Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Week in Minneapolis

Well, Ryan and I just got back from spending a fun-filled week visiting my sister Kelly and her two kids in Minneapolis. Thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a 3 day MBA school break, I only had to miss one day of classes. Kelly, for those of you who don't know, is one fabulous ER doc and ended up being scheduled to do evening shifts from 2pm to midnight this week while Ken was out of town on business, so officially I came to "babysit the kids", but it was really just an excuse to come enjoy a week of winter wonderland (45 below windchill) fun! We had a great time!

Kelly and I got to shop the sales at the Mall of America where I finally settled upon a going home from the hospital outfit for baby no. 2 (names are a sensitive subject for me right now, so all we have is a number), all for only $7! By the way, for those of you who don't know, it will be another bouncing baby boy. Anyways, we also got to enjoy Kelly's Lifetime Fitness membership and guest passes and go to a cycling class, some other kind of crazy tae-bo type class, weight training, hot tub (feet only for me--not only is it not safe to hot-tub while pregnant, but the idea of a pregnant me in a not-meant-for-pregnant-people swimsuit sounded not as fun...), and all the time in the world to enjoy the eucalyptus-scented showers and get ready without worrying about the kids (they have a child care center there at the gym). Besides that, we baked and ate way too many treats, hung out in our jammies, and even took the kids bowling and to see the national figure-skating women's short program championships. It was some great sister time.

Ryan loved playing with Luke and Evelyn. Luke is a spirited four year old who loves to be heard and Evelyn is a very happy, easy one year old who loves to eat. Ryan liked helping feed Evelyn and especially liked playing with Luke and trying to keep up with whatever he was doing.

Ryan has always been a very flexible sleeper and traveller and has never been bothered by being away from his own room or bed, but for the first few nights we were at Kelly's he just would not fall asleep. I thought I tried everything, until a few nights into our stay he finally asked me for a pillow, at which point I felt how uncomfortable the bottom of his pack and play was, and I felt so bad for him! Poor kid! As soon as he got that pillow he was out like a light and never had a problem falling asleep again the whole time we were there. One morning he was especially funny. This is after he had the pillow and was sleeping well again. He has had some problems with eating toothpaste lately--at our house, my in-laws house, Sharesa's house, you name it, so we have been drilling in the notion that "we don't eat toothpaste." So, this one particular morning this week, I was sitting on the couch outside of the room where Ryan was sleeping and hadn't heard him wiggle or anything, so he was dead asleep. Then all of a sudden he goes from dead asleep to yelling at the top of his lungs "WE DON'T EAT TOOTHPASTE! WE DON'T EAT TOOTHPASTE!" I guess we drilled him enough to work that thought way deep down into his subconsious. I wish I knew what he was dreaming about...

Another funny Ryan story happened while he was taking a bath with Evelyn. I had them in Kelly's big jacuzzi tub and I was holding onto Evleyn since she had a tendency to dive head first for things she wants. She was pretty wiggly, so I decided to throw he baby tub in the big tub and put her in that for some added support. Well, one look at that and Ryan was pretty sure he was getting the short end of the stick and kept telling me that he wanted to "get in the boat" and was pretty upset when I told him that there wasn't any room for him in there with Evelyn. Well eventually I got Evelyn out and was drying her off and putting on her diaper there in the bathroom while Ryan finished his bath and sure enough I look up to see him sitting quite contentedly in the baby bathtub inside of the big bathtub, saying "I'm sitting in the boat!"

Anyways, we had a great week. Thanks for having us, Kelly! Here are a few pictures form our adventures:

Here's Luke going bowling...he figured out how to throw it into the gutter all by himself!

Here's Ryan trying to one point the ball actually rolled back down the lane to us.

Here are the boys sharing a victory hug.

Luke and Ryan playing at Kelly's house.

Nice headband, Luke.

Ryan and Evelyn playing together.

Ryan looking too cool with his hands in his pockets.

Looking a little less cool with his cheesy grin...

Playing out in the snow on our last day there when it reached a balmy 20 degrees.

Luke enjoyed it a little more than Ryan did...

Except for when it came to eating snow.

Ryan after we took off his hat. It's almost a flock of seagulls sort of hair do he's got going on here...

And a picture of him at our house in his moose hat, for good measure.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Our Christmas Break and a Cute Story

Hey all. I guess it's been a while since I posted, so I should probably cover our Christmas break festivities. But first, I wanted to tell a cute story from today. In sacrament meeting to make Ryan sit quietly, we often ask him "Ryan, what do you know about Jesus?" Which usually works for about 15 seconds while he says he either loves Jesus or Jesus loves him. Well this morning Ryan was holding his favorite toy, Cowie, while Michael and I were in the living room with him. He was just playing and then stopped for a minute and looked down at Cowie and said "What do you know about Jesus, Cowie? I will help Cowie say a prayer." And then he folded Cowie's arms for him and bowed his head. It was just so cute. Yesterday was one of those days when it seemed like he didn't listen to me at all, so it was especially nice to feel like he really does listen to me and is learning the important least sometimes.

OK, so Christmas break was very nice. I survived finals, snuck in some wedding photography to make a little extra money and then we headed back east for one and a half days with my family in Minneapolis at Kelly's house and then went to visit Michael's family for a week in upper Michigan. We had such a great time! Here are some pictures of our adventures. Sorry, there are a LOT of them!

OK, so here are some from my family. Most of these aren't even of Ryan. Since I couldn't get over how big and cute my niece Evelyn is getting, I had to take a lot of pictures of her.

Evelyn adores her Aunt Danica.

And here's Evelyn with Grandpa

And Evelyn with Michael. I just love the face she is making in this one.

And with Michael again.

Ryan and Luke playing with some early Christmas presents.

And now we move on to our trip to see Michael's family in Ironwood!

Here's Ryan very excited before going downstairs on Christmas morning.

And here's Ryan waiting to go downstairs with cousin Katie and uncles James and Benjamin.

Ryan LOVED opening presents this year (once we distracted him from the candy) and helped almost everyone open theirs. He had a hard time waiting his turn through 12 people.

Here's Ryan with the elephant towel he got from Grandpa Moore.

The whole Moore gang.

Here's cousin Katie in a really big stocking.

Katie and I are getting a little impatient for dinner.

Ryan loved playing the piano with Grandpa Moore and his aunts.

Here's Ryan about to give Katie a kiss on the head.

Ryan and Katie with their Great Grandpa Moore (Papa)

We all loved playing in all the snow, and Ironwood had lots of it! Here's our little family.

Ryan's first attempt at a snow angel, which he didn't like very much.

Here we are sledding with Aunts Christy and Abbey.

Ryan being pulled in a sled.

I really like this one of Michael and Ryan.

Michael, Christy and Ryan in a sled.

Me and Ryan going down the hill.

Abbey and Ryan.

Abbey helping Ryan get all his snow stuff off.

Here's Ryan helping take down the Christmas decorations.

And here he is wearing Grandpa's boots and showing off his belly.

Michael and Great Grandma Moore.

Abbey and Papa playing the Wii. He was actually pretty good!

In fact, here he is beating Abbey!

Well, it was a very very fun break and we were so happy to see all of our family members. Everyone from my family was in Minneapolis when we were there, and Michael's whole family was home for Christmas while we were there. Ryan loved playing with his aunts and uncles and cousins and we had a great time. Now we're back in school and at work and missing those carefree Christmas break days!