Wednesday, March 4, 2015


it seems like we always have something to celebrate around here!

my birthday was a couple weeks ago, but we had a nice evening together, and that is my favorite way to celebrate.

the boys seemed to be lighting a small bonfire with all my candles...

roman shaped them into my age. can you see it? i hope not!

and then, we got to have some treats!

my chocolate boy

my vanilla girl!

and sometimes we don't even need a reason to celebrate, we just get to eat ice cream on the couch

roman had president's day off of school and had his buddies over. they went to sonic on the golf cart. lucky!

she LOVES this dress from mimi and puts it on any chance she gets!

gianna dressed up her doll in her halloween outfit and they pretended to take her trick or treating.

celebrating the last game of the season, undefeated, baby!

this group of boys are so fun!

i love walking in and seeing my kiddos like this.

we even got to celebrate our friend adeline's baptism with miss allie and mr. jason. gianna sure does love her miss allie!

celebrating learning to spit! woo hoo!

this past weekend, we traveled to sumter, sc to watch macee and her teammates play in the state championship game and guess what? they won! to add the cherry on top of that...mimi flew down just to watch the game! what a great day!

who doesn't love a popsicle in the tub?

monday was dr. suess's birthday and roman got to wear a dr. suess shirt to school. since he knows that thing 1 and 2 always come and wreak havoc, he wanted to get in on the fun and be thing 3. but, they don't really make those shirts, so we made our own! he was so proud!

and when roman asked for pancakes, of course, i had to add a dr. suess flair to them and made a couple of hats, green eggs and a thing 1 flapjack. too fun!


Monday, February 23, 2015

And the Oscar Goes to....

someone was supposed to be taking a nap...

can you tell she has heard this book over and over?

this kid is too cool for school...

his basketball season is over now, but here are a few short videos from his last two games.



on saturday, we got to go to savannah and see rylee cheer in a competition. and guess what? her team won first place! go ry!!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Whatcha Been Up To?

sometimes, you just wanna make some cookies with sprinkles, right?

i love this view, the kids fresh out of the bath, watching a few minutes of a show before bed.

aren't these the only kind of bed bugs you want to have?

gianna went to a friend's birthday party and got her picture taken with elsa and some bubbles.

who says white boys can't jump?

roman needed to read, gianna needed a bath. let's kill two birds here, huh?

mimi bought gianna this pink dress and it literally took her 3.5 seconds to strip off her clothes and put it on. i think she likes it!

roman had to make a valentine's box for his party at school, so then he wanted to pose with it and his sister. yes, he wanted her in the picture, underpants and all!

every year, roman's school has a snow day. unfortunately, this year, i wasn't able to go, but our friend sherri sent me this picture. i love it!

after playing in the snow, they got to put on pajamas and have a valentine's party. so fun! sherri also sent me this picture and when i showed it to roman, he said "i was doing this with my eyebrows" *makes them go up and down* i was dying, because i can totally envision him doing that. when i told sherri that, she said "he's totally right, he was absolutely doing that...haha"

love that kid!

last friday, roman had a half day of school, so i picked him up and we had a date at dairy queen. i love spending time with him one on one. he is my sweet momma's boy, for sure!

the love fest continues, the kiddos got lots of sweet treats for valentine's day.

the boys got us girls flowers too, but i forgot to take a picture. we had a fun day with ballet, basketball, bounce houses and the movies. aunt maddy and dennis came to ro's game and to the bounce houses with us too. we were feeling the love!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

First Haircut

so, she's 3 years and 3 months old. do you think it is time to cut the curls? ack! i was so stressed over this, way more so than she was. i really didn't want to do it, but her hair was getting SO long and tangly. i thought that maybe if i cut an inch or so off the ends, it might help a bit. plus, her curls are not really all over anymore, they are mostly at the bottom of her hair because it is so long now, it actually weighs it down. so, here goes!

she was actually excited. but, she thought the scissors were going to hurt. roman helped me out and reassured her that she didn't need to worry.

see? she was pumped!

i can't believe that for the first year of her life, she had no hair. now, she's got a ton of it!

i was just a bit sad...but, i cut some off, her curls are still there and nobody got hurt. i guess that's a win/win, right?


