INTRODUCING...


Wes Arthur Taylor 
Our little lucky charm born Friday the 13th
7 lbs 12 oz, 20 1/4 inches long
Long fingers, long toes
A head full of dark stick straight hair
A dream baby (so far)

Taking in all the new baby smells, cuddles and navigating the whole parenting two little ones thing. Wish us luck!!

LONDON CALLING


Hello London, 
You're beautiful! 

I've been wanting to go to London for as long as I can remember. It's probably because I've been obsessed with the story of Peter Pan since the beginning of time, ha! A few months back I came across these super cheap flights and instantly sent Eric a link. To my surprise he was totally game and bought them right then and there while he was at work. I was a little apprehensive leading up to this trip. I had never left Zoe alone for a whole day before, let alone being in an entirely different country. I had a few months to work up my courage. Of course the day of our trip I was a complete mess. I kept it together until I dropped her off at my parents house and was out the door, but I cried all the way to the airport. I'm so blessed to have family so close and who are willing to take such good care of her while we were away for a week. It included lots of emails to my mom asking for constant pictures. I also kept a watch on that had the time from back home so I could frequently look at it and try and think what Zoe would be doing right then and there. Needless to say, I never once forgot about her. But I also managed to have a little fun at the same time. 

While there, we really lucked out with gorgeous weather the majority of the time (besides the very chilly temperatures). Luckily walking 10+ miles a day kept you warm enough, along with a new few extra pounds (thanks pregnancy weight 😏). Before our trip I sent Eric a list of all the places I wanted to see and things to do. He did an amazing job creating a schedule that mapped out everything perfectly so we always knew where we needed to go. We never once got lost, my little Eagle Scout! Granted, it also helps being in an English speaking country this time around. At the top of my list of things to see was Big Ben of course (hello, Peter Pan). To my luck it was covered in scaffolding, but I didn't let that rain on my parade. Also on my list was Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, the Peter Pan statue, J.M. Barrie's house, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Notting Hill, and Greenwich. We went to all of these, and then some (including seeing The Lion King on broadway)! We also took a tour bus down to see the Dover Cliffs and Leeds Castle. The whole trip was such a blur. At the end of the week Eric asked me what my favorite thing we did was but I couldn't even remember, each day got lumped into one giant pile of fun! But don't take my work for it, make sure to read more to see our trip!!!

* Also, I swear I brought more clothes on this trip. Apparently it looks like I wore the same thing every day... Oh well.

^^ I wasn't expecting so many gorgeous fall leaves this late into Fall when we landed in London. So many pops of color! It was so fun just seeing people throwing leaves left and right taking pictures. ^^



 ^^ I spy the London Eye! ^^

 ^^ I've always been interested in the Royal family. One of my first crushes was Prince William. Of course I watched the Royal Wedding. And I've probably seen every documentary on Princess Diana that's ever been made. It was so surreal walking the streets and being surrounded by history and thinking of the amount of people who crowded the Buckingham Palace during every occasion just to get a glimpse. ^^



 ^^ So many people came out to see the changing of the guards. You couldn't move an inch in any direction! ^^

^^ Obligatory London telephone booth picture, featuring Westminster Abbey in the background! ^^
 ^^ We stumbled across SO many beautiful parks just walking around. We found this park in Greenwich after taking a boat ride on the channel. I wish we had spent more time here, it was SO pretty and quaint. ^^

^^ PETER PAN STATUE!!!!! ^^


^^ Double decker buses and taxi cabs, oh my! ^^


 ^^ Just pretend there isn't scaffolding on Big Ben. Still so pretty! ^^

^^ The Tower Bridge. ^^

 ^^ Of course if you're in London you have to cross Abbey Road. It's nearly impossible to get a shot solo, but this was the best we could get. I'll take it! ^^



 ^^ Walking around the cute little city of Canterbury! How cute is this book shop?! I had to double check to make sure my eyes weren't seeing things. Also, the cute old woman just adds to this too! ^^


 ^^ Eric walking around the library of Leeds Castle. ^^
 ^^ Getting lost with this handsome stud in a field maze. ^^


 ^^ Me and baby boy outside Leeds Castle. The grounds were so beautiful! Eric kept saying Zoe was going to get married here one day. I guess we better start saving up now... ^^

 ^^ It was so amazing to explore Dover. I actually have ancestors from here so it was just crazy to think of all the history that happened here. ^^

 ^^ Walking along Piccadilly Street waiting to see The Lion King we just happened to stumble across the London Premier of Daddy's Home 2. John Lithgow was just a few feet away, this picture isn't zoomed in at all. ^^

 ^^ Next was Will Ferrell! He seemed so nice. I had to hold in as much as I could to not yell "Santa, I know him!" And right after this we saw Baby Spice from the Spice Girls hosting some sort of lighting event. Who knew Piccadilly Street was the place to be. ^^

^^ We planned to pop by and take a picture in front of Platform 9 ¾ I had no idea how popular this was going to be. The line was INSANE so we opted for taking pictures from afar instead. ^^

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PICTURES


Oh man, I love my little family! It always takes a little convincing to get Eric to agree to family pictures. In his mind he would rather just get a tripod and do it all on our own. But after seeing these pictures and working with Erica I think he'll sing a different tune. There's something more special and more formal about taking pictures with a photographer and Erica was amazing! She had great direction but also was able to get candid shots of our little family. She played Disney music for Zoe to keep her occupied and she made us feel right at ease. Make sure to look her up if you are in the Seattle area! Also, how dreamy is this location? I sent Erica a picture of what I had in mind for a backdrop and she delivered!

*Also take note of the millions of different facial expressions Zoe makes throughout this shoot. I'm dying!!

HELLO FROM ICELAND!


Hello world, it's me again! Nothing too exciting to talk about over here on my little space of the Internet, except announce this little bump that has taken over my body for the last 5 1/2 months. Surprise!! More on that later, but for now just wanted to do a little update on what else has been happening in my life. Eric and I just got back from a week long vacation in London and Iceland. It was SO hard leaving Zoe behind (it was my first time ever being away from her), but it's so fun to have Eric all to myself for once. I'm doing things a little backwards because we visited Iceland second, but I have too many pictures to rifle through from London (and by the time we got to Iceland my camera had died so you'll have to suffice with iPhone shots - but seriously, who forgets their camera charger when they are going to Iceland!!! UGH!).

Iceland was absolutely incredible, and extremely cold. We only had a 24 hour layover here but I already know I want to head back as soon as possible (and preferably in the Summer time). In just 24 hours we were able to swim in the Blue Lagoon and road trip to see craters, waterfalls, geysers, and lots and lots of Icelandic horses (the cutest). It's hard to take pictures of everything, they have a pretty strict rule about pulling over on the side of the roads to take pictures (probably because no one would get anywhere). But don't take my word for it, check out the rest of my pictures to see for yourself!

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, ZOE JEAN


ZOE'S GROWING NURSERY

FOURTH OF JULY


A little behind, but wanted to share these little gems from our Fourth of July! Every year we always head off to the mountains in Idaho at Eric's family vacation home. It's in the cutest little mining town where we go ATVing and dirt biking. Lots of walking and thrifting. I'd share a link to our past times in Wallace, but something is going haywire with photobucket at the moment so just believe me when I tell you how magical it all is!

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