The LaGreca Family A day in the life... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Happy 70th Birthday, Dad! Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:00:26 +0000 Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

This was a video that, my sister, Meg and Wayne Brubaker (from San Diego Video & Film) made for Dad’s 60th Birthday Party.

Here is Wayne’s outtake that was on the DVD:


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Fall (2015) Fun Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:11:45 +0000 The Fall Season is here, although most of the time it doesn’t feel like ‘Fall’ in San Diego. I have gotten used to it over the years: 80-88 degrees during the day in November is just….’normal

Right after we got back from our weekend in Agua Caliente, we took the kids to Knott’s Berry Farm. Most of you already know about AJ & the roller coaster video (also posted below for your continued enjoyment). That one, 53 second video, made the entire (long) day worth it. There were WAY too many people in the park and the boys didn’t get to do much. But the one roller coaster they did – was Epic 😀

Here are a few pictures from that day.



Both boys finished their soccer seasons and {finally} earned their trophies.

Baby girl turned 9 months old and had a check up at the Dr. She is doing great. Gaining weight (a bit too much weight!) and hitting lots of milestones much earlier than the boys did. She is growing up so fast.



Joe’s godson, John Henry,  turned 5 and we celebrated at a local park. So fun!


Anthony had his first Kinder performance at school. So thankful that I can work my schedule out to attend these things. I just LOVE them!

And the last big event for this post is Grandpa’s Surprise Birthday party! Last night was the BIG night – and it was fantastic. I wish I had a pic of Grandpa walking in, but I didn’t get it on my phone. Here are a few others from the night.


Uncle Bill was the Parking Attendant and he sure was good at it! He fit quite a few cars down in the ‘back 40’!
The street taco guys came, margaritas were shared, and friends/family enjoyed the warm November evening out in the country. We are SO thankful that we could host the party at our house. Joe’s Mom and crew did such a great job with all the planning & decorating. Happy 70th Grandpa!! 🎂🎈🎉

Thanksgiving week is upon us. Our house will be filling up this week – can’t wait for everyone to get here. Our first BIG holiday in the new house 😊 2015 holds SO many amazing memories, things and people for us to be thankful for. I will save ‘my list‘ for another post….coming soon.

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Agua Caliente VII Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:08:34 +0000 We haven’t missed a trip in 7 years. Agua Caliente is the only camping trip we have been religious about planning/attending in all the years we have had the RV. We started out there with 3 sites when Nicholas was 2 years old and I was pregnant with AJ.

Each year we have added new friends and families. The 3 RVs that we started with have turned into 6 RVs/Trailers, 2 tent trailers, 2 cabins, 2 tents – 23+ adults & 18+ kids.

For the past few years – we have tried to capture a group pic at some point over the weekend. We don’t always get everyone in the shot – but close!

We had 2 ‘rookie’ Agua families this year – and baby Grace was a ‘rookie’ too. A trip to the ‘famous‘ mud caves was added to the weekend adventure in 2015 (finally)! Joe & the boys loved exploring the caves (Mama & Grace stayed back at camp to swim and nap). Note: Joe posted all the mud cave pictures on Facebook – I don’t have those pics below.

Here are a few of the pictures captured throughout the weekend. (Most of mine have Grace in them since I was with her nearly the whole weekend).











Another great trip in the books. As always, it was hard to pack up and say good-bye. The weekend goes so fast (and we even add an extra day to make it a bit longer).

See y’all next year! 😀

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Halloween 2015 Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:08:58 +0000 We had quite a few Halloween festivities at the end of October (although – we never made it to the pumpkin patch and we actually live right down the street from Oma’s now! Oh well, there is always next year).

The boys’ school had a Halloween carnival last weekend – it was a fun night of games, friends, and food! (And Grace loved the shaved ice).



The boys got to wear their costumes to school on Friday (Oct 30th).

We did our annual pumpkin carving on Friday night.


And then we dressed Gracee up – to see which costume would be best for trick-or-treating.

A watermelon….?

Or a bumble bee…?

We had decided last year that we would skip Trunk-or-Treat (for the first time ever) – and take the kicks for some old school, traditional trick-or-treating. The bumble-bee won the costume contest for Grace.

The kids did great. Always said thank you – and AJ even started saying “Happy Halloween” to everyone 🎃👻

And now…it’s November 🦃 Time to get ready for a feast and lots of guests for Thanksgiving! Looking forward to the holidays in our new house ❤️😊

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Happy 8th Birthday Nicholas! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:21:29 +0000
It’s true…tomorrow (Oct 29th), our 1st baby, will be 8 years old 🎈🎉🎈

I always love to relive & remember the day the kids were born. In Nicholas’ case, it was my hardest, longest & most painful labor. I am pretty sure that is because I was induced with pitocin. 19 hours after the fun started in the hospital, I finally got to the point when the nurses said I could push. I think they were a bit surprised when I ‘got it’ after the first contraction- I didn’t need a lot of training for some reason (I was HIGHLY motivated to get the baby OUT by then).

Less than 20 minutes of pushing and a beautiful, perfect baby BOY was laying on my chest. Joe & I were both in tears (mine might have been a bit more from pain/exhaustion, his were happy emotions).

Our life changed instantly on October 29, 2007. We gained new titles: Mom & Dad. We learned (struggled) a lot those first few years. He was NOT an easy baby/child. I am sure some of you remember…

It has been absolutely AMAZING to watch him grow and mature over the years. After those first few years, I was scared of what his school years would look like and wondered if he would have a hard time making/keeping friends. Boy – was I WRONG!! He has done GREAT in school. His behavior is so good. He is such a social kid – makes friends where ever he goes. He IS very competitive…(we don’t have to wonder where that came from 😁)….we continue to work on sportsmanship and kindness during any competition/game. He is a natural-born leader. Many people have commented about that. We will continue to pray and guide him towards the ‘right’ areas to lead. He will do great things 😀

After going to his first baseball game in Sept, he asked if he could have a ‘Baseball Birthday’ party this year. He wanted to organize a game in the backyard. Joe & I both loved the idea (and we love that we have the room in the backyard to play a game of baseball)!

We asked everyone to wear their favorite baseball gear & we served Ball Park food (nachos, hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts, sunflower seeds, beer, etc)

The 5 of us were not in matching gear…as you can see, the boys have been brain washed into loving the SF Giants 😳.

NCL held the flag while we listened to the National Anthem, before the game got started.


Lots of people played ball – it was super fun!! ⚾️

Some watched, cheered and enjoyed a beer.

We sang Happy Birthday after the 7th Inning Stretch & some hotdogs.

And then…Presents!!

It was a fantastic day and such a great idea for a birthday party. Nicholas picked well 😀

Happy Birthday Nicholas! We love watching you grow and we LOVE hanging out with you.


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