Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So this happened...ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thanks to my dear friend Katie who nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Challenge completed the night before my 36th birthday, what a way to ring in a new year! I couldn't upload the entire video but decided that a snapshot of the crucial moment sufficed. Especially since Anthony's smile is SO big too! Get out there and donate to a very worthy cause!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fun with Friends

The lovely Staley family came in to visit us this weekend and as always, we had so much fun with them all. Their two kids are amazing and were so great with the girls and Mario. As we came back in the house after seeing them off this afternoon, Sofia says "I wish they could stay longer." To which Olivia replies "That was fun." Signs of a great weekend with great friends, happy kids.

After spending some time around the house and the kids playing outside, we decided to head over to a favorite place of ours, Linvilla Orchards, for a little more outdoor fun. We've been really lucky since we returned from Italy with some pretty spectacular weather so trying to soak up all this good fresh air as long as we can. So, off we went to walk through the Farmer's Market and take in all the fresh produce (and come out of there with bakery items for snacks), play at the playground with the kids and feed the ducks.

Little climbers

Mario took turns snoozing in the Ergo with Daddy to checking out everything around him. We heard no complaints from him the whole time. Such a great baby!

A favorite for the girls at Linvilla, the maze!

Feeding the ducks

After BBQing for dinner we headed over to another favorite spot in Havertown, Koffmeyer's! Best ice cream and now I'm a huge fan of their waffle cones dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Delish! The kids enjoyed it too!

Breakfast this morning with the kids. How stinking cute are they?! Mario loved getting in with the big kids too.

While visiting, Katie accepted her ALS Ice Bucket challenge which is all over Facebook. The videos are amazing! Katie so generously nominated me to accept the challenge as well. Proud to say that I took it and we shot the video tonight. Stay tuned!

Love that our kids had so much fun together!

Funny face picture! 

Friends for 29 years. CRAZY! First of all, does that make us old?! No, I didn't think so. It just makes us blessed. Love her so much!

We tried to reenact a picture taken when we were 8 at my brother's birthday party.

The famous Chuck E Cheese picture, our 1st communion together and Senior Prom. Just a few of the many memories I have with this truly awesome friend.

Friday, August 15, 2014

good times in maryland

We went to Maryland this past week for a quick trip to visit my family since we hadn't seen my parents since Italy and my brothers since Mother's Day weekend! Yikes! Too long! But we squeezed a lot into a short time. Girls baked with Nonna their favorite cookies, some fun lego time with Zio Antonio and a dinner visit to Scott and Chaela's new home. We took a detour coming home through Delaware to visit another new home just outside Bethany Beach, my parent's new getaway house. The kids are going to love it!

Zio sporting Olivia's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's mask

Sweet little cugini at Chase and Mason's new home

Happy Homeowners, beautiful, beautiful home. So proud of my brother and his family. Just wished we lived closer to see them more often.

A stop at Bethany Beach for a walk on the boardwalk and of course, ice cream.

Fresh picked strawberries, a definite plus for the drive to or from the beach.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And so it begins...

Back from Italy and so begins the onslaught of vacation pictures. With well over 2500 pictures to go through, it's going to take some time to edit and post but I'll do my best. It was a great 7 weeks with plenty of memories to write about and share with you all.

I thought I would start off my series of Italy posts by sharing my very first picture that I took. Cozze nere. Yummy! Pretty much sums up Italy in Puglia for my family as we eat them at minimum 4 days a week. A perfect summer meal! This is one of my favorite ways, just straight out of the frying pan with them practically drowning in fresh squeezed lemon juice. Lemons that came from our neighbors garden to be exact. And cozze that were caught that very morning. No frozen and thawed stuff for us Southern Italians!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

sweet baby mario luca

So, we're rolling all over the places, squealing, laughing, goo-goo-ga-ga-ing, and just such a little joy. Tomorrow he takes his first flight (not including last year when we went and I was pregnant) to Italy. Hoping for a smooth flight with him and the girls and can't wait to introduce him to all our family and friends!

Look out Italy, here we come!!!

my ladies and i...ready for another great summer abroad!

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