Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall For Me




Andrew starts Haunted Forest, and Pratt Holiday Lighting in October, along with his regular job. So Ila and I try to keep ourselves busy. We've had fun times this fall. We explored Maryland monuments, found new parks, bathtub painted, carved pumpkins, and dressed up as a BYU cheerleader for Halloween. Her favorite was by far carving/cleaning pumpkins. It kept her little hands so busy and and she was intent on getting all of the "stwings" out of the pumpkin! She is growing so fast and is so full of personality.

Monday, September 26, 2011

To Name a Few



Ila is so full of personality! She is definitely a character and sometimes, let's be real here, all of the time she keeps her momma on her toes! I just wanted to share some of her quirky personality traits so you can all get to know her a little bit!
- She LOVES food. She will try anything at least once. If you are near her and eating you have to share. She will go up to people she doesn't know well and has even gone up to strangers with her mouth open begging for a bite. Some of her weird for a toddler favorites are salsa, olives, pickles, and chickpeas. Her latest word is "Coke" and it is the first thing she asks for in the morning. But since she calls anything she drinks "Coke" she usually means milk or water.
- Ila is the friendliest little girl. She says "Hi" and waves to anyone we pass. This means A LOT of waving at the grocery store, library, park etc. She will stop and gibber jabber at people like she is having a real conversation with them. Sometimes it is rather embarassing for her introverted mom! Just the other day we were walking at a nearby strip mall and I stopped to talk to someone I knew. The next thing I know Ila is in a nail salon hugging and blowing kisses to the employees there. She even picked out nail polish and was trying to take her shoes off for one of the girls to paint her toes!
- Ila is SUPER energetic. When I say this people are always like "ya, sure, all toddlers are." Which is really annoying. Because Ila is really SUPER energetic. She does not stop all day long. She wakes up rearing to go and is on full speed until bedtime. Even naptime seems like a whirl wind of activity and is often short lived. She wears her mom O-U-T. I am always at a loss as to what to do to keep her entertained and busy. All summer I spent majority of my mornings doing activities that would tire her out. It back fired a little bit because I was more exhausted than she was.
I could go on and on about all the things I love about this girl but here are just a few to give you a taste of our Ila!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hello There!



I know. It has been forever since I have posted. If anyone still checks this I am so ashamed of myself! I am not going to even try to catch us up to date. I think I will just post some pictures of little Ila and start fresh!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ila turned One

Miss Ila Joy turned one a few weeks ago! We had a fabulous "Milk and Cookies" themed party. It was such a fun day and we were so happy to celebrate our little girl. She has changed our life completely and I only see more changes to come... She is now 22lbs and about 29 inches long. She says a few words like, "mama", "dada", "doe" for Frodo, "baby" and "hi"- which she says in a very high and breathy voice. She is a crawling machine. Everywhere we go people comment on how fast of a crawler she is. I am not looking forward to walking stage because I can hardly keep up with her as is. That stage seems to be a ways off because she has no interest in walking when she can cruise so fast on hands and knees. Ila is super social. Which I am sure she gets from her Papa. She loves other babies and kids and if you have food or drink you are her new best friend. She plays a bit on the aggressive side but it is "nice" aggressive if there is such a thing. Her favorite toy is Frodo, whom she constantly teases and torments. She loves climbing up the stairs and anytime they are ungated she is racing up them. Her favorite food is probably bananas but she will settle for peaches in a bind. She has given up yams which she used to eat for almost every meal. She is a such a joy to have in our home and we love our little wild child!
Here our pictures of the party and Ila lounging in her armchair that she got from her mom and dad. Who knew we would raise a couch potato? I guess deep done I always knew.







Monday, November 29, 2010

Fall Fun Continued

Paisley and Sarah came for a visit in October. We had a "Fall Festival". We ate tons of fall soup and fall veggies and did fall activities with the girls. Mainly swinging in the park. And of course we made it to the ribbon outlet. We tried a new soup recipe that has quickly become a staple in both of our houses. Even sceptical husbands like our "Sausage and Kale soup". I wish they could have stayed for Halloween but Paisley needed to get back to defend her title of Best Costume at the Dan Peterson School Halloween Carnival! We had such a good time. I love it when they come to visit but I am always so sad when they leave. Afterwards, I go into a depressive funk and end up eating myself into oblivion and laying around the house way too much. Sometimes it takes weeks for me to get over it- especially when I don't know when our next visits will be.
Ila and I had to celebrate Halloween without Andrew this year. The Haunted Harbor kept him busy most weekends of October. Ila was a little Lady Bug. She was adorable and loved wearing the costume. We didn't do any trick or treating except at the ward trunk or treat. We did go and spend the evening with Grandma and Grandpa Pratt and the cousins. It was fun but I'm sure as Ila gets older it will be even more eventful. But shame on me- I hardly took any pictures of her in her costume. Is it okay to put her back in it and take some more? I take a zillion pictures of her with food all over her face but I only get 5 of her in her Halloween costume! I need help.



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Festivites Take One





We have been having a great autumn time around here. The leaves are beautiful and the weather has been so great until about last week. We have been doing a lot of fun things and the pumpkin patch has made our list of things to do twice! Here are some pictures of our first go 'round. More fall fun to come!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summertime...And the Livin's Easy


Fourth of July Smiles

Ila's first boat ride- Uncle Josh holding her in her way too big life vest.

Pig Tails anyone? Ila's Aunt Merrily did her hair. They make her look so grown up- I can't bring myself to put them in again.
Chillin' on the dock by Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire


Boston, MA- This is shortly after she had a poop explosion on the airplane- we couldn't get up to change her because we were getting ready to land- Andrew ended up with poop all over his pants and we had to wrap her up in her portable changing pad.