Monday, October 31, 2011


Our little Holstein calf is finally back in the barn after roaming the neighborhood pastures! We started out at River Rising for a delicious, frosted, pumpkin cookie.We mosied on over to the GSK Halloween party to graze on pizza and moo at a ladybug, dragon, robot, ninja, a bumble bee, and many other herded critters.Bovine Ben was not at all shy when it came to rustling up some candy.Ben helped himself to the balloons decorating the cafeteria.
There was a lot of candy to be had but, apparently, cows like lollipops best.
In fact, he collected one of every color.
Then we went trick-or-treating downtown. There were kids everywhere! There was a lot of town participation, a lot of great costumes and lot of wholesome holiday spirit! Everyone enjoyed seeing the cow wobble up their walk. They all told Ben how cute he was, and he milked it for all it was worth.Ben learned to say, "Trick-Or-Treat". He caused a lot of smiles. He, literally, smacked and licked his lips when he was given candy, but could eventually be prompted to say, "Thank You". He continued to pick out lollipops at every house with a bowl of mixed options. Maybe he was saving one for his old cow friend waiting at home. He was so excited about all of the decorations that he just about jumped over the moon! He loved being part of the sidewalk festivities and loved seeing all of the other kids in costumes! One nice little cowboy gave Ben a glow bracelet and he wore it home.We are resting quietly with wonderful memories (and cowbell) playing in our heads. Buying Ben an actual cowbell to carry in his milk pail was, in retrospect, not the best idea. Real cowbells are very loud and I am pretty sure Ben is going to wake up tomorrow and think, "I need more cowbell!".

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

This is the best homemade play dough recipe that I have found. It is the same recipe Dylan and I used to make when he was a little guy. Ben and I made it together for the first time this morning. It was so much fun!!!

Play Dough

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 tablespoons alum

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups boiling water

food color (optional ... 2-3 drops added to the oil)

Mix the first four ingredients. Make a hole in the center and add the boiling water. Mix thoroughly. It becomes less sticky as it cools. It is very easy to work with. You can make it stiffer with a little more flour if you prefer. Store it in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. You can lay creations out on cardboard to air dry for ornaments and gifts. Don't forget to poke a hole if you plan to hang them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Surprises!

Oh Boy, Ben is excited! He has been receiving pumpkin cards, stickers, money, candy and coloring pages in the mail all week! The way he figures it ... if Mom goes to the mailbox 3 times every day, then he could end up with a full pumpkin bucket without ever having to wear the costume hanging in his closet!
He built an "airplane" (yes, it is... he told me so 20 times) while he waited for the postal service to arrive again.

He played the "Soup's On" song hoping it would bring on the chocolate delivery.

It is a long wait every morning. Unfortunately, his V-Tech laptop doesn't track packages to his satisfaction.

Oh Boy! When the mail finally does show up ... there is some jumping and chattering that you only see in a zoo at monkey-cage feeding time!

Clearly, Ben takes after his mother in his love of milk chocolates! Thanks for all of the cheery deliveries and best wishes everyone!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is Ben going to be this year???

Halloween is fast approaching! That means coming up with a costume for our little Benjamin. He can't do it for himself and it is likely that this is the last year we get to choose for him. We plan to take full advantage of the fact that he is still somewhat unaware of the attire we wrap him in.

Ben probably has a right to be a little skittish when we reach in the closet this time of year. He is only two, but he has already been a clown, a pumpkin, a skeleton, and a monkey. You may remember giggling along with us (this time two years ago ... (click here) and this time last year ... (click here)).

I have received many costume advertisements as junk mail. I have been tempted by the $45 Turkey costume (the waddle would have driven him nuts hanging from his forehead), the $55 Wolf costume (made of paper-thin, pseudo sheep-skin fabric), and the $65 Fireman costume (boots and hat sold separately). However, the prices send me into a dimension of outrage that I generally save for offline rants. Luckily, we walked into a consignment shop a week ago and found what I think is the best $10 costume we could have stumbled upon.

Look out Ben! Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be cute.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Much Silliness!

Bubbles! Oh, boy, was Ben excited about this milky discovery! He got very good at it, very quickly!

Ben knows a lot of shapes and colors now! He tells me every day that this is a red octagon. However, he flushed his yellow circle and green square. There has been a lot of marching around the house. This time, for whatever reason, he was doing so while drinking his sippy cup through the center of a yellow plastic stacking ring toy.He has also gotten very good at pulling and sticking stickers! Dad looks dashing in puppies, kittens and pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Good Times; Good Fwiends

Ben's best friend, Neil, came to visit him from Spokane!He brought some beautiful weather with him, so we spent some time at the park. Neil is only three and a half years old, but is 41 inches tall. He can ride any ride.
Neil can even ride the big swing! Ben was duly impressed. Ben exchanged lots of giggles and loving with his friends, Jodi and Marcia, too!

He borrowed some courage from his buddy and rode the big slide without help.

The boys had such a good time running around at the park! It was difficult to get a picture that wasn't blurry!

We miss your sweetness, your silliness, and your energy, Neil! Thank you for coming to visit dear friends! We sure wish you lived closer!