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Visit from Grandpa and Nanna

November 25th, 2009. (17 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Grandpa and Nanna came up for a pre-Thanksgiving visit.

And Wow!  Look what they brought for me!  My very own Lightning McQueen Trike!  It has lights and makes noises and everything!


Here, Grandpa is explaining the finer points to me, like did you know that there is a 1kg weight limit to the rear bin space?  That’s ’cause this baby is built for speed!  (Once I can reach the pedals, I’ll report on just how much speed it was built for.)


In between rides on the new trike, I got in some quality reading time with Nanna.  I made sure to let her know how many words I already know.


Grandpa got some reading time in, too.


We also took a trip to the park to see the ducks.  What we actually saw were some really, really large geese.  It turns out we have something in common.  We both like bread!


We also squeezed in a visit to the park where I got to go down the curvy slide…


… and climb back up again all by myself!


All in all, we had a great visit.  I’m looking forward to seeing Grandpa and Nanna again at Christmas time!

Shopping with Mommy

November 22nd, 2009. (17 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Recently, Mommy & I got to spend some quality time together.  I got to learn about catalogs and shopping.img40d_02252

All I need to do now is a find out what a “credit card number” is, and then I can pick up the phone and order some of these toys!


November 13th, 2009. (17 months, 1 week old.) by ben

As previously mentioned, I get to help around the house by helping with the laundry.  Well, now you can see just how helpful I am!

Learnin’ to drive

November 10th, 2009. (17 months, 1 week old.) by ben

Never mind that my feet don’t reach the end of the seat, much less the pedals – I can’t wait to drive the car!


Look!  I already know how to put the key in the ignition, and put on the air!


I bet I could get M&D to go for the idea of a chauffeur!



(Ed. Note: We’re definitely going to have to keep an eye on this kid…)

Visit from Grandma!

November 6th, 2009. (17 months old.) by ben

I’m not sure who was more excited about Grandma coming to visit – me or her.  Judging from this picture, I think it must be her.img40d_02471

I was wearing my skeleton costume and scaring all of the trick-or-treaters with my big smiles.

We had a great time earlier in the day at the park.  Grandma even took me down the big curvy slide!


We found some quiet time for reading on the couch, too.  Somehow, Grandma already knew all the words in my books.  She must have studied hard before coming to visit.


Grandma was also a real sport about letting me review the pictures on her camera.  As a seasoned blogger, I do like to control my images to ensure the highest quality for my readers.


Hopefully on her next visit, she’ll bring Pa with her.  Last weekend definitely didn’t have enough ‘Lardo the cat’ or Michigan football talk.  Pa!  How am I supposed to learn about these things if you’re not here to teach me?

Every… last… Cheerio…

November 4th, 2009. (17 months old.) by ben

Me and my spoon – we’re gonna get you!  Even if it takes all morning!


(Ed. Note: Ben is becoming quite proficient at plucking Cheerios from milk with his spoon!)

Happy Halloween! Grrrrr….

November 1st, 2009. (17 months old.) by ben

Here I am getting ready to head out for Halloween in my tiger costume!


I was having a good time until M&D took me across the street to the Knapp’s.  Uncle Rick had a scary (and noisy) ghost by his door that made me cry.  But I got some candy!  I guess at the Knapp’s house, you get a trick AND a treat.  Next year I’ll know what to expect!