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Okay, this parenting thing takes some time!?!

April 19, 2010

Okay blaming Bailey because I don’t keep the blog updated is lame I know. So I’ll try to do better from now on…

Time sure if flying by though and we can’t believe how fast Bailey is growing up, she is almost 18 months old! She is constantly running around and is great at copying and learning more words every day. She has started “school” where Bryn works and goes every Tuesday for a couple hours and loves being in a learning environment with other kids. Grandma & Grandpa Gus/Gena usually take her but my mom (Grandma Rhonda) came to visit Easter week and was able to go along and see Bailey in action… she had a great time.

Thinking what all is new in our lives since the last blog is pretty difficult so I’ll just ramble off some thoughts… We had a great family vacation on Bryn’s side of the family the first week of December and went down to Mexico. It was us, Bryn’s parents and her brother Derek’s family. We went to a small surfing/fishing village called Sayulita which is north of Puerto Vallarta about 45 minutes and rented a big house just off the beach for all of us. I don’t remember the last time we took a vacation and stayed in one place the entire time so it was great!

Family in Sayulita Mexico

 

On our deck

 

Sailfish we caught!

 

Four of us went fishing on a cloudy day and were a little disappointed that we couldn’t go out far searching for mahi mahi, but we got one lucky bite and reeled in a 170 pound sailfish!  Derek was the lucky one manning the reel as it bit so he caught us dinner.  It was almost 10 feet long and quite a few locals came to take pictures as our fishermen said it was the biggest fish they caught.  We landed it just offshore a few miles away from our village and the best part… we ate it ceviches style as one of the fisherman went to get a bowl, soy sauce, jalapenos, onions and limes and we ate it as they cleaned it!  Wow it was good…

Bailey not liking Santa so much!?!

 

Christmas came and of course that means Bailey getting to visit Santa for pictures… needless to say, she didn’t like him very much!?!  LOL   She calmed down afterwards and still likes seeing pictures of Santa saying “ho-ho-ho”, but I doubt she wants to meet him again any time soon!

We had our Christmas at Pete & Linda Dahl’s house which seems to be the norm lately as they are a good central meeting place for our families, and I don’t complain as the food is great!  We always have a good time and were glad to see Annika & Lee make it up from Miami.

Bailey sledding for 1st time

 

We finally made it up to family friends Gail & Mary Troxell’s house in Waterville which is up high in the plains with lots of snow.  They had an open invite for us to visit but it never worked out until now, so thank you!  Bailey got to do her first sledding and after the initial “what the heck is this”, she loved it!  Thankfully Grandpa Gus wanted to take turns pulling her!  Plus we got to do some snowmobiling as he owns three of them and we were able to go pretty far with great views just from their place. 

Bailey & the Walrus

 

We took Bailey to the zoo for the first time that she actually knew what the animals were.  She had a great time except got a little scared when she thought the huge Walrus swam right up to her along the window… Bailey’s eyes got bigger and bigger and finally when his body was totally covering Bailey’s, she clung to mom!  LOL 

3-1 victory for the USA Hockey!

 

Being so close to Vancouver BC, Gus and I drove up for the USA Hockey game during the Olympics and watched a decisive 3-1 victory over Switzerland.  How often can you be within an easy drive to the Olympics, so it was great to take part and cheer U-S-A!!

Nicaragua with Don Pepin and Jaime Garcia

 

Bryn was such a wonderful wife and let me do a crazy boys trip down to Nicaragua.  I coordinated a trip with the owner of Tatuaje Cigars’ Pete Johnson and we got a VIP style trip provided at Don Pepin Garcia’s factory and fields in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The experience went beyond my expectations as the Garcia family treated us like family and we had such a great time!  Since I traveled that far, I also visited Granada, Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur on my own but would’ve had much more fun with Bryn along.

Bryn & Bailey in Tulips

 

Grandma Rhonda came to visit the week leading up to Easter and Bailey had a great time playing with the grandma she doesn’t get to see that often!  We did a trip up to Mt. Vernon to see the tulip fields and had a good time seeing all the colors and playing. 

