She Has Got Her Own Ideas

When we were out today, a man leaned over to me and said (about Dayla), “She has got her own ideas.”

I just LOVED that and had to write it down.  He hit the nail on the head if you ask me.  No one has said it better than that.  That could be Dayla’s motto right now, in this stage of her life.  She has got her own ideas.  And of course, through that, God keeps teaching me how to let go of the wheel and give him full control.  I am just so thankful for this little spirited girl and all she teaches me.

Here is just some recent pictures of her when we were “scouting” out some photography locations together downtown a bit a few weeks ago.

First Time Seeing Snow!

I feel like all I had been talking about this winter with Daniel was getting Dayla to see snow for the first time this year, “no matter what it takes”, so when the opportunity arose to tag along with the Friesen family, we JUMPED at it! It was a total adventure and such a blast!

Very few things delight me more as seeing things “for the first time” through the eyes of a child, and experiencing snow through the eyes of a 2.5 year old was no different. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Dayla touched snow for the first time (and declared it cold and crunchy), got scared when she walked in it (“I am sinking mama!”), built her first snow man (carrot nose and all, with mom’s help), made snowballs (with dad), went down a hill on a snow disc for the first time (and did NOT like it), and enjoyed the Moonridge Zoo (where you can see bears and bald eagles and foxes about 4 feet from your face! BEST. ZOO. EVER.)

Of course, there were some pictures taken (warning: a lot of pictures!)

When we got to the house we were staying at, there was snow blocking the driveway. At first there were thoughts of shoveling it, then we all came to our senses and payed to have it plowed.

Dayla enjoying snow for the first time with me (while Daniel was snow boarding…)

She hugs her first snow man. (She is such a lover!)

Learning what a icicle is!

Then Dad comes home from snow boarding and it is “snow disc time”! (Dayla, not really a fan):

Ellie on the other hand….

I LOVE this Dayla and Daddy shot

The adorable Friesen family

Some family portraits

And when we weren’t in the snow, Dayla was busy playing with her friend Ellie and making sure Lucy was laughing (note the awesome headband too!) 😉

Ending the story of our trip with a picture of the Volvo. I have to admit, I think this car just looks GREAT in the snow. The weather was perfect while we were there. COLD, but sunny, and we even got some fresh snow so the girls could enjoy getting snowed on. Here is our car the next morning before we took off.

Hope you enjoyed this little first with us! If you want to see more pictures, click HERE.

Baking in the Night

I baked tonight without you.  After you went to sleep.  It was the lure of a clean kitchen and a lot more speed that made me do it.  But it was the first time in a long time that I baked without you by my side.

There is no egg shell to hunt out of the batter and the floor is not covered in flour. I didn’t have to chant, “wait til it is over the bowl to turn the spoon over” and I even got to lick the beater.  But it just wasn’t the same.

I baked tonight without you, and I just wanted to tell you how much I missed you.