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My neighbor, Sheryl, who works at the school, called me today to tell me something about Logan that made me cry. Logan has a little boy in his class who is autistic. Logan doesn’t know that and I just found that out, but it explains some things that Logan tells me about him. His name is Andrew and he is about 5 inches taller than Logan. He is high functioning which makes him too smart for the special ed classes, but it can make him being in a regular class difficult sometimes. His teacher, Mrs. Milner, is wonderful though and handles it all like it’s no big deal. This past Wednesday they had an earthquake drill. Logan had been wondering for weeks when they were going to do another one so when he came home from school and told me they had one he was so ecstatic! But he didn’t say much about it. Well, when Sheryl called today she said that Mrs. Milner had been meaning to tell me this, but just kept forgetting. I only pick Logan up on Friday for our carpool so I don’t see her very often. Anyway, I guess during the earthquake drill, Andrew was really scared and Logan went over and sat next to him under their table and patted his back and comforted him. Then when it was time to go outside to line up and make sure everyone was okay, Logan held Andrew’s hand and got him to where he needed to be. He did all of that without being asked to do so. I started crying as Sheryl was telling me all of that and was so incredibly proud of Logan. The other day I sent a picture to the family email (on both sides) of Logan reading Ryan a bedtime story.

My dad wrote back and said that he doesn’t think Logan has a mean bone in his body and I think he’s right. When it comes to other people, especially younger ones, Logan is so gentle. When I told him about what Sheryl had told me and how proud of him I was, he told me that Andrew never likes any of the drills and this time he wanted to help Andrew. Oh, my sweet little man! He has an incredible heart and is such an amazing big brother. He has never, not once, gotten mad at Ryan, even if Ryan has hit him or kicked him or broken his stuff. I am so blessed to be his mom and I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next. We love you Logan!

As I was laying in bed last night, unable to sleep, I was thinking about all the things I wanted to remember about Ryan. He turned 22 months old last week. Wow. He’ll be 2 in no time at all. Where did it all go??? Logan and I watched our home videos for about an hour this afternoon, including many of Ryan when he was teeny tiny. Oh man, that baby was cute!!! Because of the experiences that I’ve had, I’m pretty sure Ryan is my last baby and I have thoroughly enjoyed him. I enjoyed Lindsay and Logan, but life was more stressful when they were babies. Lindsay was my first and when Logan was a baby, Lindsay was still so little that I was busy, busy, busy all day doing things for both of them. I’ve been able to sit back and watch more with Ryan and I have loved it!

Ryan must have his presence known to everyone in the room when he enters. He says a big “Hi” when he comes into a room, or if you come back from the other room. It’s a very low, husky HI and I love it.

He knows his schedule pretty well these days. He knows that when he wakes up it’s time for milk and as soon as you sit him on the couch he asks for his milk. He has been drinking whole milk, but just this week I switched him to 2% milk. I still microwave it, we’re down to 20 seconds now, just to take the chill off of it. Since Jeff and I have been doing Insanity in the mornings, Ryan will come down after he drinks his milk and hang out with us. Sometimes he’ll even try to do it with us. It’s super cute watching an almost two year old do a power jack!

Ryan has never been much of a breakfast eater, which is different for me since both Lindsay and Logan LOVE breakfast food. He’ll usually eat a little yogurt and MAYBE some banana slices. Sometimes he’ll have a snack before lunch, but a lot of days he’s fine until lunch. The kid lasts longer than me. 🙂

Ryan is such a good listener…when he wants to be. I can ask him to get me a diaper and lay down and most of the time he’ll do just that. Other times he makes a game of it and I have to pretend to be lost and he comes and finds me. It’s been this way for 6 months and it still hasn’t gotten old. He LOVES wipes. He loves to wipe his face and only his face. Not sure why.

He can climb up into his booster seat at the table and buckle himself in. He can eat with a fork and a spoon, but when he doesn’t want to anymore he hands me the fork and says, “Here doh.”

He rarely signs anymore except for when he’s all done eating. When he’s done, he’ll sit there waving his arms and saying, “DONE! DONE! DONE!” over and over and over again until you begin to unbuckle him.

He is talking so much and everyday it’s something new. My new favorite phrase is, “Ooh hel me?” (you help me?) It’s so adorable! He also yells STOP! at the top of his lungs if he wants Lindsay or Logan to quit what they’re doing. They aren’t always quick to listen. :/

When he wants to play with my phone he picks it up, looks at me and says, “Tank you.” It’s hard to say no to that.

