Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

I wouldn't be a true blogger if I didn't post our annual Pumpkin Patch pics! ;)

But first a quick update...life is truly going wonderfully! If you all recall the early-middle part of this year was difficult for our family as we were going through some struggles with Manuel. He was having a REALLY hard time in Kindergarten! (not academically, but emotionally/mentally). There were talks of him having ADHD, meetings at school, so much praying, fears, anxiety, concerns over what his future would be like, etc. I was a wreck! At one point I literally got down on my hands and knees and begged for God to help him/us. It just came out of left field and I was beside myself with worry for my sweet boy. We sought counseling and things seemed to really work themselves out. I'm SO pleased to say that he has done a complete turnaround (and have NO doubt this was a God-thing! :)) and he is doing AWESOME! Because the school system was in the loop last year with everything going on, to stick with protocol and procedure, we had a follow up meeting with the school a few weeks ago....it was me (Manny is on mandatory overtime at work to get a government job completed), the asst principal, the guidance counselor, the school psychiatrist and Manuel's 1st grade teacher. It couldn't have gone better! :) His teacher said she has absolutely NO concerns...he participates, he stays on tasks, he works well with others, he's social, and she overall couldn't be more pleased with how he is doing! :) He even brought home a 92% on one of his first tests!!!! :) What a relief! I pray he continues doing well and that time of trial and tribulation for my sweet boy was just a stage! He has found his "niche" in cubscouts and says he wishes he could go everyday! :) Manny goes with him to EVERY meeting/event (I know some people have a bad perception of the scouts because of a few awful predators! :( but we have no worries, again, because Manny is always there! I love seeing Manuel thrive and him get excited over learning the "motto", handshakes, etc.

Shewwww, that was lengthy, sorry! :) Just a much needed update! :)

Manny, Mia and I are doing great too! :) Working, going to church and preparing to go to Disney on Ice this Saturday (Manuel is coming too, of course! :)) We are all very excited!!!

I hope life is treating you all well!

And for good measure...

 Cousins :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

I remember...

So many sweet angels names went through my head as I lit 3 candles in honor of my nephews, Mateo, Ian and Anthony. They will never be forgotten...along with Cohen, Caroline, Baby M, the Green Beans, and so many others.

Until we see you in Heaven sweet angels...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pregancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day (October 15th)

I'm sure you are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it is also Downs Syndrome Awareness month, but you may not know that October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Honestly, I probably would have never known either until my sister lost all 3 of her precious sons, triplets, Mateo, Ian and Anthony in May 2008. Trying to wrap my brain around losing one child is too much to even fathom...I truly can't even begin to understand an ounce of the pain caused by losing all 3 of children at the same time! :( My heart was (and still is) broken and I'm not the one who carried those sweet boys for 24+ weeks...I can't even imagine how my sister felt/feels. Truly heartbreaking! Praying for all of those families out there who have lost children, especially my sister and her husband, and my blogging friend, Jackie and her family who lost sweet Baby M. I can't imagine your pain, but I pray for peace. No children will ever replace the precious lives you lost, but you will see those sweet babies one day, and what a joyous reunion it will be. It brings a smile to face just thinking about it! :)

Mia, Manuel and Vivienne (my niece) honoring their cousins/her brothers last year,
October 15th 2011 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Two posts in one week!?!??!?

I know I just posted the other day, but we interrupt your regularly scheduled "only posting once a month" ;) to show you the adorableness that is Mia's first day of dance class...

It's not "real" dance class since she is only 2 1/2 years old, and all of the studios around here require you to be 3 for actual ballet, so for now Mia is in "Mommy & Me" dance class and as far as she is concerned it is as real as it comes! ;) Last Thursday was her first class and she LOVED it! She was a tad shy at first (she had fallen asleep on the way there) but once she woke up she really rocked it! :) You would have thought she was auditioning for Broadway! ;)

We had a GREAT weekend! On Saturday my mom, sis, niece, Aunt and Mia walked in the local Alzheimer's walk. It was a beautiful day and felt great doing something for a wonderful cause.
Ohhh, and yes, I got all of my hair chopped off! :) I've been wanting to do it for awhile now, but Lauren (one of my best friends/hairdresser) and I decided to wait until it was officially Fall because humidity+my curls+short hair=NOT CUTE! ;)

 Vivienne (the littlest "ATW" Amazing Tumminello Women :))
 My sis, Aunt Lucy, Mom and I :)
Mia and Vivi
On a side note (just because I know how people are! ;)) Yes, Manny, Manuel, Mia and I do things together ALL THE TIME but Manuel really dislikes having his picture taken, so that's why the majority of my pics tend just be of Mia! :))

