Goold reunion

Goold Family reunion - Phil, Bud, Nancy, Stephanie, Jack, Betty, Melissa, Fran, Harold, Rob, Clare, and Spencer
Goold Family reunion - Phil, Bud, Nancy, Stephanie, Jack, Betty, Melissa, Fran, Harold, Rob, Clare, and Spencer

Last weekend we had a bit of a Goold family reunion in Denver. It turns out that 10 of the 16 people live in the Denver area, so it was a natural place to get together. Nancy and Jack came in from Chicago; Bud came in from LA; Harold and Fran came in from Detroit; and Stephanie came in from Santa Cruz. Saturday evening everyone came over to our house for a Mexican-themed feast. Sunday morning we went to the Links in Boulder for brunch, and Sunday evening we went to Betty and Phil’s in Lakewood for a barbecue. It was lots of fun to catch up with everyone. I didn’t end up getting that many pictures, but here are a few.

18 month stats

Spencer and Clare reading Trucks and Cars and Things That Go
Spencer and Clare reading Trucks and Cars and Things That Go
Spencer had his 18 month checkup on Tuesday. In addition to the normal stats, I also noticed two new ones: 87.3% of growth percentile based on weight-for-age; 48.69% of growth percentile based on length-for-age. He also got his last round of shots for several years. That is nice.

Spencer’s 18 months stats:
category value percentile
weight 29 lbs, 5 oz 87
height 32.25 inches 49
head circumference 19.29 inches 82
BMI 19.81  

p.s. the picture is unrelated

A-Team

Spencer playing with his A-Team van
Spencer playing with his A-Team van
Clare and I went to see the new A-Team movie a couple weeks ago. It was pretty good. Last weekend I was at Target to buy a booster seat for Spencer (which he really likes), and I could not pass up the A-Team van on clearance for 75% off. I put it on his shelf in his room, and I finally let him open it up yesterday. He has been playing with it pretty much non-stop for the last 24 hours (when not sleeping). Here’s a little video of him.
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Reunion – Elkhorn Lodge

Spencer on a toy horse, Dave, Clare, and mountains
Spencer on a toy horse, Dave, Clare, and mountains
On the last day of the reunion, we took a tour of the Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park. It is one of the oldest lodges in Estes Park. It was a very interesting mixture of new old, with several large buildings as well as some smaller cabins. They still rent out many of them. After the tour we had a chuckwagon lunch there with cowboy entertainment. Spencer really enjoyed the cowboy music. There were also some spectacular views of the mountains from the lodge, including some beautiful wispy cloud formations.

Stacking, planning, and communicating

Spencer stacking Yogurt
Spencer stacking Yogurt
It seems like Spencer is developing really quickly lately. He is starting to be able to plan ahead much more, and his receptive vocabulary is growing rapidly as well. A few anecdotes:

Sit down

Last week at the reunion we were eating dinner one night. Spencer was sitting on a normal chair next to Geebi, and I was sitting across from him. He started to stand up on the chair, and I asked him to sit down several times. He continued standing, so I started to get up from my chair to make him sit down, and as soon as I stood up, he sat down. Spencer knew exactly what I was saying, but he was testing me!

Barbecue Sauce

Sunday night we were about to eat dinner, and I was getting something from the fridge. Spencer frequently likes to shut the refrigerator door, so I was going to let him do that, but he wanted it open. I shut the door, but he kept opening it back up, and was pointing to something in the refrigerator door – barbecue sauce. He wanted some barbecue sauce. I got it out and handed it to him, and he was immediately happy. We then proceeded to heat up a veggie chicken patty for him to dip in barbecue sauce. Speaking of dipping, he was also dipping chips in a bowl of salsa last week at a Mexican restaurant

Communicating

When Spencer wants to go outside, he starts trying to climb into the backpack, or he finds his shoes and brings them to one of us. He doesn’t have any words yet, but he is starting to communicate better. He has been saying “Uh-oh” a lot over the last week, but it seems to be at somewhat random intervals.

Stacking

Just a few months ago, Spencer only wanted to destroy towers. Now he is actively building them. Dave got a short video of Spencer stacking yogurt cups.
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Reunion – hiking

We hiked to Adams Falls near Grand Lake
We hiked to Adams Falls near Grand Lake
Since we were staying right near Rocky Mountain National Park, we had the chance to do some hiking at the recent reunion. Jenny and Thad did some long hikes, but we only did a few short hikes since Spencer had to nap in the middle of the day. On Monday and Friday we hiked a bit straight from the cabin (but forgot our camera both times). On Tuesday we drove through the Park on Trail Ridge Road all the way to Grand Lake. It was a very beautiful drive (though there was some construction). We had lunch in Grand Lake, then hiked to Adams Falls. On Wednesday we attempted to hike around Lily Lake, but it started raining. We had a great time hiking.

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Estes Park Reunion

Top: Dave, Ellen, Tommy, Gretchen, Bill; Middle-top: Drew, Geebi, Jean, Kristin, Jenny, Thadeus; Middle-bottom: Bret, John, Jean Ann, Billy; Bottom: Rob, Clare, Spencer, Grant, Jackie, Shannon
Top: Dave, Ellen, Tommy, Gretchen, Bill; Middle-top: Drew, Geebi, Jean, Kristin, Jenny, Thadeus; Middle-bottom: Bret, John, Jean Ann, Billy; Bottom: Rob, Clare, Spencer, Grant, Jackie, Shannon

Last week we spent the whole week near Estes Park, Colorado for the von Brunk family reunion. Every family there had a member of the von Brunk family, though no one actually has that name. Dorothy Wolfe was originally a von Brunk. We could have called it the Wolfe family reunion, since most people have a Wolfe connection, but Jackie does not, being a cousin of the Wolfe children. There were 21 of us total. Ellen found two large cabins for us to stay in near Rocky Mountain National Park called Aspen Brook. The cabins were right on the Big Thompson River, and were beautiful and well-stocked. There was even a small playground, which Spencer enjoyed quite a bit. During the day we split up some for hiking, rafting, shopping, and sightseeing, and all got together for dinner. It was a very nice time. We’re looking forward to the next one.

As the owner of a fancy camera and tripod, I was asked to take some group photos. We also took an old-time photo at a place in Estes Park, which I will post soon. Though I was much quicker than the old-time photo place, I still need some work on posing. I apologize for not noticing Billy was hiding behind Jackie.
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Spencer Indiana

Spencer playing with Indiana
Spencer playing with Indiana
Spencer and I went to visit Brian, Audrey, and Kate a few weeks ago. We had a very nice time. Spencer finally got to meet Indiana. I thought that the world might implode when they met, but it turns out they just had a good time together. Spencer was very gentle with Indiana for the most part, and he was very nice to Spencer. Spencer particularly liked getting in Indiana’s cage. Here is a short video of them together.
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