Friday, July 31, 2009

Proud Parents : )

Even though we are far from home, it is so nice to have such wonderful friends here. Some of our friends from church watched our dogs for an entire week while we took Natalia to NJ, then some more brought us dinner for an entire week when we returned home. It was such a blessing to have all this and we were so thankful. Below is a picture of my friends Julie and Janice. You can't really tell in this picture since it's still early on but they are *both* pregnant with their first child. It seems everone is having babies here! : )

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lovin' Natalia

So I've been a mommy now for five weeks and the biggest question I get is if I'm getting any sleep. I have to say that I sleep *much* better now than I did when I was 9 months pregnant!! : ) God has a way of preparing you to stay up at night way before the baby is born. But I am thankful that she is a good sleeper. I am also amazed at how much I love her and I would do anything for her : ) In the past 5 weeks she has been everywhere it seems...we've taken her to NJ and back, to our church, small group, out to a medicine and pediatric social (a dinner), outback steakhouse, and plenty of errons with just mommy. It seems she loves to travel and is always very content on the go : ) Here are some more pictures to enjoy...In the first two she is waring a cute little outfit that my Aunt Cathy got her : ) I'll have to send it to her or maybe she will see it on the blog...

She makes the funniest faces with her lips when she's sleeping...

Friday, July 17, 2009

~4 Weeks old~

Natalia & friends...Ethan, Noah and Ella

Natalia: "Ahhh, My bow fell out"!!
Ethan: "Wait, I see it, there it is."
Below is a picture of the gift I made for my's hanging over her crib...

Daddy's Little Girl

THEN & NOW....

Monday, July 13, 2009

7 day trip to NJ = alot of memories!

What a great vacation in LBI! The 1st day there, we just relaxed...but by the 2nd day we were out and about. We took Natalia to Fantasy Island and although she slept most of the time, we think she liked it ; )

Our good friends Spiro, his wife Danielle & their 3 adorable kids
Daniel, Trinity & Julia were our 1st visitors

Trinity & Julia loved all the rides!

While Natalia napped in Grandma's care, I went to the beach and relaxed while watching Frank, my nephew Anthony & Frank's best friend Sal play cornhole : )

Frank's sister and her family also came to visit. Here is Frank
wrestling with his nephew Nicholas

Frank's sister now "Aunt" Karen

Cousin's Nicholas & Brandon looking at Natalia

Grandpa Lodeserto : )

Grandma Lodeserto, Aunt Karen & her sons Nicholas & Brandon

Natalia just loved the cool ocean breeze coming in from the windows...
Mommy & her sweet girl
Daddy's little girl
Grandpa Santoro : )

Natalia with my God Mother & her Great Aunt Carol

"Great" Aunts AnnMarie & Carol

~ Cousin Jackie~
Thank you Jackie & Aunt AnnMarie for making such beautiful gifts for Natalia!
My brother, "Uncle" Michael : ) xoxoxo
Great Aunt Zulma and...

my cousins...the "TRIPLETS", Andrew, Brianna & Timothy
Grandma & Grandpa Santoro

Frank & my nephew Anthony

We love you Ant!