Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This is a park I previously mentioned. I LOVE this park because there is so much space, and I can always see my mischievous little Benjamin. The pictures above show the wide, open space pretty well, with Ben-Ben wandering around in both of them. It's not like I ignore him the whole time, but it's very convenient to let him explore on his own too.
Anna didn't want to get in any of our park pictures; she was too busy playing. BUT, I have a few funny stories about her. Yesterday, Anna watched the Disney movie, Mulan, for the first time. We got it from the library. She LOVED it, especially the action scenes. Anna has been imitating the fight scenes. She pretends the rest of us are the Huns - the bad guys from the movie who invade China. Benjamin makes a pretty good Hun. :) So, today at church, Anna kept pretending everyone around her were Huns...she would not stop. And since she doesn't whisper, it was a little awkward. She takes her make believe play very seriously.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
As an added bonus to this week's journal of our happenings, I thought I'd throw in this little video. It was taken in May, but I just never got around to posting it. Here's a little background: Ethan has a big, loud laugh. I love it. It's contagious. Note: The laugh he is doing in this video is not his real laugh...he's just trying to get Ben to go along with him.
The laugh Benjamin is doing in this video is his "fake laugh." I think it could also be accurately described as Ben's impression of Ethan's laugh. He laughs like this when other adults are laughing, and he has no idea what is going on. Ben has toned down his fake laugh over the last few months, but he still has his real, sincere laughter, and then something like what is shown in this video. It cracks me up! His face looks like he's in pain. Ahhahahahaha!
The first picture above is one of Ben-Ben's favorite hiding spots. The only problem is...he usually gets stuck in there and then needs help out. The second picture shows Anna snuggled up in Ben's baby swing. Both the kids came back from our trip to Marquette with bad colds. So sad. This is how Anna likes to be when she's sick...snuggled up nice and cozy, watching movies.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
So, the Fourth seemed a little anti-climactic this year. I think we all missed being in Marquette for this holiday. It's just hard to beat watching the fireworks over Lake Superior, not to mention all our family up there. Despite that, it was a BEAUTIFUL day, and we had some fun. I love doing little holiday themed things with Anna because she gets so excited for any type of celebration. We did some 4th of July crafts this week. She's in the middle of figuring out what patriotism is, what a country is, and why a flag can be so significant. Speaking of flags, notice the cake Anna and I made today. She LOVED this. She even did the entire last row of strawberries without any help...and wanted them facing a different way, but did manage to keep a straight line. :) I think I saw it in a magazine: cake mix, cool whip topping, then add the stars and stripes. So fun! So yummy! I think this will become a tradition.
We got all decked out before heading down to the little festival our town was having. Anna was very excited about the bows on her piggy-tails. I was excited that the kid's "patriotic" shirts still fit them from last year. (Ben-Ben's was huge on him a year ago because size 12 months was the smallest they had. :) Anna noticed Ethan wasn't as patriotic as the rest of us, so she gave him a little suggestion: "I know Daddy, why don't you get a hat with stars on it. Because that's what the 4th of July is all about." Hmmm. Like I said, she's still learning about this holiday.
The town festival was small, but had a few things that caught our attention. The dunk tank confused Anna. She was most excited about the bounce house, but she also found the war/army display interesting too. Anna crawled through the tent, marveled at the machine gun, and tried throwing a grenade (which was pretty heavy). In the middle picture above, you can see a man demonstrating how to loft a grenade through the air. He then let Anna have a turn, and she somehow managed to throw it directly behind her. Luckily no one was hit with it. Ethan and I were excited to get an elephant ear to share...until we realized it was $4. Geez people! (I know that's probably a typical price for "fair food," but we were caught off gaurd anyway.)
After a yummy dinner - brats, corn on the cob, fresh cherries, carrots, sun chips and cake - we went out for some sparkler/smoke bomb fun. I LOVE Anna's expression in the first picture. Benjamin just wanted to try to grab the sparklers. Finally, he gave up on that, and went to find some pine cones and bark to eat. He is such a naughty pants!