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October 31st, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

For Halloween, I had a great time handing out candy to all the trick-or-treat-ers that came to our door.  And there were soooo many of them.  (M&D say “one hundred fifty three”, as if that is even a number!)  There were princesses, clowns, Thomas the Train, and lots of others.

I didn’t work up the nerve to go out amongst the crowds until it was time for jammies, and even then I didn’t want to put on my pizza slice costume, but M&D still let me go out in my skeleton shirt to a couple houses, and I got some candy!  Can you believe it?  You just say ‘trick or treat’ and they give you candy!

Next year I’ll be sure to wear my real Halloween costume and visit a few more houses.

Update: Here’s a picture of my pizza slice costume that I didn’t wear:

Making Apple Pie

October 30th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

This is the part where we make the crust, and I get to add the frozen butter.  Then Mommy helps me push the mixer button to mix it all up.

It seems like practically forever until Mommy bakes the crust and we get to eat the extra pieces.  Daddy said something about it just seeming like it takes 18 times longer because of the relative fraction of my life the wait time represents.  I don’t know about that, but I do know those extra pieces were yummy!

Trader Joe’s

October 24th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

I like Trader Joe’s. They have shopping carts that are just my size, and M&D let me help do the shopping.

Pony Ride!

October 23rd, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

My friends Tommy and Rosie turned 2 and they had pony rides at their party!  I got to ride on ‘Sugar’.  At first, I wasn’t too sure how this was all going to work.  But everyone said it would be OK so I decided to tough it out.

Sugar’s mommy told me to hold on to the saddle horn, so I never let go the whole time.

Almost smiling…

There we go!  It was a little scary, but in the end it was OK.  My first pony ride!  Yay!

Update: Here’s some video of the ride.

Pumpkin Pickin’

October 19th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

The weekend before last, M&D took me out to pick a pumpkin for Halloween.  This seemed like big responsibility, especially for someone with no experience, but I decided to give it a go.  We got to the patch a little on the early side, so I had the place all to myself.  Easy pickins’, right?

Well, it turns out this means you have lots of time to stomp around and check out a lot of pumpkins…

But I finally found one that I liked.

After that, it was time to climb the hay bales,

and visit with the calves, piglets, goats, and chickens who were there.

Mommy wouldn’t let me take the calf home, but by the time we had to go, I’d found two good pumpkins to take with us!

Watching the iPod

October 17th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

There’s nothing like a little dump truck and garbage truck video watching after your bath to really help you zone out.

(Ed. Note: When did Ben learn to drive the videos on the iPod???  Update: Yes, we’ve read about toddlers and iPods…)

Cherry Picker

October 16th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

See me up on my cherry picker where I can fix things way up high!

Books need straightening?  No problem!  I have my cherry picker!


October 13th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

Mommy, Mommy!  Can I drive?

(Ed. Note: Like father, like son, I guess…)

Fixing Things…

October 7th, 2010. (2 years, 4 months old.) by ben

Daddy is always fixing things around the house.  Well!  I can fix things, too!

First, this keyboard needs to work.

And somehow, this door stop came apart and needs to be put back together.

That’s the great thing about fixing things: it’s always easy to break something if you need something to fix!

(Ed. Note: Yes, Ben did remove the hinge pin all by himself.  As always, you can click to magnify…)