WOW, I am such a slacker! I have a ton to catch up on here.

Lila’s getting older by the day. She’s walking, running, talking up a STORM, and has a brand new fresh sassy attitude to go along with it all. She certainly has a mind of her own, and isn’t afraid to show it (to us, anyway–she’s still shy towards most people she’s not around a lot). She’s such a tomboy too–certainly not delicate or cautious. She’ll dive head-first off the couch if I let her, and doesn’t even flinch over skinned knees.

She can tell us the sounds a snake, owl, monkey, cow, sheep, and pig make, and sometimes a dog and cat too. Her pig says “la la la!” though, after the Sandra Boynton book. 🙂 It’s adorable. She can also say a ton of words…off the top of my head: mama, dada, Lila, hi, bye-bye, all done, whoa, tubba (tub), pizza, cheese, water, bubbles, dog, ball, up, Roxie (this one is a stretch, but I can recognize it), and sometimes Gracie (her cousin).

In April, we attempted pics of Gracie & Lila at Easter…these were interesting.

We did also take some cute ones of them on their first Egg Hunt:

We also took the girls with some friends of ours to the Boston Marathon, which I posted about on my business blog here.

And lastly, we found out that Lila’s going to have a new cousin around November 10th! I’m trying to work on an 11/11 Birth Day for Gracie’s new little brother or sister, so we can share a birthday. 🙂

May has been an absolute whirlwind as well. So much so, that I’m SUPER behind on photos for May. But here are a few recent ones of the little monkey.

(Water table fun with her 2 best friends.)

(Isn’t her bathing suit the cutest thing ever??)

I’m working on getting caught up on the rest of the photos, and trying to post more! We have a super busy and fun-filled summer ahead of us, can’t wait!


But here are pics from Lila’s birthday. 🙂

Before I get to them, here is my disclaimer:

the weather was rotten this day. Wet, rainy, windy, cold, and DARK. Any of you who have been to my house know this is a recipe for disaster when it comes to photos. Add in about 50 people (including 12+ kids under the age of 4), and…well, it’s not pretty. It’s FUN, but not pretty.

I was also so busy playing hostess, that I didn’t take ANY of these. My super star sister and father in law took them. I took the liberty of turning them all black & white–lifestyle photography just looks cooler this way. And since it’s my blog, I can do what I want.

Without further ado (and yes, Easter is up next, you will see a repeat of these dresses, and in color too!):

(Apparently my kid hates cake. She must be adopted!)

(Saddest birthday girl in the world…)

Lila wasn’t really as miserable as you’d think. She was totally overwhelmed by all the love, that’s all. She takes after her mom, and isn’t much of a fan of attention. I will be more on top of my game next year, promise! Thanks, C & G, for capturing the images you did, we really appreciate it!

I promise, the birthday recap is coming. This weekend! But I wanted to sneak in this week’s 52 weeks project in the meantime, since I just put it up on the business blog.

Here are some additional pics, as always! 🙂

The Birthday Post is coming, promise!! I’m just getting this one up first, because I still have to edit the party photos.

My weekly project photo is now up on my biz blog. But you guys know I always post extras here, so I came right over to do so. We were outside yesterday, enjoying the balmy 40 degree weather, and wishing for spring.

And woke up to snow. UGH. Mother Nature, seriously. There are a lot of moms and little kids DREAMING about the park, going for walks, running around in the grass, swings, slides, and wagon rides. Cut us some slack, will ya?

Onward to the photos, I have to get moving on that birthday post before she turns 2!

Lila grinning at mom, taken by photographer Megan Moore.

(LOVE this pic!! She’s such a goofball!)

I know some of you are probably here looking for my sappy sob post about Lila’s first birthday. Well, it’s coming. 🙂 I’m waiting until after her party and birthday (both tomorrow) to write it, so I can have pics from the day. I need time to process this crazy weekend too. I can NOT believe that last year at this time, we were settling in at the hospital, getting ready to watch a movie on the computer, and time contractions.

SO, this week’s post is just going to be a regular post. I have posted my weekly image over on the business blog, and added the color version below, along with a couple of extras. I don’t have much new to talk about, except for Lila now saying “hi, Lila!” if I say it first. She also nods, and it’s HILARIOUS.

Without further adieu, because I need to get to bed, as we’re going to the NICU first thing in the morning, before her party.

Bonus post from me this week. Today was a good day, and I want to remember it.

Today, Lila:

– ate 3 good meals, for once; she still threw a lot on the floor, but a lot made it into her mouth, without a struggle
– took 2 good naps: over an hour each
– gives “hugs”, and omg, it is the best thing in the WORLD. If I ask her for a hug, she will lay her head down on my chest, and say “awww”. I about died.

Her cold is almost over too, YAY. Hopefully I can get rid of the chapped cheeks before Party Central next week.

I had to document some of today, so, bonus pics too!!

Seriously, with the red hair. Whose kid is this?? She is a bit clingy these days, so this is typical for us. I love it.

ALWAYS with something in her mouth.

Eating my lens cap.

Super charged with static electricity, from playing on the couch.

Oh, how I love good days.

I posted my new weekly image over on my business blog! I don’t have other images to add to this week’s post just yet, b/c I’ve been busy working on the sessions I had last week. I will try to get some “bonus” Lila images up here tomorrow or Friday though.

For now, here are a couple of random pics I never put on here.

(August 2009, in her room.)

(November 2009, on our way to get our Christmas tree.)

If you’re on my Facebook, you know that Lila took her first “official” steps this week. Real, intentional steps. She’s not walking yet by any means, but she will take steps here and there if we set her up to do so. She gets SO excited, it’s adorable.

I am working like crazy these days, to get everything ready for her birthday next week. I can NOT believe she’s going to be one. Our plan for the day (yay that it’s a Saturday) is to go to the NICU at Children’s in the morning, and say hello to everyone, drop off some goodies, and show off what an amazing job they all did last year. Then it’s back home for celebrating with family and friends!! And lots of tears from mom, I’m sure.

Let the countdown begin.