Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fun With Grandpa Don & Grandma Connie

We had a great time during their 10 day visit in June and have had to go back to cleaning the kitchen ourselves again. First, there was Grandpa Don's transformation, saved exclusively for Reagan. Before, no haircut or shave for 4 months (we're celebrating Gma Connie's birthday here)
After, Reagan said, "You look different but your voice sounds the same." Grandpa Don was very impressed by all her insightful remarks and enjoyed many "interesting conversations" with her.
Reagan really enjoyed some art and learning time with the colored pencils and dry erase writing strips Grandma Connie brought. Thanks for keeping Reagan so happily occupied, that was a nice break!
We were able to get out of the house kid free a couple times while Grandma Connie snuggled with Ryan, thanks again!
We all went to Kristen's (Daddy's 2nd cousin) wedding together and Reagan was a Woodland Fairy Flower Girl. She never actually walked down the aisle (luckily, there were 2 other flower girls) because that was too scary.
The basket of flowers was very important though and she wasn't letting them go anywhere.
They taught Reagan how to swing the bat in the backyard. (yes, that's a helmet. no, it's not for playing baseball. yes, she dressed herself. no, the ball didn't hit Ryan.)
Reagan's Introduction to Skiing

At the end of May, we took a quick trip to the mountains to catch the last couple flakes of snow since my family was going to be there. We were a bit scared of the long drive with Ryan hating the car and just barely being 3 months old (the turning point between babies being "complex-ily needy" and "settled" as our pediatrician puts it). We managed the 5.5 hr drive in 7.75 hrs on the way there and a record breaking 7 hrs on the way home! Could have been worse :-) It was great weather both days (until about 1pm when a quick hail storm would hit ... normal for the Sierra's) and there was actually more snow than we thought there would be.

All of us besides the 2 cousins (from left: me, Ryan, Cameron, Reagan, Laurie, Martin, Bethany, Danny, Alex, Trixie)
Gearing up
Feeding Ryan before I go Randonee (on a ski slope is a new one for me :-))
Cousin Faire & Uncle Danny off to climb up and ski down
Long day on the slopes, Ryan?
video of Reagan being instructed by Gpa Martin, Gma Laurie, and Daddy