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Here's when he and his mommy came to visit me in September 2008.
913benbookring.jpg: Ben playing with rings and a new book he got for his birthday.
913benbooks.jpg: He seems to like the book. . . .
913benencroaching.jpg: Funny how whenever you try to take a good picture of a baby, he'll come attack the camera. . . .
913benivycup.jpg: Cute kid playing with his toys and a cup while I'm watching.
913benivylap.jpg: He'd stay on my lap if I held him tightly. . . .
913benlapboy.jpg: He's great fun to squeeze. I showed that here!
913benpegplay.jpg: He really likes that ring set!
913benringpen.jpg: Ben's enjoying the toys. . . .
913benringput.jpg: He can actually put the rings on the peg.
913benwetgrin.jpg: Such a big wet grin!
kidsriding.jpg: Oh look, Ben is riding a ride with big sister Katelyn!
motorcycle.jpg: Ooh, another thing to ride!
sweetsiblings.jpg: Aww! Ben's sleeping on Katelyn!
sweetsiblings2.jpg: Gosh, li'l Ben looks so peaceful there.
lappybro.jpg: Ben is comfortable in Katie's lap.
lappybro2.jpg: He likes laps!
Okay, now some from the time I came to visit the family when Bren and Meg got married:
bencorral1.jpg: When I arrived in Jacksonville, we went out to eat at Golden Corral, and Meg and Bren had baby Ben with them. I tend to take a lot of pictures of this child when I am around him, because he is just so darn cute!
benkatiedeptstore.jpg: After Katelyn got back from school, we had to go shopping. Here's Katie keeping her brother entertained while Mommy was shopping for Daddy's present.
benkatieshoestore1.jpg: They were cute in the shoe store while Meggie was looking for shoes.
benkatieshoestore2.jpg: And here they are at a different shoe store, hanging out on a cool cushy couch.
ivybenkatieshoestore.jpg: I joined them in lounging on the comfortable-looking cushion.
responsiblebigsis.jpg: Katie does a really good job watching her brother. Sometimes it's hard to believe she's only ten!
awakecarseatben1.jpg: Here's sweetums being good in the carseat.
awakecarseatben2.jpg: Still just chillin'. . . .
sleepingcarseatben.jpg: Oops, now he's conked out.
dontwannaeat.jpg: The baby is resisting dinnertime.
rehearsallunchben1.jpg: The day before the wedding, we had a rehearsal and a lunch after. Here's the baby having a ball on the table.
rehearsallunchben2.jpg: I'm sure he's making a mess. :)
receptionkatiebenny.jpg: More Katie and Ben at the reception.
Now Halloween 2008:
rebellingmonkey1.jpg: At the last minute Mommy and Daddy dressed Ben up as a monkey, but he wasn't a big fan of the hat.
rebellingmonkey2.jpg: See? He wants it off.
rebellingmonkey3.jpg: Yeah, he got his way.
wearingbenshat.jpg: "If you're not going to wear it, can I?"
babyontable.jpg: Here's Ben in his monkey costume sitting on my table.
Here are a few from when the family came to visit me for my birthday, January 17, 2009:
birthdaybeans.jpg: I received jellybeans as a gift, and Ben is playing!
benwithtoy.jpg: He got this toy for Christmas.
smilingbenwithremote.jpg: Little guy does like his remote controls.
Wrestling with big sister!
bennydrives2.jpg: Oh lord! Psychotic baby is driving! How can this be?
bennycheese1.jpg: This is Ben with his pizza at Chuck E. Cheese.
bennycheese2.jpg: Look out! Supreme adorableness!
bennycheese4.jpg: Sometimes one needs one's mommy's help in order to poke pizza with a plastic knife.
bennykatievideogame.jpg: It's nice to have a big sister that lets you drive, huh?
There are also a few from when the family was in California for Brendon's sister's wedding:
And these are from Halloween when he came to my party, 2009. :)
supercutebennygrin.jpg: An incredibly cute expression!
benisnotimpressed.jpg: "Nope, I am not in fact impressed."
momisachair.jpg: Moms make good chairs!
bathcheese.jpg: Sayin' cheese in the bathtub.
peekincheese.jpg: Who's peekin' out under there?
iwontsmile.jpg: "I won't smile. You can't make me."
bennygrrrr.jpg: Monsterface cutie.
blacklips.jpg: Whoa, messyface!
blacklips2.jpg: Mr. Messyface is now talking on the phone.
openwithafork.jpg: Is that plastic fork being used to help open presents?
benopens.jpg: Opening his Christmas presents.
benbakuganball.jpg: Ooh, a ball with Bakugan on it.
kstuffedanimalpresent.jpg: Ben's sister received a stuffed animal carrying bath products, and he's just having a grand old time with his big ball in the background.
bennymessmouth.jpg: Whoa, whatever he ate last went mostly around his mouth, not in it!
katelynbendoorway.jpg: With big sister in the doorway at Grandma's new place.
In March 2010, we went to the Renaissance Faire in Tampa with Benny. Here are some of his adventures.
bennypets1.jpg: The faire had an animal pen for people to pet various animals. Ben was very interested!
bennypets2.jpg: You can see his li'l face poking between the fence there.
bennypets3.jpg: There was a pig!
bennypettedanimals.jpg: Mommy picked him up after he got to pet everyone.
benmommybirdy1.jpg: Wow, look at the big bird!
benmommybirdy2.jpg: He looks sorta fascinated, huh?
benfoundachair1.jpg: Then he found a chair and decided it looked comfortable.
benfoundachair2.jpg: Suddenly he was just too content to move.
benfoundachair3.jpg: You could almost sleep in this thing, huh Ben?
benridesswing.jpg: He literally DRAGGED his grandmommy over to this contraption because he wanted a ride. He loved it! It's an old-fashioned ride where it's actually pushed by a person.
benhasacookie.jpg: Ben had a chocolate chunk cookie. Obviously he was enjoying it quite a bit. It took two wet napkins to wipe him down after the cookie-eating and the dirt that got on his hands afterwards.
Here are photos from an EPCOT trip, March 2010:
bensquishyface.jpg: Ben's cute face, close-up.
poohcharacters.jpg: With Winnie-the-Pooh characters!
mickeyminniecharacters1.jpg: Wow, can't believe they got to meet such famous mice!
mickeyminniecharacters2.jpg: Another shot of the above.
withbuzz1.jpg: They also got to meet Buzz Lightyear.
withbuzz2.jpg: Another shot of the above.