his little brother C

Taylor just got done drawing the first person he's ever drawn - and it was of his brother Carsten. As if I didn't cry enough at Taylor's spring preschool program last night. I somehow managed to have tears left to cry a bit after he drew Carsten. This is going to be signed by Taylor and proudly framed and hung in our home for forever.



Taylor's last week of Tuesday + Thursday preschool is this week, and tonight is his big spring program. I'm so happy to watch him grow and change and become such a caring and sweet little man. I know I'll be crying while watching him sing, but it's definitely not because I'm sad, I'm just so excited for this guy and for all he has in store for the world - I've said it before and I'll say it again - he's going to help make the world a better, brighter place, I promise.

This post was brought to you in response to Leigh vs. Laundry and The Happiness Project.



{happy birthday, audrey}

I wanted to wish a very special girl a wonderful, sunshiney and perfect 2nd birthday today! Happy birthday, Audrey! You are so very loved!

Love: Shauna, Trask, Taylor + Carsten


It's Factual Friday, Ya'll

Factual Friday: random facts, brought to you each and every Friday... starting NOW!

Children typically grow more during Spring than any other season.

The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

The Largemouth Bass is actually smaller then the Smallmouth Bass.

In a deck of playing cards the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

The average person makes 1,140 phone calls a year.

The riveting and life-changing information you just read was found here.

searching for tiger woods

Taylor seems to think that Tiger Woods is a place. A forest. A destination. A destination that he must go visit. To Taylor, he is not a golfer or a turd in human-form, but he's a location that Taylor MUST find.

Imagine the confusion at the park as people keep hearing Taylor calling out "Tiger Woooooods?!" over and over, like he's looking for the dude. And imagine the parents that are looking at me like I'm strange, and that maybe my kid is strange, too. My reply to them always is, "he thinks Tiger Woods is a special forest," and you know what? - they still look at me like I am strange. I'm totally not.

It was after days of Taylor begging me to take him to Tiger Woods that I finally asked him if he knew that Tiger Woods was a person. He refused to hear this. Denial struck the kid like lightning. Taylor will not listen to me and insists that T.Woods is somewhere that he really needs to be, and fast. Like RIGHT NOW fast.

I wonder what he expects to find at Tiger Woods, besides cute little panties, golf clubs and a few empty liquor bottles? Did I just cross a line? Oops.



It's Monday afternoon, almost evening, and guess what? We survived! It was actually a great Monday! And you know what, I'm sitting here looking at my boys and feeling so blessed. And kinda gassy from too many dried mango slices, but I digress... These boys are going to make the world a better place, I just know it!!

I couldn't agree more with this quote:

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.


Oh, Martha!

Look at this amazing bookshelf. It's made by stacking benches. I can SO do this project! Amazing. Why don't I ever have these simple ideas that actually work?

Image from right here.


It's Factual Friday, Ya'll

Factual Friday: random facts, brought to you each and every Friday... starting NOW!

The city of Portland in Oregon was named after a coin toss in 1844. Heads for Portland and tails for Boston.

Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss.

The shrimp's heart is in its head.

Today is my 5 year wedding anniversary. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON + BACK, TRASK!

Information found here.

Whoozit + Ebeanstalk

Awhile ago I wrote a post about a great website, Ebeanstalk, which is dedicated to selecting great developmental toys for kids. They have a team of moms and a team of child experts that help them pick out the best toys by age, so you can be sure your child gets toys that have been specifically matched to his or her age!

I was sent this Whoozit toy for Carsten to play with (ages 0-18 months) and at first I was surprised at everything the toy had 'going on'. I am not a fan of busy toys, but once I flipped the toy over to see the back of it, I loved it. It had a simple striped pattern that seemed to grab and hold Carsten's attention. Taylor, my 3-1/2 year old, however, was enthralled with the toy and loved it from the get-go. He showed Carsten all the noises it made (crinkly paper sounds, squeaks, rattles) and then Carsten seemed to pay attention. Both boys love it and it holds Carsten's attention if you are playing with it with him.

As a parent, I think this toy would be a great gift. It is easy to attach to a crib railing so they can play, although I would never leave it up at night. I am curious to watch what Carsten thinks of this toy as he grows up a bit and to see if it still holds his interest and to see if he plays with it even more, and discovers what it does on his own, without the help of his helpful and pushy older brother.


It's Factual Friday, Ya'll!

Factual Friday: random facts, brought to you each and every Friday... starting NOW!

  • The lemon originated in China.
  • Lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors.
  • Lemons made their way to the United States with the help of Catholic Missionaries and were planted in Arizona and California. Today they produce virtually all of the lemons consumed in the United States as well as about one-third of those used throughout the world.

Lemony facts learned here. Lemony goodness can be found here, and on sale, too!


mom talk: toys. (not those kind!)

If you've been a blog reader of mine for awhile, you know that I'm a mom. And you know that my son Taylor is ALWAYS playing, and we're constantly on the look-out for great sites that provide safe, fun and educational toys for him to play with. Now more than ever I want Taylor's toys to be high quality and to last a long time, because soon Carsten will be playing with them, too! I'm not a fan of the McDonald Happy Meal toys - they make me want to pull my hair out. What I do like are simple, open-ended toys that let Taylor expand and explore his creativity (and believe me, he's got quite the imagination!). When I come across a good website, I want to share it with my readers.

Ebeanstalk is a toy website dedicated to selecting the best toys by age and kids toys. I truly believe this site sells some of the very best educational toys for your child. Check it out next time you're shopping for a little one! The parents and the child will thank you!