After a good nights rest, a big family breakfast and lots of strong coffee (my brother-in-law makes it that way) we were feeling recharged from our busy Fourth of July festivities. I’m also happy to report that everyone escaped without any fireworks related injuries!!
We spent the next few days playing at Opi and Omi’s house in Greenwood. Much to his delight, Ben discovered these wonderful trucks, trailers and tractors the moment we stepped foot out of the car! He spent hours outside playing with them. At one point he began placing them side by side in a row right before he began heaving them into a big pile. I found the side by side thing interesting. It was the first time I’d seen him do that with his toys. I wonder if it is just a toddler thing OR did he give me a little glimpse into his personality? Maybe we’ll just have to wait and see!! There are certainly a few other family members (I will not mention any names…you know who you are!!) that I remember doing this same thing and it seems to be a “unique” trait they have carried with them into adulthood.
This is the same highchair I used when I was a wee babe. I started digging through some of my old photos with the hopes of finding one of me in the chair to post next to Ben’s pic, but my searching efforts were to no avail. So this is a request to my parents and/or other family members…if you have said picture could you please e-mail or snail mail it to me. Thanks!!
Ben never passes up an opportunity to wrestle!! Seriously, anytime he sees someone laying down he believes it is an open invitation to pounce on them! So after a little wrastlin’ with Opi, Ben turned on the charm and smooched on Laci and snuggled with Omi!
Opi and Omi had a spraying fountain froggie pool for Ben and Laci to cool off in. Clearly, Ben enjoyed playing with this ball in the pool. Apparently, he thinks Laci’s head is a good place to bounce it. Oh, just wait until Laci can hold her own one day…I have no doubt she’ll get him back!
While we were there we got to spend time with one of my best gal pals, Sonya, and her adorable girls, Laynee and Raegan. (Of course I didn’t have a single shot where they were all looking at the camera!!) We had lots of fun going out for pizza (okay, well that part was a little chaotic with four kiddos), chatting and even watching a movie!
One night after dinner, Dad and I were driving around checking out some pretty neighborhoods in the area when we drove by these amazing deer! I don’t think I have ever seen so many together not to mention in someone’s front yard. Apparently this is quite common in this particular neighborhood!!
One afternoon Dad took Ben for a ride on the lawn mower to keep him occupied while Candice and I made lunch. It worked marvelously and in no time we were sitting down to lunch. Afterwards we were busy getting the car packed up to head back to Fayetteville so once again Dad and Ben headed out to the lawn mower. When I went to check on them this is what I saw…
Jake returned Friday evening and we spent the rest of our trip at Tim and Candice’s house. From the moment he walked in the door (even before he saw the dogs), Ben was calling out, “Max, Max, Max.” It was so cute how he remembered sweet Max!
Here’s something we could have used around here about a month ago when Ben fell three (yes, THREE) times in two days leaving two large bruises and one small cut on his head. The not so fun part about learning to walk and being a very curious boy! The perfect fit don’t you think!?!
In addition to making a “whew” sound while waving his hand across the sky, Ben now says “plane!” He had a whole lot of fun watching planes pull up to the gate while playing with his beloved blue truck!
Thanks so much to our family for a “party” of a week! Speaking of parties…Happy Birthday to my nephew Landon that turned 10 on July 15th and Happy Anniversary x 2 to my Dad and Linda and Mom and Bill that both celebrated anniversaries this month! A party month indeed!