Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy 23rd Birthday Dylan!

Good luck with mid-terms! We are looking forward to celebrating you!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Infrastructure needs to be placed just so in order to withstand the assaults of intense weather events.
A well-built tunnel is a fine thing indeed.

A dump truck made several passes safely through the new roadway.
Then, along came a crushing, stomping, dinosaur and the tunnel was battered to bits!
"Don't worry", said the architectural engineer, "We can build that up as good as new"!
"Oh oh! I think I hear something! I think I hear a dinosaur! It's coming!"

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Bravery is a miraculously dry pair of underpants after a large, unknown beast has lifted you onto it's lap. It is an uncomfortable, nervous, semi-smile and a piece of chocolate melting in a power grip while you listen to someone breathing behind you.

Benjamin wanted to go talk to the Easter Bunny. Apparently, Ben didn't realize that the bunny wouldn't talk back. The Easter Bunny is very quiet; too quiet. Santa, I was reminded, "said stuff". The Easter Bunny just covers his mouth with his big white paws and hides stuff. Mischief is afoot!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tread Carefully Easter Bunny!

We had unexpected, 50 mph sustained winds last night. Then the storm continued to blow for a couple of hours at 30-50 mph. The weather man told us to anticipate winds up to 21 mph. We did that. Mother Nature had something else in mind. It was pretty exciting listening, cringing, and watching the trees take it. The bird feeders were emptied out all over the lawn like we were seeding a sunflower crop. We had advantageous visitors come in droves this morning to devour the ample seed splatter. This "Out Like A Lion" stuff, really is for the birds!
This is the personalized letter Benjamin received from the Easter Bunny today (You can find yours by clicking HERE) Ben told me to "put it right here" next to the yellow "smiling robot" he had made.
Ben is so excited to color Easter Eggs! We got out the easel today so he could paint one. He drew a large green oval and then colored it in with green and yellow. I think "Green Eggs And Ham" will be on our reading list tonight.
This is "Buzzy". I think "Buzzy" may be taking a bath with Benjamin tonight. Ben has it in his head that painting is more fun when Buzzy holds the brush. Buzzy is very helpful (note the yellow paint in Ben's hair). I know that it is important for an artist to develop their own style, but this ventriloquist thing is too much mixed media for this studio.

But "Look! Look! Hurry! Come take the nuther picture!" he tells me, so proud of the result!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Visiting Dylan

We had a lot of fun visiting Dylan last weekend. I even got pictures of my fellas together this time! 
They're goofy, no matter how you stack em'. 
We invaded Dylan's apartment and made a big mess. Oh, wait, it was like that already.
Actually, we did contribute a few boxes. He is officially moved out after 5 years of keeping the "Shrine To Dylan" open. This is Dylan smiling after making it 75% of the way through his new obstacle course. This is Ben getting into Dylan's lunchbox and showing his disappointment that it was empty.
Dylan was a great host. Here he is getting his little brother a snack from his kitchen.

Ben thanked his brother for the snack, by proceeding to jump on his bed and get crumbs all over his sheets. Sorry Dylan.

Yes, you!
We decided to go out for a little drive. We got some food and then went out for ice cream.
Dylan gave Ben the wheel and let him take his car for a spin.
It ended poorly, but it sure was fun while it lasted!
Dad stepped in and tried to give Ben some driving lessons, but Ben crashed his car too.
Lucy Kitty was, clearly and justifiably, very worried about us while we were away.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Robot Hand Tickles

"I can do it all by myself!"
"They run and they chase you and GET you!"
"Oh no! There's another one!"
"Tchewwww! Tcheww! I gave it a blast of my blaster latchsher! It's my super duper hand ray rashcker ratcher! I gave a blast of eye beams to kick a bad guy behind!"
These are very dangerous appendages! Ben calls them "Robot Hand Tickles"!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Good Book And A Beverage

We finally had the winter tires taken off of the car. While the car was at the shop, Ben got a piggy-back ride to the bakery. We hung out, colored, and read some good books.
Benjamin sat in a big chair and "read" to me after I read to him. Really, I liked his story the best. It went from being a story about two friends sharing a toy, to being a story about two friends who were paleontologists and were looking for aliens, who were hiding, and they want to blast off in a rocket ship. His version doesn't have an ending. He is still creating and re-creating that adventure story.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Peep! Quack! Honk!

The baby chickens are in at our local feed store! We took Ben to go see them today.
Ben said they were "soft and pokie" and said, "peep, peep, peep".
Unfortunately, the chicks were located adjacent to the toy isle. So, Ben was rather distracted by the toy tractors and trucks with buttons, lights, and big "TRY ME" stickers on them. Try them he did. Buy them he did not.

So, we took Ben to "The Duck Pond" to feed the ducks and geese.
(Thank You, Jeri Lynn, for the seedy bread ends and great suggestion!)
He LOVED feeding the ducks and geese!
He would announce, "Here you go! Go get it!", then squeal with delight while one of them gobbled up the speck of crust. Then, he would tell the duck, "There you go! You got it!"
"Oh, Daddy! He got it!"
It is a nice little park full of very hungry visitors.
The sunshine, mixed with the honking and quacking, was so exciting!
There was a whole lot of fun in those little bits of bread!
Welcome back, ducks and geese! Welcome back, Springtime! We've missed you so much!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Beautiful Bitterroot River

We went for a drive in search of cows. Ben wanted to see "his friends, the cows" who are usually much closer to the fence line than they were today. The cows were rather elusive. By the end of the day, after not getting to pet one, we figured they must have been busy eating, having baby cows and, (as we told our disappointed and tired toddler) napping.

While the cows were hiding, we made a stop to explore the riverside.
The Bitterroot River is very low this time of the year. As you can see from the picture, most of the snow has not started coming down from the mountains.
There were very shallow veins of the river to block Ben from the deeper running water. There were large, safe, areas of the riparian zone to explore.
It was bright, sunny and 45 degrees.
Ben loved being able to run on the river rocks and climb on the dead snags.
He could finally throw rocks to his heart's content.
He is an amazing little climber!
The Bitterroot River Valley is a wonderful playground.