Wednesday, January 23, 2013

B and I at the Zoo!

I get a lot of one-on-one time with Benjamin during the week while Caleb's at school. Benjamin only has school two days a week so we have the other 3 days all to ourselves. Just like he likes it. It occurred to me the other day that I never take Benjamin to do fun things together...just me and him. I drag him on my errands with me all the time but I don't often take him to do something fun. So today I decided to take him to the zoo. The last time we went to the zoo, Benjamin was only 2 years old and doesn't have a good memory of it. It was funny because Benjamin was actually hesitant to go to the zoo today because he didn't want to go without "daddy and bubba". He is so used to doing that kind of stuff as a family that he felt weird about doing it without the whole crew. But I convinced him to go and we had a great day. Warning: A ton of pictures ahead!

The weather was absolutely fantastic today. Perfect weather.


We are surrounded by animals, and my kid wants to look at the manhole cover!

Benjamin loved the meerkats. They are pretty cute.

Benjamin was cracking me up with the zoo map. He got it out several times to check our location.


Giraffes




He looks so big all of a sudden.

"Hey mom, I need a snack"


Not only does he like manhole covers, he also likes water meters.



Checking out the sharks.

Checking the map...again.

Kangaroos.

Penguins.

Map.

Benjamin actually laid down in the middle of the walkway with his map.



This is my favorite photo from the day.
He was standing in a wind tunnel and pretending that he was in a tornado.
(note: the wind tunnel wasn't actually on)

Learning about gators.

Pretty sure he isn't supposed to pick that up.

 Just to give you an idea of how crowded the zoo was today:

There was almost no one there! It was wonderful. Just wonderful.

Checkin' out the lizards.

Eagle vision.

Let's check the map again.


Viper. Yikes!



Passed out in the car. 4 hours at the zoo wears a kid out...and his mom too.



Monday, January 21, 2013

Backyard Fun

I mentioned in my last post that Texas had some really pretty weather over the weekend.

I couldn't resist taking this photo of Caleb's hand out the car window. So cute.

 Yesterday the boys spent some time in the backyard.


Blowing Bubbles


Swinging

Making silly faces



Silly boy

Love this little stinker





Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bike Ride

It was a beautiful January day here in Texas, so we decided to let the boys ride their bikes. Benjamin got a bike for Christmas and other than pushing it around the house, he hasn't had an opportunity to really ride it. He was excited to take his bike out into the world but he confessed to me that he was worried it was going to get dirty (he is very protected of his stuff). Caleb has a wonderful hand cycle that he got through Athletes Helping Athletes, he's had for about a year and a half. Now that Benjamin has a bike, today was the first time the boys rode their bikes together.

Safety first folks, gotta get those helmets on. 

Benjamin was so cute, he kept his eyes on his feet almost the entire time. He was really working hard to figure out those pedals.

Caleb WAY ahead of us. That hand cycle is crazy fast.

Considering it was his first time, Benjamin did pretty good. He was able to pedal on his own (slowly and only going straight). He'll be going as fast as his bubba in no time.

Caleb's a pro on his bike.

Benjamin picked out his helmet.

We are so thankful for this cycle. This would normally cost about $2500, so we are beyond grateful to Athletes Helping Athletes for providing one for Caleb. It is a wonderful thing to be able to ride a bike.


He had so much fun!



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