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red, white and blue…..

5 Jul

4th family

some exciting things happened yesterday!

not only did my dad turn the big 6-0, but it was also matteo’s first 4th of july!

we celebrating by having a big party

filled with all my dad’s favorite foods, like ribs, chicken wings, and a cream puff birthday cake.

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 matteo got to swim and i swear he must be part fish.

we would put him on the edge of the pool and he would launch right in with no fear.

so happy he loves the water. unfortunately it was cut a little short when a little rain storm rolled in.

we didn’t mind though, it was actually a nice relief from the hot days we’ve been having here,

plus matteo got to play in the rain which he’s never done before.

so i was a full day of “first’s.”

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two hours past matteo’s bedtime, we ended the night with some firework action.

i think the sparklers were his favorite, or maybe i just made that up cuz they’re my favorite!

either way, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect holiday!

here’s some pics of the festivities.

4th feast

4th baby

baby and birthday boy

the baby and the birthday boy!

4th sweets

moustache

future lovers

matteo got some love from his favorite girl vivi!

granita

melon and strawberry peach granita’s

fish

fishies

rain

watching the rain

in awe

sparkle

hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of july!

see you soon!

here we go 2014…..

3 Jan

sandwich

hooray for 2014!!!

i’ve never been really good a keeping my new years resolutions,

so this year i’ve decided to focus more on

making mini goals for my self throughout the whole year.

sort of like makeovers for different parts of my life,

like bettering my soul, my family, my outlook on life in general.

i want to be more open-minded to change

and see only positive in everything and everyone.

so i guess that’s still pretty much a resolution, huh?

well i’ll try it out and let you know how it goes.

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so many wonderful things happen for us in 2013,

the most obvious one being little matteo,

but something tells me 2014 is going to be pretty great too.

and so the adventure continues for us,

now just with baby included!!!

can’t wait to share them with you!

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so happy new year friends!

make it a good one!

xx

christmas 2013…..

2 Jan

santamatteo’s first christmas was a success!

even though he has no idea who santa is

and will never remember meeting him in this photo,

the season just wouldn’t be the same without

the jolly old man!

presents

these days we just buy gifts for the little ones

 and even though i know the kids don’t even notice the wrapping,

it’s still my favorite part. i love making all the packages pretty!

loves

the holidays felt different this year,

naturally all of our attention was focused on baby matteo

and celebrating our first christmas as a family.

i couldn’t help but to get excited thinking of

how we’ll spend our holidays from here on out,

making new traditions and

really feeling the magic that littles bring.

growing

matteo makes 5!

the family is growing fast and

my parents live for the grandkids.

i love seeing all the cousins together!

together

visiting friends is always fun too!

we’ve already have these two’s first date planned!

can’t wait for these two to play together.

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i just love the holidays

and they always seem to just fly by so quickly.

next year will only get better though.

matteo will be one year old and

one year closer to understanding

all the joy the holidays bring.

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we hope your holidays were as lovely as ours!

happy jolly very merry christmas…..

25 Dec

stocking stuffer

a year ago today

we found out we were expecting this little bundle.

never did we expect

the kind of joy he would bring into our lives.

we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect gift.

seasons greetings

we hope your christmas is truly wonderful,

filled with  joyful times making memories

with your loved ones!

merry christmas

love, the conte family

xx

here and there….

19 Dec

hey guys!

so it’s not that i don’t love blogging anymore,

cuz i truly do,

it’s just that it’s getting harder with and infant over here.

i find my self spending all my “spare time”

(if that exists anymore)

doing stuff for my little man.

but just to give you an idea of what’s been going on around here,

i wanted to post a,

here, there and everywhere we go….

hope you enjoy it.

and i’ll try to post more often.

xx

twinkle

how can i get anything thing done with this face staring at me?!

sparkle

a little family outing to get into the holiday spirit!

chopsticks

we went for vietnamese food and

this little one is already practicing with chopsticks!

breakfast

the husby’s amazing creation

my boys

twins???

tis the season

we got a tree!!!

work

in action! the husby hates this part.

tree

but it’s so worth it!! there’s nothing like a real tree! and the smell….can’t beat it!

lights

he’s obsessed too!

hand in hand

we went on a date!

if you call the baby sleepimg in a stroller next to you while you eat, a date?

these days….. we do!

swing

family

then we hit up a christmas party!

strolling

we’re so lucky we can still take a stroll outside in december

cousins

my parents annual christmas party…. and then there was 5!

sophie

hangin with sophie!

see you all soon!

giving thanks…..

