Monday, December 10, 2007

Avril's first haircut

I knew it was time to give Avril a haircut when I took her over to a friends house and as soon as my friend opened the door she just busted up laughing at Avril's "comb over". I guess as a mom you just don't see it.

Avril before

and after, much better!

Poor Avril, the other day she spit up an M&M shell. Of course you know who is the one who fed it to her right? (Who is very much in need of a haircut looking at this picture)

Well I thought Will had fed her an M&M too. Until about two days later when I saw where M&M's fall while I eat them. That's right... they fall right down my shirt to the very spot where Avril eats! So embarrassing..........

Back to the subject of hair, Benny has started combing his own hair. Have you ever seen the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry gets his hair cut??? Well, now you don't have too...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Our Thanksgiving Weekend

We started the holiday with a Thanksgiving craft day

The day ended with four turkeys

Next we baked and baked.

Whenever I have the kids help me bake, they always insist on wearing these silly baking hats that came with Hannah's Easy Bake Oven.

Sorry Ray, I am sure you were unaware of the boys baking attire. But what can I say, they LOVE IT!

After the big feast, which somehow we have no picture of, we had movie night. And every night since then too!

The next day we got out all of our Christmas boxes and opened them while listening to Harry Conick Jr.'s When My Heart Finds Christmas, and 'N Sync's Home for Christmas. Yes you read right, you should check it out. Especially "O Holy Night". You will become an instant fan.

Will made sure he got his picture with the boxes too.

Then off to the store to pick out this year's ornament for each of the kids.

And last but not least, we put up our Christmas tree we lovingly call "Polly"........ as in polymer, as in plastic, as in fake. The kids love Polly. I kept hearing Benny say, "I just love Polly. I just want to give her a kiss." And so he did. About a million times.......

And that was our lovely Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Cowboy

Watch out ladies......there is a new sheriff in town!

Or maybe a new village person, one of the two!

He definitely got his sweet moves from his dad

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Trick or Treating

This is the morning of Halloween. Hannah and Benny both popped out of bed and immediately dressed in their costumes.

Will, not quite grasping the concept of Halloween, came running out of his room sans diaper. (or maybe he totally gets the concept and he just wanted to dress as a flasher)

What I love best about Benny's red power ranger costume is the bow in the back. It just brought a smile to my face every time I saw it.

Here is a picture of Will when he realized that people were handing out free candy!

What a fun Halloween it was!

Friday, November 2, 2007

My Puerto Rican Grandma

The other night I had just gotten home and needed to grab something really quick from our house to take to someone. When I went back outside there was a black cat sitting on the hood of our car so I went back inside. I plopped on the couch next to Ray. Here is our conversation:

Ray: What happened? Didn't you need to go somewhere?

Me: Ya, but when I got out to the car, there was a black cat on the hood. Isn't that a bad omen on the eve of Halloween? I don't think I should go out tonight.

Ray: Who are you??

Since then I have been laughing at myself and thinking about where do my superstitions come from? I didn't have to think to long about that. You see, I am a quarter Puerto Rican. Which my brother Brad would say we are quartaricans.

We grew up living only a few blocks from my Grandma. And I guess her superstitions found their way into the back of my head.

For example:

- whenever my kids are opening umbrellas in the house I cringe and tell them they need to stop.

-I make sure to side step any ladders in my path

-And whenever I get my hair cut at a salon, I am too chicken to ask for my hair that has been cut so that I can dispose of it properly like my Grandma always taught me. Why you might ask? So they don't make a voodoo doll with it of course!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Disney Cruise

We just got back from the Disney cruise. I have to say, it was pretty fun!

Will trying to play it cool with Cindy and Snow

Hannah and Chloe sporting the Benton Cruise gear

The view of the ship from Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

Hannah and Chloe morphed into teenagers on the trip.

Avril getting her share of the sun on the beach.

What a handsome guy!

The dolphins were a little scared of ray. They wouldn't get too close to him.

All cleaned up for formal night

Ray doing what he does best. Entertaining the kids!

Pirate night with Captain Jack Sparrow

What a memorable vacation it was! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Drill Accident

Ray was working late Saturday night on the house installing our shower door. All of the sudden I heard him kind of moaning, "ow ooh ooh ooh aw!" I walked in and saw blood all over the floor leading to where Ray was washing his hand. Basically what happened was while Ray was drilling a hole through the door, the drill bit broke causing the drill to jump and drill right through Ray's middle finger. He said it was pretty crazy seeing the drill through the other side. He had to actually reverse the drill to get it out of his finger! But he is fine. Luckily, the drill missed the bone and any nerves or soft tissue.

The thing I love about Ray is how easily he sees the good in things. As he was walking out the door to the emergency room he said, " I am so blessed. This could have been so much worse".

Then, when he got home from the hospital at 1:00 a.m. he actually finished the shower door!

I just love that guy!

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Outing

Hannah's school recently had a family skate night at a local roller rink. I thought it would be a fun family outing.

I was a little wrong in my assumptions.

It went really well, up until the kids actually had to skate. Basically Will and Benny both freaked out. Benny was able to make it to the wall, but Will refused to try and skate by flailing his arms around, kicking and screaming! While Ray was trying to get Will off of the roller rink, Will tripped him. Ray is pumping his skates under him as hard as he can, trying not to fall for literally 30 seconds. But alas, Will tripped him again and they both toppled over. It seems like everyone is staring at us saying, "Why are you here with all of those kids?"

When Ray got up, I knew I was toast.

And for the record Ray, you were totally right!

The Chocolate Chip

The other day we made some treats with lots of chocolate chips in them. Will was being very sneaky and kept finding ways to get up on the counter to snatch a bite or two before getting caught. So, later on that afternoon it was no surprise to me to see a chocolate chip in the carpet. I reached down and picked it up. As I am walking down the hallway I glance at it again. It looks kind of funny. Not so chocolate chip like now that I am looking at it. Then it finally registers. This is no chocolate chip at all, but a perfect poop pellet! GROSS!

That little prankster! Now my hand is going to stink for a week!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

YA................KICK IT!

Is there a certain song that when it comes on the radio you revert back to High School?

Mine is any Beastie Boys song. The other day my Senior class song "Fight for your Right to Party" came on the radio while I was carting my 4 kids around town. Suddenly, I am back in my red Cabriolet driving down LaCanada Blvd with my friends from High School.

I turn the radio up louder

I recline the seat back and stretch one arm out over the steering wheel and kind of slump back into my seat

I am singing to my hearts content, I know every word. One hand pounding on the steering wheel, and with the other I am air pumping my fist in the air.

My speed limit has increased at least 15 mph.

Then something snaps me out of it

I see my4 year old in the rear view mirror, pumping his fist in the air saying PAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRTTYYYYYYYYY!

I am suddenly 30 year old Sara again, mother of 4. As I slow my speed down, and bring my chair to a safer distance from the steering wheel I think, "What an inappropriate Senior Class song".

But what an awesome Senior year it was!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Avril's Blessing

What a fun week it has been!

Both sets of grandparents flew in for Avril's blessing which made for some fun times!

Ray's mom made Avril's blessing gown. GORGEOUS!

Hannah helped Granny get Avril ready.

And of course I have to mention the food. It always plays a key role in the Benton/Henderson get togethers. Pina Coladas, carnitas, pies, guac, dips, chips, etc. Believe me, I am still recovering!

(mine was a virgin pina colada. I swear!)