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Story Time

July 29th, 2009. (13 months, 4 weeks old.) by ben

M&D and I always read before bed.  This was the first time that I got to sit in the chair all by myself.  It’s very roomy and comfortable.  I could get used to this!


Maybe one day I’ll be able to read all by myself, too.  But that wouldn’t be as much fun, I think.


July 21st, 2009. (13 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

I… have… the Legoooooo!


Daddy managed to scrounge a loan of some blocks from Auntie Linda.  What a find!  There’s all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, not to mention people, carts, platforms, and more!

Daddy says that while technically these are ‘Duplo’ blocks, we can call them Legos if we want to.


July 19th, 2009. (13 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

Mommy pitched a tent for me us in the living room the other day.  Everything is more fun in a tent!  Who knew?


Goggle Me

July 14th, 2009. (13 months, 1 week old.) by ben

I’ve always heard that people Goggle themselves to find out how popular they are.


Well, I’m not sure how to tell.  And it’s hard to see through these goggles.  Did it work?  Do I look popular?


How about now?

What?  What’s that you say?  Google?

Bay Area Discovery Museum

July 11th, 2009. (13 months, 1 week old.) by ben

M&D took me to this museum last weekend.  It is right near this big red bridge.


Of course, I was very excited to go, so I had to nap on the way down to conserve my energy.


Once we go there, we met up with the Edmonstons.  Here, Cole and I are splashing around, fishing for salmon.


Got one!  (What do I do with it now?)


In addition to the indoor play areas, there was a big outdoor play area.


I got to spend some quality time working the gravel pit…


…and then later, putting this dump truck through its paces.


Maybe next time I go back, I’ll be able to play on some of the bigger stuff!

Batter Up!

July 8th, 2009. (13 months, 1 week old.) by ben

My friend Mr. Alton got me a genuine Louisville Slugger for my 1st birthday.  M&D seem to be a little nervous watching me walk around the house with it, but I showed them that there was nothing to worry about.


All I need now is someone to pitch to me!

(Ed. Note: I think you still have a few years yet, Ben…)

The Dishwasher

July 6th, 2009. (13 months old.) by ben

One of the most fascinating but off limits toys around is the dishwasher.  The movements!  The sounds!  What does it all do?  How does it all work?  Sliding, clanking, clattering, massive parent attention from all quarters!  (That part, at least, I understand!)


One recent day, M&D and I agreed to a dishwasher session so long as the flatware was removed from play.  Suckers!  I’ll take whatever I can get!  Wooo hooo!


But seriously, this was lots of fun.  And M&D, please take note: I didn’t break anything, so that means I get to play in the dishwasher again, right?

Washing Machine, semi-annual inspection

July 3rd, 2009. (13 months old.) by ben

Well, I’m keeping up on my job as washing machine inspector.  I tell ya, though, there something fishy going on.  The washing machine keeps shrinking!  I used to be able to look right in there without even leaning over!


Mommy has promoted me, too.  Not only do I get to inspect,  I get to help move clothes from the washer to the dryer!  It won’t be long before I’m chief dryer inspector, too!


(Ed Note: And we can’t wait to promote you to chief clothes folder as well, Ben!)


July 1st, 2009. (13 months old.) by ben

The other day, my friend Taylor was over for playgroup.  I thought we’d make a break for it so I could show him my room, but we got caught before I could bust open the gate.  Sheesh!  Thanks for bustin’ me while I’m trying to impress my friends, Mom!