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Tying my shoes

August 23rd, 2014. (6 years, 2 months old.) by ben

Now that soccer has started and since my cleats have laces, Mommy said I have to learn to tie my shoes.  The good news is that she said she would teach me.  She said it would take 100 times before it got easier, and the first 20 would be the hardest.

So we counted them.

Well, I made it to 100 and it DOES get easier. Yay!

First day as a Panda

August 20th, 2014. (19 months, 1 week old.) by andrew

I wore my panda hat for the occasion, of course.

They have lots of fun stuff to play with, and lots of my friends from last year are there, and some new ones, too!

First Day of 1st Grade

August 19th, 2014. (6 years, 2 months old.) by ben

Well, I’m officially a 1st grader now!


It’s back to school time and this year I get my own desk to sit at with its own cubby!

I also get to play on the big playground with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.

I also have two teachers, and not just one. (Ed. Note: They team teach)

It’s going to be a great year!

Making Freezer Jam

August 16th, 2014. (6 years, 2 months old.) by ben

Mommy and I made some strawberry freezer jam the other day.  It takes lots of strawberries!

And did you know that if you try to lick the bottom of the bowl it can get on your face?

Well, it can.  Mmmmm…!

Airplane! Truck! Grandma! Grandpa!

August 13th, 2014. (19 months old.) by andrew

I went on my first airplane trip!

It was fun seeing all the airplane stuff, and playing with the tray in front of me, but the flight was waaaaay too long.

At least after we got off the airplane I got to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Grandma read me a story before bedtime.

And going for a walk with Grandpa was fun.

And Grandpa has a very cool green truck.  It reminds me of my Little Blue Truck book.  We got to go for lots of rides!


And I got to help move the gate up and down!…

…and play golf in the back!

On the airplane ride home I was just too tired to stay awake.

What a fun trip!

Wedding Trip and LegoLand!

August 13th, 2014. (6 years, 2 months old.) by ben

We went down to cousin Christine’s wedding.  Our rental car had a trunk big enough to use as a PJs changing room!

Before the wedding, we went to LegoLand where we saw lots of Legos and went on roller coasters and saw a 3D show about Clutch Powers!  They have lots of Star Wars Legos there now!

I got to be in the wedding.  I was the ring bearer.  This meant I got to go practice, which included sitting in the dugout with the groom guys.  (Ed Note: Looks more like the penalty box!)

Of course, cousin Avery was in the wedding, too.  She was a flower girl.  Doesn’t she look nice?

I had a great time at the party after the wedding.  Dancing to the music and getting chocolate from the fountain was really fun!  I can’t wait until my next wedding!  Does anybody need a ring-bearer?

Me and Atlas

August 12th, 2014. (19 months old.) by andrew

Kitty and I are good friends.  He even lets me sit with him and pet him sometimes.

Very exciting!

Cooking up some fun

August 10th, 2014. (18 months, 4 weeks old.) by andrew

Step right up and I’ll show you how I bake some bread in this here bread maker!

You put your ingredients in here, and then you just stir them all up. Ye-siree!

Anything that gets me more bread is a good thing, even if I have to make it myself!

Reading to Andrew

August 8th, 2014. (6 years, 2 months old.) by ben

Andrew likes to hear stories, and I can read well enough to read books to him now.

And for some reason, Daddy always gets the camera when this happens.  OK, Dad, we’ll stop and smile.

Grazing in the backyard

August 6th, 2014. (18 months, 3 weeks old.) by andrew

Did you know that you can walk out in our backyard and find grapes, tomatoes, and blueberries to eat?  And even apples!

I just love to pull stuff off of plants and eat in the backyard.

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