Babymoon October 2011

Our Trip to Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage

Guy, Layla and I went out to Palm Desert for a “Babymoon,” we relaxed, floated the lazy river and swam in the pool at the resort, spent time with family and even managed a romantic date night!

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Here we are at the view point heading down the mountain into the desert.

A Visit with Guy’s Family, “The Aunts”

Our first stop was Aunt’s Donna and Carol’s for a family visit with the Aunts.  We even got to see Aunt Diana, Aunt Lila, Uncle Richard, and Cousin Eric.

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Layla got to show off her skills on the iPad.

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Layla and the Aunts.

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Guy and Layla with the Aunts and Uncle Richard.

The Rancho Las Palmas Resort

We stayed at an awesome resort, the Ranch Las Palms in Rancho Mirage.  Layla loves staying in a hotel, what girl doesn’t!  She got into hotel mode right away, she searched the minibar, grabbed a bag of Pirate’s Booty and climbed into the huge cozy bed.  Crumbs, who cares about crumbs, it’s a hotel bed!

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We spent the next few days relaxing in our private poolside cabana, and enjoying the beautiful weather, the pools, lazy river, poolside beach, Splashtopia, and meals out!

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The BELLY poolside!

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We also had fun playing with and watching Layla enjoy “Splashtopia"!”

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Layla was too little and I was too pregnant to enjoy the waterslides but that didn’t stop Guy!  Next time we go Layla will be tall enough to enjoy the waterslides too!

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Floating the Lazy River was a favorite!

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Layla also had fun playing in the sand at the poolside beach in front of our cabana!

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I love that sandy butt!

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She spent time teaching Elmo to swim!

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For me, feeling weightless while floating the lazy river was AWESOME! 

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We also indulged our sweet tooth and enjoyed Haagen Dazs poolside!  YUM!

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Belly shadow in the sand.

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Reading books and relaxing in the cabana.

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Ahh… floating the lazy river!  SO relaxing and comfortable!

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A family photo before Layla went off to spend the night at Aunt Donna and Carol’s while Guy and I went to  for a steak and lobster dinner at Flemming’s  Prime Steak House    We were going to go to a movie after dinner but we decided we were both too tired and joked the theater staff would be waking us up when the movie was over.  Instead we just enjoyed a night in our hotel room just us!  I think we were asleep before 9!

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Layla enjoyed her special couch bed at the hotel!  But, she now loves her Aunt’s Donna and Carol after some special time with just them!  She always asks, can we go back to the desert to see the Aunts?  We are going to take baby Sam when he is a couple months old for another visit and so Layla can have another sleep over at the "Aunts” house.

The Living Desert

On our final morning in the desert we stopped for bagels and had a beautiful, but very hot, adventure at The Living Desert with Aunt Donna and Carol.

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We spent some time in the petting zoo.

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Layla and Aunt Donna brushed some goats.

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We also arrived and waited for the giraffe feeding.  Layla got to feed the giraffes apples and carrots!

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We spent some time in the children’s science center and took some fun pictures that look like we are out in the desert!

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Layla also got to spend some time playing in the play area.

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Layla spider on a huge spider web.

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Donna, Carol and I resting in the shade!

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Layla playing at the water table.

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We finished our morning at The Living Desert watching Layla, Donna and Carol enjoy a ride on the Carousel.

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It was a wonderful Babymoon get away!  I was able to relax, feel weightless and comfortable and have fun!  We look forward to our next trip out to the desert with our baby boy!

October 2011

Carlsbad Oktoberfest October 1st

We try to go to the Oktoberfest in Carlsbad every year!  It is a super fun family event.  Beers for the grown ups and the Chicken Dance, Bounce Houses, and face painting for the kids! 

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The Chicken Dance with my girl!  Layla had a ball!

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and with Ahta too!

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Layla and Auntie Val going to get in line for the bounce house!

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Layla getting her jump on!

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Sliding out of the Bounce House!

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And getting her face painted!

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Not the greatest face painting job ever but Layla liked it!

