Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lego Time!





Both kids love Legos. When our friends Neilam and Jen came to visit, they joined in the fun. Ben was revising and rebuilding his American Ninja Warrior course. He had a lot of specific ideas for the obstacles he wanted to include, but had a hard time figuring out how to create them with Legos. Neilam came up with some great innovations, including using a series of wheels for the Door Knob Arch.

Door Knob Arch





Elizabeth usually tries to use the regular-sized Legos, but somehow Neilam convinced her that the Duplos, which are easier for her to manipulate right now, were cool, something neither Ben nor I had been able to do.










 
Elizabeth shows off her train
Our annual photo




More recent pics

Dave & the kids after he ran the Kansas City Half-Marathon

Cuddling with Elizabeth (shortly after she got mildly freaked out when Ben tried on his skeleton costume!)

Elizabeth desperately wanted to help vacuum. Also likes unloading silverware from dishwasher. Awesome!

Teaching Elizabeth how to knead pizza dough

All of that Play-Doh time comes in handy! She rolled a great pizza crust with little help!



Sadly, our Royals came up just a little short in Game 7 of the World Series. Ben had been keeping track of runs (for our halves of innings) and outs (for the Giants) on his Magna-Doodle. Dave got him a World Series/ALCS pennant to accompany the 1985 pennant for the 2 best Royals' seasons ever.



Getting ready for Halloween

The kids tried on their Halloween costumes last weekend. Ben wanted to be a soccer player, but having no soccer jerseys on hand or available at a reasonable price, he went with his second choice of a skeleton.





Elizabeth is using a Cinderella costume from the dress-up bin along with a homemade magic wand in her favorite color of purple. She earned the magic wand as a reward for finishing her last potty training sticker sheet and decided it needed to be part of the costume. She will alternately tell you she is a princess or get more specific with Elsa or Anna, although she and Ben have had bickering matches over Elizabeth's inability to tell the two apart. Not pictured: her new, beloved sparkly silver shoes.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We're going to the World Series!!


Well, we're not technically going to the World Series, as tickets are currently going for $750+ a piece. So we'll be watching from the comfort of our home. But our Royals are headed there for the first time in 29 years! We're hoping they got the extra-inning, tight score stuff out of their systems & we can just win in regulation 9-inning, large margin games so our poor nerves can get a break!


(Ben is currently muttering something about the Royals in his sleep as I type this.)




Ben's after-school program put the game on the cafeteria's big pull-down screen, which probably saved the poor staff from getting score request updates from Ben every 2 minutes. Even Elizabeth's day care had the game going on the radio in the common area and out on the playground!  Our friend Eric went out looking for American League champion shirts after the game. They were sold out of adult sizes, but he kindly picked up one for Ben. Ben's school is allowing Royals shirts for the rest of the week instead of the regular uniform.

So we can breathe a little until next Tuesday, when it starts back up again! What an exciting ride!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ben-ism of the day

In religion class this week, Ben's class has been talking about how God made us. Tonight he asked me where exactly his heart was in his chest, and when I pointed it out, I explained that the heart pumps blood throughout his body and keeps him alive. He looked amazed at this and said, "Wow! It helps us love AND does that?"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day 2 Report

"Kindergarten is AWESOME!!"

Another half-day of school and Ben's first afternoon in after-school care. He'd been nervous about it, but had a great time. The new PE teacher is the after-school co-director, so they got to do races and play soccer in the gym this afternoon. Ben was happily playing a computer game in the lab when I arrived to pick him up and the director said he'd had a great day.

Ben was also very proud of himself for doing well at what he labeled Mass, but sounded more like a short religion class where the priest said some prayers and they practiced where to sit. "I came in quietly and I sat really still and quiet. It was the best, best, best I've ever done at church!" He got to meet his 8th grade buddy, who will sit with him at regular weekly Masses (tomorrow is the first), and also told us he has a new friend in his kindergarten class.

Tomorrow is another half-day, but I'll be able to pick him up at dismissal. He told me this morning, "Mommy, you can choose where we go to eat, because you hardly ever get the chance to choose." I'm not sure if this was in greater part a) sweet or b) trying to con me into taking him out to lunch without my noticing it wasn't my original plan!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More pics


On Monday, Ben brought roses as a thank you for Miss Jody and Miss Phyllis, his wonderful preschool teachers for the past 2 years. Here he is with his beloved Miss Jody.


 Ben enjoyed his first half-day at school. They took a tour of the school to find the paper gingerbread men who were hung by important classrooms, read some books, and had recess. He chose his favorite buffet for his special back-to-school lunch, because what says starting kindergarten more than sushi and ice cream?