Abby's 3rd Birthday Party

We celebrated Abigail turning 3 with a big party at Bouncing Off the Walls!

Cousins Tori and Abby exploring the play area

We had a fun spread of soft pretzel rods, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, veggies, fruit, crackers and cheese, drinks and popcorn. Yum!

The boys having some fun...

Air Hockey fun!

This place is a blast!

Taking a break for some re-hydration.

Aiden, Abby and Hayley goofing around

All of Abby's family and friends were in attendance. <3

Grandmom and cousin Shawn playing with balloons.

Getting ready to lead the birthday parade!

Blowing out her candles

Abby and her girlfriends... Maddy, Dionna and Hayley.

The "boys table" for cake

Abby's cake... she was IN LOVE with it!

Birthday girl with her parents and grandparents. <3

Abby had a blast at her birthday party and talked about it for days. She is one blessed little girl. <3


Abby turns 3!

I cannot believe that my little itty bitty baby girl turned THREE years old this year! She is so much more than I ever dared to hope and wish for... she's smart, beautiful, sassy, confident, and kindhearted.  I'm beyond proud to be her mama. 


After jumping out of bed full of excitement, the birthday girl wanted to start her special day with a trip to IHOP!

A quick stop at the eyeglass store for daddy resulted in a stop next door for a balloon and lollipop for the birthday girl!

Then it was off to Toys R Us to pick out her own special gift! After wandering around for what seemed like hours, she ended up with a Minnie Mouse shirt, new book, and a pack of Barbie Squinkees!

We can never pass up a little ride on the way out!

Quick stop at Dunkin Donuts for a snack and drink.

Playing with her new squinkees!

Time to bake the birthday cake!

Make a wish and blow out the candles!

Oh yum!

Ending the day by relaxing on the couch and watching her movie of choice... Despicable Me.

The Christmas Holiday 2011

Abby and Santa 2011
 December really flew by for us!  We had a ton of fun preparing for the holiday and did all kinds of crafts, singing, cooking, and  going on light rides. We have some truly amazing light displays in our area and we took advantage of them a few times this year. We also had a new friend come and stay with us all through the holiday season.... the "Elf on a Shelf"! He arrived the day after Thanksgiving and spent every day watching over Abby and reporting back to Santa every night.  The extra fun part was that when he came back in the morning, he was in a new spot every day! He was a tricky one... showing up hanging from the tv, riding in the barbie car, leaving little gifts, coloring pictures.  The Elf was LOVED and we were all a little sad when on Christmas Eve he rode back to the north pole with Santa. We can't wait to see him next year!

So proud of her gingerbread masterpiece.
 We worked together to create a very cool gingerbread house! Abby had a blast and did a fantastic job decorating. It only took a few days for the house to mysteriously start "losing" pieces.

This is the picture that we used on our Christmas card this year.
Abby with her doll in their matching dresses made by my friend Ann.   


Opening gifts at my grandparents house

It cracks me up when these two pose for pictures together... they ALWAYS make the same face!

My beautiful mama cooking the crabs and spaghetti for our traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner. Yum!!!

My handsome hubby enjoying the festivities

Spaghetti and a banana? Sure, why not. :)
Me and the munchkin, waiting for hubby to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" like he does every year.

Santa was very generous...

Santa's helper hard at work building a special gift for a special little girl.

Santa was very good to this little cutie!

Barbie house!

Christmas Day is a special day for another little cutie... we celebrated our niece Lucy's first birthday!

Poor abandoned blog...

My poor poor blog. I seem to have totally abandoned her as of lately.  I never even finished my "Thankful November" postings! Well I'll be back posting regularly very soon... I have to update on:

*Christmas eve and day
*Abby's 3rd birthday
*Abby's birthday party
*My health
*Snow (finally!)

Looking forward to getting back to blogging and reconnecting. <3