Monday, August 27, 2007

Best Shot Monday - Harleys!

What could be cuter than an excited little girl on a Harley?

Two cute boys on a Harley!

***photos courtesy of my husband - Harley courtesy of Eric [pictured above]

For more pictures from Best Shot Monday visit Tracey over at Picture This.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Best Shot Monday - cheese!

My brother-in-law and my son inspecting the cheese options. I love this picture because of the similarities in their posture, their clothing, and their intese concentration on choosing the correct slice of cheese. Cheese is important, people! It should have it's own food group if you ask me.

To see more pictures from Best Shot Monday, visit Tracey over at Picture This. Look for links to other people's pictures in the comments.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Look at my new baby!

Thank you, Brian! I love it you!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Best Shot Monday - snuggle time

Some early Saturday morning snuggling on the kitchen floor.

To see more pictures from Best Shot Monday, go visit Tracy over at Picture This. Links to other photos are in the comments.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Busy busy busy

We have been so thrilled that Adam is home from Iraq on R&R, so we spent about 8 hours with him on Friday, and are headed back today for some more time. It has been wonderful to watch him with the kids - playing ball, giving high fives, watching TV. We want them to spend as much time with him as we can, so that they have some memories of him to get through the next eight months until he's home.

Heather did a much better job than I did helping with the coloring. I tried to help Claire when she said she was having trouble writing her name. I asked her if she wanted me to write it in and then she could trace over it. As soon as I wrote it she had a crying fit. "Nooooo! I don't WANT you to do that!" After I finally got her calmed down she kept picking up the coloring book and saying, "Let me show you what you did." (Can you tell she didn't nap?)

High five!

And a little quiet time with the dog.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Best Shot Monday

Our butterfly bush has been attracting a lot of visitors lately.

To see more shots from Best Shot Monday visit Tracey over at Picture This (links will be in the comments).

Friday, August 03, 2007

Ben and Claire dance with George - Take Two

For some reason YouTube shrank the video I tried to post - hopefully doing it this way will show the whole picture - including Ben.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Eighteen months old

Dear Ben,

Who could believe that eighteen months and one week ago, when you entered our lives, that we would have been so incredibly blessed .

We suffered through four + months of a Very Fussy Baby (TM), but noone would ever know it to look at you now. You have such a smiley happy personality, and people comment on it all the time. Daddy and I were even talking about it last weekend. We were out at the store, and you were happy and smiley the whole time - even while waiting in line to checkout. Then we got everything out to the car, and within five minutes you were fast asleep. You were exhausted (we all were as you usually get Daddy and I up around 5 AM), but noone would ever have guessed it by your sunny personality. You even charmed the cashier with a big smile, and a wave when you said "BYEEEEEE".

It has been wonderful to watch your relationship with your big sister grow. She loves you, and you think she is the coolest thing ever. When we are outside you spend all of your time running after her trying to keep up with whatever she is doing. You never seem to realize that you're always a little behind, you're just happy to be where she is. Recently you have taken to expressing your love for her with very enthusiastic tackles hugs.

You are a pretty good eater. You usually love most proteins and carbs. I've never known a baby who doesn't like fruits, but in that, you are an anomaly. You will eat bananas (in fact nana is one of your favorite words), but other than that you won't eat fruit unless it is hidden in something either cooked or pureed. The only vegetables we can get into you are when they are completely hidden in something else, though you love Nonni's zucchini bread. The doctor doesn't seem concerned, since you are still consistently between the 50th and 75th percentile for weight and 90th to 95th percentile for height.

In this picture you have attractively styled your hair with your dinner. Perhaps you have some of Grandma's hairstyling genes. Lord knows I don't!

You are such an affectionate little boy. Even while you are happily playing with toys, or looking at books you will come over to where I am every few minutes to give me a hug, or lie your head on my knee. Then you run back to whatever you were doing. When you first wake up you are usually content to just snuggle for a little while, and there is nothing I enjoy more. When I take you up to your room for naps or bedtime, as soon as I turn on your lullaby CD you snuggle into me. You turn your face into my neck, and wrap your little arms around me, and pat me on the back. It melts my heart every.single.time.

You also have quite the mischievous streak. You have recognized that there are boundaries, and you love to test them. You will go to something that you know you are not supposed to touch or play with, and then you will look at me until you are sure that I am watching, and then you will do exactly what you know you are not supposed to.

You have become quite the chatterbox. I didn't realize until we had your doctor's appointment last week. The night before Daddy and I had counted and written down all the words that you know and use correctly in context, and we came up with over 30 words. The doctor at the appointment reminded me that at your 15 month visit you knew 2-3 words and a few signs, and asked if you had a few more. He was shocked when I told him I'd counted between 30 and 40 words, and that you also use a few phrases. He said that you had the verbal skills of a two year old. I guess you're trying to keep up with Claire, because she is certainly a talker!

One of my favorite things to see is when you and your sister dance. You love music, and have a pretty good sense of rhythm. The two of you use some of your toys that play songs as little jukeboxes, and you will just stand, poised for action, waiting for the music to start and then dance your little hearts out. A few of the shows that you watch have music that you love to dance to, and the one you dance to the most is Curious George. Sometimes the two of you start dancing even before the music, as soon as you hear the voice of the announcer who does the introduction to the show. It is so fun to watch you two having such a good time together.

YouTube did something funky with this video, so see the whole video in the next post, thanks to Blogger!

Ben, I love you so much. I hope that you know how incredibly lucky I feel that I was chosen to be your mother. You are such an amazing, wonderful little boy.


Contests, contests everywhere!

One thing that I've discovered in the blogworld is that there are often a lot of different contests going on. Check these out!

Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!

Wow. It sure wouldn't hurt to win that one!

A site I've been reading for a while, 5 Minutes for Mom, is giving away a 37" flat panel LCD HD TV. That's a lot of letters. The TV has been donated by Best Buy, and anyone could win. If Brian found out that I knew about that and didn't enter, he'd be a wee bit upset. So let's all keep our fingers crossed that we win (there's only 1063 people entered right now).

And take a look at this! Over at Shakadoo, I could win a $250 GC for Gymboree for back to school shopping. That would certainly come in handy.

So here's hoping that we win. Any of them. All of them?