Author: ortaylor1990

Elli’s 8th Birthday

  Dear Elli, It is six weeks past your eighth birthday and I am only now writing your birthday letter. I’m sorry, baby girl. I’ll do better. Maybe. Well, probably some years. Oh, Elli. Elli, Elli, Elli. You are so awesome. I don’t know a better way to describe you. You’re just seriously awesome. I LOVE the way your see the world. You are so gentle and sweet and you see the world through your sweet and gentle eyes. You are always so positive and it really inspires me. You always (ok, not always, because sometimes you get into really grumpy moods where you are so darkly dramatic) ….MOST of the time, you always look on the bright side of things. I love that about you. This past year has been a very exciting one for you. You started gymnastics, violin lessons, homeschool co op, and we moved to a new town two hours away. We’ve been working very hard with our school lessons. School is going much smoother for you. I have learned a …

Isaac’s 3rd Birthday

Dear Isaac, It is April 25th, 2017 and today I realized that I never wrote you a birthday letter for your third birthday. I know you must love these letters more than life itself. No doubt this one will sit on your bedside table as your most prized possession. It is exactly four months and ten days late BUT it could be later and that is what we should focus on. I want to tell you a little bit about yourself at the age of three. You are the most snuggly, sweet, ornery, and stubborn little boy. I love all the snuggles you give me and store them up in my heart. A day will come when those snuggles won’t be for me anymore, so I will treasure them while I have them. You and Aubi are both very, very snuggly. Elli doesn’t sneak into bed with us anymore, but you do every single night and Aubi does fairly often too. You curl up close to me and nuzzle in. You did this this morning, …

Sunday Musings CH.8

The last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I’ve fallen behind keeping up with my Musings series. I’d promise to do better, but I’d probably be lying.  1. This past weekend I photographed my first wedding. She is a dear friend of mine and it was a wonderful experience and I felt so privileged that she asked and trusted me to photograph her special day.  My girls are getting to an age where they enjoy spending quality time with their dad and I. They’ve been daddy’s girls since they were old enough to choose him over me and always love having special time with just him and the only time anyone ever chooses me is if Elli feels sorry for me, because Elli is very compassionate and feels deeply for others. – but her choosing me out of pity, surprisingly, doesn’t make me feel very wanted. BUT lately her and Aubi have been enjoying spending time with just me and, boy oh boy, does it make my heart happy. Elli was so excited by …

Sunday Musings- CH.7

Another week and another chapter of Friday Musings posted on Sunday. Sunday’s are easier for me to write these so I’m just going to go ahead and change this to Sunday Musings and be done with it.  Here we go: 1. Last weekend we visited with Zack’s dad at Lake Eafaula. The kids were so happy to see their papa. Elli has always called him Bald Papa because he’s bald (obviously) and my dad Papa With Hair…because he has hair. It’s an efficient and to the point kind of system.  Isaac was cracking us up because he kept calling him “Grandfather” and we aren’t sure where that came from. He’s never called him that before.  Elli has such a precious tender heart. She was so emotional seeing her Papa after many months.  Zack’s dad is on his way to live in New Mexico for a few months so it’ll be awhile before the kids see him again.  2. Homeschool was really difficult for us this week. We all struggled. I wrote this for myself this …

Friday Musings – CH.6

I’m running a couple days behind. Maybe I should change this to Sunday Musings since Friday’s have become one of our busiest days. I’m just going to run through the weeks high points really quick.   1. I’m going to talk about Isaac’s new passion – fighter planes. We got a book on fighter planes and it has become his obsession. We look at the pictures and read it Every. Single. Day. He takes it with him everywhere. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever. And he’s getting so good at identifying the different types of planes. It’s an Usborne book – we LOVE Usborne.   2. Aub had an interesting moment while taking a reading test this week:  Aubi was taking a reading test on the iPad and I was apparently not being considerate because she yells “Be quiet!!! I’m trying to get a gold medal and I cannot miss anymore!!!”  Me- “Goodness gracious! I’ll be quiet.” iPad- “Click on the sentence that says ‘The fox has on socks’” Aubi- “Hmmm. Well, this one says “The fox …