The LaGreca Family A day in the life... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How It’s Made {LaGreca Style} Mon, 08 Dec 2014 04:55:31 +0000 In annual LaGreca tradition, we spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving making Italian Sausage from scratch.

We had lots of returning friends, neighbors and family, of course — but we also had some sausage-making-rookies. We bought 200 lbs of meat (that is 50+ lbs more than we did last year)!

By the end of the night, I could barely walk and we decided that our annual ‘operation’ has finally grown out of our manual hand-crank grinders. We are going to have to go with industrial power for next year.

Here are a bunch of pictures I snapped from the day.



















Those of us that were left by the end of the night – enjoyed a pot-luck meal together. Most importantly, we all enjoyed our FRESHLY handmade Italian sausage. There were smiles all around. Yum!




Many thanks to ALL the helpful hands – especially THIS year.  I ran out of steam towards the end of the night and couldn’t get to the dishes/final clean-up. All the help was much appreciated!!

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Baby LG3 Update Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:06:06 +0000 I meant to post a picture & an update last week but never had the chance, so here is a few weeks’ worth of photos and happenings.

**If you haven’t already done so, but would like to take a guess as to what Baby LG3 is going to be (pink or blue?!?!?) – Just click the Expect Net box below:

The ‘girl camp‘ is growing larger everyday. I always enjoy hearing from people that are “absolutely sure” that their prediction is the truth :)

Here is Mama & Baby at 30 weeks….and my other two ‘babies’ with their sweet little boy smiles:


This week we had a Dr’s appointment and a scheduled ultrasound. Joe & I were hopeful that the ultrasound would show that I no longer had placenta previa (defined below). Unfortunately we didn’t get the news we were hoping for. At 31 weeks, the placenta hasn’t moved out of the way.


We did get to see Baby LG3’s face and the mouth was moving at the time (pictured above but hard to make out). Doc measured the head, the arm and the femur – all measurements were just under or right at 31 weeks. That means that Baby is likely to be the average size (around 7lbs) at 40 weeks. No surprise since the boys were about the same.

After the ultrasound we met with the Doc to discuss ‘a plan’ given the situation. He could tell that the news devastated me (I tried very hard not to cry in the office) and he said he would schedule one more follow-up ultrasound in 5 weeks to re-check. There is a chance that things could change – we will be praying for that chance. But, I will also be preparing for the alternative – that I may very well have to have a c-section.

I won’t lie…I am scared to death of the thought of a c-section. I keep telling myself that it will be totally fine – after all, I have TONS of friends that have had c-sections and they were fine. I have felt SO incredibly fortunate that I have had two vaginal births – and one was completely drug free and natural (AJ). I loved that day. And I was certainly excited about the thought of getting to do it all again (I know, I am weird). But I need to do my best to get ready for something ‘different’. After all, the fact that we are having another baby is still ‘different’ than I was planning and still a quite the surprise.


Placenta previa

If you have placenta previa, your placenta is lying unusually low in your uterus, next to or covering your cervix. Placenta previa isn’t usually a problem early in pregnancy. But if the placenta remains dangerously low as your pregnancy progresses, it can cause bleeding, which can lead to other complications and may require you to deliver early.

The location of your placenta will be checked during your midpregnancy ultrasound exam, but only a small percentage of women who have placenta previa in midpregnancy still have it when they deliver their baby. Placenta previa is present in up to 1 in 200 deliveries. Women who have placenta previa when they give birth have to deliver by c-section.

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Agua Caliente VI Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:48:24 +0000 I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t gone back to my previous posts for Agua Caliente (links to my previous years are included at the bottom of this post). This year was our 6th time out in the desert with our ‘people’. We seem to have acquired more ‘people’ with each year that passes. This year was no exception. We had a few newbie families. Yay!!!

Final Counts
10 RV Sites (including 2 tent-camping families)
1 Cabin
28 Adults
18 kids (ages 1-9 years old)
2 Dogs
3 Pot-luck meals with TONS of yummy food
And…22 Band-aids between the 2 LaGreca boys


The weather was absolutely amazing this year. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.


We got to try out our new pop-up tent…it was perfect!! The walls helped keep us shaded from the desert sun in the morning and the afternoon.








Below: Pepere and Anthony worked on puzzles outside while waiting for a snack.






