Friday, August 27, 2010

First Day of School

Thursday, Ben went to his first day of preschool. He did so well. We walked in, I found some trucks, showed them to Ben and he was good. He did not shed one single tear, kissed John and I goodbye, and said BYE! I almost made it completely out of the school before my tears came flowing. They were definetly not tears of sadness; I felt so proud of the little boy my baby has become.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Benjamin Age 2

At the begining of Benjamin's life I was able to write about his accomplishments and quirks at each month. For some reason or another I haven't kept up, so this post is all for Benjamin and all his accomplishments and quirks for age 2.

You sleep from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am and nap from 2:00 to 4:30 pm (give or take 30 minutes). You are still a great sleeper and rarely get out of your bed.

You moved to your big boy bed at 26 months. You did awesome. You got out of bed and I told you to get back in bed. You did and that was that. I wish you were this compliant about everything!

You test every boundary every day at least twice and act shocked when you get in trouble. "What?!? I can't throw yogurt on the walls? Well, I wish you would have told me!" (This happens at least once a week.)

You are a great eater. You will try anything. You response is either to continue eating or say, "I don't yike that. It nasty." Other famous quotes from the table, "This is incredible." "This is delicious." "MMMMM, mmm yummy in my tummy." "This is good stuff maynard."

Your talking, so articulate and such a large vocabulary, always suprises me.

You are so incredibly affectionate. I will never forget the night you layed next to me in bed, chatting up a storm about what had happened during the day, you stopped laid your head on my chest, and said, "Momma, I love you." Those moments make all the bad moments just disappear.

You are so bossy. "Come here." "Sit here, NO!, right here." "You stay right there." Your grandparents act as if you are the commander and chief and follow your every demand. We will see how this works for you in school.

You start preschool in two weeks. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. The hardest part for me being a parent is pushing back my urge to keep you all to myself. I want to protect you, do everything for you, to keep all hurt from you. But, this is a big but, I want you to be a strong independent man. With each little bit of the real world I let come in I have to remind myself, I am not raising a boy, I am raising a man.

Monday, August 09, 2010

When Animals Attack!

On my morning run a deer runs in front of me, maybe 12 feet. I am immediately petrified. Why? Because I watch too much "When Animals Attack" on TLC. I look to my left and see two baby deer. OH. MY. WORD. I am in between a mama deer and its babies, I am for sure a goner. (Maybe that's just bear and its babies, but hey, you can never be too safe.) First thought, the whistles people put on the front of their cars to scare deer away. Second thought, make yourself look bigger than what you really are. So I begin sprinting making the most annoying, highest pitch noise I have ever heard leave my body with my arms flailing in the air. I make it to the entrance of my edition. No way back except to cross the deer crossing AGAIN. So, I begin the the screeching, flailing of the arms and dead sprint. Only this time, I'm pretty sure I heard the deer laughing or perhaps it was my neighbors. Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure I doubled my normal calories burned.

Monday, August 02, 2010

PBR 2010

John, Ben, and I met two of our friends from Church at the PBR a few weeks ago and we had a blast. I had to apologize to John afterwards for complaining about having to go. Not that I didn't want to go, but anyone with a two year old knows that generally for the Mom, its not, well relaxing. Overall Ben was good. He loved watching the cowboys and proceeded to tell his Sunday School teachers all about the next day.