Christmas 2016

We celebrated with our family on Christmas Eve because of Sunday/church complications. πŸ™‚ It was a wonderful time with lots of fun, food, and laughter! The only drawback was that dear Grandma couldn’t make it because of a nasty cold! πŸ™Β  We managed without her though (as sad as it was), and still had a great time! πŸ™‚

Tables ready for our Italian feast!
April and Grandpa.
Uncle Denis and the boys making a snowman! We also had a lot of fun sledding. πŸ™‚
Playing Grandpa’s favorite game of Dominoes!
Aunty Esther & Uncle Joe against Uncle Josh & me. πŸ™‚
It was a hilarious game – at least Aunty & I thought so!
Alex kept exploring the Aunts’ bags. This time he found a phone! πŸ˜›
This is how a “Michael” eats braciole. πŸ™‚
Aunty Aleta has such a great laugh! I love hearing it. πŸ™‚
A selfie taken for Grandma! <3
Christiana playing. πŸ™‚
Pray for sweet little Sami if you think of it, he was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Denis gave some of the boys a lesson on how to massage. They practiced on Uncle Josh. =)
Aunty Stefanie drove all the way up after a full day of work at Mass General!!
Ashlyn & Alex – loving cousins!
Story time with Uncle Josh!
Everyone was given a sticky and on that sticky they had to write something (if money was not an obstacle) they would like to do for God, or a ministry they would financially aid, etc… Then the stickies were put in a basket and everyone drew a sticky, read it out loud, and guessed who wrote what. Denis stuck his sticky to his forehead. πŸ˜€
Someone got a bit carried away photographing Uncle Josh, so we put a few of them together like this. πŸ˜›
Focused Foosball players. πŸ™‚

It was a fantastic Christmas Eve, and though it was a bit sad when everyone else left, Uncle Denis decided to stay the night!

He became hair stylist Christmas morning!
Sunday smiles!

Hope you had a wonderful Holiday celebrating Jesus’s birth! We are so blessed to have Him in our lives.


A Bittersweet Party

Bitter, because it was Stan’s last day in NH. Sweet, because he was with us celebrating April’s 7th birthday!

Outside fun!
Stan brought along “Ticket to Ride” and patiently taught us how to play it! =)
Balloons – we weren’t quite as crazy as last time. πŸ˜‰
Birthday girl opening her present with Daddy’s help. =)
Looking at & talking about school.
April was having tons of fun with her new kitchen!

Alex joining the conversation. πŸ˜‰
And of course, silliness. πŸ™‚
Group pic!

It’s amazing how fast 4 months can fly by! We miss you, Stan! And we’ll look forward to those future visits. πŸ™‚

In Christ,
Abbie C.

December Happenings!!

December’s here and with it, weather changes!
Cold temps and glistening snow!
Foosball with Stan one morning while waiting for Uncle Joe and the moving procession to arrive. πŸ˜‰
Ah, Hot Sauce or Tabasco with carrots are a favorite snack here, especially with the little kids!!
Man, the go-cart, plasma cars, and Foxy sure do provide SO much fun!
Oooooooo! Wonderful popcorn from Aunt Mary Ann and Uncle Leo. πŸ™‚
Sisters. If you’ve seen pictures of me at April’s age, you know that she’s my twin in looks AND personality. πŸ˜›
Joseph working in his miniature studio. πŸ™‚
Result. πŸ˜‰
Morning fun!
And morning vitamins! Believe me, if we don’t take our vitamins soon enough, Alex is SURE to eat them – he absoultly L.O.V.E.S. vitamins!! He must like to pretend to be Daddy. πŸ˜€
Sledding outside with Esther (neighbor’s dog).
Hurrah for dinner out, and HURRAH for Dad’s promotion!!!!
A sweet note from our dear Great Grandpa Marsh along with a useful package of stickers, notepads, calendars, and all that great stuff veterans get that they don’t use, haha.
Ready for church! #SundayMorning
Sunday evening was a wonderful time at Grandpa and Grandma’s church! One highlight was seeing two friends who just graduated from basic training in the Marines! The guys had fun talking and learning about all the cool military stuff, heehee. πŸ™‚
Brandon and us. πŸ™‚ (no picture with Andrew, unfortunately…) Even Alex was impressed with the snazzy uniforms. He let Brandon hold him – without crying! =)
Shoe line-up, WHOA. πŸ™‚
So, April comes into the schoolroom, screw driver in hand, and gleefully tells about her recently accomplished feat – taking the coat rack off the wall and out of the closet and then offers to install it in a more *convenient* place – just for Mom! Lol!
Today we got most of our Christmas cards out to the Post Office – woot!! (be checking your mailbox, haha ;))

Enjoy your last night of Autumn! (Brrrrrrrr)


Mr. Mischief!

Sitting by the chimney, in Dad & Mom’s closet, trying on Daddy’s ties. What could be funner? =D
How does daddy tie knots??? πŸ™‚
Oops… A simple mistake. Mercy is requested. Bending down to pick them up and eat them was SO much easier than reaching over my head to eat them πŸ™‚ *Thanks to my Uncle Josh for this fitting caption that I couldn’t beat! πŸ˜‰
Using a pencil to stab the clementine I gave him to EAT. =)
Who knows – maybe he was trying to make a fruit kabob!

Alex is always up to some adventure adding a special spark to our lives!! He is absolutely adored by his 8 siblings and, of course, his parents. πŸ™‚