The LaGreca Family http://www.lagrecafamily.com A day in the life... Mon, 11 May 2015 18:43:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Return http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/11/the-return/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/11/the-return/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:43:00 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=7083 Today (Monday) is my last day of maternity leave. I go back to work tomorrow. The common questions over the last few weeks have been “How are you feeling about going back? ” and “Are you ready?” 

The answers to those questions are pretty standard and totally expected, right?!?  I am absolutely NOT ready to go back.  This maternity leave was like no other. Not only did we have the ‘weight gain issue’ with Gracee but – we MOVED right in the middle of my leave. Having a new baby (again) and feeding/sleepless nights + two active boys – is PLENTY for a Mom on leave. I think the move just added another layer of complexity. 

  
However, because we moved to a new house/town – there is also a big part of me that doesn’t want to leave HOME! For those of you that have been to the house, you can understand – I am sure. I absolutely LOVE being home. I actually felt similar at the old house too. I always liked to be home, since we have always been ‘on the go’ – type people. But now that the boys have a giant yard to play in — and our house has so much more space AND the neighborhood and view is so amazing – I want to be home even more. 

Unfortunately, I can’t stay home forever. It’s not in the cards or in the budget. At least I know the boys and Grace will be well taken care of by Daddy and they will enjoy their time at home whether I am there or not. 

If I am honest (which I try to be on this blog) I am actually terrified of adding the stresses of work/commuting into the mix of our life. I have been so exhausted these last few months (even the 2-3 months before Gracee was born). At least I have been able to close my eyes with Grace every now and then during the day. Heading back to the office will NOT allow for such things (although, I am tempted to get a mat for my floor and lock my office door. I can pump and then lay down for a Power-20 when needed).  

Joe has been so patient with me. And I have NOT returned the act of kindness. Ugh. It’s just so hard to function after months of bad sleep. No excuse, I know. I have to do better with managing my ‘tiredness’. 

Gracee is smiling a ton now — and even putting sound to her smile and starting to giggle almost. It’s adorable. 

  

Her eyes are still steely-blue. She can pierce is person with her stare 😀 Nicholas & Anthony can get her to smile and watch what they are doing. I have a feeling she is going to be quite entertained by her brothers in the coming months. 

  
I am going to aim to get Gracee moved over to her room this coming weekend. It’s almost ready for her – cleaned up, camera installed – just need some shades for the window so it’s. It so bright in there. I hope it’s a good move – for her and for me. The crib is so much more comfortable especially since she is getting bigger. And, I hope to sleep a bit better without all the noises right next to me. We will see how it goes. 

 But…I will still nap with her on the weekends, I am sure 😀 

   

 

 I might disappear from this space for awhile. Hopefully not too long. The boys are going to finish out their school year and then it’s summer break! We are going on vacation (in the RV) at the end of June/beginning of July. We are looking forward to that — haven’t used the RV in 6 months and that is too long of a break for us! 

Until the next time….wish me luck in ‘The Return‘ – and feel free to give me a hug next time you see me. I have a feeling I will need it. 

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The BIG FIVE!! http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/04/the-big-five/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/04/the-big-five/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 17:08:19 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=7048 We had a BIG birthday in April and I missed the post 😁 I will cut myself a bit of slack because there were pictures posted ‘real time’ AND we had a few things going on at the same time. 

Anthony got to have the 1st birthday party at our new house. I think that is pretty special. We decided to do an earlier Saturday party so that we could have an Open House In the afternoon. AJ really wanted a piñata for his birthday – so I got a piñata — a GIANT piñata. 

Joe and I cooked up some bacon, sausage and pancakes – perfect food for Saturday morning on the Ranch. 

   
     
And then…..right as I was about to light the candle…Joe called me out to the garage. SURPRISE!!! Grandma D and Eric were there!!! They flew down to surprise Anthony for his birthday. So FUN!!!

   
  

   

(I look at these pictures of the singing and blowing out the candles…surrounded by family & friends…and think about how blessed we are. What a joy to have space to celebrate birthdays in our new house, with ‘our community’. I just love it!)

Piñata time!!!

   
                 

It was actually a chilly day in SD (can you believe that?!?) -/ it even started to rain in the later afternoon. Crazy!!! But – that didn’t stop our party :) 

AJ couldn’t wait to open his gifts. 

