Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Minor Setback...

Our amazing sleeper Lyla has taken a minor setback (right before the baby comes... figures). We're working on it...

Nap time. Immediately got out of her bed and cried (screamed). Instead of getting her, I waited. 10 minutes later she was quiet. I checked on her. Result...
Bed time. Same thing, except more of a battle of the wills. Finally at 11pm I let her cry (scream) in her room out of her bed again. Pretty much silent about 10 minutes later. Went to check on her/move her to her bed but couldn't when we realized she was right against the door. We tried to look under the door to see if we could see her and we were surprised to find this...
Does this remind anyone else of Signs? Creepy!

Wish us luck with this dreadful phase!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Say "Ahh"!

When we started feeding Lyla solids we would open our mouths to show her that we wanted her to do the same thing. Everybody does that, right? Well, this is a habit that I have not been able to quit. In fact, I even do this subconsciously to Nate some times and he makes fun of me every time. Despite my actions, I am still a little surprised that when Lyla went to feed the deer at a nearby park this past week, she opened her mouth to encourage the deer to eat the carrot she had in her hand. Gosh, she makes me laugh!

Monday, September 20, 2010

FHE and Gratitude

I have this awesome sign hanging in my house that my friend, Erin, made (she is an awesome crafter!). You can check out her craft blog here. I love this sign. It's cute, a great size, and it just goes really well with almost any sort of decoration. But I wanted to make the sign and its phrases a little more "meaningful" in our home so it wasn't just a piece of decoration. So, we have been structuring our FHE's around each phrase. And I'll be honest, it's helped us be a little more consistent with actually having FHE, too! So it's a BIG blessing in our home. Thanks Erin!

Anyway, so tonight we were on the phrase "Always Be Grateful". Nate gave a really great lesson. We usually do a small lesson for Lyla (whose attention span is about 30 seconds) and we practiced saying "Thank you". Then Nate proceeded to give me a lesson and while doing so, Lyla went and grabbed a book and came and sat on my lap. So as Nate was talking, Lyla was flipping the pages in her book and saying "Thank you" with each page turned. It was really cute :)

Anyway, I was in charge of the activity and I decided we should draw pictures of something we're grateful for.

Nate's... Please note the commentary next to the drawing of me explaining my rainbow sandals (that I wear every day) and my hair color. He cracks me up!

Lately, all Lyla has wanted to eat is popsicles (yes, I realize I spelled it wrong on her paper). I got them originally when she had Hand, Foot, and Mouth because it was one of the only things that made her feel better, but now she wants them all the time! So I'm trying to make her see that popsicles are a privilege or a reward and not food. Today was a rough day discipline wise and despite my warnings she refused to take her dinner plate and throw it in the trash. So, she had to give up her popsicle for dessert. I know, I'm a mean mom.

Anyway, Lyla is grateful for popsicles.

And here's mine. I'm definitely no artist. And obviously Lyla wasn't too impressed with my skills either since she made some improvements on mine :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

cute girl

Because I think she's cute, my family lives away, and this is my blog, I am posting some cute pics of Lyla like I usually do :)

First two pics are during bath time. Dad gave her a sweet mohawk.

She's got a pretty impressive "cheese" smile for the camera!
The next three pictures are of some new outfits we got her for fall/winter. I have to say, I was a little jealous of her and her cute clothes! I would wear most of them! Except the jeggings. I could never pull those off :) Anyway, we got almost all her clothes big so she can grow into them since she is growing so rapidly and we are hoping they last trough Fall AND Winter.

same outfit
I love this one. It even has a little hood on the back... her favorite part!
These last pictures she is in a new outfit too, but it was just during one of our park outings.

It was pretty windy out. Please notice Lyla's long, thin, and scare hair! Looks a little funny, but she's still cute! :)
Sweet shot of Lyla's booty. The lighting was perfect, haha!
Lyla on the big girl swing all by herself! Don't worry, dad is RIGHT behind her and was only pushing her softly. She LOVED it! This is her "I'm really satisfied but I'm going to do my best not to show it" face. She does it all the time.
Before going on by herself, she had a fun time swinging with daddy.
And she loves the slide and going down all by herself!
Such a pretty and precious face with those big blues! (I know, I am totally biased)

That's pretty much it for pictures of Lyla. She gets cuter and cuter every day! Here are a few things she's been up to lately...
  • She is saying more and more words every day and they are a lot more clear.
  • She is getting much better at eating her food with a spoon. And she doesn't like us to feed her... she likes to do it herself!
  • She is getting so tall and can reach things that are on the edge of bathroom and kitchen counters (which can be pretty scary!)
  • She has decided that instead of saying 1, 2, 3!, she says 2, 4, 5!, when we play around with her. I think she does this because when we count to three and she doesn't do what we're asking her to, she goes to time out. So think she just tries to avoid it all together. We're working on it :)
  • She has mastered the art of tantrums, fussing, whining, etc. We're also working on that one :)
  • She is starting to love wearing headbands and other accessories. Finally!
  • She loves to stand next to or behind me when I am sitting. When she's next to me, she puts her arm around my neck like she's just hugging me. When she is behind me, she either hugs me from behind or plays with my hair.
  • Every time we pick daddy up from work, she starts laughing uncontrollably when she sees him walking to the car.
  • She is a SINGER! She knows so many songs already, mostly primary ones. And whenever we start to sing, she always joins in if she knows it. Her favorites are "I feel My Saviors Love" "Nephi's Courage" "Popcorn Popping" "ABC's" and "Twinkle, Twinkle".
  • Also can't help but to dance whenever she hears music.
  • When people seem excited or happy, she claps her hands and yells "YAY!!!"
  • She laughs hysterically when I roll the windows down in the car.
  • She is still in her toddler bed and has only gotten out twice on her own. Every other time she stays until I get her.
  • She always stays in time out when we put her there (which has been a lot lately).
  • She let's me know she's "poopy" when she is about to poop or immediately after.
  • She LOVES phones and pretends to talk or text on them all the time. Probably a sign that Nate and I are on our phones too much :)
  • She says hi and bye to almost everyone she sees walking by.
  • LOVES dogs and gets so excited when she sees one.
  • When she drops something she says "Uh oh, I get it!", even when she has no intention of doing so.
  • L has the BEST facial expressions I have ever seen. There really are hundreds of them. I need to get pictures and make a scrapbook of them all because they are so funny.
  • She has recently come out of her shell and isn't so shy around others.
  • She has a hard time sharing with her friends. We're working on that one, too.
  • Instead of saying "Bear", she says "Beer". It's a good thing we can tell because otherwise we'd be a little worried that every night when we put her to sleep she asks for her "Beer" :)
  • She can open doors now. And she knocks on them and says "Who is it?"
There are a gagillion other things she does, but this will have to do for now. She makes me laugh every day. I need to start posting the funny things she does when she does them so I don't forget. Anyway, I love my sweet LEW!

Friday, September 3, 2010


I just have to say that I love this picture. We have loved being a little trio and we're excited to add to our little fam in about 6ish weeks (crazy!!).

By the way, today I took Lyla to Shriner's for a check-up and to get her new shoes and her feet grew 2 1/2 sizes!!! She is going to be one tall chick!