Monday, February 16, 2015

Cousin Day

a couple of weeks ago, we had the colella boys over for a cousin day. poppa, aj and holly were taking a class that ran all day long, so the kids and i had quite the adventure. first, we played at home for a bit until the sun started to warm it up outside. it was still a pretty chilly day, as evidenced by the hats and coats.

we went to the park for about 2 hours so the kids could run off some energy and get some fresh air!

snack time!

look who's monkeying around!

i tried to get gianna to get in this picture, but she wasn't having it, so the boys gave me their best smiles and then ran off to play hide and seek.

little momma wanted to swiiiiiiiinnnngggg!

later in the day, when i went to find the boys, this is what i found...

instead of breadcrumbs, they left me a trail of cars



later, after they had lunch and rested, we headed back outside to have some fun. gage doesn't mind riding a girly bike.

and these two are ballers, through and through. they played bball until the other adults finally came home!

now, this is a little more accurate, right?


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blame Parenthood

okay, so not the literal parenthood where i am guiding young humans to become good and decent older humans. parenthood, the tv show. somewhere in the last few months, i keep hearing that this show is awesome. so, i look into it and find out that it started in 2010 and is in its 6th season, but i can watch all the old seasons on our amazon account. wut? i'm binge watching it at night. and not doing anything else. not even blogging. whoops. but hey, it's a really good show. like, i feel like i'm learning parenting techniques. or at least i feel like i'm not the only other parent that screws up a lot. at least they are "acting" like they are screwing up. and they get paid for it. okay, enough about the show. here are my young humans.

we had a party in the tub one night!

i love it when they snuggle

some days, you just need to hide behind some shades

doggie camouflage


she's really into llama llama right now. she's acting out the part that goes "little llama, what a tizzy, sometimes mama's very busy. please stop all this llama drama, and be patient for your mama."

it's catholic schools week, so it's something fun everyday!

this was crazy hair day

and disney dress up day. since this was also muffins for mom day and we needed to be there early, i couldn't drop gianna off at daycare before we went, so she got to dress up and go too. roman is cedric the sorcerer from sofia the first and of course, gianna is sofia. roman loved showing gianna his school. what a sweetie!

p.s. now i can't post videos. womp womp. gotta get my technology guru on this. (oh, toooooooby!)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Technical difficulties

please bear with me while i am trying to figure out "whattheheckishappeningwithmypictures"!!!!

i can't access all my pictures that i know i have taken!!

in the meantime, here are some instagram shots and some videos of life after Christmas...


of course, once we got back home, the boys wanted to go break in their new 4 wheelers. yes, i added an s at the end. they both have one. i guess they don't like to share. well, they were planning on being gone for the whole day, so gianna and i stayed home. we took down decorations and painted her nails and toenails in rainbow colors. (thanks Krista!)

mud vs. paint

and, after our cable box got blown by a storm while we were gone, we had to re-build our DVR playlist. gone were all the movies we had been building up for years. yes, years. sorry kids, no more alvin and the chipmunks....womp womp. so, i was trying to find some that would be interesting. goonies was a favorite of mine when i was young, so i thought roman would enjoy it. i put it on and this happened.

for fifteen minutes straight, i kid you not


silly faces before bed!

gianna received ballet clothes from mimi for Christmas and was super pumped to start her classes. she knows that emma is there and she asked me every day (no joke), "can i go to ballerina today?" it was a long wait, but it was worth it. look how excited she is!!!

and, as i navigate the waters with a diva (i never had this problem with roman...hmmm), i am trying to find out what her "currency" is. and to keep me on my toes, her currency always changes. one day it is a movie, one day it is a toy, or maybe ballet? well, on this particular evening, her royal diva-ness decided that she didn't want to listen. so, i asked her to remove her toys from her room into the hallway. she happily obliged (uh, oh...not sure if this is backfiring on me) and brought everything out, even saying, "oh wait, we forgot something". but, when i picked up her new Fatsy Natsy (Fancy Nancy) books, she was not happy. so, who knows if it will work. but, as of this morning, the pile is still in the hallway.

so that's life...technical difficulties and all!