Birthday Spotlight: Shannon Marie Taylor

(with Shannon and Jordy at Crystal's wedding)

Today is my older sister's birthday. 

The sister I have admired and looked up to my whole life.  

Why, you might ask?

Several (but not nearly all) reasons:

1. She is gorgeous 
(I always wished I looked like her- still do)
2. She is sooooo talented 
(dancing, singing, skiing, belching, you name it)
3.  She is FUNNY
(makes me laugh so hard!)
4. She is nice 
(was always a good older sister to me- that is, unless I took her clothes)
5. Had awesome clothes 
(which I would steal on a frequent basis which would make her very mad. *note #4)
6.  Would make up dances with me 
(my favorite: Pocahontas rollerblading routine in my ice skating skirts)
7.  Started a band with me
(DNS, circa 2003ish, but we were awesome)
8. Always a good example 
(May or may not have been why I was a loser in high school- but well worth it!)
9. Introduced me to the world of music 
(starting with Indigo Girls, Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt...)
10.  She is one amazing mommy
  (and I would be happy to be even a little bit as amazing as she is with my own)

Happy Birthday Sista! I love you!


Why My Husband Needs to Get His Rear End Home NOW
Reason #5032

I had to capture THIS today, BY MYSELF:

(Not actual mouse)
 (You think I'd be crazy enough to actually get close and take a picture?!)

I was literally hyperventilating when I saw it.  My first reaction was to call Steve.  I mean, hello, he would have full responsibility if he were were. 

If he were here. 

Sick. I thought I was going to barf. 

But guess what, I'm tough.

And right now it is currently underneath a huge metal bowl with a huge heavy album sitting on top.

You know, to prevent escape.  

Took me nearly 30 minutes to muster up the courage. 

I'd say it was a job well done. 

Now Steve needs to get his rear end home ASAP and dispose of this nasty, creepy critter. 

I'm sorry mouse, but you are NOT cute. 

Seriously, EW

(and for reals, check out the tail. Disgusting!)


I've Got The Blues

If you had come over last night, you would have witnessed me in bed, in pajamas, big heaping bowl of rocky road ice cream, all alone, watching The Cosby Show (Steve's favorite). 

I'm like a little lost puppy.  Husband has been gone for two days and I am dying here. Its not only that I'm home alone, without my Steve, or that its been raining/hailing/dark non-stop the past two days, but that I am PREGNANT to boot.  There is something about that little aspect of my life that makes it even harder. Why is that? Am I physically drawn to him because he is the father of my unborn child? Is the baby missing him and hormonally making that very evident? 

I don't know, but I sure do miss him. 

Come home Steve.


Its Official

As of today, my top button will no longer be buttoned. 

Food + Friends + Pampering = Fun

I was invited to a little "Girls Night" last night. We had taco salads (more like 2 hefty tacos for me) and were pampered by a nice woman named Jessica who works for Mary Kay and who gave us all sorts of facial products and make up to test out. 

My good friend Bree who co-hosted this lovely event is leaving for her mission to Argentina in a few weeks. It was one of the last nights I would really see her before she went home before leaving on her mission. She is going to be one fabulous sister missionary.

Last night I started realizing that soon enough it will be much less likely that I'll be attending these fun get-togethers once baby arrives in July.  

To be honest though, as much as I love spending time with the girls and am going to miss these fun nights together,  I think its a pretty fair trade.  I can't wait for this baby to get here. 


This Makes Me Sick

Is this guy really about to be our President?!

I got this forward today from a friend of mine that I wanted to share with the anyone that reads my blog:

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Dear Family and Friends,
As most of you know, last night Obama made a public announcement that he is going to sign the Freedom Of Choice Act, which will allow all types of abortions including partial birth abortions, also allowing babies who are born alive due to botched up late term abortions, to be set aside without any medical care or nourishment and left to die (most of these babies have no medical problems and most of the ones that do, have things like cleft palates, club feet, things that are correctable, still they are murdered in the most cruel and inhuman way. They feel everything that is happening to them. There is more mercy for dogs that are put to sleep) This Bill also will make it mandatory for doctors and nurses to perform this murderous act even if they do not want to do so. This act also allows under age teens to have an abortion, even partial birth abortions, without parental consent.

