Monday, March 30, 2009

Catch Up

After a whirlwind three months of selling our house and moving, I am trying to catch up the blog. Some posts may not appear in order. Keep checking and pictures will be added as well.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

One Year

It is hard to believe that our baby is one year old. Benton is such a joy. He is a happy individual who smiles often. He enjoys walking and has been doing so since around 9.5 months. He enjoys carrots, black beans, pear, seaweed, rice chex and apples. He insists on being included in all that the family is doing. He loves the outdoors and has figured out how to open the screen doors. He climbs the play structures at the park and has even been found on the dining room table. Water is a favorite toy for Benton. The bathroom sinks have been favorites for him, and we have discovered him playing with the water while sitting in the sink. Benton also loves baths and will climb in with whomever is in the tub. He has begun signing milk and finished in addition to fan. His first sign was light and he giggles with delight when the light switch gets turned on. His big sister can still make him laugh, yet he is asserting his independence with her hugs and support. His brother will also get belly laughs from Benton and delights in sharing a room with him. Benton has begun saying "dada" and will fall asleep in his daddy's arms when tired. We are fortunate to have him and wish him a Happy Birthday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Overheard Part III

A: Blah, Blah, Black Sheep have you any for the master, one for the maid and one for the little girl who lives down the stream.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I did it

Since grade school, I have been enamored with something. I never took part in it, but I would watch with envy from the sidelines. I wanted to be a part of it. My friend's older sister did it and oh, how I wanted to as well.

I hoped when I applied to an Ivy League school my dream would become a reality. Unfortunately my dream didn't materialize as I attended ASU in the hot desert southwest. There was no way for me to be a part of what I saw.

Then it happened, the town of my university lost its senses and built a lake in an otherwise dry river bed. I saw a glimmer of my dream when boats started to be launched on it. Babies came and other responsibilities took precendent. I watched those boats for a long while, wondering if I would ever be able to be a part of a crew team.

Then a few weeks ago, I spotted it in the pages of the city park and rec magazine - Intro to Rowing. I waffled back and forth about taking it - could my husband handle three kiddos at bedtime, was it worth the money, could I do it physically, would I have to wear a bathing suit. Finally I hit the enroll button and I waited.

Last night my dream began to become a reality. Last night was my first class. I had to pass a swim test and watch a video. Oh, was I nervous! I had butterflies fearing that I might not pass the test. Then the head of the city's Rowing program told us we only had to stay alive for 10 minutes, she didn't care about form or method - just stay alive. Well, I could do that! And I did. The video was a bit scary outlining all the ways you could be hurt, but I am not afraid. I am ready for Wednesday and my first outing in a boat with others and oars.

Oh, I am so EXCITED!
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Overheard part II

We have a dried out corn cob waiting to be planted. Benton was carrying it around the house. Aine gave it to Dave and told him that Benton had the "corn on the knob."

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Aine was in the shower and asked Dave to peek in and give her some help.

A: Daddy, can you check to see if my hair is empty?
D: Empty?
A: Yeah, empty of the shampoo.