Last week, Ben’s school invited grandparents to come for a treat with their littles at the end of the day. Grandma and Grandpa were happy to join Ben, and I hear they had a great time listening to Mr. Rene’s music and eating fancy cookies!  Thanks so much for going, Grandma and Grandpa!

Last week, Ben’s school invited grandparents to come for a treat with their littles at the end of the day. Grandma and Grandpa were happy to join Ben, and I hear they had a great time listening to Mr. Rene’s music and eating fancy cookies! Thanks so much for going, Grandma and Grandpa!


Grandma fun!

Grandma fun!


Montessori Child

Ben has been very eager to help scoop out dog food, both at feeding time and when we refill the container from our bin in the basement. Observing this inspired me to make Ben his own scooping works. We used some dried beans and some large mixing bowls with a measuring cup for the first work. This one was most like what he has been wanting to do to help us, and he definitely liked it the best. He spent a long time concentrating on scooping and using his hands to scoop as well. I put it up when he was done and he asked for it several more times throughout the morning.

The other two proved to be more fun when he used his hands, which is still a great work for him. The red scoop was harder to get the gems inside. By the last one, he had been sitting for quite some time and decided it would be more fun to throw them on the floor. Toddler work cycle complete!

For those who don’t know, I am a Montessori teacher. The “works” (what we call activities in Montessori) that he was doing are Practical Life - scooping, pouring, tonging… skills needed for life! They use lots of tools and things from the kitchen, and kids love them. Ben is no exception. He loves to use things he finds in the kitchen.


Herb’n = Yummmmmm!

After our COSI visit, we stopped for lunch at the Dinin’ Hall in Franklinton. It’s a neat place where you can get food truck goodies and actually sit to eat! Herb’n Food Truck was there to supply our delicious lunch. Daddy got the black and blue burger, mommy had the pulled pork sandwich, and Benny had lots of Parmesan truffle fries! Ben and mom took some goofy pics while waiting. :)


COSI

Last Friday, we snuck (sneaked?) in a family day (before the school year officially starts). Ben LOVED spending the day with daddy. He climbed the treehouse, drove the farm truck, and played in the water at COSI. That was his favorite, of course. He got soaked right through that raincoat!


"Da-du!"

That’s choo-choo in regular speak!  Ben quite enjoyed a quick visit with Nana and Papa on Saturday. He got to go on (a few) train rides around the block and he also took the train on a ride all by himself.  A BIG thank you to Papa for putting up the swing! Ben is loving it!!

"Da-du!"

That’s choo-choo in regular speak! Ben quite enjoyed a quick visit with Nana and Papa on Saturday. He got to go on (a few) train rides around the block and he also took the train on a ride all by himself. A BIG thank you to Papa for putting up the swing! Ben is loving it!!


Ben’s Big Boy Toddler Day

What a busy day our little man has had!  This morning started off with an 18 month check-up at the doctor. Ben is a healthy little man! He weighs 23 lbs 8.5 oz (40th % - his highest yet!) and is 32.5 inches tall (52nd %).  His head circumference is not marked in his book and, of course, I can’t remember, but it fell in the 70th % somewhere! Looking back at his other stats, it’s hard to imagine him so small - 5 lbs, 2.5 oz (3rd %!) at 5 days old!  We are so happy to report a smiling, healthy toddler is running around here.  

Ben also started in his new class at school today.  He’s officially a toddler! He went down shortly after I dropped him off and ended up staying with them all day! He will probably do the same the next couple of days and then I will begin to take him to his new class myself.  He’s been so grown up over the last week with his goodbyes - walking me to the door, giving a hug and a kiss and waving or blowing kisses as I say goodbye.  And compared to those little babies in his old class, he is a giant! He’s definitely ready for some more activity in his day, and he will love all of the new toys in the new classroom.  And the potty.  He just loves the potty these days. (And hopefully soon he’ll love going on it!)  

Sigh.  My baby is growing up!


You know what’s coming.

Lola doesn’t appreciate it when Ben stops. And Brick just doesn’t appreciate it at all. But Ben loves it!


The best part of the swimming pool is definitely Lola.


This kid. 

The guy working on our deck left a blower out (frown) and hasn’t been back to do any work (more frowns)! Ben decided he’d help out. He was eager to blow things off, but mom wouldn’t let him. He even chose to do it over swimming! Crazy kid.


Jack and Benny taking a ladybug ride together. I just love Jack’s expression! Wonder what they spotted over there?


Ben’s new buddy

Ben’s new buddy


Yay for Papa!!!

Right after our request for swing assistance, he stopped by on his way to visit Uncle Justin and hung up Ben’s swing. So fun! THANK YOU! Unfortunately, a knot came loose and then a tree guy said we needed to make sure that we weren’t choking the tree (haha) and that we needed some plastic around the rope so it wouldn’t hurt the limbs. Ok, then! Redo coming soon! Still - thank you, Papa! (And we’ll get you on the schedule soon :)


Serious Ben.

Serious Ben.


Zoo Fun - Buddy Jack Edition

Another zoo trip, but this time with our friends Jack and Katie. Moms get to chat, boys get to explore play areas and see animals. Fun day! We got to see the brown bears (I think!) up close that day. The boys explored a wetlands or forest exhibit that had some pretty neat things hidden in the dark, and then they enjoyed some time at a playground. These boys are growing up fast!