July was an interesting, happy and very sad month all rolled into one. We only had very little beach time, because there was really very little sun, Opening Day at Del Mar, and Lunch at American Girl in LA but July 2010 will always be remembered because we lost Grandpa “Poppy” Eugene. He is enormously missed!
Ellery came out from Texas a few weeks early for Michelle and Joe’s wedding, she ended up talking her dad into extending her trip and staying thru the beginning of July! We loved having her here. She is a beautiful, smart, and very mature young lady and of course her and Nicole are BFF not too!! We can not wait for her next trip out!
The Fourth of July was the day after Layla’s Big Second Birthday Bash. We had a little beach time and Layla wore her super cute new Roxy Bikini from KC and Dawn!
Big Girl Bed
On Monday July 12th Layla’s crib was converted into a “big girl bed” as per Dr. Woerpel. She started climbing out of her crib the week she turned two. He said, once she started climbing out it was time to put her in a toddler bed! I really wanted to hold out for a bit more time with the crib. She did awesome with the transition and loves sleeping in her big girl bed!
A Girl and her Willdog!
Layla loves to give and receive kisses from her Willdog!
Dinner with Family July 14th
Dosi’s family came from Spain for Michelle and Joe’s wedding also. They were able to drive from San Diego all the way north to see San Francisco and the red woods, to the Grand Canyon and even spent some time in Las Vegas. When they returned to San Diego we were fortunate enough to spend some time with them at a beautiful dinner at my dad and Donna’s. Dosi’s sister Ninez is a beautiful kind woman with a smile that illuminates the room and the best gazpacho I have ever tasted. ( I have tried to replicate it twice but have not even come close) Teo her husband, Dosi’s brother in Law is the most fun, sweet, and warm man. Neither of them speak any English but Teo does not care, he just keeps talking in Spanish and eventually we have to ask for help! Thank you for spending one of your last nights in America with us! We can not wait to get to Spain to spend more time with you both!
Beach Day with Carson July 15th
We had very few sunny beach days but were very lucky that one of them was spent with Melissa and Carson!
Movie Night July 16th
So I had the super grand idea and a vision in my head of “Movie Night.” I thought we would invite friends with kids over and have pizza in the back yard around the barbeque island and put on a movie in the indoor-outdoor room, the kids would all line up and lay on the floor with pillows, blankets, sleeping bags etc. While enjoying a movie and popcorn the parents would hand out and enjoy an adult beverage! Well it was not as grand and perfect as I had envisioned, after all they are two! First of all everyone I invited ended up having a conflict except for the Marshall Family! Which actually worked out well because it was great to spend time with just them alone! But the girls, Layla and Arden did not really sit or lay and watch the movie, which ended up being Toy Story, for very long! It was fun none-the-less and we will definitely try it again!
Layla had a ball at Guy’s work’s annual summer family picnic! She got to jump in the jumpy with Daddy and get some face paining or tattoos on her arms which she just thought was great!
Opening Day at Del Mar July 21st
The girls and their cups! Cheers to Opening Day!
Reading the Racing Form and picking her horses! Like father, like daughter!
We love to go to Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track and used to go every single year. We had not been in a few years, all of us together because of Nicole and my trip to Paris, a new born one year, then a one year old and the remodel the next. But this year it worked out and we all went! We have taken Layla to Day Break at Del Mar for breakfast every year but had not braved the track with her yet! We sat in the infield where we always sit, brought our picnic lunch, and of coarse an Opening Day would not be complete without custom cups made by Nicole, Layla even got a “My First Opening Day sippy cup!!” Layla is her father’s daughter, look at how intently she is “reading” the racing form and picking her horses!
Beach Girls July 23rd
Layla and Sumatra spent a super fun day at the beach frolicking in the waves together!
In Memory of Eugene Capuozzo September September 1st 1928 – July 26th 2010
A man who I never remember with out a smile. He always took your face in his hands when he gave you a kiss, and man who was always happy, gentle, and kind. You are deeply missed but I feel you with us often!
This picture of Eugene holding Layla on the day she was born is so special to me. He was so apprehensive because he had never held a newborn baby before, not even his own and he got to hold ours.
Lunch at American Girl Place Los Angeles July 28th
Layla has been to the American Girl Place in Manhattan and Chicago but never to the one right up the 5 in Los Angeles. I had been wanting to take he up and do lunch in the American Girl Place Cafe and have a girls day. Nonna was supposed to join us but being 2 days after losing her dad we decided we would go up again soon. Nicole, Valerie, and I drove up to LA and made it just in time for our Brunch reservation. It was absolutely adorable and brought smiles that were much needed! She had to bring her Bitty Baby, of course, in the stroller too, of course!! She was adorable pushing it through the store! The cafe is precious, black, white, and pink decor and little high chairs for your doll that attach to the table. Bitty Baby even got her own tea cup! Lunch was fun, then we had to shop! We bought Bitty Baby a few out fits one of which Layla got then, she chose the chef outfit with a little help (we told her that Daddy would love it) and the rest I slowly dole out throughout the year. Layla will be getting a couple for Christmas! We will definitely go again and bring Nonna and Nanny too! Thanks for a wonderful day Nicole and Valerie!