Sunday, January 26

18 M O N T H S

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Sam hit the 18 month mark on Friday. We celebrated with sundaes and cones at our favorite ice cream place and spent the weekend hiking in the sunshine. SUNSHINE. In January. In Seattle. This does not happen. Heavenly days, as my Grandpa McDonald would say.

We took him to nursery today, and he ran toward the toys and never looked back. Not once. That's just how he does things - full speed, all in. As we were driving home from church, I wanted so badly to be able to see inside his head, to know how it went for him and what he thought about everything.

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I've spent way too much time trying to put 18 months of Sam into words, and have determined I would either write way too much or way too little. The only thing I can really say is that I kiss those soft, dimpled cheeks a million times a day, I just still can't get over the fact that he's mine. Taylor and I live for his sweet little hugs, to hear him say our names. He is such a happy soul, and brings so much light and joy into our home. It's hard to get bogged down with things for long when you have this sweet face to look at every day.

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Of course we have our fair share of random tantrums and 99.9% of the time we have no idea what he's saying. Thanks to FaceTime and Skype, he says "iPad" more than "Mama," and he has figured out he doesn't have to eat everything we give him (what?!). He is a constant flow of happy energy. Sometimes nap-time and bedtime can't come soon enough, but then I find myself anxiously wanting him to wake up! Every age I think is my favorite age so far, but I think I really mean it this time. 18 months is pretty fun.

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Sammy, I love you so. 
You make me feel whole.  

Tuesday, January 14

P H O T O S H O O T

My darling cousin Heather Pickett (NICU nurse and newborn photographer extraordinaire) had the brilliant idea to take pictures of all the Oldroyd grandkids for my grandparents' Christmas gift. She has a photography studio in her home, and it was pretty entertaining trying to get all the little kids to look at the camera at the same time.

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Sam wasn't feeling the photo shoot with his .5 second attention span, but somehow Heather worked her usual magic and through Taylor and I trying to get Sam to sit or stand and throwing him all kinds of balls, she got some real keepers:

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I actually love the outtakes the best, because they are the pictures that show the real Sam. He's always moving, always exploring, and a constant flow of personality. I feel like a perfect pose wouldn't capture who he really is, and that's why I love these so much.

But then we got this perfect pose:

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This one had us rolling. This was not staged in any way - we threw him a random football to get him to stand still for a split second. But if you know anything about our families (RED vs. BLUE), it's pretty hilarious. I guess we know where his loyalty is!

Wednesday, January 8

C A R L S B A D

We spent the week after Christmas with all of Taylor's extended family on the Turner side - a sort of reunion in Southern California. Taylor's Grandpa T used to put a trip like this together every few years using his timeshares, and we had a blast seeing everyone again and lining all of our chairs up on the beach.

The weather was pretty nice, considering it was the end of December, but Sam was the only member of our family who dared get in the ocean. He loves the water! We were just happy to see the sun. :)

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When we found out the Turner trip was happening, Taylor immediately went to work organizing a Turner Trot, a race Grandpa T used to hold regularly in the Mount Olympus neighborhood. We even had shirts made, and Taylor's aunt and uncle brought the old Turner Trot banner they found after Grandpa T passed away. It was a great success (and Taylor won!).

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Monday, January 6

C H R I S T M A S

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One for the books.

Is there anything better than snow, mountains, family, friends, and being home, surrounded with all the Christmas decorations you grew up with?

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Sam said his first two-syllable word this night: "i-POD!"

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Grandpa couldn't resist the toy Cobra at Costco for Sam. Thank heavens this stays at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

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Sam has unusual ways for showing his love for cousin Lewis.

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Hope you all had a happy holiday break! Now, back to real life.