Monday, January 23, 2012

Ben's FOUR!

Happy birthday to Ben!

              F - funny   O - organized   U - unique   R - ridiculously cute

(Above picture by Michelle McKibbon Photography. Excuse the rest of these phone's been at the techie hospital.)
A "B" chocolate-chip pancake seemed like a good way to start the day! If it looks like he's already on a sugar high, it's because of his birthday-morning surprise...but I have video, so that will be another post. 

After a morning playing with new toys, we met Daddy for lunch at Chick-fil-A! Some chicken, fruit, fries and ice cream, followed by playtime gave me this peaceful ride home. 

Got this idea from Pinterest, so here's hoping to make it an annual game of 20 Questions! I noticed a lot of his answers where whatever was most recent in his mind...maybe next year I'll do my interrogation before he's even out of bed. (And maybe next year, that would be at a reasonable hour!)

Ben, what is your favorite color? blue

What is your favorite toy? my cape

What is your favorite fruit? strawberries

What is your favorite tv show? Jake and the Neverland Pirates

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? peanut butter and honey sandwiches

What is your favorite thing to wear? blue jeans and my superman short-sleeve shirt (what he is currently wearing)

What is your favorite game to play? pirates

What is your favorite snack? Cars graham crackers

What is your favorite animal? Rhinoceros

What is your favorite song? Jake and the Neverland Pirates song

What is your favorite book? my Bible (that would be The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Beginners Bible)

Who is your best friend? George, Dean and Bobby. And when I'm not at school, Austin.

What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Miniwheats

What is your favorite thing to do outside? play with Katie Beth

What is your favorite drink? orange juice

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What do you like to take with you to bed? my outer-space flashlight and bedtime animals

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cereal and cinnamon rolls

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? pizza and cake

What do you want to be when you grow up? work with daddy...orphadonist. :)

Ben, we love your sweet heart, your belly laughs, your curious questions, your contagious smile, your honest words, your funky moves, your squishy cheeks, your tight hugs and your chatterbox talk...just to name a few. Four years have moved much too fast, but we're so incredibly grateful for each day and memory we've had with you in our lives. Here's to what's in store for year number 4!

love you to Pluto and back!
Mommy and Daddy


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Thankirtheddmas!

What, you haven't heard of that? Well that was what we celebrated with my family in early December when we were all together for the only time between Thanksgiving, my sister's birthday, her good friend's wedding and Christmas. So a belated Happy Thankirtheddmas to you.

Before their arrival, Ben asked for hot chocolate one day and then pulled the bench up to the door so he could drink it and look outside...what we did last year during that blizzard. No snow to see today, but he and Santa Bear looked mighty festive.

After spending the night in Nashville, we returned to Chattanooga with Aunt Jess!

The kids had a blast at the nearly-empty aquarium.

petting stingrays,

throwing rocks in the butterfly atrium...oops,

looking at fish, of course,

and penguins, 

singing the fishy-fishy song,

making fish faces

and pretending to live underwater.

The next day we had the Radnoti's over so they could get some QT with Jess and Michael. 

And the kids could too!

After wedding fun, we hit all the touristy goodness Chattanooga has to offer!

Ruby Falls

Did a little caroling around the tree too!

Our friends threw an amazing Sweets and Santa party, so we stopped in there for a little (or a lot) of both.

Then with two hopped-up kiddos in tow, we hit The Enchanted Lights of Rock City!

Mom and Dad had been staying at the Choo-Choo, so after a much-needed night's sleep, we enjoyed brunch there and did a little exploring. 

While Dad took Ben to the model train exhibit, the rest of us entertained Katie Beth. But we didn't have to do much other than keep the quarters coming!

It was a busy, but wonderful weekend of family togetherness and Thankirtheddmas fun!
(Jess and I feeling fancy in our pearls, our early-Christmas presents from Mom!)