Friday, November 7, 2008 (TAYLOR IS 3 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS OLD)

Taylor went with me to vote on Tuesday morning. I wanted her to have the experience of actually going to the polls. Since I didn’t want her to experience waiting in long lines, we woke up early to go there before they opened. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, so we had to settle for a picture in front of the “Vote” sign out front. Here she is getting out the youth vote:
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This year for Halloween, Taylor decided she wanted to be a fairy princess. I let her put her costume on in the morning, and she wore it all day and night. It was really fun to see everyone’s reactions when we were out and about shopping and going about our day. It just makes people smile to see a fairy princess walking around. This year was Taylor’s first time to go trick-or-treating. We decided to go down to my parent’s house since our neighborhood isn’t the easiest to get around. My parent’s live on a small cul-de-sac, which was perfect because we went to just a handful of houses. T.J. didn’t want to say “Trick-or-Treat” at first, she just wanted to say the ABC’s, but once she realized what the payoff was, she was willing to say just about anything! By the time we finished, she had a small bag of candy and she was ready to return to my parent’s house. Zach and I had discussed beforehand how we wanted to handle the candy consumption. Taylor eats candy occasionally, but we try not to have it around all the time. T.J. definitely has a sweet tooth, just like us. Zach joked that we should tell her that if she has one piece, then she has to have ten and I could just picture us telling her, “You will not go to bed, young lady, until you’ve finished ALL of your Reese’s peanut butter cups!” In the end, we decided to let her have a couple of pieces that night and then she was allowed one piece a day after that. She got to pick which type of candy and she could have it anytime. She was very happy with that plan, but a funny thing happened – she kept giving her candy to us. Every day, she would pick a piece to give to Zach to take to work or for me to put in my purse. We kept telling her that the candy was hers to keep and she didn’t have to share, but she insisted. It was such a kind and unexpected gesture and I was very proud of her for sharing.

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