Friday, February 5, 2016

Grandpa and Grandma

a few weeks ago, grandpa and grandma came for a quick visit on a saturday.  as usual, we are busy with activities that day and so they joined in.  they came to gianna's ballet practice in the morning, then we had a nice lunch at home and relaxed for a bit, then it was time for roman's basketball game. 
after that, they came back home with us for a short time and then headed back home.  it was so nice to see them, even if it didn't last too long.  
we love you grandpa and grandma!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The little things

guido doesn't get to come upstairs all that often, so when he does, he makes the most of it!  look at him lounging like he's the king of this castle!  haha

roman and i have been bonding over teeth brushing.  we do it together most nights and sometimes in the morning.  so, gianna realized she was missing out one night and i told her that she could brush with us in the morning.  and when it came time, we had to wake her up to do it.  she climbed right out of bed, excited, but she was still grumpy faced.  it really is these little things that make me so grateful to be a mom. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hair today, gone tomorrow

for months gianna has been begging to cut her hair.  and i really struggled with that.  so, i called my mom.  and she said DON'T DO IT!  haha...well, maybe she didn't yell it, but the message was...that would be a shame to cut that beautiful hair.  so we didn't.  and we visited at Christmas and let everyone get one last look at those long locks, because once mommom said "it's okay if you cut your hair", she was back to begging.  i figured, it will grow again, right?  

and if i was going to do it, it was going to mean something, so i started to research hair donation.  and i found out that locks for love actually charges for the wigs they make! say what?  

but pantene beautiful lengths does not charge.  and they take as little as 8 inches of hair.  so, knowing that, i figured we could cut her hair and learn a valuable lesson all in one.  

girlfriend was very happy with herself.  i mean, look how cute she is! 
should we call this the flamingo pose?

we waited for the ponytail to dry completely and then we packaged it up in a pretty pink envelope and talked about how some lucky little girl or woman would get to wear it on her head and she would feel beautiful again.  it's a hard concept for gianna to grasp, as she doesn't understand how someone else gets to wear her hair again, but she can't. 

so, she popped that pink envelope in the mail chute and away it went.  we are hoping that whomever gets the gift of her hair feels as beautiful outside as they are inside.  and we will patiently wait for gianna's hair to grow again.  someday she will understand that she gave a very cool gift to someone she doesn't even know!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas 2015

i'm going to be honest here...i'm a sucky blogger.  i don't do it often enough.  and i have lots of excuses for why.  maybe that will change in the future, but not right now.  i'm busy, i'm tired and so i'm back to "cheater blogging".  my app doesn't work anymore and so instead of taking a million hours (maybe i'm exaggerating a tad) to load these 32 pictures individually, i loaded the collages that i put together for our family album.  it took me significantly less time.  but, all the pictures are here.  hopefully, you'll forgive me! (also, i'm pretty sure if you click on the picture, you can see a larger version)

as our usual Christmas trip goes, we started out at mimi's house in newark.  it was a decent trip up, taking us only 10.5 hours.  however, we did leave at 3:30am, so we were all a little beat.  we get to see poppop, kelli and alex, along with cousins from delaware and south carolina. 
 then, the magic of Christmas morning!  our kiddos must have been extra good this year.  they received some really wonderful gifts. 

on the afternoon of Christmas day, we head down to Nana's house and have a lot of fun with our extended family there too. 

finally, we end up at mommom and poppop's house to hang out with the Miller gang.  uncle josh, aunt colleen, uncle jay, cj, lilah and ady are so fun to hang out with and we always have a blast. 

thank you to ALL of our family who take us in (93 suitcases and all) and feed us and fill up our love tank until the next time we get to see you!  

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Shows Must Go On

as it always does, the Christmas season brings lots of opportunity to show off our talents.  gianna's dance school held a small holiday recital and i'm happy to report that she did much better this time around than at the last one.  there were lots of smiles and even though she hadn't been to class in almost a month, she remembered most of the moves. 

and then it was time for her school program.  again, she was much happier this year than last and was very into all the hand motions.  i really enjoyed watching her this year!


last, but certainly not least, roman's school puts on such a great show each year.  this year, 2nd grade were angels and the most exciting part was that we didn't have to make the costume!  hallelujah!
my favorite part was when he caught my eye and smiled.  it really made me all warm inside and i teared up watching him.  he was so proud of their performance and you could really tell that they worked hard on it the last few months.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Say Cheese!

just a couple of outtakes from our Christmas card photo shoot and some Santa ones too!

Santa made an appearance at a party we had for our employee's children where i work, and although roman wasn't able to make it, gianna enjoyed meeting the man in red and even warmed up enough to give him a hug!

since roman missed out, we headed down to savannah because we knew that santa was making a trip back to the south before his big night.  gianna kept her distance this time...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

as roman would say..."we are really in the spirit! we even put lights on the very top of the house and we made a gingerbread village, not just a house!" 

clark, audrey and rusty up on the roof getting the lights juuuuuust right.
of course, we have to have the kids' trees up asap...

our elf, shoshee, made her debut the day after thanksgiving, and we were prepared!  we bought her a new hat, scarf and socks to keep her warm during all her trips back up to the north pole.
this twinkly light snow is about the closest thing to the white stuff that we will see down here in SC!

this is the 3rd year with my favorite fluffy wreath and i actually was brave enough to put it outside this year.  i don't want it to get dirty and ruined, but it looks so purty outside on the black door.
one night, santa rode through the neighborhood on the back of the fire truck.  we love it when he visits!
and look at our little friend for guido... he's the snowy version of our four legged friend.
peekaboo!  we love our inflatable friends. 
time for hot cocoa and decorating the tree!
the kids loved getting up on the stepladder to place their favorite ornaments up high. 
and once it was all decorated, i couldn't wait to have my cocoa and curl up with my buddy to enjoy the glow...
the boys decorated the golf cart so that they could be in the parade with roman's soccer team. isn't it festive?

once they were finished the route, roman got to come hang with his cousins and watch the rest of the parade.
this year, we decided to make our gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and leftover halloween candy.  we had enough crackers to make a little village and the kids enjoyed making trees out of ice cream cones too.  so fun! 
i hope you are in the spirit too!