When it’s around lunch time and I walk over to unlock the front door he says, “Logy??” because he knows it’s time for Logan to come home. He loves having chicken nuggets for lunch. He insists on having ketchup on his plate, but he NEVER dips his nuggets in it.

When you ask him if he wants to watch Mickey or Thomas, he’ll nod his head up and down while he answers you.

He says “bankie” instead of ‘mimi’ now and he loves to wrap it around his neck. It looks so comfy.

He knows what the ‘funny show’ is (AFV) and will sit and watch it for almost the whole time. His favorite videos are the ones with animals in them.

He can climb up almost anything now. He can climb up the ladder to the swing set, to the little slide and to the trampoline. He can come down the ladder to the trampoline and the other day he walked down the stairs on his feet, very slowly and very carefully, like a great big boy. I was so surprised and so proud of him!

He knows almost all of his letters (mostly due to Starfall on my phone), and we’re working on teaching him how to spell his name. To the tune of YMCA.

He goes to a little music class on Thursday mornings and he LOVES it. He gets so excited in the morning when I tell him we’re going and he yells, “Cass! Cass!” He still loves to dance, especially when we all dance to ‘Thriftshop’.

He is getting so good at sharing and taking turns, or at least understanding that that’s what we do. Last Sunday me, Ryan, Lindsay and Logan were playing with three footballs and every time he handed one to one of us he would say, “sharing”. He’s so smart. And when Lindsay and Logan are practicing their piano he asks me constantly, “MY turn?” That one he does still sign, too.

He loves candy more than cake and ice cream. M&M’s are still his favorite and he calls them M’s.

He says some of the sweetest prayers. His favorite book to read right now is ‘Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site”. He loves trains, but he is showing more and more interest in trucks and tractors. Thank goodness!!! Whenever we see one while we’re driving he points it out and gets super excited. Not as excited as he does if he sees a bus. He knows where all the buses are on our way to and from school and gets excited when he sees them.

He says “teef” when he wants to brush his teeth and usually does a good job while getting them brushed.

He knows the difference between shoes and boots. He loves wearing his angry birds beanie.

He’ll do just about everything Lindsay and Logan do, which sometimes gets him hurt, like when he jumps on our bed and falls off onto his back. Oops. Thank goodness God made little kids tough.

He says “mon” for “come on” and it’s the cutest thing when he says it when he’s concerned, like when we weren’t getting on the airplane to AZ and he knew we were supposed to. “Mon! Pane! Mon!” SO CUTE!

He gets incredibly excited when Jeff comes home from work, yelling “DADDY! DADDY! DADDY!” and gives him a big hug.

If I say I’m going to go take a shower or go potty, his response is, “I tum.” (I come.)

If he asks us for something and we say no, he says, “Pease?” And if we say no again he says, “PEASE?”

He says “I you” for I love you. When you ask him how he is or if he slept good he says “dood”.

If Ryan is in a situation he isn’t quite sure about, he’ll come over and sit by me and put his hand on my leg. It’s one of my favorite things.

He says “oopie” for “oopsie”.

Needless to say, we think this little dude is pretty cute and we’re all so happy he’s in our family. We love you, Ryan!

We went to California again this year for Spring Break and had a lovely time!

We drove this time. ALL of us. Ryan and I haven’t done the drive since he was 2 months old, and even though he likes the car a whole lot more than he used to, I was still nervous. We were going to drive all day Saturday, but when we found out it was an Emmy weekend, we drove to state line on Friday and finished the rest of Saturday. Ryan really did do great, but it was a constant thing to keep him occupied. We bought some headphones for him, thinking he would keep them on to watch Mickey and Baby Einstein, but he kept taking them off. Oh well. He did super well on the drive home and we actually made it home in 8 1/2 hours! Wow!

While we were in CA we had a lot to do. Jeff went to two Dodgers games, one with his brother, Chris, his Uncle Jimmy, and some friends. The second one he went with Lindsay and Logan. Ryan and I skipped out on the games this time. It’s probably for the best since we’re going to 4 games this June. We can only expect so much out of the little guy. The first game was the season opener for the Dodgers and they had a surprise guest come out to throw the first pitch…Sandy Koufax!!! Jeff said he teared up a little seeing him out there. I can only imagine! When he told me that I wished that Ryan and I had gone since Ryan is named after him. Kershaw pitched an amazing game and even had a homerun. It was a great game! Once they got home then they watched it again on TV. These boys make me smile.

