The Taynors

The Taynors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2014 Year in Review

2014 was a year of change. In under one year Mike got a new job, we had a new baby and became a family of 4, and we bought a new home. In the process, it became a year of planning and "figuring things out" and adjusting to all the change.

This year I want to focus on some more personal goals. I am currently reading "The Happiness Project" now and with each chapter I keep adding new things to my list of goals for the year. But for now this is my list (off the top of my head):

1. Go to bed earlier
2. Drink more water- like way more water
3. Run my second 1/2 marathon- I have officially registered for May and on a training schedule
4. Work out efficiently
5. Spend much less time on social media
6. Don't ever attempt to "keep up with the Jones"- stop comparing myself/our family to others
7. De-clutter my brain by tackling unfinished tasks and by not putting things off than can be completed immediately
8. Pray and/or meditate more
9. Be a better wife to my husband
10. Make sure the time I am spending with the boys is quality interactions. Get on the floor and play instead of trying to tackle the laundry and dishes and emails when I'm with them
11. More date nights
12. Work to keep friendships strong
13. Eat more plants/less sugar
14. Every night before bed, recognize something I am grateful for

That's a hefty list, but I am gonna make it a year of self growth and relationships to help recover from our year of change! Happy 2015!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Winter ONEderland

My baby shower for Patrick was in a snow storm, he was born in a snow storm, most of his early doctors appointments were in snow storms... so it was only fitting to do his first birthday as a snow theme.  I had a lot of fun with the Winter ONEderland party.

We were able to have the party at our new house (yay!  one of the reasons I was so ready for more space... to host parties).  I invited our close friends that had kids and otherwise it was mainly family.  We had about 40 people attend.


I wanted everything to be in the aqua, red and white theme.  So I started by contact a friend of a friend who does print work and she set the theme by designing the invitations.  Once we did the invitations, all the other details were easy to follow.  Tara at To a T did an awesome job doing all of the little details I love about parties but just can't do myself (birthday banner, high chair banner, food tents, invitations, cupcake toppers, and thank you cards).

Besides the paper signs, my sister in law made a super cool pine cone garlin and my mom and sister made me snow man center pieces.  Then I just added some snow flakes and balloons and we had ourself a winter onederland.  I also made a "1" photo collage of my favorite pictures from throughout the year.  I did it for Ryan's first birthday and I still love looking at it.  Favors I went through Oriental Trading and just got a bunch of random winter themed things like mini footballs, stickers, stamps, and then filled it with silver hersey kisses. 


This was pretty easy for me.  I knew I wanted to do a chili bar and a hot chocolate bar and I wanted everything to fit within the winter theme.  I made three different types of chili (white chicken and bean, traditional chunky chili, and pumpkin chili with ground turkey).  Then I added all the fixins (cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, jalapenos, crushed fritos, cilantro, green onions) and let everyone have a chili tasting.  This was super easy because I was able to prep all the food ahead of time, let it just cook in the crockpots all day, and they were ready to be served whenever people wanted to try them.  There was no official sit and eat time, it was a help yourself style dinner.  I included a side salad, macaroni and cheese, and corn bread to go along with the chili.

Dessert was also pretty simple-  I had a friend make the cupcakes for the guest and a smash cake for Patrick.  Both were delicious.  Besides the cupcakes, I had powdered munch kins for "snowballs" and my mother in law brought very yummy Melted Snowmen (kind of like a cake pop type dessert).  But the most important part of my dessert options was the Hot Chocolate Bar.  I made a huge batch of home made hot chocolate and let it stay warm in the crock pot.  Then I put out all kinds of fun things to mix with it... mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, and of course Baileys for the adults.  I think it was a success- most of the stuff was gone by the end of the party.

We all had a great time!  Here are some pictures from the actual party-

Patrick is One!

I am a month late, but better late than never.  Patrick turned 1 last month and we had a great time celebrating.  The next post will be about the party, for now it will be all about him.  Here are all the special things about Patrick as he hit the 1 year milestone.

