Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2006 in review

The top 20 highlights (and lowlights) of 2006:

1) Saw Ricky Martin live in concert...simply fantastic!
2) My best friend, Patty, lost her Dad to cancer.
3) We bought the business from my Dad. We are officially small business owners.
4) Gianna talked ("hi") and walked (March 16th) for the first time all before turning one.
5) Gianna turned one on March 29th.
6) Gianna cuddled with me and said, "Mamamamama".
7) Dad had his back operated on so now he has some of his mobility back.
8) Danny & I went to Philly for a weekend without the kids.
9) My step-mother's mom died.
10) We discovered we had termites and how expensive it is to get rid of them.
11) We had the decking around the pool done over. I think they used diamonds for nails.
12) We were quite broke for the remainder of the summer.
13) My sister Kim married her best friend and partner, Paula. :)
14) My sweetest aunt, Dottie, died of inflammatory breast cancer.
15) Went to see Jimmy Buffett and had a BLAST!
16) My babies, Julia and Nicholas, turned 4 and 5 in August.
17) Nicholas started kindergarten and Julia started preschool.
18) We celebrated 13 years of marriage in September and are happier than ever.
19) Kerry and I went to "So you think you can dance" in Providence. So fun!
20) Celebrated Christmas with my family (except Ricky, Chieko and the kids). Everyone is still here and healthy for the most part. And for that I am grateful.

I'm looking forward to 2007 and hoping that it is a fun, yet uneventful, year.

Friday, December 22, 2006

My Little Blessings

Today was the Christmas program at Little Blessings. Julia got to hold a star during her play. And Nicholas was so grown up singing front and center for his program. After each program they sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and had cupcakes for snacks. I love Little Blessings.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

La Salette - Festival of Lights

300,000 lights...

On the way to La Salette, Nicholas asked what exactly we were going to be doing there. Julia asked if there would be a jumparoo. (Ha!) When we told them we were going there to look at all the beautiful lights and to view the baby Jesus Nicholas said, "Oh...that is going to be soooo boring!". Oh my goodness.

We lit a candle for Danny's dad and said a quite prayer for him. He has been gone now for just over a year. I also thought of my grandparents and how much I miss them, especially at this time of the year.

It was just so beautiful. The pictures I took simply do not do it justice.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Getting ready for Santa

I absolutely love this time of the year. My kids are so excited for Christmas and are at the best age for it. Everything is so magical for them. We went to the "North Pole" on Sunday for a Polar Express event. They really and truly believed they were going to the North Pole that day. I told them I would push the red button on my dashboard to make the car go extra fast for the long drive to the North Pole. (We were only going a few towns away for a fifteen minute drive.) I yelled, "Hang on tight!" and they squealed in delight at how "fast" we were going. The look on their faces when we arrived was priceless. The event was held in a huge white, heated tent with lots of lights. Inside were all kinds of kid's activities and cart fulls of penny candy. They loaded up our stroller with tootsie rolls and lollypops. After about a half hour, before Santa even arrived, they were exhausted and asked if they could go home. Oh well. The magic only lasts for so long I guess!

Maybe next year

Here is a recent picture of Tyler, Justin and Zachary. They are the adorable offspring of my wonderfully funny and loveable brother, Ricky. I miss them all so much. I got to see Ricky in October but I haven't seen his kids in almost a year. I wish I was more spontaneous to just book a trip to seem them. They live in Florida for goodness sake! What is wrong with me?!? And not only that, my brother works for Universal Studios so we're talkin' free...FREE...passes to Universal and Disney!! So what holds me back from buying a ticket? Just the logistics to me is a nightmare. Packing? Three little ones in tow? Maybe next year. That's what I always say. And yet another year goes by and that is another year I lose out on really getting to know the boys. I so wish they lived closer. I would love to help take care of them. Wipe their little noses. Cuddle them. Play with them. Just spoil them like a good auntie should. I love my sweet sister-in-law Chieko. It would be great to have that extended family support system around. But once again I will say maybe next year...