December Themed Photo: Do you want to build a snowman? A Kyla snowman?

This month, I built my own snowman. Well, I made her about 23 months ago, but I built her into a snowman eh..like a week ago. This month was to say the least, a struggle. Making the costume was pretty simple…actually it involved ZERO sewing. From the tulle skirt, to the shirt and the frosty hat, it was nothing a few knots and glue gun couldn’t handle.  What I couldn’t exactly handle was, the beginning of the terrible 2’s. Let’s just say she did not want to be in that snowman costume. We had a “costume rehearsal” which resulted in a couple snowman meltdowns. BUT, after some prepwork of telling her we’d go to her favorite place–the beach, AND bribing her with a candy cane, we finally got some decent shots of this snowgirl:IMG_3601 IMG_3621 IMG_3634 IMG_3647 IMG_3654 IMG_3671

What Kyla the snowgirl would have literally looked like if she had a meltdown without the tears and tantrum face:IMG_3677

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October monthly theme: Halloween from the cast of Wizard of Oz!

Happy Halloween everyone! As mentioned in my previous post, our family went as the cast of Wizard of Oz this year. The TinMan costume was finally done, and the husband was on board with dressing up, silver paint and all. The dogs cooperated and even Chewy our blond Yorkie/Maltese dog got into character for this. Molly, presumed cocker spaniel/poodle mix had been growing her mane since February. Kyla had her ruby slippers ready. And the scarecrow was played by myself. This was probably the most labor intensive monthly theme so far!

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Our blond Yorkie/maltese was spray painted black using PetPaint (http://www.petpaint.com/)

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Toto (played by our Yorkie/Maltese)

Lion:

Molly has been growing her mane since February 2014!

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Lion from Wizard of Oz (played by Molly, our Cockerpoo)

Dorothy:

Kyla is wearing a homemade Dorothy dress sewn by me. 🙂 Ruby slippers are Toms shoes

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Dorothy from Wizard of Oz (played by Kyla)

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Tinman:

Made from poster board and duct tape. The hat was a spray painted funnel and the gloves are spray painted dishwashing gloves:

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TinMan from Wizard of Oz

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Tinman playing his role

Scarecrow:

I made the green top by tracing an existing sweater, made the hat using felt, and the thing-around-the-neck (what do you call it?) using a natural colored fabric and elastic band.

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Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz(played by mommy Linh)

And our family, er, I meant cast photo:

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Wizard of Oz Cast

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Wizard of Oz family photo

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Scarecrow and Dorothy

September themed photo: Chargers Monday night football!

Kyla was born a Chargers fan. Her dad is a Chargers fan, her mom is a Chargers fan, even her dogs are Chargers fans. Not only that, but she was born and (so far) raised in San Diego, home of the Chargers. So in celebration of being a Chargers fan, she (ahem, or we on her behalf) decided to get all dolled up as a Chargers cheerleader and cheer with the dogs.

This photo op however, did not come so easy for us. We had this grand idea of taking these photos at a local high school football field on a Sunday night. We drove up to the high school, parked, had the husband go out to make sure we could get in. Fifteen minutes later, with the sun setting down fast, comes back and says “the gates are locked but we can probably fit through the chains.” “Are you surrrre?” I asked. “Oh yeah, I can totally fit through it,” Lawrence said.

So I got out of the car, grabbed Kyla, our camera, dogs, and homemade pompoms. Got to the gate, took a look at it, and was pretttty skeptical that I could fit through. “I’m not sure if I can fit through this Lawrence.”  “Dude, I can fit through it” Lawrence reassured me. So, determined to prove that I was smaller than my husband, because if he can fit through it, I can too, even if that means I am going to suck every bit of my gut in to fit through it. A few minutes later, gut sucked in and butt tucked in, I got through the gates. Then Kyla easily walked through, followed by the dogs. Then, it was Lawrence’s turn. He stuck his arm through, then, the rest of his body got stuck! After all that convincing, he could not fit through. Ha! Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t get his help and with only a few minutes before the sun set, Kyla, the dogs, all the gear and I ran down the stadium stairs, snuck in a few photos in a span of 10 minutes, and these were the results:

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August themed lemonade stand pictures

