Monday, January 16, 2017

Feeding the Birds and Other Fun Times

In trying something new, I tried something old.  Looney Tunes has magical powers over grandchildren.

Ben helped Papa feed the birds.  We thought boots would be helpful in navigating the ice patches.

The birds were appreciative.

The boots did not help.

This was not a skill Ben was mastering at all.

There were no tears once we watched the birds from inside the house.

Back in the day, I tended other people's children.  In this new century, I invited a friend over for a play date.  Ben was in heaven.  Samuel had fun, too.

Ben resisted naptime for quite awhile today.  His need for sleep became obvious during an afternoon snack.

After a successful nap, we all went to Claudia's.  Ben loved her toys and didn't want to leave.

I know what someone is getting for his birthday.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Go, Dewey, Go!

Papa and I took Ben to the Bean Museum this morning.

We needed a place for him to run and have fun, and this place certainly fits the bill.

Sometimes Ben stops to look at the stuff Papa points out.

The huge elephant caught his attention.

Ben could have stayed at the play area all day long.

This corner has a cave with a bear inside.

Ben was delighted being terrified, but he would follow other kids into the tunnel.

I climbed in to encourage him.  My camera flash helped a lot.

Once he could see the bear in the light, he wasn't afraid anymore.

Papa Ben has an eye for good places to pose.

The elevator was an engaging activity.  He actually pushed all the buttons, and we simply got out on the floor we wanted.

Bet you can guess what Papa Ben said when he saw this.

Ben, on his own, felt a need to kiss the turtle.

At this point, we knew it was time to leave.

We stopped on the way home so I could do an errand.  When I left the car, Ben asked Papa where I was.  Papa said I was getting him a lollipop.  Ben chanted, "Go, Dewey, Go!" until I returned.

Once we arrived home, Ben decided to play some "happy music" on the piano.   This is kid is so fun!

Friday, January 13, 2017

What's a Cephalopod?

Ben helped me make inari zushi.  He's a hoot.

Papa and Ben enjoyed a few games of pinball.  Ben is good, but it's hard to top Papa.

My lovely neighbors gave us goodies for Christmas.  I saved them for Ben's visit.  He devoured this cookie from Trader Joes.

Ben and Mommy did their exercises together.

I love to watch Ben play with this race track.  The talking car is my favorite part.

Another neighbor Christmas gift was donuts.  Ben ate one for breakfast.

After breakfast, we were off to the aquarium!

An otter eating his breakfast swam right in front of Ben.  Hilarious!

The otters were happy and wild and fun to watch.

Watching Ben and Mommy watch otters is also fun.

Ben spied some kids at this interactive exhibit and joined them.

Sometimes I miss things when I'm holding a camera, and this is a good example.  I couldn't figure out what he was doing.

I finally realized this was sand under projected lights.  It was way fun to play with.

I love jelly fish exhibits.

Corinne casually mentioned that Ben knew what a cephalopod was.

I asked, "What's a cephalopod?"

Out of the blue, Ben answered. "Jelly fish," he said simply.

The penguins thrive at this aquarium.

They are fast.

We loved watching them.

Ben and Mom piloted a submarine.

This kid!  We had so much fun.

We spent some time in a 4D theater.  About 3 minutes.  We quickly realized that Ben wasn't going to wear the glasses, or sit in anyone's lap, and we were outta there.

The aquarium has a new exhibit which includes these clouded leopards.

One of them stole a drink right in front of Ben.

Ben growled at this dragon.

None of us were afraid, not even the dragon.


The last exhibit Ben looked at included this blue frog.
I love watching Ben and Papa together.

I have a weakness for gift shops in zoos and aquariums.

I hit a home run with this animal rescue doctor kit.