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This is solely the doing of one Sarah Telgenhoff. If not for her I’m not sure I would be so inspired to get a Taylor Tribune in circulation. So everyone please thank Sarah (or curse her if you did not miss us). We all know that I have 4 kids, two pets, a full-time job, a husband, and a house – so let’s just take this moment to really appreciate the time and sacrifices I am making right now. Also, due to the economy and the opportunity cost of me sitting down to write this newsletter, we have regrettably had to increase the subscription price. We do realize that our newsletter is an inelastic good and this will not affect the demand. Although we do appreciate your patronage and loyalty during this time. Since a lot has happened since the last Tribune I am going to go ahead and start fresh and not go into the past of our lives. We do hope this is kosher will all.
Where do I start with our little Levi? For those of you who view our pictures, it is in most cases the old saying “A picture says a thousand words”. This is definitely the case with our Levi. He is a pistol and a half. He keeps us on our toes and has a personality you wouldn’t believe. He’s the devil and an angel all wrapped up into a perfect little package. Levi is 3 ½ and his favorite past time is pushing Luke’s buttons and playing in the dirt. He is a very active boy and really doesn’t sit for more than 10 minutes here and there to catch his second, third and fifteenth wind. Per Keith’s mom, Levi is exactly as Keith was at his age. Full of spit and vinegar and also a sweet little boy. The kid is as tough as nails too. Lukey is our sensitive boy (more on that later) and Levi is a solid body with a solid personality. I never thought I could have such diverse kids. Levi has really gotten acquainted with his time-out corner. Why is it that a child does something that he knows he’s not supposed to do and will surely send him to time out and then cries as if he’s being tortured when you put him in it? I mean, doesn’t it seem so simple that if he hadn’t done what he just did he wouldn’t be in time out? Each time we take him out of time out we explain this to him in terms I just explained above. At the time he seems to completely understand and agrees he will never do it again and we feel good about the lesson we just taught him. But then we turn around and 3 seconds later he’s doing the exact same thing we JUST covered 3 seconds previous. I mean, what’s that all about? Although, I guess if kids did what we told them it wouldn’t take 18 + years to prepare them for life on their own. No one told me parenting was so difficult. I’m starting to rethink this four kids thing.
Well Lukey is about the sweetest, most sensitive little guy you’ll ever meet. He has made up for Keith not giving me any girls because that kid can produce some drama I tell ya. We have learned that you really need to keep Luke’s feelings in mind in every decision you make. You really don’t want to upset him or rock his boat. He is the sweetest, calmest child until you tip the boat. Once this happens look out! He will collapse and scream as if his whole life just crumbled before him. We then must pick him up and console him and pet his head and give him kisses and somehow make him laugh until he is calm again. I’m not sure, is that the tail wagging the dog or what? Even with all the drama, you couldn’t ask for a more lovable, sweet-natured kid. And I’m pretty sure his smile is the cause of Global Warming because it can melt just about anything. One smile from that kid makes my week.
Now if we could just get him to talk. He is a man of few words. His vocabulary consists of about 6 six words. Although the child doesn’t miss a beat. He knows exactly what’s going on and what is being said. I like to consider it that he doesn’t feel the need to voice his opinion because he’s very comfortable being the silent observer; taking it all in and evaluating the situation around him. When he’s ready to take it to the next level I’m sure everything he will have to say will be very profound. Pretty sure he gets that from me. Lukey loves his brothers (which is pretty sad because Levi spends most of his time tormenting him). Lukey will go sit next to Levi when he’s in time out. It’s about the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. He just sits next to him as if to show his support for Levi while he’s screaming in protest. It breaks my heart because usually he’s in time out for something he did to Luke. Why can’t we just all get along?
We have added a new section to our newsletter since we can’t manage to stop adding to our clan. We never really run out of babies because we just keep having more. I’ve heard it so many times that the last “oops” babies are the best and you just can’t imagine life without them. And boy is it true. Layton is just our perfect little baby. And when I say perfect, I mean perfect. Oh yes we had our times the first couple of months when he insisted on nursing every 2 hours ‘round the clock. He quickly learned that Mommy is a much better mommy when she gets sleep. So now our beautiful little boy sleeps from 6:00pm to 6:00am like the angel he is. Mommy likes this very much. There are the occasional mornings (like this morning) where he feels it necessary to eat around 5am but then he just falls asleep again while nursing and sleeps for another couple of hours. During his waking hours he will smile and talk to you. He tells such wonderful stories. Mostly about his days back in the womb. Layton is pretty much Keith reincarnated (except Keith’s still with us) but you know what I mean. He is the exact replica of his father. It’s almost eerie how much they look alike. The other two resemble Keith (not so much Lukey) but Layton looks exactly like him. I love it. I know Keith does too. I wonder what the next one will look like [insert sarcastic tone].
