Here are a few pictures of Ben's birthday party:
Here is Ben, sitting next to his little teddy bear cake, made from cupcakes. Everyone thought these cupcakes were very yummy and we were all a bit surprised that they were so good because we got them at the Walmart bakery and the ones we have had from there in the past were not that good. The icing was really yummy.
Ben and Nick both really enjoyed it a lot, as you can see from this picture. Of course, here Ben is doing his now famous squinty smile for the camera.
In this picture my nephew Trent is watching Ben play with his new fire truck. My mom gave this to Ben. It is really cute and came with a little book titled "Ben's First Ride". How's that for a perfect gift?
And here, Nick is playing with the cute little guitar that his Papa and Mimi got for Ben.
Ben received several other very cute gifts but these were the only ones that were caught on camera.
Now for the good discovery. You know how very noisy some toys can be? And, every time you switch the toy to the lower volume level, your child will switch it back to loud? Well, I have figured it out. Two words: Duct tape:). Take a small piece of duct tape and roll it into a small ball with the sticky side outward. Stuff it into the space next to the volume switch, so that it can no longer be switched to the louder mode. You have to make sure that the piece of tape, rolled into a ball, is the right size so it does not stick out once you have stuffed it into place. Duct tape is so very sticky that it will be very difficult to get out and pretty much impossible for a small child, if you have the right amount of duct tape stuff in there.
This won't work for some toys because the volume switch is also the on/off switch. But many toys have a separate switch for the volume and also a separate switch for English/Spanish. Now, some toys are still way to loud, even on the lowest volume. For those toys, I taped right over the speaker with duct tape. I tried taping over just part of the speaker but they were still too loud. Believe it or not, with tape over the entire speaker and the volume on low, the sound from the toy was right at a good level. So far, the boys have not noticed the tape over the speakers. The two toys that I did that to are trucks and the speaker was underneath. The duct tape is so sticky that I think they will have a very hard time getting the tape off when they do eventually notice it.
It is absolutely amazing how loud they make some of these toys. They must test the volume in the middle of the loud factory or something. I have fixed all of our toys that can be fixed and life is much more pleasant around here now:). My husband was very happy about it also.