Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thoughts on Marriage.... from a 4 Year Old

Yesterday morning I was checking one of the photography blogs that I watch. I saw a family picture with a boy who had his Geo Trax Grand Central Station spread all around him. I was showing Thomas the picture since he has the same train set. Cecilia wanted to come see. When she saw it, she said, "He looks like a nice boy... I think I want to marry him now." To which I replied, "Well, you'll have to talk to your father about that." "Yeah, I know," she replied.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

St. Cecilia Day

We celebrated St. Cecilia day last Friday (it was actually Saturday, but Matthew had a wedding to photograph). On the kids' feast days, they get to choose some special treat for dessert. Cecilia found this Peppermint Parfait in her kid cookbook. She's been wanting to make it for so long. Here are some pictures of the kids enjoying their treat.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Little People, Big Personalities

I am so amused watching our children grow up and figure out the world. One of my absolute favorite things is listening to children figure out language. Thomas is definitely at that age right now. The other day, we were leaving Toys R Us and Thomas was astounded by the doors on the way out. He exclaimed, "I didn't know the doors opened by themselves!" Then he told me, "Mom, I'm very impressed of that." I love it!

Cecilia's been amusing me lately too. I really think she must be destined to be a lawyer. She's very logical. On this same trip to Toys R Us, I was reviewing the rules (no asking for things, although you can request to put things on the Christmas list). Cecilia told me she wanted to put this Fisher Price dinosaur on her Christmas list. Now, this thing is huge and loud and ridiculous... it's on display for the kids to play with at the store. So, I started to tell her, "Well, first of all, we have no place to put it. Secondly, it's a very expensive toy to ask for." She was quick with her response, "Well, first of all, the living room.... Secondly, it's not expensive, the elves will just make it!" When she started listing her reasons by number, I just about lost it. She tried this tactic on my later in the night too. Cracks me up.

Since I'm talking about kid personalities, I don't want to leave Eliana out either. I've already commented on her Italian temper (which is short...). However, she is really the happiest baby I've ever met. She has the best smile and laugh I've ever seen/heard. She seems very attentive of people and is certain to give anyone a smile who tries to get one. She's very independent and surprisingly mobile at a young age (which the other two were not). I was laughing this weekend as we got together with the big Italian Lomanno family; Eliana's my first baby who's perfectly suited to the Lomanno clan. She's in heaven in a room full of people who all want to touch her and hold her and feed her! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Eliana's Eating Habits

Eliana, at just 8 months, has just decided to forsake baby food. That's for babies, right? Well, I don't need to make any more special baby food, so that's a good thing. Except that she doesn't have any teeth... so she now has a much more limited diet. (I could smoosh all kinds of things up and feed them to her when she was eating baby food.) Her normal diet now consists of 1/2 piece of toast, handful of cheerios, and half a banana for breakfast; 1/2 grilled cheese sandwich and handful of peas for lunch; pasta for dinner. I know this sounds like a lot of food for such a little person. She does eat a lot, but probably about one third of all her food ends up on the floor, her high chair, or under our shoes... She, of course, wants to pick things up herself, although she will allow us to feed her with a fork if it's real grown-up food. Here's some shots of Auntie (who came home to show off her new engagement ring!!! congratulations Marissa) feeding her some pasta. She's pretty funny when she's eating... her Italian temper comes out. She'll yell if you don't feed her fast enough. Hey, she's a growing little girl and it's frustrating to have to rely on another person to feed you.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Even More from Family Shoot

Here are some more :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More from Family Shoot

Here are some more of the photos our friend Carly Rose took of us up in Meredith, NH. There were a lot, so you'll probably see more later this week. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Comments on Louis Armstrong

I love Christmas music, so I generally take it out much before I should (all while commenting on how ridiculous it is that Santa's already at the mall...). We were listening to Louis Armstrong singing Christmas songs over lunch today. Here's where our conversation ended up.

Thomas: "Will we get to meet Louis Armstrong some day?"
me: "No, honey, he's not alive anymore."
Thomas: "He's dead?"
me: "Yes."
Cecilia: "Will he come back to life?... because God came back to life."
me: "You're right, God did, but Louis Armstrong won't..."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aunt Gail's Wedding

Gail and Michael were married on Sunday. It was the first Jewish wedding ceremony we had been to and it was beautiful. The kids were extremely well behaved and had a lot of fun. Cecilia danced the whole time... with whatever cute, young girl she could find :) Thomas danced with mom, Memere, and Renee (in the picture below). Eliana had many, many admirers as well.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Day

We took the kids to vote with us. Cecilia has that big smirk because she was just told she could get a sticker. They always like to go into the booth with mom and dad.

It was an absolutely beautiful fall day in NH. It was up in the mid-60's, so we tried to spend time outside. Matthew took the kids for another walk when we got back from voting.


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Night

We went to Gramma and Papa's again for Halloween night. The kids had a great time, as expected. Gramma even went out and bought some camouflage paint for Thomas's army man costume. Auntie showed up from NY to surprise the kids. We had lots of fun visiting with old family friends. Then, we headed back to Gramma and Papa's to check out the loot :)