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Christmas 2010 – Part 3

January 23rd, 2011. (2 years, 7 months old.) by ben

After a fun time at Grandpa and Nana’s, it was time to go a see Ma and Pa again.

The first stop was the big party at Aunt Danee and Uncle Tommy’s!  I got to see Aunt Liz and Uncle Ryan and they got this really neat airport book for me.  I had fun reading it to just about everybody. Aunt Liz must have been like me when she was little because she was a good listener.

Aunt Danee got some blocks for me and Avery to play with.  (Ed Note: “…with which we could play.”… Sigh.)

It was a great party Aunt Danee and Uncle Tommy!

Later, we got to open even MORE presents at Ma and Pa’s house.  As you can see, by this point, I had really figured out what to do with wrapped presents.  M&D are saying they hope I can learn to read the “name tags” soon.  I wonder what that means.

We went to the park by Ma and Pa’s and Pa and Uncle Ryan helped me climb this big tree.

Later, Pa showed me the finer points of raising cacti… like “don’t touch”.

And, of course, Ma and Pa’s house provided a great view to help me and Mommy ponder then meaning of it all.  For example: What is Christmas?  And why can’t we have it every month?

When I figure out the answer to these questions, you’ll hear about them here!

Christmas 2010 – Part 2

January 13th, 2011. (2 years, 7 months old.) by ben

Next on our merry whirlwind tour of OC was Grandpa and Nana’s house.  We arrived Christmas morning and it wasn’t long before I got to open my first present!  I got a puzzle with sea creatures from Darren.  Did I mention I like puzzles?

Then Grandpa and Nana got me a Richard Scarry book: Super Stupendous Stories!  I decided that this had to be tried out right away!  It has all of my favorite characters in it: Lowly Worm, Sergeant Murphy, and Huckle the Cat.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, what did Grandpa and Nana have for me but a GIANT FIRE TRUCK!

I’m not sure how anyone got this picture of it as the way I remember it, I was pushing it around for the rest of the time I was there.

Thanks Grandpa and Nana (and Darren, Davide, and Simone)!  I had a great time visiting with all of you!

Christmas 2010 – Part 1

January 4th, 2011. (2 years, 7 months old.) by ben

Well!  M&D and I are back from another trip to “So Cal”.  I had a great time visiting everyone, and finding out all about CHRISTMAS!  Wow!  Everybody has these things called ‘presents’ that they give you.  The ‘presents’ have wrapping paper around them, and while sometimes when you take the paper off they have clothes in them, lots of times they have TOYS!

Our first stop on the trip was to see Grandma and Grandpa Harris.  When we got there, they had made a big FORT for me to play in!

They also got me a digger…

… and Thomas!  Grandpa Harris showed me the ropes.

Then later, he showed me his real truck with the lift gate.  I got to (try to) lift up Daddy by turning the crank.  Boy is Daddy heavy.  It was much easier to lift the gate when Daddy wasn’t standing on it.

I also got to sit in the truck…

… and drive it all over with Grandma and Daddy.

Later, we went on a walk around the neighborhood, and one of the neighbors has their own castle!

I got to climb up in it and play all I wanted – until it got dark.

This is a visit I won’t soon forget!

M&D?  Can we have a castle, too?