Benjamin turned 8 on Sunday. He finished 2nd grade on Tuesday, and he had his first sleepover on Thursday (his original due date!).
Ben is happy. Ben is smart. Ben is crazy. Ben is sweet. Benjamin is just about the best darn "surprise" anyone could ask for :)
As i searched through old photos, i really had a hard time chosing. my initial set of photos was well over 300. i paired it down to...well, i won't say. *A-hem* *cough*. Sorry. I couldn't take any more out. i just loved remembering and seeing his little life of 8 whole years. It reminded me how MUCH i am blessed with him and this sweet, crazy, family of mine.
So, again. grab a drink or a snack...this is really just a mammoth of a photo blog!
yeah, with my 7 month old in arms...i wasn't really expecting this one!! :)
sweet friends at my side.. resting comfortably at 4cm. Not knowing i'd be begging to push in an hours time!
3.5 months old and sitting up!
he KILLS me! that fuzzy head, his eyes, his smile...fat hands.. :)
first christmas...the paper is the best part!!
father's day and his first time to the beach!
he didn't like it.
him with his blue blankie. that was his favorite thing up to a few years ago!
this is the stuff you get when you try to get a good photo for the christmas card.
big boy bed
keeping his sick sister company..
Adam moved to CO for a couple months, and would visit us every couple weeks by airplane. So, every time one flew over us, ben would look and say, "daddy!!" :)
learning how to use the computer. Now he's a total pro. :)
He was SO depressed on her first day of school. I've never seen anything like it. We got home, and he wouldn't talk, he wouldn't move...he just snuggled against me. i offered to do so many different activities with him, and all were responded to with an annoyed movement or shake of the head. Only when i suggested we make cookies for ashlyn's after-school snack, did he get excited. i let him pretty much do it all by himself. :)
(back in washington..)
Stacey and her dog, bella, came to stay with us for awhile. Adam wanted Bella out of the kitchen, so Ben took it upon himself to make a sign :)
I love him...this freckled-face ball of joy. Blessed to be his mama.
happy 8, buddy :)