(I know, I know…it’s February already. I’m still playing catch-up from last year!!) Jake, Ben and I returned to Arkansas in early November to help celebrate my niece’s first birthday. Our plan was to stay for only a long weekend, however, upon our arrival we learned that my mom’s condition had declined rapidly during the two weeks we’d been back home in Florida. Jake and I decided it would be best for Ben and I to stay indefinitely to spend time with my mom, so for most of the month of November we lived in Arkansas. Although we endured many difficult days (click here to read more about my mom) there were also several exciting things that happened during the month that helped brighten our lives. Here’s a recap of a few of them.
November 7th – Laci’s first birthday!
November 13th – Jake and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary (apart). Even though we couldn’t be together it was still a very special day. He’s my rock and my knight in shining armor. I love you, Jake!!
November 14th and 15th – Jake’s sister, Amanda, celebrated her 31st birthday on the 14th. The next day she married her fiancé, Joe! Congratulations to the newlyweds! We CANNOT wait to celebrate with you in Hawaii later this year!
November 23rd and 24th – My sister-in-law, Candice, turned 30 on the 23rd and my sister, Julie, turned 38 the following day. Happy Birthday, Ladies!!
November 26th – Ben turned 21 months old on Thanksgiving Day!
From the mouth of Ben:
You know I can’t do an update about Ben without sharing some of the funny things he says. Here are a few things I wrote down from Ben’s 21st month that made me chuckle.
He had gotten something in his eye at lunch one afternoon and turned to me and said, “Mommy, wipe my eyeballs.”
I was driving him to Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) when he started calling out from the backseat to all the other cars around us, “Get off the road, get off the road!” I’m not entirely sure where he’s heard that before, but I’m going to guess Jake. =)
One day he came up and told me very matter-of-factly, “Mommy, I like cool trucks.”
Anytime he’d leave the room I was in at our house he’d wave and say, “Bye bye, Mommy. Have a good day.”
The same goes for his trucks. When we’d leave the house for the day he’d say, “Have a good day, trucks. I’ll miss you. Bye bye.” And when he’d go to bed at night he’d tell them, “Night night, trucks.”
We were driving in Fayetteville one day when I heard Ben call out from the backseat, “Mommy, turn left right here.” Sure enough…he was correct! Good guess or maybe he memorized our daily route!?! He certainly must have inherited his daddy’s navigation skills because we all know how lacking mine are!! And to think that mom and I used to talk about trying out for The Amazing Race. Can you imagine the two of us trying to navigate our way through foreign countries…ALONE?? Well, it would have made for some very entertaining television that’s for sure!
They taught him the “clean up” song at MMO and he taught it to us. Anytime we’d tell him to clean up his toys he’d start singing (and still does), “Clean up clean up everybody everywhere. Clean up clean up everybody do your share.” I LOVE this song…he actually seems to enjoy cleaning up when we sing it!