Sleeping in my Big Girl Bed October 1st 2011

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This was the first night Layla slept in her very beautiful, comfortable and big, “big girl bed!”  It was super exciting!  I think I was a little bit nervous, the bed is up really high and I didn’t want her to roll out or fall off!  She did awesome!  We are so very proud of our Big Girl!  Way to go Layla!

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Sleeping beauty in her big girl bed the next morning! 

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Bates Nut Farm  October 2nd

Our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm was a success!  We got pumpkins for every one, mini pumpkins and Indian corn for decorating, a huge pumpkin for Layla’s annual, “Layla in the pumpkin photo” and she got to go on a hay ride and in the hay maze!  It was a fun morning!

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Layla picking out her giant pumpkin!

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She picked a good one!  Every year it gets bigger so she can fit inside of it!

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Our amazing little family!  It is funny to think that next year there will be another one of us!

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Layla and her awesome Ahta!

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The Zavodny Girls!

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Little Miss Layla

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Layla and Daddy wheeling the big pumpkin out of the pumpkin patch!  On our way to pick out our pumpkins for carving Jack-o-lanterns!

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Layla trying to pick the perfect pumpkin!  She realized that they are pretty heavy!

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and of course posing for some adorable pumpkin patch photos!

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Having fun climbing on the mounds of pumpkins!

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Throughout the farm there are scare crows, Layla found the Minnie Mouse one!

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Our beautiful girl with our haul for the year!

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Bringing back the wheel barrow with Daddy!  Ready for some more fun!

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More fun photo opportunities!  Layla and Ahta!

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Our Layla aka “The Booga Bean”

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Layla and Mommy

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Layla, Mommy and Daddy, and the Belly too!

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The Team!

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Layla with her ticket, waiting to go on the hay ride!

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Ready for the hay ride.

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The girls on the way back from our hay ride around the farm

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Layla and Daddy did the corn maze, they got all of their stamps and found their way out, thank goodness!

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Layla at a stamp station!

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Having fun running though the maze!

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Checking out all of her stamps!

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Running back to show Mommy and Ahta her stamps!

Bates is always fun!  We look forward to next year with our baby boy!

Picture People Maternity and 3 year Photos October 3rd

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Family and Maternity Photos October 4th

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Escondido Children’s Museum with Arden October 7th

We always have fun when we spend time with our friends Arden and Anderson!

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Playing on an old tractor in Grape Day Park!

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Playing school and teacher at the Children’s museum.

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Tinkering like a tinker fairy!

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Playing dress up!

Layla’s Preschool Open House October 7th

Guy, Nicole, and I  were able to enjoy an Open House at Layla’s preschool where she got to make a fun instrument and dance and sing with her classmates and teachers!  It was fun to go see her show off her school!

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Coloring her paper plate for her instrument.

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Picking out different shaped and sized objects to place in her shaker instrument.

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Dancing and singing with Yi-Chen, her teacher!

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Getting her groove on, shaking her shaker instrument, and having fun!

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Here she is singing along and doing the hand motions for the shark verse of the song “Slippery Fish.”

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Making one more craft before we go!

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After the preschool Open House we all went to “That Pizza Place” for dinner and a ride on the old pony!

Painting Sam’s Bedroom October 8th and 14th

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Once Layla was all moved into the front bedroom and settled in her big girl bed we started on the baby’s room.  Since it was all pink, the first thing we had to do was paint!  We painted all four of his walls a really nice periwinkle blue and then added a band of a darker blue above the wainscoting!  I was concerned that the wainscoting would make it look to feminine but I was pleasantly surprised!  It looks very boy and very cute!

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Disney on Ice Treasure Trove October 8th

We love our Disney around here and go to see the On Ice shows whenever we can!  We got front row seats to Disney on Ice Treasure Trove, the first, On Ice show that Tangled and Flynn Ryder would be in!  It was very fun.  Layla enjoyed a girls day out that included , Mommy. Ahta, Nonna, and Jocelyn.  We all met for lunch at PF Changs, then headed down to the show!

