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eleven? already?




But wait! That’s not fair! Didn’t I just take these pictures…last week?


I’m about a week late posting this, but it’s true. Ben is eleven. I am his mom. So therefore you can deduct that I am OLD.
I love this boy so much…we have so much fun just hanging out in the kitchen, laughing about dumb stuff. He’s such a good little friend. I can’t believe how much he helps me out (when he’s in the mood!). Like yesterday he helped me load up a dresser into the van to take to my sister, then he babysat Olivia while I took it to her. Sometimes he just comes up from behind and gives me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. He’s such a sweet kid. And I’m so happy I get to be his mom.
I can’t believe how fast the last 11 years have gone. I can’t think about it too much or it makes me a little sad. In 11 more years he will be almost the age I was when he was born! Yikes! See? I just can’t think about it.
So for now I am just grateful that even though he’s eleven, he is still a kid. He still loves candy and Legos and video games.
{Then again, so does Clayton.}
We just had a low-key birthday this year. It was a beautiful, HOT day for September 30th. Spent some time at the park with little cousins, went to IKEA with the family to pick up a new dresser for his newly decorated room {finally!}, made his favorite Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, and ate banana splits together while watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Funniest movie I’ve seen in a while by the way!
Happy birthday Ben, we love you.

every badge in the book

Check him out. That Cub Scout shirt is plastered in badges. This was taken a few weeks ago, just before he received his “Arrow of Light” at pack meeting. That’s the equivalent of “Eagle” in Boy Scouts. He earned a ton more badges that night too, and so many belt loops that they won’t even fit on his belt. Ben, we are so proud of you!
Clayton is the Cub Master, and he did such a great job on the Arrow of Light presentation for Ben and one other boy in our pack. He did it Indiana Jones style, complete with the theme music and an antique looking map he made out of a paper bag. He said, “You Cub Scouts are always prepared, right?” which was the cue for one of the leaders to hit the lights. The boys said, “Right!” as they each turned on a flashlight. Obviously, Clay told them to have flashlights for the thing beforehand, but it added to the Indiana Jones feel, like they were in a cave looking for a treasure.
This is Ben’s last month in Cub Scouts since he is turning 11 on the 30th. He’s sad to leave it, but excited to move on to the Boy Scouts stuff…like camp outs!

ben’s bedroom update






The inspiration for his new room, from Land of Nod.

For about the past year, Ben has been asking for a new bedroom. Apparently his room is too babyish, to the point of being embarrassed to have friends over. “Mom, the walls are baby blue.” I can’t believe I have kids old enough to feel that way, but okay.
So we’ve been looking in catalogs for new ideas for non-babyish boy rooms, and we finally found one that he loves. So first we made a checklist to get his room cleaned up, and now we are in the process of painting walls and furniture and making new bedding. I decided to make a new duvet cover rather than pay the $100 to the Land of Nod, and I’m almost done. In the meantime, Ben’s been sleeping on his mattress in the basement, with all his dresser drawers spread out across the floor (and Olivia constantly pilfering them). He can’t wait to move into his new room! Hopefully it won’t be much longer. I’ll post the “after” photos as soon as it’s all finished.

stamp art




Years ago, when I was expecting Ben, I worked at the University of Utah. Mail came in from all over the world with the coolest stamps. One of the professors, Yukio, the nicest little old man from Japan, would always leave little bundles of these stamps on my desk after he’d gone through his mail. I guess he noticed me always looking at them when I was sorting the mail.
Even after I left, Yukio would mail me envelopes stuffed with foreign stamps and a little note to say hello. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard from him, but I still have all the stamps.
I’ve been wanting to use them for something creative for a long time, and finally Ben helped me make this stamp collage to hang up in his bedroom. We got the idea here, if you want to check it out. And you don’t have to be a stamp collector to do this, I’ve found lots on ebay for practically nothing.