Monday, August 31, 2009

364 days to go...

....until Tyler turns the big 3-0!
He's quite the responsible family man,

yet still a fun-loving kid at heart.

And we love him with all of ours.

Happy birthday!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mini March with Mommy

Today was the UAB Child Development Center's mini march, raising money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All the kiddos wore funky hats and waved streamers or played instruments while we did a not-so-strenous circuit around the building. :)

Looks happy, doesn't he? Well that has a lot to do with me holding him and changed very quickly whenever he thought I was trying to escape back to the office. Poor little man has a hard time staying brave when Mommy mixes up his routine. :( Can't wait to snatch him up again in just a few hours!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nineteen months old!

Another month gone in a flash! Ben, aka Mr. Independence, as his teachers refer to him, certainly has a mind of his own and is trying so hard to let the world know what's happening inside that big ol head. This age is so neat, because every single day, he says a new word or comprehends a concept that surprises us.

"Heh, heh. I'm king of this castle!"

He tries to repeat just about anything we ask him to...sometimes it just comes out in a different language. His on-again-off-again relationship with the bathtub is at a high point as he'll make a mad dash for the tub when I suggest a bath and tries to take off his own clothes so he can climb in and pour water on himself, rub bubbles on his belly and even lay down to kick his legs try to blow bubbles!

Ben's still a breakfast and peanut-butter man, but he now enjoys a hearty serving of spaghetti, which marks his first tolerance of pasta...still boycotting mac n cheese... little weirdo.

(Grandma asked him to say it, and so he did. Who knew he could do that? Oh how I'm hoping to avoid the clenched teeth faker smiles that are sure to follow that instruction.)

He loves his school, and it makes this time in our lives so much easier to enjoy. When it's time to go in the morning, he runs to the door, then walks himself right over to the breakfast table to scoop out his own food from the serving bowl. The teachers told me today that Ben walks over to his cubby to get lovey for nap and walks it right back to the cubby afterwards. Big boys only need loveys for naps, you know. When we pick him up, he's happily playing with his friends, or like today, lying on his back on the reading rug looking at a book, legs crossed and propped on a bean bag. But once we see each other, he's ready to grab lovey and head home!

His coordination is improving, although I forget to breathe when he starts running at full tilt, just waiting for those chunky crocs to take a false step. But if they do, he's fortunately getting to be a much better sport!

Tyler and I are still finding our own footing when it comes to discipline (currently waiting on no less than four parenting books to arrive in the mail), but we do know he's got an understanding of the idea. The other night, when we told him he would have to go to his room if he didn't stop crying, he cried out "nooo waaaay" and then marched himself to his room, shook his finger at me and closed the door to have a little cry. Ridiculous.

But it's not always "no way" moments in the Prentice house. Ben loves to laugh, dance, tackle, tickle, and just have an all-around good time.

and who can argue with that?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Summer in Canada

Chandos Lake
summer holiday 2009

Prentice family together again!

the smallest branch of the tree... We had a wonderful visit with Tyler's family in Canadian cottage country last week. The "cottage" where we stayed was a virtual summer camp: a sand volleyball court for games of tag, two beaches for castle building and feet burying, a dock for catching rays and rockbass, a couple canoes for exploring, a jetski for doughnuts and wave jumping, a boat for tubing, kneeboarding and wakeboarding, a teepee for pow-wows, an atv for pulling hayrides, and a firepit for marshmallow roasting...of course.

And Ben? Ben had a blast! Great naps, good eats, and fun times all around - some of which we captured here.

...still more to come...

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Which way to the lake?"

Made it back from Canada safe and sound! Lots of fun memories to share...if I could just put my clothes away and load that stinkin' dishwasher.

...more to come...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

So long, farewell...

Auf Wiedersehen,! We're heading on a pilgrimage to Tyler's homeland for a week on the lake! So here a couple pictures to tie everyone (Mom and Jess) over until I can upload the gobs of shots we always take on these Prentice clan adventures.

Ben helping himself to a "nack"

Ben dancing in his pj's
"Oh, I'm sooo happy to go see my Nana and Papa, and aunts and uncles, and cousins and more cousins."
So...adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu!