Ben turned 9 years old in March and we celebrated by going out to dinner at our favorite restaurant in town – the one that serves delicious Chicken Tikka Masala made with cilantro, and homemade naan bread. We go about every six months and boy is it good. Benjamin – what a lively little guy! He loves to read, and we are told that he demands a recommendation every week from the school librarian but is usually skeptical about the suggestions. He giggles frequently , delighted over some irony in a conversation or play on words. He loves playing around on the piano, and hums melodies constantly. He has started making useful things with legos, like dvd holders, and startles us with astute observations when we thought he wasn’t even paying attention. We are so thankful for him. Happy Birthday, Ben!