Friday, January 31, 2014


I bought this hat long before the last time the Seahawks went to the Superbowl. Clearly, I don't wear a cap very often. I will be this weekend, though; while we watch the Seahawks win the superbowl!
You can take the girl out of Seattle, but you can't ever take Seattle out of this girl!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma Great!

Spunky Griz Eileen turns 90 years young this weekend!

Amongst other things...we blame Griz for there being so much musical talent in the family;
and we're not just whistling Dixie!
Wow! Although she is sharp as a whip, isn't it kinda ornery to make her to count to 90 before she has her cake? Actually, no one made her do this...she looks like she is enjoying counting the years, doesn't she?
It may be time to move the parties outside; for safety reasons!
However, she still has the lungs for blowing out 90 candles! Maybe that is from yelling at bungling referees every football season.
Max and Ben entertained everyone, fueled by frosting.
As those big peepers would suggest, she is very observant. Super sweet little cousin Allysa preferred to be out of their way. 
We are all so proud of you, Grandma Griz! WE LOVE YOU! Happy 90th Birthday!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It all went by so fast!

Exploring at the Children's Museum is sort of like dropping a bucket full of peanuts out of an airplane over a 3 acre wooded park and then chasing an excited hungry squirrel through the obstacle course of picking them all up  ... for Mom anyhow.
Here, the squirrel is riding the "rainbow bear".
When you forget your shopping list, you will always buy things you don't need.
Benjamin was amazed at how little a plastic cucumber weighed. When he weighs bananas at the real grocery store they "always pass the 2".
Ben inquired, "how much of this plastic fruit do I have to put in the cart before I can move the scale like real bananas?". The answer. More than will fit.
Benjamin questioned the parking job of this young truck driver. I am pretty sure that kid would have gotten a ticket if Benjamin could write all of his letters.
Places look smaller from up here. Everything looks smaller. He is noticeably bigger than he was at his last visit.
Being bigger means being more capable too!
Ben got a lot more out of the hydraulics table this trip.
There was some serious engineering going on.
Benjamin found some great costumes... and a stage! Note, the square and black dot above his head? that is a camera and video screen which is aimed at the stage. when he turned around he saw himself performing on the silver screen! It all got pretty animated after this picture.
This is Benjamin turned around on stage, watching himself on the video screen. At first he was costumed and silly, then it quickly became of hide-and-seek with himself.
There was a foot bridge for "fishing" with a wooden pole for catching magnetic fish. I think his Daddy should try to catch that type of fish. They are much easier to reel in.
This is another climber where Ben noticed he had gotten "Way, way bigger".
He had to duck to get into the "rain water" slide. Not as much as his Mom though. He invited her to go down in tandem, holding hands, several times. It was Mom's favorite part of the whole visit.
Now for my next act, watch me pull this butterfly outta this caterpillar puppet!
You would not believe the noises this one made! We learned a lot at the Children's Museum, but NOT what sound an octopus makes. Ben is pretty sure Mom  was making that up!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Here he comes to save the day!

Evil doers beware!
This mighty super hero will foil your naughty plans!
Good always triumphs over evil!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Observations regarding Mr. Supercute

At bedtime, Benjamin tells us that he only wants a "short nap". Going to bed without tears now hinges on whether it will be a "long nap" or a "short nap". Also, he likes his microwave heat pad laid on his chest to "hold the warm on" him.
At the thrift store, there is a box outside full of broken, discarded, free items. Ben has decided that they make the best toys because he can "fix things". They become "fixed" with a little wash cloth, an alcohol swab from Mom, and his imagination. He is truly an inventor. He can make a "new toy" out of anything!
Ben is becoming more affectionate, and getting a surprising sense of humor. Here he is posing as a "kissy monster" for a text-picture for Daddy. I was, then, the surrogate recipient of the many monster smooches. He likes to announce where the kiss is going to land. For example, he will say, "Kiss on the nose?" before planting one on your snout. Then he will repeat with "Kiss on the eye?" and so on until you run out of face parts. Then he will start over with your nose.

His sense of humor is blooming; seemingly overnight. He has decided that "Farty Farts" are funny. He will interject ingenious punchlines during our conversations. He will say funny things and follow up with "Isn't that so silly!". He loves knock-knock jokes. Actually, he loves the same two knock-knock jokes, over, and over, and over. Be aware that you are now an audience for the development of his stand-up routine.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Outta This World

"Howdy Partner! I am an outer-space cowboy with a claw controller."
This is the spacecraft. The "Claw Controller" fits down the back of the chair and the "Cowboy Captain Major" holds the claws to steer the rig. We were asked to adjust his jet pack and add new battery power.
The creatures on this planet eat banana chips out of Ben's personal stash (note the small plastic cup in the foreground). Ben explains, "When I feed them banana chips they start to roar and play, play, play. Then they start to transform!"

Saturday, January 4, 2014


I feel lighter, somehow.
Do you notice anything different about me?
I survived another dreaded haircut!

(Yes. These jammies are too small, but Mama is washing my good Grammie-jammies.)