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happy birthday to me…..

13 Jun

i don’t know if it’s cuz the big 3-0 isn’t till next year

or the fact that baby boy is on the way

but i really just wanted a low-key birthday this year.

so spending the day with family and close friends at sunday brunch

sounded right up my alley.

^^^^^

but my birthday wish came true when

the husby surprised me by coming home early from his trip!

a night at home and a dinner at my favorite pizza shop

couldn’t have made my day more perfect!

^^^^^

i would also like to thank everyone who sent me birthday wishes!

i felt super loved!!!

^^^^^

here’s some pics of the past couple days of b-day fun!

enjoy!

the girls

bloody

mustache

gals

yum

fam

cupcakes

little man

fancy ladies

friend

this guy

make a wish

simple

stud

pannacotta

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!!!

^^^^^

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♥

^^^^^

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!!!

americano…..

15 Jan

new citizen

its been a long time coming, 8 years in the making to be exact. but the day has finally come!!!!!

my handsome husband is officially an american citizen!

hooray!!!!!!

it was a proud day for the both of us. starting with a small ceremony at the court-house,

with some inspirational speakers that made for a memorable day.

so over the weekend to celebrate this great honor, i decided to throw an all american party,

including, sliders, hotdogs, all the traditional sides,

an american flag cake, root beer floats, and some of our lovely guests brought

apple pie and donuts.

doesn’t get much more american than that.

we couldn’t be more thankful for all the people who shared in our celebration,

and i couldn’t be more proud of my husband

carmine giuseppe conte! aka:husby

the americano!!!!

thanks everyone, we love you!

envelope #8! coincidence? i think not!it's not our lucky number for nothing.

envelope #8! coincidence? i think not!
it’s not our lucky number for nothing.

happy

proud

congratzburgers n dogssilly stringsilly stringsilly string

root beer floats

with the ladies

peace

flag cake

celebrate

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!)

…….

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.

thankful…..

15 Nov

so i’m sure you all have seen this november thankful a day thing.

well i love the idea but as life would have, i’m a little behind on starting it.

so i thought, with thanksgiving being only  a week away,(whaaaaatttt???)

what the heck, why not start today, and sum up the month with just a few of the things i am most thankful for.

so here it goes:

  1. my husband aka. husby, who i love to the moon and back, without him my life would be dull, lonesome, and so incomplete
  2. my family, for their love and support and who provide just the right amount of chaos in my life that i couldn’t be without
  3. my friends, (you know who you are) to laugh with, shop with, cry with, drink with, relax with, dance with, dine with and be myself with
  4. my pups, who have turned me into a dog person (never thought that would happen) and are the best when you need a little snuggle time
  5. italy and all my in-laws there, first to italy for delivering me my husby, and to the family for excepting me and taking me into their’s like i was one of their own, even with these thousands of miles between us.
  6. my life, i feel so fortunate to have the life i have and the people who are in it. i wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world
  7. my career, not many people get to go to a job that they love every day and that’s exactly what i get to do
  8. and last but not least…… you…… i love that i get to share our life’s little adventures, and that you guys care enough to read it. this blogging experience has been such an awesome outlet for me and with out you guys, it wouldn’t exist, sooooo i think it’s here to stay! thank you my blog loving friends!

xoxo, gina

pumpkins galore….

18 Oct

we had a little pumpkin party over here this past weekend. i went a little over board in the pumpkin purchasing department.i just couldn’t help myself, they were all staring me down at the store. and all those goodies you saw from the last post, i made for this party. (check them out here ) i also bought carving stencils, tools, and pumpkin gut scrappers, along with paint and brushes. i love getting family and friends together, and decorating pumpkins just made it feel a little more like the holidays!!

a little road trip…. part one

17 Sep

visalia, california. a little town in the central valley surrounded by farmers and their cows. this is the town the husby first lived in 8 years ago when he moved to this country. and now after 6 years in vegas, we decided to take a little road trip to the valley. this being my first time there, i was a little hesitant because all the stories i had heard before made it sound like, (well for lack of a better word) a dump. but i have to say, i really enjoyed it. it was exciting to see the husbies old hangouts and even better to meet his friends. particularly his two friends who were so kind to open their home to us, james and michelle. they really made our trip so special, and i feel like i made some new friends my self. they own the quaintest little coffee shop on main street called tazzaria, that also serves food, and a pizzeria also on main street, called pizanos. delicious pizza, just like in naples.  here’s a couple pics from the first part of our trip, but stay tuned for more!!!

that’s james and michelle!

they roast their own coffee too!

tea

the count down…..

20 Aug
get me out of this funky…..
august has seemed to put me in a strange mood.
maybe this heat has finally gotten to me.
i’ve been feeling uninspired and unmotivated.
thus leaving my blog a little uninspired and unmotivated.
but september is right around the corner and i couldn’t be happier.
so, to try to pump myself up,
i have decided to make some goals for the month ahead
…..
september’s bucket list
  • walk the dogs at least 3 times a week
  • wash my makeup off every night
  • finish one of the many books i have started
  • try 3 new recipes
  • put the majority for my pictures in albums
  • organize the pantry
  • watch less television
  • clean out the closet for fall
  • save money for a big trip

…..

i also thought it would be a good idea to write down some of the things that i am grateful for this month

  • my husband, who is 31 days smoke-free and going strong. he inspires me everyday to be better
  • my parents who have been away for the summer. so glad to have you home. sunday’s feel right again
  • my pups who love me unconditionally
  • all my family for the good times we have when we get together
  • my niece and nephews for always putting a smile on my face
  • my friends that are always there for me and allow me to be my self

i’m starting the count down

11 days to september!!!

my 25th birthday

… getaway …

13 Jul

…..

there’s nothing quite as nice as a weekend getaway to the beautiful west coast, and that’s exactly what the husby and i did this past weekend. we decided last minute to get out of the vegas heat, and into the crisp cool california air.  i will say though, the husby probably had an ulterior motive,  he wanted to visit a couple of motorcycle and scooter shops in and around LA, and i’ll use any excuse to getaway for a few days. we stayed with one of my oldest and dearest friends, julia and her husband.  they are always so kind to open up their home for me when ever i’m there and for that i am grateful. thanks friend :)

we spent a day in los angeles, enjoying the local farmers market, checking out motorcycles and visiting a museum. giuseppe made dinner one night while i taught my friend how to make my moms famous chicken cutlets. we also had some delicious meals out at some of my favorite california restaurants. we spent our last day hanging at the beach, bathing in the sun, sooooo nice.  we couldn’t have asked for better weather or for more fun, in the 3 days we spent there.

here are some pics of our little adventure…..

my friend julia

check out her pretty braid

husby’s dream bike

outside the MOMA

that’s julia’s dog “greta bear”

it took me forever to get him in this water. he’s use to warm water and no waves.

happy friday!!!!

…..

…soiree…

12 Jun

…..

sunday afternoon we celebrated my birthday with family and close friends.

we had what one friend called, “adult kid food”

pizza, coonies (pork and veal hot dogs), fruit cups, and of course birthday cake!

(there was much more, we’re italian, so we always over do it)

it was really nice just relaxing outside on what turned out to be the most perfect day.

the kiddos played on a mini water slide, while the adults chit chatted on cozy patio furniture.

we finished the evening with card games and scrabble.

(genevieve kicked our butts)

i am so thankful for having such an amazing family and friends, and i could not imagine sharing my special day with anybody else.

… just wish my mom could have been there…

so thank you to all who came to celebrate with me.

i love you guys!!

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bacon wrapped dated made by genevieve

panzanella salad

ombre birthday cake made my me and genevieve

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