Christmas tree decorating and cooking baking.
December has been filled with holiday activities, as usual. Eric and I are making sure to slow down, and take the time to really enjoy this time of year with Lyla. We have both been able to do fun things this month, but we are also making sure to 'pick and choose' instead of trying to do it all. I don't want Lyla to remember her holiday season as an overwhelming month where we are rushing around trying to get things done and pack every event in. I really want Lyla to look back and remember her month of holiday cheer filled with fun traditions and to always think about the true meaning of Christmas.

We really enjoyed picking our tree out this year, or should I say, I enjoyed picking it out... Eric and Lyla enjoyed the experience. Picking out the perfect tree is so important to me. Luckily I have a husband who doesn't put up an argument when I ask the volunteers at the  fire department to hold up and turn nearly a dozen trees. I found one I loved and we decorated it. Decorating the tree was fun, but slightly challenging with Lyla this year. She wanted to put all the ornaments on the tree herself, and by that I mean she went over to the tree, and dropped the ornament. Also, what you won't see in the pictures below, is when Eric was trying to straighten the tree (and I am saying, "to the left, more, more, STOP, PERFECT... no no, now to the right"). Then the tree nearly crashes to the ground and an ornament falls on Eric and gashes his face and blood starts dripping down his nose. I really did want to take a picture of him laying on the ground trying to hold the tree up... but I didn't want to find out what his reaction would have been to me snapping pictures as opposed to helping hold the tree up and stop the blood from running down his face. I probably made the right choice.

Along with our tree decorating this weekend, we went to a Christmas show our nieces and nephews starred in, and it was amazing! The girls had solo's that they preformed with such confidence and the boys dancing skills were awesome. We really enjoyed ourselves and are so proud of them. Afterwards, Lyla and I did some baking with Marti while Eric relaxed and watched football. Lyla had a blast helping us 'cook.' She was also the official 'taste tester' of nearly every ingredient!


November has come, and gone.
I am sitting home by myself tonight. Eric had to work at 7pm, and Lyla is spending the night at my dads. It is SO weird to be home alone sometimes. It's funny because since being a mom, I have my moments where I just wish I had a few hours all to myself. All by myself. Either to get things done or to do whatever I want. Then, when the time comes, and Eric and Lyla are not around... I really do not know what to do with myself (and miss them, a lot).
Anyway, I did get some gift wrapping done tonight... I can't believe December is going to be here, tomorrow.
Below are some pictures of Lyla making a huge mess   'cooking' this month. She loves to sit up on the counter (I think that's her favorite part) and pour anything into a bowl, and stir. She makes a huge mess, then (panicking) says, "mess, MESS," until it is cleaned up. One (of the many) things I love about Lyla, is how she thinks I am a great cook. She is the only person who thinks I am a good cook (because, I'm really not. I know that).
Then again, she thinks when I warm her spaghetti-o's up in the microwave, I am cooking. She even thinks when I transfer her yogurt from the container to her bowl, I am cooking. She says, "Cook mama, cook. Mmmm good."
I am going to enjoy my praise, for now.


Happy Halloween.
Last week was a looooong week. It had its up's and some downs (just one of those weeks when you are glad it's over), but Halloween was definitely an up. Highlights from this years festivities include: the Halloween Parade- where Lyla won 'second place' this year for "individual" and her and Mason took home the group prize for "cutest couple" (cowboy & indian... too cute!) 
 We took Lyla to Webers Farm for the second year in a row. The slide was her favorite (and mine) she also loved the hay ride. Eric drove us down the Haunted hay ride at Hubers Farm (because I wanted a picture of Lyla infront of the tee- pee... no one was arrested or hurt during the trespassing!) and of course, trick-or-treating was a big hit. She was amazed by all of the candy!



Happy Fall, Ya'll.
I love this time of year. The weather is perfect. Leaves are starting to change color. We can keep the windows open all day in our house, and drive with them down in the car. Caramel Apples are everywhere, and SO good! And.... (drum roll, please) the Ho ho  holidays are right around the corner!

This week, Eric and I ventured to Atlantic City with my dad and Marti for our, "Third Annual- Christmas Shopping Trip." I am not exactly sure how this started... actually, I'm pretty sure it had something to do with my dad and Eric conning us into the 'outlet shopping' in A.C. Suggesting that it would be a great way to... start the holidays, we would all get to spend time together, and we would save money by shopping at outlets.
You don't think they had anything up their sleeves right?  Like... a little blackjack, Caribbean stud, roulette... on top of of few drinks? NO, not my husband and especially, not my Daddy! (wink)

Well, regardless of the fact that each year the men spend less time shopping with Marti and I, and more time in the casino, we still had a great time. This year, we found some amazing deals and our Christmas shopping is off to a great start.

And for those of you who are not in the Christmas spirit just yet... Halloween is seriously right around the corner and I am starting to work on Lyla's costume. She is going to be an 'indian' this year, "Lylahontas."
Here are some pictures of the little princess at the park today. She is something else!


A Year & A Half. When someone asks me how old Lyla is, I feel like she is getting so big when I answer, "A year and a half." As opposed to 16, 17, 18 months. Soon I will just say, 2, 3, 4...
Anyway, Lyla had her 18 month 'well' visit with Dr. Bucci. She is 31 inches tall and 22lbs.
One of the cutest things she is saying right now is, "good girl!" (she likes to tell herself when she does a good job)!


I have not posted pictures of Lyla at "school" recently. Here she is enjoying Level 4.

Mrs. Denise (Lyla's teacher) has A LOT of energy.

Chloe is Lyla's B.F.F. at school! She is so cute, and very smart!