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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

The Happy Couple...

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers

Ava Marie

Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Third Birthday tickers

Clara Rose

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Gabriel's ticker

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Twins ticker

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

From our family to yours, We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We toasted with eggnog and later with champagne to our first Christmas as Husband and Wife and Mother and Father.  Shaun read "The Night before Christmas" and we watched "Miracle on 34th Street".

Ava took a bath to get ready for Christmas



and wore her "My 1st Christmas shirt" and "Santa slippers" (thanks Uncle Bob!). 

She sang her own version of Christmas Carols and made us smile from ear to ear. We have much to be thankful for as it's been a year of special blessings. 

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From our family to yours we wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Christmas photos

My dear friend Kelly, came by to visit Miss Ava a couple of days ago and brought her favorite toy ...her camera.  She took the cutest Christmas photos of her as a Christmas gift to us!  What an awesome gift!!!  Here are a few of our little cutie!  Hope this puts you in the Christmas spirit!



















Thanks again Kelly for such a wonderful wonderful gift!  You're so talented!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ava Marie - 3mo Birthday!

Miss Ava Marie is now 3mo old! The last three months... well, haven't exactly seemed like 3mo at all!  I can't believe it!  She's so much bigger and stronger.  She has the sweetest disposition.  Very easygoing (like her daddy) and super cuddly.  She's definitely acting like she's got "places to go and people to see" though.  She loves to stand and step (with support of course... but barely) and sit up and talk and laugh and tell stories.  Looking forward to the years to come with her.  I couldn't have asked for a better baby!

Here's a view of  the last 3 months in pictures.  I am a total "new mommy" and took a zillion (though for anyone who knows me, this is NO surprise!)  She recieved SO many cute outfits, I tried to take lots of pictures to share with those who gave her such a beautiful wardrobe!

Get ready for all the pics I didn't post when I was busy spending all my time with her:

On the day she was born she was greeted by happy Mommy & Daddy!






Then the visitors started coming...
 Nana...

 Fr. Sullivan...

 Colleen...

 Maggie...

 Grama...
 Mark...
 Auntie Louise...

 (3 Generations)

 Haley...
 Even the nurses loved her!

 Julie...

 Louise (aka: "Best Midwife ever!")

And that was all before she even came home!

Then the visits (and pictures) continued!
 I loved to sleep...
 and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
  and sleep...
 But SOMETIMES I woke up!



Then on my Baptism day, I turned ONE month old and was surrounded by family and friends when I entered into God's family.

 I felt so safe in Daddy's arms
 Here's my big moment!
 My wonderful Godparents!
 My Big sister, Cheyanne
 So many people love Ava Marie
 Including my wonderful Pastor, Fr. Conrad

 My cousin, Grace (what a great "baby holder")
 My cousin (and God-sister), Hillary
 Uncle Paul & Aunt Crystal
 Grama
 Nana
 Auntie Rose & Uncle Joe
 Our good friends Joe & Anne-Marie

Then the month continued and I grew and grew and grew!
 Father Marcello


 (Daddy's hardworking hands)




My first Halloween! mmmm... candy!
 Kathi D


 Went to visit the Gonya family

 and made a new friend with baby Caroline!


Even the waitresses at Cobblestone's love me!
 Karin
 Luann


 Uncle Bob visited a lot to help Daddy.  I LOVE Uncle Bob!



 One of my favorite hangout places - The Moby Wrap


 Mary Kate (She helped mommy get ready for me)








By now I was really used to the camera!  I turned 2months old and recieved more visitors and grew even more (cuter!)

 My first Thanksgiving
My Grampa

 (praying the rosary with Daddy)


 Cassandra
 Darius
 Carina, Ann & Cassandra
 The Moby with Mommy!

 Dressed up for Church




 I admit it... I sleep a lot!

 But sometimes I love to talk...

 and laugh....



 Sometimes I surprise Daddy at work to give him kisses

 and visit Grama

 and my Godfather
 But my favorite place is home with Daddy!

 I like to watch my sister play basketball


 but love it more when she visits and holds me








Then Ava went on her 1st LONG road trip with Mommy all the way to visit friends in Maryland!
 Sarah, Mary & Sofie were very interested in watching the baby

 John-Paul
 Joe-Joe
 Sarah, Sofie, Mary, Thomas, Michael & Joe

 Joe & Thomas
 Fred & Ellie
 Peter
 The 7 boys: Andy, Peter, John-Paul, Joe, Matty, Michael & Thomas

 Phew!  After the long ride home I was so exhausted, I even fell asleep playing!

 Daddy was SO happy I was back!



 "Auntie" Colleen came to read me stories!

 I was getting so big, SO fast that I was constantly outgrowing my (super-cute) clothes

 I also started teething!
 And because I was uncomfortable, only wanted Mommy


 Here I am at my big sister, Cheyanne's Christmas show!


 With Daddy when he made his Marian Vow

 We LOVE Mary (I'm named after her, you know!?)

 I LOVE it when DAddy comes home!


 Lately I've been really practicing "Sitting"

 It tires me out!

 I'm also practicing "standing"
 I LOVE to stand!
 and sleep
  and sleep
  and sleep
 sometimes I get cranky because my gums are REALLY sore!

 It makes me sad!
 But now I can find my hand

 and that helps.
 Usually I'm happy, though!

 I'm growing up so fast!

Now I'm 3 months old!  Wonder what the next month will bring!?