Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Building and making

The time has finally come - we are going to update our kitchen.  Our Ikea order is in and filled, our contractor will call us back ... someday ... I hope ... and the house is getting cleaned up.  The boys (Matt, Cole, and Wilson) all cleaned out the garage to make way for boxes and boxes of Ikea goods:

They definitely earned cookies from all the work, and Cole and Wilson eagerly waited chocolate chip cookies while hugging/wrestling in the kitchen (fine line).

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend roundup: beaches!

It continues to be HOT in Seattle and we're soaking it in.  I kicked off the weekend with a longish run (not long enough) around Magnolia doing hills and stairs.  I was pretty wiped after the run, but in a great way.  Side note - I don't know how some runners always capture beautiful sweaty post-run pics when I just look like an exhausted rat.  Oh well :/

Sunday we enjoyed the beaches of Leschi where Matt showed off for the boys on the diving board and the boys bobbed around in Lake Washington.  I don't want this sun to go away - loving being outside.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Taylor Twins Turn SIX

 On Friday Cole and Wilson turned SIX and we cannot believe it.  When I was pregnant everyone said "enjoy this time and enjoy the baby phase."  When I was pregnant I couldn't wait until the boys came.  Then it happened - from July 8-10th the boys slooowly made their way into the world (that was the only time they've ever been slow to do anything).  When they were born our world changed and I can't imagine anything without these two perfect little boys.  I will admit, I barely remember the first year - between the sleep deprivation and being so nervous we weren't ever doing the right thing, the year flew.

Before we knew it, the boys were turning 1.  We went from counting how old they were by days, to weeks, to months, to a year (with the months thrown in there often).  The boys were amazing little cherubs with fuzzy hair, perfectly round heads, and big blue eyes soaking in everything around them.  At this time we still lived in San Francisco and the trolly would often stop in front of our apartment window for tourists to snap pictures of the boys who often sat in the window. 
 Another year flew by, we moved from San Francisco to Seattle, and the boys turned two.  By this time the boys went from army crawling to running with not much in between.  Their first Seattle year, the boys lived in Wallingford and Matt got to be a stay at home daddy with them - an awesome year for all the boys.
 In a blink the boys were three playing at Gas Works park.  Blinked again and they turned four sleeping in proper kid beds and filling the house with legos and new messes (smaller toys, bigger messes).

Another blink and the boys turned five.  We continued (and still doing) exploring the Pacific North West with trips to the mountains around Seattle, skiing and snow fun, lots of hiking, and really anything that tires the boys out (unfortunately, Matt and I tire out, Cole and Wilson never do).

Fast forward, blink again, and the boys turned six.  This past year, the boys have had new adventures starting Kindergarten, taking ski lessons, joining a t-ball league, and more.  There were some not so new things, too ... For the past 5-years, almost every other Friday night we go to Oaxaca for dinner (or get takeout from there) and on their birthday all the waitresses came out to sing to the boys.  We are so lucky filled with smiles, friendship, and love from those around us in Seattle and outside of Seattle - I think the boys bring that happiness and love, and share it in abundance.  For their birthday, Cole and Wilson made their own rainbow cake and cupcakes, and we went to the Pump it Up where a gaggle of kids jumped, giggled, and played on bouncy houses with hoots of laughter throughout the party.
 To the archives of bloggesphere in the future ...

To my dear Cole - you are an amazing, sweet, curious, and smart young man.  You're strong willed like your mommy (the answer "no" isn't acceptable) and inquisitive like your daddy.  You exceed at math and problem solving and it's amazing watching you fly through lego sets and any other problem thrown at you.  You want to do things yourself all the time to impress no-one but you (but high fives are always cool, too).  You love nature and learning - weekend projects like finding bugs and writing reports on them is fun for all of us and we all get to learn.  You're a super-star sports kid wanting to try every sport imaginable and always running (I still hope you fall for track and not the sports that bonk your head too much).  I love you to the moon and back my amazing little man.

