Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cerini Family Picnic

For some time now my cousin Manya has been doing some digging for more family. As if my family wasn't big enough already, she was successful in finding some relatives that live in Switzerland a cousin his wife and there children. After finding the 5 of them, that opened up finding a few more families that live here nearby. Elio and his wife planned to come to the States to visit so like any Italian family you have to get together and meet with food. Manya arranged a lovely day in the park for all of us to meet, eat lunch and play in the park. Some were meeting for the first time and some were just to catching up.
This is just a picture of all that could attend, there were quite a few that didn't make it.
The kids had a blast having a picnic together with sandwiches, cookies and the ever tasty Pirates Booty.

It was so nice to get out of the house for the day with the kids and hang out with family and relax. 
 Logan was so relaxed and having such a good time that when nature called he wasn't shy. He simply pulled his pants down and went. My new found cousin informed me, "it's ok, it's better than him going in his pants." True, very true.

Evelyn Cerini Cabral's Family
Lucchesi Park 2012
(I love how Logan is kissing on Hunter's arm, I didn't even know that until I downloaded the pic)

Firehouse Visit (in August)

Finally after being at the firehouse for short little visits, Hunter actually visited the firehouse for lunch, station 91, daddy was covering at a different house. He had been there for quick little visits before, to pick daddy up to go to San Diego and then just to say hi when we got back. But this time we went for a full visit. He was treated by big brother showing him everything about the fire engine, antique and new.
 He wasn't too sure what to think of it, but Logan sure did enjoy himself as usual. Driving, checking the tires, looking for house and turning on the lights. He even was taken through the training tower. Hunter and I stayed outside of that, too many bad fumes to smell. Plus it was really high up.
We will be back to visit again soon, and hopefully it will be to daddy's station, station 94.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy 5 MonthDay! (a few days late)

Dear Hunter,
you are quite the little looker these days. Always keeping your eye on your mama, Logan and Daddy. We don't go far from you otherwise tears and red upset screams come with it. You are so much fun, laughing and talking, it is really hard to watch T.V. or talk to daddy because you always have to get your two sense in, which is just mumbo jumbo right now. We occassionally ask that you keep it down but very quickly remember that this will pass and we will miss it. (unless your a talker like me.) You started waking up every night around 3 am crying. We weren't sure if it was because you were un-swaddled or hungry. I tried really hard not to nurse you at these times, most of the time you would go back to sleep after we re-swaddled you, but sometimes mama would just let you nurse. Your now eating Oatmeal for breakfast and Rice Cereal for dinner, and now you are back to sleeping through the night. I am going to be making you some sweet potatoes this week, hopefully you like them. You have started rolling over all of the time now, as soon as you are layed out on your play mat you go right over to your belly and start looking around. It is the cutest thing, seeing that big head of yours raised as high as it will go so you can see what is going on. You also started hanging out in the jumperoo, which you love because you can really watch Logan in the living room playing with his toys, and you try to talk to him but he says "hey stop doing that" everytime you start to talk, just because he can't hear his cartoons.

As you can see from this picture below you are topping the scales at almost 18 pounds and you are only 5 months old. We think that you will be outweighing your brother before too long, but hopefully you will have a growth spurt in length, I don't know how much more I can let these diapers out. just kidding!

Everyone has a hard time remembering what Logan looked like at your age so here is a refresher for everyone! Totally different than you! Also at 5 months he weighed 15 lbs 10 oz., however you surpassed that at 4 months weighing 16 lbs 1.9 oz.

Logan 5 months old                                                    

Logan 3 months old, visiting with Tante's                   
We are so in love with you and your brother, words couldn't even begin to explain it. You are still so enamoured with Logan too, that whenever you hear his voice you instantly stop what you are doing, nursing included, and look all over for him. I hope that when you are both grown young men that love and devotion will remain. Can't wait to see how much you will enjoy real food this month.
Love you always,
Hugs & Kisses

Monday, September 17, 2012

Van Damme Camping (Trip #3)

 Van Damme 1st Annual Caldwell Group Camping trip on the Mendocino Coast was a success!!! There was plenty of food, good company and lots of exploring and bike riding for the kids. Once the kids were in bed it was adult time around the campfire telling stories and talking about the good ole days! 2 out of the 4 days we had sunshine!

Dinners were a nice time to cook together and share each others meals, there was never not enough food and nobody went to bed hungry. However, if you woke up hungry there was sure to be enough breakfast as well.

Even the big kids (Mitchell) played around on the bikes. Some were learning how to ride there striders and others were doing jumps and coasting downhill.

Manya brought Peanut Butter Nutella crispie treats, I brought goody bags for s'mores and homemade cookies! There was definately an endless amount of food, sweets included. 

Me and my boy! He loves to hold my hand, he will say "hold my han mama" I had to photograph that moment!

Breakfast, pancakes, eggs, linguicia, bacon and fruit, complete with lots of coffee and Oj, followed by Lego battleship and a good hike.

My Happy Campers! Slept through the night and missed most of there naps, and still continued to have fun! The last morning we were sure to help each other load up and clean up camp while eating delicious homemade cinnamon rolls! Thank you Nonna!!!
Let us know if your interested in next years group camping trip, we will add you to the email.