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Big Hands

August 30th, 2009. (14 months, 4 weeks old.) by ben



Just kidding.  Don’t I look silly with Daddy’s big gloves on?

Driving Trucks

August 27th, 2009. (14 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Lately, I’ve been discovering that you can drive trucks and tractors all over the house!  And all over just about everything in the house!


Here I am experimenting with tunnel driving.  Oh, and the driving works better when you make a good “grrrrrrr” or “vrrrrrrr” noise.

(Ed. Note: We’re told that the next stage in truck driving is truck smashing, as in two trucks in a head-on collision!  When it happens, you’ll see it here first!)

Further Adventures of Goggle Boy

August 24th, 2009. (14 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Lately, I’ve taken to wearing the goggles around the house.  I like the dark ones – don’t they make me look cool?


Daddy says he thinks I could get a job as one of those nuclear blast observers, but I gave him a stinky face meaning, “Silly Daddy, above ground nuclear weapons testing is illegal these days!”.

Mousing Around

August 21st, 2009. (14 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

Today I got to spend some more time learning how to use the “mouse”.  I see M&D grabbing this all the time, and I can see why!  It has these buttons and a turning wheel and a red light!  Mommys and Daddys have all the best toys!


(Ed. Note: Ben is also showing off his curly locks!)

Starting Day Care

August 18th, 2009. (14 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

M&D took me to where I’ll be starting what they call ‘Day Care’.  It looks to me like a place with friendly people, other kids, and LOTS OF TOYS!  Yay!  In addition to seeing LOTS OF TOYS, I got to meet some of the friendly people and see where I’ll be spending a couple days a week.


Here I am on one of the fun climbing toys.  They say that they can make this one even taller for advanced climbers like me!


Bustin’ Dust

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

This morning I upgraded from my usual dust mop to the power tool of dust-mopping: the Dust Buster!


I find that the determined look helps me eliminate fur balls and stray kitty litter that much more effectively.

Grrrrrr…..  Busted!

SoCal Visit – Ma and Pa’s house

August 10th, 2009. (14 months, 1 week old.) by ben

After Grandpa and Nanna’s, it was on to Ma and Pa’s.

Boy do they have some good toys!  (I think I have cousins Luke and Lucy to thank for that.)

First up was the tricycle.  I wasn’t quite ready to ride, but I had a great time pushing this around the patio.


And then there was the slide!  I learned to climb in, and then with a little help was able to slide down.  Weeeee!


After that, Ma got out this great rolling basket.  I figured this one out in no time.  Rock back, push, and away we go!  And I could take all my stuff with me, too!


Later on, I got to help Ma water her garden.  The best part about this was getting wet and getting my hands in the dirt.  Fun!


Oh, and did I mention the stairs?  They have stairs too, just like Grandpa and Nanna!

I also got to visit with my cuz Avery and Uncle John:


We even went to the beach together!  I wasn’t too sure about the cold and noisy water, so we mostly watched from up on the sand.


What a great time!  I can’t wait to go back!

SoCal Visit – Grandpa & Nana Stark

August 8th, 2009. (14 months, 1 week old.) by ben

After Grandma and Jay’s, I got to go see Grandpa and Nanna.  We had a great time visiting.  I especially enjoyed going up and down the stairs, and watching the waterfall in their backyard!  Oh, and the blueberries were really good, too.  Thanks Nanna!


I also had fun moving this old pipe in the front yard.


And of course there was the trip to the park.  I had fun climbing on the equipment with Daddy!


I’d go back there to visit anytime!

SoCal Visit – Grandma Tice & Jay

August 2nd, 2009. (14 months old.) by ben

I had a great visit at Grandma Tice and Jay’s house.

For starters, the weather was very warm, and there was this nice cool fountain to play in!


I got soaked and loved every minute of it!

Then there was a hose to investigate…


…and then some watering cans to move around.


Finally, I got a ride on the mower with Daddy.  Maybe next year, I’ll work up the nerve to steer!


The next day, there were more hoses to investigate…


…and a splash in the pool with Daddy as chaperon!


I also was delighted to meet my Great Aunts Carol and Jean, and Great Uncle Phil.