Layla is Getting So Big!!


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She has been asking for so long to have her done, finally yesterday we were able to get it to stay in. She was so excited and kept wanting to look in the mirror.

I have posted the last of the Christmas pictures along with just some pictures from around the house.

We are trying to stay warm this week, as we are expecting the coldest weather here in 12 years. There is something wrong when it is – before the windchill. Needless to say we will be hanging out in the house until it passes. Our California cars are not liking this weather, and I’m suddenly wondering what were we thinking. But oh well, it will be over in a few months and we will love it again.




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So I know I have not been here to update pictures lately, things have been busy. We just finished our competitive season and the team Justin and I coach took 3rd Place at the WI State Meet. We are so proud of them they worked hard all year and deserved it. And now it is now holiday time.

Thanksgiving Weekend we went to cut down our own tree, we found a great place to do it. Not much walking and the girls had a blast, well at least Maggie did. Layla wasn’t too sure about it all but they were both awesome. So our tree is up and Maggie loves to look at it and tells me all the time how beautiful it is.

WI winter has started already and is not slowing down, up until today we have had snow everyday in December. We have only been out a few times to play and first Layla did not like it. After a few rides on the sled and then having Mommy sit in it with her we were better. She even attempted to lie down for a few minutes and enjoyed watching Maggie make a snow angel.

Yesterday we started Maggie’s letter to Santa, it was so much fun to hear the things she was asking for, but the best part is how she wrote her own name. Of course it is backwards but all the letters are there and legible. I can’t believe how big she is, its crazy how fast it goes. I will have more to post as the holiday’s get closer.

Halloween Parts 1 & 2


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So Halloween may not be until next week but the festivities have already begun. Actually in our town Trick or Treating was this past Saturday but we went to a party and are going to Trick or Treat somewhere else on Friday. We had a party with friends on Saturday night and made scarecrows and the girls had a blast. Well Maggie did, Layla was having a hard time sharing. The pictures came out great though. We also had a costume party at the gym, and with our playgroup today. The girls have been really enjoying dressing up now we have nothing till the real thing. So I’m sure we’ll have more pictures. Maggie did not want a new costume this year which made us very happy. We thought she would want to be a Princess, but we were wrong the Love Bug is much cuter and warmer.

Pictures at the Park


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We finally had a nice day that we could go to the park and get some new pictures. Sorry it has been so long but life has been really busy with work for us. We are in the middle of our meet season so most weekends for Justin and I are at meets and the girls are spending lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa which they love.
Last weekend we managed to get Saturday afternoon off and spent it in Rockford, IL with Justin’s Aunts, Uncle, and Cousins. We had a lot of fun and got to take the girls out on the boat Maggie loved it and Layla enjoyed it at first and then tried to fall asleep which didn’t work to well for her. As soon as we get some pictures from there I will put them on. Hopefully I will have more pictures to post in the coming weeks.



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Sorry it has been so long but this summer flew by. I thought things would slow down once September hit but it hasn’t yet. The girls and work keep us very busy.

I have posted lots of pictures from summer visits from Aunt Beth and Aunt Liesie. We were lucky enough to have both of them come for 2 weeks. We had such a great time and miss them everyday. Maggie asks all the time when they will be coming back. We look forward to when they come stay again.

A Day at the Beach


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Finally- I have added some new pictures. These are just a few from Beth’s visit, there are still a few more days of her visit, so I’m sure there will be more. Our summer has been flying by, lots of work but some time for fun as well. We have had an amazing visit with Beth and can’t believe its almost over.

Maggie got to have some time with friends today when we had them over for a Pinkalicious party. This is Maggie’s new favorite book, so she had to have pink cupcakes and of course Beth had a craft planned. It was great to see friends and have some time to just hang out. We also love that we have a house and yard that we can have friends over. Those pictures will come in the next few days.



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I just wanted to say a quick Happy Father’s Day!! Justin I hope you know how much we love you, your a great Dad. Today won’t be much of a break for you I know but we will celebrate a nice father’s day once we are moved in.

So today we finish moving in, we got most of it done yesterday and just have bedrooms and odds and ends left to do so hopefully we will finish early today.

Finally- A Picture Together!!


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Thanks to Yumi who helped us finally get a picture of both girls smiling. Layla is showing off her dancing skills and Maggie was gathering grass to throw in Layla’s hair. I have added some pictures from our last few trips to the park. We have had some beautiful weather lately and we have been taking full advantage, lots of park days and walks. Layla has been navigating the stairs at the park, still hasn’t decided to walk on her own yet, but she wants to. She will walk everywhere holding hands and gets mad when you let go. And she is trying to talk so much, every now and then you can make out a few words but she doesn’t repeat them.

Maggie is growing up so fast and still talks non stop, but now asks lots of questions and loves to learn new things. We are very excited for this summer, Maggie keeps asking when we can go to the beach it is very hard to explain that it is warm out but now warm enough for the beach. Soon enough we hope!!