Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lollipop Park

We joined two of Sydney’s friends (Samantha and Martha), their parents, and Martha’s little sister (Nora) for a fun morning at Lollipop Park in Centennial, CO.  It’s a small indoor amusement park for toddlers and young children.  Sydney and her friends had a blast!  Photos (from 5/1/16):

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Sydney chose the swings first! (She didn’t care that her friends were more interested in other rides… she was the ONLY one on the ride and she LOVED it!)

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Whee!

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Next, she chose the train ride. Can you tell how much she liked it?

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There are three rides where an adult can accompany a child. (The carousel is the only one tame enough for Mom, who has a history of motion sickness.)

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On to the Ferris Wheel with Dad.

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And, then the teacups!

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Sydney and Martha ready for the “Whip Ride”

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They loved it!

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They rode it twice in a row!

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Then they jumped in the bouncy castle

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They were about to ride the train together, but Sydney wanted to hold hands and Martha didn’t so…

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Sydney sat next to Samantha and tried to hold her hand…

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Sammy didn’t want to hold hands…

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But, Nora (Martha’s little sister) did!

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Yay!

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Sydney loves “baby Nora” who is 18 months

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More jumping!

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Another tea cup ride with Sammy and her dad (Howard)

 

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And, a few seconds on a plasma car

Sydney didn’t want to leave, but dad had to get back to Boulder for his soccer game.  She had time for one more ride before it was time to go… and she chose the swings again!

 

Passover

We returned from Seattle on April 17 and three days later, Sydney and I flew to New York.  Fortunately, Sydney travels well!  And, she loved celebrating Passover at Lola and Popa’s house.  Lola always makes sure holidays are fun for Sydney and everyone else.  Photos:

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It was a beautiful day in NY, so we played outside before everyone arrived. (4/22/16)

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Sydney was very excited about her “Wild Animals” mask. “Wild Animals” are one of the 10 plaques we remember on Passover.

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Sydney had fun with her “10 plague” finger puppets!

And, Sydney loved her wind-up frog! (Frogs are also one of the Plagues.) Here is a short video:

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The seder table… complete with the “30 minutes (or less) seder” haggadahs (the passover “books”), fun little toys to entertain the children (and adults), matzah, charoset (apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and wine), maror (bitter herbs), boiled eggs, parsley, and wine!

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Luc rapped a passover story for Liz.

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Cousins

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Sydney found the Afikoman (hidden piece of matzah)!

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Yay!

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Look at me, everybody! I found it!  Do I win money for finding it?

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Show me the money, Papa!

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Whoa… that is A LOT of money!

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First time we’ve seen a child eat the afikoman after finding it! 🙂

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The following day, Sydney played “Hide and Seek” with Luc. This is how Sydney hid!

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Time for some music!

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And, outdoor fun

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Whee!

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Sydney was “pretending to take a shower” in her pajamas, even though she had just taken a bath.  (Sydney is quite good at stalling before bedtime.)

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma’s Birthday Trip

We spent four nights in Washington to celebrate Grandma’s 80th birthday on April 15.  We stayed in in a hotel in Yakima, WA for two nights, and then a rental house in Leavenworth, WA for two nights.  We spent all four nights with Grandma and Grandpa (and their dog Jack), two nights with Uncle Jim and Aunt Sandy, and one night with Uncle Dave, Aunt Sharon, and Erica.  Sydney had a great time walking, hiking, playing, eating, and celebrating birthdays (Grandma’s and Aunt Sandy’s) with her family in Washington.

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At the Denver airport, double fisting water and milk, before our flight. (4/13/16)

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Enjoying apples at our hotel in Yakima, Washington (4/14/16)

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Hiking across the wobbling suspension bridge (4/15/16)

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Grandpa made it out of the woods!

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On a morning walk, with Uncle Jim and Aunt Sandy (4/16/16)

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Dad, Grandma, and Jack

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It was a slow walk

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Sydney checked out the maps and signs, so she could tell us which way to go

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Driving a tractor at a nearby farm

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Daddy’s turn to drive

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Grandpa also enjoyed the tractor

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Uncle Jim relaxes while Grandma watches Grandpa on the tractor

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Sydney is setting up the milk bottles

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Aunt Sandy is about to knock down those milk bottles

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Riding the cow train with mom

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Here we go…

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The mini carousel

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Ready to go out to dinner and then celebrate Grandma’s and Aunt Sandy’s birthdays with Uncle Jim’s vegan cupcakes!

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The Seattle airport has a great play area for kids (4/17/16)

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Look at me!

Early April

Photos from early April:

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Sydney LOVES to climb!

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A little Pink Fairy at the Tulip, Fairy, and Elf Festival, on Pearl Street Mall (4/3/16)

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Cookie decorating at the festival

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Sydney had SO MUCH fun decorating her cookie

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The masterpiece

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The little tree hugger (At Falafel King, on Pearl Street Mall, 4/6/16)

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Getting ready for the ’80s Party at Shredder (4/7/16)

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Making new friends at the playground

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A puppet show… starring Elmo and Big Bird! (4/11/16)

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Hanging out with a statue in Golden (4/12/16)

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With Cousin Noi in Golden (4/12/16)

Nature and Science Museum- April 10

Sydney had a great time at the Denver Nature and Science Museum with cousins Wyatt and Henry. They played in the Discovery Zone, checked out the chocolate exhibit (and the chocolate shop), and enjoyed the health exhibit.  Photos:

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Two sweet boys, taking care of their little cousin

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Look at me!

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Let’s go into the health exhibit!

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Taking a pulse

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Sweetness

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Sydney filed a backpack with supplies and “hiked” to the top!

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Glad she wore her rain boots!

A few ski and snowboard videos

Sydney had a great time skiing and snowboarding in her class this winter/spring.  At one class, she skied the big hill from the top five times (as many as they would let her).  Here are two short videos from that day (3/17/16) and one video from her final class (80s party) on April 7:

(Only one video is below.  I’ll add the other two when I figure out how to embed .mov files.  Right now, I can only embed .mp4 files.)

Gymnastics

Sydney started taking a gymnastics class at the North Boulder Rec Center in late March. Here are some photos (mostly from April):

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Juliet, Jackson, and Sydney lie on “the bacon” while it inflates

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Coach Ben gives instruction

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Sydney goes first

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Jump!

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Swing!

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Climb!

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Each time they move from one area of the gym to another, they pretend to be a different animal. In this photo, Sydney and Presley are pretending to be dogs.

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Balance!

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Jump!

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Swing!

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Lift!

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Jump!

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Play!

Photos from mid-late March

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Brunch with Luc on our one day in NY after Turks & Caicos (3/13/16)

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Back at school, making guacamole (3/15/16)

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Getting ready to snowboard at Shredder (3/17/16)

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Ready to ski!

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Mom & Toddler Yoga class at the MamaHood (3/18/16)

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Plank

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Cobra

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Celebrating Luke P’s 3rd birthday at the WOW museum! (3/19/16)

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We made a funny little snowman at the park (3/20/16)

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Swinging with Dad (3/25/16)

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Pumping those little legs!

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Easter Egg Hunt (in Lafayette, inside a school cafeteria, due to snow) (3/26/16)

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The standing swing, at Great Play (3/26/16)