Jennifer Garner kicked off the week with a breakfast stop at the Brentwood Country Mart alongside her son, Samuel, daughter Seraphina, and mother-in-law, Chris Affleck. Jen kept her little ones warm, with Sera in a puffy jacket and Samuel in a fuzzy cap. The Garner-Affleck family had a fun-filled weekend celebrating Violet Affleck's seventh birthday at a Build-a-Bear workshop in LA. Both Jen and Ben were on hand to dote on their firstborn, who left the party with friends and plenty of presents. Jen spent much of last month in New Orleans filming The Dallas Buyers Club, but she's currently enjoying some time at home with her kids and Ben before the holidays.
Ben Affleck and his mother, Chris, took Seraphina out to breakfast this morning in LA. He also had the company of his mom yesterday afternoon while out and about with both of his girls. The gang just came off a fun Thanksgiving together spent with mom Jennifer Garner, who's now back on the New Orleans set of The Dallas Buyer's Club.
The long holiday weekend didn't give Ben a break from his own work, though. He was busy Sunday advocating on behalf of the people in the Congo during an appearance on This Week. He chatted with ABC host George Stephanopoulos about what the US can do to help out. He said, "I mean, the amazing thing about the Congolese people is their degree of resilience and that they've been through this kind of stuff in the past. And so they're still dedicated and working hard, and we've seen our schools still open, hospitals, and so on. I think our actions in foreign policy — and maybe I am naive — you know, represent our values and represent who we are. And if any American were to go to that country and stand and see what was happening there, they would insist that we do what we could." Aside from Ben's philanthropic endeavors, he's being recognized for his film work. Ben was just listed among Entertainment Weekly's entertainers of the year.
Violet and Seraphina Affleck were treated to ice cream from LA's Sweet Rose Creamery on Saturday during a girls-only outing with Jennifer Garner and Ben's mom, Chris. Jen took Violet out for another shopping trip yesterday to pick up reading material at the Brentwood Country Mart. As the girls hung out with Jen and their grandmother, Ben was busy competing alongside Paul Rudd and other stars at the Playing For Good poker tournament. He's a card enthusiast, though this time he was without his close pal and frequent opponent Matt Damon. Violet and Sera's dad is back in the states after a trip to Paris, where Ben Affleck scouted locations for his upcoming Argo. Jennifer kept the girls busy during Ben's trip overseas, including a weekend camping trip with friends.
It was back to the soccer field for Violet Affleck, Seraphina Affleck, and Jennifer Garner in LA on Saturday. Violet triumphantly ran into her mom's arms after her weekly game and checked out something on a friend's iPhone 4. Seraphina is known to play around during Violet's matches and this time she lounged in a chair on the sidelines. Later in the afternoon, Violet changed into an adorable dress to attend a friend's party. Ben Affleck is in Oklahoma filming his upcoming Terrence Malick movie, which has meant lots of precious afternoons for Jennifer and the girls. On Sunday it was cute Halloween costume time for Violet and Seraphina as they joined the ranks of celebrity kids trick-or-treating around town.
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Jennifer Garner proudly watched from the sidelines on Saturday as her daughter, Violet, hit the field with her soccer teammates. Little Seraphina came along for the sports outing, and she managed to have some of her own fun as Jen playfully held her upside down. Chris Affleck, Ben's mom, was also there to cheer on Violet. It was Violet's latest weekend game, though dad Ben wasn't on hand to offer pointers this time. He's been busy doing reshoots for The Company Men and promoting The Town, and he's set to stay booked as he considers three directing offers. Jen was also spotted out on Friday on a juice run, looking more casual than at her recent fancy lunch with Katie Holmes.
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Jennifer Garner has spent the past few months exploring Boston with Violet by her side, and yesterday baby Seraphina joined in on the fun. Ben Affleck's mom Chris also went along, as the four girls spent their afternoon walking through a city park and admiring animals at a petting zoo. Violet looked pretty excited to have her sibling come along for the trip, as they all enjoy time together after Jennifer's travels to promote The Invention of Lying. We got some of our first looks at Violet in Boston during her first Summer and her little sister is her spitting image also getting to spend some quality time in dad's hometown before she turns one.
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With Dad hopping from Sundance to DC for the inauguration, Violet spent some quality time with some of her female family members. Yesterday she enjoyed the day off from school and went to feed the ducks with her grandmother, Chris Affleck. Today Jennifer brought Violet back to class in some fancy red shoes, though considering Jennifer was spotted carrying them out, not sure how long they stayed on the 3-year-old's feet. Violet is smiley as ever enjoying the girl time with the addition of her new baby sister Seraphina.
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