Bailey checking out the tulips

 

Grandma Rhonda & Bailey

 

Bailey getting baptized on Easter

 

Since Grandma Rhonda was coming to visit, we decided what better time to have Bailey’s baptism, than on Easter when we have a family visitor!  It was a great day with just a few close family members at church, followed by lunch at Gus & Gena’s.  Bailey was a little too scared to go to the pastor, so mom got a little wet as well! 

Some other fun things we recently did was go to the Puyallup Spring Fair where Bailey got to see lots of animals and rides.  The only ride she went on though was the big slide with dad… it was fun!  Bryn and Bailey went up to cousin Quincy’s birthday party but I was a little too sick to go.  The party was at their local kids gym where Bailey had such a blast running around, jumping and going down big gym padding slides!  And last but not least, I did another stupid guy thing and went to see Conan O’Brien on tour.  Since he can’t be on TV any more, he is doing a nationwide tour and since I have always like Conan, I went to get my fix.  It was a great show as Dave Matthews was the surprise guest and sang a song to go along with the happy birthday song to Conan.

Bailey trying to wham the things that pop up!

Bailey & Dad going down the big slide

 

Saying hi to the mini horse

Me & Conan O'Brien

Pictures from Aug – Oct 2009

November 11, 2009

Here is a slideshow from late Aug – Halloween 2009!

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I guess we’re not the best bloggers!?!

November 11, 2009

Well I guess we’re not the best bloggers as you can see the date of the last post!  Sorry… I guess having a 1 year old can get busy and then things like a blog can easily get pushed back…

Since it’s been so long since we updated the blog, it’s way too hard to pick out pictures to share… there’s just too many!  So instead of having all the pictures to go along with a nice story, I will just attach a slideshow in another post. 

We had a great vacation to Minnesota at the end of August so Bailey could meet the rest of her family that she hasn’t met yet… including great grandma Burge.  The time always goes by so fast but we had such a great time with good weather and got to see so many people!  We were able to spend the first night with my college friend John and had a great time since my two good buddies both have a couple girls and Bailey had fun meeting some new friends.  The next day my mom had the Susan B Komen 3-day walk celebration at the state capitol building grounds which was a great day of inspiration!  My uncle on my mom’s side Ron & Carol, aunts Roz  and Pat were there which was good to see them!  We then stayed at my brother Brent and Dave’s place for a couple nights with my mom visiting and had a fun time with them.  And wouldn’t you know, they only live 10 minutes away from the Mall of America… so guess where Bryn and I went one day???  We then ventured a few hours away and stayed at a cabin on a lake for a couple nights and had fun swimming and making smores at night!  Then off to my dad’s where he hosted a great bbq where all the Minnesota family were able to come and hang out!  It was great seeing some family who I haven’t seen in awhile including the Wagner and Brey clan…  It was so good for everyone to meet Bailey and we had such a great time and was happy that great grandma Burge got some good visiting time!

Mom's family at Susan B Komen celebration

Mom's family at Susan B Komen celebration

with grandpa Lyle and great grandma Burge

At Grandpa Lyle's with Great Grandma Burge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey Mt Ninja

Bailey Mt Ninja!

 

Once home, we took advantage of some great weather in September and did a hike up in the mountains by Mt. Rainier with the Beards and Gus.  Bailey was just starting to stand up and learning her balance and she just so happened to stand up for one of the first times up high on a cliff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vikings fan

Vikings fan...

 

And for some reason I feel compelled to post this picture of Bailey… she’s definitely a Vikings fan as one of her only words is “FOOTBALL!”  Bryn isn’t so happy that Bailey can say football and not mama.  I wonder how that happened!?! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October was a fun and busy month as Bailey turned the big 1 on October 28th!  Time sure does fly… wow!  We stayed up at Bryn’s brother Derek & Nat’s house for their annual “Gus”toberfest party.  It was a fun day/evening and then we were able to go to some pumpkin patches the next day and got some good pictures of Bailey and some big pumpkins.  On the day of her birthday, Bryn’s company actually had a planned pumpkin patch field trip so grandma Gena was able to bring Bailey to that while I met them there.  We had a good dinner at Gus/Gena’s and Bailey had some good cupcake for her birthday dessert!  On Halloween, we hosted a birthday/Halloween party and had some family and friends come over.  We had a great time but the house sure was busy with lots of kids excited on Halloween! 

