our way to my cousin's house for another GIANT egg hunt and great lunch.

Here are the boys with their cousins (or whatever you call my cousin's children) after egg hunt success:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend roundup: climbing and baseball and friends - oh my!

The sun is shining in Seattle and all is awesome.  This weekend we enjoyed a birthday party with the boys' friend Ella where all the kids went rock climbing.  Wilson and Cole were thrilled to show off their scaling moves as they've been going pretty often now.  That evening we went for an impromptu BBQ at a friends house on the hill - pure madness with over-active boys, and pure fun.  At the gym, the climbing party hosts were brilliant - first they taught the kids to walk sideways on the wall:
Then each guest chose a mask for their favorite animal.  The hosts hid animals all up and along the walls and had the kids climb to get the animals - fun trick.

Today we took the boys to their first baseball game to watch the Mariners and (ironically) the Oakland A's. Wilson, Cole, and X were adorable holding the daddies' hands walking into the game.  We landed seats close to home-plate (row 26) which was awesome.  No fly-balls in our area, but I was OK with that.

The boys were pretty good most of the game, but by the end (after skipping nap) were pretty squirrely.  We left in the bottom of the 8th and got home to play a bit before dinner.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Born to run

The Taylor Twins are taking to the roads and running ... fast!  Last week in a run-a-thon at school Cole ran more than any other kid in the pre-school. 

This weekend the boys did a Leprechaun Lap (1K) with their buddy Max ... in the pouring rain ... and were natural runners - they were laughing and smiling the entire time.  Cole got tired a few times and asked to hold my hand so I'd "pull him" - the entire event pulled at my heart making me smile.  I wouldn't mind if they hated running, but something about sharing something I love with the people I love most ... bliss.  My girlfriend bought the boys t-shirts that said "Born Lucky" - right now I feel like the lucky one.

Cole, Max, and Wilson hamming it up at the starting line:
 Wilson, Max, Cole, and Ella - the nerves!
After the boys ran, Costa and I did the 5K which was awesome.  People were dressed up and running happy everywhere - such a great way to kick off a Sunday morning!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book love

I took a hiatus recently from "real" books.  Working at Amazon I got so used to having a Kindle in my hand to appease my literary cravings (and faux literary with things like US Weekly clips in the Pulse app).  Recently, though, I've been re-falling in love with books - paper, hardback and softback, books.  I even invested a whopping $15 for a leatherbound copy of Pride and Prejudice which I'm loving.  Today I saw a cool sale on a set of some classics:

I half want to update my livingroom decor to feature these hardback oldies but goodies.

Record players seemed to make a comeback as tres-cool.  Maybe the new cool will be record players on one side of the fireplace, and books on the other ...