To my dear Wilson - you are an incredible kind, silly, inquisitive, and smart young man.  You're a little artist with a huge imagination.  From doing water colors to oil paintings to crafts and everything in between you're always creating.  You also have such a generous heart with acts such as always sharing your toys with your brother and other kids at school, to saving your allowance for "the kids in banana stands" (aka, Afghanistan).  Despite not loving sports, you're incredibly athletic and daring (sometimes too daring) with rock climbing tricks your daddy can't even do and monkey bar flips.  You dance like no-one is watching when everyone is watching, and you get everyone to dance along with you.  You sing like a champ and my heart fills with melody when you do.  I love you into space and back my sweet boy.

I wish there were a time slowdown machine, but as that hasn't been invented yet, I'm looking forward to enjoying every second with these two rad kids. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Water water everywhere

Last weekend my mom was in town and we made our way from beach to water parks around Seattle.  I've realized I LOVE water.  I love being around moving water, lakes, and water where I can dive in and play.  On Sunday after the 4th, we made our way to the East Side (aka Bellevue) to Enatai Beach where we spent hours digging, searching for treasures, and playing in the lake.  We rented a paddle board and spent time switching off between Matt and I and having the boys switch, too, paddling around the yachts and boats.

Monday, I took the day off work to explore Mercer Island with my mom and then a drive around Mt. Baker.  Then we pulled the boys out of school a bit early to head to Lake Union for running through wat
er fountains.  We lucked out and ran into the boys' friend from school and hung for the entire afternoon playing tag and dodge the water. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

1-day LA

This weekend, Matt and I did a whirlwind 1-day trip to LA to be major beach rat tourists.  I quickly fell in love with Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice Beach, and most of all Manhattan Beach.  By some awesome karmic luck, we were bumped up to first class on both flights - RAD!  I could get used to that, but I won't.  Here are some of the sites:

Meals ... me at lunch in Venice Beach, and then Matt at tapas dinner in Santa Monica:
The home of the person who created Barbi that we ran by on the way to the beach (yes, Matt ran):

A weirdly cool artists home in Venice Beach (the kicker is I Zillow'd Venice Beach and this home is probably worth $1.5MM):

Most of the time was spent at the beach where I read and napped and Matt swam.  It was a very quick trip as my mom was watching the boys, but the 1-day felt like a luxurious couple days and it was perfect.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

We celebrated Father's Day in an incredibly mellow, but very Seattle way.  The boys are FINALLY approaching health - they've had the flu for 7 full days now (poor guys).  We rose late (that's the ONLY upside of kids getting the flu - they sleep in), and Cole and I made Matt breakfast in bed (Wilson continued snoozing another hour after his stint at urgent care last night - another story).  We made scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, yogurt, and leftover muffin from yesterday and it was awesome.  Now our bed is covered in crumbs, but totally worth it.

After Wilson was up and we had downed two cups of coffee, we gave Matt his Father's Day gift - a travel golf case in honor of 1) his love of gold and 2) the US Open being practically in our backyard this year.  The golf case was a hit with Matt, but the bigger hit was the box which the boys made into a go-cart.  Cole is obsessed with all things wheels now and wants very badly to race this.  Not sure the cardboard wheels will win any race, but it's been cool for scooting around the house.

After more lounging around in the house, we went to the EMP and joined finally.  Wilson and I went to the EMP last weekend and Cole and I went yesterday - I did the math and realized it would be just ~$10 more if I joined today (you can use receipts from 2-weeks against a membership) so BOOM, Father's Day gift #2.  Although the boys got a kick out of the Star Wars costumes from over the years, the biggest hit there was the Sound Room where we recorded our first family album.  The music wasn't worth saving, but the pic was.

Back home we worked in the garden a bit - a nod to my Dad who has 10 green fingers (not just a green thumb) and inspired us to clean up our landscaping which we're quite happy about.  We didn't go for any honorary bike rides for my dad, but that would have been a logical next step.  Instead we went through old pics which was more fun.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Family art

The boys have been very sick for a full week now which means we've all been cooped up in the house together. Yesterday, Wilson and Cole picked flowers from our yard (and a glass starfish made by Matt's friend Nic) and we all took a stab at painting the setup.  Below are the results:

The set:
 My art:
Cole's art:
  Wilson's art:
Matt's art:
And there you have it - the Taylor Family art show.