The debut of our “Party Ball Lights” also occurred in Agua Caliente. Our group pot-luck meals were well lighted under the lights of our tent.




Glow sticks for kids…and dogs (below).




It was so fun to have the Howarth’s join us for the first time!  Below from left to right: Jonas, Anthony, Nicholas and Eden jump into the pool together.



Jen & Jacob (our cabin campers this year) enjoying the cool water.








All the {big} boys were working on happy hour and preparing the fire for the baked potatoes.





For the first time, the kids enjoyed a Ranger Activity: they got to paint their very own walking sticks. SO much fun!








A few games (my favorite: Kan Jam) before dinner.




Outdoor movie night at Pepere’s RV (complete with Popcorn!)  The kids (and a few adults) watched Planes 2: Fire & Rescue.



Time for Sunday breakfast — Joe prepares for mimosas for the adults.







One last swim before we take off.



Nicholas came home with nearly 20 bandaids (as you can see below, he had a pretty rough crash – his poor legs!)


Agua – The First Trip
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    Sadly – I did not post about our trip last year. Not sure how I missed that one (I was in a big of a writers drought in 2013, I guess). But I know that we had a fabulous weekend out there :)
Last year was also the debut of the Kids Outdoor Movie Night at my Dad’s RV — with POPCORN!
Come to think of it – it was also the first time we have witnesses an arrest at a campground.  I REALLY should post about last years trip!
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Say Hello to the 3rd Trimester Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:49:19 +0000 To start of the post: Here is the link to the Baby Guessing Game again.

Get your GIRL or BOY guess in while you can. I haven’t seen a guess from Aunt Yvette yet—she is the one to beat :)

Last week we welcomed the 3rd & final trimester for Baby LG3! 12 or so weeks to go — I guess that means we really should get ready for this baby’s arrival!!


23 Weeks vs. 28 Weeks – this baby is getting bigger every week!

It still surprises people when they haven’t seen me in a few weeks or they only see me sitting down at my desk. When I stand up, I generate quite the reaction. “Whoa!! You really are….pregnant!” – ha ha. Yes, that is a nicer way of saying “Dang, you are HUGE!!”

We had a Dr’s Appt this last week. Everything is going as planned. Surprisingly, I measured approx. 27 weeks ON my 28th week day. (I find it hard to believe I am not measuring AT LEAST 1 weeks ahead). The heartbeat was great. We have another appointment in 3 weeks to do a follow-up ultrasound to make sure the placenta isn’t close to/covering the cervix. Should be interesting to see the baby this far along. We have never had more than the ’20 weeks ultrasound’ before. Maybe a chance to get a glimpse at the ‘goods’ —– kidding!!!! We certainly wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise now!

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Halloween 2014 Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:19:33 +0000 After last Halloween (Star Wars themed costumes & trunks) – I have to admit, we (and the Miller’s) were out of the next ‘epic’ idea. Fine by me. We kept it pretty mild and manageable – but LOTS of activities.

We went to the Halloween Happening at Nicholas’ school (and brought a friend, Jonas, with us)








We went to a new Trunk-or-Treat at Grandma & Grandpa’s church.


Cousin Elliot was trying out his Yoda hat a few days before the Meduna’s dressed up as a Star Wars Family for Halloween (Nicholas wore his Boba Fett costume from last year).


Cora LOVES her Uncle Joe (evidenced by the picture below).


We all attended Nicholas’ Fall Performance at school (it was awesome!!) It was actually on his real birthday, so that was fun 😄




The boys and I certainly have a good time together (they are in a phase right now where they LOVE to take pictures – I don’t have to beg or ask twice, it’s awesome)


We went to Anthony’s Halloween Parade at Preschool.




….while the Johnson’s were visiting…


Halloween day Mexican food for lunch. Yum! (Silly kids)



And finally, to finish out the month of October – on Halloween night, we went to FHPC’s Trunk-or-Treat….as ‘Duck Dynasty‘.


Luckily, the Muehlman Boys had also planned to be Duck Hunters for Halloween and they put together an awesome trunk.  We had to get pictures with all the duck decoys :)





Wow! October was a busy time for us! It was all fun…but exhausting. We were happy to welcome November, the cooler weather, and a less crowded calendar.

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