My girl Laila.

{A site I came upon the other day.}


I am really having fun watching my Laila becoming a real girl.

She just turned 2 the end of February but wow, she is packed with her own sense of “her”.

She is rather kindhearted, not a purist, she can get rather violent when provoked, but yes, kindhearted in her core I think hope.

When Elle follows her around the house, tight in Laila`s personal space, pretending to be a creepy bear, of course Laila wails. Elle delights. I intervene, the way mothers are supposed to. I try not to laugh at how screechy Laila was over an odd, creepy bear, and not even a good imitation of one. Laila also looks funny running in heels. I tell Elle to Say Sorry!

Elle wails,

“I caaaan`t


“Then we will sit and wait until you can say it.”


But Laila (and she always does this), is already hugging Elle and saying,

“I sowwy, I sowwy, Elle”

(NO! don`t tell her sorry, you didn`t DO anything.)

Laila loves to say sorry and is always super affectionate, loving, easily broken. I fear for a bit of a pushover tendency in her future.

We will have to keep an eye out for that.

The other day, I saw there was “activity” with Laila bustling about the dinner table. She is a bustler. Most days she wears heels and a princess skirt, bangles on her arms. She really likes pretty things. In the morning, after I get her dressed upstairs, most days she “finishes” getting ready, when she gets down here with the princess get-up box. (Groan)

Anyway. I saw she (alone) was doing this (see below).

We have 4 chairs at our table. Each one neatly had

1 dolly


1 animal

sitting in them.

I was kinda proud.

Here she is the one day I “tried” to potty train her. It ended toward the end of the day when she got sick of it and made her body as stiff as a board when I tried to put her on the potty.

Well, my policy is if I have to discipline them to go potty, well, then they aren`t ready yet. So we canned it for that day. If she tries to go to kindergarten still not trained, I`m sure she will learn pretty fast thatΒ  “mommy was right.”Β  I`m banking on that.

“So you guys don`t just go-where-you-are anymore? Yeah, that makes more sense.”

Laila is the queen of happily enjoying “leftover fun”. She is never old enough so that`s her life at present. She loves it.

Like when Elle plays touch screen (special) computer games at the library, Laila could play at the puzzle table, play in the playhouse with stuffed toys, look at books. No. She will stand for the half hour Elle plays, patiently watching the screen beside her– loving her life as a 2 year old. She can`t even hear what`s going on, because Elle is wearing the huge, welding-style headphones.

When I scrutinized this photo later, I realized she has a nice runny nose going on.

I wish I looked this good with my nose unwiped, my nightie on, and the fact that *I* was in bed 15 minutes before.

In case you care, and because it bothers me now– I am not a nightie kind of person, myself.

{Because I am a footed pajamas all the way kinda momma.}

{The snuggy is great too, just not as practical when cooking meals and moving around the house.}

Edited to add: Both 2 comments above are jokes.

Drawing time.

No, Laila is not dressed up like a diva. She is dressed like LAILA. That is her.

Because princesses don`t wear those purple things in their mouths.

Laila calls her nippy “baby”.


Misc. news.

{“News” used loosely}

Anyone else dig free samples like I do? I`ve gotten perfume, mags, cool coupons, ravioli and yesterday TIDE!! I get my best samples from All You.

My sister so kindly babysat for me the other night and since I was in a RARE and loving “sewing mood” (and G was home on vaca to watch the girls)– I made her a few “treats”.

I hopped onto a great idea! When you make a teeny tiny skirt, root around for for old diaper covers to sew into the skirt. I found a few hip looking ones from Old Navy to sew into these skirts. I don`t know about you– but I can`t hack seeing bare diaper under a pretty skirt. It ruins the whole essence, if you know what I mean.

It`d be like Food and Wine magazine taking a classy tablescape of fine cuisine, and in the background you can see opened TIN CANS sitting around.

Hide the ugly, so the beauty can shine.

{Little barrettes are from this tutorial.}

{They are insanely fun to make!}

I got my camera out the other night to capture the sweetness of G helping his niece Katy play his guitar. Well, the moment passed before I got there.

What I caught instead, appears to be an intimate/caressing moment between G and his guitar. WHOAH! We`ll leave you 2 ALONE.

