We started cleaning out some of our closets, and Shiloh and Benjamin found some painting supplies. Since we didn’t have any painting paper, Janell had the brilliant idea to cut up some cereal boxes (we have plenty of those) so they could do some painting this weekend.

Here’s a little video.

What did you do this weekend?

Ben’s Birthday Piñata

One of the most traditional things about birthday parties in Mexico is the piñata.

Ben’s birthday party last weekend was officially a “Captain America” party, but we couldn’t find any piñatas that were Captain America, so we settled for a minion from the movie Despicable Me 2. We haven’t seen the movie yet, but our kids love the minions, so we were excited to find this little guy at the party store.

As usual, they took turns whacking him until he spilled his candy. They loved it. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post. It’s always really fun to get candy.

Shiloh walks around with her bag of “Despicable Me candy” now.

Ben’s Fifth Birthday from Dennis on Vimeo.

A Birthday to Forget

Today is Ben’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe that our little guy is 5 already, but it’s a fact. Unfortunately, all of our family has been sick. It started a few days ago when Nathan got a sore throat. After a few days he was better but Benjamin was sick. He’s still sick. Which leads us to today.

We cancelled the birthday party we had planned for Saturday because we felt it was better to not subject our friends and their kids to the illness. Today is the official birthday, so we made a cake last night, went to lunch today, and went to the store to get ice cream. We were on the mend, or so we thought.

We sang happy birthday, cut the cake, and scooped the ice cream. Then Ben got the ear ache of his life. We left the ice cream and cake on the plates and went to the pharmacy to see the doctor who is there. Ben wailed almost the whole time. He gave us some medicine, and our little birthday boy screamed for the next few hours. His little ear was hurting him so bad.

Janell put some chopped onion wrapped in a cloth on his ear, and he finally fell asleep. He’s been mostly okay since, but it still hurts him. About an hour after putting Shiloh to bed, she started crying. Her belly was hurting, so when I picked her up to comfort her, I almost got a puke shower. Luckily I moved out of the way fast enough. She’s okay now, resting on the couch watching cartoons with her brother.

As you can see, instead of really celebrating Ben’s birthday today, we barely survived. It’s still early, so who knows what else could happen.

What Goes Around Comes Around

We were at Janell’s mom’s house the other night, and for some reason she had pulled out this old picture of her and her Grandmother and her Aunt at Jones Beach in New York.

I think she looks exactly like Ben does right about now. It might have something to do with the hair, but it’s amazing to me to see the resemblance.

Here’s a recent picture of Ben helping decorate the Christmas tree:


December Already?

We are excited to be in the USA for Christmas this year. We finally had the chance to put up our Christmas tree on Tuesday. We ordered it online (it’s a live tree) and had it delivered to our house, and the kids had a great time decorating it.


Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day! So I took some time to make this video of the boys talking about their mom and what they love about her.

This is probably one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done.