Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Yesterday was Ryan's birthday! He turned 4 but if you asked him couple of times how old he is he could give you with each question a higher number! Four then six then he likes to say eight. I think he is growing very fast with each question:-)
We wanted to celebrate special this year. Instead of staying home and opening presents (more toys and cars that will be forgotten in a month), we thought to go somewhere. It was very hot so we knew the animals would be sleeping at the zoo. We needed to find something on the shady side.
So we went to the children's train. It is a beautiful 45 minute ride one way. On the way back we jumped out and went on a hike to a tower built in 1882. We could see all of Budapest. It was a hard hike on a hot afternoon but at the moment we reached the tower Ryan started to run up the steps to go all the way to the top. It is 527 meters tall and on top it was very windy. Ryan sang all the way back to the train even though it was 2pm and we had no lunch.

On the way home dark clouds appeared and as we ate lunch the wind was like a typhoon. Ryan enjoyed the indoor playground at the restaurant.

We are impressed with how much he changed in these 4 years. He started in the US as a 9.15 pounds baby. We moved to Russia when he was 2 months old. At 1 years old he moved to Hungary. His second birthday we celebrated in US getting to know his grandparents that he didn't remember. At 3 years old we moved in a new house which was quite hard for him. For a long time he told us "let's go home" and when we drove to that area he cried every time because he wanted to go to HIS house. He got a new brother which was hard to adjust to. Now he is a big boy. He talks, sings, plays, runs, bikes, helps in the kitchen and most of all laughs. His favorite word is "funny". Moms helps him inventing funny stories about "the elephant who got his trunk stuck in the fridge" or the "bunny who slipped on the banana peel" or the "fish who is wearing pink pajamas".... Life is an adventure at his age and we enjoy him a lot!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Swimming lessons

One of the teachers from the English school is also a swimming instructor so in the summer she offers classes to the children. We tried it last year but it didn't work. Ryan was not cooperating. But this year as he is almost 4 we decided to give it a try again. The good part is that the pool is very close to where we live a 25 minutes walk. The hard part is to get Ryan excited about swimming. He is afraid of water especially he doesn't want to put his face in the water. What kind of swimming is that if you don't get your face wet?! Anyway he is happy to be in the water as long as he doesn't need to blow bubbles or put the face in the water. Below are more pictures from yesterday's swimming lessons.

Today was a hard day as the weather turned cold. There was no sun and the water was freezing cold. He was shivering a lot. After the class he wanted me go in the pool to help him practice more. Wow! That was very cold water. We didn't survive more than 10 minutes. We came home and after a warm soup we both took a good nap. We deserved it!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Transportation Museum

Yesterday we had fun. We took Ryan to the Transportation Museum. It was very impressive. From trains to model boats, to motorbikes and bicycles to old cars. Ryan especially liked watching the model trains. All the details of hills, little figures, cars, and buildings of that period. It looked like Austria.

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July

Dennis missed being in US for 4th of July. Being here is quiet and hard to feel this is a celebration. We were home and enjoyed a quiet day. Kevin got a swing for 4th of July as a way yo remember that it is something special about this day.