Mt Vernon Pumpkin Patch

Mt Vernon Pumpkin Patch

Ladybug Bailey

Ladybug Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all doing great… Bailey started to walk a couple weeks before her birthday and is now walking full time.  She is still falling down lots, but she has so much energy and will to always get right back up and keep going!  She definitely has a ton of energy and will not sit still and we are so fortunate that she is such a happy and good little girl!  She is always smiling and laughing…

We have a family trip planned to Mexico with Bryn’s family after Thanksgiving and are looking forward to some fun in the sun!  We haven’t decided on Christmas plans as of yet as flights are pretty expensive to MN right now but hope to get back there soon as Bailey is growing so fast!

Jackson Browne @ Chateau Ste Michelle

August 21, 2009

We are enjoying a great night of music and wine at the Jackson Browne concert at Chateau Ste Michelle winery with Gus & Gena.

Wow, the Summer is flying by!

August 4, 2009

Well, I’m (Bryn) finally getting around to posting an entry…I’ve been talking about it for at least a month.  We’ve had a fun and eventful summer so far with lots more fun yet to come. 

Stairs twins & Bailey

Stairs twins & Bailey

 

Bailey had a fun evening with her friend’s Savannah and Brandon (Dana and Cory’s twins) at their house for a bbq with Bryn’s college friends.  The twins are almost 3 months older than Bailey.

 

 

 

 

 

1st Father's Day!

1st Father's Day!

 

Ryan got to enjoy his first Father’s Day with Bailey delivering him the newspaper in bed and then mom making him a good breakfast once Bailey went down for her morning nap.  We then ventured to the Dahl’s in Seattle (Bryn’s aunt and uncle) for a big Gustafson family get together. 

Bailey had lots of fun with her cousins, Meadow and Quincy.

Cousins Meadow & Quincy

Cousins Meadow & Quincy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Okanagan in Canada

Lake Okanagan in Canada

 

Over 4th of July, we took a pretty long road trip to the Okanagan region of Canada.  We met up with Derek, Nat, Meadow, and Quincy at a State Park on the Washington border and then hit up a few wineries before heading up to Apex Mountain to stay at a hostile for a couple of nights.  We had a great time getting away for the weekend but felt a little un-patriotic celebrating the 4th in Canada!

 

 

 

 

Playing at local Lake Tapps

Playing at local Lake Tapps

 

We’ve definitely had some record heat this July and have needed lots of breaks away from our HOT house.  We’ve had the hottest temp EVER on record this last week with our town reaching 106 degrees and our house temperature peaking one night at 96 degrees, with no A/C!!!  Bailey has had tons of fun enjoying the outdoors.  Here we are at the lake park right by our house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Tapps

Lake Tapps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey's workout!?1

Bailey's workout!?1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming pool in backyard

Swimming pool in backyard

 

Bailey has also been loving her mini pool in our backyard.  I think it’s big enough for both of my arms and that’s about it.  She loves splashing around and cooling off before bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing up

Standing up

 

We’re in for it now!!!  Bailey is trying to pull herself to stand on just about anything she can get her hands on!!!  She has been doing a really funny commando crawl for about a month and just started a real crawl this past week…exactly at 9 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting into trouble...

Getting into trouble...

 

She’s also in the stage of trying to get into everything as you can see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Defiance in Tacoma

Pt Defiance in Tacoma

 

We took a day trip to Point Defiance park in Tacoma a couple of weekends ago…again, to escape our hot house and get by the water where it’s cooler.

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Defiance in Tacoma

Pt Defiance in Tacoma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pucker face

Food Pucker face

 

 

We haven’t agreed on whether she got this face from me or Ryan…I don’t think it’s me!!!  She seems to start with the pouty lips and quickly moves right into the Bitter Beer Face!!!  It’s quite entertaining!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitter Beer Face!

Bitter Beer Face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now.  I’d love to say we’ll post updates more often but in all reality once every month or two is probably more realistic for us!

