20 Months Old

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All of a sudden Layla is no longer our baby, she is a little girl!  Guy and I both discovered this in the couple weeks before she turned 20 months old!  Layla Grace turned 20 Months old on February 25th 2010.  She is not a baby anymore she is a little girl!  She tells you what she wants, asks for things, points things out and is just an amazing little girl.  If I think about it too hard I get sad because it seems like it happened over night.  I guess it is another one of those wonderful bitter sweet parenting moments, when you discover your tiny little baby is a kid!  She is such a blast and we are enjoying this stage of her growth and development as we have with all of them.

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She loves to laugh and gets it when things are silly!  She loves to be zurberted (raspberries) on the belly and she zurburts back now too!  Every night before bed she kisses her “dado’s” goodnight and after stories when she is in her crib she lists off all of her characters and dolls she would like to snuggle with to go to sleep.  Layla also has a word she says as she plays, and wanders around the house, none of us know what it means, it may be a nonsensical word but it is so cute when you catch her saying it over and over again.  It sounds like “buckle.” Her word is “dukkle”  she says it a few times in a row so we hear her say, “duckle, duckle, duckle…”  Just one of those quirky little things we love!  For a while we thought she was saying what a rooster says, “Cocka doodle doo”  but we are still unsure!  She is speaking in sentences and asks us for things, “Mo cheese peas”  Her favorite thing to do is “PLAY.”  Layla also loves to talk on the phone.  SHe calls Ahta, Papa, Nonna, Nanny, and Poppy quite a bit just to say “Hi” and “bye bye.”  She is also repeating one word at a time for both “I, love, you” and I, miss, you!”  She keeps us smiling as well as shaking our heads!!

HULLABALOO is a super fun morning out!!  We go to the Encinitas Community Center on Monday morning a month to watch him play the guitar and sing along with lots of fun, silly, and classic children’s songs!  Layla even gets to play with scarves, shake shakers, and play small instruments!  We always have a blast.  It is so fun to people watch while we are there, both the kids and the moms!

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She loves going to the park and sliding down the slide.  We meet the Mom’s group I am in at Calavera Hills Park every Wednesday, weather permitting!This last Thursday, February 18th we went to a park we had never been to in Carlsbad, Hidden Canyon Park, It is a new favorite!  Here are some pictures from Hidden Canyon Park.


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 PLAY WERX  On rainy days Layla also loves to go to Play Werx and climb, jump, slide and play in the balls.   The first time Layla went was with her Daddy and Auntie Nicole!  I was sad to miss it but I was having a wonderful time at the ballet with Donna!  I brought Layla the next time on my own on a rainy Wednesday instead of the park.  We had a blast, we climbed all over the toddler structure and the big structure!  She napped for 3 hours when we got home!  The latest trip to Play Werx was with Papa!  He had a great time watching her climb, slide, bounce, and play!

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WILD ANIMAL PARK  Layla and her BFF Arden also love adventures at the Wild Animal Park!  On January 29th Layla and Arden rode the Wild Animal Park carousel, saw the lions and elephants, and played hard at the playground!

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Layla is back at swimming and picked up right where she left off!  We go every Tuesday and Thursday for her lessons.  She is ravenous in the water and just loves going to swimming, being in the water and her swim teacher Brett!  We are looking forward to the beach this summer and going swimming at Nanny and Poppy’s, Courtney and Arden’s pool, in our little pools and in the Jacuzzi, at a reasonable temperature of course!

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MOPPING, LAYLA’S FAVORITE CHORE          More mopping, I tell you Layla loves to mop!!  Every time she sees the mop, “Layla mop!!”

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The new, sunglasses and a tutu look!  One day she wore her bikini top out over a long sleeve t-shirt to the post office!  She definitely has some hobo sheik style!

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Dogs in tiaras!

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Even the dogs play dress up with us, funny how neither of them look to stoked about wearing the pink tiara!!

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I am sure she just finished saying “cheese” total cheesy squinty face!!


Friday February19th.  It was a great day to go to Sea World, it was drizzling on our way down so it was not crowded at all.  Once we got there the weather was perfect and we saw so much!

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I LOVE this picture of Layla watching the Pilot whales! 

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Auntie Nic and Uncle Dustin joined us because both of them had the week off!

We saw the Manatees, the sharks…

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the penguins,

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the polar bears,

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the walrus’  which was the highlight of the day for me at least!  They were being examined when we arrived, the trainers then told one of them to swim up to us on the glass, the walrus swam right up to us a spit a huge mouthful of water on the glass!  They were both very playful, which seems like an oxymoron when you think of a walrus!  Usually they are asleep or very still!  The one in this picture was playing, swimming, spitting, splashing, and putting on a very cool show for us!!

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Finally we saw the Beluga whales!  I love this picture of Layla too!  She looks like she is having fun! 


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Guy and I even try to get out once in a while!  Just the two of us or with friends and or family!

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Coloring with Daddy!

I love to color but I still eat the crayons!!  For some reason they are just irresistible!

Lunch at Nanny and Poppy’s with Papa!

We go to Nanny an Poppy’s for lunch about twice a month and we always have a good time!  We enjoy playing in their big beautiful backyard.  Sometimes we bring a ball, our princess car, or even Elmo Bubbles!

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Layla kisses for Poppy!

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Nanny and Poppy have lots of grass to run around on!

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When we go to Nanny and Poppy’s I always get to pick something whether it be tomatoes, oranges, tangerines…

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I also love to “help” Poppy walk when he uses his cane!

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On this particular day I smelled all of the flowers in Nanny and Poppy’s yard!

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Hangin’ out with Papa!

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Chasing my red ball in Nanny and Poppy’s big yard!

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and riding on my princess car!  We always have fun at Nanny and Poppy’s when we go for lunch!

Dayspring and Cormac’s California Visit

DAYSPRING AND CORMAC’S VISIT   Here are some fabulous park pictures Dayspring took when she and Cormac came for a visit to escape the Virginia cold!   The first day she came to stay with us we met at Calavera Hills Park, the kids had a great time and the moms did too!

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They were here January 30th through February 13th and we had a great time! Layla and Cormac get along so well, lots of hugs and kisses were shared!  Days 1 370

Day and I joke about planning the wedding, which photo of the two of them in the bathtub we can use as the wedding announcement photo, and the fact that the in laws will get along great!!

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Wild Animal Park with Cormac, Dayspring, Faye, Murphy, Shanna and Madden!   Here we are looking out at the giraffes!

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The next three photos of Layla are stunning!  Boy is she beautiful, I do have a biased opinion though!

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WOW!  What a picture!

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She loves to hold the boys hands, were in trouble, or maybe it is just that she is so sweet!

Here are some cute ones of her just frolicking in the open grassy area at the Wild Animal Park!  (It kills me that the hat does not match the outfit!)

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Legoland Sea Life Aquarium

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This picture looks blurry but Layla, Cormac, and I are actually in the aquarium!!  There are bubbles you can climb into and put your head up so you are in the middle of the aquarium with the fish surrounding you!

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Cormac even got some Louie Lovin’ while he was here!!

Here are two jelly face pictures Day took, she is talented with the camera!   She always says, “It is easy when your subject is gorgeous!”

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