It's been awhile since I posted. The semester came to a crashing conclusion with overmuch grading, and between that and preparing to fly to Wisconsin, where my parents live, we've been pretty busy.
One of Ben's favorite presents so far is a beautiful orange blanket that his Great Aunt Kathy knitted for him. Whenever he sees it, he says "oynee, oynee, oynee!!" (That's his version of "orange".) We snuggle under it while reading books. Speaking of books, he got a ton of them, and his current favorite is "Is Your Mama a Llama?".
He also got several airplane-related gifts, in keeping with his current airplane obsession. Usually about every fifteen minutes or so his thoughts turn to airplanes, and he'll point to the nearest window and say, hopefully, "appuh?" It's been very cloudy lately, both here in Wisconsin and also back home in New York, so we haven't had much luck spotting appuhs. He was very excited to ride in two different appuhs to get here, although we spent far too much time in airports waiting for weather-delayed appuhs.
We've been celebrating both Christmas and Hanukah. He really likes lighting the menorah every night and playing with his dreidel. Christmas morning was almost too exciting, and we couldn't "opah" the presents quickly enough for him.
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