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The Bean’s Second Birtday

The Bean turned two on Sunday! I can’t believe another year has passed, and it’s so cool to see the little boy he’s growing up to be. He is the happiest little boy, a mama’s boy who is my biggest helper and partner in crime. He’s our good eater, and the best little buddy The Munchkin could have. Happy belated birthday, Bean. We love you very much.


We started out the day with birthday pancakes, as one does.


After breakfast, we headed out to Abilene to check out the waterfall in Brown Park. It was a pretty little waterfall that you could drive right up to. No hiking, yay!


There’s a little paved path down a hill that leads you right up to the river below the waterfall.


The Bean was thrilled.


The Munchkin and John went wading a little bit, but The Bean has a nasty cut on his toe, so I made him keep his feet dry.


After that, we went to the Russel Stover store and bought some goodies. The boys love the chocolate covered “marshmallow” bear out in front of the store.


Afterwards we went to Sam’s Club, then headed home so The Bean could take a nap. While he was sleeping, I made him a cake! I haven’t made a cake since college, but The Bean doesn’t like ice cream cake (Which is what we usually get on birthdays.) so I decided to make him a white cake with fresh strawberries and buttercream frosting. It came out pretty good! The Bean approved. He was actually really excited to blow out his candles!


Don’t be too impressed; it’s all from a box or can, haha. I made two layers of cake, and put strawberries and Cool-Whip in the middle, then covered the whole thing with the frosting and stuck a bunch of strawberries on top.

We Skyped with John’s mom while we sang “Happy Birthday” and ate the cake, but then she had to get offline.


Once the cake was eaten, we Skyped with my parents while The Bean opened his presents. He got the rest of the Super Why Super Readers, and a coloring book. He was thrilled, and gave them lots of hugs. He received his big present, a train table, last month, because I couldn’t wait to give it to him. (And…where do you hide a train table?! Those things are HUGE!)


Happy belated birthday, little Bean. May you always stay so sweet.

10 Things Husbands Can Learn from My 1 Year Old

The Bean turns two tomorrow, (!!!) so today is my last day to post this with it’s original title. I wrote this about a month or so after we moved to Kansas, and just recently found the paper while cleaning the clutter in the kitchen. The pictures in this post are just a collection of post-haircut pictures I have yet to share with you guys.

I’ve talked about how The Bean is my little helper, and I’m both proud and amused to say that he does all of these things, a lot of the time, without being asked. OCD? Yeah, probably. What can ya do? Here they are, in no particular order…


10. Push in your chair before you leave the dining area.

9. Fruit is an acceptable side dish for dinner after a long day. Preferable, even. Always appreciated.


8. Put things back into the pantry when you’re done with them.

7. If anyone spills something, wipe it up immediately. Do not continue eating until the mess is gone.


6. When the dishwasher is full of dirty dishes, put dishwasher soap in it, and turn it on.

5. Close the cabinet door after you’ve retrieved your item(s).


4. Throw out snack wrappers when the snack is finished. Don’t leave them on the counter or tabletop.

3. When the dog dish is empty, put food in it.


2. When you’re done eating, put your dishes into the sink.

1. The correct response to anything cooked in the oven is “Wow!” even if it is just frozen pizza.


If husbands did the things on this list, I think wives everywhere would be a little happier. Or, you know, wives in households with reversed gender roles. Or lazy roommates. Actually, these are things everyone should do, aren’t they? THINGS EVERYONE CAN LEARN FROM MY ONE YEAR OLD. (WHO IS GOING TO BE TWO TOMORROW, OMG!)