Thursday, January 29, 2009

Like Daddy, Like son

Fun times at the Taylor home.... Randy had been teaching Jacob to play football earlier...and then they took a break for a little dancing! Never mind the song...
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Nala...

We found out last week (after an ultrasound) that our little dog Nala has 3 big bladder stones! Poor little dog. She went in for surgery this morning and we are hoping everything goes well. She has had a couple of infections this month and that's why we decided to do an ultrasound. We're glad we did so she can start feeling better. She was our first baby and it was sad to see her in pain, but we are hoping everything will go well in the operation. She's going to have a rough week because she'll be recovering...but hopefully a week from today she'll finally be back to her old, happy self!
I never had a dog growing up so I didn't understand why people 'loved' dogs, or why they let them sleep with them, I thought there was something so dirty about that. But now that we have had Nala for over 4 years...I can honestly say I love her like my own child! She's so innocent, and she has brought us such comfort and happiness. I was in tears last night because first of all, I had been all emotional all day, but also, I was scared that something may go wrong during the surgery and we may not see her again... :( But the lady at the vet was very comforting and she said dogs usually do well after that surgery. We'll find out later today how she did, and she should be back home this afternoon.



****Update*****
We went to pick up Nala and she did really well in the operation! We're going to have to keep an eye on her for the next 7-10 days so she can heal properly, but she should be feeling better pretty soon. She's sleeping right now because she's on pain meds, and the challenge tomorrow is to try to keep her from running around or playing with the ball.
I'm so grateful everything turned out alright. :) I love our little Nala.

(Here she is being a 'traviesa')

Monday, January 19, 2009

How well would you do?


Good news! I will no longer be just a 'Legal Resident' of the United States! I go in for my citizenship interview next month (feb 10th)! During the interview I will be asked questions about US history and government structure, I will also be evaluated on my ability to speak, read, write and understand English. Simple enough right? I'll have to blog about how I do... In the mean time, I have been given a book so I can study and be prepared for the test. So I thought it would be fun if the people who read this blog took a 'practice' self test on line and then left a comment to see how you did. I haven't taken one yet, I really do need to study...so wish me luck, and if you have any tips for me, I'll take them! And good luck with your practice test!


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New moves

As I was cooking dinner last night I put on some music...and Jacob showed me some new dance moves! He even brought his favorite blanket to the kitchen and at one point was dancing and holding it. He kept turning his back on me so I had to chase him around, but it was fun!
He would get upset when the song ended and I tried to play a different one...so I ended up playing that same song about 5 or 6 times before I found another song he liked to dance to!
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Monday, January 5, 2009

What a man, What a man....What a mighty good man!

First of all, let me just start by saying Randy's going to LOVE this post! (sense the sarcasm?) The title of the post itself is part of a song by Salt n' Pepa!

There are 3 things that prompted me to write this today:
Number 1- My love for this wonderful husband of mine! He really is unbelievable!
Number 2- I read an article the other day in Parent's magazine written by a single mom. In the article she pretty much tells us lucky mothers who have a husband, to stop whining and complaining about the things our husbands aren't doing or are doing but not up to our standards! She lists a few things and why we should be grateful for our husbands and what they do!
Number 3- When the alarm went off at 6 am this morning, the last thing I wanted to do was get up...and since Jacob was asleep...I really didn't have to get up! Randy on the other hand HAD to get up to go to work, and after our morning prayer, he told me (not in so many words) how he didn't sleep because someone kept taking the sheets from him and moving around so much that the bed was bouncing, and he was awaken like that more than 3 times! I felt so bad for him! I'm only 21 weeks pregnant and already I'm so uncomfortable! I kept tossing and turning all night and couldn't get comfortable!

Warning: this post may be cheesy and long, so if you're not in the mood to read a long, cheesy post...you may want to stop reading now! Also, I really like to use exclamation points when I write...so please forgive me.

Regardless of what Randy may think about the song lyrics of the post title...I really DO have a mighty good man! And I consider myself lucky! I often forget how lucky I am, until I am reminded by such things as an article in a magazine, or events like this morning.
Honestly, I have NEVER mowed the lawn in the 5+ years of our marriage! I guess I'm not necessarily proud of that (one of my sisters in law mowed her lawn as a surprise to her husband, as if that wasn't awesome enough...she was like 7 months pregnant!) the point is that when it comes to changing light bulbs, changing furnace filters, mowing the lawn etc, Randy does it all! Not to mention keeping up with the cars (oil changes, tire rotations, filters, even car washes).

I told someone not long ago that Randy's the CFO of our house! And I love it! He's so good with money, and I'm learning to be more like that. It's because of him that our only debt is our house! And some people may go as far as saying he's cheap, but I live here, and if he was cheap we wouldn't have all the nice things we have. He's very smart with money, he's the type that will research a product and what different stores are charging before he'll just go out and buy it. If you need a good deal on something...he'll do the research, and if a good deal is out there, he'll find it! Why pay more if you can get a good deal on it?? It makes me feel safe to know our finances will always be in check with him around!

Apart from all the work he does around the house, Randy is a wonderful dad! Right now Jacob is 'going through a phase' as I would like to think...he just can't get enough of his dad! The minute Randy comes home from work, Jacob is dancing around all happy saying "da-da? da-da?" And from then until he's in his crib asleep...he follows Randy around everywhere! It's gotten to the point where Jacob cries if Randy is out of his sight! I must say it's a good break for me, but at the same time, it makes me feel like I'm forgotten the minute Randy comes into the picture! I love that Randy has been so involved in being a dad from day 1. He was the first one to change Jacob's diaper, and he continues to do so, yes, even the 'not so pleasant' ones! He is currently Jacob's barber and groomer (aka he cuts Jacobs hair and trims his nails regularly), as well as Jacob's primary source of laughs! Sometimes I make Jacob laugh, and I love it, but not like Randy does!
That's another one of Randy's great qualities, he can make people laugh! I'm not sure if it's in the Taylor genes or what, but he is one funny guy! And not only that, he has a good sense of humor and can laugh as well.
One of the best qualities he has, in my opinion, is his attention to detail. I tell him I could never hide anything from him even if I tried! He seriously notices EVERYTHING! If I happen to mention something I really like or would like, he will surprise me with it later on and sometimes I will have even forgotten I mentioned it to him! He is extremely thoughtful, to the point where he stresses himself out analyzing something he wrote or said.
He has the most beautiful heart! I'm writing this part in tears (boy those pregnancy hormones!) and that's because he is so full of love for everyone! Even people who take advantage of him on purpose! (I don't know how he does it?)

He makes it a goal to visit his mom's grave regularly, he never forgets.

He is so loving and caring with us and with his family, people who truly know him, know this about him. He's sensitive to people's feelings and needs.
One last thing, maybe two...Randy is so organized! If it was up to me we'd forget our own child! (ok, maybe not that bad, but still) I go through phases in my life where I'm really organized(as organized as I can be), and then it just seems like too much work and I start slacking off...and next thing I know I have a hard time remembering where I put a receipt or as in many cases, I have thrown it away!

Just the other day I was telling Randy that he makes it a point to be knowledgeable in various subjects and day to day things, that it works against him sometimes. I was like, you make people(including me) want to say..."Why should I think or try to figure this out? I'll just ask Randy! He will know!" hahaha that's also called being lazy people!



I could really go on and on about Randy, but I will end this post by saying THANK YOU! Thank you for all that you are, and all that you do for us and our little family. We love you so much, you're the best!