We celebrated Father’s day yesterday and all I could think was that I never got up photos from Mother’s day. My sister hosted yet another amazing breakfast for both Sarah, my Mom, and my sister’s Mother in-law. Sadly Sarah’s mom could not join the mom-fest with us. It was a great day hanging out in the backyard and introducing Jack to a little pool. Nick taught him how to water with the hose and he was obsessed.
We celebrated Easter a week early at my parents house with an Easter egg hunt for Jack. I was nervous that despite all the wonderful effort my mom put into it, that Jack would ultimately not care or lose interest early. Instead he totally embraced it, other than one brief spell where he wanted to toss all the eggs out of his basket. My mom went over the top with an amazing rice krispy treat rabbit that didn’t just look good, but tasted good too. We’ve been reaping the benefits of Jack’s haul plus some other amazing chocolates thanks to some baskets that we were given as well.
Jack has some great little buddies, but we anticipate one of these is going to be a lifelong bestie, and that’s Rhett. Little Rhett has had an inspiring first year of his life and he invited lots of his friends to help celebrate at the park. Along with those two there’s also not-so-little Remmington who we think will be part of the three amigos as they grow up, since they’re each a respective 8 months apart. It’s also helpful that Rhett, Jack, and Remmington’s Mommys all really like gossip, wine, talking boys, and blogs. Jack shockingly was hesitant with his cupcake but after poking it a round a little he remembered just how much he loves those things.
It still feels crazy to say, but my grandfather Dara (Jack Willoughby), just turned 100. To put that in another way, he hit 1,200 months where as our little Jack is only 20 months. We celebrated by having all of the family (daughters, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids) over to his house and enjoyed a nice lunch, cake, and champagne to celebrate. Baby Jack had a blast but refused to cooperate when we tried to get him to sit with Dara and take a picture together. However, he did enjoy going around and giving “cheers” to everyone. My grandma, Marxie, just missed joining us as she just passed a couple weeks before at age 96. Unbelievable to think that they had been married for 75 years. Dara enjoyed his gifts which included heartfelt cards, crab legs, and a dollar for every year he’s been alive. The rate he’s going I’ll have more birthday posts for him in the future. I should also note, although I don’t have photos, but the day after the party he was treated to a belly-dancer for his birthday courtesy of my cousin Blake.
Here’s just a few random shots of the little guy. Haven’t been snapping too many thanks to work schedules, trips, and a very active little Jack.
After crushing the Tough Mudder, Uncle Ned still found the time to feed Jack and read him his bed time stories. Jack would push Sarah and Me away and say “Bye” if we tried to get anywhere near these two. Could have posted 30 photos of the two of them together, they were just that cute.
Yet another year of great Christmas celebrations are behind us. We split it up early this year and did a Taylor family Christmas early while Uncle Ben and Aunt Megan were in SB then cruised back for Christmas day in Altadena with the Butcher side. We also threw in Christmas eve in Thousand Oaks with the Ross cousins and Aunt and Uncle, but unfortunately don’t have any photos from that celebration. Jack actually enjoyed decorating our tree, including getting our favorite ornament from last year up, but he really preferred pulling down the ornaments to leaving them up so we only had our tree fully decorated for a few days. Jack got some amazing gifts from everyone and it really has added a new and exciting life to Christmas when watching him take joy in the family and fun of the holiday. We also kept our annual tradition of buying our Christmas tree with the Ungers alive, although the lighting of the event is always a major challenge.