The holidays were very busy, but very fun. We attended our ward Trunk-or-Treat at the end of October, where Ryan dressed up as a lion. Then on Halloween night, we took a treat to many of our neighbors with Ryan all dressed up in his costume so that they could see him.
In early November, we were spending our weekends doing family-friendly activities that Ryan loved. We went to a place called Totter Otterville, which Ryan enjoyed since he got to ride a train, dig in sand, play with all sorts of toys, watch a puppet show, and climb around in a large playplace. Another weekend we visited a pumpkin patch. Ryan loved the corn maze, petting zoo, and cooking fresh pineapple over a fire. Not to mention, he got to pick out a pumpkin and go on a hayride. We spent Thanksgiving weekend down at my Dad’s place and had a great time with family. Blaine, my brother, was super awesome and took some family pictures for us. We were really happy with them.
The following week, my sister, Meg came out from Utah to visit for two weeks. We had a blast. We spent lots of time with family. We went to Olivia’s birthday party and while hanging out at Blaine and Sierra’s house, we also went to Shakertown and Mammoth Cave. We went to the zoo, aquarium, museum, conservatory, and art museum. One night, we even got to see a garden decked out with tons of Christmas lights. But the best part was that Ryan made a really good friend. He snuggled with his Aunt Meg almost the whole time she was here. He could hardly wait to see her in the morning (sometimes he didn’t wait and would sneak into her room in the morning). The time went by too fast, but we were so glad to have her.
After Meg flew home, Adam and I started to pack for California. We spent the Christmas holiday there. I came down with bronchitis upon arriving in California, but luckily I didn’t pass it to anyone else during the holiday. We had a great Christmas, and we had a lot of fun with Adam’s family. We even got some more family pictures taken.
During our stay in California, Ryan was sleeping in our room and would try to sneak in bed with Adam and snuggle during the night. Adam let him do it a few times (until he realized that he wouldn’t be getting much sleep like that). Once during their night of snuggle, Ryan put his arms around Adam’s neck and whispered, “I love you, Daddy.” When Adam told me about it the next morning, I told him I thought that was the cutest thing. Adam said it would have been a lot cuter if Ryan hadn’t kept him up for the next hour or so rolling around on top of him trying to get comfortable.
Ryan loved taking baths in his grandma’s bathtub. Her tub has jets and so with a little bubble bath, Ryan was practically enveloped in bubbles. Also during our trip, Adam and I were able to go to the Newport Beach Temple with some family. Another day, we all went to a petting zoo where Ryan got to play in a corn box, feed rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, llamas, goats, and sheep. He also got to ride a horse.
We also got to go to some tide pools, where Ryan got to touch starfish, crabs, and anemones. We went to Disneyland with Adam’s entire family and spent 14 hours there; it was a long, but very fun day. We also spent a few mornings at the beach. One of the mornings, we did a beach walk- which was really beautiful. Another morning, Ryan and Adam dug huge holes in the sand. Ryan was wet and completely covered in sand by the time we left, but he loved it.
Ryan is getting so big. All of his molars have finally come in, so he now has 20 teeth. He is a stellar sleeper and has finally fully transitioned to a twin bed in preparation for the new baby. He loves to sing and knows many songs, but can still be caught making up his own version of a song to a tune he already knows (he got that from Adam). We love this kid so much.
The new baby will be here in less then two months. Adam and I are very excited. We still don’t have a name, but we have just about everything else put together. It is kind of nice that we are having another boy. Life is good and we can hardly wait for our little boy to arrive.