We’re overdue for an update, so here are lots of pictures. My sister and her family were here for a week visiting, and Calvin got to hang out with all his cousins at once. We had a big gathering over at my mom’s, with my dad’s side of the family and some of our oldest friends. Here’s a shot of my mom’s yard, and you can see why she and Scott are Super Grandparents: pool, trampoline on the right, zip line in the background. That’s right, they have a zip line! 


The kids had a blast!

Ione in the pool

Ione in the pool

So did the adults.


Grandpa Cropley

But Calvin prefers his water heated, thank you very much:


 Kat helped him take out his aggressions on my cousin Matt:


He enjoyed seeing his Seattle cousins again:

Thelonious and Calvin

Thelonious and Calvin

He thinks Uncle Jim is pretty funny:



And he’s going to miss all the squishes and love from Aunt EE:



Not to mention the attention of his cousins, who all want to hold him and play with him and entertain him:


Daniel, Ione, Bailey, Cal, Thelonious and Christian


In other news, Calvin continues to work on standing up unassisted. He can stay up for about 3-5 seconds without holding onto anything, although he’s not consistent yet. He actually keeps his balance better when he stands up on his own than he does when one of us is holding him. I want to get some video, but most of the time he does his best standing on the tile floor and I’m too busy hovering in fear that he will fall and crack his head open. I guess I need to relax a little – so far he’s done a very good job of falling safely back onto his butt. 

He’s lots of fun – a sweet and happy boy.