September 2010

September was a month of celebration.  We celebrated Eugene’s 82nd Birthday as he would have wanted.  We also celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary with a huge party!

Grandpa Eugene’s 82nd Birthday September 1st

On September 1st Layla and I spent the entire day with Nanny, keeping her company on this difficult day.  After work everyone else came over for dinner and birthday cake!  We celebrated Eugene’s Birthday just as we would have if he were with us!  He is greatly missed.  Singing “Happy Birthday” was difficult and full of tears.

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Beach Park with Ella September 12th

Valerie and I spent many evenings while Sean was away and Guy was on trips at the same time walking our girls down the beach to the beach park.

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Park Day with Nonna September 14th

On September 14th Nonna took the day off of work and had a picnic and played with us at Hidden Canyon Park!  We had a blast spending the day with her and hope she takes more days off to play with us soon!

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Disney Live September 17th

Guy and I took Layla to see Disney Live Mickey’s Magic Show which she loved not that she is obsessed with the princesses and Disney characters!

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Notre Dame Game/Michelle and Joe’s House Warming Party  September 18th

Michelle and Joe Ross hosted the Notre Dame football game as their housewarming party and Layla had to dress the part.  Since Uncle Joe is a Notre Dame Fanatic and bought her the cheerleader outfit, we had to take a photo of her wearing it and frame it, as a part of their housewarming gift.  Only appropriate right?  Then we had to wear the outfit to the party too, for a while at least!

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Until… it all came off and she decided to wear her pull up on her head and run around like a crazy person!  We were at a college football party after all!!

Layla Makes her First Pizza at         Round Table Pizza UCSD September 20th

Layla made her first very own pizza at Round Table Pizza with Nonna.  Papa was there to help, watch, and eat too! 

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She wore an apron…

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put the pizza skin on the tray, docked the dough…

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spread on the sauce…

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sprinkled on the cheese…

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chose her own toppings, sausage, green bell peppers, tomatoes and pepperoni, put them on the pizza…

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and put it in the oven!  She loved it and wants to, “bring Nanny one day, and bring Arden one day…”  Thank you Donna for allowing her this very fun, special, and educational experience, and don’t let us forget delicious!

Open Gym September 23rd

We are so lucky to have the YMCA’s Open Gym as a fun option to get the wiggles out!  Layla loves to jump, bounce, run climb, swing and play when we go to Open Gym.

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Our 10 Year Anniversary Party September 26th

Guy and I celebrated 10 years of being married on September 16th.  For our ten year wedding anniversary, instead of a trip, we decided we wanted throw a huge party so we could be surrounded by our friends, family, and neighbors to help us celebrate!  Wow 10 years!  And it was a great party!  Live music, Fish and the Sea Weeds played, as they did at our wedding 10 years ago, it was only appropriate!  We also had a taco truck cater the party!  Which is a treat for us, not doing all of the cooking!  The only work we did was make cupcakes, margaritas, and sangria!  Then we had a super fun night!  Yea, the cops were called by an unknown neighbor, they came and were bummed they had to, they said they would only give us a ticket if they had to come back, SOOO..  we just had the band play on!! (I mean how much could the fine be right! and we had already paid the band!)  The cops never returned!!  Thank you to everyone who came!  Here are some pictures, sorry if there is not one of you in it, I did have a bit of tequila that night and was unable to photograph everyone!!  :) Love to you all!

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Fish and the Sea Weeds Mark Campbell on bass, Danny Campbell on drums, and Mark Fisher on Guitar and Vocals, with guest appearances on drums and vocals by Deblois Millage and Nicole Zavodny of course!  What would be having Fish at a party without having Nicole sing with the band!

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David, Sean, and Valerie

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Tom and Helen Barry from Ireland, their very first tacos!!

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Ali and Craig  Happy Birthday Al thanks for spending it with us!

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Brian and Shannon!!  Thanks for being a tequila girl right there with me Shannon!

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Melissa and Dave

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Taco Truck guys!  Mmmmmm!

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Dave T!!  We love you man!

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Bilandra and Sumatra!

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Michelle and Joe Ross, you two have what it takes we will see you here in 10 years!!  P.S. thanks for the keg, oh and by the way, we drained it!

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Karen and Marty

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Linda and Joe

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Margarita cupcakes!

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The Scher boys, Keith, Brenton, and Andrew

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Abby rockin the pink uke

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Ella, who became a big sister later that night!!  Congrats to the Carroll family!!

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Vivi, Lay, and Matra

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Keith and Mindy

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Vince and Joan

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Daren Margret and Debbie

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Hank and Jill

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The Thomas Family

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Schmidy!!!!

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Ron and Balthezar

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Nanny and Layla

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Me and My Daddy

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My Mom, Donna and I

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Mark and Callie

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Nicole singing with the band!

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Deblois on drums!

