Monday, March 31, 2008

Around the house

Life for an almost 2 year old is pretty simple and fun. We try to balance our busy days of pre-school and trips around town with some quality time at home.
 
Sometimes we invite friends over to join us.
 
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Other days, Ben just needs some time alone to ponder the meaning of life.
 
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It’s a great idea to end every day with a nice warm bubble bath.
 
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We’ve found that there’s nothing that freshly spiked hair and a snug terry cloth robe can’t fix.
 
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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ben at 21 months

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I don’t know what it is about Ben’s 21 month picture, but he looks like a little MAN! The past few months haven’t been filled with lots of big milestones. Instead, we’ve witnessed subtle changes in behavior that are moving my little guy right out of babyhood and on to bigger and better things.
 
It has been fun to watch Ben become a play mate – both at school and with friends and neighbors. He is learning to share and take turns and think of others’ feelings. When Ben does play, he is all boy… there are lots of wrestling moves and running and jumping and karate chopping around our house. Ben does not know how to just walk across a room. It always involves a roll or a leap or a crazy gymnastic ninja kick of some sort. Despite his rough and tumble ways, Ben is still SOOOO sweet and snuggly. He is just the most affectionate little guy. He wants to hug and kiss everyone. He does NOT take into account whether or not they want to be hugged and kissed. Hopefully he’ll reign this behavior in as he gets older. I personally do not mind as I cannot get enough of his hugs and kisses!
 
It’s hard to believe that Ben’s 2nd birthday is just around the corner. We are looking forward to planning his party and participating in lots of summer activities over the next few months!

In Bloom

Spring is here, so we got to planting!

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I love the little pops of color!
 
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Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

We stayed close to home for Easter and just enjoyed some quiet family time. Sweetie spent Easter with us again this year. Although I have no photo evidence, we put on our Sunday best and enjoyed an awesome church service. I love the emotions that are stirred up as we remember all that Jesus was and all that He did. I need to remember to worship Him that way ALL YEAR LONG!
 
The Easter Bunny paid us a visit and Ben was pleasantly surprised by the treats and treasures he found in his basket. His loot included an outfit, new crocs, a bathing suit, a bubble blower, a Wiggles video, and some candy filled eggs.
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Happy Happy Easter from the Barricks!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Face

Our new favorite Ben-ism is simply known as “The Face”. Ben likes to walk on his tip toes, and he will do it upon request. Every time he walks on his tip toes, he makes this face.
 
Every. Single. Time.
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Don’t mind me, just walking on my toes.
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It’s hard work. That’s why I make this face.
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Hilarious. Love my boy!
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