Monday, December 14, 2009

Xmas Cookies

We made a batch of frosted sugar cookies, holiday shaped cookie cutters, the whole 9 yards.  It was pretty fun.  They turned out cute!

Deep concentration ... intricate work

All the finished cookies, Reagan's proud of us all!

Reagan's masterpieces (other than the outfit on the gingerbread man and some of the face on the snowman, these were all her!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Dude

He's made his way down to the 90th percentile.  Looking at the growth chart, it's an abrupt drop between 7 and 8 months, when he started scooting (7 mos) and crawling and pulling up (8 months). Speaking of growth, his 4th tooth just popped through the gums.  He also gets the idea of communicating by pointing at everything and saying "dot" or "duk".

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cam's 32! (Nov 13)

We made and decorated a cake after returning from Disneyland since we couldn't do our homemade cake on the road.  Pretty much an excuse to make a cake.

Ryan helped by trying to empty out the pantry


Reagan drew the family as one of her projects in preschool and did such an amazing job.  So cute!  At first I thought my legs were coming out of my armpits, but it turns out that's my dress :-)

Proudly showing off her artwork from school

Disneyland Trip

Nov 7-14, we went to San Diego and Disneyland.  After getting in late Sat night after 9 hours in the van, we spent the first day just walking around Mission Bay and the coast and the 2nd day at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.  This place was way better than any zoo I've been to.  The first thing we encountered were ducks nibbling at our feet.  That freaked Reagan out.  It was quite a trek getting around there too, it's a huge place.

Hanging by the pool and hot tub at our hotel on Mission Bay

Cam, Reagan, and Ryan on a Rhino Rear

Ready to drive the Autopia Cars at Disneyland

What?!  Goofy's mailbox is upside down!  Gawrsh, that's goofy!

"What is this strange mouse-person, Mama?"

Meeting princesses was a little daunting in reality

Everyone's enjoying It's A Small World

Monday, December 7, 2009

Halloween 2009

Carved pumpkins (Note To Self:  do not carve pumpkins a week ahead since you do not live in a cold climate anymore.  They turn into white, fuzzy liquid by Halloween night)

Cinderella, Gus the Mouse and the Fairy Godmother

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cinderella makes Blueberry Pancakes

Reagan likes her costume so much that she wears it for everything.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Arizona Vacation

Thanks to Uncle Brandon and Aunt Danielle for a great vacation! After a couple days at their house, we spent a night in Sedona by ourselves, then met them and friends in Flagstaff for a couple more days before spending one last day back in Pheonix.

Reagan really enjoyed Winston, especially giving him dog cookies. He got a few more than usual when she was around. "Can I feed Winston another cookie?" He also got the scary milk jug w/ pennies shook at him more than usual too. She over-used it to make sure he didn't jump on her.
Ryan got really good at scooting and he officially does commando-style crawling now (ok, took me a while to get around to finishing this post and he actually crawls as of late Oct). The only drawback was being vulnerable to Winston kisses but he didn't seem to mind. He just concentrated on the new sensation when Winston licked his ears repeatedly. Here's "Chubba Wubba's" enjoying his toys on the floor before Winston was up one morning. Cousin Leslie (Freshman at ASU) came over one night for burgers on the grill. It was great to see her!
We accompanied Winston to the dog park one evening. It was funny to watch the dogs frantically socialize with each other during their limited time together. It usually takes a while to get him back on the leash to go, but Brandon was able to sneak up behind while another dog owner was petting him. He knows what's up.

At the Zoo. Reagan looked for 10 minutes and couldn't find the lion. Can you? (click to enlarge)
Our Studio in Sedona was a great deal. Here's the view from our front step and out our front window. It opened to a courtyard with a pool, fire pit, two hot tubs, and great view. The picture through the window includes the mesa we hiked up in the morning (the shortest one ... we were holding Ryan in a baby carrier that he's way too big for).
Good Morning Ryan!
We literally walked out our front door, across the courtyard and onto this trail.
At the top of the mesa
After the hike, it was time to go for a swim.
Here's another great picture in Sedona.
Sedona Nappers: After checking out, hitting an outlet store for a bit, and heading into the town for lunch, both kids fell asleep. Neither have ever slept more than an hour at a time in the car, so we figured no problem, we'll kill a little time. They were both sleep deprived and Reagan hadn't been handling restaurants well, so the wait would be worth it, we decided. 2 and 1/2 hours later, we finally got lunch. Of course they slept that long when it didn't work with the schedule.

That night, we checked out the Flagstaff observatory. Reagan was interested in learning everything but afraid to look through any of the telescopes.
We stayed at Corey & Jer's family cabin where we had great home cooking and even made s'mores in the fireplace! It was nice and relaxing. On a walk around the neighborhood, Cam and Reagan found 16 unique kinds of wildflowers. We stopped at the Montezuma indian ruins on the way back from Flagstaff. Pretty amazing that they lived up there let alone built it!
Our last day, we went to a really fun park. Reagan loved the train ride around the park and a couple merry-go-round rides too.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Reagan Tweets

[To Cam as he's leaving her room after putting her to bed]

"Dada, I want you to check on me, go, check on me, go, check on me, lay on my cushion" - counting on her fingers as she listed the sequence of events

For my b-day this year, we got a group of 12 for the party package at iFly SF Bay, Indoor Skydiving. It was awesome!
In this pic from left: Allison, Tracy, Erika, Michelle, Cameron, Aimee
Video of my second flight:

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's that time of year again! We're drowning in apples. We filled this big bin in no time and there are tons more. By the way, Reagan took that picture, I need to give her the camera more often, what a photographer!