Aloha for now!

Space Needle Finally!?!

June 7, 2009

Wow, it’s been a little while since our last post!  Sorry but having a baby can make the time fly by!  The month of May went by really fast and I can’t believe we’re well into June already!

Bryn's first Mother's Day in Bellingham

Bryn's first Mother's Day in Bellingham

 

Bryn had her first official Mother’s Day and spent the weekend in Bellingham with family staying at Grandma Bea’s… Gena’s mom.  We love visiting family up in Bellingham as the San Juan Islands are right off the bay with the great view from their house… it always makes for a relaxing weekend.  Gena and Sally were up visiting during the weekend as well and we were blessed with great weather and took a nice long walk along the water after hitting up the Bellingham Farmers Market.  But laying in bed that night, I realized the only picture we have of Bryn and Bailey on their first Mother’s Day… you can’t even see Bailey!?!  She is in the stroller of course as you can see to the side, but what kind of father doesn’t get a real picture of them together???  Sorry Bryn.

 

 

Bailey playing with cousin Meadow

Bailey playing with cousin Meadow

 

We also visited with Bryn’s brother Derek, Natalie and the kids on the drive up to Bellingham.  As you can see, Bailey got some play time with cousin Meadow and we all enjoyed the visit ending with a bonfire into the evening before we had to head to Bellingham.

 

Bailey's first food besides rice cereal... carrots!

Bailey's first food besides rice cereal... carrots!

 

 

 

Bailey is growing up pretty fast… over 7 months old already!  She has been eating real food (besides rice cereal) now and she really enjoyed her first carrots!  We have been buying organic fruits/veggies and also blending up our own avocado and bananas so far.  We are looking forward to blending our own veggies shortly and Papa Gus is ready to try new foods as well.  She isn’t crawling yet as some people have asked, but is rolling around and sitting up pretty good now but is definitely a big “talker.”  For some reason she is really getting the “D” sound down pat, as in dada.  I haven’t been practicing with her… :) 

 

 

Top of Space Needle with Grandma Rhonda Burge

Top of Space Needle with Grandma Rhonda Burge

 

Bryn and her good college friends pretended to be back in college again during Memorial Weekend and took off to Dallas and stayed with Ally.  It was the same 6 girls that vacationed in Hawaii when Bryn and I met, so it’s good they all have stayed good friends.  They lounged poolside and left all cares and worries back home… So, Grandma Rhonda Burge took advantage and came out to visit and had all kinds of Bailey time.  Since Bryn never offers to take me to the Space Needle, I had to be the tourist with grandma and Bailey and took advantage of the great weather and had a great time.  We happened to go during the Folk Life Festival which has tons of music and festivities so it was an adventure with so many people around, but we had a great time.  The picture is from the top of the needle looking northwest. 

 

 

Tacoma waterfront

Tacoma waterfront

 

Rhonda stayed for over a week and enjoyed babysitting Bailey during the work week.  We had plenty of fun time and enjoyed a nice walk along the Tacoma waterfront and lunch afterwards.  The picture of Bailey and Bryn is from our lunch stop at C.I. Shenanigans and the view is from our table. 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking forward to our friend Craig’s visit this upcoming weekend as it’s been awhile since we have seen him.  Bryn has the week leading up to the 4th of July off of work so I’m sure we will find something fun to do and the rest of the Summer calendar is filling up.  We also just booked our trip to Minnesota for the last week of August and are looking forward to seeing everyone again and letting Bailey meet more of her family!

We will try to update the blog more often…  Take care and Aloha!

Ryan

A little late, but Bailey’s first spoon food!

April 28, 2009

Mom was really excited to get Bailey started on spoon food so April 17th was her first try!  She did such a great job and is a natural so hopefully it will go just as smooth as we venture into real food… veggies etc.  The baby’s first food is generally rice cereal which is made with milk and she loved it.  She even did a great job holding onto the spoon herself!

Here are a few pics…

Bailey's first bite... April 17th!

Bailey's first bite... April 17th!

Bailey's first spoon food

Bailey's first spoon food

I'm loving this mom!

I'm loving this mom!

I loved it!

I loved it!