The other night Marlo put her arms around my neck and looked deep into my eyes, whispering something she had never said to me before – “I love you, Daddy.  I love you so much.”  It was then that I new I was in deep trouble.  Marlo turned three this month and her transformation from gangly, nutty two year old to a determined, well-spoken young lady has been sudden and unexpected.  I’m often taken aback by the things she says like, “No, Dad. I don’t want to clean up.”  She has me wrapped around her little finger and the worse part about it is, she knows it.

Here are a few pictures of the newest female member of my family to rule my life.

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All set for a plunge into the sea.

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Birthday Girl

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Fooling around with Brooke at Los Lioness

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Best friends

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Her preschool class party

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On a hike at Temescal Canyon

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Petite but always in the mix

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Daintily dispatching the Pinata at Brooke’s Birthday Party

On Saturday Amy threw Logan and Marlo a birthday party at the Palisades Presbyterian Church that rivaled Logan’s first Birthday (remember the one with the Folklorica dancers and full Mariachi band?) .  At least one hundred parents and children showed up.  The music and dancing was out of control and the tacos were delicious.  There was a “Boxing Ring” bouncer and the kids went nuts knocking each other out.  We had an ice cream cart but there were so many kids we ran out of ice cream!  Sorry to those who missed out.  Here are a few pictures and a clip so you get the idea.

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Loves her brother.

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And he loves her …

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Marlo taking a break from dancing

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Amy and Liseth

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The happy family.

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Both kids hauled in a lot of presents.  So what did they decide to play with?  A box of course …