Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I decided that every so often I would try to show some pictures of the girls together. Sanaa has become a lot more loving/huggy towards Layla and is often trying to hug her. Layla isn't so excited about all the hugs, but she's often to busy to stop for much of anything these days.

Every morning Layla wakes up first and has a good 2 hours of alone play time before Sanaa gets up. Right around the time that Sanaa is waking up, Layla is getting a little grumpy but the minute she sees her big sister she gets very excited and get a new spurt of energy.

I've started eating snacks and lunch outside a lot. Layla is a messy eater and tosses food all over the floor. By eating outside I don't have spend as much time cleaning up after her.
(I love how I caught them both with their mouths open!)

Two sisters hanging out and watching a show together. Layla stayed like this for about 5 minutes before moving on.
Riding the bus is Layla's new favorite activity. Luckily Sanaa enjoys pushing her which give my back a much needed break!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A small victory

Last summer I could not get Sanaa to wear a swimsuit at all. It was a huge ordeal and she would throw big tantrums if I tried to get her in a swimsuit. So I had my expectations set pretty low this year. For the past couple of days I've been talking about getting our pool out and wearing swimsuits. This afternoon when I looked at the thermometer and saw that it said 98 degrees I figured this would be a good day to pull out the pool. I asked Sanaa if she wanted to help me and she started jumping up and down and asking for her swimsuit! I showed her the 2 swimsuits I had for her and she picked one. I was able to dress her without her melting down. In fact I couldn't get the swimsuit on her fast enough. Yipee!!! Sanaa was SO excited that Layla and I also wore our swimsuits. :-)

Layla LOVED the pool, but I shouldn't be surprised because she loves water. Layla also has no fear and was continually trying to copy Sanaa by walking back and forth in the pool and falling. I'm keeping the water in the pool at a much lower level this year until Layla is more steady on her feet and gets use to the idea of a pool.
And finally, we had a mini celebration for Nate's birthday today. I bought some cupcakes at the store with the girls and we (well, mainly I) sang to Nate. We'll have another celebration on Monday with his parents. However, you might notice that Nate has the number zero on his cupcake. I honestly thought I had a 3 and a 1 but apparently don't or have misplaced them. All I could find was a zero, 2 and 6. I asked Nate which was his favorite number out of those three and he picked zero.
I sang Happy Birthday and just as I ended the song Sanaa leaned forward and blew out the candle. I wonder if that means Nate misses out on his wish.....

Happy Birthday Nate!

Happy Birthday! You're a wonderful husband and super fun dad! The girls and I love you very much. :-) We hope your day is fantastic (even if you do have to work...).

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lambs and rams

Here are some final pictures from our time with my parents. My parents neighbor has a variety of animals (he's the local veterinarian). They have a horse, some dogs, two llamas, two rams, and a bunch of sheep. Sanaa fell in love with the rams and lambs. The first time she met the lambs and rams she was scared of them but she warmed up quickly and for the rest of the time we were in Oregon she frequently asked to go visit the lambs.
Isn't this a cute little lamb? It was so tiny it was able to squeeze through the fence whenever we came to visit it. This lamb was not scared of humans because it had been bottle fed since birth. It's mom didn't want it and left it an orphan. My dad asked his neighbor why the mom left this lamb and his response was that the mom didn't think the lamb was hers. She gave birth to a completely black lamb first and when this spotted lamb came out she didn't think it was really hers so she ignored it. Isn't that interesting? I wonder what would have happened if the spotted lamb had been born first. Would the completely black lamb have been ignored then?
Sanaa trying to pet and feed two of the lambs.
My parents neighbor also had two rams. In the past the ram they had was mean! But these must be new rams because they were quite friendly and let us pet them. However, Layla wasn't too excited about all these different animals.
But Layla did enjoy climbing up the gate to look at the sheep up on the hill. Layla is pretty much supporting herself. My dad said Layla wasn't really using his hands to help keep her up.
"Hey! Do you think I can squeeze through here?" (And yes, she did try)
Both girls climbing the gate to look at the sheep.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Several tornadoes touched down in the DFW area this evening. We are okay and only had strong winds and heavy rain at our house. At the time that the worst of the storms blew through I was at flute practice at our church. We had heavy hail there and heard that a tornado touched down a few miles south of us. Flute practice was cut short and we sought shelter with the other people at the church. There is a grade school connected to our church and they were having a graduation tonight, so some people were still left from the graduation. I'm quite thankful that the school was having a graduation tonight and the school administration stayed on top of the weather. Most Tuesday evenings there aren't very many people at church. I also got frequent updates from Nate which helped. All the flute ensemble members made it home safely.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Déjà vu

I have more pictures to post about our time in Oregon and was planning to do that over the weekend. But we had some house problems that put that on hold. Maybe later today or tomorrow I'll get the rest of the Oregon pictures up.

We've had some strong storms come through since Friday and more water came into our living room behind the tv. Friday before it even started raining our flooring in front of the stairs began to bow upwards. Sanaa thought it was cool since she'd walk across the floor and yell, "It's squishy, it's squishy!"

