The gang stopping to observe something Ronan spotted in the grass... for this stoppage it was a beetle
Ronan and Nieve were in for a treat this past weekend - Auntie Mel and Uncle Todd came up for a visit. It was a few days filled with lots of fun, plenty of smiles, and even some hugs and kisses. Ronan and Nieve were able to show off some of their newly learned skills (bicycle riding and furniture climbing, for example) as well as some of their favorite places to play.
Ronan, the merry leader of the march through the preserve
Arastradero Preserve is always popular with Ronan and Nieve so we did a little walk on one of our favorite trails. Now that Ronan is fully capable of walking several miles he typically picks the route that we take.
My little tulip crashed in the backpack... but she refused to let go of the slender stalk of grass (zoom in and you can see it clutched in her little hand)
A nice place for a hike
Although we had a sprinkling of rain the views were great and the low clouds made for some spectacular skies (at least spectacular for Paolo Alto in May). Nieve slept most the trip but Ronan was an attentive tour guide for Auntie Mel and Uncle Todd, pointing out fun things like birds and horse poop.
Kayaks and Ronan, all patiently waiting to be put into the water
The following day we decided a little water play would be fun but did not want to make the long trek out to Pescadero to enjoy the beach. Instead we put the kayaks on the minivan and did the short drive to Foothills Park to paddle around the small but cute reservoir perfect for beginner boaters.
Nieve was fascinated by ducks & ducklings, more so than epic sea battles
Nieve didn't want to spend too much time in the kayak - following ducks were a highlight for her but as soon as they moved on she was ready to do the same. Ronan, on the other hand, loved being the passenger (captain?) on Uncle T's boat and made him circumnavigate the lake.
Tracking down the scurvy dogs. At least the location was picturesque
What started out as fun exploration soon turned into a battle on the high seas - Auntie Mel set off in her pirate ship to go and loot treasure from Ronan and Uncle T. Ronan loved this... he would load his canons and yell, "FIRE!" to which Uncle T would send some water flying towards Mel the pirate with his oar.
Sure, she looks all nice and sweet, but Auntie Mel, who prefers the title 'privateer' to pirate, is setting out after Ronan and Uncle T on a quest for for their treasure
Ronan & Uncle T - plotting what to pillage next
What cracked me up the most was that Ronan wanted to be a pirate too, because, I suppose, pirates are cool. Instead of having one hook on his hand, he had two ghastly claws, which he held out in front of him to scare Auntie Mel away from his treasure.
"Hooks out!" Ronan showing his terrifying pirate claws
The pirate battles were such a hit with Ronan that he is still talking about it, several days later. It's clear he misses Aunti Mel & Uncle Todd - he still asks after them from time to time. Nieve too had a blast impressing (and manipulating) her aunt and uncle - it was fun to see Nieve giving both of them hugs whenever she was in need of a snuggle. Thanks Auntie Mel and Uncle T for a great weekend!
Pirates need to power up - it's always fun to end the time at the park with lunch on the dock