Monday, December 3, 2012

The most wonderful time of the year

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I Love Christmas!  I love everything about it.  One of the things I love the most is the memories I get to make for my kids.  I love to continue with old traditions and I love to start new ones.  

One tradition that I have carried into my family that stems from my childhood is the Christmas tree.  I am very specific about my Christmas tree.  It has to be real and it has to be bought, put up and decorated the day after Thanksgiving.  Do not ask me to do anything that day because it is reserved for my family and I can't really think of anything that would get in the way of that.

This year we did try something a little bit different.  We went to a new place that had you pick out and cut down your own tree (& it didn't hurt that they were only $25 any tree ;).  We have never done this before and it was really fun.

We actually have had 10-12 foot trees since we have lived in our new house.  But this place didn't have super tall trees.  We had walked all around the tree farm and couldn't really find one we liked.  We were just about to leave and try another place when Chad spotted this beauty....

Emmett was already in the car to go and we got him out and the family voted unanimously that this was our tree.  So Emmett and Molly got the cart....

We cut the tree.....

And when I say "we" I mean "Chad"!

Then we loaded it up on the cart....

And everyone ditched Emmett.....

And we put it in the truck....

And got it home!

It really is a beautiful tree.  It is a bit shorter than what we are used to.  But man, it got decorated so quickly and we didn't have to get the big ladder out. I told my kids Christmas isn't about how big your tree is.  It helps that we saved about $70 from last year :)

The day after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the whole year and now you know why!!

A Progressive-Cini Dinner!

What happens when you put three sisters in a house painting for FOUR days?!?!?   They make plans!  And that is just what we did.

We came up with the first annual "Pieracini Progressive Dinner"!  We were talking about Christmas decorations and how we would love to make it to all of our sibling's houses to see them all decorated.  So Marsha (the brains of the family :) came up with the idea!  And I would have to say it was a hit.

We started at Scott and Marsha's house for appetizers.  Then we went onto Shannon's house for salad and bread.  I left my camera in the car and didn't get any pictures there. :(

Then we headed to LC and the first stop was our house for the main course.  We had cube steak, mashed potatoes and corn.  Chad did an awesome job.  That's right, Chad made everything.  Can I just say how amazing my husband is.  I planned this whole thing and he made the whole dinner.  Now don't get the wrong idea, I didn't sit around on the couch.  I got the house ready.  We make a great team!

Then we went onto Kara & Kyle's house for dessert.  There were plenty of them :)

I think a good time was had by all and everyone some ate too much.  Scott made the comment that he couldn't do this all the time and Marsha reassured him it would only be once a year.

We can't wait until Nick & Alisha can join us next year and as always we wish Andrew & Michelle lived closer so they could join us for these kinds of things!

I am a very lucky lady to have such a wonderful family!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Back at it :)

I really, really want to start blogging again.  I am not sure if I know how anymore ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's That time of year....

It's football season again!!!

and here is what you will see if you come into my house on Saturday and Sunday for the next 4+ months :)

Hitting another milestone :)

Well I am about two weeks too late but here is Emmett and Molly's first days of school.....

Emmett started school on Wednesday August 24.  He is starting 2nd grade.  His teacher is Mrs. Atkinson.

(I didn't get up early enough to comb Molly & Max's hair :)

He really enjoyed his summer and everytime I asked him if he missed school he said NO!  But when we started to get closer to the first day he finally admitted that he was ready & excited for his first day.  I felt like last year being in 1st grade was still one of the little guys.  Now that he is in 2nd grade I feel like he is big time!! 

That same day Molly had her kindergarten orientation.  So her and I were able to go meet with her teacher, Mrs. Bishop, about 11:00.  Then we had the next two days to have fun and enjoy our time together before she became a "full-time" student.  Thursday we went shopping with grandma and Shannon.  Friday we went to take Grandma Becky a birthday card to her work.  (She turned 60 years old)!  After that we went on a lunch date with one of her best friends, Eme.  They got their nails painted and chose happy meals from Mcdonalds for lunch (of course)!  Then when we went to pick Max up from Grandma Kathy's Morgan was there.  And....I got ditched!!  Her last day before kindergarten and she wanted to hang out with Morgan instead!!
Monday rolled around, Finally!

She was so, so excited!!!

Here is Molly walking in the school and she NEVER looked back!

Now what I don't have a picture of is her mother crying...& crying....& crying!  Max kept asking "you done Mom?"  " You done?"   I wasn't.  I (for some reason) could not stop crying.  I kept picturing my little baby girl with her bangs put in a barrett.

How did I go from this... this??

It just seems to have gone so fast.  How did I get TWO kids in school???  I told Max thank goodness I still have him at home :)

Well I stopped crying eventually and the day went pretty fast.  & Molly was all smiles when she got off the bus...

Her first two weeks have been great.  She loves every minute of it and I haven't shed a tear since that first day :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fifteen & counting....

What could be more fun than trying to get three kids to pose for a picture????

Trying to get Fifteen kids to pose for a picture!

It's one of those things that nobody wants to do but they want it done.  Well we got the kids as coordinated as we could and snapped as many pictures as we could before all hell broke loose.  And believe didn't take very long for that to happen.  These are just the pictures I took.  I am sure some others got better pictures than I did, but these didn't turn out to horribly bad.

The fifteen grandkids with the two people responsible for all this madness...

Marsha & Scott's crew...

Chad & My gang...

Andrew & Michelles Boys....

Nick & AJ's sweetie....

Kyle & Kara's little guy....

Shannon & Aaron's new arrival...

I couldn't leave this one out.  The two newest buddies.  Max calls Tate, Tater Tot.  Tate calls Max, Maxers!  These two had so much fun playing together!

They are only 2 Months apart!

Wonder how many grandkids there will be when the next picture is taken ?