Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Benjamin

Today Benjamin turns four years old, so in honor of his big day, I thought I'd share with you ten of my favorite things about this little guy!
  1. He is the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of motherhood! What more do I need to say?? Being a mommy has been my dream for as far back as I can remember, so what a feeling to have a dream realized!

  2. Even at four, he still likes to sit in my lap and cuddle! I'm such a cuddler that this makes my heart very happy! Every morning when he gets up, I stop whatever I'm doing, sit down on the couch or in the recliner, and we cuddle and talk while he wakes up to his day.

  3. No matter how much he fights with her, he fiercely loves his little sister. When they are apart, he always asks about Hannah and what she is doing. And he recently began just going up to her, no prompting, no obvious reason, and giving her a big hug and kiss! If that doesn't make a mommy's heart smile, I don't know what does!

  4. He is focused and detail-oriented. Example: one of his favorite things to do is mow (if only we can keep that intact when he gets old enough to actually do it with Daddy's mower!), and he will very methodically mow the entire yard with his little toy mower exactly the way Daddy does it. There's no zooming around in circles and weaving around for this boy. No, he goes up and down, back and forth, just as he would if he were doing it for real. And he has to do the whole yard--there's no leaving a job half-done for him. This makes me laugh now, but I know this character trait will serve him well as he gets older.

  5. When he laughs, his whole body laughs! His face lights up, and everything about him smiles! (On the flip side of that coin, when he's upset, his whole body is upset!)

  6. He says the sweetest prayers. Only in the past couple of months has he wanted to pray himself whenever we are praying, and they are just sweet, simple prayers that I know makes God smile a smile that only comes from a Daddy.

  7. He is such a boy. He loves all things "boy"--any kind of ball game, being outside, running, tackling, (seeing as how he only has one sibling, guess who he tackles??) rolling around on the floor...the list goes on!

  8. He loves his Daddy! Talk about making my heart smile--the two of them, hand in hand--my two favorite boys!

  9. He often chooses me as what he is thankful for. At bedtime, when we say prayers with the kids, each of them gets to complete the sentence, "Thank you God for..." He will often say, "Mommy," which, you guessed it, makes my heart smile!

  10. He's my son. There's no one else in the world that he calls "Mommy." It brings tears to my eyes just typing it...

The birthday boy eating his special breakfast treat: a chocolate glazed donut with sprinkles!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Birthday Celebrations

I may have been out of the blogging loop for a while now, but this weekend is certainly a great place to get back in the loop! Our weekend was filled with celebrations for Benjamin's 4th birthday! His big day is actually August 23rd, but we chose this past weekend to do our big family party.

Mark and I decided to purchase a swing set for Benjamin's birthday, knowing that he and Hannah would both have lots of fun playing on it. In my head, I have had visions of 2 or 3 days of busy little ones climbing, sliding, swinging and having fun on the new equipment. But Mother Nature had other visions--ones that included a LOT of rain! We knew with the tropical depression that rain was predicted for the weekend in our area. So Mark and I spent all day Thursday trying to get the swingset assembled and erected in order to beat the rain. Unfortunately, we were not able to finish on Thursday, and the rain hit Thursday night! Mark spent Friday dodging the rain showers to get it all finished, only to then have 9 inches of rain prolong the fun! I've never in my life seen so much rain, especially not in West Texas! At one time, we had four inches of rain standing in our yard--guess we could have opted for a swimming party! Fortunately, the rain stopped and the nine inches managed to soak in the ground enough for us to go outside Saturday evening to begin breaking in the new swingset. The kids had a great time, and I know there are many more great times to come!

I cannot believe that Benjamin will be four years old in 3 more days! It seems like just a couple of weeks ago I got my first glimpse of that wailing little baby and discovered we had a son--a moment we had awaited for nine months! And wasn't it just last week that I was laying on the floor laughing at and encouraging our expert "army crawler" as he became mobile for the first time? I feel like just a few days ago we moved him from his crib into his "big boy bed" as we prepared for the arrival of his little sister. Now, he's a non-stop, always on the go, bundle of energy that stills likes to cuddle in my lap (thank you, God!) and can hold my hand by intertwining his fingers with mine rather than just me wrapping my long fingers around his entire little hand. My, how the time flies.

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!