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Deba and Yolanda!

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Katie and Marcos

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Me, Nicole, Gabby, and Ali

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Happy together 10 years down many, many more to go!  I love you more than words can tell…you are my dream…

Reading with my Peeps

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Uncle Marky is the best he even reads princess books!

August 2010

August was filled with beach days, parties, day trips and firsts.  First trip to the dentist, first trip to Build-a-Bear Workshop, first trip to San Juan Capistrano, and first trip to the movie theater!

Jillian’s  Birthday Party August 1st

Vince and Joan decided to have a half birthday party for Jillian since her actual birthday is in December!  We celebrated with Jillian and had lots of fun in her jumpy and her ride on jeep!  Happy 3 1/2 Birthday Jillian!

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San Juan Capistrano August 8th

After the difficulty of losing Grandpa Eugene, Guy and I decided a little family bonding time was needed!  We took a day trip up to San Juan Capistrano.  We rode on the train.  We had a wonderful brunch and went to Zoomar’s petting zoo to feed and pet some animals, play, and ride the train!   It was nice to spend time with our little core unit!

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Carlsbad Library                    End of Summer Party August 9th

Layla participated in the Carlsbad Library’s summer reading program and earned her t-shirt and prizes then to top off the summer we joined the library at their end of summer party!  Of course Layla participated in the summer reading program duh!  And, of course she earned her t-shirt and prizes and did so early.  The list of activities were supposed to be for the entire summer, for example, read a book, talk about the pictures, sing a song, say the alphabet, go to story time at the library, talk to a librarian at the library, check out books at the library…  These are things we do most of on a daily or weekly basis!  I asked if we could do it more than once but we were only allowed to do the list once.  At least she got her t-shirt early and they did not run out of her size!

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Getting a tattoo from Mrs. Heather!

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Fun and games. The bean bag toss, I don’t think she was actually supposed to be that close, but Layla makes her own rules!

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Ring toss, once again, not supposed to be that close!!

Build-a-Bear Workshop August 13th

One of Layla’s Birthday gifts from her Ahta was a gift certificate to the Build-A-Bear Workshop.  Nicole and I went down to Fashion Valley and Guy met us there for the bear building and for lunch!

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She looked at a couple but when she picked this one up, she knew it was the one!

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Some love before she got her stuffing!

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Placing the heart in the bear…

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Filling the bear….

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dressing the bear….

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All done!  “Princess Bear” got a birth certificate and everything!  

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The trip to Build-a-Bear was super fun!  Thank you Ahta!!

Layla’s First Dentist Appointment August 18th

We took Layla to her first dental appointment after she turned 2 because when she turned one she only had a few teeth and the pediatrician said we would be wasting our time and possibly scaring her for no reason.  So… we waited!  And we are glad we did, she did great!!  She was not even a little bit frightened.  We loved the hygienist and the dentist too!  She has (actually we have) been taking very good care of her teeth and she is in the “no cavity club” so far!

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Legoland Water Park August 18th

Since we had a grueling morning at the dentist and Guy had already taken the entire day off, we decided for being such a super star at the dentist and for being a member of the “no cavity club” we all deserved a little time at Legoland’s Water Park!  It was our first time at the Water Park which opened this summer and is a part of Legoland.  The area for toddlers is perfect, slides and shallow pools just right for them and we loved the lazy river too!!

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Sea World with Ahta August 20th                  Our trip to Sea World on August 2oth was Ahta’s Farewell to summer day with Layla.  We had a super great day at Sea World and even got to see the flamingos walking to their pond which was pretty silly to see!

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Layla even got to see the Elmo 4D show, which she loved!

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And of course we had to stop by and see our peeps, Elmo and Big Bird!

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Checking out the dolphins…..

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and the orcas (killer whales)!  It was a perfect day at Sea World, we saw penguins, sharks, the wild arctic, flamingos on the loose, Elmo 4D, Elmo, Big Bird, dolphins and orcas!  Thank you for wanting to spend your last day of summer with us Ahta!

Day Break at Del Mar August 21st

Every Year we go to Day Break at Del Mar.  We get up super early and head to the Del Mar Race Track for breakfast while the horses train!  It is a beautiful, peaceful, and quiet way to spend time at the track!

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Beach and Park with Daddy August 21st

A Saturday at the park then the beach with Daddy, what could be better?

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Toy Story 3

Layla’s 1st Movie in a movie theater August 21st

We were all so excited to go see Toy Story 3 at the theater for Layla’s first trip to the movies!

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Legoland with Arden August 25th

Legoland is always more fun with a friend!  we met Courtney and Arden for a beautiful summer morning at Legoland!

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 2 Year Old Photo Shoot August 31st

It was about that time, to do professional photos of Layla after she turned 2 and these are some of the best!  (Don’t worry peeps, Santa is coming soon!!)

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WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BABY!!!!