Life of Logan
Oh Logan. Logan, Logan, Logan. Not sure really where to begin because there are so many layers to Logan. Logan is an absolute joy to be around. He is charismatic, funny, sweet, energetic, lazy, forgetful, loving, adorable, patient – oh I could go on. I do realize I am a bit biased but I did good with that kid. Every day I look forward to being around him. He is one of my little friends (don’t worry, we have an equal balance between friend and parent). I just enjoy so much talking to him and hearing about his day and his take on life. The way I look at it is I have about 8 months left before he turns into a teenager. I’ve heard it many times (especially from my mom) that your sweet, loving kids will turn on you once the hormones set in. In some ways I do live in ignorance because it really can be bliss. But I know things will change. So right now I’m just enjoying Logan for who he is right now. I plan to enjoy every day with him and enjoy him for what he is and who he is – even when the hormones take over. So far Logan has had a very busy summer. Mostly his days involve getting up around 9:00am, eating breakfast, watching the tube, doing his chores, brushing his teeth, and then it’s outside to play for the rest of the day. Most days he’s out until we eat, then back out again, then in around 8:30. Doesn’t that just bring back memories of being a kid during the lazy days of summer? Logan is going to summer school this summer. This is not because of any lack of intelligence; it’s because of lack of focus. That kid is smart but would rather spend his class time socializing and making people laugh. It’s been challenging because neither Keith nor I were like that. We were both studious and turned in our homework and paid attention during class. Logan not so much. Although we do have challenges in that area, for some reason I don’t worry too much about Logan. Yes, at first I was stressed out and we’ve been really working with Logan and his teachers, but I know Logan will turn out to be okay. Not sure he’ll take the typical path but wherever he ends up he’ll be just fine. Although, when the last day of school came I think we were all ready. Not sure who was more ready between us — Logan or his teachers!
Keith is one busy man. I know you have all heard it before, but they just don’t make them any better than him. Not a day goes by where I don’t think how lucky we are. He is a wonderful father; patient, caring, kind, funny and loving. Those same qualities carry over to him being an equally wonderful husband. I honestly didn’t think I would be married to someone for 5 years and be more in love with him now than I was when we were first married. Of course our relationship has changed due to many factors but my love has remained and only grown. He makes me a better person. Because he is so patient, kind, listens to me no matter what I have to say (and we all know I have lots to say), and how he is with my children, it just makes me want to be all those things too. Whenever I think to myself I am irritated by something he’s done or says I remind myself how he doesn’t get irritated with me for hardly anything. That makes me change my tune and strive to be more patient and not get irritated by the little things. Okay, now that you are all puking, I’ll get on with other things. Keith is still in school and will finish at the end of the summer. He will earn his Fire Science degree and will be eligible to test for a Captain position with the fire department. Although he’s been an Acting Captain for many years, the fire department decided in order for anyone to be “qualified” as a Captain they now need a degree. That’s sort of hard to wrap your mind around because he’s been a Captain for years and has been very qualified up until now. I guess you can see my take on that. I’m very proud at how hard he’s worked toward finishing school. I know he will be very happy when he’s done.
What has Mollye been up to? Well, pretty much having babies. Doesn’t it seem that’s all I do? I agree. Well let me tell you – this uterus has closed down shop. It has retired and moved to Florida to get some “me” time. I had my husband fixed so fast it wasn’t even funny. The results are in and my hubby is officially shootin’ blanks (that’s a story for another day). The doc fixed him good. So I am finally able to slowly get my body back – although I do have to share my body with Layton for a little longer since he demands on eating everyday (that was a shout out to you, Dad!). I don’t mind that though. I do remember when I was nursing Luke I would think to myself how it made me sad because he was my last one. Well that thought actually never crosses my mind. Yes, I love to nurse my babies and yes it’s good for them but I can officially say I will not miss is it once I’m done. Four babies later I can confidently say I will be ready when that time comes to be done with that chapter of my life. I’ve enjoyed it and I still do but Mommy wants her boobies back (and so does Daddy). Other than having babies, life’s been pretty status quo. Still working the same job doing the same thing. It’s not my passion but it is the perfect job for me right now. I get to work from home and see my kids during the day when Keith’s not working. I work from 6:00am to 3:00pm and have the ability to run errands during the day if needed or adjust my schedule when necessary. Although, we do have a plan in the works that will enable me to do something that is my passion… all good things come to those who wait, right? I’ll keep you posted what that something is!