On Saturday, Isaac scored his very first goal since he started playing in the AYSO Under-10 division!   He really has been making a good effort, even though it has not been easy for him.  We were so proud, and so was he!


On Tuesday the weather finally cooperated and Jonathan actually got to play soccer!  He was so excited since his last two games were rained out.  He did great, had a blast, and scored a few goals.  When someone asked him if his team won, he replied, “There’s no winner.”  I’m glad that he enjoys the game at this stage without needing to keep score.  And we were thrilled that he was able to burn off some of that extra energy.


Ben has had a few trips to our friendly tertiary care center.  He has been picking and pulling at his MIC-KEY button, so last week we saw his g-tube nurse.  We have determined that the tube size is appropriate, but we think he has a mild yeast infection at the site.  We are treating him with some Mycolog ointment, but I’m not so sure it’s doing much good…he succeeded at PULLING OUT HIS MIC-KEY BUTTON for the very first time a couple days ago.  For now we’re continuing the ointment and keeping his belly bound with an ACE wrap.  Poor Ben.  I hope he stops messing with it so he doesn’t have to sweat all summer.

Today we went to  have Ben’s hearing aids adjusted.  He got new molds, and I told the tech about the severe feedback (whistling) we were getting.  She had a neat device which actually was able to cancel most of the feedback (I’m not exactly sure how it works), but Ben will finally be able to wear his hearing aids again.


Lately, Nate has been doing lots of new things.  He has begun teething, rolling over very well in both directions (finally catching up to big brother Ben with his motor skills), trying to crawl on hands and knees and really wants to learn how to pull to stand.  He has been learning how to feed himself and has been scarfing down those little Gerber fruit puffs like lightning.  But he has also been sooo needy these days and cries if you just stand up…before you even have a chance to leave the room!  He really loves Ben and enjoys playing with Ben’s face, hair, arms, feet, etc.  Ben usually tries to roll out of the way, but this week he really seems to be noticing Nate and interacting directly with him for the first time.


BTW, Mark found these neat shirts for the little boys at Toys ‘R’ Us to help everyone see that they are not twins.


Ben turns three tomorrow, and Nate is 9 months old.  Right now Nate officially outweighs Ben.

I suppose it won’t be long before they won’t seem like twins anymore.


8 Responses to “Snippets…”

  1. Staci Says:

    Happy Birthday BEN!!!! I love following along on your blog and keeping up on what is going on in your family!

  2. Heidi @ ggip Says:

    Happy Birthday Ben!

    I noticed the t shirts, but didn’t realize why you had them until I read what you wrote. How funny. I guess a lot of people must make that mistake.

    Those gerber puffs used to be a hit for us too. They keep baby’s mouth occupied but never seem to fill them up.

    It sounds like everyone is doing quite well in general. I also hope Ben doesn’t keep at his button like that. I’m sure that will get old really really fast!

  3. Leah Says:

    Soccer looks fun! I miss those days when my boys were little and loved all that stuff. Angela used to pull her mic-key out all the time, balloon intact! UGH! She wore giant onsies for a loooooong time. LOL

  4. Misty Says:

    love the updates AND the photos! i hope that mic-key stops pestering poor ben 😉 !!

    and so glad that nate it doing so well! 🙂

  5. Rachelle Says:

    I hope Ben had a great birthday! Great pictures and I love Nate and Ben’s t-shirts! I think eventually people will grow out of the thinking twins stage ~ although a couple weeks ago we were at our oldest son’s baseball game and a woman I have known for a couple years and I were talking about how old the kids were getting. And all this time, she has thought that Emma and Joey were twins even though they are now 4 & 5 respectively. ;o)

  6. Deni Says:


    I haven’t been on my blog since the beginning of April, very time poor at the moment. But its great to come back and read everyone’s updates. You blog in such a fantastic way, using all the photos – I love it!

    The soccer does look like fun – I have always been a netball girl, but we will wait and see what Mali becomes interested in – there is a lot of soccer in our area – the girls are right in to it.

    Can’t get over, just in the last coupld of months, how much Ben has changed – he is definately looking like a little boy now, not a baby any more by far – all of you make such a lovely family 🙂

  7. lisa leonard Says:

    brothers are the best! happy birthday day ben. karen-you are one blessed mama!! xo

  8. Tricia Says:

    I love the picture of the boys sitting next to each other.

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