Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Traditional Lunch

Today we got together for our annual Christmas Eve lunch and the highlight was Benjamin reading to his Great Grandmother. This is something I will never forget. We are very proud of Benjamin.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Aida and Emmanuel: Golden!

On December 10th, 2010 my inlaws Aida and Manny celebrated 50 years of marriage. On Saturday December 11th 2010,they celebrated this by renewing their wedding vows at our church. The ceremony was witnessed my many family and friends. Here is a photo essay courtesy of Dina and Tetet, with Louie creating the anniversary picture at the end. Double click for a larger picture. Enjoy!

Wedding Day: 12/10/1960

The invitation

Before the ceremony

Walking down the aisle

Father Jim performing the ceremony

Group photo time

To the reception!

The Reception


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Benjamin's Winter Show

Benjamin's school put on their annual Winter Show last Friday. His Transitional Kindergarten class performed two songs and joined in with the two Kindergarten classes on a third song.

They have been preparing for this show since October and it was nicely put together and I think Benjamin is a better dancer than his Dad is.

Let It Snow

White Christmas

Friday, December 10, 2010

Five Years!

This blog is five years old this month and Benjamin is also five years old. I decided to go back in the photo archives of Casa Benjamin and post the five pictures of Benjamin that mean the most to me. This was hard to do but I'm pleased with my selections.

Here was Benjamin during his first day in the world. He was cleaned up, fed and tucked away like a little bundle. I believe Weena was asleep when I took this shot so it was just Benjamin and I hanging out, getting to know one another.

This has long been a favorite of mine. Benjamin is almost two months old here and I was just amazed at him and couldn't believe how tiny he was when I got the idea to do a hand comparison.

I submitted this picture to The Washington Post shortly after Benjamin learned how to walk. At five years old he still assists his Lolo. Here is the note I sent to the Post.

A Good Soul Lends a Helping Hand
Just about the time he first learned to walk, my son, Benjamin, sensed there was something a little different about his grandfather, who is blind.

Benjamin watched as he maneuvered around the house with his cane. And then, with help from my wife and mother-in-law, he learned how to take him by the arm and escort him to the table for each meal. He does this with love and a smile.

February 2010, Benjamin was asked to be an escort at Marc and Julie's wedding so here he is escorting Madelyn down the aisle. He's very confident here. The truth is I only got one picture of this moment as I stood in the pew realizing that Benjamin is growing up so fast. Seeing this hit me hard and I got a little choked up watching him. Very proud moment.

April 2010 at his soccer session. The reason why I like this a lot is his smile. He's really enjoying himself here.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Benjamin the Baker

We decided to make cupcakes. Benjamin loves to help so Mommy gave him a bigger role tonight.

Get some eggs

Toss it all in

Mixing it up

Pouring it in the cups. I get the spoon!

These cupcakes will be this big!

Ready to bake

Come on, hurry up!

Baker Benjamin

Oh yeah!