Friday, December 20, 2013

Handsome Rosen Boys

My talented brother Owen took these amazing pictures the day before Thanksgiving at Draper Park, a few minutes from our house. I love them! The boys are so photogenic, if I do say so myself...:) Chase self-posed and looks so grown up and sweet. Taylor is so handsome and playful. I love the one with Chase's arm around his little brother, too. These are definitely going in frames on the wall!

Monday, October 14, 2013

our sweet boys

I've been furloughed for a week now, which means I've been blessed to spend every day at home with the boys. I absolutely love having so much time with them! Of course they are both very skilled at pulling major attitude with me when they don't get their way, but I'm continually amazed at what wonderful brothers they are to each other. I really could just sit back and listen to them play together for hours, it is so fun. They require very little refereeing.

One of my favorite times of day is their evening bath, when I get to sit and listen to the fun games they come up with. Taylor has a very active imagination and loves to role play. Most of the day he is pretending to be one character or another, and don't even think about getting him to respond to you if you don't call him by his character's name (like Peter Pan, or the Hulk, of Daddy, or Phineas, or "baby", etc). He acts things out in great detail, explaining his little world to us as he goes, and it is very entertaining.

Chase comes up with all sorts of games and then instructs Taylor on what he needs to do. He might sound a little bossy to my ears, but Taylor loves to follow along.  He is such a good big brother. He likes to be the one to put Taylor down for naptime: he helps him pick out a pull-up, rocks him in the rocking chair while singing Rock A Bye Baby, and then tucks him in and kisses his's beyond sweet. The other day Taylor decided to get ready for a nap on his own, so he went in and rocked in the chair by himself, singing that song to himself as well! I was in the other room listening and laughing:) Chase is also always teaching Taylor about the things he learns or knows, in a very matter-of-fact, but motherly tone, and Taylor is very accepting of these teaching moments. They were watching a cartoon the other day that asked "who is your best friend?" and Chase immediately said Taylor, and it could not be more true. And seeing them be so close could not make me happier, I pray that they will always look out for each other in the way that they do now, what a blessing that would be.

I also love how much they enjoy singing. Songs will come on the radio that I don't even think they know, and there they are in the backseat, singing along. It cracks me up.  They have so much energy, and think everything is so much fun. Just heading to the park gets them so excited, and I love to be able to take advantage of the beautiful Fall weather to do that right now, without feeling so rushed. I've realized recently that too often I rush them when I don't really need to, and I want to make more of an effort to let them be kids as much as possible. There's always so much to get done, but when they have the time to just play, we are all the happiest, and I get to see their bright, innocent minds work. I don't know how many more days I will get until it's back to work for me, but I'm grateful for the time I have, to turn our moments into memories.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chase turns four

Chase had a great birthday weekend, with tons of celebrating. He was spotlighted at school on thursday, which Brett and I got to go watch. He had a party with a few of his friends on Saturday which started with presents, cake, and ice cream at our house, and then the fun moved to Jungle Jim's Playland where they had a blast on all the rides.  Grandma and Grandpa Kent sent him a new Woody (from Toy Story) t-shirt and matching cowboy boots to go with his cowboy hat, so that's what he wore for his birthday to match the theme of the party.  After the party we went to Red Robin, where the waitress treated him to a special birthday dessert.  On Sunday he had a birthday dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Rosen's.  On his actual birthday (Monday) we took him to dinner at Brick Oven Pizza and then miniature golfing for the first time.  That was cut a little short because Taylor fell and needed stitches on his chin, but the birthday boy was a wonderful big brother and didn't complain at all about the detour to Urgent Care! We finally made it home for the presents from Mom and Dad, the star of which was a new bike with training wheels. It was quite the celebration for a 4 year old:)

Chase is about to start his third season of soccer. He is learning to read, and goes to preschool twice a week. He is always singing and dancing and telling stories. He has an impressive vocabulary of words that seem too large for a 4 year old. He has given a talk in Primary and born his testimony all by himself in Sacrament meeting, and he loves to do acts of service for his family around the house. Chase is a big helper to his parents and a great big brother to Taylor. I love to watch them play together. He finds joy in everything in life, no matter how small. I love his hugs and smiles so much, he is such a special little boy. I can't believe how fast he is growing up, and I'm so excited to watch him as he experiences life.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Taylor turns two

"I do it!" That's Taylor's favorite phrase these days. He still wants to do everything Chase is doing, but he doesn't want my help doing it! Such an independent kid, he not only has to pick out his own clothes and dress himself, but I'm not even allowed to open his dresser drawers for him. If I do, he closes them so he can reopen them himself! He is quite the little daredevil and pretty acrobatic with his stunts. He is talking a lot now, using tons of phrases and short sentences, especially since he parrots everything anyone else says. He is very happy and sweet, always up for a snuggle or a laugh. He sleeps great at night, usually going to bed at 6:45 and waking up around 7:15. He is always hungry and has jumped up to the 10th percentile in weight (7% increase from his last checkup!) and the 25th in height. He loves to color, and the other day I heard him singing along with Taylor Swift in the car. He likes Mickey, Elmo, and Bubble Guppies. He prefers to wear button up shirts and joke. He loves to put on Chase's underwear and sit on the potty but that's as far as it goes and I'm in no rush. He insists on reading his own books at bedtime, declaring "mine!" and pushing me aside if I try to read along with him or look at his books. Instead, he gives me my own book to read and we do it simultaneously. He says goodbye to everyone and everything by name, from his friends at daycare to the apples sitting in the garage. He loves to talk on the phone to his grandparents too. He had a fun birthday party and got a new kitchen set to make us pizza and cookies. He wasn't happy that he couldn't touch the cake while we sang to him, but after the singing was done he was super happy. We sure love this little guy and all the joy he brings into our home everyday!