Friday, August 31, 2012

Playground Pictures

Random playground pictures

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ryan -- 23 Months

Dear Ryan, 

Wow, just ONE month before you turn TWO. You are growing before our eyes and showing more and more of your personality. 

One day you put soggy cornflakes in your ear, just to see what would happen.
You have the funniest hair sometimes. Every once in a while I take some scissors and clean up your hair a little, best I can. Especially because it gets so tangled in the back, no matter what I do.
I love this artwork you made while at OMSI with your nanny, Abby.

This month you showed some fabulous development on the balance bike. It's really neat to see you gliding along on it when we're at Black Butte. When we're home in Portland, you practice pedaling on your tricycle while Daddy or Mommy pushes you around in the back yard, one of your favorite things to do outside.
Also this month showed the full emergence of your canine teeth, the last of your first year teeth to come through. I'm so glad you now have a full set of teeth! Makes eating a bit easier. Speaking of which, you like to eat all sorts of things. While you've always been somewhat of a picky eater, the variety that you're willing to eat is great right now, although you are partial to fruit, as you always have been.
Another thing you love is band-aids. Oh, how you LOVE band-aids, especially the box of Sesame Street character band-aids that we got. You want a new one on your finger or other body part every day, even though there is no owie. It makes me laugh to randomly find discarded Sesame Street band-aids around the house.
But the coolest new development this month is seeing you self-identify. All of a sudden you've been able to express "me," "Ryan," "mine" while pointing to yourself.
Sweet Ryan, while your increasing need for independence hasn't been easy for any of us, we're cheering you on and loving you and so glad that you're growing the way you should. Your happy moods most of the time make you fun to be around (you save your bad moods for bedtime), and your smile lights up our days.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Random August pictures

Ryan and G playing!
 And a Lego battle! (I did not take these pictures, they were found on the camera.)

 Ryan and Jake playing with Stella, our doctor's therapy dog.
 The ONE time we went raspberry picking this summer. I usually like to go 2-3 times each summer, but things were busy!
 There were plenty of smoothie popsicles in the backyard. So yummy.
Celebrating the first tomatoes of the season!

 On a 90+ degree day, two brothers and two neighbor girls had a blast throwing water at each other.

 And then, after they all got soaking wet with their clothes on, they went to change into swim clothes.
During one of G's many brief visits while popping on and off the Pacific Crest Trail this summer, he read an online voice/ASL book to the boys on the iPad.

 Jake came home from summer day camp at Tryon Creek all painted like a chimp :)
 An afternoon snack of guacamole.

 Playing with G's hat one morning.