Friday, May 23, 2008

True Treasures

It has been two years now since my Mom has been gone and I have come to hold dear many things that she has left behind. One great treasure I have is a binder full of letters has written me on my mission. It meant so much that she would write once and many times twice a week my whole mission. I loved them then, but I think I love them more now. Last year to remember her I sat and read many of them and then would call my family and reminisce about her. She would write about all the details of her every day life, who was sick, who was coming over for dinner, who was getting married, and then all of her thoughts about the events. One of my favorite things she did was talk on tape for me. She would go in to a closet to talk to me because she said she was embarrassed to have everyone listen, I think she went in there so she could tell me about everyone without them knowing. I still love hearing her voice, it makes it seem like she isn't that far away. She really encouraged me to go on my mission and I am sure if she could send me a letter now she would tell me that things are fine and to remind my dad to wash his socks :) Since I have cherished those letters and any other personal notes of encouragement she wrote me I have tried to write letters to Benton so that he will always know how much his mom loved him, too. Thanks for teaching me to cherish the important things, Mom!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

And The First Word Was...

This year of firsts is so much fun for all involved! Since B was born we have wondered what his first word would be and despite Christian and I trying to persuade that word to be "mama" or "dada" Benton chose to say "up." "Up, up, up, up"...all day. He started saying it a couple of weeks ago and now we are on to "Hi" and "dada." He really doesn't know what these words mean nor will he do them on command, just when he can get those sounds figured out in his little mouth. So fun to hear him though!

In addition to working on his vocab he has also be been trying to get a couple more teeth to help chew all the food he loves. We noticed on Saturday that he was getting his 2 top teeth so naturally all the drool and runny nose was from the teeth, right? Well when he woke up Tuesday morning we heard a lot of wheezing and A LOT of coughing which sounded like we had a seal in our house. Yep, Croup. Poor little guy, he is getting his 2 top teeth, has croup, and an ear infection. He is being such a trooper with all that is going on. I usually never let him sleep with us, but every time he would cough it would scare him and he would start crying again. So, we let him come in with us. As soon as he was in bed he was so happy and couldn't stop kissing me and laying all over me. I did love it, but definitely love having my own space most nights! Hopefully next week will be better around the Andersen house.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We LOVE the Park!

We love playing at the park with cousins and Grandmom. Benton gets so excited to see his cousins, he thinks he is a big kid and little Logan is the baby, when Logan is just 2 months younger.

We discovered swings are a lot of fun. Christian and I enjoy watching Benton as much as he likes being on the swing. I think we have been about 6 times in the last 2 weeks. Did I mention we like the park.
I am not so sure those slides are made for Daddy's, but oh well.
We told our friends Rachel and Abe about going to the park and swinging on the baby swings so they decided to try it out and without planning ahead we were at the park the same time. I guess it has been a really long winter and now we are taking advantage of this great spring time weather. Rex and Benton sure did love those swings.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bye Bye Long Hair

Benton getting his first full hair cut. Before: And After:
I think he is much happier with less hair!
I can't believe how big he looks with his hair all

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sleeping in the Stink Bug Position

What a funny sleeper. He was looking in the mirror at himself playing and must have gotten tired, who can really sleep with their head in between there legs?

Updated Family Pics

Benton is changing so much and I thought he looked so cute in his new "church outfit" that Nat gave him, thanks Nat!

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