As for the rest of us...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
As for the rest of us...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Now that's a bad day! But before you start feeling too sorry for Ben, we have also learned that he can certainly hold his own. When one of the other children are in his way, he will grab them by the collar and forcibly remove them from his path. The teachers say, "No fighting, Ben" to which he collapses in tears on the floor until he regains composure. Sigh.
And then I was informed this morning that my sweet and innocent baby might have had the arm bite coming as a few minutes beforehand, he was the one doing the biting! Gasp! I have to wonder what the power struggle between these two is - although the teachers won't ID the other culprit. (probably for the best as I was ready to give that one-year-old a talkin' to...until it turned out mine needed one too!) I guess it's eye for an eye in the Waddlers' Room!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Apparently Ben decided to close out his fourteenth month with a bang. He showed off all kinds of skillz this weekend that we just didn't know he had.
After we started that load, he took it upon himself to put all the clothes (including underwear, my apologies) that were sorted in piles on the floor, back into the hamper.
Other tricks I really regret not catching on camera yet include:
- blowing kisses
- signing "more", "please", "eat", "all done"
- saying "uh ohhhhhh"
- making the cow, doggie AND lion noise of "oooo" and "fruuu" for cars (voom voom, I believe)
- black bean burgers
- peanut butter
- jars of sweet potatoes and carrots, any fruit
- fries and ketchup
I'm sure I'm forgetting some things, but he's growing and changing so fast, it's hard to keep up! We've had a really fun month with the warm weather and are so looking foward to Spring and Summer with this little boy!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sigh, I'm the mom of a sandy, sweaty, dirty little boy. But I love it!
But he soon got the hang of it!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Lovefest 2009 (as it was dubbed by my sister) began on Friday night with the kick-off of the marriage conference at our church that ran through the day on Saturday. Probably doesn't sound like the most exciting way to celebrate, but we kind of felt like the best way to honor the commitment we made to each other five years ago would be to learn how to make the next five, ten, twenty, fifty years together even better. Actually that was one of the key points too - that successful marriages are all about managing the decisions made early on. It's so easy to let circumstances and feelings dictate how we live, but love is not a feeling, it's a choice - one that you have to make over and over again throughout your marriage. Oh man, now I got myself started...let me get my notes. Feel free to skip to the pictures since that's why you came, but if you're married (or would like to be someday), please consider this list of Six Essentials of a Healthy Marriage:
- Trust God. Make Him the center of your home.
- Hurry home. Make your time together a priority.
- Intentionally cultivate communication. go deeper than "how was your day?", really make an effort to hear each other ...that's what I took away, I didn't write notes on this one
- Nourish romance. ...or this one...guess we've got those two figured out - ha!
- Celebrate differences. Work together to meet in the middle
- Finish together. Mean what you said in your vows, "til death parts us". There is peace in knowing that whatever disagreement, conflict, pain you are in...nobody's going anywhere.
I guess the bottom line of what I walked away with is don't wait until something's broken in your marriage to try to fix it - do "preventative maintainence" now! And in between all the serious stuff, we laughed at illustrations we could relate to, ate a lot of good food, drank a ton of coffee, chatted with our friends and really had lots of fun!
After the conference, we checked into the Ross Bridge resort for a mini-anniversary trip (look at us working on number 4 already - quite the overachievers).
Dinner at Bonefish grill was amazing, and we thought we'd really lucked out by getting seated right away. Until we looked at the clock when we left, realizing it was only 7:10 and the Saturday dinner rush had only just begun! (Can take the parents away from their baby, but can't the baby's schedule away from his parents!)
me and my hottie honey at dinner...daaang
We decided to forgoe dessert at the restaurant and instead picked it up on the way home. Words just can't describe the glee I felt lounging around with a glass of wine, watching a movie and eating chocolate cake out of the box with spoons. Heaven!
The next morning, I got a text that said "the snow at Ross Bridge must be beautiful!" Huh? Of course, snow had been predicted but that's just not something we take very seriously here in Birmingham. However, we scrambled to open the curtains to find a winter wonderland outside our patio!
*I've been assured that Tooltime with Grandpa and Ben was closely surpervised.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
All that work deserved some play, so off to the playground we went! After a couple hours of spoiling his fun by redirecting his paths from splashing in the carwash soap, toddling down the driveway towards the street and stumbling into the bushes, it was nice to let him have free reign of a fenced-in safe zone.
And after much dragging of feet (mine), it was high time to give this boy a haircut. Not sure why I chose to do so when I happened to be home alone (probably out of fear of Tyler giving Ben his second army cut), but with the help of his sippy cup, snack cup and the good old Bumbo that he amazingly still fits into, we made it work!
(the front to back bibs are supposed to keep hair off his clothes...didn't work so well)
It's a salon and a saloon - bottom's up!
(notice both snack and sippy cups are in one hand)
Next we broke out the bubbles! For a while, he just watched them fly away in amazement, but then he discovered how much fun it is to chase and pop them too!
More video to come...and hopefully more good weather too!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
who also likes to sport black socks with bare legs...
but at least he wears shorts!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
At Ben's birthday party, he merely poked at his cupcake and ate a few tiny morsels. Not so at this party!
(No, this is not a typical snack at his school. And no the teachers didn't want to keep him after the buzz wore off! )
Ben: "Lay off, I'm starving!"