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Nothing but the best, front row!!

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Always so in awe and so excited for the show!

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Layla and Mommy.

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Layla and Nonna.

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Layla and Jocelyn.

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Layla and Ahta!

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And of course, Mickey and Minnie right in front of us!  It was a very fun girls day out!

Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies for Daddy & Doing the Dishes October 10th

Guy had been asking for chocolate chip cookies for a couple of days so Layla and I decided to bake some and surprise him!  She always has fun in the kitchen!  She helped add ingredients and mix, she even wanted to help do the dishes!

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Mixing the batter!

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Washing the dishes!  Such an awesome helper!

Layla in Her Cute Monogramed Pumpkin Shirt from The Carroll Family

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So cute in her monogrammed shirt from the Carroll family!  Thank you, we miss and love you all!

Penny Pickle Children’s Museum in Temecula with Carson October 12th

We had a very fun day at the Penny Pickle Children’s Museum with Melissa, Carson and Baby Avery!  What a fun place, we will have to go back and visit again someday!

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The museum had really cool, hands on activities and exhibits.  Layla is trying to figure out how to move the lever to get the toilet to flush!

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There is even a room where the kids do experiments with the people who work at the museum!  They learned about electricity and displacement!

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Everyone had fun climbing through what they called the basement tunnel!

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After the museum, since it was so stinkin’ hot out we decided to walk to ice cream!

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Fire Fighters at Nanny’s October 12th

Later that night we went to Nanny’s for Dinner, after dinner there was a fire truck and an ambulance out in front of the retirement community.  We asked if everyone was okay, the fire fighters assured us that everyone was fine now and then invited Layla up into the fire truck!  She got to sit in the front passenger seat, press a button that told the fire station they were done on the current call and ready for the next call  and  even try on the fire fighter’s helmet!  They were super nice, loved Layla and gave her cool fire fighter badge stickers!  She was so stoked and kept talking about how she was going to tell everyone at school the next day and show them her stickers!

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Legoland Brick-or-Treat October 15th

So far, the past two year that we have had Legoland passes we have done “Brick-or-treat” at Legoland!  It is always fun, another chance to wear our costume and trick-or-treat!

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All dressed up and ready to go!  This is the first time she got to wear her Alice in Wonderland costume this year!

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And of course Mommy in her Jack-o-lantern shirt, actually looking like a Jack-o-lantern with the belly!

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“Trick-or-treat”  We worked on saying thank you and she was very good about saying it at every station and every time we had an opportunity to trick-or-treat throughout the Halloween season!  I was very proud of our polite girl!

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Our beautiful Alice in a rose garden at Legoland!

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A seriously cheesy grin driving the cars!

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Making music.

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Playing on the play ground!  Every time she slid down this slide the skirt of her dress blew up into her face!  It was hilariously adorable!

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ROAR!

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A ride on the air planes with Daddy!

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A super tall beautiful pumpkin princess!

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Layla posing with another cheesy grin and the Lego kid in the parking lot!

Pajamas and Pancakes at Preschool October 20th

Layla’s preschool had “Pajamas and Pancake Day” instead of celebrating Halloween and having kids in crazy costumes.  All of the kids, teachers, even a crazy parent wore their pajamas to school and brought something to share for the luncheon.  We were in charge of bananas.  One of the interning teachers even did face painting!  It was a very fun afternoon!

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Yum pancakes and fruit!

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Layla getting her face painted!

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And finally showing off some of her mad painting skills!  What an artist!

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Disneyland Spooktackular October 21st

This year we bought tickets to the Disneyland Spooktackular Trick or Treat with Mickey!  It was super fun!  Layla wore her costume, got to meet and greet with villains, trick or treat at Disneyland and see a special Halloween parade!

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The entrance to Disneyland all decked out for Halloween.

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Ahta joined us for Disneyland Spooktackular!  Even the big Mickey had on a “mask.”

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Layla and Mommy

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Our little Alice in Wonderland.

