Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Woo Hoo ~ Celebrating Taj

Today’s post is to celebrate my first grandson, Taj.  Taj has had so many changes this year with his first year of school.  Last Fall he started Kindergarten.
December we all found out Emily was expecting and a week later found out it was twins.  The babies were due about a month after Taj’s birthday and with twins we figured Emily may deliver about a month early.  Taj would have his birthday around the time the twins were going to be born.  This was going to change Taj’s life completely.  He has been used to being the only child so he has had a lot of attention.  Taj was super excited to find out he was going to have cousins.  He has been lonely and been asking his Mom for a brother for a while.  We all knew he will have moments of swooning over the babies and moments of jealous and thought we would try to prevent as much jealousy as possible.  Taj’s Mom found someone important in her life this past Spring.  He has been friends/more than friends with Kera for many many years but it has blossomed quickly into a lot more.  He moved in and they are now engaged to be married.  Taj is now competing for Mom’s attention at home as well, as I said Taj has had to experience many changes in his life recently.

Another new change this Spring was T-Ball.  Taj played on an Advanced T-Ball team.  What that means is the first three to four are pitches and if the child cannot hit the ball then a baseball T is brought out for the child to hit off.  Everyone gets to hit and there are no true outs.  We went to every game and enjoyed watching him.  Taj is a huge Cubs fan and his favorite player is Kris Bryant.  He was very disappointed when he saw his number was not the same as Bryant’s.  Taj did great at batting and could hit the ball pretty far.  We found out that he is a rather quick runner.  (No surprise since his Dad runs in track events still.)  Fielding, well the entire team needs more practice at the fielding.  It was so funny to watch because the entire team goes after the ball leaving their positions.  One thing Taj kept saying he wanted was batting gloves, so for his birthday we bought him batting gloves and gave it to him at the game he played on his birthday.  He was so thrilled and held them out to all of his teammates to like a woman does with her engagement ring.

The twins came earlier than Taj’s birthday ( I will post about them on Friday) so Taj’s party was not as large.  The twins were in the hospital still, Ethan and Noah (not knowing when his party was going to be) went to Florida to visit Joshua for a week.  They went to the game on Taj’s birthday and flew out the next day.  Matthew (not knowing when his party was going to be) made plans to go to his girlfriend’s family get together so he was not there as well.  It was just me, Todd, Kera, Taj, and one friend of Taj’s.  We went to Chuck E Cheese in a city about an hour away and Taj had a blast with his friend.  He had a good birthday party.

I just love this kid so much and have been showering extra attention to him because Todd and I do see the adjustments he has had to make are a little tough on him. Taj is noticing the extra attention and he will run up to me at a store with his other grandma just to hug, kiss me, and tell me he loves me.  He is constantly asking if he is my favorite since he is my first and that I am his favorite Nana.  I keep telling him he is my favorite Taj and there will never be another to take his place being my first grandson.  This makes him have a huge smile.



  1. Taj is so cute. He looks like a Disney Show star!

  2. Taj is just adorable and I can see why you are so crazy over him. What a joy he brings to you and your family. He has grown up and changed so much since I last saw photos of him. Thank you for visiting my blog. So nice to hear from you as always.

  3. Wow! It sounds like everybody is making adjustments. Taj is very fortunate to have you. :) I miss my grandbabies so much I seriously consider moving back to Michigan.. Happy Birthday to Taj and I'll continue praying for you Jolene. Peace, joy, happiness and just to lighten the load a little bit. Hugs to you my friend. <3


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