- He weighs 20lbs (25%) and 30 inches (75-90%) so apparently he is tall and skinny.  Don't remember the head measurements, but that was also 90-95% so most of his weight is in his big head.

- He is finally sleeping through the night AND going to sleep on his own!  Woooo Hooo!  This finally happened right around Christmas.  I kept hearing about kids who didn't sleep until they were one, and I guess he was one of them.  He now sleeps from 6:30/7pm-6:30-7am.  Mommy is happy!

-Naps are a different story, they are better in the fact that he can finally fall asleep on his own- but they are still very inconsistent.  A lot of days are still 30 minutes, 1 hours are slowly becoming a bit more regular, and a 2 hour nap happened one time so far!  But regardless, its much better than it was and he is definitely more rested.

-Now on to the fun things-  He loves music, to dance, and clap his hands along with it.  He has one Mickey mouse toy that is his favorite to dance to and he loves the "Get Up and Dance" commercial from Disney Jr.

-He cruising, crawling, climbing, and bear crawling all over the place.  He doesn't have any interest in walking yet, but he finds ways to get around.

-He loves to push things around- his high chair, Ryan's stool, toys... anything he can move.

-This month he has mastered climbing the stairs, and he is starting to get the concept of going down feet first from things.

-He loves the sight of himself in a mirror.  He waves and smiles big as soon as we walk past one.

-We are working on blowing kisses, he has about half the process down, but still working on it.

-When you say nap time, he will start waving bye bye and blowing kisses right away, even if no one else is around to see it.

-A favorite activity is taking things out of a container and then putting it back in.  He is constantly moving things in and out of various objects.

-Mickey Mouse is the one TV show that catches his attention right now.

-He loves to chase and tackle.  Before bedtime Ryan and Patrick get play time with Daddy and its pretty much a big wrestling match.

-He eats EVERYTHING! Like seriously eats all foods all the time.  I am surprised his weight is still lower considering how much he eats.  I still have him on a mainly fruits and veggies and protein kind of diet... but he enjoys trying  things like crackers for the first time.  I already understand the meaning of "they are eating me out of house and home"... I can't image what it will be like when they are teenagers.

-Fingers crossed, I do not think he has any allergies... he shows no signs of food irritation, so he eats what we eat most days.

-After turning one we started the transition off of formula to organic whole milk, and now I am weaning him off the bottle and much less oz of milk.  So he gets a morning bottle and a bedtime bottle (6oz) and a sippy cup of milk sometime during the day.  I am not a big milk fan, so I will continue to wean him to smaller amounts and replace it with other good fats/nutritious foods.

-He still only has 2 teeth!  Very slow teether.  I can see the top two are coming in, but they did not break through yet.

-He is at a pretty clingy stage.  He wants to be held and carried and played with at all times.  He does not like when I wash dishes or cook dinner.  He has also showed us that he knows how to throw a pretty good temper tantrum.  They don't happen often, but we have seen it appear a few times.  The first time he had one of these fits, my mom and I seriously just laughed at him because it was so funny.  I am interested to see how his personality continues to emerge this year.

-Generally he is a happy, peaceful baby.  He loves attention and to cuddle.  He has a very silly two tooth smile, and he loves his brother!

-For future me (if I decide to go down this crazy road again)- here is his 1 year schedule.

6:30-7:00 wake up
7-7:30 bottle (normally while hanging out in our bed as we get ready for work)
8:00 breakfast and play time
10:00 morning nap- this one is normally pretty short
11:30 milk sippy cup or snack
12:00-12:30 lunch with Ryan and play time
2:00 afternoon nap- this one we have a better chance at being longer
3:30 ish snacks
5-5:30 dinner
6:30 bath some nights (poor second kid gets baths way less frequently) and bedtime routine
bedtime is pjs and clean diaper, read a quick book, bottle in the rocking chair and then I lay him down and walk out.

Again because he is a second child, the schedule is much more flexible than it was with Ryan.  He tags along with me for school drop offs and pick ups and birthday parties and speech/OT... but generally thats the schedule we aim for.

 -So things are great, and he is doing great.  I am loving being a mom to these two boys and can't wait to report back next year!