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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!

here’s how we do it…..

28 Dec

so i know everyone has their own family traditions, but i’d like to share how we do the holidays.

the big day for us is christmas eve. we start the festivities off at my parents house for lunch,

which means i get there around 11:00am to help prepare. this meal consists of all fish,

traditionally  seven to be exact, but who’s counting?

for starters, (and my most favorite) pasta with lobster sauce

then there’s shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, calamari, bacala , cod cakes and crab legs.

everyone’s favorite side….. fried broccoli and cauliflower!!!

i know it sounds stupid, but these suckers are addicting,

and we make enough to have leftovers to carry on to the night festivities.

which brings us to what we call midnight pizza’s

(even though we don’t eat at midnight, the name just kinda stuck)

this is the party where we invite our friends to join in on the celebration.

so basically everyone gets to make their own personal pizza with all the fixings. it’s a fun hands on,

kinda mess, but always a good time kind of thing.

this year we added an ice cream bar with little waffle bowls and an endless amount of toppings!

we exchange gifts, the kids play games and everyone has a jolly good time!

so now it’s about 10:45pm, and i bet you thought the night was over…… wrong.

the husby and i then go to his aunt’s house to do the whole christmas celebration with that side of the family.

we’re talking a full meal plus gifts and the usual table talk.

we rounded out the night at about 2:00am,

only to walk up at 8:30 to be at my sister’s house at 9:00 for breakfast and to watch the little ones open up a few gifts.

now’s the time when we get a little break. the husby and i go home, exchanged our gifts

(which we only do stocking stuffers, but i must say, the husby is a way better shopper than me)

then we relax a little, only to then again head back to my parents house for christmas dinner.

this meal consisted of lasagna, prime rib and some veggie sides of green beans and potatoes.

all this eating and parting brings us all to one place….. the couch in a food coma.

it’s always such a good time celebrating the holidays with all your family and friends, and it sure does go by fast,

but, i must say, i am always happy to see them go.

(i’m exhausted!)

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what fun and exciting traditions do you guys have?!

cheese

calamari

love

aftermath

what a ham

falala

seafood

jingle bells bottom

flying high

toppings

ice cream bar

mama

white pizza

the girls

camera man

dear friends

presents

gifts

faces

heavy lifting

family

breakfast

playing

love

the end.

holiday here’s and there’s…..

11 Dec

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here and there and everywhere

a look through the eyes of my iphone

holiday style!!!

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tree pickin

tree

tree trimmings

decorating

the tree

peace

holiday crafts

crafts

craft tree

holiday bunco

cheers

deck the halls

bedroom tree

elf

elf

elf

mama's tree

chalk tree

ok, i know what your thinking……. how many tree’s can we possible have?

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i think there’s never too many!!!

happy holly-days!!!

let the countdown begin…..

1 Dec

so december is here, and quickly i might add.

i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving with their families and friends.

i know i sure did!

i don’t know about you guys, but my house is already fully decorated for christmas!!! 

hooray!!!!!

i love when the house smells like pine cones and winter berry candles.

i think the only thing that would make it feel a little more like the holidays would be some cooler weather.

but i don’t think i can complain too much, 70 degrees in december….. whaaaaat???

we took some family pictures this past weekend for our x-mas cards, and since we like to pretend that we are photographers (we are nowhere near pros, haha!) we took the photos our selves. kinda difficult when you have to keep running back and forth to set the timer. anyways, here’s a couple shots from the shoot.

you’ll have to wait to see which one made the cut for the card!

let the count down to x-mas begin………. 25 days

happy december everyone!!!!

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p.s. i wish the husby never had to shave. so handsome with a beard

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