Ben’s birthday isn’t till next week, but we’ll be traveling. We always celebrate here at home before we travel. In the end, Ben gets several birthdays and seems just fine with that. Today he celebrated his birthday at school and at home. He got birthday donuts and hot chocolate for breakfast. He got sushi in his lunchbox. Then there was the requested Chick-fil-A for dinner, cupcakes, and presents. He thought it was the best birthday ever. Ben is still my favorite person to watch open presents. I have yet to see him open a gift and not have an awesome response.
Month: November 2023
Birthday donuts (and hot chocolate).
We celebrated Ben’s birthday today (we always celebrate before we travel for the holidays). He was so excited!
I always try to decorate the house for Christmas before we travel for Thanksgiving. I got most of the house done over the weekend. Kaitlyn has been so anxious to do her room but we haven’t had time till tonight. She loved putting all her ornaments on her tree.
Alex decided to try a new “look” while unloading the dishwasher.
Kaitlyn informed us it was “Cup stacking week.”
Kaitlyn informed us it was “Cup Stacking Week.”
Ben was nice enough to help me return the laundry bags to everyone’s rooms before school this morning.
We tried something new with Kaitlyn’s hair today. I have seen it all over the internet and even some friends have raved about it. It did not work on Kaitlyn’s hair. I’m sure the downfall for us was that Kaitlyn’s hair was wet and not just damp. Because it wasn’t completely dry by morning the curls weren’t quite there. We’ll try again with damp hair.
Cookie dough it is!
Gaming with his brothers.
Another afternoon of running. The race is coming soon!
Ben loves word searches. Today he got one about Lacrosse and he couldn’t wait to finish it.
I laid down on the couch to take a 15 minute nap today. I knew chances were slim that I would get the entire time uninterrupted, but I decided to try anyway. At one point, I heard someone making noises beside me, but I ignored them and the noises stopped. I woke up when my alarm went off and sat up. At that point, the basket of blankets across the room started to move and suddenly Ben jumped out and started talking to me. I have no idea how long he was in there but he sure surprised me. Talk about dedication to a surprise!
(I had him reenact where he was for a picture later. It was taken from my view on the couch.)
This boy’s favorite place is in front of his computer. The favorite game is always changing.
Someone (Teague) did not want to be photographed today.
Kaitlyn can always convince Wade to play a game.
I love when Ben picks out his own socks.
Leftover night so everyone fixes their own.
Today was a chilly Girls On The Run – a scarf around the mouth was Kaitlyn’s solution.
I bought Ben a new notepad with preschool lined pages. He spent all afternoon writing his ABCs in upper and lowercase. Then he wrote his numbers 1-100. He had a plan for all the things he wanted to write next, but decided he might use his iPad time first.
When I came home from dropping Kaitlyn at a birthday party, I knew the house was a little quiet. I went to the laundry room and started sorting clothes. Then I got a text from Wade telling me to come see my boy. I found him curled up with Wade while Wade finished up watching a game.
A rare Saturday morning when all four watch cartoons (even for a moment).
Kaitlyn slept later than usual this morning. (Why not since she had a morning off from school?) At some point I was walking by her room and realized Pepper was in bed with Kaitlyn. That was something I had never seen before. I stopped to talk to Kaitlyn and she confirmed that Pepper woke her up. We finally decided that Pepper was just going about her normal schedule – which is spend a large part of the day in Kaitlyn’s bed (hoping to look out her windows to the driveway, but only when Kaitlyn remembers to raise her shades). Pepper just didn’t realize Kaitlyn was sleeping in today.
Those morning chores are everyone’s favorites.
Teague and I finally ordered some pearl sugar to try and recreate the sticky waffles we had on the ski mountain last winter.
Today momentarily became a Ninja Turtle.
My kids have the next two days off school. Thursday is off for parent/teacher conferences and Friday is off for Veteran’s Day. Alex planned a night of fun with some of his friends tonight. He invited three boys over for games, pizza, and a night of craziness. When Alex has friends over for the night, I always take them to the Dollar Tree to gather snacks for the night. Tonight we were a little late getting out the door and they were already closed. We ended up at the grocery store instead, but the boys found plenty to fill the basket.
Alex is once again trying to shortcut taking out the recycling.
I love these two book worms.
Teague wanted to bake cookies and invited Ben to help.
The flour had an unfortunate encounter with the ground. Alex tried to salvage some of it, but our driveway looks rather decorated.
I try to time my trips just right so that the groceries can be unloaded by the boys when they get home.
Kaitlyn has taken to sleeping with a sleep mask on and I think it is the cutest thing.
Ben found a motor set in the Lego bin and asked Wade about it. Wade showed him how the motors could be controlled from an app on a phone or iPad. Ben couldn’t wait to build a car for the motors and for his iPad time to roll around tomorrow so he could test it all out.
This year is going to be awesome! Ben can put on his own ski boots! Major accomplishments in this house this year!
Ben refuses to let a box leave this house untouched. Today he created a five-headed monster and he couldn’t wait to show it off.
My late night baker decided on brownies tonight.
These two both decided to cook at the same time and I was impressed at how well they worked in the kitchen together.
Kaitlyn was in charge of dinner. She had to rub her spice into the meat but really disliked using her hands on the raw meat. She finally agreed to close her eyes and go for it.
A little evening reading.
KitKat spent the entire day inside and seemed to move from one napping spot to another.
We had breakfast for dinner the other night and Alex was disappointed that we had pancakes instead of waffles. I promised a breakfast of waffles soon and today I delivered.
Granny sent some of Wade’s old items and Ben decided to try them all a one time!
The littles wanted macaroni and cheese for lunch. When it was all served, there was just a bit left in the pot. I turned around to find that Alex had a spoon and was helping himself to what was left. I asked him if he was having lunch and he said he had already eaten. The extra macaroni and cheese was just a snack.