Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Sunday

What a way to end the LONG weekend... This morning we got up and had no plans... So what better to do, on a 40 degree day, than go to the zoo. We didn't stay long... But with our yearly membership pass why not go and enjoy a bit... Turned out everytime we walked out of an exhibit, it seemed to be getting warmer and warmer. So we convinced the boy to leave, came home, and went for a 4miler. Afterwards, Ben set up Chutes and Ladders, then we played a game of Candy Land. I think we've created a game-board-aholic. That's ok i guess, someone to play scrabble with in a few years.. and I'm assured a win for at least 5 years.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Doh you Play?

This evening Ben and I pulled out the play-doh tonight.. and I tried to teach him the basics...

This is the look of "Mom this is my toy, please stop playing."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You're a Mean one Mr Grinch..

Merry Christmas

This year was a quiet celebration at home focused on Ben. He received several books - ALL of which he insisted we read the minute he opened them. Hmmph - second guessing Green Eggs and Ham. He was also the recipient of some great games - which we played over and over tonight. (There's not much to Candy Land is there? Sequence for kids isn't bad...) His favorite toy is his pedal train. So much that he took it too his room, wrapped it in covers, and laid down next to it like he was going to nap with it.

A few things leading up to Christmas that happened in the life of Ben:
1. He found out he LOVES to wrap gifts. When I ran out of gifts for him to help wrap, he found a car of his and wrapped it all by himself, put it under the tree, and said it was for Jacob.
2. This past week if we sat down for a bit to watch the boob tube.. Ben wanted to watch Charlie Brown's Christmas... sometimes DVRs a beautiful thing.. but I honestly believe that when the child starts reciting the lines b/f they are said on the show.. it's probably time to delete.. (he only watched it maybe 3 times)..
3. He shocked us.. when Pete started singing - "You're a Mean one.. " and ben finished the lyrics! YAY (my favorite holiday show)


He couldn't believe it was empty already

For the love of a bird...
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gingerbread house 2008

We made our Gingerbread house this weekend. Yes it took most of the weekend... what better things did we have to do when it was 0 degrees outside... brrrr... Ben had almost as much fun as we did...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Program!

Tonight - Ben's school had their Christmas Program -- and even though Ben was not in class all last week.. Somehow, the teacher was astonished that he knew all the Christmas songs.. (crazy i know -- why would anyone NOT sing Christmas songs?? ) . So tonight at 630, we dressed Ben with a fight (because he didn't want to put on his dress shirt, he liked his red t-shirt), and went to the church were they where having the program. Our little Ben cried and fussed b/c he didn't want to take his jacket off. He screamed and yelled, because he didn't want to go sit with his class. He threw an absolute fit. We were so embarrassed that our kid was THE kid screaming we left. Ben came home and was sent straight to bed. An hour or so later (he had settled and was lying quietly in bed) we asked him if he knew why he was in trouble. His clear words: "Because I wanted to watch my friends, and not sing with them, and I wanted to wear my jacket and my red shirt."

There are a few more pictures of our trip to texas in our online album. I didn't take that many.. I guess I was having too much fun and forgot to take pictures.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Back home again

Well - we made it home, again. This time we think we will plan on staying here for a bit before the next trip. Ben had a great time seeing most of his relatives in Texas. So now to the unpacking, and Christmas preparing.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

Ben was upset today that we were leaving town tomorrow and he still did not have a Christmas tree... (not really -- he was mad b/c I said no to tv)

So we took him to one of the tree farms in town (the one we usually go to closed). We looked and looked until the ritual of screaming like maniacs in the middle of a planted forest commenced and we were freezing our butts off..

We came home treeless - prepared a little better for the bitter cold, and decided to take another axe at it.. Our second trip out this afternoon was success. All the trees were so perfect that we let Ben pick which tree he wanted. We think he did pretty well. (Here's Ben attaching the first ornament.)

Now off to pack - and get ready for t e x a s

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

photo by hank
Today was full of fun!
We skipped being trampled, pushed, and shoved in parking lots and stores.. and decided to take an easier route for the days activities. The crew went to the zoo this morning and we had a great time AGAIN. We made it home in time for leftovers and naps. While the boys napped a few rounds of Wii Fit and MarioKart might have been played. This evening we went down to the Papillion's Winter Wonderland - Holiday Lighting. There were Christmas carols, carriage rides, the PAC band played, and a bonfire. Ben loved the hot cocoa - and Jacob was all about the popcorn. Afterwards, we came home - ate more leftovers and watched Wall-E

more pictures and a few raw movie clips are on the Carter Albums
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Thursday, November 27, 2008


We are thankful for prayers before dinner -- because that means we are about to eat...

We are thankful for the shinsplints because that means we are able to walk 3 miles on Thanksgiving day....
(We're also thankful for tacky shirts -- they keep us warm)

We are thankful for the tears shed while sharing toys with cousins... because that means we're together..

We are thankful for long days, longer naps, and pretty white lights on a great evening...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone
more pictues are posted on the Carter Albums
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day at the Park

Today it was a nice sunny day and we spent a few hrs after lunch at the park - there was possibly a little static electricity around... maybe..

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Jacob's here!

Jacob (and his parents) arrived yesterday - And boy are they having fun. Well until Jacob wants to play with Ben's toys, or color with the exact same color Ben wanted to color with, or sit in Ben's chair.
Yesterday they played on the piano/keyboard... Today we went to the zoo.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008


Just returned from a week long visit in Florida. We enjoyed seeing Umpah and NanaJan. It's a tough time for them right now - trying to get everything ready for another move - and we stayed busy trying to help them out as much as we could. It was great to have time to hang out with them, and play Wii! Umpah is a master at Wii Bowling! and Jan's not to shabby. We made arrangments for a quick and enjoyable trip to Venice. It was so nice to see Grandma and Grandpa again, and made even better the next day when Uncle Joe and Aunt Susie came down for lunch (and a quick trip to the beach).

Now - unpacking, LOTS of laundry and getting ready for Jacob and clan tomorrow - Yeah!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Color and Learn

This morning I printed off a few coloring pages.. and colored in the states where family live. Ben and I talked about where everyone lives.. and where we've been.. and bygolly I think he's getting the hang of it...
He's excited about flying to Florida next week to see Umpah and Nana-Jan.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Bowser Success

We took Ben to the Zoo Spooktacular yesterday. We missed the majority of the spookiness because 1-pete had to work and 2-the tile guys were STILL working on the tile sunday morning. This was the first test of how well the custome really resembled Bowser - or King Kuppa. To my amazement Ben got more "WOW"s and "Oh Cool" than I imagined. It was funny to hear the moms and dads say "it's a turtle", "no its a dinosaur" and the kids follow up with "no its BOWSER!"

The best was at Shadow Lake - we braved the cold wind for some more Halloween fun in the evening.. as a mom and her son passed by she said "look it's Bowser".. and the boy said "that's not Bowser - that's Ben!"

For the most part - I think Bowser is a huge success this year (so far). The only pattern was for the tail and basic hat..(they are the same as last year).. but everything else was sew-as-we-go..




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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Who's Who on Halloween

Spiked Shell, Spiked Hair
Breathing fire through the air.
Bring all your candy here to me
Can you guess who I might be?





I hope wii have fun at the Zoo Spooktacular.. maybe I'll find a Peach.
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