Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ryan Talks

He's really starting to talk up a storm these days, at only just past 16 months! He tries to verbalize whatever he can. Here's a list of every word Reagan, Cam and I can remember that he says now.

Animal sounds (he did these first a while back):
"doo" - moo
"cack cack cack" - quack
"oooooooooooh" - elephant trumpet sound
"mow" - meow
"teet teet teet" - tweet
"ah ah ah" - baa baa
"ee ee ee" - neigh neigh
"oof oof" - woof woof
"ss" - for snake
"shh" - whale (the sound of the water blowing out of hole)
ah.. followed by a purr sound - tiger roar
"ca ca dung a dung a" - cock-a-doodle-doo
hard throat clearing sound - for frog
"who who" - for owl
"caw" - for any black bird

"tee" - cheese
"meat" - with an overly pronounced "t"
"egg" - with an overly pronounced "g"
"ts" - juice
"ungk" - milk
"cackack" - cracker
"peace" - peas
spits w/b sound - blueberries
"nana" - banana
"guh-a-gung" - chicken

Other Words:
night night
"Eh-ee" - Wesley
"Emma" - Emma
"uppie" or "up" - Uppie for pick me up, Up for when going up stairs/step/hill
"dow" - down
"da" - stop
"doh" - go
"la la" - light
"ooooooooooh" - fire truck
"too too" - choo choo
"cut" - truck
"out" - to get out of a chair/seat or get something out of something

Signs Still:
milkies (nursing)
all done

2 Word Phrases:
Night night Daddy
"ooh dat Mama/Mommy" or "ooh dat Dada/Daddy" - Where is it/Where'd it go?
"dat dow" - to 'get down' when in highchair or to 'sit down'
June 2010 - A Busy Start to our Summer

Jun 1
Swim Lessons began (actually in May, but that was when she refused to enter the water). Now, she goes under for several seconds at a time (with goggles) and even excitedly showed her friend Emma, who's also made the same progress, how she could let go of the wall for a split second and go under. She's excited to go every time now too, which is 9 classes every 2 weeks.

I decided that just like brushing teeth and going to bed, she had to learn to swim and therefor had to do lessons. I offered an added incentive of candy (that she helped me pick out ahead of time) after each lesson when she stayed in the water and tried everything they said. She asked what happened "if" she didn't and my reply was "You have to get in, it's not an option, it's just that you get the candy to help you want to do it". The first time, she still hesitated and when the lesson was half over, I let her know that she was already down to just 1 piece. That made her get serious and let the teacher bring her in. The rest is history.

Zonking at dinner has happened twice when she didn't nap and then went to her evening lesson.

Jun 6
Bike Ride Picnic at the State Park. Reagan rode the Trail-A-Bike for the first time (got it used from another Mom) and was nervous at first, but ended up loving it. Here's a video of her and Cam riding.

The Ryan and lunch carrier, pulled by me
Picnic by the water

Jun 10
Trip to the Zoo, here's Reagan and Ryan on the Merry-Go-Round full of zoo animals.
Ryan on what sheep say:

Jun 11
Preschool year ended. Reagan on her first & almost last days of school. She seems so much older.

Jun 13
Day at Stinson Beach with Jack and Wesley's families. They couldn't get enough sand play. This is also the fateful day I dropped my old phone in the ocean while jumping in the waves (ankle deep) with my phone in my sweatshirt pocket.

Ryan relaxing with a book :-)
All the kids thoroughly enjoying the huge hole Cam dug.
Jun 14
Start of our Summer Preschool Co-op; 5 other moms and I decided to keep the fun of preschool going this summer. For 2 days/week (as opposed to 3) and for 3 hrs instead of 2 1/2, we're rotating who teaches and assists. For the 24 days (12 weeks), we'll each spend 8 days as a teacher (4 days) or assistant (4 days) while having the other 16 days off! It's been great so far. We laid out the schedule and teaching rotation in March and have been holding "class" at the swim club (grass area and clubhouse - free to reserve it since 4 of the 6 of us are members). Each day is based around a letter and there's circle time, outside structured activity, craft/science, a story, songs, snack, and lunch. It's 9:30-12:30 each Monday and Wednesday and the one teaching provides lunch and snack, so when it's not your turn, you literally drop your kid off and don't have to think about anything, which is great. The kids are loving it and are needing more nap days, which is also great. I've taught once so far and had letter E, so we talked about environments and made environment collages and drew pictures of environments. My next letter is H, so we've got hopscotch, hokey pokey, making hats ... still planning it all, we'll see.

