I didn’t pick her to be the way she is, but she is everything I could have ever dreamed of and more. She completes our family in a way that is beyond perfect. I could have never picked that well. And it makes me so glad that I am not in charge.
That is what this series reminds me of. Each picture captures “her” in a way that I feel like I haven’t been able to capture in a long time.
She is tenacious. And well, she is two. So she doesn’t let me take pictures of her like she used to. But these pictures are HER. The “her” that makes me laugh everyday, the “her” that overwhelms my heart with joy and love. Capturing this side of her is no longer an easy feat. But yesterday she didn’t notice I had the camera out. Or didn’t care. And so I got to capture the Dayla that I know so well, but that others rarely see.
I don’t ever want to forget this Dayla. The one that laughs deep with her belly at absolutely nothing at all. The one whose heart is so big that she cries when others are sad. The one that is so tender and sweet that after being scolded she will put her hand on my cheek and say “I am so sorry mama. I love you.”
That is our Dayla.
The greatest blessing I have ever received.
And my cup runneth over.
Often throughout the day I ask Dayla to “help” me do tasks around the house. It usually means the task takes 3x as long, and leaves a big mess after, but we both love it. It is fun for me to add a little chaos to the routine things of life, and fun for Dayla to feel like she is helping out. Usually the “tasks” we do are things like unloading the dishwasher or putting away groceries or helping cook.
Tonight as I walked in the door from my yoga class I heard squeals of delight and little girl laughter. I was excited to see what Daddy and Dayla were up to and quickly grabbed the camera. Daddy had invited Dayla to experience (for the first time) washing dishes. It was a HILARIOUS sight to be seen. She was giggling with glee, alternating washing the pan with washing her tummy and her hair, and leaving the kitchen floor looking like a tsunami had entered our kitchen.
After 3 years Baby Meatball has gotten a facelift.
We moved from our old blog software (Movable Type) to this new blog software (WordPress) because it’s the same one we use at Sundin Photography and is much more flexible.
We also wanted to expand the width of the page so we could post larger Dayla pictures. Ginette designed the layout and chose the new color theme. She said it was because green is her favorite color (I knew that) and orange is mine (news to me). Well, I guess I do have an orange car… saffron if you want to be picky about it.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy the new layout. We sure do.