The first few days we were there I had a head cold, so Monday was rough while Jeff was at the game. I had done Insanity with Jeff that morning and it took me until about 3 in the afternoon to feel slightly normal and not like my head was going to explode. My head did NOT like Shaun T. that day. After that I decided to take Tuesday off from Shaun and it was a good rest because by Wednesday I felt much better. But despite the head cold, I still walked the kids down to the park to play and along the way we saw lots of rolly pollies and snails. It was so cute to watch Ryan discover all these new things.

The kids spent a lot of time making tunnels and dirt pies in the dirt. They also discovered the hose was faster than filling up cups in the house. They got soaking wet!

Gotta love those Robin Eggs you get for Easter. They make beautiful lipstick!

On Wednesday we drove up to see Grandma and Grandpa Bocker. I can’t even bring myself to call them ‘my grandparents’ anymore because Jeff has known them almost as long as he knew his Grandma Snider, and he has such an amazing relationship with them. They aren’t just mine anymore. It’s always so fun visiting with them. Lindsay and Logan, and even Ryan, know who they are and we all look forward to our visits. Before they open the door we remind the kids to give them big, but gentle, loves. Grandma and Grandpa love our kids and I’m so grateful that they get to have a real relationship with them. This visit was different than the others because Jeff brought a new computer for them. Their old computer was from the 90’s and super slow. With the help of my parents we got them an iMac. MUCH better. It didn’t take Grandma very long to get the hang of it and now she’s a pro. While Jeff was explaining things to her, the kids and I were in the other room watching Tom and Jerry with Grandpa. Ryan fell asleep in the chair. It’ll happen when you wake up at 5:30 in the morning. 🙂

My Grandpa loves Tom and Jerry and has for as long as I can remember. I love that he laughs at all the same things the kids do. After we got the computer hooked up we went to lunch at IHOP, one of our favorite places to go with them. We had given them a gift card to there for Christmas and Grandma wrote back and told me she’d save it for when we came to visit. After that we went back to their house for just a few minutes, then gave loves and headed off to Disneyland. As we were driving away Jeff and I were telling each other things that Grandma had told us. My Grandma isn’t very open about her future after Grandpa, but this trip she actually told Jeff quite a few things about her plans. She also told me that her goal is to make it to either Lindsay’s mission farewell or her wedding. If Lindsay goes on a mission that will make her 94 years old. She can totally do it! We’ve got longevity in our genes! I sure love those two!

We spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday at Disneyland. We had booked a room at the Paradise Pier Hotel, but on Wednesday morning they called and asked us if we’d like to upgrade to the Grand Californian for the same price. Uh, yeah! So, that was a really nice surprise because we love it there. It’s our home away from home! Disneyland in April was CRAZY. We usually go the first week in December and the difference was amazing. We still had an amazing time though. We didn’t even attempt Cars Land and decided to save that again for December. Ryan did great in the lines and loved all the rides. Lindsay was feeling adventurous and went on California Screamin’…twice! The second time she went with me and by half way through the ride she was giggling. She LOVED it even though she says she wasn’t sure about it. Silly girl. Logan could live on that ride and never get tired of it. Joy spent Wednesday with us and that was really fun to have her there with us. Thursday morning we got in an hour early for Magic Morning and got most everything done by 10 o’clock. We stayed until 4:30 after the parade and then we went home. Ryan surprised us all and took a 2 1/2 hour nap in the stroller, a first for him. Not nearly as long as Logan’s 4 hour nap that one year, but it was much needed and he was happy the whole time.

Lindsay and Logan after playing for an hour on Tom’s Island. Logan is sweaty enough to spike his hair up and Lindsay looks exhausted. Love it!

On Wednesday when we first got there, Lindsay and I rode the carousel with him and when we got off, Buzz was right there! Ryan’s face was so cute when he saw him and he was so patient waiting in line. I love the picture I got of him with Buzz.

He might like Buzz more than Mickey. We did discover that the regular parade stinks compared to the Christmas one. I was bummed that we had waited for it. The kids enjoyed it so it was all worth it. We love Disneyland and we can’t wait to go again!

The rest of the week we just hung out and enjoyed time with family. We always enjoy our trips to CA!

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