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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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




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.


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.


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.


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.

Here are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving festivities.









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.


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.


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!



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.






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!


(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…???


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).



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.


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 :)


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.



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.




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.

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

We visited with friends


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




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




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




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!


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!


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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.


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





A little front-yard swinging too…


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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