August was sort of a hard month to think of a theme for. There are no big holidays that I know of. No celebrations really. I’ve done beach pictures of Kyla. What summer thing can I do? I started to question whether I could pull off continuing this monthly themed photo thing I committed myself for. I turned to Dr. Google to answer my questions…and then here it is, a cute DIY wood pallet lemonade stand:

http://www.thecluelessgirl.com/2013/08/diy-roadside-lemonade-stand-for-only-3.html

So then, I decided just that–this month’s theme will be a lemonade stand photo! Perfect for the summer. I’ve never built anything on my own but I was determined to. I picked up a weathered wood pallet, dismantled it, measured and sawed the pieces, built the frame, nailed the pieces together, made a sign, and whallahhhh, Kyla’s lemonade stand:

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I proceeded to make her a little apron with vintage lace trimming to go with the theme:

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And so last night, somehow Kyla, and our two dogs Molly and Chewy cooperated and these are the results of August’s themed Lemonade Stand photos. Enjoy!

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DIY lemonade stand made from wood pallets

 

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DIY lemonade stand with the dogs

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Toddler sized DIY lemonade stand made from weathered pallets

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My little cutiepie “making” lemonade

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Lemonade made with love

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My happy little lemonade barista

 

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there who have sacrificed so much to raise their sons and daughters. And a special happy Father’s Day to the single moms out there who have played the role of both parents.

Kyla’s outfit this month is dedicated to Father’s Day. I had Lawrence pick out an outfit that he wanted to wear on Father’s day and made a matching corresponding outfit. Lawrence picked out a white dress shirt and a matching blue with white polka-dot bow tie that he got from Banana Republic. I found a blue polka with silver polka-dot cotton fabric that was similar to Lawrence’s bow tie, but decided to make Lawrence a bow tie as well. I found a pretty simple bow tie pattern thanks to Sew Like My Mom: (http://sewlikemymom.com/mens-bow-tie-tutorial/). The outfit turned out pretty good!

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On Saturday, I took my 2 “models” out to Solana Beach to this cute design-center street called Cedro St for a photo shoot. Kyla initially didn’t want anything to do with it:

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But eventually she warmed up and the Father’s Day photoshoot turned out really well.  Lawrence fell into the “model” role because as we stopped by a couple stores after the photo shoot, I found myself carrying everything including Kyla, my camera, and my props bag, while Lawrence was strutting around empty handed. When I asked Lawrence for some help he said “Oh I thought I was still playing your model.” Haha. Oh Lawrence.

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June’s themed outfit

Every month so far of Kyla’s life, we’ve been taking monthly pictures of her. After she turned 1, Lawrence wanted to continue taking monthly pictures but I was a little hesitant. How much do toddlers really change over time? Besides us, who will really care about these pictures? Can we really commit to remembering to take pictures every month for another year? We both work full time, when will I have time to do this?

But one idea kept me interested: I can take themed pictures of her every month!

I only started to sew a few months after Kyla was born. It started with making little bows (because I was too cheap to buy $10 bows at the store), then making homemade dresses. When Halloween came, we decided to dress up as a family to our friend AJ and Muoi’s Costume-themed wedding. Two years prior, Lawrence and I dressed as ghost busters and we wanted to re-use our costumes. This past year, marshmallow man had a baby:

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And then from there, I took off. I made Kyla a baby white coat using one of Lawrence’s old dress shirts for Pharmacy Week:

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Then as Thanksgiving rolled around the corner, this happened:

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So when Lawrence insisted we continue taking monthly pictures after her 1st birthday, I decided that we will do it…but we will do it with a monthly theme. Yes. Every month this year, we will take themed pictures of Kyla whether or not she’s up for it. So then, this happened:

February:

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March:

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April:

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and May, by far our favorite yet. It’s our little Cinco de Mayo mariachi girl:

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I think it’s pretty hard to top off last month’s themed outfit. There isn’t too much going on for June except, the wonderful Father’s day, a day Lawrence whole-heartedly deserves. This month will be matching father-daughter outfits. Here’s Kyla’s homemade shirt-dress and matching bow ties:

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So far we are 5 for 5 with this monthly themed picture process. As the year gets busier, hopefully we can keep up with what we signed ourselves up for!