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

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday with Mommy: Sights and Sounds of the Zoo

After I got home from piano lessons/tutoring this morning, Ben and I decided to head to the zoo. It was $1 kid admission day AND it was only 80ish degrees outside. We had a great afternoon! It also reminded me that I am a "boy mom."

After a promise that there would be snacks at the zoo, Ben was willing to head to the zoo. He also needed assurance that there would be some sort of passive transportation because his legs would be tired if he had to walk around the zoo. So, a rented wagon and a smoothie in the first 15 minutes after we arrived were in order.

A few highlights:
B: (with a glimmer in his eye) Mom? What is that pink part on the baboon?
H: That's the baboon's bottom.
B: (big grin) Bottom of what?

H: His tushie.
B: His BUTT? Gross.

Burps and Farts
Hippo: RRRRAAAAARRRRRRR or UUUUGGGGGGGHHHHH (however you spell the sound a hippo makes)
B: Holy cow. That hippo just burped.
The hippo went back underwater and bubbles came out of his nose

B: Awww..man. Now he farted. That's a gassy hippo. What did he eat?

B: WOAH! Look at the size of the elephant poop. Wow (complete awe).

To be fair, I think Ben comes by these observations naturally. Even after 20+ years, my most vivid memory of going to the Omaha Zoo in 1st grade is that one gorilla peed on a carrot and the other gorilla picked it up and ate it. (And, it still makes me giggle.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July in pictures

Here are a few pictures from our adventures in July...so far. The first two are from our 4th of July BBQ. We had a great time with our friends and their children... 5 kids ages 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. At one point in the evening, I pointed out that it would be biologically possible for one of us to be the mother to all the children in the backyard. Biologically possible? Yes. A good idea? Well....

Below: 4 of the 5 kids. Poor Lola was the only girl and evidently that tree house dining experience was a little much for her. You know how boys are when they're in big groups--- all burps and fart jokes.

Below: The 4th of July cupcakes Ben helped make. In this photo he's negotiating for a Bomb Pop after he finishes the cupcake. His negotiation worked. We had to do something to make sure he'd stay awake through the fireworks. With liberty and sugar for all.

On Sunday, we did some swing set upgrades. We got rid of the old "baby" swing, added a brand new swing and installed this cool horse swing made from a tire that Papa and Grandma bought for Ben.

After he figured out how to get on the horse, he enjoyed the ride. Thanks, Papa and Grandma!