Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Back in October

Here we go again! Time to update this blog. Get ready for lots of pictures! I can never just put a couple on here. There are too many that are fun to share!

In the beginning of the month, Jeff and I wanted to take a day trip to Katy Trail and Les Bourgeois Vineyard where we got engaged in Rocheport, MO. It was a beautiful day with perfect walking weather with Tippy and Ryker.

Enjoying the sunshine!

Checking out the grapevines!

Ryker definitely has to check out every spot in the house!

"Feed me, feed me, Mommy."

That's Daddy's undershirt, silly!

Another favorite hobby: raiding the pantry!

Just chillin' on the deck

Ryker & Tippy love playing outside. Oh Ryker, don't try to eat the slobbery dog ball again!

Always smiling!

This picture is showing our poor boy with a fever while we were at the family gathering of making the best applebutter.

Looks like he's feeling much better! How do you like his little farmer outfit at Great-Uncle David & Great-Aunt BJ's farm?! So cute.

On Oct. 25th, we were in St. Paul for my friend Amy's baby shower. It was so much fun seeing so many of the girls from college! Right before the shower, Liz's sister, Noelle, decided she's going to start a new career in baby hair styling!

Ryker wanted to greet everyone at the door, so Noelle was greeted with a smile!

Time for photos by the pumkins!

Left to Right: Amber's son-Nolan, Tiffany's son-Kade, Ryker, and Kat's daughter, Annie

Beautiful pregnant ladies, Amy & Liz

Their baby boys will be here so soon!

A spot where Ryker loves to be--surrounded by pretty ladies!

I MISS YOU GIRLS!!! When's our next gathering? :)

Ryker missed Tippy, so he enjoyed hanging out with Angel.

After the shower, Ryker was dressed up as a MN Twins player, Joe Mauer, for a Halloween Trick-or-Treat event at the Como Zoo.

On our way to the zoo! Do you like how Liz looks like a pregnant Blossom? Remember that show? hehe.

When I got back from MN, my parents and Malena came for a visit during the last week of Oct. She hadn't seen him since his baptism, so it was fun for her to see how much he's grown!

Reading a book that Auntie Malena bought Ryker for an early birthday present

Pretty leaves on the tree in the backyard!

Our little dinosaur! He wasn't sure what to think of himself as he looked in the mirror.

Happy Halloween! We went to Daddy's office to Trick-or-Treat and saw some other fun costumes.

What's that I see in our backyard? Is it a bird or a really big insect? NO, it's Ryker having fun being dressed up as a dinosaur! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Season of Fall Began in September!

(For those of you who don't know, you can click the pictures to view them in a larger screen.)
Ryker has quite the natural mohawk!

Our little boy started crawling on his hands and knees in September. He still would army-crawl when he wanted to go really fast!

Yummy! (You can see the top 2 teeth wanting to pop out!)

Ryker's all over! He definitely sweeps the floor with his belly, so he's helping Mommy clean! :)

Ryker pulled himself up to standing starting about the end of August/beginning of September. He sure likes to inspect all pieces of furniture! That's his little walker, but right now it's a stationary toy with wheels.

He LOVES to try to crawl on the dishwasher door!

New/used rocking horse that Mommy got for him at a huge garage sale!

Nona & Papa came in town on Dad's birthday, Sept. 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of Ryker's grandpas, who have the same birthday!!!

Papa said that seeing his grandson was the best birthday present he could ever have! (They hadn't seen him since July.)
While they were here, not only did Ryker's top 2 teeth start to pop out, but our little 10-month-old also transfered from the end table to the couch all by himself! When will the walking without assistance begin?

Ryker's new hobby: pulling laundry out of the basket while Mommy is trying to fold the clothes!

August Moments

Our little boy started army-crawling at 9 months old in August! (We thought he never was going to crawl!) Guess what his motivation was...Tippy's toys!

Ryker loves to walk around the house, of course with assistance.

Caught in the action of dumping out Tippy's toy basket!

My cousin, Rachel, came in town from Memphis on her way out to start living in Denver!

My 2 boys!

Ryker loves to look out the patio door with Tippy! Whenever the door opens, he sure likes to try to sneak out!

Spending some time with Great-Grandpa and his cousin, Kieran

Jeff's cousins who live in CA came in town for a few days and brought their little boy who was adopted in December. CONGRATS to Scott & Rachel!

We all took a walk at a park in downtown KC, and Ryker sure enjoyed seeing ducks swimming in a pond!

Playing "Pat a Cake" with Great-Grandma!

Ryker got his 2nd bottom tooth in August!

Gotta Catch Up!

Ok, I know I continue to be bad at updating my blog, and I really should just update you on the present month. However, there are too many cute pictures from July-Sept. that I have to go back to the summer! :) So get ready to see the growth of Ryker in the last few months!

We celebrated 4th of July (also Grandma's birthday!) at the cabin. Ryker enjoyed the boat ride with the wind almost blowing his hat off!

Enjoying the sun!"Happy Birthday, Grandma!" He sure loves shredding tissue paper!

Later in the month, Auntie Malena & Uncle Jesse came to town before we all headed up north to MN. We took some time to relax in the pool! During Ryker's 1st trip to his Mommy's hometown of Duluth, Ryker was able to take a little walk in the sand by the lake where Mommy grew up!

We had a family reunion on my mom's side of the family, so that was a fun time to see everyone. We took some time outside to enjoy the cool weather.

"Whatcha doin' trying to attack Mommy's face, little man?"

Hangin' out with one of his older girlfriends, Sierra (Bobbie's little girl)--both acting quite shy

Is he going to be a singer like his Mommy? He was having fun hearing his voice in the microphone!

Lovin' the time with Auntie Malena...

and also with Uncle Jesse!

We spent some fun time at "Auntie" Liz's house!

Ryker has so many awesome "aunties"! He really enjoyed playing with Kade and getting sweet kisses from Addi. We can't wait to see them all again very soon!

I also had my 10 year high school reunion in July but totally forgot to take pictures, so I'm pretty bummed that I don't have any to share. The reunion was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be! It was a good time seeing everyone and catching up on what's been going on in the last 10 years.

Ryker turned 8 months old in July and still wasn't able to crawl. However, he did start rolling around to get where he wanted to go. He also got his 1st tooth that month!