Fall in San Diego

If you’ve ever lived or visited San Diego you know that we don’t get much in the way of seasons. 72 and sunny every day isn’t too far from the truth. However our apartment complex has some wonderful liquid amber trees right outside our door which means we get the traditional winter (bare branches), spring (buds), summer (green leaves), and fall (red leaves).
The ground has been littered with leaves the last few days and I couldn’t help but grab the camera when I saw Dayla have a rockin’ time playing with the leaves and eating dandelions.
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Phone Talks

Recently Dayla has really been getting into “chatting” on the phone. It usually consists of taking my cell phone, announcing to me who she will be calling, and then “talking” to them. The funny part is that, although this has been something she has done for quite some time, now her conversations are getting more advanced. She will ask a question and then even pauses, as if waiting for an answer, then after the “answer” (or pause) she will say, “oh, I see” or “oh, okay”. If you were to listen to her talk you would actually think that there is someone on the other end of the phone. As you can imagine, this is a good laugh for whoever is in the room.
A couple days ago she called Papa and for some reason her conversation really gave me a good laugh:
D: Hi Papa, R you?
D: What dinner? (What did you have for dinner?)
D: Oh nice! Uh huh. Uh huh. And later? Oh yeah? Oh. Okay
(And it goes on like this for about 15 minutes. Then as I have stopped listening by now…I pick her up and tell her it is time to go …for an errand)
D: One minute mama
(Then I say, “Okay” and give her a kiss on the cheek. Then right after that she says to Papa…)
D: Okay Papa. Bye bye. Oh and papa…tell mama, (with great emphasis) NO MORE KISSES.
Then she hangs up the phone! WHAAT???? Apparently I give too many kisses! HA! I couldn’t help but bust up laughing and wanted to write it down.
AND…because we all love pictures…here is a little series I did of Dayla playing with balloons. They were two day old, deflated balloons from a photo shoot I did, but Dayla was in heaven playing with them! So fun!

Words words and more words

I stole this idea from my friend Kristy because it was such a great idea!
Dayla is a bundle of words and conversation right now, and like every stage so far, I love this one more than the last. I simply LOVE the stage of new words and sentences! As words come the frustration diminishes, but to me the best part is getting to see her little personality emerge. And honestly, I adore this spirited little girl’s personality.
Some conversations we have had recently:
D: Mama, stuck.
(I look over to see that she has her finger in her nose…we have been talking about “buggers” recently and how they are stuck in your nose)
M: Do you have a bugger that is stuck?
D: No mama. Finger in nose. Stuck.
Another one:
(Upon getting ready to read books for the evening, Dayla goes to sit on my lap but I haven’t quite gotten it in cross-legged position yet)
D: Uh oh Mama!
M: What is wrong Dayla?
D: (pointing to my lap) It’s broken!
An old one we had some time ago, but I have to record here:
Dayla points to my bible
M: Do you know what that is?
D: Mama’s book
M: Do you know what it is called?
D: Bible
M: GOOD! Do you know what it is about?
D: Coffee
(I guess she knows the two things that are important to me every day…the bible and coffee!)
Dayla likes to put together her “tato head” and the other day was no different. Upon finishing her masterpiece she says,
D: Mama picture tato please
M: You want a picture of Mr. Potato Head?
D: Yes
(so I reach for our point and shoot camera)
D: No mama! Big camera. Tato wants big camera.
(so there you have it…she knows that the big camera is for the important pictures!)
So of course I had to take a picture:

I am sure there will be many more fun conversations with this girl and I can’t wait to have them all.