On Saturday we had a company come out to look at the flooring that was damaged. They began pulling up the flooring and more and more came up until the entire living room was gone. Thankfully the dining room is fine. We currently have a dehumidifier and large fan set up in the living room to dry things out. However, we had more rain last night and more water came in. We stopped the water by piling ever single towel we own along the window area and fireplace, but it's a royal pain in the butt. We have no idea where the leak is coming from and until we can get that figured out we'll be living with concrete floors in the living room. I have joking said I was going to empty all the paint cans in our garage and paint the concrete an ugly marble color with the leftover red, yellow, blue, off white, and tan paint we have on hand. At least then we wouldn't have to worry about more flooring being damaged. :-)
Sanaa LOVES the giant fan and having the air blow on her.

Since the dehumidifier and fan make things really warm downstairs and we don't want our a/c running 24/7, the girls and I have been spending a good amount of time upstairs in the bedrooms where we have window a/c units. Thank goodness for those window units!

**On a completely unrelated note, we got word this weekend that Nate's grandma (his dad's mom) is not doing well health wise. She is being put on hospice care. The doctor gave her 6-9 months left to live. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.**

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A few of my favorites

We returned home on Monday. I don't think any of us were ready to come back, but all vacations come to an end. The girls have had a rough couple of days adjusting to home for some reason. Sanaa is refusing to nap (she napped great at my parents house!) and is extra grumpy. Layla has the worst diaper rash ever and was up from 11pm-2:30am last night (at least I think that's how late she was up. I'm not sure since Nate actually spent most of the time dealing with her.). I've tried just about everything I can think of to help Layla. This afternoon and evening I even let Layla crawl around diaperless and thankfully she did not have any accidents!

Anyway, here are just a few of my favorite photos from our time with my family.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


The main reason for our trip to Oregon was to surprise my dad for his 60th birthday. We had a surprise party with most of his siblings (some live out of state) and it was great since I haven't seen my aunts and uncles in two years. They got to meet Layla for the first time and see how much Sanaa has grown up. Layla had a great time and practiced her walking between the various family members. Sanaa was a little overwhelmed with the amount of people and spent most of the time outside with my brother playing. She did however thoroughly enjoy the punch and said to me, "Dis is a good party" as she drank her third cup of punch.

Grandpa and his grand-daughters.
My mom made four different fruit pies. We thought about making a birthday cake, but my dad LOVES fruit pies, so fruit pies seemed more appropriate. Besides we had cake on his actual birthday.
We put candles in a pie and my dad (being the goofy guy he is) blew them out before we finished singing.
Sanaa began the party hiding under a desk.
But eventually she ventured out and tried to offer Layla some chips.

Playing with grandpa after all the guests left. Sanaa is handing grandpa another "cake" to eat.

The great outdoors

When visiting my parents we almost always have some type of run-in with wild animals. To refresh you memory you can check out my run-in with a bat and the time we found a newt and slugs. I can now add snake to that list. Oh yipee!!! (note my sarcasm).

After Sanaa and I had finished helping my mom plant her tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, cantaloupe, and jalapenos in the garden I decided to walk around and look at the fruit trees my dad had planted. He planted about 16 different fruit trees (apple, pear, apricot, plum, cherry, prune, peach). As we were walking over to the trees Sanaa suddenly stopped, her eyes got big, and she just starred at the ground. My mom and I didn't know what was going on. Sanaa wouldn't move so I walked back over to see what she was starring at expecting to see some kind of bug. But no, she had stumbled across a garter snake! I tried not to freak out (I don't like snakes) and we watched the snake slither away. Sanaa thought it was pretty cool since this was her first snake to see outside of the zoo and we can all admit that seeing a snake in the zoo isn't that exciting since most of the time they are curled up in a corner.

We continued our walk through the fruit trees until something moved in front of my foot and I of course jumped and screamed as I discovered another garter snake. I told Sanaa the snake startled me and she wanted to find it and hold it. Ugh.
Some other (less scary) wildlife we've seen include the Western Tanager, which I spotted before my dad did. This was the first sighting for this year. It's not the best picture because I had to zoom in so much with the camera and the silly bird kept flying off to different branches.
We've also been checking in on the tadpoles hanging out in my parents fountain/little pond.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The ocean, Mother's Day, and hanging out

We've had a busy but fun few days. On Friday we surprised my dad for his birthday by dropping in unexpectedly. We spent Saturday at the coast with my parents, my brother, and sister-in-law. It rained some in the morning (and was cold) but by the afternoon the sun was coming out some and it was beautiful. Sanaa and Layla had a lot of fun playing in the sand.

Sanaa on the hunt for more starfish. She and my dad did find some. She also found a snail inside a seashell. Very exciting!
Layla not pleased that I made her wear a hat and mittens.
Having a picnic snack.
Digging holes. The girls probably had the most fun doing this.
Layla really wanted in the hole.
Since keeping her out wasn't easy we put her in the hold and she loved it!

My Mother's Day picture with the girls. This is the only picture where Sanaa and Layla have their eyes open and are sort of looking at the camera. This Mother's Day was special in that it was the first one I got to spend with my mom since I was married (8 1/2 years ago).
Tackling uncle Ryan.
Layla walking from aunt Karen to uncle Ryan. She is getting good. She has taken up to 7 or 8 steps on her own!