Archive for the 'Ben' Category

Brotherly Love

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Ironically, Ben’s in his room right now for being mean to his brother.  But, this is great.

Ben’s Book

Pics from the Hurricanes game

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

We went to the Carolina Hurricanes the other night and I took a few pictures with the new iPhone. Here they are.

Holiday quotes

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Ben on the holidays: “I just love Christmas!”

Jack on our trip to Home Depot for the monthly kids’ workshop: “I want to make Mommy a cuckoo clock.”

A story for Daddy

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Earlier today Ben spent some time scribbling in a notebook that he earned from the treasure box in his school class.  I wasn’t really sure what he was doing but eventually he presented me with a small piece of paper.  He told me that he wrote me a story and wanted to know if I would hang it up at work.  Of course, I will, but I thought I should share it with all of you that probably won’t see it at my office…

Ben's Story for Daddy

Penchuk Boys Update

Monday, October 19th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything family related and the throngs of followers of this site have been clamoring for it. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little. Regardless, here’s what’s happening with the boys.

Ben – Our oldest is a few months into first grade now and doing well. He’s reading more and more. Both Laura and I have been impressed at how far he’s come. Once in a while it’s a little jarring when he reads something you don’t expect him to (like an email you’re typing). Yesterday we went to the NC State Fair with some friends. Ben and Carter (his buddy) went on a bunch of rides, including a small roller coaster. Last year, Ben was terrified of it and refused to ride it. He’s definitely growing up and getting over some of those childhood fears. He’s also a big baseball and hockey fan – hard to believe he’s my son, huh? Right now he’s not playing any organized sports but come spring, I’m sure baseball will be back on the docket. Over the summer we put bunk beds in the kids’ room and Ben loves sleeping on the top bunk. Ben’s also become something of a card shark. We took a family trip to Lake Lure, NC, near the end of the summer and Ben was introduced to poker. Grandpa Duff is an aficionado and Ben fell in love with the game. He even took all of Duff’s chips in one game. Now, Ben wants poker chips for Christmas. How’s that for a judgment call? Do you get your 6-year old poker chips? Time will tell.

Jack – This kid makes us laugh. He’s hilarious. For example, he’s probably going to be a cowboy for Halloween, but he’s been wearing the hat and boots around the house for days now. He walks around saying things like, “Howdy, pardner.”  He’s also doing well in pre-school.  The other day he sang his ABC’s all by himself.  He’s also fond of telling us, “I had a bad day at school”.  We think he read a book about a kid that had a bad day and now Jack likes to play the sob story.  Of the two kids, this is the independent one.  Jack can go upstairs into our playroom and spend an hour up there with toys and living in his own world.  His brother always wants someone to play with, but Jack is alright doing his own thing.  He’s got such a good nature about him which is countered by the fact that he’s 3 years old.  The good news is that he won’t be three forever.  We’ve started playing hockey in the street now and he’s incredibly coordinated.  It’s been fun to see him grow up in the shadow of his older brother but still carve out his own way.

Check out the photos and see how big they’re getting.  Until next time…

State Fair

Kids say the darndest things

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Ben: Daddy, I know when you were married!

Daddy: When?

Ben: 2000

Daddy: Aaahhh, feels like 13 or 14 years…

Mommy: [Glaring at Daddy]

Daddy: …of the best years of my life.

<5 second pause>

Ben: [With sincere skepticism] With Mommy?

6 outs in 1 inning

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Hard to believe but Ben’s teeball team got 6 outs in one inning yesterday. They play 8 batters each half inning. A typical stanza may have one out but often there are none.  That means at least 2 or 3 runs per inning. It’s a huge victory to get 2 outs. Well, yesterday with Ben playing first base, his team got the first 4 outs in the inning. Ground balls to the pitcher, second base, Ben at first and then the pitcher again. Each time the ball was fielded cleanly and then a good throw to first (except for Ben’s non-assisted grounder). One batter got on and made his way around to score the lone run of the inning.  Two more outs came with another grounder to the pitcher and one to Ben.  On the last pitcher’s throw to first, Ben caught it on a short hop.  It was as if he was Mark Texiera scooping a throw out of the dirt.

Daddy was one proud papa.

Tooth fairy visits NC

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

In the last two days, Benjamin has lost a tooth per day.  Both of his lower front teeth finally fell out after hanging on by the proverbial thread.  He now has a big gap but he already has replacements breaking through the skin.  Our boy is growing up quickly.

A different kid

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

This morning Ben and I went to get his haircut.  It was overdue and with Wake County Schools delayed due to the dreaded “black ice” (don’t get me started), we hit the local Great Clips.  Ben was sitting there in the chair and was about 80% of the way done when the stylist asked me a question.  I got up to look at him and we had this exchange.

Daddy:  Wow, Ben.  You look like a new kid.

Ben:  I’m not.

Daddy:  (Laughing.)  I know, but you look like one.

Ben:  I’m the same kid that’s been in the chair the whole time.

The kid makes me laugh sometimes.

Being the big brother

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

The Penchuks’ day started at 4AM CST as we prepared for our flights home from Houston.  We made it to IAH with no problems but then when we tried to check in, only Laura’s ticket was recognized.  US Airways, doing a fantastic job of trying to drive away its customers, had given each of us our own confirmation number, despite the fact that we were all under one on the way down and that Laura had the receipt for all of us with just one confirmation number.

We made it to Charlotte with no problem but due to very thick fog, our flight out was delayed.  Then it was cancelled.  So US Air decided to rent vans for us and drive us to RDU, adding a 2 1/2 hour drive to our already 2+ hour delay at CLT.  So, basically, it’s been a long day.

For the past 20 minutes, Jack has been screaming at the top of his lungs that he wants us to rock him to sleep or that he wants Mommy or that he wants Daddy or he wants his Blue Bear.  He’s over-tired.  But, Ben is doing his part to save the evening from total disaster.  He’s singing songs to him and doing a great job of comforting Jack.  The whole thing is pretty darn cute.