26 Below

This is the real temperature, not even with a wind chill. I cannot recall a colder day. I am tempted to go outside to see what it is like. Nah, I think I will pass.

-26Benjamin’s daycare is closed today, because they are afraid they will not get enough of caregivers to work safely to maintain required ratios. So, Ben and I have a lovely day together ahead.

This weekend we are going up to a cabin we rented to celebrate Nana’s 60th birthday, so my plan was to cram my brain with Immunology all day and quiz right at 3pm so that we could leave town at a reasonable time. That cramming and quizzing will just have to wait and I am perfectly fine with that.

Instead, I’ll record our day together with some pics and videos… because that is WAY more fun anyway.  Here we go:

8 am:  An incredibly rare miracle is happening:  Ben is still sleeping!  Starting the day with some drinking from the firehose:

the firehose

9 am:  Water play!  When I wisked Ben up and perched him up on his high chair for the highly-acclaimed sink time, he said “thank you, Mama.” Another to add to a series of totally unprompted thank-yous in the past few days.  Manners for the win!

1 water play

9:30 am: Silicone cupcake holders + Toddlers = Match made in heaven.  This ate up lots of time as I cleaned the kitchen. After he finally finished organizing and re-organizing them endlessly, we whipped up cupcakes for Nana’s birthday. Mmmmm!

1 Ben Cupcakes

1 ben nanas cake

10am: Stinky peanut butter.  During snack time, Benjamin declared, “Stinky. Peeee.Yuuu,” when he got peanut butter on his fingers. He has been quite confused lately about how similar the words sticky and stinky sound. As much as I try to enunciate between the two, I still don’t think he gets it. Therefore, when he uses the potty (in his diaper) AND when his fingers get grubby with food, it’s always a STINKY.

1 ben stinky pb

As it turns out, now it’s almost 3pm and that’s as far as I could keep up…  life with a toddler is no walk in the park. 😉

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