Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

To celebrate Mommy & Daddy’s wedding anniversary today, we dressed up in Mommy’s wedding dress to pose for some pictures! Mommy said that just because she doesn’t fit in her dress anymore, that’s no reason not to let US play in it! We LOVE playing wedding, and this is the perfect day to do it! Happy Anniversary!

-Abby & Emily

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

My First Official Haircut!

Mommy & Daddy said it was time to get my haircut for the first time, because it was getting a bit too long in the back, and they wanted me to look like a little boy for my birthday next week! As with everything I do, I sat very still in my little Jeep seat, and didn’t make a peep the whole time! The lady who cut my hair said that I am the very best “almost one-year-old” that she’s ever seen! Mommy & Daddy weren’t surprised…

-Ben

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Mommy was a little sad to see my curls go, but she said she likes short hair on boys better… I think I agree!

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I liked checking myself out in the mirror…

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I wasn’t too sure about the buzzer around my ears, but I sat pretty still for that too!

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Not a whole lot of hair for my first haircut, but mommy saved it all!

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Check out my before and after shots! Don’t I look handsome?

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Now, bring on my party!!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Back to Sesame Place!

This morning we thought we were on our way to do some boring errands, and Mommy and Daddy surprised us with a trip to Sesame Place instead! We decided to get Season Passes again since we can go for the rest of this year AND all of next year too! We haven’t been there in almost two years, and it was just as much fun as we remember it! Unfortunately, it was VERY hot, VERY crowded, and they ended up closing it after 2 hours due to thunderstorms that moved in, but at least we got to do a few fun things before leaving! Mommy didn’t get any water pictures this time because she was so hot, that she just wanted to swim, so she hung out and had a blast in the wave pool with Ben & Emily while Abby & Daddy went on the waterslides! We can’t wait to go back when it’s not so busy so we can go on ALL the rides! Hopefully Emily will get up the courage to ride the roller coaster next time too!

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Our family has gotten so big now, that we couldn’t all fit on Big Bird’s Big Balloon Race together, so daddy took Ben on his very first ride in his own seat! He found mommy right away and loved it!

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Thanks for a fun morning Mommy & Daddy, and for not making us go on any boring errands!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Almost one!

My first birthday is only a little over a week away, and mommy is already trying to get a birthday picture of me! While we were playing around this morning, she took a few cute pictures of my on my excavator truck! I’m still too little for it, and fell off a couple of times, but they still made for some cute shots! Stay tuned for some good birthday pictures next week!

-Ben

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SURPRISE!!!

Since I have “low muscle tone”, and have been doing things at my own pace, I will be beginning physical and speech therapy with Early Intervention 2-3 times per week, starting next week! Even though I’m just a laid back kind of kid, and like moving slowly, everyone thought it was time to help me out a bit. I’m looking forward to having some special playtime each week, and mommy’s going to be SO sorry that they are going to teach me how to crawl! Every time I do something new all on my own, mommy & daddy get SO excited, so you can only imagine their surprise when they found me SITTING UP in my crib this morning! That have no idea how I did it, and frankly, neither do I, but it was so exciting! Get ready to see A LOT of new things going on with me!

- Ben

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I also started imitating my mommy clapping this weekend! I still don’t do it ALL the time, but I’m getting better at it!

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In true “Ben fashion”, once I figure something out, I’ve got it! I’ve been sitting up and laying back down in my crib for 2 hours now at naptime… This is WAY too cool, and I just don’t have time to sleep! I’m also pulling up on my knees in my crib, and I’m sure I’ll be standing before I even begin my physical therapy next week! Check out the video mommy caught of my expert sitting!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Backyard Science Camp!

This week, I spent four afternoons at my good friends’ house, where 10 kids attended an action packed backyard science camp! We learned about everything from chemical reactions, to electricity, to physics! Mommy even came on 2 of the afternoons and took pictures! I had so much fun, and learned A LOT (although I can’t ACTUALLY answer any questions about what I learned when I am asked…)! It was a hot week outside, all my friends were together, and it was just a good time! Maybe someday I can teach you what I’ve learned!

-Abby

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Agenda for Day 2: Electricity!

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We tried some experiments with batteries & wires, and even got a light bulb to light up!

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We practiced being “electrons” and walked around the backyard, making our pretend light bulb light up with the help of our pretend battery! Imaginations are a wonderful thing!

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After doing a few experiments we got to write and draw in our science journals!

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After snack time, we learned all about static electricity, and even got to build circuits- just like I do with my dad!

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We even got to build our own batteries… out of LEMONS!!!!

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I thought it was hilarious!

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My favorite part of the day was exploring the backyard with our magnifying glasses! There are so many cool things in nature!

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Miss Jess was a great assistant, and helped us make wonderful journal entries!

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Day 4 agenda: Physics!

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We blew up balloons, let them go, and watched as gravity brought them back to us!

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We loved checking out the frictionless cars, and how the moved!

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We had art time today and got to make our very own mini rockets!

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We launched cool little nerf rockets with the air from balloon pumps!

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Back to some backyard journal time!

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We had a GREAT teacher! She helped us launch our own rockets with Alka Seltzer and water!

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We thought it was the coolest thing ever!

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To launch your homemade rocket, first you need to add a little bit of water…

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The you drop in the Alka Seltzer, put it on the ground, and RUN!

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Look how high my rocket went!

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He made all kinds of hypotheses about how to make our rockets launch faster and higher!

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At the very end of our last day, we set off a Coke rocket, with mentos, and it was the coolest, messiest looking rocket we’d ever seen!

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Our teacher’s cord pulled a little bit early, and she almost didn’t make it out of the way in time! It went so high, and there was coke EVERYWHERE!

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What a great week at science camp! I hope I can do this again sometime!

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