Somebody got a new shield today!
Ben… Also known as “the tornado” and “the gremlin”
This banana phone has been ringing all day!
These guys worked hard to move all the wood chips left (weeks and weeks ago) by our big tree being cut down.
Teague ended up babysitting quite a bit today while Wade and I attended Kaitlyn’s cheer competition.
Typical crazy school morning breakfast.
A duel between a lacrosse stick and pinwheels.
The current craziness that is my kitchen.
I have had a ton of afternoon/evening meetings lately so this guy has gotten a lot of extra iPad time.
The cutest napping duo.
Sunday roundup – minus Kaitlyn. She went straight from church to a birthday party.
Bedhead and scrambled eggs.
Flavored ice at the Back to School Picnic.
Ben has been asking to play this mini Pac-Man game constantly.
Video games with Daddy. Wade said Ben was hilarious. Ben and Wade were supposed to be on a team together but at the last minute Ben hit the wrong button and switched himself to the other team, but didn’t realize it. Then he would get mad when Wade killed him in the game (it’s a fruit ninja game). But he would get even more excited when Wade killed the other bad or Ben would even sometimes forget which fruit he was and get excited for the wrong reasons.
Ben styled this look and then requested the picture.
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.