Casual Friday

24 02 2012

While these pictures weren’t taken on Friday, it IS Friday, so this sort of makes sense. Plus it’s raining, so it’s definitely a casual day around here.

Ben is running around in a cute Gymboree hoodie, Old Navy fleece sweatpants and Trumpette Johnny socks. Notice the greeting Dan gets when he gets home. No matter how fussy Ben is, the minute Dan walks in the door hilarity ensues until bedtime. Ben hiding in the tent, waiting for Dan to “attack” him, running into Dan’s arms, crawling all over Dan. Noticing a theme? Daddy = FUN

Running laps / Treats / Greeting Daddy

Ben is obsessed with the dog bowl. He no longer eats dog food (or really just puts it into his mouth) as much as he used to. That’s not to say I don’t find a piece of kibble in his mouth on occasion. But he will just stand and point to the food bowl or water bowl, it’s really cute. And, like in the picture, sometimes stop to play with it. Another reason to buy high-quality dog food when you have a toddler in the house.

In other news: Dan and I are officially going to the HUNGER GAMES ADVANCED SCREENING on March 21! I am so excited, it’s hard to put it into words. Finally a reason to wear my Mockingjay pin in public!!! Go read the books ASAP if you haven’t.

Fun at Grandma’s

21 02 2012

I spent the past four nights, starting on Thursday, at my parents’ house. Besides scanning a ridiculous amount of old photos, we also did some thrifting, some lunching, and some shopping. Grandma got Ben a few new adorable shirts at the Gap, along with a super cool new rash guard which is making me excited for summer.

Here is Ben modeling one of his new shirts. I love the neon thermal.


Gap thermal, Gap jeans, Trumpette Too socks

Here’s a few pictures from our Sunday. Dan got back from his “business” trip to San Francisco, which was really nice (especially since my Dad left for Washington the same day). We made baked ziti, drank wine and watched Amazing Race. SO excited for this season!


Watching deer with Uncle Rufus / Daddy's home! / Loungin / Kitchen utensil fun

How cute is Ben watching the deer in the backyard with Rufus? The dogs literally go nuts when there are deer at the bird feeder (which is every day) and Ben runs over with them and checks out the scene. Cuteness.

Monday was a very exciting day because we made AUNTIE ANNE’S pretzels. Yes, that actually happened. Mom bought a kit at BJ’s and the whole thing was glorious. Definitely going to pick up a few hundred of those kits.

Hope everyone is enjoying the short work week!


10 02 2012

We are heading to LBI tonight and can’t wait for a relaxing pre-V-Day weekend (filled with rain and snow!) Here’s a few cute shots of Ben tonight after dinner. In his usual Gap onesie and bad haircut.


Little rascal

The real point of this post is to show Ben’s new scrunch face. It’s hilarious. He fake-laughs while doing it. It almost seems like he’s mocking us. Such a rascal, this guy is. The really scary part is, this is the same face I used to make. See uncanny resemblance below.


Ben's new scrunch face

No Instagram needed on this picture. It’s OLD. Hey, look, I had a bad haircut too!

My old scrunch face

Let the weekend begin!

Taco Tuesday

7 02 2012

This post has nothing to do with Taco Tuesday, except for the fact that I had tacos for lunch and it’s Tuesday.

Today was music class…and for the first time in 3 weeks it wasn’t cancelled. Hooray! Ben wore a Gap button down, Children’s place T-shirt, Gap jeans, Elegant Baby socks, and TOMS. It was a gorgeous spring day (in February) and we loved every second of it!


Completely unrelated, this is what mealtimes look like lately. I love his 5 o’clock pasta sauce shadow.


Thinkbaby feeding set

I went a little scissor-crazy today and cut Ben’s hair way too short. He is a spitting image of Jim Carey in Dumb & Dumber. I’M SORRY BENJAMIN! I hope baby hair grows fast.

It's okay! I'm a limo driver!

“Superman with a load in his pants”

28 01 2012

A great woman once said “There goes Superman with a load in his pants”. That great woman was my grandmother, and that cute (probably), stinky Superman was my father. It always makes me laugh.  Anything involving my father as a child makes me laugh. Well, now I totally get it. Because today, I had my own little happy Superman with a load in his pants.