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012


It looks like I'm at point in my life where I'm blogging once a month...it just seems to have fallen to the wayside. Life has been going fabulously, there has been a lot of "blog worthy" life happening BUT I just haven't felt the need to sit down and put fingers to keyboard :) But, per my usual disclaimer, I'm still reading about all my favs, praying for you and following you along on this journey we call life! :)

The past month has involved a GREAT month at school for Manuel (he seems to be thriving and grasping new concepts daily.) In 1st grade, for the first quarter, they don't give out report cards, they have parent/teacher conferences (I'm guessing sometime in November) so I'm curious to hear straight from his teachers mouth his strength, weaknesses, and how he does when Mommy and Daddy aren't around! ;) We are SUPPOSED to be signing him up for wrestling next week. I say "supposed to" because if you've been reading this blog for any length of time you might know my sweet boy is very shy, not much for team type sports, has started (and ultimately stopped) soccer and karate. On a whim, when the paper came home from the local rec council, about Wrestling registration, I asked him if he'd be interested and he, much to my shock, said yes. We'll sign him up and take it from there! :) Fingers crossed he likes it and sticks with it. Manny and I aren't gifted in the athletic department, and we aren't super competitive, pushy parents, but I really pray that he'll like it! I want him to have his "niche" in this world. If not wrestling, I'll DEFINITELY take academics being his "thing"! ;) Manuel also had a very special day at church a few Sundays ago...all the 1st graders were presented with their very own personalized Bibles, that each of our pastors signed, followed by a luncheon and special recognition for each of the children. It was a big day for our family! I LOVE that both of my children will grow up, actively in the church! :)

 My two favorite men :) (yes, hubby is an usher, yes, he can wear a Ravens jersey! ;)) Our 8am and 11am services are traditional, however we attend the 9:30 contemporary service that is much more "relaxed" :)
 My sweet boy and I (and Mia sneaking in the pic with a cheese and all! ;)
SO proud of him! :)

Mia is getting bigger, smarter and more adorable each and every day! ;) She starts her first dance class tonight and we are both VERY excited! It's a Mommy & Me class (since she won't be 3 until January they wouldn't take her in any of the "official" ballet or tap classes :( So she and I will be taking a class together! :) She has her adorable pink leotard/tutu combo and first pair of ballet slippers. Manuel and I took Mia to her first ever movie this past Saturday (while Manny relaxed...we had a wedding that night, and he had been up with the kids since 6am that morning and let me sleep in, so it was only fair! :)) We went to see Hotel Transylvania and it was absolutely adorable!!!! (I definitely recommend going to see it). Mia was "okay". She wasn't bad, by any means, but she lost interest about halfway through (if that! :)) I should have known, because she's not big into TV AT ALL, so why did I think she'd be all about sitting still for an hour and 30 minutes!?!?! Lesson learned! ;)

 Awful cell phone pic, but you can still see the adorablness! ;) Belly and all! ;)
 Mia and I representing our boys...The Orioles and The Ravens :)
 Patiently waiting for Manuel to see his eye dr for his yearly exam (all checked out wonderfully! :))
Getting ready to head into see Hotel Transylvania (we all split that bag of popcorn! ;))

Hubby and I are doing great! We went to a friends wedding last Saturday and had a great time! :) It was good to get out and see old friends, but there really is no place like home! Call me crazy, but since I work outside of the home, I'm 100% content with spending my non-working moments with my children. I know we all need "me" time, but I don't need it as much others! :)

Hmmm, what else...on the 22nd I went to New York City with my mom, sis, Aunt and cousin. It was my first time in NYC and it was quite an experience! I have never walked so much in my life! ;) My sister wore a pedometer (because through her school system she is rewarded at the end of the year if they exercise a certain amount of time) and we ended up walking almost 12 miles that day in NYC! :) We visited all the sites, and I know this is going to sound crazy, but one of my favorites of the day was Little Italy! :) I'm Italian (my mom was actually born in Sicily) so I felt very connected to my roots there, AND there just so happened to be an Italian festival going on, so that was really neat!

 Hanging out in FAO Schwartz in NYC
 Waiting for the bus to take us home...the sky was BEAUTIFUL that day! :)
Nothing says NYC like Donald Trump water! ;)

Life continues to chug along and I genuinely couldn't be at a more content, happy place than I am right now. I have no doubt that my relationship with God getting stronger each day is a HUGE reason for my contentment. I pray that you all are doing well! :)