Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with Danny's family a few days before Christmas. Gianna got a Build a Bear Rudolph that she absolutely loves. She sleeps with him every night...


The cousins minus one (Breanna had to work)...


Christmas morning...I love to make them wait on the stairs just like my parents did to us...oh the anticipation...just look at how annoyed Nicholas was that we made him wait...I love it...




Somehow I missed Gianna coming around the corner but they were very surprised and happy...I always loved this part of Christmas...


Santa brought Gianna lots of cute stuffed animals to add to her enormous collection...


Julia got a beautiful dress.  She was so emotional when she opened this present that she could barely talk.  She forgot to put it on her Christmas list but Santa remembered anyway...


This was the reaction to almost every gift they opened which was so awesome...



Julia's reaction when she opened her new Nancy Drew game (which is my favorite present too)...


We're having so much fun playing it...


and Nicholas is having fun playing his new Xbox games...


Gianna got three more tubes of plastic animals...


 Soft and cozy pj's from LL Bean...




Julia got tons of new Rainbow Loom elastics and accessories...


A new razor scooter for Gianna...


Beats (headphones) for Nicholas...he was dying to get these...


Crafts for Julia...


A huge stuffed wolf for Gianna...



Gianna got this super cute dog academy play set...


She just loves her plastic animals...


Julia got this fabulous light for her bedroom...it comes with a remote so you can change the colors...



Gianna loves anything having to do with Huskies...



We gave Mom an Xbox which I know she is going to love...


KoKo loved the boxes and paper...he even got some new toys from Santa...



I love this picture...we Skyped Ricky and Tyler in Florida...I love how everyone is looking on...




Check out how "happy" Nicholas was when he saw that Julia got a kindle fire too...



We surprised them with a... 


We had a wonderful Christmas!!  Now we're enjoying some down time (with some dancing and hockey in between).  We've had a fire going pretty much every night and some nice home cooked meals.  We've been playing lots of Nancy Drew and a fun card game that Nicholas got in his stocking called Skip-Bo.  I've been watching some really good movies on my kindle fire.  I absolutely loved Like Crazy.  It reminded me so much of my college days.  And I also loved The Reader (Kate Winslet is one of my favorite actresses) and a cute and quirky movie called Vicky Cristina Barcelona.  If it wasn't for my kindle fire, I never would have watched any of those movies.  

And look what Danny got me for Christmas...


I love, love, love it!!  Yes, it might be a little (OK maybe a lot) tacky but I love it!!  It makes our bedroom so warm and cozy!!  Thank you Daniel for indulging me and ordering this from our favorite shopping network QVC!! (haha!!!)  We are kind of obsessed with QVC lately.  I guess we're showing our age.  

Looking forward to a new and (hopefully) wonderful new year!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's Christmas Eve

Boy, did our kids run off to bed tonight!!  I don't ever remember it being this easy!  They were so excited today and couldn't wait for the day to be over!!!  

We went to Auntie Kimmy's for a fun Christmas Eve day brunch and presents... 






Then it was home to make Christmas cookies...
 




Then it was off to a beautiful Christmas mass at our church.  Tedy Bruschi was there which always makes it a bit more fun...for me anyway.  We see them all the time because our kids go to school together but still...he's fun to look at for sure! 

Then it was back home to open a few gifts the kids bought for each other...and sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn...



and then we ate pizza and watched the Polar Express while all snuggled together on the couch. I love our family Christmas traditions...and I love my little family.  

Merry Christmas Eve...


 The cookies and milk are ready for Santa...


Friday, December 20, 2013

Alex & Sierra

I love these two.  They just won the X Factor last night!


I honestly don't remember ever loving a singer (or singers) on a talent show as much as I love these two...


I've downloaded all their songs on iTunes...


They are so cute (boyfriend and girlfriend), super talented and just so humble and sweet...


Honestly, I would pay to see them in concert...


I just hope fame and fortune doesn't change them...or their relationship...


I'm just so happy they won...


 Yes, talented, humble and sweet...I love them...