Tag: Ben

July Photo Dump

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Ben loves the kitties and tries to play with them as often as he can catch them
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Ben was very proud of himself when he figured out how to make his toy play music
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Happy Independence Day!
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Grandma was cleaning out her house and found the ViewMaster my dad and uncles when they were kids. She was going to throw it out so we claimed the toy along with a stack of slides from the 50s-70s. Love it!
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Independence Day yard work. We tried the back carry with the Ergo for the first time. Ben didn’t like it as much because he can’t see and I don’t like getting my hair pulled. So far, nothing beats hip carry!
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Celebrated our independence by grilling a few filet mignon steaks, mini potatoes and fresh corn
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When the weather gets hot, we enjoy spending the afternoon in the pool
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Chicken is now Ben’s favorite food
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About half of the time that Ben goes quiet in the living room, I find him laying in a sea of books, happily turning pages and telling himself stories. That’s my boy!
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Big news of the month was when Ben started to crawl! He demonstrated his new skills by helping Mowgli chase down a half-dead fly
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Now that he can move, he doesn’t stop traveling and exploring
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He is still a cute sleeper, even when he is a stinker during the day
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Oh, you know, just reading a book like a BIG KID! The crossed ankles get me every time!
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He figured out where we keep the good stuff he isn’t supposed to play with.
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Giving kisses to the adorable baby that lives in the hall mirror
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Cute hat day is always a good day
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We had our second reenactment of the season. This was Ben’s first time wearing his new green dress and our first event with a mobile baby. Since he didn’t get lost, hurt, or eat more than a blade or two of grass, it was a pretty successful weekend!
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I really wish this photo wasn’t blurry but it shows off Ben’s cheese-face so well! You can also see his top, front teeth that came in too.
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Pondering one of life’s many mysteries: Where does the water go after a bath?
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Ben figured out how to sit himself up from laying flat so bed time is much more complicated now
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Sometimes it’s just too much work to finish laying down before falling asleep
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I picked a peck of purple peppers… Not really a peck, only 3 so far but they are tiny and delicious! My supposed “early” tomatoes are not turning yet. I think the weather is too cold.
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Pulling himself to his knees on anything that sits still longer than 5 seconds. Baby proofing the living room was very high on our priority list
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Daddy left for WordCamp San Francisco and I decided to cut three teeth at once and be mean to Mommy for 5 days by not taking naps. She didn’t appreciate it.
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I can picture these two getting into a lot of trouble together in the future
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Brian and I have been lamenting the sudden turn toward being a big kid. Where did the baby go? Did the big boy eat him?
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Brian came home from San Francisco and Ben and I were thrilled!

June Photo Dump

We did a lot of friend visiting, walks, and local fun in June. Here are some snapshots of life as a Richards!

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Hanging out at Ben’s second cousin’s first birthday party
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Brian’s aunt got Ben this puppy for Christmas. It hooks up to the computer and you can teach it to say the child’s name and favorite food, animal, and color. Ben loes hearing it sing to him!
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Ben’s response to his Baby Neptune dvd. This mama loves that Ben sits long enough to get her a quiet lunch
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This clothes pin wreath is quite possibly my first non-reenacting related craft since Ben was born. I haven’t taken it down yet because I love it so much!
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We got a little baby pool and Ben loves splashing and rolling around in it
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He loves his water toys!
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Nose wrinkle cheeseball face!
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Ben will eat anything off a fork
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Ben hasn’t quite started crawling yet but can roll wherever he wants to go. Brian texted this photo to me when I was running errands one day. Time to baby proof the house!
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Working with Daddy
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I had a GREAT trip to the baby consignment store and found a simple sling that was exactly my size for $8
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We took a weekend trip to Chicago so Brian could attend Word Camp Chicago at the end of the month and this is the gorgeous and comfortable apartment we rented.
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Ben checked out the apartment and decided wood floors are slippery
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My sanity-saving travel buddies on the blue line train in Chicago
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My baby and me at Navy Pier. You can faintly see the massive bruise on his forehead where he came in contact with the recliner the day we left for Chicago
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The view from the outdoor patio at the Shedd where we ate lunch
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We loved the jellyfish exhibit
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Seahorse!