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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Mom found us!

We had a blast while Jared was home most of the week because of the snow. He was able to work in the mornings and play all afternoon!

Big Smile

Our adorable nephew Lucas with his big smile!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Loving Life

Excited Face

I see this face several times a day now and I just love it. Anthony gets SO excited about random things. Sometimes it's because we get to go outside, other times it's simply because I offered him crackers. He has such a wonderful way of sharing his enthusiasm for life.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Feeding at Fattoria

The boys love to feed the cows and horses at the farm.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tickle Monsters

Thanksgiving Day with the Anardis

I purposely did not crop this photo because I LOVE that you can see Luke trying to get in on the family photo. He is so hilarious - he loves to have his picture taken! What a sweet little boy!

First experience with snow

Please don't put me down in the snow, Mom!

New Camera

Jared's generous parents gave him a new camera for his birthday this year, and you can expect to see much better pictures on this blog from now on....once I can get my hands on it, that is. Right now he is spending all of his spare time playing with the new toy.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Steve and Kendra graciously hosted 30 of their closest friends and family for a thanksgiving dinner. It was fun to get together with everyone from my side of the family - some people I hadn't seen in almost a year!

Happy Birthday Jared!

Jared turned 31 this week! Thanksgiving Day, in fact, and you can be sure that he told everyone he saw that his birthday was a national holiday. These two adorable boys are helping me make the braciole for his birthday dinner.

Snuggling with Nonna

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The storm

Well we are surviving the winter storm just fine over here! Thankfully no power outages. Jared did have a lovely drive home from work last night. It took him 4 hours, 40 minutes, and he was in one minor accident (not his fault - someone else lost control of their car and hit him). What a commute.

Anthony and I are having a great time playing in the snow. Jared is working from home today, so hopefully he'll be able to join us later for the winter fun.

And here is my poor brother:
Josh works downtown as a manager at starbucks. He got off at 6, walked around for 1.5 hours trying to find a bus, finally got on one only to go three blocks in thirty minutes. So he decided to get off and walk home. The walk to his place in West Seattle is just under five miles. So my bad-ass brother basically walked around (minus the 30 minutes he was on the bus) from 6 to 10 when he finally got home. All he had were gloves and a jacket, so he wrapped his apron around his face to shield himself from the wind as he was walking over the West Seattle Bridge. Needless to say, he said it was pretty cold out and he almost gave up a few times. But it was faster than taking the bus for sure.

My mom was in town this weekend and left at just the right time yesterday morning! If she'd stayed any longer she would have been stuck over here for who knows how long. And the pass was closed on and off yesterday - she made it through somehow!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Best Friends

We went out to the canal this weekend with all of my best girlfriends from college and had a great time. I am so lucky to have found girlfriends who truly love and care about each other and aren't catty and mean. It's so rare to find a group of five girls like these ones - we are so blessed to have met each other in our freshman years!

As you can imagine, it was quite chaotic with seven kids 3 and under running around, and 9 adults.

The day we left Ellensburg for the real world....flash forward to this weekend, Ella (two years old) puked at the dinner table and Jim said "my how the parties have changed."
Isn't that the truth!

While taking this photo, each husband was holding at least one child and a camera. It was so hilarious!

I love you my dear friends!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Anthony and Lucas LOVE to play horsie. We are having so much fun over here...which is why blogging has gone by the way side. Anthony is SO busy all day long but I'll try to be better about updating so you can see what's happening.

Friday, November 12, 2010



Anthony loves to play with play-doh!

He has play-doh in his mouth here....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bye Bye Buggy

I've been taking Anthony to Wordshop with me during the week and he is really having a tough time getting used to being away from me for 1.5 hours.

The kids who are crying get a ride on this while I am in service.....

Hilarious! Can you believe it?! I've never seen anything like it, but it's such a funny little vehicle. Anthony really seems to enjoy it. This week he didn't get a ride on the buggy so I guess he is getting a little better about playing in his classroom.