Sunday, September 30, 2007


Lounging and watching TV

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Frogs for Hannah

I was at Carter's on Saturday and saw these P.J.'s - they are so cute and fuzzy! And they made me think of Hannah. Somehow I think she would have approved

(how could you not - look how cute he is!!!)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ryan Talk

Sean and I have been marveling over Ryan's vocabulary and how it just expands by leaps and bounds daily. There are several words that he has a hard time saying, but we know what it is, and for my own benefit I wanted to record this as we find some of these quite charming:

(although I will admit there are several "words" that Ryan has that I cannot for the life of me figure out, and he is just desparately repeating this word over and over (and louder and louder) Hopefully some day we can figure these out ~ Ryan will be quite happy when we do)

"Airmane" for airplane - although yesterday he said the "p" and we were quite sad :O)

"Nack" for snack

"Pable" for table - this has to be my absolute favorite right now

"Noopy" for Snoopy

"Seeping" for sleeping

"Sauce" or "Appysauce" for applesauce - he almost has this one down

"Tankoo" for thankyou - this just makes me smile every time

"chehyair" for chair - somehow he makes it into a two syllable word :O)

"like-king" for lightning mcqueen from cars

"mere" for come here

"heh-tore" = helicopter.

"moe hikel" = motorcycle.

"backit" = blanket.

"tunnel" - this is obviously for tunnel, yet we use this for just about anything that could remotely be a tunnel. Any bridge or overhang of any kind is a tunnel - and just as cool as can be.

It astounds me that Sean and I can understand what Ryan is saying 98% of the time, yet when we are then around other 2 year olds we have no clue what they are saying! I think each of them has their own secret language that only the privileged get to learn. So we will enjoy it while we can.

oddly enough "cookie" and "donuts" are as plain as day...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nantahala Outdoor Center

The Nantahala River rafting is driven by a "release" from the dam each day. The release was at 10am which was about the time the boys launched the rafts. Here is where the take-out is at about 9:45am.

Bonny and I were trying to figure out how long it would take for the water to get here...

Turns out 2 hours! It was just about noon when we heard a roar, and about 1-2 minutes later, this was the result.

10 minutes later the boys showed up in the raft.

I will post a video of the water rising at a later date - it was really cool to watch

Rafting in North Carolina

Sean and I took a vacation with some good friends of ours (minus Ryan!) It was our first vacation without the little guy ~ my mom and dad came out to stay with Ryan for a long weekend, and we took off for the cabin
Brad, Shub (Jason), Bonny and Doug all joined us for this adventure
The boys decided to go rafting at Nantahala Outdoor Center - here is the before picture
Brad, Sean, Doug and Shub

Bonny and I hung out and waited for the guys

Here they are at the bottom - unloading

With one intentional flip - they survived


(note Sean's belly...)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ella and Ryan at the soccer game

Sean and Bob had their second soccer game on Sunday - it was actually quite cold, but Ryan and Ella had a great time

This series of pictures makes me laugh...

This is how Ella goes down slides now

Ryan was laughing at Ella as she passed him

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Topeka Zoo

We went to the Topeka Zoo with Grammy and Papa on Saturday, and afterwards, Ryan stayed the night at their house in Topeka
Papa and Ryan watching the Orangutan

Ryan was "beeping" the monkey's nose

This gorilla was really cool - he/she came right up to Ryan and Daddy and sat there for quite a while

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Grammy and Ryan

Ryan was quite entertained with hopping...

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Not so sure about the bird...

REALLY not sure about the bird...

Feeding the goat

Ryan and Daddy had a blast at the playground outside the zoo - this was Sean's old stomping ground when he was growing up. He was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the old playground equipment was still there (40 years later.... hee hee)

Here is Ryan on the camel

We rode the train around Gage Park - ALL ABOARD!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

DeSoto Days Festival - the RIDES

Well, the rides finally started. We weren't really sure if Ryan and Ella would like the cars
HA! Ryan had a cheek splitting grin on the entire time :O)

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Next was the carousel ~ Ella wanted to ride the horsies

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The flying elephants were next...

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Look at how huge this slide is! Ryan and Ella absolutely loved this slide and went down about 4 times each!

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Then we tried the spinning dragons

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And finally Ryan wanted to ride the cars again - I think these are my two favorite pictures from the entire day!