Catholic Bishops have pleaded with Obama not to go ahead with this horrible murder of innocent babies. They have also told Obama that if he persists in signing this Bill which would require even Catholic Hospitals to perform these acts of murder, they will have no choice but to close all Catholic Hospitals. Please let us join with these courageous Bishops who will go to any length to change Obama's mind. Please take a minute to sign this statement and let our voices be heard.

This is a great, informative website. You can click on the video of Obama's speech to the Planned Parenthood group where he promised that the first thing he would do if elected President would be to sign the Freedom Of Choice Act. He isn't even in the White House yet and he made a statement last night that he will go forward with his plans to sign this outrageous bill. He still can change his mind because the Bill cannot be signed until he is actually the President.

Please let your family and friends know about this Bill and ask them to also sign this petition. Even those who voted for Obama would not want him to sign this Bill. May God have mercy on our country for the sake of the millions who would never agree with this Bill if they fully understood all that it encompasses. Please click on the web site below. It will take less than a minute of your time, doesn't cost anything and God will bless you for standing up for Him and His teachings.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing"

http://www.fightfoca.com/ (you can also watch Barack's statement on there)

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I can't believe that they are fighting for "Freedom of Choice." Freedom of choice?! This is outrageous!  I mean, why don't we just call it the Freedom to Kill Act that allows anyone the choice to kill others (I mean, killing is a choice right and thats what we're fighting for, the freedom to choose!). I mean, hello, we don't want our freedom or choices suppressed by the government, right? I should be able to choose to kill other people if I want to, especially if I don't want them around, or want to take care of them, or if they will possibly impede on my future freedom. I mean, duh, this is a free land and I should be free to choose to do whatever the heck I want and shouldn't have to be held responsible for choices I make because I should have the choice to make life easier for myself by choosing to kill whomever I choose.  I mean in all reality I should be able to kill my child no matter what age they are (like maybe when they get to be teenagers and are so burdensome and totally restricting my freedom), because hello I brought them into the world so I should have the freedom to choose when and how I take them out of it.

(I think I made my point).

If any one of you find this making you sick to your stomach, go now to the website and sign the petition. It only takes a second.


My Apple Baby

According to babycenter.com, as of today my baby is the size of an apple.  
I ate an apple just like this one yesterday. Kind of weird now that I think about it. 


Home for Christmas Part II

The second week of break we went up to Deep Creek Lake. The best part was it started snowing while we were up there so some of the family went skiing and another day was spent sledding on a big hill in the neighborhood. We also celebrated New Years Eve with a yummy dinner and staying up till midnight (I zonked out an hour before being the tired pregnant woman I am but Steve was sweet and woke me up as the ball was dropping so we could quickly share a new years kiss). All in all, it was so nice just relaxing there playing games, watching movies, and hanging out. We were sad to see it end but we had a great time.  

Jordy throwing the snow
Mama and Jord in his new backpack 
Fell asleep on our walk
Sledding- Jordy looks more calm than Shan
Family photo

My turn- I was a little scared. Just a little.
Mom and Dad taking a ride

We won farthest distance
Jordy and Papa

Awkward photo of us that makes me laugh- check out those arms!

Goodbye winter break. School has officially started (blah). However, I will be saying goodbye to books and exams end of April. Can't wait. 


Home for Christmas Part I

Christmas break with my family was so much fun.  It was so nice for us to relax and hang out with no worries of school or work.  We spent the first week hanging out, going to movies, having our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, opening gifts Christmas day and biking to Georgetown.  My sister Shannon shared some exciting news with everybody on Christmas Eve.  She too is pregnant and expecting her second child end of July (we are only 3 weeks apart!).  Ok, so it wasn't really a surprise to me- I knew as soon as she was pregnant, but it was so fun for everyone else to know so we could finally talk about it in front of them. I am so excited for our kids to be so close in age. They are going to be good buddies.  Here are some pics of the first week of break (for you family members who wanna snag em!).

Celebrating Steve's big 25
Christmas Eve Dinner
Me and my hub
We all opened gag gifts. This was Bryson's. He is special don't you think?
Love my Dad
Shanniepie and Kev

Little boys in matching PJ's
You'd think this kid was screaming. Oh no, this is his SMILE.

