Sunday, January 22, 2012


Ben has always suffered from a pretty severe case of Chionophobia; the fear of snow.
Ben's reaction to walking on snow has always been somewhat as if his feet where set on fire. He has always become frozen with fear, reaching for me and crying, "Up!? Up!? Up!?".
That is, until today!
Something about the sunshine, combined with bravery and curiosity, caused him to start poking around in the stuff.
He decided that he had some control over it.
He decided that he could safely create shapes, very near our foot prints, dog prints, and bird prints, without actually making any footprints of his own.
He eventually, reached out and touched the stuff; on purpose and without prompting!
Then, he found a pathway which required him to step on only a very thin layer of the stuff.
Then he did the unthinkable; HE WALKED OFF THE PATH!!!
He left his own cute little size 8 toddler prints, all over in the snow!
His fear has been conquered!!! He had fun outside PLAYING IN THE SNOW!  He played until his nose was bright red and we had to drag him inside to eat.
We are still working on the cat's phobia.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The One That Got Away

There is a Bert & Ernie skit where Ernie fishes by calling the fish into the boat; "Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!" (click here to see it). That was, pretty much, the technique used to hook this Walleye. I know it doesn't look much like a Walleye, but it is. I know, because it was an overpriced airport souvenier; the Minnesota state fish.
Ben and I were sizing him up today (along with other household pets, toys and foods).

Ben was astonished to read on the measuring tape that his "Fishy" is "Sevn, Five, Tree, Sis" inches long!
(We are still working on which number to chose). 

Ben must have figured that maybe he could fatten him up if he fed him all of the numbers.

Then, I guess, he just decided to throw him back.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jack, The Bitterroot Beagle!

Ben received a fun, locally-made, kids movie for Christmas. The movie is titled "The Golden Bone" starring "Jack, The Bitterroot Beagle". It is perfect for an outdoorsy little two year old like our Benbear! Ben loved watching the star of the show sniffing around familiar areas of our valley searching for treasure. So, Ben was happily stunned when he recently got to meet Jack in person!

Ben even got to hold the actual "Golden Bone" from the movie! He left Bitterroot Kennels in shock; I heard all about it on the way home and since.

Where'd He Go!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"A Great Flame Follows a Little Spark"

"Fishy, meet my Mom. Mom, meet my new aquatic Friend.".

"Boy, lady, your condition looks serious. I think I am going to have to refer you to a specialist.".

"Wow! X-Rays are bright!".

Our little hydrologist did his best to retain water rights for his red boat.

Ben met a fellow paleontologist interested in a "reverse excavation" project. Working as a team, they buried an Ankylosaurus bone which had been "unearthed" in an earlier dig.

There should be peacock feathers plumed up behind this handsome, proud papa!

Ben climbed inside of this "Tree Fort" with another new friend.

There were peek holes large enough for my camera lens.

Ben was not keen on being followed. This was, apparently, a top secret location that I was spying on.

This was Ben's first honest attempt at using scissors (with the exception of that shirt incident last year that we are trying to forget about).

"Take that, dough! How dare you smell good, but taste yucky!".

Ben went bananas at the "grocery store".

Ben was sad to leave, but he was glad he got to "check out" the Children's Museum again.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ben's Blue Bilibo

This was Ben's most unusual Christmas gift. It is brilliant! Akin to classic toys, such as "The Stick", "The Empty Gift Wrap Roll" or, the ever popular, "Cardboard Box"; it entertains Ben for hours. It is a mountain, a hat, a turtle's shell, a toy bucket, a soup bowl, a stool, a chair, a sit-and-spin, a hiding place, a diving board, a balance beam, etc, etc, etc....

Ben is pretty proud of himself every time he conquers it.