  
I snapped a pic – and then had to feed Gracee. He scored a ton of Lego sets (that he now has to earn with good behavior). 

When asked what his favorite food was, at 5 years old, AJ replied: “Melon” (not cake, not candy, not hot-dogs….he chose ‘melon’ – too funny!) 

Later that evening, Grandma D gave him his birthday gift: 

  
His own 2-wheel scooter!! He was very excited and got to use it the next day 😀 

After Anthony’s party – we went right into the next party…an Open House for family & friends. The kids played and made Indian hats with chicken feathers. Mom got to hang out with Gracee. And the lawn watered by the rain. 

   
         

On Monday (Anthony’s actual birthday), we had the Dugan’s over for pizza (on the grill) and cupcakes. 

   
 

We are hoping 5 is a little more tame and controlled for Anthony. We are trying to channel his anger away from hitting, touching, throwing and breaking. This little LaGreca has quite the temper! And yet, he is the sweetest and most loving little boy. I am pretty sure he has a switch – and things could change as fast as you can turn on a light switch. 

Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet brown-eyed boy. You are our in-house clown and wrecking ball – all in one 😀 Love you lots! 

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Girly Cuteness Overload http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/01/girly-cuteness-overload/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/05/01/girly-cuteness-overload/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:13:21 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=7031 Because sometimes you just have to dress up (to shop with Mommy) and take a lot of pictures……(outfit credit: Cousins Mary & Grant, Buffalo)

                     

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Full Family Update http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/04/22/full-family-update/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/04/22/full-family-update/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:39:59 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6988 I feel like it’s been forever since the last post….it’s only been 11 days (ha ha. Goes to show you how the days have gone lately). 

Here goes – a full family update. 

Nicholas lost his 5th tooth this week (Monday morning, on the way to school). The tooth has been under his pillow, in an envelope, for 2 nights. The tooth fairy clearly did NOT get the ‘change of address’ notification :/ Daddy sent her an email with our new address. She found her way out here tonight (thank goodness). 

He is doing great in school – good behavior every single day. We are really proud of him for that. 

He had his Spring Performance today. Video is posted on You Tube (Spring Performance). 

  
After reading 20-30 minutes the last 4-5 nights, Nicholas finished his 1st chapter book!! He is doing great with reading! 

 One last thing, NCL is loving the new house. Lots of outdoor time & boat loads of exercise. It’s SO good for the kids! The only sad part about the whole thing is seeing Nicholas upset about leaving Benchly (his school) next year. He doesn’t want to leave his friends :( He has already cried a few times when he thinks about it (definitely gets that from his Mama). 

Anthony is still a little monster (ha ha).  He still has his ‘almost 5 year old’ temper – BUT, since moving and all the outdoor play time…the temper tantrums have lessened. 

I must say, he is a good helper with his sister. He likes to feed her at home and he will always jump up to give her a paci when she is crying.

  
We went to the Lakeside Western Days Parade last weekend & AJ represented the ‘country’ very well: 

  
Here are a couple more pics from the parade: 

   
     

Good reports from preschool lately (Thank God!) He (like his brother) can’t wait to get home from school, everyday, so they can play in the yard – or ride their bikes down the street to see if Brooke is at her Grandma’s house (our neighbor). The trampoline is a BIG hit for the boys. They are out there every afternoon — and every afternoon, someone gets hurt :/ I think it’s going to be that way for awhile.

Grace is growing & growing. You can see that her cheeks are filling out. She is healthy and mostly happy (when being fed and held). She is also losing her hair :( I am finding piles of hair in the bassinet every morning. 

   
   

She loves the bath. 

   
   

She is still sleeping in the bassinet, in our room. She has been consistently sleeping 7-8 hours at night. I wish I could say the same for me. I go to bed about 2 hours after her — and still can’t stay asleep until she wakes up. She makes quite a lot of noise and I can’t seem to sleep through it. It might be time to move her to her room. We will see. 

Here are a few more pictures of Grace. 10 weeks old yesterday! 

   
         

   
 

Lucy (can’t forget her…in this FULL family update) has turned COUNTRY with no problem. She runs around the yard all the time…AND…she is catching rodents! As of tonight, the count is: Lucy 3, Rodents 0. 

   
 

Joe & Dad installed a doggie door last weekend, so now Lucy can let herself in and out (during the day. We have to lock the doggie door at night due to the coyotes- they are all over the place out here!) 