Here's how Ryan participated ... for a minute until he got fussy and we had to hold him.
First Day of School

Reagan started preschool today ... and didn't cry one bit (even though she told me numerous times from the moment she woke up that she didn't want to go). After refusing to get in the pool for lessons without me just a month ago and go into a ballet class without me in the spring, I was pretty surprised how well she did.

"I love it here" she said, as we were walking out.

An excerpt from my friend Tracy about her son JJ and Reagan this morning (a few friends had a harder time, but they all ended up proclaiming their love for the place too):

/Warm Fuzzy Moment of the Day/: JJ bawling his eyes out that I'm leaving the playground. Reagan walks up (out of nowhere) and silently presents a pine cone to JJ. JJ: "I don't want a pine cone!! Snort". Reagan (patiently still holding it out). I give it to JJ and say "tell Reagan thank you". "Thank Youuuu. Snort". Reagan silently retreats to whatever angel cloud she came from....

Waiting to go in this morning (from left): Wesley, Reagan, Jack

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Passy Fairy

"The passy fairy takes your passies to give to babies in other cities that need them and she leaves you a gift. You can leave your passies in the passy fairy basket any night that you're ready starting when you're 3 years old ... or she comes on your birthday when you turn 4." - said I, several weeks ago.

This whole idea got discussed here and there until a few weeks ago on a Target trip where Reagan was getting very excited about "The Little Mermaid" themed dolls/toys and especially one where you could change Ariel from a mermaid to a human (we had to describe it to her since they were out of stock).

We started mentioning how maybe we could leave a message with the passy fairy. This got her suddenly very ready to give up the passy. We convinced her that a practice night or two (she only slept with it, so it was only an issue at night and naps) would be good to see if she's ready since the passy fairy couldn't buy the gift until it was in the store anyway. She only got about 10 minutes in and got out of bed to grab the passy off her bookshelf ... too tempting.

On the way home that night, she made sure ... over and over during the ride home ... that we knew she wanted the "tail on/tail off" Ariel and not the other ones. We found the toy (on Ebay finally) and told Reagan it was available for the passy fairy to buy so when Cam suggested she go for it, she was game.

We put her 2 passies in a basket and I left a little note from the passy fairy saying how generous it was of her to give her passies to babies that need them. She was beside herself the next morning with her "tail on/tail off" Ariel and has been playing with it almost non-stop ever since.

It hasn't been the easiest transition though. The first two nights she woke up around 4 am out of sorts, wanting her passy, unable to fall back asleep. When she wanted us to play "Ariel" with her the next day, we explained that we were too tired because we missed so much sleep when she wouldn't sleep in the middle of the night. She hasn't done that since!

She's had some trouble at the beginning of the night too, not wanting to go to sleep. Tonight is the first night she didn't fight it at all - only took 5 nights to get back to normal, not bad. The best was when she whined about needing something in her mouth and when I suggested her thumb, she said, "no, I need something the size of a passy!" Sneaky, Reagan, sneaky.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Reagan gets it. It wasn't long ago that we would tell her " ... in 10 minutes" and she'd say "how about 5?" Ok Reagan, whatever you say. :-) Well tonight when Cam was putting her to bed, there was a little negotiation about how many minutes he'd wait before checking on her.

Cam: "How about 30 minutes?"
Reagan: "No, that's too long. How about 5 minutes?"
Cam: "How about 10 minutes? That's just 2, 5 minutes" [shows her by counting on hands]
Reagan: "No, 5 minutes" [throwing just one hand up to show him]
Cam: "How about 5 minutes in the monitor and then 5 more minutes in your room?"
Reagan: "No, 5 minutes in my room, then in the monitor. And Mommy has to check on me too"

Bring her along next time you're dealing with a used car salesman!
Reagan Tweets

Instead of Twitter for Reagan's "tweets" like her cousin Faire has ( (super cute and great idea), I'm going to name and tag these posts "Reagan Tweets" so they're here with the rest of the blog, but easy to search out.

"But Cinderella does all the chores without complaining" -- Reagan, in response to Cam telling her he was going downstairs to help Mommy clean up [instead of sleeping in her room with her as she requested]

Monday, September 7, 2009

Big Sur, Monterey, and Camelot

Last weekend, my parents flew in for a quick weekend where we met Trixie, Philip, and Alex (aunt and cousins) for a night of camping in Big Sur. Cam came up with a great idea for keeping all the sleeping bags and pillows away from Ryan (we had never camped when Reagan was this young) - a kid bed rail between our air mattress and his little mat. Reagan was on her own camping pad at his feet. What a nice, cute little family tent layout, right? Fast forward to 2 am when Reagan woke up crying, which woke up Ryan and the only way to pick up Ryan without sitting on Reagan's sleeping area was to kneel on the unstable air mattress while reaching over the [previously] genius bed rail. Other than that, camping went well! :-)
Hmm ... scorching pot of chili and no tongs. This is called planning ahead folks! We bent a roasting stick and moved quickly.
Time for S'mores!
Next day at famous scene where waterfall falls directly onto beach.
Grandma Laurie and Reagan in their twin pants doing their twin walk back to the car
Stopped in Monterey on the way home ... 2 men and a baby ... a 22 lb baby with no stroller since it wouldn't fit with all our camping stuff in the van
The Berenstain Bears got candy apples for Halloween in one of Reagan's books and now she knows what they are (it's actually a caramel apple ... better in my opinion)
At the neighborhood pool the next day
back at Camelot