Jun 17
A kids Water Park (which I forgot to bring my camera to) where Reagan - and even Ryan! - went down water slides

Jun 22
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with our neighbors and their free passes. We saw the tiger show (Ryan told Daddy about it over and over, "Daddy, ah[purr]") and the whale show which he talked about by saying "uht uht uht" then clapping and saying ooooh to tell us that the whale went up and then we all clapped for her.

Jun 25-27
Camping Trip with 3 other families, we had a great time. This pic looks like a poster for a movie called The Navy Sweatshirt Gang or something. From left: Lucas, Reagan, Jack, and Wesley
Ryan Walks

May 11 was the big day! He had already been trying to stand on his own since our NY trip, but suddenly decided to take steps. Here's a video of his first steps, then another video from when he practiced that evening some more to show Daddy.

At the end of this video, he does his super excited straight tense arm thing :-)

Royal Garden Party

For Reagan's 4th birthday in April, we had a royal themed party... this was basically the way to give her the princess party she wanted while making it interesting for boys too. A couple boys came as knights. We started with a treasure hunt for the king's treasure (chocolate gold coin bags), the queen's treasure (plastic jewel rings and candy bracelets), and the dragon's eggs (easter egg stampers). The kids also slayed a dragon (pinata) for more toys and candy. We also had little biodegradable pots to plant flower seeds in. Reagan opened presents in her princess chair and the weather was perfect for having it all in the back yard garden. Here she is as cinderella with her decorated party crown while cruising by the present throne on her new big wheel from Jack.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New York, New York

April 2-8

First, Reagan and Faire = inseparable

April 4th coloring Easter Eggs

April 6th waiting for Statue of Liberty Ferry

subway ride home ... happy ... and moments later, exhaustion hits (click on pic at right to see their zombied eyes ... Reagan's eye infection was beginning here too)

Siamese twin meal time again
Second, my Central Park Skate w/Bee on Easter Sunday (followed by Danny and Cam's bike ride there) ... crowded but beautiful
Third, sick kids
Both got eye infections & Ryan had nasal/ear as well. After plowing through our touristy day at the statue, we went to a great little pediatrician recommended by their pediatrician (since they didn't take non-patients). I made the appointment while waiting in line for the ferry. They both did fine and although it was world war 3 getting medicine into Ryan 3 TIMES A DAY, they both felt better the next day and never really missed a beat.
A little sickie resting with Daddy ... and his 5th limb, the iPod Touch :-)Fourth, diarreah
... from the antibiotics. yay :-) Ryan was having one blowout after the next (I've never rinsed poo from so many clothes before), but the *best* one was in a high chair during lunch on our last outing on the last day. It was everywhere ... after wiping out the high chair, we all squeezed into a tiny bathroom to strip him down. Borrowed a doggy bag for the clothes and took him back to the apartment in a diaper. Luckily, it was 80-90 degrees that day. The whole ordeal wiped him out, but he also developed a habit of falling asleep on Cam in the carrier with the drone of the subway.
Fifth, Children's Play Place/Museum
They had all kinds of fun being firefighters, grocery store clerks, building, climbing, sliding, etcSixth, Times Square, Bryant Park, and a visit to Yahoo, Inc of course
Ryan checks out the view from Yahoo offices

Cam makes it possible to walk 25 blocks to Central Park

Me and Reagan in Central Park

Seventh, the Natural History Museum
It was interesting for sure and tiring to cover all 4 floors, but we managed. Nice that it was a quick 10 min subway ride from D and B's apartment.

We tacked on a weekend in Chicago for Grady and Erin's wedding. Other than the wedding night when my parents and grandparents watched the kids, we stayed at Rikki and Chris's. Cam ended with a tacked on business trip and the kids and I stayed until Reagan's birthday and celebrated with her birthday buddy, David. We flew back home the same night as Cameron and met up at the airport within a half hour of each other... a surprise when I luckily decided to listen to voicemails after we landed (he wasn't suppose to arrive until next morning, but his meetings ended early and he caught the last flight out).

April 10th, reading w/Gma Laurie next to a snoozing Gpa Martin (who woke up later to take her to the pool, which she loved)

The new 4 year olds, April 13th