Cute Dannyboy
Christmas morning! Jordy loving his new basketball hoop
And his new tent
And his "guck" (truck)
Elyse and her high school musical obsession. Wonder where she gets it from.....
Danny- a little flirt
So cute! Giving some love to Danny
Family kickball game
Our bike ride to Georgetown

I hope you all had a great Christmas break!


"Dayna's Pregnant!"

So some of you have asked us how we told our parents and how I told Steve. Here's the story:

I found out I was pregnant on our anniversary. How symbolic that was for me- for us. It was a very spiritual experience for me when I found out I was pregnant. How humbled and blessed I felt when I realized I was given the blessing and responsibility to bring a baby onto this earth and raise and nurture it (me?!). I have never felt so happy and at peace with anything than I have with this calling in my life.

I was so happy and overwhelmed with complete joy.

When I found out Steve was at work and I decided that I wanted to surprise him. I had to lie- I figured this was a good exception.

I told him I got my period. I was sad. A month lost. He told me everything was okay, and we would continue trying. It was hard to pretend to be sad when I was around him that day.  How sneaky I can be....

I wrapped the pretty little pee stick in a box and gave it to him that night in the parking lot at Sundance before we went in for our anniversary dinner. He couldn't believe it. He asked if it was "real" followed by "is it yours?!" I guess he didn't understand how I could be pregnant if I had my period. I explained. It was so cute to see his excitement and down right happy face. There were lots of tears and kisses. We spent all dinner talking about baby. It was so fun. One of the best days ever.

We told Steve's family the night before we left for MD. We went out to dinner for Steve's birthday. Steve and I made mugs for his parents at Color Me Mine to share the news. They said "I love Grandma" and "I love Grandpa". When we gave them the gift we told them it was just a gift for Christmas that we wanted to give them as we weren't going to be with them this year. They opened it up and it took them a minute to realize what they said. When they finally made the connection they got so excited. It was so fun to finally share the news with them. This will be their first grandchild. 

When we got to MD we went out to dinner for Steve's birthday (again) with my family. Since my parents are already grandparents we brought along a little onesie that says "the best gift ever" and wrapped it up as if it was a gift for Steve. He opened it at dinner. My parents took a little while to make the connection. My mom even said "isn't that a little small?" (she later clarified that she couldn't see the bottom of the onesie. Right mom :). Finally my Dad realized what it all meant and started shouting while banging his hand on the table "Oh my gosh! Dayna is pregnant! Dayna is pregnant!" (as I'm sitting right by him).  I was laughing so hard. I wish I had it on videotape to share. 

As for me and how I am feeling. I am feeling much better. At around 6 1/2 weeks to week 10 I was feeling super yucky all the time. Eating was such a challenge and I always felt like I was going to puke. I would love to meet whoever made up the term "morning sickness" and give them a good wake up call. Its more like "all day long sickness". Atleast it was for me. I am sure many of you understand. I definitely went into pregnancy thinking all would be fine and dandy. I had some very high expectations that I wish I didn't. Thankfully my doc gave me a prescription vitamin to take instead of the store bought ones I was using that made me feel loads better and have given me a ton of energy. Some days I still get kind of nauseous and I feel like I constantly have a bad taste in my mouth (I now have two favorite flavors of gum that I constantly depend on). My sense of smell has become stronger than any other animal on the planet which has made for some very interesting and hilarious moments. I think it drives Steve nuts. Hopefully that will go away soon. Besides all that, I am doing great.

In fact, despite the above venting session, I really have LOVED being pregnant. I love love love how calm and at peace I feel. I feel so content and happy. I love thinking about baby all day long and am so anxious to meet this little being inside me. Will it go by fast you others who have been through this? I hope so.  I want to meet this little person already!

Steve is so cute. He loves to give my belly kisses and talk to baby. He is going to be such a cute dad.

I can't wait to be a mom.

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on our last post. We are so excited and so thrilled to have such love and support from so many of you.

I realize now that my blog is about to take a quick 180. There is going to be a lot of baby business talk on here now. Get ready.

All in all, life is so good.