Ben and his style choices..
Rally Sunday at church today!
Both Kaitlyn and Ben have made up their own rules to Clue and love to play. Gram is awesome enough to humor them.
This boy and his iPad…
I knew Ben had been a little too quiet for a little too long. Then he appeared with a green finger and was so proud of himself!
First day of preschool for Ben.
Tonight we practiced hidden talents.
Kaitlyn and Teague decided to cook donuts for breakfast. Ben was offering his help but nobody took him up on it.
Ben has become Wade’s little buddy and they often run errands together on Saturdays.
Morning on the couch.
Movie night made more special by a parenting first – Ben but not one, but two popcorn kernels up his nose. Who knew age four was going to be so much more challenging than age two?
We have had a lot of trouble with Ben taking things from Kaitlyn’s room. One of the items that he keeps taking is babies and baby items. Kaitlyn agreed to let Ben have her babies in the hopes of keeping him out of her room. Today we went and bought this bunk bed to help store the babies in his room.
He always puts his own tweak on everything – even bedtime attire.
One last movie night before school starts tomorrow.
Sunday afternoon snuggles.
Saturday morning cartoons.
Ben has been begging Alex to draw him a pirate ship. Alex finally gave in today.
We checked out a new beach/splash pad today and had a blast.
This boy loves his tomatoes.
I sent Ben upstairs to change clothes. He was gone a suspiciously long time so I went to investigate. When I tried to hurry him along, his response was, “This is a good part. I only have a few more pages.” He’s definitely my child!
I left this one in the upstairs bathroom with his clothes and instructions to get dressed. When I turned around, this is what I saw. (Ben has a real problem with “listening.”)
Saturday morning snuggles
Scientist at work.
Last camp day. These kids have actually loved fort building, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. (Well, evidently Kaitlyn screamed during the canoeing. But they loved everything else.) Alex even planned to have all his friends meet him at the lake for a fishing date after camp.
It was Water Wars today at camp. Despite their faces, they had a great time. They just really wanted showers and a change of clothes. (Ben just likes to jump in the camp pictures – he has a few years before he can go.)
It turns out my kids are loving camp. They come home absolutely filthy, but happy and excited to go back the next day. They have been fishing, kayaking, fort building, and practicing archery. (Ben jumped in the picture because he didn’t want to be left out.)
Looks like someone found the chocolate. Now the question is where?
Sunday best – and Ben with a little “extra.” Yes, I completely let him wear both gloves to church – one stolen from Alex’s desk (he uses it for drawing but it’s really from an old Halloween costume) and the other from a set of driving gloves.
Now that our babysitters are home, Wade and I went out on a date and left the kids to spend some quality time together with their electronics.
Last lake day of the summer.
They are playing “crack the egg.” Ben is very easy to crack but they both still love to play.
Ben convinced Pop to visit his market today.
Kaitlyn had so much fun last week at Gymnastic camp she begged to go back this week – but for the full day. I agreed and this is her second day. She is loving it! (Ben just begged to be in the picture.)
Everyone’s favorite time of day – iPad time!
Because our babysitters are out of town, we decided to go out to dinner with the little ones in tow.
I was painting all day and Wade was in charge of the kids. He was super Dad and pulled out the waterslide to keep them entertained.
Since Ben has decided to grow his hair out (he wants a ponytail like Kaitlyn), I decided to experiment a little with it’s longer length. I’m really liking what it can do!
Ben has new favorite socks – bought as a three pack at TJ Maxx when we needed socks to go bowling on Cape Cod. Of course he wears them mismatched.
Big things happening at our house this morning – one of our biggest trees had to be cut. It was sick and we were worried it would eventually fall. The kids ate breakfast outside watching the workers.
This poor fourth child rarely gets a tub bath. He finally convinced me today.
I will forever be amused by where kids choose to play. (Ben playing on the back stairs.)
Apple peeling at its best.
Summer day chaos.
Just rambling around outside today.
Most of my kids have been indifferent to sprinklers throughout childhood, but Ben seems to thoroughly enjoy them.
Today we started our drive for home – 12.5 hours planned for the first day.