Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ben and books

Walked Ben up to the library today - it's his "candy store". He was
so excited to walk around on his own and pick out books. I wouldn't
have imagined he could get happier, until I took him across the street
for ice cream. Then he dropped it 1/2 way home and screamed like a
2yr old.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Don't let the cute looks fool you -- this kid is a stinker! He's a biter! Now that he has FOUR teeth - he's biting EVERYONE. I thought biting didn't start until 18mo.. but what do i know.. Ben was NOT a biter - EVER.

(and since we always blog his haircuts..) Ben had a haircut today - an entire inch all the way around...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

mobile rocket launcher

Ben used his LEGO firetruck to create a mobile rocket launcher and missile (or as we've discussed - a tactical ballistic missile - we haven't decided on the warhead though.. )..

I started looking - and sure enough LEGO made (in 1970s) a mobile rocket launcher set... How cool are these 'astronaut' guys? I'm still confused why the rocket launch crew would need to be in space suits, but I still WANT a set.. I mean want BEN to have a set.. yeah.. that's it.. I wonder if I can find it ... hmmmmm
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

*head tilt* awwww

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Zoo again

After a short 5mi run pushing the boys in the stroller, we mowed the
yard and headed out to the zoo... Only outdoor animals today... And
Ben decided since we were only doing outdoors - we HAD to ride the
skyfari, so cloudy had his first skyfari trip. And by the time we left
cloudy was zonked (must be hard work riding in the Ben-pack)

Friday, April 23, 2010

some old some new

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New Cloudy Video

Here's a video of cloudy showing off his mobility...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'm strong

We are walking through the store and Ben says "look how strong I am"
You aren't strong. "yes I am feel my brains!".

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Crawling wasn't good enough I guess. Now Clouds is learning to cruise.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teeth teeth and more teeth

Ben had his followup today and was exceptional! His cavities were
really shallow so he didn't even need to be numbed. They were really
impressed with bens composure. He did so well I was able to muster
up the courage for mcdonalds. (we NEVER eat there ) Ben remembers
going once when he was younger. But a different store bc he remembers
there being a car inside (one in Missouri). He was eating his 470
calorie (reason we don't go) chicken nuggets, apples with caramel dip
and choc milk when I realized he was dipping the nuggets in caramel
dip. Oops. No wonder he thought they were so delicious.

As for cloudy - 2 more teeth! His two tops are busting through. And
he chewed on a piece of steak the other day (in his safety ring) like
a pro!

Spring time, zoo time

Finally made it to the zoo. Ben loves going and has been pleading his
case for weeks now. I even got a "your the best mom ever".

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy birthday pete/dad

Today pete turned 35! We celebrated with the traditional cookie-cake,
a hike through the park, a couple killer steaks (grilled by the master-
chef himself), followed by a short walk through our neighborhood.
Very low key. But we enjoyed the Time together.

Wish you all couldve heard Ben yelling at us to be quiet so maybe,
just maybe, he could see some animals on our hike. He talked the
entire hike!! And most of the time he was telling us how important it
was to be quiet..

Clouds fits in the Ben-pack now!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

First dental

Ben had his first dental today. They liked him so much that they want
to see him again on Tuesday (to fix his cavities).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Play days

The weather has been good to us lately. Ben has enjoyed playing with
all the kids on our street. He's growing up - he's made the trek 4
houses up from ours a few times now to ask the kids to come out and
play. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal. It's 4 houses -- but
he's 4 and it's FOUR houses. Trust me. I'm eyeballing him the entire

We had a few packages arrive today and every time Ben was disappointed
none were for him. He "never never never gets packages anymore". Poor
kid- must be rough, right?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Kindergarten round up

Last night we signed Ben up for Kindergarten for the fall. Today he attended class for an hour and l-o-v-e-d it!

Can you believe he's going to start school in August?! *sniff sniff*

Thursday, April 8, 2010

summary of trip

I figured we've recovered long enough from our trip - it was time for a summary blog.
The boys did great on our trip. Poor Ben was sick for the first half. He had the same junk Cloudy had a week and a half earlier... (and Jacob has it now I hear - sorry Jake!). Not sure what it was.. I had taken Clouds to the Dr but they couldn't find anything but a high fever.. (which lasted for 4 days) - and my instructions were to dose with tylenol and if the fever lasted longer than 4 days bring him back.. So when Ben got it - we just dosed him up with Tylenol and were thankfully he was such a trooper (and a good sick kid).
He was miserable the first day we took him to the beach.. and we cancelled plans of a Disney trip b/c he was still sick. But he did make it to Dino World.

We loved seeing the Georgia Carters - Jake and Ben are a wonderful sight together - and little Ryan is a sweet sweet baby -- although there are some pictures it looks like Cloudy is going to eat him for lunch..

The trip continued on to Venice where we met up with the Prann side.. and had a great time visiting with all.. Ben found a new idol in Logan and Alex, who he STILL talks about. A few days later we ended back in Tampa to see Umpah and Nana, and eat KEY LIME PIE. mmmmmmmm.

We were glad to see that almost everyone was comfortable calling Cloudy "Cloudy" - except for Uncle Tank and clan who called him "sammy" - very confusing, I kept looking for a third baby..

Monday after arriving home Ben woke up gloomy. When I asked him what was wrong - he said he still wanted to be in Florida. Me too ben, me too!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from all in Tampa

Easter/ Florida Trip