So Ben, Penny, and I took a trip to Utah for about a week and a half. We got back last Saturday. We left so we could get out of Jon's hair while he studied for his surgery SHELF (which he passed, no problem, even though he was convinced he failed). It turns out, Jon knows his surgery stuff and we're really proud of him.
Anyway, it was a really great trip. We stayed with my parents, and my sister and her three boys were there at the same time. Ben had so much fun with his cousins. Owen (5) and Ollie (3) were really cute with him. Ben spent most of the time chasing them around. He was always the "monster", which he didn't mind, since it just meant that whenever they started running away screaming, he chased after them, screaming. It made for a very noisy time, but also very fun. Penny was her cute self, and even overcame some of her mommy clinginess by the time we left. She's still not taking a bottle very well, though.
I'm sorry I don't really have any pictures of the trip, as we really only took pictures on my mom's camera. She's been pretty busy, but as soon as I get a chance to get some of those pictures from her, I will post them here. Also, we had some professional photos done of the kids as well, which I'll post the link to here as soon as they're uploaded.
In the meantime, while you're all anxiously awaiting those pictures, I did finally get around to dumping all my camera photos onto the computer, so here are a few of those.
Penny on the plane-ride to Utah:
Yeah, miraculously, she slept the whole flight. No joke, she fell asleep as we were taxiing to take off and woke up on the descent.
Benjamin on the ride to Utah:
Thank goodness for portable DVD players. We got a portable DVD player that accepts SD cards. Jon put a bunch of movies on one SD card (about the size of a quarter) and that way I didn’t have to pack any DVDs. Ben still has a pretty short attention span and the plane was full of distractions, so this only worked for about twenty minutes at a time. Still, it definitely helped, as he did that several times. He also ate lots of sugary treats that he doesn’t normally get.
And I have to post a picture of Penny in the AMAZING knitted dress that Courtney made for her, although these phone pictures do not do it justice:
Can you believe that my sister made that? It’s very impressive.
Speaking of impressive homemade things, we have received so many great homemade things for Penny. I’m blown away by the talented friends and family that we have. Unfortunately, the only other one I have a phone picture of is the quilt that Jon’s Aunt Linda made for us. I think it definitely warrants mentioning, though. Check it out:
Penny enjoying her little baby straight jacket and waving to the camera:
Ben, outside in the warm weather, at long last. He actually probably didn’t need the jacket, but when I asked him if he wanted to go outside he went and grabbed his shoes and brought them back for me to put them on him. Then as we were going out the door he pointed at the coat closet and kept saying “coat”. He’s so used to needing a jacket to go outside, he wouldn’t let me take him out without one. Classic.
Plus a video of Ben outside. He has discovered a new thing that really interests him, bugs. I think this partly comes from the little bug cages and plastic bugs that my mom had at her house. I think this video captures our very boyish little boy quite nicely. He’s obsessed with cars/trucks and bugs.
Also from my phone, a video of Penny being ticklish and otherwise adorable. Admittedly, her little laugh is more of a grunt. Oh, and she loves her fist.
And last, yesterday Ben did not want to get out of his crib after his nap, so I gave him a couple of toys to entertain him while I got some other things done. I heard him jabbering quite a bit and went in to find him intently reading Jon’s laminated pamphlet on Schizophrenia that had been stuck in one of Ben’s books.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to update as soon as the photographer sends me the link to our pictures.