And then there were….

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….THREE!!!

Surprise! (Yes, it was a VERY BIG surprise a few months ago)…Baby LG #3 is on his/her way!

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We finally told the boys tonight with these cool “one of a kind” Ninja brother shirts (my 1st Etsy purchase). They came out so great and the boys loved them!

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Nicholas read the shirt but didn’t quite pick up on what it meant (since he is already a Big Brother). He didn’t quite ‘get it’.

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When Grandpa read Anthony’s shirt (“Big Bro Anthony, 1st time”), AJ said that he was a big bro because he is growing so big! AJ had NO idea that it meant a baby was on the way.

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Hard to believe there could be another boy in the family….or, maybe we will be blessed with some pink.

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Either way, we will welcome Baby LG into the family around February 4, 2015.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

(1) Was this planned?
It depends which parent you ask. Joe would say “yes” – it’s been planned all along (remember, he wanted 6 kids?)
I say: It was not prevented but it was not planned or expected. I was completely shocked when I finally figured out what was going on.

(2) Are you going to find out the sex this time?
You can probably guess the answer to this one…since we did NOT find out with the first 2. No way! We welcome the surprise, at the end! Plus, we have to give Aunt Yvette a chance to win for a third straight time on the baby guessing game.

(3) Do you & Joe really want/hope for a girl?
Joe & I really pray for a healthy baby. And that is all. Seriously. Girl or Boy – it doesn’t matter to us. Praying for health.

(4) Ok, yes, Healthy baby – of course. But don’t you REALLY want a girl, deep down?
I have to laugh at this one. I guess I understand. My Dad & Joe’s Mom both really want a girl. I will let them pray for that :)
Joe & I really don’t care (but you better believe that I am going to spend the next 6 months preparing for a 3rd boy)

(5) How have YOU been feeling?
It has been the roughest 1st trimester I have ever had. It was so hard to make it through the work day (especially when my team didn’t know!) My MiL suggested acupuncture and I decided to give it a try (couldn’t get anything else to work). Seems like it was a miracle coupled with the end of the 1st tri. I finally feel like I can make it through the day again. Yay!

(6) What did the boys say?
We just told them tonight. Joe recorded the whole thing so we have it on video. The BEST part was the moment when Nicholas finally understood…and came over to me to poke my belly. He said “How do you know there is a baby in there?” So cute.
The boys have already asked if they can sleep with the baby. I thought that was very sweet.
When I tucked NCL in tonight, I asked him to pray for his baby brother or sister. He said “Mommy, I really wanted a sister. I am praying for a sister”.

(7) Do you guys need to buy a bigger house?
Yes. (Thankfully we don’t have to buy a bigger car…since we bought a van in December).

(8) Are you going to take off on a crazy long RV trip after Baby LG arrives? (Again)
Depends who you ask. Joe LaGreca was ready to pack the RV the day I got the positive test. He is already on the road…in his mind.

(9) Are you excited?
I think I will table this question for another post. I can give the short answer now. Yes! I am VERY excited (now). The boys know, the baby is healthy (all tats have come back positive and there is a healthy strong heartbeat!), and it’s fully public now. It’s going to be scary…but I am excited. Another LG Baby. Can’t wait to see what it looks like!

(10) If you aren’t going to find out the sex, will you at least tell us the names on the list?
Simple answer. NO WAY!!! You will have to wait on that, too.

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I am 12 weeks now…and already visibly showing. Eek!! And in case you were wondering….I have NO maternity clothes left. 5-6 months ago, we got rid of EVERYTHING! All baby clothes and ALL my maternity clothes. A huge bummer!! I remember Joe saying “it’s fine. If you need them again, you can just go buy more” (He only said that because he didn’t think it would ever come true).

Rewind: Anthony’s 4th Birthday

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The week after Easter, the littlest LG turned 4 years old. We threw together a little party with family & friends, food, and a piñata.

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Instead of birthday cake, we did “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes!”

And after all the eating, playing and piñata-breaking – Anthony FINALLY got to open presents (the ONLY thing he really cares about the whole day)

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Happy 4th to out little ninja turtle.

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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The End of Summer

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The last time I wrote something on the blog, we were on our way home from our big summer vacation. After going ‘dark’ for so long, I am not even sure what to write about. It’s really hard to come up with something good after a 2+ weeks vacation and a boat load of fun pictures.

It’s the eve of September — Labor Day Weekend — the end of summer. The rest of my family is about to get ROCKED with the {new} routine. Joe hasn’t set an alarm in months! Nicholas starts his Kindergarten year on Tuesday AM – bright & early.

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I must say, it is SUCH a great feeling, as a parent, knowing that our son is ready & excited to get back to school — even when he knows he will be at a brand new school..and have to make brand new friends. I know it’s crazy – but I might not even CRY on Tuesday AM when we drop him off for the first, official time.

I guess I jumped right to the end of August — maybe I should do a quick ‘August Recap’ – especially since it was probably the FIRST August that we were HOME for the month.

I didn’t really want to post about the fact that I turned ANOTHER year older at the beginning of August — but I didn’t want to brush over the fact that my husband is totally awesome & had a really great birthday party for me.

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He put together a small ‘Wine & Cheese‘ Party and it was amazing. The boys spent the night at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. The adults attempted to guess the region of grape and alcohol content of 6 wines, and the cheese selection was fabulous. It was a relaxing evening with a great group — including my sis. I have said it before but really, you can NEVER say it enough….my husband is so great :)

The boys had another great year at VBS.

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(You can’t tell from the look on NCL’s face above…but he really did enjoy VBS again).

We visited with friends

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We played at home a lot (kind of odd for us!! But I loved it).

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We visited the beach once (big beach camping trip is coming up in less than 2 weeks!!)

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Summer weather officially arrived at the end of August! This is when I am super thankful for our air conditioner!!

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It’s a big week up coming in our house — NCL’s first day of school (pictures coming tomorrow) AND our new floors will be in by the end of the week!

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It was a fabulous summer….although, all 4 of us wish we were still on the road in the RV :/ Our boys really love traveling…good thing, because Mom & Dad love it, too. I need more vacation time!

More to come from the Adventures of Kindergarten!

Reunited

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The boys picked me up in Boise yesterday and we headed back to Hagerman. It’s been 3 years since we have been out here. Hard to believe Anthony was a newborn (3 weeks old) last time we were here.

We had a little BBQ at the house for the 4th, and planned to shoot some fireworks – but a storm rolled in.

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Oh – and we played with the new marshmallow guns from Auntie Meg & Uncle Steve.

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A little front-yard swinging too…

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It was a fabulous 4th of July and I have to say, even after being married for almost 10 years and together for 15 years – reunions with my hubby are still as anticipated as they were years ago :)

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