Friday, August 6, 2010

Family Pictures

I love my family, and I love these pictures.

Friday, April 23, 2010

My Little Buckaroo

Dillon just finished up what will probably be his favorite week at Preschool:
Cowboys/Cowgirls Week!
He loved it and has been telling me all about what cowboys do. They ate buckaroo stew (beans/hot dogs), drank "cactus juice" (green Kool-Aid), roasted marshmallows by a pretend campfire, and had a dress-up day to celebrate. I think he makes quite a handsome cowboy:
This cowboy also needs a haircut...yikes!
I can't believe my little cowboy will be a Kindergartener in a matter of months!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What we've been up to these days

Other than making breakfast on Easter morning with Nana, Chef Emily has been busy practicing softball, reading every chance she gets (she even mentioned aspiring to be a librarian someday), writing poems (even at 11 pm when she wakes up and has an idea for one), preparing for middle school (choosing electives and getting a fun booster shot), and preparing for a special Chorus concert tonight.
And she's been holding this guy non-stop when she's home...

Lilly has been threatening to drink Easter dye (just kidding...doesn't it look like it in this picture though?!), admiring Baby Avery, and is working on potty training.

And she's been giving this guy kisses non-stop...

Cameron has been putting his hands right into the Easter egg dye, looking forward to being a big 3rd grader, playing with his "dudes" in the neighborhood, and getting excited to turn 8.
And he's been talking about how cute this little guy is...
Dillon has been working on getting ready for Kindergarten, having fun in preschool, and losing his first tooth (It's literally lost somewhere in Nana and G-daddy's grass.)
And he's been telling his little brother all the things he needs to know...
Life is busy, but it is GOOD! Little Avery is heavenly!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's a Boy!

Avery Thomas Benoit

born on St. Patrick's Day! March 17th, 7:45 am

6 lbs 5 oz, 18.5 inches long

Here are some quick pictures for now:

We're all loving this little guy! Now, to go get some sleep.... More to come soon!

Friday, March 5, 2010

If you love Girl Scout cookies...

You must make these!!!

After we got a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies that lasted maybe 2 days with all of us munching on them, I said to Joe there has got to be a recipe online that someone has come up with for Girl Scout cookies. Specifically I wanted to make something similar to Samoas, my all time favorite! Something about that combo of coconut, caramel, and chocolate. Yum! (Yes, this is definitely a pregnant woman talking!)

I found a link on how to make the Samoas cookies. The cookies look quite complicated and since I was just going for taste, I liked their alternative to make Samoas cookie bars. I just made them last night for Joe's team at work. They are unbelievable, and I am making another batch today for us.

My one discovery in making these was that it was hard to dip the bottom of the bars in the chocolate. The coconut/caramel topping was starting to separate from the shortbread crust and it was getting messy. My solution: I just held the bar over the bowl of chocolate and used a spoon to slather it on the bottom. I used a plastic bag to pipe out the melted chocolate to drizzle the top.

I also see links to other Girl Scout cookie recipes. I'm sure they must be just as good! Happy baking!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Isn't it amazing how life goes along in a same-old, same-old way and then all of a sudden a lot of things start changing all at once? Well, within 2 days I found out that Dillon's very far-sighted and that it was time for Emily to get braces (although I knew that one was coming). Here's Dillon sporting his new glasses....

They weren't my favorite frames he tried on, but he liked these the best and they were the most comfortable for him. The lenses are so thick. :( I picked them up right before he was done with preschool, and the whole ride home he kept saying things like, "Hey, I can see those trees now!" "I can see that house now." "Lilly has more hair!" It's really amazing. I'm so glad he has a few months to adjust to them before Kindergarten starts. I think he looks so cute!

Emily just got her braces today! Sore but kind of cool and exciting at the same time. :)

Lilly is also talking away! Her language is exploding and I couldn't be happier after experiencing toddler/preschool life with 2 boys who didn't have this explosion so early. I love hearing her talk! She can now say Emily, Cameron, Dillon, and Lilly clearly. That's a lot of L's to pronounce. She called Emily "Emmay" and Dillon "Di Di" for a long time. She never really attempted Cameron or Lilly. Every day there is something new she says. "I love you" is my favorite.

Cameron is our only constant around here. I can't think of any big changes for him. Just has his infectious smile and non-stop energy still. He did get daddy to cut a semi-mohawk the last time he got his haircut.

Speaking of changes, I'm 37 weeks and getting close. Our life is about to really change!!! I'm so anxious to find out if this is a boy or girl now.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dillon's Star Wars Birthday Party...a little late!

Dillon turned 5 earlier in January and we had a fun Star Wars birthday party. His birthday comes at a strange time. We've just cleaned up from Christmas and my motivation to plan anything is low. However, then I realize I just have to get to work. He's been wanting a Star Wars party for a while. Thanks to the wonderful ideas on the Internet, he had quite a fun themed party. Happy #5 Dillon!!! Coloring our Star Wars favorites

Darth Vader cupcakes with a surprise inside
Star Wars Bingo
Build your own Star Wars Lego ship

Make your own R2D2 - a BIG hit!

Treats like "Yoda Soda" and red/blue chocolate covered pretzel rods to be Lightsabers - another big hit!

Lots of Star Wars-loving friends!