“Dear sweet music machine, you make my heart sing the way Jenny`s voice cannot.”

Joy had a party and put makeup on me. My sisters always rave that I look better, but I still feel more me with less on. Sorry, that`s how I roll– drab-mom style for me!

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  1. Rachal says:

    OK, are you saying that you wear footed pajamas? πŸ™‚ Or that you like them on your girls? I have seen pictures of adult footed pajamas and lets just say it scarred me forever! Your girls are so cute. πŸ™‚

  2. Rachal says:

    Here’s a link to the awful looking PJ’s. πŸ™

  3. Aug says:

    Awww…such a cute post, Jenny!
    Loved hearing about little Laila and her personality and sense of style. Kendall does that same thing with Derrick, would rather WATCH him play computer than play himself. He gets way too frustrated when he tries to play.

    LOVED the way Laila set up the dolls with an animal each. that is just way too cute.

    Also, I am pretty much like you with make-up. I rarely wear it.

  4. Kay says:

    I love your Laila, Jenny! Her clothing style is adorable (and her mom’s clothing style for her is also adorable).

    LOL about both the pjs jokes and G with his guitar. :p Made my day! πŸ™‚

    Oh yeah, and the make-up thing… once you start, you gotta keep it up and then when you’re in a hurry some day, you won’t have time to put it on and everyone around you will freak and run for cover because you don’t look at all how they’re used to you looking. πŸ™‚ That’s my take on make-up. πŸ™‚

  5. Lynnelle says:

    Aww! Laila’s animals and dolls are so cute. What a little hunny she is. And what it is it with the big sisters creeping around terrorizing the little sisters. Got the very same situation going on over at this house. Although the youngest is no longer quite so willing to forgive. πŸ™ Loved this post! Keep up the inspirational work!

  6. julana says:

    oh i am still in LOOOOVE with my Sydney skirts you made her. I am dieing to “go out” so she can wear them! it seems ever sense you gave them I still have not went anywere great that i can wear them on her. I will take your “crafty” stuff anyday. Ha- just today i looked around my house and thought “wow, alot of my decor is from/made by JENNY” πŸ™‚ thanks so much for thinking of me when you made those skirts. i’d see your girls in there skirts and have secretly wished for one for awhile.:) I feel quit tickled with my good luck!
    you look great without much make up that is true but you can’t say that picture above (with joy)that you don’t look GREAT! love that picture of both of you. scrolled down and was like “wow who are those pretty ladies!” ha- my sisters.:)

  7. amber says:

    loveLOVED this sweet post about your girls.. you always have me teetering between snorting and cracking up and sighing from getting all sentimental and mushy.

    and you’re one of the blessed ones where less is more when it comes to make up. in other words you dont’ NEED it. seriously. that’s not empty flattering… it’s true. pretty face, plain and simple and doesn’t need help to make it up. that’s what my dad used to say, “make up is making up for what’s not there.” πŸ˜‰

    oh, and emma has that same hard haired doll. that one that talks when you push her tongue down. it freaks reese out. she always cries when emma put’s it in front of her and it starts talking. kinda like the bear thing w/ your girls.. why do siblings find humor in torturing each other!

  8. Kristen Lehman says:

    Just went to that website u put down for adult pajamas and honestly, they’re horrendous! O my. Someone must wear them if they can sell a pair for $45!

  9. Rachel says:

    aww! she is a sweetie pie!
    somehow, the things you say about her, remind me of my Ava….maybe some of the ways are true of second born children? the whole ‘watching her sister with no sound on the computer’ thing? that is EXACTLY what Ava would do. and the ‘sorry’ when she’s not wrong…
    such tender hearts…such an awesome privilege to have little girls like that!
    miss you!!

  10. Becca says:

    Your Laila reminds me of myself… maybe it IS a second-born thing, but that’s how and why I learned to read at age four. My older sister was learning, which of course meant I was right beside her, watching. I was a sensitive pushover, too. But I outgrew it. πŸ˜‰

    Oh, and the makeup thing. Ditto. My sisters are the glamour, full-makeup type. Me? It’s just mascara and a bit of concealer, with a touch of bronze eyeshadow and a light lip tint for special occasions. Anything more feels unnatural for me. They can keep the color and foundation. πŸ™‚

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