Friday, June 29, 2012
Though Ian has stayed in a couple of hotels already, this was the first trip when we decided he was old enough to participate in a long-standing Walquist tradition (passed down from Kim's dad's family to Kim's family and now to Ian's family): jumping on the hotel beds and having pillow fights!!
Molly & Steve's wedding was on Saturday!
We were also thrilled to be able to see another of Kim's college friends, Amy. Amy and Kim lived next door their freshman year, were suite mates their senior year, and were fellow altos in A Cappella all four years of college. We hadn't met Amy's two sweet girls (Anna - two weeks older than Ian or Lacy - one year old) or husband Tony until this trip. It was kind of them to have us over for play time and dinner!
I've also been taking the advice that a few of you suggested about making a special time most days for just Momma (or Daddy) and Ian. One day, Ian wanted to play with sidewalk chalk outside. He surprised me by being able to write his name! (He's been able to write an "I" for months, but I didn't know that he could write an A or N.)
A few Sundays ago, Ian spotted a battery-powered Percy (train) in the Target ad and asked, "Can you buy that for me?" Kim reminded him that he had gotten $10 from Great-Grandma Schleicher for his birthday. Ian was so excited to notice that the number ($)10 was right by the Percy picture, too. He asked if we could go to Target right after church. We were already planning to swing by Costco, and Target was just right on the way home, so we agreed! Ian was so excited to choose his own train. He decided upon a battery-powered Harvey (train) and was so cute handing the cashier his money. He's played with his train often!
Remember how we mentioned that Ian cried during the majority of his first two swimming lessons? We were thinking about not bringing Ian back for the remaining four lessons, but the teacher encouraged us to stick with it, saying that most kids feel a lot more comfortable by the third or fourth lesson. She was exactly right!! There were only tears once during the third lesson and none during the fourth. By the last two lessons, Ian was volunteering to go first and chattering away happily the entire time. The videos below (taken during his third lesson) show off some of Ian's rudimentary skills ... blowing bubbles, kicking his legs, "swimming" underwater, and monkey walking. It was fun to see him gain confidence and learn some swimming basics! We're so proud of you, Ian! :)
In other happy Ian news, he has successfully transitioned to the 3-year-old Sunday school class, including going all by himself. (Parents attend the 2-year-old class with their children.) We've discovered that telling Ian story upon story upon story ... prior to new events really helps him feel more comfortable when they actually happen.
And, what's that latest with Ryan??
Our cute little guy keeps growing bigger and bigger! We like how much more alert he's getting.
Our "mellow fellow" is not mellow ALL the time ... especially on days when he decides that he only wants to catnap. :)
Some friends from Albuquerque, Mr. & Mrs. Erickson, sent Ryan these cute crocheted "sneakers." They're adorable and bring compliments wherever we go!
Bath time is becoming much more enjoyable for Ryan these days.
Below are some sweet pictures of sleeping Ryan. Notice that none of the pictures are taken while he's in his crib or Pack 'n' Play. Lately, during the day time, Ryan will only catnap for 5-10 minutes while in his crib or Pack 'n' Play but will sleep a much more extended time while being held or while swinging. (Any tips or suggestions, anyone???)
Ryan (unlike big brother Ian) is quite the pacifier fan! We're thankful that it seems to help him relax and get comfortable.
Our MOST exciting Ryan news is that ... he's now smiling!! :) We love our littlest guy!
On June 14th, Matt and Kim celebrated NINE years of being married. We are so thankful for the opportunity to share life's ups and downs as best friends. The Lord has blessed our marriage richly, and we can't wait to see what amazing things He has in store for us!
We celebrated our anniversary by going out to the oh-so-romantic-but-tasty Fuddruckers with Ian and Ryan! Ian thought the chocolate shakes were the best part of the meal!
Matt requested that we go blueberry picking as a family outing to celebrate Father's Day. We ALL thought that was a fantastic idea. (What a great Daddy!)
A few days later, Ian helped Kim make some yummy blueberry kuchen. Ian helped with all of the steps but most enjoyed throwing blueberries on the top and acting as "stem spotter" whenever Kim forgot to take the stem off a blueberry.
We're thankful that our boys like spending time together, even at an early age! :)