Sunday, August 28, 2016

St. Anthony's Feast

It was the perfect day yesterday to head into Boston for St. Anthony's Feast...



and feast we did...on steak on a stick (our favorite)...


and ziti and ravioli...


We walked by a Mass in progress...


Pinning dollar bills by the statue...



We ate delicious cannolis from Mike's Pastry...


Look at all this deliciousness...


Nicholas loves the marshmallows dipped in chocolate...


Me and Gianna's favorite...fried dough...



Then we walked over to Faneuil Hall and saw a few of the street performers...



It was a great day!

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Merrell Twins

Last Sunday I took the girls to see their favorite You Tubers the Merrell Twins. The tickets were general admission so we had to get there early to get good seats...that meant standing in line for an hour and a half...but worth it for my girls. It really was fun and the Merrell twins really are very sweet girls. It's nice to see 20 year old girls being good role models for these impressionable kids. Good clean fun.





Gianna's friend Victoria couldn't go to the show so Gianna asked the twins to send a message to her.  How thoughtful of Gianna. Victoria was thrilled!!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Beach Day

My girls and I spent yesterday down the Cape in Chatham.  It was another gorgeous beach day.  There were about 20 plus kids invited...all dance friends...and they had a ball!!











Then it was back to Liv's gorgeous new beach house for some ice cream...


Such a great day and wonderful memories for all the girls.  

This video the girls made is so funny...


Gianna's tooth

Gianna went back to the oral surgeon this week to expose her missing front tooth. We waited ever so patiently for over two years for that tooth to grow in but it just hasn't. Turns out the roots are quite crooked and the tooth is just plain old stuck. So the oral surgeon removed the gum tissue that was covering the tooth. We now wait about ten days and then it's off to the orthodontist.  He'll attach a bracket and a chain to that tooth and over the next few months will try and maneuver it down. We're hoping by the holidays she'll finally have two front teeth! Yay!!


Nantasket Beach

We had our annual Nantasket beach day visiting my friend Marcy. Her family has a house just a few steps away from the beach. It was a gorgeous day and I had lots of fun spending the day with all my high school friends.

And my girls enjoyed the beach too...












Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another quick visit

When I tell my family and friends this story...I know some are amazed and totally believe me...and then there are others who listen politely and I'm sure quickly dismiss it.  But let me tell you...it was real...and it happened.

My Uncle Chuck was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away the end of July.  He was my Godfather and really quite the character.  He was loud, funny and just the gentlest guy who gave the best bear hugs.  When my father was so very sick in the hospital, right before he passed away, my Uncle Chuck was there to say his goodbyes.  He saw me crying and came over to me and gave me one of his biggest and most comforting bear hugs.  He told me to "stop crying"! He was just trying to make me smile and I thought it was incredibly sweet.  

Uncle Chuck and my Aunt Mary (my Dad's sister)

At his wake, the priest arrived to say a few prayers and passed on an incredible event that happened while my Uncle was passing away.  My aunt (his wife) and one of his children both saw an angel in the doorway of his room. They each said to each other..."do you see it too"?  How wonderfully amazing was that?  

Well, the day of his funeral on August 1st (I want to remember the date) I woke very early to the sound of Danny closing the garage door as he was leaving for work.  I rolled over in bed to get a little bit more sleep before I had to get up and get ready for the funeral...and then had the strangest dream.  I felt like I was back in high school and I was starting the long walk home from the school to my house. I started to get nervous as it was getting quite dark out and I really wanted my Mom to come pick me up as she always did back in the day.  So I stopped at a house (don't know where) and asked to use a phone.  The phone was very complicated for some reason and it took lots of tries to get my number right.  In my mind, I was calling my childhood home trying to reach my Mom...when my Dad answered the phone.  And let me tell you...it WAS my Dad talking to me.  I was so confused that I couldn't concentrate enough to listen to what he was saying to me.  I remember I was just so overwhelmed to be hearing his voice (a voice I haven't heard in almost 6 years) and it was him.  I know it was him.  I was saying to myself...how can this be?!?  Who is at the house who sounds exactly like my Dad?  Who am I listening to?  But I knew...I just knew with absolute certainty...it was my Dad talking to me.  Then I started getting chills and these crazy "shocks" down the backs of my legs as I was laying there having this dream.  It actually hurt...and I know that's what woke me up.  I wish I could remember what he was saying to me...but the only word I remember him saying very clearly was "Stan"...who was my uncle who passed away a few weeks before my Dad.  I woke up in complete shock...and then I burst into tears. Because I know my Dad came for a visit.  And it makes total sense to me that he would be so close by during that time...to be there for his sister, my uncle's wife, and all his family at such a sad and difficult time.  

If it were just the dream...yes I would still believe it to be true...but with the chills and the way my body was feeling...like an electric current running through me?  Well, I know. That was proof.  It was my Dad.  He paid me another quick visit.  How lucky am I?  

I love you Dad...


Summer Happenings

This was the summer that our boy grew taller than his Dad...


and was as tall as his Mom...


and my two August babies turned 14 and 15...


and the humidity was pretty unbearable...


and our pool was like bath water...


and if this humidity doesn't break soon...it will be the summer their Mom moved to Alaska...


This morning Gianna had surgery to expose her missing front tooth.  Ouch. She's a very brave girl.  More on that later. 

And the girls are loving their summer tumbling classes.  Here's Julia's new trick she's working on...

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nicholas turns 15!

Wow...my baby boy turned fifteen yesterday...yes 15.  I honestly can't believe it. And every...single...year...I say the same thing like a broken record.  "I can't believe he's 1, 2, 3, 4...8...11...14"...and now he's 15.  How is it possible that I don't understand the aging process when it comes to my children?!?

Anyway...here's my handsome birthday boy...


I just think he's the most handsome boy in the world!!!!  Always have...always will.  And it's just so unbelievable how he is literally morphing before my eyes. I swear he's growing taller every single day.  His voice is getting raspier and lower. I've honestly never experienced such a fast growth spurt.

It's a family tradition that we each get to pick a restaurant to go to for dinner and this year Nicholas picked the Olive Garden.  Then it was back home for presents, cake and ice cream...


My boy LOVES having birthdays because the day is all about him and he gets all kinds of fun presents. He's really into Harry Potter again and has been watching all the movies.  Gianna has a Harry Potter wand that she never even looks at anymore and Nicholas asked her if he could have it.  So Gianna gave it to him for his birthday.  How sweet was that!  I can just see him waving that thing around while he's watching the movies...


His sisters also bought him his favorite candy and gum. Another family tradition...


He's not that easy to buy for anymore so he helped me out by picking out all his own gifts... :)


Like another Xbox remote for when his friends come over...and a new Xbox game...


He loves his Dad so much...and his Dad loves him back a million times over...


And this is what happened to his birthday cake right after I frosted it...



It's been so hot and humid here...I think it just melted before my eyes!  So I just whipped up some more super sweet frosting and just stuffed it in the cracks! : ) Worked like a charm...


There's Julia's funny face again...it gets me every time...


My three babies...


and my little fur baby...


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