2 Dec

there’s always so much to be thankful for,

but i’m going to keep this simple.

…..family…..

those that are blood

and those that are not,

those who are near or far,

that we see everyday or once a year.

for the one that we have started

 that has given me the gift of becoming a mother.

….family…..

i hope that you all enjoyed a day of thanks

with the ones you love

and with whom you call family.

festive

us

^^^ the baby slept all the way up till the husby had to work

so unfortunately we never got a family pic^^^

…so sad, i know…

the bird

the spread

inseparable

check out last years thanksgiving here

1st halloween…..

6 Nov

pumpkin baby

this post is better late than never.

halloween creeped up on me faster than i was ready for it.

i  have sort of lost track of the days since baby matteo got here.

he couldn’t have come at a more perfect time though

because we do get to celebrate all the best “first” holidays!

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i kind of slacked when it came to the costume part,

and painting pumpkins with a newborn

didn’t happen quite how i planned.

regardless, we had an awesome time

with family and friends and

it seems that we may have started a tradition over here,

pumpkin decorating at our house!

this was our second year hosting.

yay!!! i love new traditions.

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so even though we didn’t have costumes and

our pumpkins didn’t get finished,

i’d say our first halloween with matteo was still a success!

hope you all had a safe and spook-tacular halloween!

(i know, that was really corny, lol!)

pumpkin table

decorating

family of pumpkins

^^^ a pumpkin for each of us^^^

cousins with nonno

cousins with nonna

^^^cousins luna and matteo getting some grandparent love^^^

boo

^^^ at least  he was festive with his spider hat and “boo” shirt^^^

thanks genevieve for letting us borrow that!

btw, i didn’t get one picture with my little tricker treater

boo hoo

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check out past halloweens  here, here, here

and here!

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till next time!

xx

a mother…..

12 May

so i guess today i am celebrating my first mother’s day.

kinda weird since i haven’t seen my little one, or touched him,

or even heard him cry,

i can feel him in there though and i know he’s mine.

i feel so lucky to be able to create this little life inside me

and i can’t wait to be his mamma.

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happy mother’s day to the woman who i hope to live up to,

my mamma!

i have learned so much from you as a mother and a wife,

you’re amazing, period.

 when my little man gets here,

i truly hope he sees me the way i see you.

love you mamma!

^^^

i would also like to wish my mother in-law all the way in italy

a happy mother’s day!

i can’t thank you enough for giving me

the most amazing husband, best partner in crime and

most thoughtful and loving man who i get to call mine.

un bacio.

^^^

and happy mother’s day to all you amazing moms out there.

hope your day is truly special.

oldie

oldie

mamma anna

mammas

an easter sunday, our style…..

2 Apr

funny bunny

holidays for our family means a house full of family and friends

and easter is no exception.

so there was 20+ of us around the table sunday.

i love this holiday cuz the weather is always beautiful,

flowers are blooming, don’t forget about the easter egg hunt,

and of course…. the food!!!

my mom has her specialties that we wait all year for.

so delicious!!!

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kind of crazy to think this was the last easter with out a child.

next year our little one will be egg hunting too!!!

if you could see me you’d know i’m blushing♥

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the littles

^^posing for their easter pic^^

bunnies

^^bunny cake pops^^

practice

^^he looks good with a baby in his arms^^

sweets

^^dessert table^^

lilly

frank

comedian

go team

^^banana passing game, too hilarious for words^^

golden egg

^^look who found the golden egg for the 2nd year in a row^^

cake

^^yum^^

entertainment

^^they coud have done this all day^^

play

^^tummy time turned into a party^^

bunny baby

^^cutest bunny baby ever^^

^^she liked the easter card more than anything else in her easter basket!^^

hope you all had as much fun on easter as we did!!!

the best part of easter…

27 Mar

easter is right around the corner!

besides celebrating with family and

eating my moms traditional easter dishes that we wait all year for,

my favorite part of the whole holiday

is decorating eggs!!!

this year we changed it up and dyed brown eggs

as well as sharpied traditional white eggs. (thanks to pinterest for that idea)

i love how they came out!!!

what do you guys think?!

ps matt and genevieve, i saved you the embarrassment by not posting the pics of you guys blowing the guts out of our eggs. so your welcome! i had so much fun making pretty eggs with you guys and vivi of course!!!

boiled

colors

eggs

black n white

brown eggs

sharpie=amazing

pretty

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