February 23, 2014

It's a New Year! (Too bad I'm two months too late)

Hello there friend!  That's just what this here blog feels like, a long lost friend.  I'm hoping it's the kind of friend that I can let weeks, even months pass and when we meet up again it's as if we haven't missed a beat.  So let's get started shall we?!

The Izzo Family has had quite the busy fall/winter 2013.  Since we last spoke, Paulie turned 5!!!  Yes, that's right he'll be in Kindergarten in the fall.  On one hand, I simply can not believe my baby will be going to "Big Kid School".  On the other hand, I think "Geez kid, shouldn't you be starting to drive by now?".  But either way, I'm happy and extremely blessed to have spent the first 5 years of his life at home with him.

Another Chuck E. Cheese Birthday!

Happy 5 Years!!

Next up.....Paul and I took a trip to NYC for the New York Marathon in which Paul was running!  It was great to be back in the city and hit up all our hot spots.  This picture was taken circa 2005 from our apartment which overlooked the Queensboro bridge.  We could stick our head out our window and see the marathoners coming off the bridge to head up (or maybe it was down at the time) 1st avenue.  It was always much to crowded to walk up to 1st to cheer on the crazy people so we settled for watching them out our window thinking, "Who the hell would want to do such a thing as run 26 miles?".  Crazy people, I guess.

Well paint him blue and call him crazy cause this guy counted the New York Marathon as his favorite of six completed marathons!

Still with me?  Good cause my memory is fading and I'm forgetting what was the next big thing in 2013.  Ok, let's skip ahead a few weeks to Thanksgiving!  My brother and dad came to Katy, TX this Thanksgiving to celebrate TX style.  And by TX style I mean nothing more than Thanksgiving is celebrated in 60-70 degree weather.  It was nice of them to make the trek and I think my dad really enjoyed himself.  This trip was the first time in over 33 years that my dad was on an airplane!  

I love this picture because both my dad and Molly are making silly faces.  You can totally tell they are related...Goof balls!

Paulie and Pop-pop on the Zoo Train!

This girl is full of silly faces!  Molly and Uncle E.

The day my Dad and brother left, Paul's mom (aka Grandma) came to visit and watch the kids while Paul and I went to Las Vegas!  We were celebrating the 40th birthday of a friend of ours.  When the parents are away (without the kids), the parents do play!

When we returned, it was back to business!  And by back to business, I mean Christmas season!  What can I say, Christmas came and went with a blink of an eye.  Lots of planning went into the kid's biggest Santa request....A swing set!  Two little (not so much little) elves showed up at 7am Christmas morning to start assembling the much-talked about swing set.  We had a very blessed Christmas 2013!!

Paulie attended his fourth and last Child's Play Christmas Program (sniff, sniff)

This was Molly's second year.  Look at her watching her friend cry!  She is so concerned with him and wondering why he is so upset.  One thing my kids are not and that is shy!

Cookies and lemonade always follows the Christmas Program!  Molly is always confused when we show up at school in the middle of the day.

Paulie's main concern is how many cookies he is going to eat and which kind he wants.

A family tradition!  Staying up past bedtime and watching the stars in our bounce house with blankets, pillows, hot chocolate, and popcorn.  Fun times! (By the way, the hot chocolate was a first and a last!  Hot chocolate + bounce house = Sticky Mess!)

Another tradition (not so original)...Making Sugar Cookies (aka making a mess and stepping in sprinkles for weeks on end!).  Yum, those cookies were so worth the mess. 

This is a very thought out process....(by yours truly, the others just show up to the party!)

Ain't no Christmas without a trip to see Santa at the local Bass Pro Shop...ya'll!

Christmas Morning!!! Woot....Woot...

And the aftermath....

Time to take everything out of it's box and put it together...Like right now!!

Speaking of putting together....Ta Da!  Thank you Santa's Elves!

All this little girls wants to do, EVER, is swing!  And two months later she's not better at swinging on her own than on day one.  "Mommy push me.  No I want Daddy to push me!"

A few days after Christmas we travelled to Jacksonville, FL to see the Milkes and Izzo families.  It's always nice to spend the holidays with family and the kiddos love spending time with their cousins Abby, Zach, Anna, and Emma!  This Christmas was extra special because we not only got to meet baby Anna Jane for the first time but it was also her baptism!  Paul and I were honored to have been asked to be Anna's Godparents.

Looking through all my pictures from this trip, I just realized I don't have any pictures of Anna's baptism!  I've got to go digging cause I know someone took some great pictures.  Anna was so sweet and couldn't have been a better baby at her baptism.  If she wasn't sleeping she was all smiles!  Seriously, I don't know if I ever heard her cry the entire time we were in Jax.

Okay, time to speed things up to the grand finale....Molly started dance lessons in the fall and couldn't be cuter in her leotard and ballet/tap shoes.  Although, we can no longer let her see us through the window or else she stops what she is doing in class and yells, "MOM, TAKE A PICTURE OF ME!". Wait did I say yell?  I meant she demands very, very loudly.  It's hilarious really, but I don't want to encourage her.

These are pretty much what all my pictures of her look like...Sneak attack phone pictures through the semi-opened blinds!

Paulie started basketball this winter and it is hands down my favorite sport of his to watch!  Even though he is on a team with 3 1/2 year olds and he's a head taller than all of them, he's so darn cute.  I am always very amused watching my kids do things, but this one takes the cake!  

Paul completed his seventh marathon (4th Houston marathon)

Just last week, Paul and Paulie joined Brian and Zach in Breckenridge, CO for a boys ski trip.  It was Paulie's first time and he was signed up for two days of ski school.  He had a blast and did a great job skiing.  He rode the lift (with Paul) and skied down the mountain four times!  Paulie not only got to see Zach, but also Amy, Abby, and Anna  as they were snowed in and their trip home to JAX was delayed.

Don't feel bad for Molly and I, we weren't left at home.  The two of us travelled to Apex, NC to visit my mom and grandma for the week.  We left a day early as to avoid the snow storm that was expected to hit NC.  We arrived just in time because the day after we were met with several inches of snow!  Molly had great fun playing in the snow and demanding that Nana and I build "another snowman".  I think we had a whole village of miniature snowmen and women!  (I don't have my phone pictures uploaded yet, so I only have one pic....It's a good one!)

And for the GRAND FINALE.....

Drum roll!

We are expecting our third blessing in August!!  We will become a family of five by the end of this summer.  As a friend said to me, we'll be moving from a man-on-man defense to a zone defense!  

September 19, 2013

Molly's Birthday

Good Golly Miss Molly is 3!!! What?!  I know, my baby girl is three years old!  Here are some pictures from her birthday party we had for her over the weekend.  She was just so excited and happy the entire day!  She has such an infectious aura that I can't help but fall in love with her every. time. I look at her baby blues.