Friday, November 21, 2008

So Pretty

Well, minus the dumpsters...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

An Update

Well... I wish I had something more exciting to share or announce, but really we're pretty boring people. Layla and I have enjoyed each other's company quite a bit these past few months, while Tanner works hard at school. Our relationship status has probably been bumped from good friends to BEST. Yep, my best girlfriend is my 14 mo. old. We do all the fun girl things, bathe together (sorry if that's weird), do each other's hair (hers usually ends up looking better than mine, painting toe nails (okay this time it's all me), and watching the soaps (and that's a lie by the way, but we DO watch our Ellen and Oprah together daily). We have a blast together and it has really started to hit me that this is the only time in our lives that it'll probably be just the two of us... like this anyway. Soon there will be pesky brothers or annoying sisters getting between us. Well, not TOO soon, but I've definitely been feeling the hunger lately for a teeny tiny one in our home. 

I've been trying (and mostly failing) to start up a little hair bow/clip business, but it's still fun to pretend. My mom's friends order some things every once and a while, which is more of a confidence boost than a real piggy bank increase. I like to create things and see what I can imagine up. Hopefully I'll learn to sew this next year. I think that'd be really fun, although I suppose I'd need a sewing machine first. Dang, those are expensive. Another goal of mine is to actually decorate my house. We've been living here since Aug. and I still feel like it's empty. I've put up a few pictures and added a couple personal touches, but it just doesn't feel or look right yet. I'd LOVE to get curtains and all the fixin's. 

Layla is growing up way too quickly, I think. She can open doors now (beware if you've forgotten to lock the bathroom door and you have company over... she'll surprise you and your friends). She loves to dance and has her favorite tunes, like the theme song to Ellen and anything rap. Yep, she's aspiring to be a "shake your booty girl" in the background of a rap video. I'm so proud. She loves to sign and to learn new signs. It's actually pretty useful now instead of just adorable. 

Here is her signing vocabulary:

thank you
Jesus (kinda)
and probably more that I just can't think of now...

She can also SAY things too, like:

"Da" (dad)
"Ma" (mom)
"aahside" (outside)
"sooze" (shoes)
"gock" (sock)
"wock" (rock)
"dak" (duck)
"cook cook" (sound a duck makes)
"baba" (baby)
The phrase Layla has made famous..."Wass DAT!" ( What's That!? ....over and over again)
"Baff" (bath)
and more... but my mind is at a blank now.

Well I hear Layla waking up over the monitor.. saying, "Dat! Dat! groan, mumble... Uh oh! Wass Dat?!" She's very vocal when she awakes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fun with Mom

Layla was "helping" me fold laundry yesterday and found my nursing cover in the closet. I put it on her, like a cape, and she thought that was pretty cool. She kept running up to the mirror and kissing herself. So funny!

I was finally able to successfully paint her toenails too! I was really excited and so was she. Her little toes look so cute! She kept pointing to them afterward and saying, "Ooooh!"

Just enjoying some more chubby piggies!

Of course she loved rolling around in all the piles of folded laundry.

And I just kinda liked this shot, even though there isn't much light by her face. It just makes me stop to appreciate a little child's view of the world around them. She's looking out the window, upstairs. She loves people watching and seeing the cars drive in. Everything to her is so fresh and exciting. If only we could capture and preserve some of that wonder and keep it for ourselves. 


Nothing can come between Layla and her bathtime. The word alone, "bath" holds so much power! There have been many times where she'll be driving me up the wall, being a moody little monster, but once she hears those magical words, "Do you wanna take a bath??", she'll transform into the sweetest angel. She lights up and immediately tries to undress, wherever she may be, and practically sprints to the tub. Silly girl.

She looks so sweet here! I was trying to play with her hair while it was full of suds. She loved the extra attention.

Side View of the mess.

I've been trying to capture a picture of her grinning really goofy, so I can see her teeth more clearly. I know she has some new ones, she just wont let me near her mouth. (unless, of course,  I'm giving her food)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here's the sunrise on Halloween! I was taking Layla's diaper out to the trash early in the morning and saw this! What a pleasant surprise.

Layla loved the music at the Halloween Party. She would go and reach for the music and then do a little dance.

And once she spotted the goodies, there was no fooling her! She kept running up to that table desperately trying to grab anything she could.

And she scored!! 

I just think this picture is so funny! This is Layla's cute friend Deagan. They were both hanging out around the food when Layla's poofy skirt kept tickling him in the face. His expressions were so great!