Lyla Nicole Turns 3 Years Old!

I can’t believe Lyla is already three years old! Just typing that makes me want to cry! I’ve adored raising her the last three years, I feel so lucky that she is my daughter and I have the privilege of watching her grow up! She is such an amazing person! She has had the most fiery personality from the time she was an itty bitty baby! She may be the youngest but she is definitely a leader!

For birthdays lately I’ve been taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese but since Lyla is still pretty young I decided to go to the mall and let the kids ride the carousel instead. It has been a while since we did that and I thought it would be fun to do it again!

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Speaking of carousels, threw this together for fun because I’m a sentimental, nostalgic mama. haha

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I think all of those are from when we lived in Arizona from 2009 to 2012. There was a cool carousel at the mall and one at the Bass Pro Shops during the Christmas season.

We ate food after the carousel. The older three kids had chinese food and the younger three had grilled cheese and fries.

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And then we had a very non-birthday activity to attend: Payson’s dentist appointment!

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After the dentist it was time for the rest of the birthday celebration! Woo hoo!

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I had wanted to get Dora decorations since Lyla loves Dora. Or anything kitty related. But Party City had neither 🙁

Lyla also really loves beanie boos, especially the mini ones, so I settled on those and hoped she’d like them! She was sleeping in my arms as we shopped.

Well, when she woke up and saw everything she was THRILLED! She immediately pointed out the beanie babies on her balloons and said, “aww, babies!” Then it was time to open presents!

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Lyla loves loves loves loves Calico Critters so I got her a few new sets. She opened the each set and said, “Awww, baby. Awwww, mommy daddy. Awww, Payson Ember Sierra…” etc. etc. She names all her toys after our family.

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Everett picked out this toy controller for Lyla.

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More Calico Critters!

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Brooklyn was filming at the time!

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Cake time!

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One of Lyla’s presents was a new baby stroller and after cake and presents we went outside so she could push it around in more space as well as I could snap a couple of birthday portraits of her with her balloons!

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I couldn’t believe she actually let me take some pictures! She loved her balloons. She loved the whole day! She had this small, shy smile on her face the entire day and every time there was some new birthday thing and we said, “Lyla it’s your birthday cake/presents/lunch/carousel!” she’d raise her shoulders and shyly smile at us. It was so dang cute! She loved her birthday!

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Sierra snapped a couple pictures of Lyla with me 🙂442efbblog

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Lyla went back to walking around the apartment playground. I loved the sight of her walking behind her balloon bouquet ♥

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Those were all the pictures I took on Lyla’s birthday!

 

 

 

 

Family Movie Night

We watched Matilda together 🙂129efbblog133efbblog134efbblog

I set up my camera on the TV stand to take a family photo before starting the movie and Lyla got really excited and wanted to run over and take a few dozen more! You can see her in that last photo about to jump off my lap to push the button again! haha136efbblog

Look at her in all of these! Trying to run back to push the button again. haha! So cute!137efbblog139efb2blog143efbblog

Little Artist

Lyla loves coloring. It’s one of her very favorite things to do, maybe even her most favorite. I discovered that Crayola oil pastels are the perfect coloring tool for toddlers, they show up very rich and vibrant. Lyla LOVES them! She asks for them more than anything else and she not only colors but loves to take the oil pastels out of the packaging and then line them back up in it 🙂

Wise Mommy

Every morning Lyla screams unless I hold her while I make breakfast. I don’t mind holding her… I mean, it hurts my back, but I love her and that she wants to be with me… but there are things I can’t do while holding her like when I’m dishing the scrambled eggs onto plates or buttering toast. So, I usually set her down and she cries. Which isn’t the end of the world but it’s not the best. I set her up with her preschool show on my phone for ten minutes while I cooked this morning and she was really happy! Whew!