chicken ben

Ben, Berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

This is Ben doing his chicken dance. It is totally irrestible and I couldn’t even post it with the other dancing photo, because I might have overwhelmed you with too much adorable Ben-ness.

Ben, Berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

We are having the sweetest time together these days…. No words, just so much gratitude and joy.

Ben and me watching Ben’s first rainbow, Berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

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  1. julia

    Ok, seriously. I just fell over from a cuteness overdose from that chicken dance picture. Adorable is right!

  2. Dawn

    oh my goodness — the one of the two of you and the rainbow? please print it big and look at it everyday. that image is what photography is all about.

  3. cpr

    looks like a double rainbow too

  4. Monica

    Don’t you just *love* this age. My little guy just turned three and, honestly, I can hardly stand the cuteness. He is just so unbelievably adorable. I am smitten!

  5. Jennifer

    He really is just adorable. You must be very proud.
    The last photo with the rainbow is absolutely stunning…wow

  6. AndreaD

    Holy Crap dude! He’s seriously learning to play the guitar – that’s amazing. He’s starting to get the finger placement!!! Music is in his soul for sure. I’ll promise I’ll buy his first album – for reals! That last picture of the two of you and the rainbow is magical. LOVES it <3

  7. Puanani

    I can hardly stand it. The dance, oh my. The foot, oh my. But the last one, his first Rainbow indeed, in his mama’s arms no less. Blessings abound, we are so lucky!

  8. Puanani

    I can hardly stand it. The dance, oh my. The foot, oh my. But the last one, his first Rainbow indeed, in his mama’s arms no less. Blessings abound, we are so lucky!

  9. stef

    love the simple love …so refreshing isn’t it 🙂 xo

  10. bella

    Your son is a cutie! That last picture though, it is such an amazing moment. Lovely capture and thank you for sharing it.

  11. bella

    Your son is a cutie! That last picture though, it is such an amazing moment. Lovely capture and thank you for sharing it.

  12. richele

    the chicken dance is killing me!

  13. Leslie

    I love the cutey-pie pictures of Ben…it brings back memories when my boys were so darn cute and little and free and silly. Of course now they are handsome, big, free and do silly things sometimes!

  14. Melinda

    You and Ben put a smile of my face today, Andrea. I needed that. Thanks!

  15. Shelley Noble

    Talk about Mondo Beyondo! Vaowow! Cutest pics ever. The second one with the geetar is his album cover when he’s a famous music guy. And you with him enjoying his first rainbow is packed with so much meaning that it should be a childrens’ book all on it’s own!

  16. Tamera

    I just cried a little over that last pic… so beautiful.

  17. Andi

    Awww, he’s adorable, but the last pic is simply gorgeous! Hope you frame it?

  18. Puanani

    I just showed my daughter, we are long time Ben Fans, the photo of him dancing, squeals and peels of delight filled the room. She thinks he is a very special boy. We call him the Cute Baby here in our house. It was that very first photo we saw of him, the first one you published, we were smitten and remain so…

  19. mamie

    i am not sure if i ever told you this but i ‘met’ ben right after he was born. maggie mason posted a blog about his birth, i clicked over and i fell in love. i was pregnant with my twins and laid up on bed rest, terrified and lonely and hoping for all the best. i followed every post after that, read about him and dreamed about mine. and it pulled me through a time when the only blogs i knew were about other knitters that were not new mamas. you were my introduction.
    when those first months bewildered you, i read. when i felt the same, i was not so scared. when it got better for you, i knew it would for me too. something about you as mama and ben as himself has always pulled me here. i have missed him lately. thank you for sharing him again.
    please say you are going to blogher next year in nyc. because i think i am and i really would love to hug you and him through you.

  20. amy

    the chicken dance photo captures what i think of when i think of joy! keep dancing, Ben.

  21. vivienne

    ben is truly one lovely little dude!
    that photo of you two and his first rainbow is so so sweet….it makes me think of what it must feel like to see one’s first rainbow. thats a lovely thought to have on a grey vancouver day!

  22. kelly rae

    these are so perfect, but i gotta say, your bootie is hawt*

  23. Leslie

    Saturday afternoon…all the chores are done and I’m going to sit down with my brand new copy of “Artful Blogging” :>) and a cool spiked lemonade.

  24. A Forest Frolic

    Just found your blog through Artful Blogging and love you article (and blog) of course! That chicken Ben of yours is adorable too, what a doll!
    Jamie 🙂

  25. Kristen Fischer

    Will I ever get over “how big Ben has gotten”? probably not! You both look lovely–adore the rainbow pic. What a great mommy he’s got!

  26. Jacki

    Awesome and magical, what a great way to wind down a weekend!

  27. Val

    Is there anything better than falling more in love with our little ones every day? Thank you for sharing this sweet little soul!

  28. Catherine

    I’m melting!

  29. Jack

    Love the rainbow- beautiful pix.

  30. Sarah

    You were right, we would have been overwhelmed. That guy is something else!!!

  31. Leslie

    What a fabulous article in ‘Artful Blogging’ for Superhero and Shutter Sisters. I was a magazineaholic until I discovered the wonderful world of blogs and now I just enjoyed discovering new blogs via a magazine. Is that full circle????? :>).

  32. Dreaming Bear

    So much cuteness per square inch! It’s almost too much for us to take! Thanks for giving us gradual bits and pieces, so as not to overwhelm us! Ha!

  33. colleen

    OH! I love the Rainbow pic! beautiful.

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  35. AscenderRisesAbove

    very nice contrasting emotions. each delightful in their own way.

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    Hi guys, I was looking at some online guitar lessons. I am rather new to guitar and don’t maintain the $$ for private guitar lessons at this time.
    I was looking at Learn to play Guitar and this course looks quite awesome. Is this a good choice?

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