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