   
   

The chickens are….1 less. Our neighbor across the street has given Gimpy a better home. The other two birds were treating her awful. We get 1 egg a day (from Minnie – the red hen). Will be nice when we can get a few more egg-laying chickens. We love eggs 😀.

 
 

Joe has been SO busy – as you can only imagine. Living on 1.25 acres of land means a LOT of outside work. The yard is big. The weeds are big. The work load is huge. His ‘to do’ list never gets smaller :/ Poor guy. 

We are almost 100% done at the old house. Joe is going to pick up the last of the mulch tomorrow and then I think everything is done over there. Will be nice to have that ‘to do list’ finished off for good. 

The ‘almost finshed’ courtyard at the Golfcrest House:

   
 

Joe is also enjoying the new kitchen. The appliances are giving us a bit of trouble (not the best brands, refrigerator, microwave and ovens) but the island/counter space is great. The stove is pretty nice and works great. 

Joe was pretty nervous about this move. Leaving ‘home’ (San Carlos) was a REALLY big change/move for him. I am happy to say that I was right — he really likes it out here. He loves all the outside time for the boys and the dog. He loves the house. The drive back to San Carlos isn’t even that bad. 

On Wednesday & Sunday nights, our neighbor teaches roping (horses). We look out our kitchen window and can see the dust being kicked up from the horses, etc. Tonight, Joe looked out the window and said “It’s Wednesday.” And I said “I know, I love it.” — He said “Me too. So far, it’s awesome out here.” That confirmation warmed my heart. I knew he would like the country (the country that is just outside the city). 

And finally, me. The first and only thing that comes to mind is: I am exhausted. So, so tired. I feel like I say it too much – but man, it’s the truth. I shouldn’t be so tired with a baby that sleeps 7-8 hours, right?!? I know! What is my problem?!? 

It’s been a busy 3+ months. We have done it to ourselves so there should be no complaining. And most everything has been good (except the weight scare with Gracee). We are so happy we were able to find this house — and actually buy it and move it. Wow. We still can’t believe we live here! 

Postpartum with Gracee has been unlike the other two kids — although, with AJ, we did embark on a 7 weeks RV Road Trip when he was only weeks old! That was pretty crazy! Packing and moving with a 6 weeks old was a bit much, even for me. Especially when I was having such a hard time feeding her. 

I am scheduled to return to work on May 13th. Can’t believe it’s right around the corner (although – if you ask anyone from the office, I have been gone “FOREVER!”) It’s always hard to go back to work after having a baby. No one will tell you it’s easy – but at least I know it can be done. I know Gracee will be fine and well taken care of. I am nervous about me. I don’t know how I will do it all — and do it all ‘well’. It’s also a new commute. A bit farther, which will make my drive time even worse. Joe keeps saying “it will be rough for the first year and then things will get better” (no, I didn’t mistype that — a year!!! How am I going to make it?? 😁)

The only other thing I have to say about me is: holy cow – this house is big and SUPER hard to keep clean! Wow! Just the wood floors are enough to make me second guess our move. Our old house may have been small — but it was a heck-of-a-lot easier to clean. 

Hopefully I will get a few pictures hung on the walls before going back to work. One can hope. 

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Back at The Ranch http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/04/11/back-at-the-ranch/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/04/11/back-at-the-ranch/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:14:55 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6965 We have lived in our new house for 2 weeks now – wow! A lot has been done in that time.  Lucy is loving the space and the critters. The boys have slept good nearly every single night thanks to ALL the outdoor playtime (and trampoline jumping). Joe has made a dent in the yard work (we have a BIG yard). And I am slowly getting the inside of the house organized (while caring for Grace and keeping up with laundry and dishes). 

In recent family news, Joe’s parents bought a 5th Wheel — and needed a place to park it (it’s a bit large to keep in their driveway at home). And so, commenced the ‘Back 40 Parking Lot Project‘. In order to use our lower lot for parking (our RV and the 5th Wheel) we needed a ramp to drive down. 

   

 

Work started on Monday. 

   

 

And today (Saturday) the cement truck came. 

   

             

We had to make sure our mark was left in the cement while it was still wet. 

   

     

And…the LG Kids’ handprints….including Grace. 

  

It will be nice to have access to the lower land :) 

….Lucy catches a mole in the yard….

  

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