The Beginning of the Holiday Season 2009

Christmas Tree Lightings and Santa!

This year Nicole and I took Layla to the Legoland Christmas Tree lighting on Monday November 130th!  Tori and Dean were supposed to light the tree but they were not able to make it, someone was sick!  Oh well, we had fun even though we weren’t able to see Tori!  The tree was huge and made entirely of Legos!  After the tree was light it even snowed, I know right, in Carlsbad, and there were fireworks!!

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Guy and I took Layla down to the Oceanside tree lighting on Thursday December 3rd.  We rode down on our bikes all bundled up!  This is now a tradition for our family!  Santa arrived on a fire truck and the Marine Corps band was there playing Christmas music!

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The “Team” took Layla to see Santa in the wind and rain on Monday December 7th at the Carlsbad Mall this year!  Layla was super excited, stomping her little feet, dancing around in circles… 

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When we got up to the front of the line before it was our turn Santa took off his hat and Layla kept saying “More hat!”  and “Hi!”  BUT when we got up to Santa, when it was our turn to sit on his lap, she wanted nothing to do with it!!  At first I sat next to her and they were going to crop me out of the picture but it didn’t seem to put her at ease at all so Santa said, if she was going to cry anyway he would just hold her!  Of course we took advantage of the photo opportunity and tortured her!  We put Layla on Santa’s lap and let her cry!  Hopefully we didn’t do too much long term damage!  The picture is adorable, I guess everyone needs at least one crying on Santa’s lap picture in their repertoire!!

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May your holidays be filled with happiness and no tears!!

Thanksgiving, 17 Months Old, Mommy and Daddy’s Birthdays, November sure was a Busy Month!

 

November is always a very busy month for our family!

Guy’s Birthday November 8th

The festivities start on November 8th when we celebrate Guy’s Birthday!

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Layla and Auntie Nicole made Guy a Birthday cake!

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“Happy Birthday to you…”

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Layla helped her daddy blow out the candles!

The Zavodny Open House                       November 21st

The festivities continued on November 21st when we had our HUGE Open House to show our friends, family, and neighbors our newly remodeled home!  We had about 80 people come through our house to help us celebrate and toast!  Here are a few pictures, too busy giving tours and toasting to take pictures unfortunately!

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Thanksgiving 2009

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The turkey was in so Papa got to play!

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I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents, Layla is so lucky to have such amazing Grandparents!

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The “TEAM"  Where would we be without each other!

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It was nice being able to celebrate Thanksgiving and my birthday with my brother Dustin!

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My wonderful sister in law and best friend, thank you for making my day so special!

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Layla was so cute, she had so much fun walking with Nona and smelling all of the herbs!

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Poor Nanny didn’t get a break!  As soon as she arrived, Layla took her by the hand and lead her around, walking, tiring Nanny out!  Every time Nanny tried to sit down and take a break Layla would grab her by the hand and say, “up”  Nanny couldn’t resist and couldn’t say no!

Here are some beautiful sunset pictures, my parents have and amazing view on a clear day!  Thanksgiving day was beautiful!

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I am so lucky!!

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The “Team”

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The Zavodny Girls

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Our Little Turkey!

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Layla enjoyed her Thanksgiving feast, especially the ham, her favorite!

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Gobble…

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Gobble…

 

17 Months Old

Layla turned 17 months old on November 25th so since she was dressed and ready we did her 17 month pictures on Thanksgiving, November 26th!

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Tired of taking pictures, Layla needed a snuggle from her “Ahta”

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and a tickle too!!

My Birthday, November 26th

My Birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving this year!  Nicole made me a beautiful Birthday cake, my entire family sang, Happy Birthday, and of course Layla helped my blow out my candles!

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Here’s hoping to a December filled with as much fun, family, and as many festivities!

These are a few of my favorite things…

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Layla loves to color, especially in her big Sesame Street coloring book!

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Layla also loves to read books and be read to!   It doesn’t get much better than Papa when it comes to being read to!

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This year for Guy’s Birthday he got a new bike, his old beach cruiser was rusting apart and we were afraid it would not be a wide idea to attach a baby seat to it.   Along with his new bike, he got a baby seat, and an adorable pink helmet!  Layla looks ridiculously cute on the back of Daddy’s new bike wearing her little pink helmet with “dado’s”!  She calls it her hat and every time she sees Guy’s bike she says, “Me, me!”  She loves to go for rides, we take her down the strand and she points out all of the “dado’s” (dogs) before she falls asleep!

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This one is a bit blurry but still cute as ever!

MMMMmmmm Layla’s Adventures in Food

It is always fun to take pictures of Layla eating something new! Here are a few of Layla’s  recent notable foodie moments caught on film!

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Chocolate pudding for the first time!

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  Mmmm messy and delicious!

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Cereal with milk.  Layla loves her O’s and has had billions of them but this is the first time we gave them to her with milk!

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Classic, Layla enjoying an Angelo’s breakfast burrito!

Halloween 2009, This Little Piggy…

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Layla dressed up as a pig, in a homemade and very custom costume!  She wore a pink long sleeve onesie, pink tutu, and pink tights with her pink Robeez boots  Auntie Nicole made the most adorable felt ears and curly pig tail for her, she looked adorable

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All dressed waiting for the makeup crew!

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A precious pig if I do say so myself!

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This is one of the last shots of her crawling!!  She began to walk the next week!

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The cutest pictures always end up being the funky shot of her little rear end!

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Dressed up with Auntie Nic!

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Happy piggy with Mommy and Daddy!

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Proud Piggy Papa and Nona!

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With Auntie Valerie

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With “The Team”

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We only went to two houses to “Trick-or-Treat” one of which was next door to see Ella dressed up as a little ladybug, the cutest little bug around!  Auntie Nic was a super cute Lady bug too but Ella took the cake!

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After hauling in all of that loot, two houses really wear you out, Layla needed to relax on the front porch!

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She really enjoyed her one piece of candy, she had a Crunch bar and LOVED it!!

Though Halloween is the anniversary of losing Guy and Nicole’s dad, Sam, and will always be a sad day,  having Layla has made the day a much happier one again!

16 Months Old

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Layla turned 16 months old on October 25th, shortly after turning 16 months old she began walking on her own, the week of November 2nd through the 6th is when she ‘officially’ started walking on her own!  She held our hands and would walk with help for a long time, which is why the date is a bit fuzzy! She is talking a ton, signing.  She has 8 teeth and at her 16 month baby well check up she weighed 20 pounds and 12 ounces, still very petit!   Layla  loves to color and of course eat the crayons!  Now that she is walking she is so fast and gets into EVERYTHING!!  A roll of toilet paper gets unrolled in a matter of seconds!  Layla still loves Elmo and all of his friends, Abby, Cookie Monster, whom she has named “num num” because that is what he says when he gobbles down cookies of course, Big Bird,who is “be bor,” Zoe, who is “Aya,” Grover, who is “Ro reer,” and Bert which she can say!  She is so fun and so exhausting!!

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