Benny & the Brit

November 05, 2017

Sweden Penelope is Blessed



On September 17, 2017 Sweden Penelope Snarr was given a name and a blessing by her daddy. It took place at San Pedro Ward and the following men stood in the circle to bless her: Jeff Foster, Gary Ellsworth, Randy Cardon, Robert Hernandez, and our bishopric, Bishop Bruce Ballio, Bob Beck and Gamble Money.

Sweden wore a flower crown and a simple and pretty white dress that I made. After the blessing the men all commented how slippery she was because of her dress... thank goodness she wasn't too squirmy and didn't fuss at all, if so, she might have slipped right out of their hands.

The blessing was beautiful and we were able to take some sweet pictures of her afterwards. My favorite is this one, where her brothers are kissing her head and her face is all content and she's holding her arms and chubby little fingers in such a girly way. 




September 16, 2017

Sweden at Four Months

September 15, 2017
4 months old

recording all the firsts
  • Sweden loves to sit up in the bumbo and pretend to be a big girl. It's crazy to see her sitting up already!
  • Sweden rolls from her belly to her back... she hasn't quite figured out how to roll from her back to her belly but is getting really close!
  • Sweden is full of joy and smiles all the time. She giggles when you tickle her, hold her high in the air or when her brothers play with her.
  • She is  making lots of noises and has a cute little squeal and tries to mimic mommy and make the rolled r sound.
  • She has stopped crying in the carseat for the most part. Hallelujah! 

some of Sweden's
Favorite Things
  • Sweden loves toys, or really anything she can get her hands on so she can put it in her mouth.
  • She loves taking showers or baths with mommy.
  • Being outside.
  • We joke that she has "FOMO" (fear of missing out)because she will fight sleep if there seems to be anything exciting going on.

some of Sweden's
Not so Favorite Things
  • Tummy time for too long.
  • When no one is paying attention to her. 
  • Mommy's not so favorite thing is how drooly Swedie tends to be. If she doesn't wear a bib she needs a new shirt often. That means more laundry- ugh!

Her first time in the bumbo! 


Looking pretty content in her car seat!  

The boys wanted to take a picture with their lil' sis. :) 


She's already got major selfie skills...

August 16, 2017

Sweden at Three Months

August 15, 2017
3 months old

recording all the firsts
  • Sweden has the cutest little squeals and she giggles, especially when her brothers are being silly. The first time she giggled real big was when her brothers were playing with a balloon over her head.
  • Sweden went on her first road trip to Fort Worth, Texas where she  went to the stockyards and rodeo,Water Wall Park and her first Texas Rangers Baseball game.
  • She has discovered toys and is putting everything in her mouth.

some of Sweden's
Favorite Things
  • Attention. She loves it when anyone will look her in the eyes and play with her.
  • Being held. She will stop crying immediately when she is in mommy's or anyone's arms.
  • Her brothers. Finn likes to tell her jokes (that make no sense at all) and he'll laugh real big making her laugh as well. Fox loves to tickle and play peek a boo with her. He treats her like his little pet. He is wants to be around her all the time and often wakes her up or runs to her when she is crying. It is so sweet watching her brothers love on her.
  • Sleeping in mommy and daddy's bed.

some of Swedcn's
Not so Favorite Things
  • When she isn't being held.
  • Riding in her carseat... she really does cry whaaa whaa wha all the way home.

  • Sweden is really as sweet as can be... She is smiley and cuddly and makes the sweetest little sounds. We have fallen in love with her more and more each day as she grows and interacts with us.  


Fox begs for Sweden to lay next to him on his pillow. He wants to hold her and play with her all the time. We say that he treats her like his little pet; it's cute and a little annoying at the same time. Mommy keeps a close eye on him to make sure he doesn't crush her with his hugs or try to feed her anything.

Swedie, already acting silly with her brother. 

August 12, 2017

Cowtown fun

We spent a few days in good ol' Cowtown, Fort Worth, Texas! We used to live there, so we loved seeing our favorite sites, eating at our favorite spots and seeing some of our favorite people.

First stop... the Fort Worth Stockyards for a fun Pawnee Bill Rodeo show that the kids absolutely loved. Afterwards a hearty steak and potato dinner at H3.


We stayed at the Marriott, just outside the awesome, Water Wall Park.

We caught a Texas Rangers Baseball game. The first major league baseball game for Fox and Sweden.

We attended church at the 8th ward where we used to attend years ago. It was so fun to see such friendly faces and realize we hadn't been forgotten. The 8th ward will always have a place in our heart. 

Sometimes a good meal should be eaten shirtless ;)