Saturday, 25 October 2008

Our Halloween LADYBUG!

Here's a sneak peek at Taylor's Halloween costume!!! I'm not sure which is my favorite, I love them all!

This is Drew's favorite, and I love her face, but I think she needs to be wearing a DEVIL costume! Doesn't she look like trouble??

Which is your favorite?

Friday, 24 October 2008

Pumpkin Time!

We took Taylor for her first trip to the pumpkin patch today! She really likes pumpkins, but she was also pretty cranky so we didn't get TOO many pictures (although we still got quite a few). Here's several thousand "words" for your optical enjoyment!

Our pumpkin picks! The big daddy pumpkin for Drew. The skinny pumpkin (teehee) for Jen. And the short little round pumpkin for Taylor!

Monday, 20 October 2008

We're HOME!!!

It was a long day but we finally made it home Sunday night!

Taylor did exceptionally well through the whole day. I was a bit worried because she was ready for a nap when we were on the way to the airport in the morning but she only snoozed for about 20-30 minutes before we got there. I fed her while we waited for our plane to board and gave her a fresh diaper just before. They let me pre-board and we got situated. I turned on her baby Einstein video while we were waiting for every one else to board. As we were taxing down the runway to take off she leaned her head back on my arm and fell asleep as we made our ascent. She slept a little over an hour and then woke up and ate some of her star puffs and watched some more baby einstein.

With about 50 minutes left until landing she started to get impatient. She was wiggling and fussing and was generally unhappy about being confined in my lap and the clouds below were of no interest to her. The flight attendant that I had spoken with before the flight came and asked if she could walk Taylor up and down the isle. I said that was fine and off they went. They walked up to the front of the plane to see the other attendants, and stopped to say hi to the other babies on the flight (she was the youngest). Whenever they would walk by me, she'd wave at me. I guess she was happy to be out of my lap! She came back to me with 20 minutes left to go, and she managed to sit still for the most part. The worst was landing and waiting to get off the plane.

Once we were in the terminal she got a fresh diaper and then we went and got lunch, a salad for me, and a couple of jars of food for her. She was hungry! We hung out in the terminal until our next flight at 8pm. She was pretty tired but there were so many people to look at she was fairly content. Just before the flight, the lady at the counter asked us if we wanted to switch to a front seat and I said, YES please! We ended up in the front with nobody on either side of us for the second flight. Taylor fell asleep before we even took off and woke up when we landed. That was great!

Drew was waiting at the airport in Alexandria for us when we got there. Taylor was SO happy to see her dada! He said "do you think she missed me?" and right then she gave him a BIG hug and rested her head on him. So sweet!

We got home about 11:30pm, but didn't get to bed until after 1 by the time we wound down, got Taylor to bed and everything.

I've spent the last couple days doing laundry, going grocery shopping, and getting back on track.

Yesterday was also my 6th weigh in to see if I made Lifetime for Weight Watchers! I DID IT!!!! I managed to lose 3.4 pounds since I weight in last Thursday to boot, so that puts me 8.6 pounds below goal (which I was aiming for about 10 pounds to work with). I got my little gold key to go on my keychain and I'm VERY excited. It's been a long road but I finally made it! YAHOO!! Now the difficult part begins... mainance, forever!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Still in California!!!

Yep, Taylor and I are still here! A quick run down of the past month....

We all drove out last month and stopped in Mesa to see Lois and Steve (Drew's Aunt and Uncle), then on to Dianne's (Drew's Mom) house for another 10 days. We had a fabulous time visiting everybody, spending some time with Jeff, Marnie and Hannah, and also seeing Dan and Mary a bit. There was a wonderful party for us with great food, and lots of people!

While we were there I went to my Weight Watchers meetings with a friend to start my "maintenance" weeks to obtain lifetime status. The first week I lost .2 lbs, the second week I gained 1.5 lbs. Considering what I had eaten I was okay with that, I was still under my goal weight.

After we left San Diego we headed up to my Dad and Leslies temporary house in San Ramon. We got there on a Wednesday and Drew had to leave by Monday to head back home so he could start his ALS class. On Tuesday Taylor and I went to a class at a place called My Gym around the block, which is a kids gym and beginning gymnastics place. They had a class for her age group so we signed up for a "free trial". It was a lot of fun, but all the new faces and unfamiliar equipment had Taylor a little reserved. She did great though, and it was a lot of fun, albeit kind of cheesy. I guess I should get used to that!

Thursday I went to my weigh in with another friend, where I amazingly lost 2 lbs.! I couldn't believe it, I was in shock! They treated me to lunch after and then home we came.

Mom picked us up Friday and we came to Merced. Saturday was my Class reunion and it was a FLOP!!! Only about 30 people showed up out of my class of 400 and something. I ended up missing dinner, but it was a blessing in disguise, as I guess it was chicken and rice (and probably a veggie) served on paper plates in a teeny tiny room. I ended up having pad thai at a class mates father's restraunt. It was great! It was good to catch up to the few people that were there.

Sunday I had a coffee date with a friend, yesterdayI just hung out, today I had lunch with another friend, and tomorrow I'm having lunch with Mom and her friend, so it's been busy! I'm leaving Thursday to go up to Chico to see my Grandma and Uncle, then back to Sacramento on Saturday to see some friends and more family. I'll probably head back to Merced Sunday night or Monday morning.

Taylor is doing great, still no teeth, but she DID start crawling. She also is waving bye bye/night night/hi, and she is KIND OF blowing kisses (it's not real regular yet). She is clapping her hands a lot and the last few days she says "OOH OOH OOH OOH" all day. She could be trying to bark like the dog, or choo choo like a train, or maybe she just likes the way it sounds, but bit's kind of funny.

I'll update more when I can! It might not be until we get back on the 19th, but I'll do my best, I have lots of pics!

Love to you all!

Jen and Taylor