Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ryan is Walking!

Well, it took him 18+ months but Ryan is finally walking! It's not his preferred method of transportation but he's definitely getting better at it. See for yourself.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

iPhone Photo Dump

I finally got around to uploading all the pictures from my are a few my favorites.

Ryan and Bosco sharing a meal (not really).

Sean's first dentist appointment, he actually did really well
 and was happier than he looks in this picture.

Ryan bumming some kettle corn at the Giants game from
the guys in front of us.

Ryan and his typical "happy" face.

A cool picture taken from the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago.

iPhones rule, especially with the Camera+ app.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Radio Flyers

My Dad's Dad, aka my "Nonno", who is Sean and Ryan's Great Grandfather (who they also call "Nonno"), bought this great radio flyer wagon for the boys a few years ago.

Sean has been riding it in walks for almost 2 years now, but Ryan is finally big and strong enough to ride it as well. In the past he has fallen in the middle of the wagon a few times going up curbs or over bumps, but now he uses his arms to stabilize himself and make sure he stays put.

The other night while Darcy was exercising, I took the boys for a walk in the wagon, and brought my camera. The sun was setting, and I was able to take advantage of some good lighting!

The lighting is not as good on this one, and it's a bummer the garbage cans are in the background, but I otherwise really like this one:

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Ryan (aka Baby Ryan to Sean) is getting big. He is 15 months old now and we are loving his sense of humor. He cracks up all the time and tries to make us laugh. His favorite thing to do is to stuff toy cars wherever he can. We find them everywhere and in everything. His favorite words are dog (da) and ball (ba), but he also says up, mama, dada, yummy, and uh oh. He is cruising around but he isn't brave enough to let go and try standing. If you try to make him stand or walk, he will refuse.

He likes to explore the house and pull things out of drawers. Usually he puts everything back if you ask him. He is finally enjoying baths, which is great. He follows Sean around a lot and loves to play with all of Sean's toys.

Ryan is a master imitator, if you make a face, sound, or action he will try to do it too and he is usually successful. He absolutely loves to dance and listen to music. He even likes when Mom or Dad sings which is different than Sean (he still yells at us not to sing).

We are having a blast with this little guy who hardly ever cries. We can't wait to see all the new things he comes up with in the next few months.

Monday, June 13, 2011


"Auntie Beth, can I have more apple juice? Peeeeaaassse?"


Practing his throw-ins

We've had a weird spring so far this year, but yesterday was beautiful so we set up the pool and let the boys play. Ryan is not a fan of the water (yet) so he hung out on a blanket instead. Sean had a blast running around the yard and playing with Auntie Beth (aka Auntie Schleppins). She visited us on her way back home from college for the summer. We're looking forward to the rest of the summer and spending more time in our newly-completed backyard.

Ryan is One!

A cupcake for me?

Grandma let me roam around on the island.


Big bro Sean likes cupcakes, well at least the frosting.

Ryan turned one on June 9th. We had a small celebration and I had to wake Ryan up from a quick nap for the cake. Ryan and Sean are just starting to play together. Sean is having a blast with all of Ryan's new birthday presents. "We share mommy." But Ryan doesn't mind as long as Sean lets him in on the action. I can't believe we have a one-year old and an almost three-year old. Time flies!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Army Crawler

Here is a recent video of Ryan "army crawling" around our house. Sorry for the vertical skinny video, we are learning how to take videos with the ipad2.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Boys Wearing Daddy's Headband

Sean at almost 6 months
Ryan at 8.5 months

February Update

Here's Sean taking a nap with all his legos. Looks comfy right?

Sean and our friend Ryan hanging out on the "new couches."

Sean and Jeff constructing a "BIG tunnel". Ryan is never far away from the action.

Sean trying on the firemen's gear at the Vasona Fire Station.
Sean and Malana hanging out.
Here's a few pictures of what we've been up to this month. A couple weekends ago, Jeff and I got to head to Northstar for a few days without the boys, thanks to Jeff's parents. Other than that we've been hanging around near home, doing some housework, and spending time with friends. Sean loves to spend time with all of his friends and it's great to see them interact. Ryan is quite a character these days. He hasn't figured out how to crawl yet but he can roll to get wherever he wants. He has also mastered the art of screeching, which is especially great when we go out to dinner. Today at Home Depot I could hear him all the way across the store!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Sean is quite the talker these days. I think he may have inherited the motor-mouth gene from his mother. He talks non-stop. Here's a summary of our drive home yesterday.

Look mommy, it's a truck! It's a blue truck. It's the biggest truck ever!

Mommy, mommy, I want to see Grandma and Grandpa.

Mommy, I want to play with Matteo. (Matteo is a boy he played with at the park once a couple weeks ago)

Hi Baby Ryan! Ah-goo! Mommy, I'm holding Baby Ryan's hand.

Oh look! That car is gray like Mommy's car. It's not blue, it's gray. And that car is red.

I want to eat dinner. Beans and rice. And steak. 

Christmas lights!!!! And a tummel (tunnel)! Look, a tummel!!!!

I'll stop there, I think you get the idea.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Holidays 2010...

It has been a great holiday season... Starting with Darcy's company Xmas party the first weekend in December, we have been seemingly going to one party after the next, as you can see in the time line right here:

- Devcon Xmas party (12/4)
- Darcy's annual work friends party (12/10 - this one is Darcy only, but was at our house)
- McCall Xmas party (12/11 - our new friends through Darcy's work)
- BlueArc Xmas party (12/17 - Jeff's company)
- Alton, Kirkpatrick, Narduzzi annual Xmas dinner (12/18 - in Santa Rosa)
- Baker Xmas (12/23 - Darcy's dad's side. At Darcy's house in Ceres)
- Carvahlo Xmas (12/24 - Darcy's mom's side. At Uncle Dave's house in Modesto)
- Xmas day lunch (12/25 - at Darcy's house)
- Narduzzi, Schnell O'Neal lunch (12/26 - Suzi's house in Ceres)
- Trisha's rehearsal dinner (12/28 - restaurant in Santa Rosa)
- Trisha's wedding (12/30 - in Santa Rosa)
- New Years dinner with the Edlings (12/31 - back home in San Jose)

As you can see, it has been quite and eventful month... Now, looking out into January and beyond, it calms down considerably. We look forward to slowing down, watching playoff football, getting our new couches, and back into our usual routine. My basketball league starts up Tuesday (fingers crossed I don't hurt my thumb again!), and Darcy and I are considering training for a half marathon in April. Besides that, the boys are sure to keep us more than entertained, as well as busy.

Sean is talking up a storm now with full sentences being the norm, and he is surprising us with new words every day. I know we are biased, but we think he's pretty smart ;)

Ryan is just about 7 months now, and we can tell he'll be crawling soon. He still sleeps a lot, and is happiest in the morning after a long night of sleep. He smiles all the time, and laughs when tickled. He also loves to look at his brother and smile watching him play with his toys.

Darcy is back to work Monday the 3rd, but not me. I'll be taking advantage of daycare and playing some soggy golf with friends Matt and Nate. Then back to work on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, several of the events on the list above we didn't get pictures of. However, click here to look at some of the pictures we did take in the month of December.

Oh, one last thing. Sean walked down the aisle as the ring bearer in Trisha's wedding. With the help of Grandpa Baker, we were able to catch it on film!