Monday, May 25, 2009 (TAYLOR IS 4 YEARS OLD)

I’m a little late to post this month, partly because I wanted to wait until after Taylor’s birthday. For some reason, this birthday has me feeling extra sentimental so I keep finding myself looking through old photos instead of posting new ones. Taylor’s birthday was wonderful. We decided that we wanted to take her somewhere that she would really remember and spend time together as a family, so we surprised her with a trip to Disneyland. We flew down and back in one day (we started at 4:00am and didn’t end until 10:30pm). It was a little hectic, but we spent a good deal of time planning out all the of the details in advance, so it went surprisingly smoothly. It was amazing to me to see how many people share TJ’s birthday. It seemed like every other person at the park was having a birthday! Despite a few long lines, we were able to make it around the park several times and we hit a lot of rides. In the end, we were pretty worn out, but we all had a great day!

Taylor meeting Ariel:

If you’re wondering whether the Haunted Mansion is an appropriate ride for a four year old, the answer is probably “No”. We learned the hard way (here’s the terror before the tears):

The teacups make everything better:

Normally, Taylor really likes to have her picture taken. In fact, she often asks me to photograph her, but on her birthday she wanted nothing to do with the camera. Almost every time I tried to get a picture, she would turn away or make a face or just say, “NO!”. I don’t know why she decided that she didn’t want to participate, but I had to respect her wishes – especially since it was HER birthday – so I don’t have a lot of photos from that day. That defiance is just a flavor of what we’re getting these days. Taylor is definitely learning how to push buttons and our whole family is experiencing some growing pains trying to figure out how to adapt to this new phase we’ve entered. We have our ups and downs, but TJ is such a good kid most of the time that I can’t fault her too much for exploring her boundaries.

Her body language says it all: