Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

That's what little girls are made of :-)  Back in September we found out that Baby Taylor #3 is a little GIRL!!!!  To say that I was shocked and excited is an understatement!  I seriously had just decided that Baby 3 would be another sweet little boy, and I was very pleased with the idea...definitely would not even allow myself to think of or hope for a girl.  
Both Sam and Mac felt certain that it would be a baby sister.  In fact, Mac said, "I think it's a baby sister.  I already have a baby brother, and I don't need another one!"  But I still stuck to the fact and odds that we would have another boy.  So on the day of the ultrasound I was very, very shocked and then very, very excited to hear that it was a healthy little girl.
I have done so well to control the temptation to buy everything pink and frilly in sight :-)  And I am so, so glad that we have decided on a name.  This was of utmost importance to me because I did not want a repeat of being in the hospital and still not being able to decide on a name (like what happened with Drew).  And oh, oh, oh how special the name is to me...Baby Girl Taylor will be named Clara Mae!! "Clara" is from my great-grandmother, Vera Clara (my mom's paternal grandmother), and "Mae" is from my maternal grandmother (Momo), Floy Mae. 
This is my Momo Cha-Cha, Vera Clara.  I loved her so very much and cherish the fond memories I have with her.  I loved visiting her, sitting on the front stoop of her Biloxi home just talking and talking, something that she loved to do.  She had beautiful Camelia bushes in her yard and always sent us home with some wrapped up with a paper towel and foil.  Momo Cha-Cha loved to help others and often was caring for someone.  She had a big heart and was a very special lady to me.
This is my Momo, Floy Mae (in the pink) who happens to be sitting next to her Aunt Mae (whom her name is after.)  Oh I could write a book of the many numerous reasons that Momo is so special to me.  Second to my own mom, she is the most important/influential lady in my life.  For years I have referred to her as my BFF and mean it with my whole heart.  She has poured out unconditional love on me from the moment I arrived in this world.  Forever will I treasure all of the memories I have of time spent with her and lessons learned from her.  She is incredibly brave, kind, giving, and a faithful servant of the Lord.  It is an honor for me to pass on her legacy through her name, and I pray that my own Clara Mae will have many of the wonderful qualities found in Momo. 
We cannot wait to welcome little Clara Mae Taylor into this world!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Fest at SDC

About a month ago (yes, I'm behind), the boys and I went to Silver Dollar City for the day with some friends.  I was pretty proud of my pregnant self for loading up the double stroller and both boys on the parking tram all by myself!  That's a mama's will power right there!  It was a warm day but lots of fun.  And I love SDC in the fall.  They have pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows everywhere.  Big shout out to Pastor Juston for meeting us there just to get us in with his pass!

Playing on the wagon with Harper and Abbie

L-O-V-E fall and pumpkins!!

All of the kids enjoyed playing with the giant water ball...and cooling off a bit with some splashing :) 

Going on some rides.  I was totally shocked that Mac willingly and excitedly wanted to ride all of the rides.  That's a big change for him!

These little boys could not wait to ride the train! 
Totally sacked out after that adventure!

Pumpkin Patch

We had such a blast last year at the pumpkin patch at Rutledge-Wilson Farm that we eagerly returned this year for more fun.  It is the neatest farm that is actually run by the city parks system in Springfield...we are continually reminded of how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such great kid-friendly activities!  As expected, the boys LOVED every bit of it!
Can you tell they are saying "Cheeese!!"???

Silly faces with our friend Abbie

It was quite chilly and windy but that didn't put a damper on our day...though the boys probably thought all my picture taking did! haha

Riding the cow train. Our friends Brad and Jamie Albritton and their two kiddos Lawson and Abbie met us for the day.  Our kids all love each other and are great playmates.

On the playground

This may go down in the books as one of my favs of Mac.  It so perfectly captures his "I love this" face

Drew couldn't wait to get up on that horse!

Mac had a great time and was not at all timid like he was last year.

Big Boy Drew

Sure do love the Taylor Boys!!

Our self family pic on the hayride...I was quite impressed that we all managed to fit in the picture.

Some fun around the farm...animals, hay, milking cows, and learning about cotton and soybeans from Daddy.
They even had little pirate games to play which my pirate loving boys thought was super.