Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It has been a looooong time since I posted!

Well it has been too long since my last update. Life has been crazy busy for us. I am in the final stretch of finishing my degree as a family nurse practitioner, Anna is just about to complete 1st grade (How is that possible), and Gerard is well Gerard. He is busy cleaning up from what felt like the longest winter ever. He purchased a new boat and has been busy getting it ready for the season.

So may know some may not know but Gerard and I were scheduled to marry 18 years ago. That wedding did not take place for many reasons. After years of considering different options we felt the best option was to have a private ceremony.  This past Friday on the beautiful island of St Thomas Gerard and I wed. The ceremony was held on Lindquist Beach, St Thomas, USVI.  In attendance were Anna, and just our parents. We gave our parents less than 24 hours notice which was crazy and fun. I honestly would not have had it any other way. I hope to have the professional pictures back soon. The two pictures that I have from the professional photographer are amazing. My mother also snapped a cute one.

Gerard has already told me he is done with pictures until Christmas. Which makes me laugh. I took a few pictures of just him and I and she told him "Dad just pretend like I am in the picture too." Anna coached him on how he should kiss me which is also so funny. She wanted him to do a big dramatic dip so he did.

None of us have been to St Thomas so none of us knew what to expect. Holy mountain is all I have to say. The road were so steep. The first thing Anna said was where is my seat belt? We took lots of taxis and I am so happy we did not rent a car for this trip. Another interesting fact is St Thomas was purchased from Denmark in the early 1900s being Danish I thought this was a fun fact. The other interesting fact is this island is primarily Christian. The radios in the taxis were all set to Christian music or to ministers preaching the gospel.

Anna is growing up so fast. She is the kindest child I know. It is a constant flood of love notes from her. Our lives feel so complete.  I am going to break a few rules here but I don't think you will all mind.

Photo taken by Elisha Orin Photography

Papa and Anna (Yup that is us in the background)

Photo taken by Elisha Orin Photography

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween fun

It has been unseasonable beautiful here this fall. Yesterday I convinced my sister to bring the triples to the park so I could take pictures of them for Halloween. I had been wanting to get a few with Anna's new hair cut. She decided on a short style that two minutes after we left she was sad that she decided on. After a few days of tears she has figured it out that she does like it.

On to the pictures.

She look so grown up with the short hair


Reading her favorite story


Jillianna and Jennalynn




Love Jennalynn's belly

Jillianna is so unsure of this stuff

Jennalynn taking it in stride



Jillianna, Jennalynn & Jacqueline
Last year the girls could barely sit up by themselves. This year we could barely keep the three together for one picture. When Jillianna started to cry Anna scolded us because we were making her cry. She is so sensitive to them crying and if she thinks you made one cry she tells you about it. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rocking Horse Ranch

Well earlier in the year I had asked Anna if she wanted to go to Rocking Horse Ranch instead of having a party. When she saw the horses that was what she wanted but I did cave and still manage a friends birthday party as well. For those of you who do not know about Rocking Horse Ranch is a resort in upstate New York that includes unlimited horse back riding. We got a discounted rate do to it being Girl Scout weekend which made it more reasonable for us. One added bonus was that the resort also becomes alcohol free.

Not to say that Anna has never seen anyone drink but I just don't like having her in an environment that includes lots of crazy drinking. Just an FYI, on the Disney cruise I did see people drink but one was drunk or out of control in my opinion unlike another cruise I was on. So basically it was a good kid friendly environment.

The resort included everything. The only thing we did end up buying were a few pictures of Anna on a horse and the cutest pair of pjs. Anna was so excited to be able to ride independently. She was really good at directing her horse. I just love how into horses she has been and still is.

My day today will be filled with pricing lessons for her now that she is 7 we feel that she can handle it along with going to school. Here are the pictures from our trip.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Bike riding SUCCESS!

Apple picking

We were lucky enough last week to be able to go apple picking with a few friends and Hans. We went to Russo's Orchard in Cream Ridge. When I had to travel back and forth to Trenton to have the apostilles done for paperwork I found this little farm. In the summer months we go there to pick raspberries, and blackberries. This time it was for apples. It was neat to see her play in the sand area that she played in as a baby.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Birthday Pictures!

My beautiful baby is growing up.

7th Birthday

Today is Anna's birthday. How did that happen again so soon? I put a 6 year old to bed and now she is 7! Our day yesterday was spent having a party with friends. It was not my first choice and believe it or not I actually didn't want to have a party. As crazy as it sounds I have be battling some social anxiety in the past couple of months. Parties make me nervous, the thought of a party makes me a little nervous. I am hoping this will soon pass. Gerard thought it was funny until he realized I was serious. I have dealt with this in the past so I am sure I will deal with this again.

But on to the fun stuff. In the beginning of the year I asked Anna what she wanted for her birthday...a party with friends or to go to Rocking Horse Ranch for a weekend with us. She picked Rocking Horse Ranch. I was excited and honestly it is way more money then a party but I also thought she would have a ton of fun going. So I looked for a deal and found one. We leave for the ranch in 2 weeks for a long weekend of swimming and horse back riding.

While we were at JM's (Our niece who just turned 3) birthday party Anna quietly called me over looking a little sad. She said "Can I talk to you?" My response was of course. She told me that she was sad that she was not having a birthday party. My heart broke a little. So after talking it over with Gerard we decided on a party at the local gym. I sent out invitations and was thankful that we had a few people respond. Actually 11 of her friends were able to come. She was happy which makes me happy.

It was a horse theme of course. We had cowgirl hats and blow up stick horses. Her cake was decorated like Brave. The funny story behind that is when she asked the baker to decorate it like Brave his response was "The baseball team?" The whole party went off without a hitch. Gerard has warned me that he will be working late so Anna and I are on our own tonight. I am hoping to get a good picture of her today. Her two top teeth are almost completely grown in.

I love the person she is becoming. She has such a kind heart, big imagination and a real sparkle for life. Not a day goes by that I don't question why I was so fortunate to have been giving the gift of motherhood and her as my daughter.