Colorado Dreaming, April 2016

I had a library conference in Denver in early April, so the family came with me.  We took one week of vacation after the conference to explore.

Family at the PLA Conference

Family at the PLA Conference

Forest truly enjoyed riding the escalators and elevators at the Denver Conference Center when they visited.  My friend from Snowbird 2000 Leadership Institute took this picture of us at the conference center. Daddy and the boys visited the Art Museum and the Children’s Museum while I went to the conference sessions.  Daddy also did a lot of chasing boys around the hotel halls, elevators, and escalators.  Forest said that he likes Denver very much.  When I asked him what he liked best about Denver, he said he liked the hotel and all of the buildings with elevators and escalators.

I wish all restaurants had separate rooms with great toys to keep kids happy.  We ate breakfast at this restaurant, and it was great to be able to let the kids run around after they finished eating–something they always want to do anyway.

the boys found a fun toy at a breakfast restaurant

the boys found a fun toy at a breakfast restaurant

We visited Rocky Mountains National Park, hoping that we could drive through to the western side of the park.  But the road wasn’t yet open for the spring, I guess because there was still snow on the mountain passes.

Donald and Rowan at Rocky Mountain National Park

Donald and Rowan at Rocky Mountain National Park

Forest probably climbed up on a giant boulder overlooking a sheer dropoff about 8 – 10 times.  My poor husband had to follow him up there every time.

Forest and Daddy climbed up here many times

Forest had fun climbing on rocks at Rocky Mountain National Park

Forest had fun climbing on rocks at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rowan in the mountains

Rowan in the mountains

Mommy and Rowan in Rocky Mountains National Park

Mommy and Rowan in Rocky Mountains National Park

We were able to drive around and explore Rocky Mountain National Park for several hours, but then had to head back through Estes Park.

We visited Uncle Johnny Dale and some of my cousins in Cedaredge, CO.  (Sorry, no pictures here yet. )

Mommy and Rowan selfie

Mommy and Rowan selfie

We visited a volcano in New Mexico called Capelin Volcano.  It was very cold and snowing that morning with a fair amount of snow on the ground, especially in higher elevations.  Forest and Donald hiked up on the ridge of the volcano, then Forest came running down, very fast, on the slick, steep path.  Rowan and I stayed down in the crater area and crunched around in the snow and nursed.

Snow on top of a volcano in New Mexico

Snow on top of a volcano in New Mexico

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Forest’s Fifth Birthday

Forest and some friends from his pre-K class and from storytime at the library had a ton of fun celebrating his fifth birthday at the YMCA. Xavier, Olivia, Naomi, and Isaac, as well as some younger siblings joined Forest to play.  Forest’s nine year old cousin Zane came too.  It was nice having a range of children of different ages to play together.

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Forest enjoyed blowing out the candles all by himself this year.

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Forest's chocolate birthday cake from Angie Momma's bakery

He designed his own cake.  He told me that he wanted “five little monkeys jumping on a rainbow bed.”  The baker I called was amused, but she took it up as a fun challenge.  They did a great job with the cake. 

A wind storm caused a brownout last Monday which damaged some of the pool features at the YMCA, so the pool was unfortunately closed for repairs.  But the YMCA compensated by bringing out the Imaginarium giant, blue foam blocks for the kids to build with.  They had a great time building large structures and playing with many colorful balloons.  I wish we had gotten a better picture of the wild chaos of the party and the giant block structures the kids (and parents) built, but Donald and I were too busy hosting the party and chasing Rowan around to remember to take many pictures.

A few more pictures from the party can be found here in his Dad’s blog for Forest.

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Rowan’s First Birthday Party

We celebrated Rowan’s 1st birthday at the McLoud Public Library on Saturday,  February 6th. 

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Things Rowan Says

Rowan’s vocabulary has been growing.  At almost 12 months, he says Dada, Mama, cat, apple, door, down, and up.  He signs for “all finished ” sometimes,  and sometimes lets me know he wants to nurse by tapping one of my breasts.  He says “cat” all. the. time.  He is obsessed with Stripes the cat.

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Random Pictures

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We had a fun day today playing while Daddy went birding at Pontotoc Ridge.

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It was just warm enough today with sunshine to play outside a bit.  I think the temperature got up into the 50s.

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Mommy was craving Pho, so we went out for dinner after Daddy came home.

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How many babies do you know who eat sushi?

Forest and Mommy selfie

Forest and Mommy selfie

This picture of Forest and me is from a few weeks ago.

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Children speak the truth

While we were travelling to Indiana for Thanksgiving last week, Forest looked at me and said, “Mommy, why does your belly look like you still have a baby in it?”

Ah well, must get started on those crunches and sit-ups, I guess.

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Socializing

Forest’s Head Start teacher, Mrs. Carissa said today that Forest told a little girl, “Thank you for playing with me.  I love you.”

 

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Happy Halloween!

Our little Halloween pumpkin is cooking in the play kitchen.

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  Forest likes to mix up Rowan’s food, and he likes to help feed Rowan.

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Rowan was a bit befuddled when we put this pumpkin costume on him three different times so that he could go trick or treating with Forest at his school, with Head Start teachers, and around the neighborhood on Halloween night with mom & dad.  I wondered if he was thinking, “So this is what we do now?  This is the new normal?  They put this orange outfit on me every day and we walk around begging for candy?”

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Rowan is crawling on the lawn in front of Forest’s school.

 

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Forest was pretty happy to be trick or treating in his dragon costume, although he does not look all that happy here…

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Daddy’s little pumpkin.

 

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Yoga Baby

Rowan is all tired out after Daddy’s birthday dinner at Maple Garden.

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Looking Back at Baby Names Lists for my youngest

I just re-found this list in my Ever Note files.  Thought it would be fun to share on the boys’ blog.  You can see that we went with the first name, “Rowan” because it was the one name that appeared on mine, Donald’s and Forest’s lists of names we liked.


Donald likes these names:

Ash Grove

Birch

Sorrel

Rowan

Sassafras

Karen likes these names:  
     Rowan 
     Camden  
     Nicholas
     Sage
     Alexander
     Sorrel
     Sky
    
 
Forest likes these names:
     Rowan
     Torrey
Some possible combinations:
Rowan Glenn 
 
Rowan Sorrel 
 
Sage Prairie 
 
Ash Grove 
 
Camden Sorrel 
 
Camden Field 
 
Mountain Sky 
 
Birch Grove 
 
Linden Grove 
 
Cedar Grove 
 
Alexander Clay 
 
Nicholas Sky 
 
Prairie Clay 
 
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First names:
Sequoia
Seneca
Sage
Nicholas
Linden
Ronan (Irish–little seal) (m/f)
Rowan (Irish– tree with red berries) (m/f)
Sorrell
Teagan (Irish–little poet)
Alexander
Alden  (wise)
Camden (Scottish–winding valley)
Jasper
Cameron
Galen (Greek–calm, healer)
Gareth (Welsh–gentle)
Gavin (Scottish/Welsh–little hawk)
Paxton
Mountain
Heath
Dylan (son of the sea)
Birch
 
Middle Names:
Glen or Glenn 
Kestrel
Prairie
Sky
Paz
Birch
Prairie
Cedar
Dune
Falcon
Ocean
Field
Merlin
Galvin (Irish–sparrow)
Gannet (German–goose)
Grove
Gabriel (Hebrew–archangel name)
Heath
Clay
Cimarron
Raven
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