Blessings From Above

Blessings From Above

Monday, June 27, 2011

Best Friends

You would never know that a 20 month old little girl could have best friend. Yup, my little Laylie has the sweetest, closest and greatest little friend, Therese. They do everything together and are just like two little teenagers hanging out together on any old day. They're so excited when they see each other and greet one another with big hugs. They chat about things and tell each other what they have been up too. They play so nicely together, making sure they are taking care of each other’s needs. They have taken dance class together, gone on fun outings like Sea World, park days and picnics. The best part is: They first met each other a few days after Laylie was born and have been together ever since. I am truly blessed by Therese’s mama and auntie because they are some of my closest and dearest friends too.

Today we had Therese and her Aunt Danielle come over for some fun. The girls had a tea party in Laylie’s room, drinking cold refreshing water and snacking on gummy bears, puffs and graham crackers. They played dress up in all of my old bridesmaids dresses, put on my long necklaces, gold bracelets and my high heeled shoes. They looked so darling! They ate lunch together and played in the backyard, and even helped bake banana bread! Each of them took turns pouring in the sugar, flour and butter. What a wonderful day and we are so thankful for such treasured friends that make our hearts so happy and over filled with joy.

Tea Time:

Dress Up Time In My Old Bridesmaids Dresses:

Lunch Time:

Baking Time:

Here is Therese and Laylie meeting each other for the first time with Laylie being only a few days old. So fun!

The Joys Of Camping

We had a wonderful time camping this past weekend up in the mountains with the Troncone Family. We arrived at the campsite on Friday evening and set up camp. We set up our tent in the same campsite that my parents parked their motor home, and Lisa and Jon stayed in the next campsite over. It was so much fun to camp with Laylie this year! This time she was able to run around, get totally dirty from head to toe, ride her bike everywhere and enjoy every minute playing outdoors. The best news is that she slept soundly through both nights! This is a small miracle since normally she is not such a happy camper at night and wakes up every 45 minutes. I think she finally is at the age where camping is an all around true joy. I now know why people like to camp, because it seems like the clock stops and all you have to do is relax - does it get any better than that? On Saturday, the whole family hiked to a beautiful waterfall where we got to put our feet into the cold rushing water and we took some fun pictures. We made s’mores around the campfire, ate a lot of yummy food, played games, and really enjoyed being together as a family. We had tons of fun and loved every minute of camping this past weekend.

Hanging out and relaxing at camp:

Laylie had a great time riding her bike for hours a day thanks to Uncle Jon, Uncle Chris and Jason for helping her go fast and pushing her up the hills:

On one of our hikes:

Laylie had so much sunscreen in her hair we were able to do some really fun hairdos:

Our hike to the beautiful waterfall:

We are so thankful for such a wonderful weekend with tons of fun, family and perfect weather.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Up Whites?

Wondering what the White Family has been up to? Here is all the fun since the last two months...
We have been doing many trips to Seaworld and we even got to spend a day with my brother Tim and his girlfriend Lindsay. Laylie had a blast running around with them, meeting Elmo, seeing Shamu and even going on some kid rides. What a fun time!

We have been going on neighborhood bike rides every weekend and Laylie loves riding on the back of Jason's bike. She has the time of her life and relaxes while he does all the hard work. She sure looks cute in her little helmet.

Some things Laylie loves to do every day….she washes her own hands in the bathroom a few times a day and loves the cold running water running through her little fingers. She is also very artistic and colors, paints and draws beautiful pictures for her daddy while he is at work. She loves playing with her new doll house that I scored at a garage sale with all the little accessories, too. Shoes, shoes, shoes – total girl – she loves spending a few hours trying on all of her shoes and hats and walking all around the house. Summer is here and she is for sure an outdoor girl and loves playing in her little pool, going to the park nearby or even playing in her playhouse in the backyard. I am enjoying every minute with Laylie and I am trying to soak it all in minute by minute.

It has been wedding season once again for Jason and I. One of Jason's best friends since kindergarten, Shane, married a wonderful girl Brooke, and they had a gorgeous wedding at the Brigantine Restaurant in Solana Beach. Jason had the honor of being one of the co-best men and did a great job being there for his buddy on his special day. Next, our friends Cubbie and Bec got married, and this wedding made everyone fall back in love again. These two are truly the sweetest and most "in love" couple I have ever seen, and their wedding was overlooking all of Old Town San Diego. Then, we had our first get-away without our little Laylie. We headed up to Valencia to go to a beautiful wedding on a golf course and Jason had the privilege of singing in the ceremony for the cutest married couple. The day was sunny and every detail was perfect. The wedding ended at 9pm but that did not stop us…we headed to a late night movie, walked around the town and went back to our hotel room, and finally got to bed around 1am. It was such a fun 1st get-away with so much love in the air and tons of entertainment. Thanks to my Mom and Dad for watching Laylie while we enjoyed our time together being away for the night.

Laylie's last dance class was this week and it truly was so much fun. She learned how to dance, jump, sing, do hand motions, cheer, somersaults and even hula-hoop. I loved watching her run around in her big tutu every week and watching her learn new things. We can’t wait for the Fall for the dance class to start up again.

Off to the Del Mar Fair... We had a blast at the local fair where Laylie rode a pony, took home a goldfish and even rode a big yellow bus to and from the parking lot. She enjoyed watching everything and even got to dance with her uncle Jon and Aunt Lisa at the Switchfoot concert that was playing that night. This week we were able to go to the fair again, and went with her buddy Owen.

We welcomed two precious and most perfect little babies into the world. I was blessed to be a part of my best friend Sierra’s entire birth and I was able to be there while little Landon Arnett came into this world. It truly was the most wonderful thing and I feel so honored to help Sierra do a complete natural labor. Kellen and Sierra, thank you for letting me be a part of your most treasured memory and you both did an amazing job. Landon is perfect in every way!

Jason's sister and our brother in-law Andrew welcomed our little nephew and their second little boy Micah Caedmon. He is the cutest and sweetest little baby. Jessica did an amazing job, and absolutely wowed everyone when after all was said and done, the little guy weighed in at 10lbs 14oz! Jessica, you amaze me and I am so proud of you! We can’t wait to watch our little nephew grow up and play with Laylie. Congratulations sis and bro!

Thank you for going down memory lane with us for the past two months. We just feel so over-joyed to be living a wonderful life and soaking up God’s blessings. Can’t wait for the summer fun and we will keep you posted.