Spur of the moment family BBQ (thanks to the awesome salmon catching skills of Dad and Trudy…and Gramma Nova’s love of salmon…and Mylan’s love of bbq’ing and baking). Ben is just now understanding feeling anticipation and excitement for upcoming events like guests or vacations…he was so excited for everyone to arrive that we had to sit on the front porch to wait for them 15 minutes before they got there :)


Once again, could these two be any cuter? Ben adores his friend Zoey (and she calls him ‘Neighbor Ben’…so sweet)!

Once again, could these two be any cuter? Ben adores his friend Zoey (and she calls him ‘Neighbor Ben’…so sweet)!


Before/during/after. Best. Haircut. Ever! I could not have been more proud of our handsome big guy…he was 100% incredible! No tears, no nothing. Thank you Nancy hair stylist!


Don’t you love it when kangaroos are the first animal that comes to mind? Interview with Ben R., age. 2 1/2


My Boys

Ben and Mylan are snuggling together while Ben falls asleep. I’ve had a long day, oh boy have I, so I couldn’t be more thankful that Mylan is my co-parent and so willingly takes over bedtime duties after I bathe Ben, wrangle PJ’s and tooth brushing and last potty and books (and yes, I hate to say it but there’s still a lot of bedtime work after all that, before our energizer kiddo finally falls asleep). Just a few minutes ago, I overheard the following on the monitor:
Ben: “Papa Mylan Rakich, you a sweaty bear like me?” (Ben was clammy sweaty when I left him with Mylan, so I’d called him that)
Mylan: “Yeah buddy, I’m a sweaty bear too. That’s why you’re a sweaty bear, because you’re my son.”

Too cute :) Love my sweaty bears!

And…Mr Potty Training Ben has learned that saying he needs to go pee again, and again, after lights go out has allowed him to postpone bedtime at his discretion. Game over dude, we’re on to you!


2nd bee sting in 2 years :( Maybe he’ll listen now when I ask him to wear shoes in the yard…maybe not. Poor dude is convalescing on the couch with ice, bactine, elevated foot, blankie nest, and Bob the Builder ‘Roads and Bridges’…he may live :) Did I mention he didn’t nap today either? All the makings of a wild Friday night!


Team Rakich, celebrating M and I’s 3rd anniversary. Thank you ahead of time to GaGa and Gumpa for having a sleepover with Ben on Saturday :) Not that negotiating a toddler into the bathtub or washing poopy laundry isn’t romantic…but we are really excited to have a slightly less distracting, relaxing, time together. Is it Saturday yet?????

Team Rakich, celebrating M and I’s 3rd anniversary. Thank you ahead of time to GaGa and Gumpa for having a sleepover with Ben on Saturday :) Not that negotiating a toddler into the bathtub or washing poopy laundry isn’t romantic…but we are really excited to have a slightly less distracting, relaxing, time together. Is it Saturday yet?????


Happy 3rd Anniversary to my incredible husband! Thank you for being my partner in crime (and parenting, remodeling, etc) ;) I love you Mylan Rakich!

Happy 3rd Anniversary to my incredible husband! Thank you for being my partner in crime (and parenting, remodeling, etc) ;) I love you Mylan Rakich!


Such a fun time with GaGa at the Clackamas County Fair! Ben’s first time ever, and he absolutely loved it. The animals (he got to pet a bunny, check out the piggies, and he couldn’t get enough of watching a mama cow get milked from her ‘boo boo’s’), the ice cream, the ballroom dancers (and later on he pulled me out on the dance floor to join him!), and last but certainly not least…he was just barely tall enough to go on his first ever ride, a yellow dump truck that went around and around in circles :) If it had been up to him we’d have ridden it 50 more times (he kept telling GaGa and I to go get more tickets!). Can’t wait to go again next year!

Such a fun time with GaGa at the Clackamas County Fair! Ben’s first time ever, and he absolutely loved it. The animals (he got to pet a bunny, check out the piggies, and he couldn’t get enough of watching a mama cow get milked from her ‘boo boo’s’), the ice cream, the ballroom dancers (and later on he pulled me out on the dance floor to join him!), and last but certainly not least…he was just barely tall enough to go on his first ever ride, a yellow dump truck that went around and around in circles :) If it had been up to him we’d have ridden it 50 more times (he kept telling GaGa and I to go get more tickets!). Can’t wait to go again next year!


This is Ben’s concentration face… love it! You know he means business when he purses his lips and sticks out his tongue :)

This is Ben’s concentration face… love it! You know he means business when he purses his lips and sticks out his tongue :)