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Here she is meeting the villains.  She got to meet

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The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland,

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and Dr. Facilier aka The Shadow Man, the bad voodoo guy from Princess and the Frog!

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Next, it was time to trick-or-treat!

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Getting ready to Trick-or-Treat! 

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They gave out huge handfuls of candy!  I kept thinking that if Nicole, Guy, and I had bags, which we could have and were offered since we paid for tickets, most adults there were trick-or-treating too, I would not have to use any of the candy I bought to pass out for our Trick-or-treaters and could return it all to Target! 

Layla was so sweet, she kept telling the people passing out candy, “Just one” holding up her one little finger!  I think at one point I said something about needing just once piece per station and she took it very seriously and was absolutely sure to tell ever person passing out candy from that point on that she only needed one piece!  Too cute!

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Trick-or-treat!

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Layla and Daddy waiting for the parade to start!

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Daddy, Layla, and Ahta!

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Daddy, Layla, and Mommy!

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Someone passed out waiting for the parade!

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More trick-or-treating

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You’ve got to love all of the Halloween decorations at Disneyland!

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Good night Mickey Mouse! 

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Passed out after a full night of Halloween fun!

Pet Store Preschool Visit October 24th

Kahoots Pet Store came to Layla’s preschool and brought some animals to share with the children.  Layla’s preschool classroom has two mice or rats and a Guinnea pig.  The philosophy of the school is to have child led projects, the children show interest in topics and the teaching and learning is extended from there.   The children had shown quite a bit of interest in the classroom pats, asking questions and wanting to learn more about them.  The teachers decided to have the pet store come to show the children some other animals as an extension of the classroom pet project.  Kahoots brought a rabbit which the children were able to pet, and a bird and tadpole which the children just looked at.  They asked and answered questions. learned and had fun!

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Preschool Halloween Story Time at the Carlsbad Library  October 27th

Our local library is wonderful, there are all sorts of fun events around the year for the kids to enjoy.  The week of Halloween at preschool story time the children heard Halloween stories and made trick or treat bags.  Then they trick or treated around the library, stopping at the different desks for treats, the reference desk, the children’s desk, the front check out desk etc.  It was very fun!

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Layla dressed in her Alice costume listening to  Halloween stories during story time.

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Layla making her haunted house trick or treat bag during craft time.

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proudly sharing her haunted house trick or treat bag!  We made it upside down, oops!

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off to trick or treat around the library!

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Trick or treat!  and we always say thank you!

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Halloween Party  October 29th

I have always wanted to host a kids Halloween party!  This year, 8 months pregnant, I decided was the year for the Zavodny Family first annual kids Halloween party!  Layla helped by licking the batter off of the rubber spatula when we made cup cakes!

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YUM!!  Life does not get much better than licking chocolate cup cake  batter off of a rubber spatula in your jammies!

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We had a very cute ghost piñata.

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We also had a couple fun crafts.  The first craft was to paint and decorate your own pumpkin.  The kids all brought a small pumpkin to decorate, they turned out awesome and the kids had fun doing it!

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Gracie helped Layla decorate her pumpkin while I ran around and took pictures!

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Layla’s pumpkin turned out awesome!  Feathers, paint, foam stickers, just awesome!

The next craft was making a lollypop ghost out of a tootsie pop, a tissue, and a twist tie!

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Gracie helped Layla make her lollypop ghost!  Cute and delicious, a craft I remember making as a kid.

Next, the kids stuck their hands into boxes with spooky, creepy and gross contents.  Broken bones, eyeballs, bloody brains and warty witch fingers!  The broken bones: broken pretzel rods, eyeballs: peeled grapes, bloody brains: cooked pasta, and warty witch fingers: gherkin pickles!  some of the younger kids dove right in, others were quite timid.  Some of the older kids were figuring out what the contents were and had a hard time keeping the spooky secrets to themselves, which helped some of the little ones who were freaked out be a bit more brave!

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Hayden reaching in to feel the broken bones.

