Thursday, July 28, 2011

I can sit up now! Love, Josiah 4 1/2 months old


And I absolutely adore my big sister...

Mommy likes to say "cheese" a lot. I'm not sure why.

Here I am playing with my big sister & my daddy in the baby section of the museum.

There's that "cheese" sound again.
My big sister
My mommy thought this picture was cute with the two of us in the stroller

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Home, New Memories


Hugs for Josiah
Our backyard
Grilling for the 1st time in the new home (Natalia is in the back : )
Daddy & Natalia
Josiah's 1st time eating rice cereal
Our 1st trip to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
(Which we are now members for the year!)
Mommy & Natalia
and there is Josiah too (just hanging out)
This clear glass wall was filled with water and had bubbles going through it

A black board, water and a paint brush.
So simple and yet so genius at the same time.

Josiah's 1st time in the swing at the park



All (((smilies)))
Tunnel at the playground. Also you can see two more swings facing the river in the back.
I couldn't fit the entire park in the picture but there are two different slide areas (here's one of them). This is the same park on the river from our first Pittsburgh post, there is also a running trail around it with picnic tables.
Well we've enjoyed a whole lot of "first's" recently here in Pittsburgh. I can't wait for more memories to come. P.S. Just for a quick job update, I had my 2nd interview for a Child Life Specialist position at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/ Mercy Hospital's Burn Center and it went really well! : ))

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Birthdays and more! Josiah Luke 3 months (A great picture to take when you can't decide on an outfit! : )
As I write this you are actually now 4 months old and are such a joy to us. At 4 months old you are rolling from your belly to your back and from your back to your belly! You have tried rice cereal and seem to like it so far. You are so friendly and smile all the time. Actually all we have to do is make eye contact with you and you smile every time (it makes our heart melt). You love to babble in the mornings, you love watching your sister play and you are very good at holding your rattles. Also, we put you in the swing at the park for the first time and you loved it! You are an amazing little boy, we love you so much!
And my sweet little Natalia, Happy 2nd Birthday honey! I can't believe you are 2 years old already. At 2 years old your favorite toys to play with are anything that has letters (puzzles, etc.). You love letters and can name almost the entire alphabet. Also, you love to color, throw and catch balls, play outside, read books, try on mommy's shoes and your favorite cartoon is Cinderella. (It's is so cute when you say, "Rella"). Also, your favorite foods seem to be grilled cheese, pears and yogurt. You still take one nap a day and you always sleep with your favorite pink and yellow blanket. You love your little brother and are always wanting to know where he is as soon as soon as you wake up in the morning. You are so sweet Natalia, we love you so much!
Decorating your own birthday cup cakes at Grandma's house : )
On the way to the park with Grandma Santoro


While we were home, family came over to meet Josiah for the 1st time and while everyone was over we decided to also celebrate three June Birthdays! My dad, my sister and sweet Natalia...

Natalia conducted her own Happy Birthday song! It was *so* cute.
Happy 2nd Birthday sweetheart!!! We love you Natalia!
Happy Birthday dad! We love you!

And Happy Birthday to my sister, we love you and miss you!

Cousin Anthony : )
Aunt Zulma : )
More fun times with family, Grandma L, cousins Nicholas and Brandon and Aunt Karen : ))
and Grandpa L too!! We love you guys and miss you all!!!
Cousins Nicholas & Brandon taking Natalia for a ride : ))

Check this out! Cousin Brandon...
Hold on!
Nicholas and Brandon are cousins but really more like *big brothers*. They are so good with Natalia.
Natalia misses your hugs

Natalia had so much fun with you guys! We miss you...
Weeeeeee
Nicholas said, "No hands!"
You can do it!!



Yay! Yay!

My brother Michael and Natalia (Hey Nat- not a bad coach to have considering he played professional baseball!!) We love you Mike!

My brother's wife, Aunt Rachel : )


My sister Danielle
At Kids Village in NJ with cousin Julianna





Play date with a very special friend Maya. She is the daughter of a good friend of mine from High School. At the end of the day the girls left holding hands! It was adorable!!! : )
And Josiah had a great time just hanging out as well...
We'll miss you Maya, but we will see you again soon
~Cousins~
I think Natalia picked up some hair styling tips from my mom while we were home : )
We had a great time seeing everyone in NJ! Can't wait to come home again soon.