This morning I went to spin class (yay, me!) and came home to a happy baby greeting me in the hallway, dressed by Dad. He picked a pretty cute outfit, I must say. And tonight the cape completed the look, for sure!

Cute cheeks, Gap button-down & jeans, First Impressions white T, Trumpette Too socks

Ben happened to be playing with three photo-worthy toys at the same time: Melissa & Doug, Gween Toys, and Kid O. All are either wooden or eco-friendly toys, which is why they are my favorite! They look pretty, too.

Left to right: Melissa & Doug penguin / Gween Toys windmill / Kid O pick-up truck

Here are pictures of Ben running around with his “B” cape Lainie, Jon & Sam got him for Christmas. Such an incredible gift! What kid doesn’t want to run around pretending to be a superhero??

This photo filter was called "Kryptonite", this picture was made for it. Laser Lucy eyes in the background.

Serious Super B-Man in his tent

Ben’s newest trick today is clucking like a chicken. I love when he comes up with something new out of nowhere. I can’t wait until he starts really talking (less clucking, more words). He’s such a character I honestly can’t even imagine what he will say!

Hope everyone else had a nice little Saturday!

Cool Shades

25 01 2012

Ben and I had a nice low-key day but we were out of the house quite a bit. I the morning I tried out a new thrift shop in Maplewood which was fun. They have a kid’s consignment shop next door, Milk Money, but they are closed for re-stocking until March. Boooo. Then we did the usual Target/ Whole Foods run that we love so much. I got a wonderful surprise when my sister came to my door around 2pm and chilled with me all afternoon until Ben woke up. I love days like that!

For this outing, Ben sported a new shirt from Crazy Eight. I just love their cute little shirts, I got them all for around $2 a few months ago. Score! It’s time to get some plain onesies for underneath his outfits…this one was waaaay too small – couldn’t even do the snaps. It looks like it was made for T-rex arms!!


Crazy Eight shirt, Target onesie, Gap jeans + socks, TOMS


Why are my sleeves so short, Mom?

Since it was in the 40’s today, Ben and I even ventured to the park after his nap and he ran around for awhile. I love to tire him out. Now Dan is home and it’s almost time for Ben to go to bed so we can catch up on our TV shows. Goodnight!

Wintry Mix

25 01 2012

I absolutely love Ben’s winter jacket. We got it for him in October the week of Dan’s 18 mile race in LBI at the cutest shop, Petite Etoile. The brand is Appaman, and features the cutest boy and girl’s clothes. His winter jacket fits perfectly and is just an overall quality jacket. He gets compliments on this jacket all the time, we will definitely be buying him another Appaman jacket next winter. Some things are just worth it!

The size of his jacket was 12 months, and I was a little worried about him growing out of it by the end of winter (he is now 17 months) but it still fits great! Ben is also on the thin side.

Appaman Puffy Coat in Cobalt (Retail - $104)

I know Ben already has an awesome winter coat, but I had been eyeing up this really cute skull jacket Ben’s buddy Asher has from the Gap. I didn’t want to spend another $50 on a coat when Ben already had one…unnecessary. BUT, last week Gap had a 40% off Sale SALE, and this skull jacket was now $6. Yes…SIX DOLLARS. For a winter jacket in January. Um, what? So yeah, of course I got it. And now Ben has two winter jackets…b/c he is that cool.


Gap Skull Jacket $6 on sale

Ben this morning hiding in his tent while I was rounding him up for a thrift store/ Target/ Whole Foods run. He is hilarious.


And of course, Gap jeans and TOMS

If you haven’t checked out the winter Gap sales, get there NOW. It’s probably slim pickins, but you never know. Who would have thought a lovely jacket like this would be there for $6? I also have to add their new spring line is A-DOR-ABLE.

I am also excited about checking out Petite Etoile’s new Spring line…I believe they are also going to carry TOMS this year, b/c I’d love to buy Ben’s next pair there.

Spring is just around the corner!

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