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and just like that

You are two and a half.  

You are getting taller about 35 inches though not gaining much weight hovering just under 30 lb. Your feet have grown and are boats just like your parents, sorry kid. You are in size 8 shoes, and wear 2T clothing. 

You have had your fair share of accidents this year including the tick bite and falling at the pool biting your lip in three places. Oh the blood, I thought for sure you were missing teeth after that one. No missing teeth, and speaking of teeth I found two of your two year molars on the bottom just sprouting there without us noticing.  WHAT?!?! No evidence of pain, sleepless nights, fever.  Well you did spike a fever the night you fell at the pool, and you were in pain but your lip was three times it size and it hurt me just looking at you. So I can’t be sure when those teeth made their appearance however feel very fortunate that the two year molars weren’t as tragic as I heard. 

You are not as great of an eater as you once were.  You pick at foods eating three maybe four bites and then off you go to play. Though there are days that you will literally eat seconds and thirds of your dinner. I make you almond butter and elderberry jelly sandwiches on the reg.  It’s the only thing I know you will eat for lunch.  You request yogurt, milk, and mac and cheese when I ask you what you want to eat.  I try to throw veggies in the mac and cheese which, thankfully, you eat.  I also have been back to making green smoothies weekly if not daily for you, it’s the one thing I know you will drink and may be the only time you get a veggie in your mouth. Though I can’t complain too much you still love peas.

You say so much now and can follow four to five word commands.  ”Benji can you get the remote, Benji can you bring me my glass of water, Benji will you throw your diaper away”. You’re like my personal assistant. I still feel that your speech needs improvement and am on the fence in getting you checked by the doctor. I can understand you for the most part though sometimes find myself playing verbal charades trying to figure out what you are trying to say. 

Your favorite movie is now Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and you sing the song as well as the Toot Sweets song from the movie. You now play with match box cars in addition to your beloved trains. Every car and train has the ability to fly just like Chitty. Your favorite books are the PA wild birds, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Biggest Bear, and Goodnight Gorilla. You can recognize at least ten birds by picture and state their names. Your favorite bird is the cow bird and you can find my favorite bird in the middle of the book when I ask. You impress your family with your jigsaw puzzle skills.  You have mastered a few in the 5 year old range.  You and your dad will be playing chess in no time. 

You answer with “really, really good” when questioned “how is it?” usually when you are eating a meal. Once I tried on a maternity dress and asked you how I looked, you answered with “really, really good”.  You are so sweet and remind me of your dad who compliments me even on my worst of days. 

You transitioned very smoothly into the toddler bed.  We only had a week or so of having to go in to comfort you from your cries.  Now you just get out of bed and open the door to come find us if you can’t fall asleep. It usually takes a few tries to come in and rub your back before you fall asleep for the night. I am thankful we transitioned you before the baby comes so that it’s not too much change all at once. Which is another reason I am not pushing you to learn to go potty.  

You are such a sweetheart truly. You bring so much joy to our family and you laugh is quite contagious. May you always continue to grow, learn, and love as strongly as you do today. 

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Lately it’s been all about daddy. Daddy has to brush his teeth,  change his diaper, put him to sleep. But in the middle of the night he comes in our bed and snuggles with momma. Only momma snuggles will do.

Lately it’s been all about daddy. Daddy has to brush his teeth, change his diaper, put him to sleep. But in the middle of the night he comes in our bed and snuggles with momma. Only momma snuggles will do.

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I have never had the urge to cook or bake quite like I have been experiencing these past few weeks. I have made 6 loaves of zucchini bread, 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies, a blueberry coffee cake,  mint (meadow) tea, pizza and chicken and dumplings from scratch. I have been on a mission to perfect my pizza dough and I think I have found a recipe I like after 4 pizzas. All I can think is that it is “nesting”.  I haven’t gotten the urge to scrub the walls and floor but give me a good baked good recipe or comfort food recipe and I will conquer it. I also am going to stock up on freezer proof containers so that I can put away some of this good food I have been making for when we will be needing it the most. Nesting has it’s purpose I suppose. 

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Over the 4th of July we spent the weekend at my sister Michelle and Jim’s beach house. Jim just got a new boat and we were eager to test it out. Benjamin loved his first boating experience and was even brave enough to walk out to the front of the boat and sit.  Let’s not even talk about my irrational fear of a boat malfunction.  Very similar to my fear of flying.  (No, the plane isn’t just going to fall from the sky just like boats won’t stop floating…for no good reason of course).  But it was a gorgeous day to be out on the water.  They treated us to a quite delicious seafood lunch and then we walked across the street to the beach. Benjamin loves the beach and every year he gets even more brave and ventures a bit further into the ocean.  His shorts were soaked. 

The weekend of course wasn’t long enough though we are so grateful for the time spent with one another.  It’s always good for my soul to meet up with the sand and sea, even if it is only for a little bit. 

The invitation is always open and we hope to visit again before I have to adhere to travel restrictions.  The feeling of having a place to come to relax, unwind, and enjoy family’s company in the years ahead is a great feeling indeed. 

Filed under summer bucket list summer 2014 boat ride Fair Haven

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your bed. I mean heart.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your bed. I mean heart.

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Kutztown Folk Festival

As we make our way through the summer and our bucket list we added the Kutztown Folk Festival to our list.  It was a scorcher that day and we took advantage of the sprinklers and “cool off bridges” throughout the fair. The food stands were incredible and it would have taken us all week to try everything.  We had pickles on a stick, ice cold lemonade, ox roast sandwiches, summer wheat ale, and apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream. No pictures of the food unfortunately, it was almost too hot to even carry the camera. There were plenty of activities for kids too. We made our own tie dye t-shirt, painted a mural, rode a carousel, and visited a petting zoo. Hopefully when the festival is back next year it won’t be during a heat wave because I plan to stay the entire day.  

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For Benjamin’s birthday our family gave us money and we set aside this money for our summer bucket list 2014.  Thomas the Train was of course on that bucket list.  He only arrives one week in the summer and fall.  The day we chose was a hot summer day.  We drank ice cold lemonade, ate Dutch whoopie pies, and rode on Thomas the Train. Before the actual train ride we rode a much smaller train and played with cranky cars.  And since we were in Amish Country afterwards we headed to Kitchen Kettle Village and rode a horse and buggy ride through  Lancaster.  Benjamin sat between to women who were grandmother’s themselves.  They spoke with a southern accent and were from the Carolina’s.  They were sweet just like his own grandmothers and Benji sat on one of the Maw Maw’s laps.  I never caught her name but Benji and I call her Maw Maw.

Thomas the Train…check.  

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