Monday, July 6, 2009

poor little canon :-(

This post, along with the following, are a tribute of sorts to my little Canon pocket-camera, which is now sadly out of commission due to an overzealous 5 year old I know. Yes, I realize you may think me silly to be so attached to a camera, but that little wonder and I have been through a lot, and I will miss it. :-(

So, here are some last glimpses of it, in its former glory. Bennett had recently been taking it outside for photo shoots, taking 100's of pictures at a time, and having a lot of fun with it. I encouraged him, because of my own love of photography. Unfortunately, he made off with it unsupervised once, got curious about how the zoom lens moved in and out, and the rest is history. Poop.

We were having fun taking pictures of each other taking pictures...



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B's setting up his shot:

And a few of him, just being cute:


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Here's some pictures from a trip to the park a few weeks ago. They are the last pictures that my little baby pocket Canon took before Ben manhandled it into extinction. R.I.P., dear old will be missed :-(

The boys can barely fit in the bike trailer now.

Sand angel!


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Xavier loves sand, because it helps him balance while sitting.


Bennett was saying, "what the heck is this thing, anyway?" HA!

And in this one, he's pointing out an airplane.
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B took these next two:


The last timed shot from my little Canon. BOOHOO!! :-(


We spent the 4th of July at home, just having a little cookout with our family and Nick's parents, because I worked at 3pm. After we ate, Nick was pulling the boys in their wagon - very fast - through our backyard. He does this all the time, but on this go-round, he hit a hole in the yard. The wagon tipped, and both boys flew out a few feet. B popped up right away, unscathed. Xavier fell hard (he can't protect himself from falls...his trunk and arms aren't strong enough) and hit the side of his head.

His glasses didn't break, but they managed to cut up the side of his face, give him a little shiner, and he got some grassburn on his forehead.

He took it like a man, only cried for about 3 minutes, and then just "talked" about it to us for awhile. It was very pathetically cute how he seemed to be saying, "we were going really fast, and then...and then..." :-) Nick finally let me hold him (he wouldn't let me at first, because he felt so bad about it). We were worried about him, because he fell asleep right after it happened. But he was tired before the fall (which was a reason for the wagon ride, we were trying to perk him up) we think he was just completely wiped out from all the drama.

Right after:

I didn't want to leave for work. :-(

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This was the next day. He was getting ticked at me for taking so many pictures.

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And today (2 days out...)


(I love the picture above, even though he has a little black eye in it. :-)
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Car rides

have been (shhh! dare I say it??!) enjoyable lately! Ben has always been a good But times, they are a changin'! Don't know why, but I'm not going to try to figure it out. Lets just be happy about it.


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This comes with excellent timing, as we have a lot of driving to do soon. We're headed on vacation July 11th to a rental house on the dunes at Lake Michigan, and will be taking additional trips into Chicago and Milwaukee from there. Cross your fingers for us, pretty please. :-)

mini golf

Saturday, June 27, Nick, Bennett, and I met our friends Will, Gabe, Clara, and baby Mallory at a Rinky Dink Minature Golf for a benefit for Akron Children Hospital's Cancer Center.

The weather was super, and we had a ton of fun. I LOVE minigolf, and I hadn't been in a long time. Will mysteriously threw out the score cards at lunch before we tallied up the we have no idea who won...but I have a feeling the evidence was disposed of because Nick and Will secretly did not want to be beaten by a girl. I totally rock at mini-golf. ;-p

First we golfed. Here's Gabe, Clara, and B waiting to begin our 18 holes:


Me and a half-naked, uncontrollably cute baby:

More cuteness:
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Hanging out in the shade, waiting for our turn about mid-way through:


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This was B's first time mini-golfing. He was focused. He was driven. And, actually, he wasn't too bad either! It took him from 4-10 shots on each hole. Not bad for never having held a putter before. :-)



Instruction from Uncle Will, with approval from Nick and Mallory.

Lunch from Panera. Yum.
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Here's Gabe, Clara, and Ben waiting for our turn at the bumper boats. At this time, I had no idea how soaked I would be in 15 minutes.

Drenched, and trekking to the go-karts:

B was distressed he was no where near tall enough to drive the go-kart.

Nick and Ben:

Nick and Gabe:
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Watching Will in the batting cage:

Another first for B :-)
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