Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Looks like Ben still has some learning to do about the real "Reason for the Season"! (He's our little destructor)
(Back Row- Caleb, Adrienne, Ben, Brother Philip, Grandad, Grammy, Uncle Frank, Aunt Juju, Cousin Kevin Front Row- Brother Scott, Baba, Great-Greandad, Cousin Brian's Fam- Suzanne, Brian and Baby Jackson)
We celebrated Ben's birthday and my parents' anniversary complete with cake and candles!
Ben wanted to grab the candles! (Notice the big 1 for him and the other three candles for my parents- celebrating the past, present and future.)
I helped him blow out the candle.
Look at that adorable milk mustache.
Benjamin and his cousin Jackson had a fun time playing together! The last time they saw each other, Benjamin was 2 months old and Jackson was 4 1/2 months old.
The initial meeting:
Playing nicely (i.e not slapping each other or biting):
Of all the toys the little ones had, they both enjoyed being int he walker the best:
Our little "destructor" was still a little confused that we actually wanted him to tear the wrapping paper.
PopPop and Caleb
Board puzzles make me very happy.
The Christmas Eve Present!
Ben loved his firetruck! Thanks MeeMom and PopPop.
I liked this picture with the fireplace in the background. MeeMom's house was built by her father. It is so nice to come home for the holidays to a house that has been in the family through many generations.
Even though I didn't get a present to open early, I was able to play with Ben's when he went to bed! (BTW, Baltimore Christmas was on Tuesday, December 23rd!)
Dawn, Elise, Jer, Rachael and Me
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday Afternoon- I LOVE MUCINEX! I went to the doctor this morning. He said that I am on the verge of either 1) beating this cold or 2) having it turn into bronchitis or pneumonia. He wrote a prescription for me to fill if I don't beat this sickness in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, he recommended Mucinex and so far I'm a believer. The stupid bottle of pills cost $20.....I guess I should have figured that my $4 DayQuil might not cut it. Anyway, my nose is running more freely. I am still really exhausted and feel "under the weather". I got my doctor note for work and hope to return tomorrow.
On a side note, I am currently parked outside McDonald's with my dog and our home defense weapons. We got our second house showing phone call. YAY! We will be here for the next hour and a half....not YAY!
View from the sunroof of McDonald's
Ben started getting sick last Sunday when we arrived in MD. On Friday, it was so bad that we took him to the Urgent Care in PA. He had an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection (his first one, which is saying a lot because he is in daycare). As soon as he got the antibiotics into his little body, he was like a whole new Ben.
But now, I am sick with it. I am sneezing and congested and coughing and achy and sleepy. I know, poor me! Needless to say, I had to call out sick from work today. I plan to sit in a tub or in my bed all morning and afternoon.
Sick....no fun at all!
Monday, December 22, 2008
We are in the heart of our trip North and it is so exciting. I am SO looking forward to all the relatives loving on Ben!
My friend from Jacksonville drove to Raleigh Friday night. On Saturday, Dawn and I spent the day with Benjamin. We did a little shopping at Crabtree, I got my hair cut and had a nice lunch at the Cheesecake Factory...YUM! Then, that night, Caleb watched Ben while we "had a night on the town". We ate at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar (my favorite). The weather was really gross, so we changed our plans and ended right back at Crabtree mall again. This time, without Ben, we went "crazy" at this store called Lush. They sell these bath fizzies and bath bubble bars and I am A-D-I-C-T-E-D! We figured since we had a long drive the next morning and potential stress ahead, that we would call it a night at 8 PM. Dawn went to the guest bathroom and I went to my bathroom and I had my first experience with the fizzie. This thing actually put butter in the tub! Other ones put pudding, seaweed, rose pedals, glitter, etc. It was so cool. Look up the store. Find one near you....and indulge a little.
Sunday morning, we hit the road North. Ben and I rode with Dawn to Fredericksburg. Then, Caleb, Ben and I headed to North Beach to visit Joe, Christina and Baby Abigail. Abby is getting so big and she has such beautiful expressive eyes. Ben slapped her (not good)....we have some things to work on. Other than that, it was a great, relaxing trip. Oh! We also realized that we need to buy a chair so that Ben can sit at the table. Food was EVERYWHERE. My favorite part of this trip was when we left, I turned around to say good bye and I realized that the living room was TRASHED. (Joe's a little bit of a neat freak). Wrapping paper, pillows, Wii controlers and toys were all over. Get ready Joe.....your time will come!
We are now in Baltimore visiting with MeeMom, PopPop and Uncle Andrew. I'm a little nervous because Ben has a little cold. I'm hoping he can get over it soon and it doesn't make him too uncomfortable.
Pictures to come eventually....
Monday, December 15, 2008
Grandad and Grammy
Uncle Scott read to Ben from MY old advent calendar! "A is for Angel, as sweet as can be, look how she smiles from the top of the tree. B is for Box with a big fancy bow. What could be hidden inside, do you know??"
It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
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Kelli, Brandon & Maddie, we're thinking about you guys and wishing that this had never happened to you in the first palce. Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do from NC!