Ben is still discovering little nooks in the house. He particularly loves the spare room cupboards. He loved to hide in them initially……. but now he is enjoying finding hidden treasures. He keeps appearing from the cupboards with remote controls, handfuls of batteries and things that fly. Andrew has quite a selection of remote control planes and helicopters and Ben seems to have made his way through all of them. Andrew has had an interesting time teaching Ben how to fly some of them. Ben has some difficulty following all directions which has been amusing. But now Ben seems to have it sorted and just can’t get enough. I am constantly amazed how much Andrew and Ben have in common…. boys and their toys!
When I am getting ready for they day in the bathroom, Ben on occasion has sneaked off with something from my draw. This particular morning he was very quiet. Every mother is automatically suspicious when things are very quiet. I walked out to discover Ben applying mascara to himself. He refused to let me wash it off. We were on our way into Mum’s for the day. So…… Ben spent the day proudly wearing his makeup and running to the mirror looking at himself!
Recently we took a trip to West End to visit Andrew at work. We had not been into Andrew’s work since Downer shifted premises in October. Ben was welcomed with open arms. It was so lovely. The Office Manager took Ben to the kitchen for some treats. He loved loved loved Andrew’s office. He sat at his desk stamping, writing and making phone calls. He kept referring to the ‘the man’ on the phone. Goodness knows whose extension he kept ringing. He asks me every few days if we can go and see Daddy at work. It reminds me that our plans don’t have to be complicated. Ben got so much enjoyment out of a thirty minute visit to Daddy’s office.
We are all having a fabulous time settling into our new home. Ben in particular is enjoying our lovely verandahs. Here is a little clip taken of him and Bonnie playing on the back ramp. (Please note he is no longer sleeping during the day but really should be!!……. hence the bags under the eyes)
I am sure when we first looked at our new house the deal clincher for Andrew was the Honda Z50 that was under the house. It was just like the bike he and his brothers grew up riding together. If you listen to any of the brothers when they talk about their bike they light up…. they loved it!! I really am certain that Andrew immediately imagined Ben on the bike. Myself on the other hand needed some convincing about it. But once I was assured that he wouldn’t be able to ride it solo for some years I felt much better. It hadn’t really occurred to me that Andrew and Ben could ride it together.
Andrew was so excited to show Ben. Ben loved it. His face lit up …. well until Andrew started it. He got a fright and ran screaming and waving his hands in the air. I secretly was a little relieved thinking that the bike would be put away until he was older. What was I thinking!!?? That was not the case. Ben quickly grew to love his Honda…. it’s just like Daddy’s. Andrew and Ben ride around the yard together. Ben no longer screams with fright but he screams ‘Yahooo’. He tries to kick start it and insists of steering and controlling the throttle. I rest easy knowing that it’s top speed is slower than a push bike and Ben now has his own helmet. I am also certain that Andrew loves it just as much as Ben. Have Fun Boys!