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Brooklyn feeling the bloody brains.

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Sammy reaching in for a feel.

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Arden’s reaction to the eyeballs!  That face is adorable!

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Shad, I mean, “The Green Lantern”  reaching in for a feel.  He was so funny he would not respond unless you called him “Green Lantern”

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Beautiful little ladies having a snack!

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Layla loves a piñata!  Here she is having a good whack at it!

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Go Layla go!

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Hit it Abby!

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A big hit for Sumatra!

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Get it Arden!

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Whack it Green Lantern!

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Most of them out of their costumes by now getting ready to grub on carne asada and squash tacos for dinner!  Many of our friends had left the party but some stayed for some dinner and more fun!

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Lotus and Bilandra, beauties!  The Halloween party was a huge success, we all had lots of fun and look forward to next year!

Carving Jack-O-Lanterns October 30th

Carving Jack-o-lanterns is always a fun part of our Halloween traditions!

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Guy getting the guts out of his pumpkin!

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Nicole getting out the guts!  She takes pumpkin carving very seriously, even in her cat ears!

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Auntie Val even came by for some pumpkin carving fun!

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Layla getting out the guts!  What a great face!  YUCK!

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Layla even got to help design her Jack-O-Lantern’s face this year!

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Baby Sammy’s pumpkin was the one with the polka-dots this year!

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Some serious planning and carving going on!

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Trunk-or-Treating with the Little Sprouts  October 31st

This year we participated in our play group, “The Little Sprouts” annual “Trunk-or-Treating” play date!  It was the first time either Layla or I participated in a trunk-or-treat but from what I hear it is a huge thing!  The kids played on the play ground while the adults took turns setting up and decorating the trunks or backs of cars.  Then once we were all set up, the kids went from car to car in the parking lot of the park and trick-or-treated!  A very cute idea and we had fun!  and it was another opportunity to wear the Halloween costume!

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Layla running after her friend Alex.

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My beautiful little Alice!

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Having a snack and listening to the rules for “Trunk-or-treat!”

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Trick or treat!

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Here she is handing out candy from the back of our decorated car!

Trick-or-Treating  October 31st

As it is every year, Nonna and Papa, Ahta and some others come over to have dinner, green chili enchiladas , and watch Layla trick-or-treat!

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Our Layla Girl                                                                                                                                 Of course we have to get some photos with our Jack-o-Lanterns!

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Layla and Ahta!

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Layla and a very pregnant Mommy!

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Layla and Uncle Marky.

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Layla with her Nonna and Papa!

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Layla in the giant pumpkin!  We have her pose in a pumpkin every year and every year the pumpkin and the girl get bigger!  She says this is it, that next year Sammy gets to go in the pumpkin, she does not want to get “yucky, dirty, and wormy!”  We will see if that is true,  I hope we can get her in the giant pumpkin for a couple more years or until Guy cant lift a pumpkin large enough for her to fit in!

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What a cutie!

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Our happy little family!

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Layla in her costume, posing for another round of pictures!

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Our expanding little family!

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Layla with Ahta,

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Auntie Val,

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and Nonna and Papa!

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Aww, and a big sweet hug for Papa!

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Sweet Layla in her costume with all of the Jack-o-lanterns lit!

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The Jack-o-lanterns of 2011.

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Passing out candy to a few of the early trick-o-treaters.  Passing it out always seems to be one of her favorite parts!

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Ready!!

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First stop, next door to The Roerig’s.

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“Trick-or-treat!”

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Dianne, Todd, and Chase were the first to help fill her trick-or-treat bag!

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Leaving the Roerig’s on to house number two!

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Layla ran into Abby while we were trick-or-treating!  It was super cute, they gave each other a huge hug! 

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She had a blast this year and we went to more houses that we ever had!  She was also happy to get home, eat a few pieces of candy and pass out some more candy too!

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Yum, a Tootsie Pop!

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Bedtime stories with Nonna and Papa to end a great October and Halloween season!

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Sweet dreams Layla, until next Halloween!