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Climbing Stairs

March 30th, 2009. (9 months, 4 weeks old.) by ben

I’m learning to climb stairs these days.  And I have to do it on the front steps so that I can show off my cool Hawaiian duds to all the neighbors! (Thanks Grandma & Grandpa Scherba!)  What with all this practice, I’ll be ready to climb stairs in Hawaii (Mommy?  Daddy?).


Street Hiking

March 28th, 2009. (9 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

This morning, Mommy and Daddy and I went for a hike around the neighborhood.  This is the “before” shot.


There is no “after” shot, but Daddy was a bit more tired, I think.  The view is great from back here!  This backpack contraption is pretty cool.  Maybe one day we’ll go for a hike in those hills behind us.  What do you say, Daddy?  Daddy?

5 o’clock shadow

March 26th, 2009. (9 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Daddy’s not the only one that can make his face turn a darker shade.  Look, I’m all grown up!  And I haven’t shaved all day!


Maybe next time I’ll see how I look with a goatee.

Human-Feline Relations

March 22nd, 2009. (9 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Here I am, working tirelessly to improve human-feline relations.  Actually, it’s not bad work if you can get it!

This session is helping Atlas appreciate all the more those times when I’m not around to pet him, and he can just sleep peacefully.


(Ed. Note: Atlas seems to be putting up with Ben better as time goes on.)

Dirt redux

March 21st, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

Ben 1, Dirt 0.  Yeee haaa!  Take that, dirt!


Ben 1, Dirt 1.  “The Dirt Strikes Back”


(Ed. Note – in case you can’t see it, Ben’s right eye and temple had a run-in with the dirt.)

Unauthorized toys

March 20th, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

I’ve found that sometimes the best toys aren’t “toys” at all (much to the chagrin of new parents M&D).  For example, the cat dish (sorry, Atlas) makes a wonderful sound when it crashes on the floor.  And the door stop stick is just good for carrying around.  And the rug can be appreciated much better when you can see (and feel) both sides, don’t you think?


Now, where’d that trash can go again?

Pulling Up, part 2

March 18th, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

This time Daddy actually managed to get the pulling up part on video, so I thought I’d share.  Now if I could just work up the confidence to walk off without holding Mommy or Daddy’s hand!

Training for Bay to Breakers

March 18th, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

There’s a race that’s run every year in San Francisco called ‘Bay to Breakers‘, where contestants run across the city from the Bay side to the ocean (Breakers) side.  M&D shot this training video of me:

(Ed. Note:  If this video doesn’t make sense, please visit the Bay to Breakers link.)

More teeth, part 2

March 17th, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

My new top teeth are rapidly making their appearance.  I’ve got a new skill now: flashing the toothy grin!  (Oh, and having enough hair so that it sticks up is good, too.)


Spring is here…

March 17th, 2009. (9 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

…at least according to the tulips and daffodils.  Mommy’s hard work is paying off in the form of pretty flowers which I love to grab!  So this is what “Spring” is, eh?  Lemme at ’em, Mommy!


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