Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Holidays to Daddy!

The husband's 32nd birthday happened to fall on Father's Day yesterday. And we managed to do almost nothing for the entire day! Quite honestly, I think he appreciated some time alone to just surf the 'net while the girls and I engaged in our Sunday nap ritual...or at last that what I've been telling myself.

We went to church yesterday morning and the girls were dressed alike for the first time. My mom sent them matching dresses last week and Jayla was completely beside herself with excitement at the idea of dressing like her baby sister.

She really was excited...this first picture just doesn't convey that excitement. She was actually chewing a piece of turkey bacon in the picture.

After church, Daddy was showered with gifts, including a new basketball (Jayla was adamant that he needed one!) and a few pair of sandles (Mama keeps thinking that his feet have got to be hot in socks and sneakers everyday!).

Then after a few hours of nothingness, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Tee Tee came along with us.

Jayla suffered a monumental breakdown at the end of our outing. Finally, Tee Tee just took her out to the car while Daddy, Tamyra, and I paid the bill and got Daddy a piece of cheesecake to go (He just pulled it out of the refrigerator to finally eat it as I typed this sentence - how does he do that? I would've gobbled mine up in the car on the way home last night!).

It was a very low key day but, it was just what we needed in the midst of such a busy season. Plus, it gave Jayla the creative time that she needed to come up with a song that was appropriate for the day. Essentially, she just got tired of wishing Daddy a happy birthday and a happy father's day so, she shortened it to "Happy Holidays to Daddy!"

Friday, June 19, 2009

Return of the headband

During the first year of her life, Jayla was known for rocking a headband almost everyday.

And while most people probably remember Jayla looking like this in her infanthood, the truth is that we really didn't do anything to her hair AT ALL until she was probably 5 or 6 months old. That's about when the completely natural afro started needing a little attention.

Tamyra's hair has, likewise, needed absolutely no attention over the past 8 weeks. I just occasionally wash the spit-up out of it and keep going. And yet, this is what she looked like at Vacation Bible School yesterday:

And while I know she is not yet at the point that I will put a headband on her everyday, I think she knew how cute she was with it on.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Dance Recital Weekend

Exhausting. There were times when I wasn't certain that I was going to make it out alive. But, she had a blast!

Before the show - excited to be wearing "lips"...

After the show - twitching her nose in hopes that her bouquet of flowers will turn into candy!

Shunning the camera to punish us for buying flowers instead of candy

Heading to the car...resigned to the fact that her brilliant dance performance *only* got her a bouquet of flowers