Thursday, April 30, 2009

My little NKOTB fan

She is *so* my daughter!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No more Elmo potty

I think if we hadn't moved Leila would be full potty trained by now. She was doing really well for a while. BUT, we did move, and potty training regressed a little, but that's ok - she's just a little over two!

Anyways, Leila has taken a major interest in going potty on the toilet again. She's been doing really well going on her little Elmo toilet, but when we were at the mall last week she had to go pee, so we went to the bathroom at Pottery Barn Kids and ever since then she's been over the little toilet. "I like Daddy's toilet" is what she now says. That's fine and good, but she wouldn't go #2 on the big toilet, until today...

I'm so proud of her! I know she won't be proud of that video, so I won't leave it up for long ; )

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Flower power

We were lucky enough to get a gift certificate to Alden Lane, a huge, gorgeous nursery really close to our house. We went last weekend, and Leila had a ball!

She got to ride in a wagon:
Take her first ride on a big girl swing:
(we've since put up a big girl swing in the backyard!)
Pose in front of a fun, blue door:

And show me which was her favorite flower:

Alden Lane was beautiful and so much fun - we can't wait to go back!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Leila's new pool

A couple of days ago we bought a pretty big pool that would easily fit all three of us, and even the dogs if they were so inclined. Tony took the giant pool out of the box and read the instructions. Very first line read : DO NOT PLACE POOL ON ANY HOLLOW DECK. Uh-oh. That's exactly what we were going to do.

The pool wasn't going to work out, and no one felt like driving back to the store to exchange it. It was 95 degrees, so we decided some rubbermaids would work for the time being. Leila had a blast in the "pool" and loved getting Daddy wet with the hose!

I exchanged the giant pool for a kiddie one, and of course today is not hot. Oh well, at least we don't have to use storage bins.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Little Miss Nature Girl

My jewelry business has been crazy busy lately, which is awesome, BUT means I have been up until 2am a few times trying to complete orders, since I can really only work when Leila is sleeping. Leila's been waking up around 6:30 for the last few weeks, and needless to say: I'm tired.

Tony was home yesterday, and I told him that I need at least a few hours completely uninterrupted. He said "no problem" and decided to take Leila and Ramon on a hike. They walked about five miles, and had a great time! Leila loves throwing rocks (her new obsession) into the creek and running free! She came home very tired, and had a few new cuts and bruises on her legs, but said she had (and I quote...) "so, so, so much fun!"

Leila and Tony had some great daddy-daughter time, and I got all of my orders completed and sent out. Yesterday was a great day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I went to put a couple of things away in Leila's room, when I noticed a few bottles of wine in her hamper. Hmm...the bottles were still sealed, so obviously she wasn't getting smashed. I had no idea why she would have put them there, so I picked them up and walked to the wine cabinet where I saw this:

Notice anything funny? Look closer:

Apparently Leila thought the wine cabinet would be a good place for a bottle of bubbles, a mini Cinderella and one random flip flop.

I love her.

Dance - week 3

Little Miss Leila was not into me taking a bunch of pictures today at dance, so I didn't get any great ones. But, I did want to share how dang cute she looked in her yellow tutu!

Happy Easter!

Happy (late) Easter, everyone! Sorry for the late update, but for those who haven't heard my computer crashed Sunday night and I just got it back. Anyways, Easter was wonderful! We dyed some eggs a couple of days before...we actually had a variety of different colored eggs, until Leila decided she wanted them ALL pink, and starting dumping the already dyed eggs into the pink bowl...we ended up with a handful of pink eggs, some purple eggs and a lot of brownish, over-dyed eggs! ; )

Leila and the puppies got some fab baskets from the Easter bunny:

looooves her new shades!

and then a little egg hunt in the backyard. Tony thought my eggs were lame - they were filled with organic fruit snacks, some socks and undies, some dollars and quarters for her piggie bank and a couple of chapsticks. I thought they were good, but Tony didn't like the lack of candy.

Then we headed over to my Auntie Mary's and Uncle Ralph's for a really lovely Easter celebration with family, some of which we hadn't seen in a while - it was so nice to reconnect!
Easter was so much fun! I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday too!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dance - week 2

Leila had a much better time at dance this week than she did last week! All afternoon we practiced "tap tapping" and "balleting" and by the time we had to leave Leila couldn't wait to dance, dance, dance!

When we got there she picked out a green crown to look like Tinkerbell:
and then she tried out a tough, new move:
After ballet she moved on to tap, her favorite!

And her sweet teacher, Miss Jamie made the girls some super cute cupcakes for Easter! Leila and I both had a great time at dance this week!!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Friday, April 3, 2009


Leila's first dance class was yesterday, and I think she'd give it mixed reviews. We've been getting her excited for dance ever since I signed her up. We've been doing tap moves on the kitchen floor for weeks, and when she woke up from her VERY short nap yesterday she couldn't wait to go to dance.

<-- here she is, so excited to go!

Then we got to dance....she didn't want me to put her down, and had a kung-fu death grip on me! I did the entire ballet portion of the class holding least I've still got some moves ; )

The teacher (fortunately) brought her baby to class...the baby dropped something, and Leila jumped down from me, ran over to pick up whatever it was and was *quite* impressed with the lovely noise her "tap tap shoes" were making. That broke the ice, and Leila tapped the rest of the class.

After class we stuck around a little bit to watch some big girls dance. Leila loved watching them and said she wanted to come back next week.
I think she'll get more comfortable at every class!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Leila and Sugar

Wordless Wednesday