Sunday, January 16, 2011

We're Branching Out

Benica are spreading their branches into their own online presences. This may mean the end of the blog you are reading right now, or we may occasionally still update this one--it's all up in the air right now. In other words, make this low on the list of blogs you check. File this in the quarterly blog check category.

Ben will be at It is a blog aimed at inspiring action and change, to overtake the status quo and live life with purpose and meaning. It will chronicle his efforts towards creating a fulfilling life. This is his launch into professional blogging.

Monica is focusing on how she wants to achieve world domination through staging. Her blog is at She is sharing her expertise and passion for staging and will bring some great ideas for your own staging projects. She's planning on doing some consults online by accepting pictures of rooms from readers like you. It's going to be a lot of fun!

Keep up with both of us for all the fun and excitement. You may even want to put both our blogs on the screen together and read them at the same time with different eyes!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, Blog Readers!

Love, Ben, Monica & Cali

Stay tuned in 2011 for an exciting announcement regarding our blog!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Friday Quickie!

At lunch today
Monica: I really need to find a new hairdresser, I'm starting to look Amish.
Ben: Hmmm...
Monica: Ugh, I even have split ends.
Ben: You're just now noticing?
(Ben has no idea what split ends are.)

What the Art?!
A few weeks ago we (mostly Ben) painted our living room and dining room a light gray and it turned out great! I was in the process of reaccessorizing and came across a metal wall art piece that was 50% off at Hobby Lobby.
I held it up for Ben to see and he described it as "dreadful." In my defense, I wasn't sure about it from the get-go. I proceeded to drag Ben kicking and screaming to Garden Ridge where we picked out a piece of art that was much more our style.
Cali Update
Our poor puppy was doing fantastic on her raw diet until we had a minor set back while traveling over Thanksgiving. She's been pretty scratchy since then, but I think a b-a-t-h (that's how we say it when she's around) this weekend will help a lot. Also, she has transitioned to her "winter bed" and spends most of her time doing this...
So do any other hubbys out there actually know what split ends are? Any couples ever run into a decorating dilemma with wall art? I'm pretty sure we have the cutest, and laziest puppy in the world! Enjoy your December, "Christmas month" weekend!

Friday, November 26, 2010

"A Ravenous Wolf"

Ben recently informed me that this is the other definition of his name besides "son of my right hand" - I think it fits! He is my favorite person in this world & I would like to wish him an amazing 30th birthday! Here are 10 of my favorite things about this guy...
  1. His solo interpretive dancing skills
  2. How he can invent games at will with random objects
  3. Being a fantastic daddy to Cali
  4. How he sings Carol of the Bells with me in barks & meows
  5. Even after 7 yrs, we still have our own couple language
  6. His introspective thought process
  7. When we walk up stairs, he spanks my butt (usually at church)
  8. His FD (final decision) skills
  9. How he secretly loves to cuddle every night in bed
  10. He's my sugar daddy & works hard to provide for our little family
I love you, b!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Packin' Heat Like an NFL Player at a Nightclub

9 PM Last night
Ben:  We need to start packing for tomorrow.
Monica:  You know how I pack.  I don't feel like it tonight.
Ben:  You know what I like to do when I don't want to pack?
Monica:  DANCE!
Ben:  Exactly!

I then proceeded to dance, solo as usual, to a Genius Playlist on the iPhone, starting with the song Hangin' Around by Counting Crows, for the next 30 minutes. One of the advantages of having all wood floors is that the dancing can carry on to any room! Monica read her book about a girl who apparently mutilated herself with tattoos of dragons (What?!?! No vampires!). Finally, we went to bed...unpacked!