This year this Mama woke up feeling extremely blessed on this Mother's Day! My heart couldn't be more happier and I am living my dream.
The weekend started off with a Mother's Day Tea with Rael at preschool, Breakfast in bed, gifts, a train ride down to San Diego watching the ocean pass by, a walk downtown, and a visit to the New Children's Museum. A perfect day with my four babies and my wonderful husband.
Our little boy that we love so much, the guy that brings complete and utter joy into our lives - the way he helps daddy every weekend in the yard, and how he spends every day of the week playing trains, trucks, legos, puzzles, cars, and hanging out with our family - he has captured our hearts! Lately, his favorite request is washing the dishes or asking for pizza every time he sees Mama cooking in the kitchen. We didn't know that by having another baby girl, Holton now has a special place in our hearts being our BOY. Happy Birthday buddy! We had a Nemo birthday party at home, with a delicious breakfast, and then packed up the car to spend the day at Balboa Park. We visited the train museum, had a picnic on the grass, and played at a park. We had the greatest time ever and the best part was that we were able to celebrate with our best friends - The Clarks..
Friday evening at 4pm, Laylie and I were in my bathroom curling her hair, putting on some make-up, and her teal dress. This was her very first dance with her prince-charming, "Daddy". The father and daughter dance at school was a moment we had been talking about for months. Questions like...What was Daddy going to wear, what was she going to wear, where should reservations be made for dinner, along with Mama's encouragement that there really isn't a wrong way to dance. As time got closer, more excitement grew. It was here and Laylie couldn't wait! Our oldest is growing up, now that dances are on the calendar, which this Mama enjoys so much. A beautiful corsage and boutonniere were put on, pictures were taken in the backyard, and off they went on their special night. They had Tommy V's for dinner, there was lots of dancing, Laylie was a raffle ticket winner for an art camp, laughs were had at the photo booth with friends, everyone had tasty desserts, and overall it was one of the greatest memories for a daddy and daughter to have together.
Also, Laylie received a very special award at school for "integrity". The teachers wait all year to see which student should receive this award and we couldn't be more proud of our Laylie to be the one selected for this special honor. I encouraged our girl that if she keeps on loving, caring and making people feel worthwhile every single day like she always does, she will make this world a better place.
Perfect as can be and we are in love with our little girl.
Oh, her tiny little body that lays on our chest as we take in the little sounds of her breathing peacefully - the weight of a newborn feels so perfect in every way. Her blue eyes always seem to be awake during the day as if to capture what this world has to offer. I love to look at her tiny hands and long fingers as I nurse, hoping to remember how they seem so small as they fit into my big hand. Her brother and sisters adore her and love to hold their baby sister. Time and time again I look over and big brother Holton is giving her wide open mouth kisses. The sleepless nights and the all night grunting from the bassinet by the side of our bed, along with passing the baby to someone else when my two hands are needed, will be missed. When people say her name, my heart skips a beat, and I love it more than anything. Such a blessing for a perfect, beautiful little girl. Nyla Jillian - we love you so much! We are thrilled you are here, and we are soaking up each day with you. Days can be tiring, but so lovely at the same time, because I am truly so grateful for YOU!
"Live today like it's your first, tomorrow like it's your last and enjoy every moment that passes!"