Wednesday, November 20, 2013

You Can Count On It!

Benjamin is getting very good at using the computer! He loves numbers and loves this math puzzle. The number game is a screen 3 clicks away from the main page I set him up on. Once I pull up an appropriate online option, he can select a game from the list and figure out how to play it, without assistance, now.
That all being said, we are keeping a close eye on him. When he gets stuck, I look at the computer screen to marvel at what he has managed to open up with overzealous clicking. If we send you a nonsensical email, you can pretty much assume it is from Benjamin Jon... with love.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Whatcha guys been up to?"

We have been neglecting our blog duties for quite some time now. Although I am repentant, I haven't accumulated the photos necessary to make it up to you all. Here is my feeble attempt to get going again. It may resemble the lawn mower in early spring; fits and spurts but followed by a steady new path, right?!
Wish me luck.
Well, some things don't change around here. Benja-gin is still in costume when he is not running around in his monkey underpants. I was asked to make a "Pirate Hook Hand Claw" for him. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture of it in use aboard the pirate ship sofa. Here it sits, like a question mark, wondering "where is the hand, me matey"?
The "hand" is usually dragging out the next set of props for his personal production of "The Hurricane that Hit the Toy Chest". Ninja Turtle Benja-gin comes out of his shell once in a while, to fight evil-doers... and Mom (when she want him to clean up his messes). Four years old is a more combative age than the first three. He is still ridiculously cute, though.
There are lasers involved in most of Ben's attire. Being a brilliant inventor, Ben created this laser using a crocheted cup insulation sleeve, a rubber bracelet, and a plastic wand. I think he is going to be one of those "Guy, guys"... it is in his genes!
At 42 inches tall, Ben is able to play a crazy game of "Marble Madness"! As he points out, he is "almost to the ceiling"!
Ben had the opportunity to interview his brother recently. I had hoped to get the low-down on why Dylan is not participating in "No-Shave November" this year, how college is going, if he is eating enough healthy calories, etc.... Ben, however, was reporting Dylan's licorice preference and whether they wanted to turn their tongue purple or red while Dylan was babysitting. Yes, you heard it here first! Dylan babysat his brother for the first time a couple of weeks ago! He is a great big brother and they had a great time.
We had a great time too! We met up with our dear friends, Clif and Jodi, in Missoula. We all went out for the Missoula Festival of the Dead, Day of the Dead parade and festivities. It was crazy rainy weather, but it was still great fun being with our buddies. 
There was also the "Artrageous" event to go to (poster to the right of Ben), featuring the artwork of my dear friend, Gail Cluff. AND, we had tickets to the "Return to the Forbidden Planet" (poster to the left of Ben); a comedy production by the Hamilton Players. We have had a social life lately!
I drew and designed the poster art for the play. Today is the last showing, then the posters come down around town. It was a super clever, very funny, show! The 2014 playhouse performance line up includes "Harvey" (my personal favorite)! We were so excited that we bought season tickets!