Sweet Valentine

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Again, one of the BEST Christmas gifts under the tree this past year was a ‘hand’ made calendar from preschool. Such a treasure and probably my FAVORITE part of my office decor.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Usually that would have me slightly stressed and completely behind (at this point, only 2 days away).

Thanks to Joe’s involvement on Pinterest — we had easy homemade Valentine’s ideas picked out for the boys this last weekend . (And special thanks to our dear, sweet neighbors for letting us print in color, on a Sunday afternoon).

AJ wanted light sabers…..

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*And might I add that he signed his two-letter name on all of them!! We were impressed.

Nicholas chose these (Joe & I definitely swayed this decision)….

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We read him the little saying on the Valentine (“so glad we are in the same school”)…and he said “I get it! It’s a school of fish!!” 🐠🐟🐠🐟

The boys are ready for their V-day parties and I am super relieved that everything is put together early (as Joe likes to point out, I tend to procrastinate…sometimes).

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope you all feel loved ❤️💚💜💛💙

Auntie Dani: The Spartan

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The whole family headed up to my Dad’s house a few weekends ago – to hang out with Dad & Penny and also, cheer for Aunti Dani at The Spartan race. (Oh – and how could I forget – throw in a last minute ticket purchase to the Styx concert at Pechanga on Saturday Night! A few pictures at the bottom of the post)

Btw, have I mentioned how much we love to have Auntie Dani in San Diego? (I haven’t mentioned much of anything in this space in a long time…I know). Well, let’s just be clear – we all (especially NCL) LOVE having her close.

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The Spartan Race didn’t start off so grand for the spectators (us). By the time we finally GOT to the entrance – we were ready to leave. (But the boys and I stuck it out…with Neal…until the end)

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(As seen above, Neal & the boys were less than thrilled…with waiting…and not knowing if we would EVER see her pass).

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She finally showed up..and then we got to watch her (and her friend) complete lots of hard obstacles!

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Auntie Dani — our Spartan hero 😄 (and she is already talking about doing this again…but DOUBLE the length. She’s crazy).

******Styx Concert Proof: 7th Row seats!!!*****

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A Gift

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The boys came to visit me at work on Friday after school. Nicholas could NOT wait to give us the gift he had made. I asked if we could wait until Christmas but he just didn’t want to wait. He was so proud of his hard work.

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Honestly, the card would have been enough. Seeing his little boy handwriting is so, so special. And the last line “I love you” is so heartfelt.

I don’t have a picture of the actual gift. It’s already hanging on our Christmas tree. It’s a handmade framed picture of Nicholas. And It’s beautiful.

Nicholas (and Anthony) are gift enough for me.

Thankful

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I am so thankful for Preschool Artwork made with love (and little boy handprints).

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I am thankful for school aged projects that make my son think about the things that he is most thankful for. Included in his collage were: Darth Vader (because “he is an awesome bad guy”), our family – including Lucy, kiwi (his favorite fruit), yams (his favorite veggie), and the Fort & Brother combo.

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I am SO thankful for friends. Jen dropped off these awesome pilgrim hat treats for us the other night. We are so blessed to have amazing friends surrounding us.

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I am thankful for sweet naps with Anthony. He is such a joy to rest with. So snuggly and warm. My sweet baby boy.

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I am thankful for ‘dates‘ with my two little guys. It seems to be so much easier and fun to go out with the boys. I can take them shopping or to get (me) a pedicure or coffee. They ‘usually’ behave pretty well (definitely when I just have one of them, alone). The 1:1 time with the boys is so special. I love it.

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I am thankful for protection. Thankful to all our troops near and far – for protecting our country. As you can see from above, the boys also like to protect our house ‘from bad guys’. I am thankful for their bravery.

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I am thankful for family. ALL of our family, near and far. I am thankful for the family we have just up the street – and thankful for impromptu story time when we stop by to drop something off. I am thankful for FaceTime/video chats with our family afar.

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I am thankful for our weather in San Diego. At the end of November, we are still out front riding bikes and working on chores. We are SO fortunate to be able to do this every month of the year.

*I don’t have a picture of Joe & I on my phone (currently) but I am (always) thankful to be married. And not just to have the title or the status — I am REALLY thankful to have a ‘partner in crime’ to join me on this great life adventure. It is a lot of hard work — but our life comes with so many amazing rewards. More than either of is could have ever imagined. I am thankful that, 15+ years ago, that he loved me.

