A brief glimpse into the daily happenings of a 6-year-old, his new baby brother and his family.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yellow is the new black

Ben had his first Tae Kwon Do belt testing class last Saturday. He is now officially a "Ko's Tyke's Yellow Belt." Next stop? Orange then green.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ben Mayfield, anatomy expert

The last few weeks, Ben has been increasingly interested in his body. Yes, in the way that all little boys are interested in their bodies. But, also in a very Dr. Benjamin Charles Mayfield, M.D. kind of way. I guess it all started with skeletons at Halloween. Skeletons became skulls. Skulls became his brain. Brains turned into hearts and lungs and individual bones and skin and muscles and where colds come from.

He begged for a book called "The Human Body" at Costco (over buying the Kung Fu Panda DVD) that has a plastic model of the human body in the middle of the pages and gives information about each body system. As you turn the page, a new system is featured along with plastic models of those "parts"--bones, brain, muscles, etc.). As much as he's learned (spine, brain, pelvis, "digestive system", ribs protect the lungs and heart, colds come from "bugs" that you have to cough out), he's still a little confused about a few things.

B: Mom, can you buy babies at Costco?
H: Oh, honey. No. Even if you could, you'd have to buy a whole flat of babies.

B: Maybe Target? Target would have good babies.
H: Nope.
B: Oh. Right. Babies have to grow in your tummy. Mommy, can you put a baby in your tummy right now?

Guess which "system" of the body isn't covered in our Human Body book...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dinner Conversation

Tonight was one of those very rare "Leave it to Beaver" family evenings. I cooked dinner and we actually sat at the table (shocking) as a family. And it wasn't even 9pm.

As we sat down:
B: Aww. I have my two best friends right where I want them. (Of course, Don and I had been instructed to be the Red and Pink Ranger, but still very sweet.)

About his day:
H: Tell Daddy about the new block you learned at Tae Kwon Do.

B: It's called the front block. I better just show you. (gets down and does some impressive arm flailing that actually looked very close to what Miss Pamela showed me this morning.) Daddy, it's hard work, but ya' know what? I just "brought it."

Concerning current events:
H: Ben, do you know who our new president is going to be?
B: Uh, nope.
H: Barack Obama.
B: He won? That's great. But you know who else is a total winner? The Jayhawks.

Regarding the meal:
B: Mommy? I can't eat this. It's an octagon. I only eat circle hamburger. (We had
white trash casserole with ground beef. Evidently, we had special octagon ground beef. Hmmm.)
H: What's an octagon?
B: What do you think? It's a shape with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 sides.
D: Octagon? Where did he learn that?
B: School. It's what I do all day.