Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ben is SIX!

And he is excited!

as in, he asked me to print out a calendar so he could color in a daily countdown with a crayon from the crayon holster he made.

chatting up birthday plans with Daddy.

Finally, all the squares were colored in, and the big day had arrived! We kicked off the morning with B-shaped pancakes and OJ. 

Will, Katie Beth and I were able to join Ben and his classmates for lunch and pass out brownies that he and I made the day before. We also brought along Ben's favorite lunch - Subway with doritos and chocolate milk. 

Once the school bell rang, Ben was quick to create a "birthday section" of the table and virtually camped-out there until dinner. Or brinner, as it were. By request, we enjoyed breakfast for dinner, with scrambled eggs, morningstar sausage links and a surprise birthday dessert of doughnuts!

And then it was time to get down to the business at hand. 

After-presents cuddles

A little doughnut, a little skyping...

Then it was time for bed, and Daddy had hockey. I just settled down to finish, and by that I mean start, gluing 100 Legos onto Ben's 100-days of school shirt, when from upstairs I heard, "mommy? have you started my shirt? I'm worried about my shirt." My first instinct was to send him back to his bed. But his sweet little face (and slightly condescending tone) made me think twice, and I told him to come downstairs.

I am so glad I did. He talked my ear off for two hours about stuff I never can pull out of him any other time…who he likes to be partners with in class, who talks the most, who never talks, the last time he got in trouble there, etc. And of course, he told me more information about ninja turtles and legos than any person should really know. 
Favorite birthday moment for mommy! I carried that big boy up to his room and turned out the light just as Tyler pulled into the garage, and Ben giggled big thinking we'd just gotten away with something so sneaky!

Annual Q&A: 
Ben, what is your favorite color? blue

What is your favorite toy? my legos

What is your favorite fruit? pineapple

What is your favorite tv show? Transformers Prime

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? tuna sandwich

What is your least favorite food? tomatoes

What is your favorite thing to wear? Ninja Turtles shirt and blue jeans

What is your favorite game to play? Go Fish

What is your favorite snack? Cheeze-Its

What is your favorite animal? Hyena (because they fight with lions)

What is your favorite song? I'm in the Lord's army

What is your favorite book? Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Who is your best friend? Max

What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms

What is your favorite thing to do outside? ride my bike

What is your favorite drink? lemonade

What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

What do you like to take with you to bed? flashlight

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? waffles

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? breakfast for dinner (eggs, sausage, pancakes)

What do you want to be when you grow up? a spy

What do you like to do with your family? play games like Sharks and Minnows, dominos, Scrabble Jr 

And then, there was the party. Ben has wanted a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party for as long as I can remember. This was the year I knew there would be no more delaying the inevitable - it was time to go see The Cheese.

By all accounts of our six-year old, it was epic.


back home, opening his loot, and hopefully feeling sufficiently celebrated!

Happy 6th birthday, Ben! How my baby is able to write sentences, do math, read words, ride a bike, load the dishwasher, is all beyond me. You are so patient and kind to your siblings, make us laugh all the time, and surprise us everyday with the things you know. We love you infinity plus one, buddy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sneaky the Elf 2013

Our adopted elf, Sneaky, returned from the North Pole for another season of mischief and merriment the Sunday after Thanksgiving. He wrote the kids a note and brought new paint pens and pages to decorate…plus a special batch of Mrs. Claus' cinnamon rolls to start the day off the sugary way!

 It is widely believed in these parts that Mrs. Claus works closely with Sister Schubert in the creation of these delectable morsels.

Every morning the kids ran through the house searching for Sneaky and evidence of his latest antics. Sneaky seems to operate in a maximum-impact-minimal-effort mentality, which I certainly appreciate when it comes to clean up. 

One night he tried to haul our stash of Hersey kisses up the fireplace. But the dump truck wasn't strong enough and spilled them all over the floor. He ate a few kisses, then just gave up.

He put red stickers on each of the kid's noses in our family portrait hanging in the hall. Missed the picture of that - but made sure to get one the next day after he DREW red noses on them!

He swapped their stockings for undies (or diaper, as the case may be).

He took a ride on our nutcracker's shoulders.

Then his second attempt to get those kisses up the fireplace was foiled again by the toy soldiers who certainly took a stand to protect our sweets.

The morning after a Christmas party, we found him chowing down on our goodie tray!

Quite the daredevil, he went for a ride down the stairs in a toilet paper roll.

About halfway through the month, he must've been getting bored, because he brought down a tv that only plays Christmas songs and scenery for him and a few pals to pass the time with.

He also brought Santa pjs for the kids…and Katie Beth's doll.

He love monkey-ing around with our chimps from the beach, "Sandy" and "Dustin,"

appreciates the real reason for the season,

and apparently, he's a bit of a graffiti artist as he tagged our gingerbread house.

He's also talented in architecture and built a huge tower out of empty boxes in our garage. Ben had been stressed about not finding him before school, but this surprise made up for it.

In more death-defying stunt work, he rappelled from the balcony one night, using my favorite Christmas ribbon.

He is not, however, great at Rainbow Loom.

Sneaky spent a couple of extra nights back at the North Pole when one or two little someones couldn't keep themselves from touching him "just a yitteh bit." One morning when he returned, he had instructions for them to ask Mom to check her email for a message from Santa for them both. 
 Eyes wide. Smiles big. Couldn't believe Santa knew so much about them!

There were a few mornings that I didn't have time to capture, but those are the highlights before we packed up and headed to Canada. 

Of course, Sneaky jumped into the suitcase that night!

He made his last appearance this year on Christmas morning (because he'd missed Christmas Eve due to the aforementioned breaking of the touching rule), in the handmade stocking Ben had crafted for him and left the kids another sweet note looking forward to Christmas 2014!

See you in 11 months, little buddy!