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Here are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving festivities.

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Numbers: 6 and 10

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2 Important numbers happened in October.

The first happened on October 4th and it certainly wasn’t a small, insignificant deal.  Joe and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary.

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On the actual day, Joe came up to my office and we went out on a lunch date.  We have been talking about ways to celebrate this milestone anniversary for months – but haven’t been able to come up with anything.  It seems like we haven’t had a lot of ‘extra time’ to plan a trip away.  Maybe we will get to do something in the spring – a long weekend away, or something….

I just looked back at the LaGreca Family blog archives and I have captured MOST of our married life on this site (8 out of the 10 years).  When I look back at our photo archives, I have all 15+ years captured in digital (mostly) photos and it is SO fun to look back at ‘old times’ when we were dating, in college, first married, etc.

Of course, I could go on an on about all the things we have done together. The adventures, the struggles, the fun, the tears….but really what I want to capture at this marriage marker is:

Babe, this is ONLY the beginning.  We have a TON to do still. Lots of important tasks – raising the boys. Lots of fun trips – all over the country (and world, hopefully). Lots of dates to go on.  Food to enjoy.  New wines and beers to try.  And remember, we have to rake up a WHOLE lot more anniversaries before we can win the “Anniversary Dance” at one of our grandkids’ weddings. I pray that someday, we will be crowned the “Longest married couple” :)  Make sure you are thinking about your advice to the newly married couple. Write it down if it comes to you over the years – chances are, we will forget by the time we get the mic.

The second was Nicholas’ 6th Birthday on October 29th.

We had a fun (house) party for Nicholas the weekend before his actual birthday (it’s so hard since his birthday is SO close to Halloween!)  Pepere and Penny came down for the weekend – and with them, came a WHOLE lot of campfire wood.  NCL was such a good helper – and the picture below shows how BIG he is looking these days.

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Instead of party favors – this year, Joe wanted to do something extra special. He put together Stomp Rocket Kits for each of the families to take home (made out of PVC pipe and 2 liter soda bottles).  As a craft at the party, everyone had a chance to make and decorate their own rockets!

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As if that wasn’t enough – Joe also got this AMAZING Death Star Pinata! It. Was. HUGE! And it was filled with enough candy for all the families to give away on Halloween night.

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These two LaGreca boys can really melt my heart. They are getting SO good at posing for pictures (together) when I ask them to. I can’t even believe it! It used to be SO hard to get them in the same area – let alone LOOKING at the camera. Now, I don’t even have to ask them to smile – they just do it. I love it!

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(above: refrigerator ‘art’ by Auntie Dani and Neal)

Nicholas is learning all kinds of great stuff in Kindergarten this year; one important thing is learning to tie his shoes (below, he is practicing with Daddy’s shoes since he doesn’t have shoes with laces right now). Nicholas has also memorized Joe’s phone number (with the area code!) That didn’t seem to be a hard task for him — and he also loves doing math homework and counting games…I wonder where he could have gotten that from…???

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Grandpa and Grandma LaGreca got him a giant map of the US for his birthday, so we hung it up on the wall in the dining room.  He can draw & write on the map with a dry erase pen  – kind of fun to draw out all of our RV adventures over the years.  He can also see how far Buffalo and CT are from San Diego (the boys BOTH say that it’s too far..Joe and I both agree).

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Above: Mom and the gang came to town towards the end of October for a quick weekend visit. I took the boys to get haircuts that weekend snapped this picture right after Nicholas was done.  Nicholas really loves his grandparents.

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The night before his real birthday, I had to take Nicholas to Urgent Care.  He got some kind of a bite on his belly (right in his belly  button) and it was super itchy and puffy on his stomach.  He got the royal treatment since everyone there knew he was turning 6 the next morning.  He was pretty excited to tell everyone about his awesome birthday party. What a joy to celebrate our first ‘baby’ turning 6 (although, I will admit – I have been watching Nicholas lately and looking at recent pictures – and it makes me a bit sad to see HOW grown up he really is.  Of course, I love him and I love watching him grow – but man, it’s going TOO fast!)  The day after Nicholas turned 6 – he told us at the dinner table that he was going to be 7 soon….I nearly had a heart attack and told him to slow down. I want to enjoy 6 for all 365 days :)

 

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