Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Wow, it's been awhile since I've post...oops! Life has been crazy and is just flying by. Benjamin is growing up so fast into a little boy and he's just adorable. I can't believe he's already 16 1/2 months. He's talking up a storm and says new words every day. Right now he can say Bailey (our dog), airplane, car, truck, up, outside, please, thank you, more, cracker, water and he makes some animal noises. :) He talks in long sentences all the time but we have no idea what he's saying and lately you can tell he gets frustrated that we don't understand! He also loves to play with anything that makes a ton of noise and if it doesn't make noise,  he crashes it into something so that it does. He loves to line up his toys too so I'm hoping he'll be an organized little guy. I can dream! He loves to get dirty and to be outside and he cries when I make him come inside. He has turned into an amazing sleeper as well and I'm loving it! He sleeps 12 hours every night and sometimes wakes up once (around 6am) and I still nurse him and then he goes back down. This last week though he has been sleeping 12 hours straight with no waking and it's amazing. On top of that, he takes a 2-3 hour nap each afternoon. I guess he's catching up after 12 months of not great sleep. :)

We just got back from a crazy, whirlwind trip to Italy. It was amazing and exhausting and I will now say that I would not recommend international travel with a toddler to anyone. It was a long trip in the making  that my sister had been planning for years to celebrate graduating with her PhD. It was a fun time with family and awesome to see the sights but I'm glad we're home!

Easter was also a fun weekend hanging out with family and celebrating our risen Savior and reflecting on what He did for us. We didn't go an easter egg hunt, but my mom got Benjamin some plastic eggs and a basket and he played with them for hours!

We have a lot of changes going on in our family right now, and I can't talk about all of them yet, but I'm really excited about them all (and no, I'm not pregnant!) Not to leave everyone hanging or anything, but I'm sure I can say more in my next post. I'll try not to go three months before posting again!


  1. Awwwwww! He is getting so big. What a cutie pie. I love the pic of Ben with Bailey.

    I'm excited about your news - I have an inkling of what it is :) and I miss you. So I guess you're not coming out to Japan any time soon, huh? Love ya!

  2. I have an inkling too... And oh, I'm sure I'll be excited and live vicariously though you without being too envious :)

  3. Oh please, oh please, let Nora become a good sleeper like Benjamin. He is so gorgeous!

  4. haha so what is your opinion on moving with children internationally - should have emailed me for some travel tips! ; ) love you!

  5. I have been silently following your blog since you were first pregnant with Benjamin, and I just had to comment on what a little man he has become! What a handsome boy. You have become a source of encouragment during my own difficulties. Thanks for continuing to update...I love seeing how he's grown. God bless!

  6. May God continue to bless your family.I love your strength and perseverance.Adorable son:) I recently experienced a loss at 38wks my dear lil Kennadee. I hope I can too overcome. Thank you for sharing your story it helped me a lot.