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Autumn’s Baptism

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2012 – Autumn’s Baptism

We were in Utah for Autumn’s baptism.  I can’t believe that she is already eight years old.    During November I was up in the attic looking for something and found Emily’s outfit that she had made to wear to her baptism.  I sent it to Emily.  Autumn decided to wear the outfit over to the church.

Here is Emily (with my Dad) on the left at her baptism and Autumn on the right the day of her baptism.

Here is Autumn just after she was baptized.  This is her special dress.  I wonder if she will have a daughter that will wear it to her baptism in how many years.

After the baptism we went back to Emily and Ben’s house for a special dinner.  Here is Autumn in front of their Christmas tree.

Jason, Christy, Ty and MJ were in Utah and able to attend Autumn’s baptism.

Here is the little brother (who is getting pretty big) all dressed and ready to go.

Prairie – love those eyes!

I am so glad that I was able to spend some time in Utah.  It was a great time – even though I was really wondering what was going on with the kitchen back home.

We Interrupt this Renovation………………for an Impromptu Party.

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

(On Saturday, Oct. 22)

Chris, Maryellen, Brian and Isa ended up coming to our house for dinner.  Not a problem – if you have a kitchen.  Actually it really wasn’t a problem – it was a very fun adventure.

Tom and I were planning on having mini pizzas made on english muffins cooked in our toaster oven.

To help with the cooking Brian and Isa brought there toaster oven.

Here are all the yummy toppings for the mini pizzas (in paper bowls).  Tom and I have been very good about using our dishes but I decided that I didn’t want to wash dished for six people in my bathroom sink – so I pulled out the paper goods.

It’s a lot of fun having some of our fmaily live close enough to just drop in and hang out.

Thanks for a fun evening!!!!!

Happy 60th Birthday

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Nov. 15 was Tom’s 60th birthday.  About 1 1/2 year ago we decided to celebrate in a big way and take the entire family to Disney World.  Needles to say, I have been doing alot of planning, especially the past couple of months.

Tom and I had talked about getting t-shirts for everyone, but we didn’t really make any definate plans.  Six day before we are leaving for Flordia I was talking to Emily (one of my daughter’s in Utah) and telling her that the “Queen of the Projects” was still entertaining the idea of trying to do t-shirts.  She told me to forget it, there just was not enough time.  I just did not want to because that is the one thing that alot of people had told me to be sure and do.  So, she sent me to a blog on how to do a t-shirt design with freezer paper stencils.  This was a possibility and pretty interesting.

I think that part of the problem with doing t-shirts was I was not sure of what design to put on them.  Emily and I had talked about a few people that might be able to design a drawing for us, but it just had not worked out.

I decided that I could use this picture.  I used the tutortial here to manipulate the photo.  I took this picture of Tom when we were on our fact finding mission to Disney World in August 2009.

As I was working with the design, I decided that this was CRAZY!!!!  This was going to take way to much time to make it look good and I didn’t have alot of extra time.  Monday morning I started calling t-shirt imprint companies to see if they could produce my order by Friday.  I received quite a few “NOs”, but Customink said yes and they were excellent to work with.

In October I was in Seattle visiting my brother and sister-in-law and while there Rodney gave me a quick lesson on layers in Photo Shop Elements.  This was very valuable information that really helped me out when I was working on getting this design just right.

Here was how the design came out – I decided that it needed some more work.  I did not think that Tom would like looking so scruffy.

Here is the final design.

I received the t-shirts on Thursday.  The one for Zephyr was way too big…….so I remade it smaller.  Needles to say, they all looked really cute.  Tom still knew NOTHING of this project.

Once in Flordia the kids and I decided that on Monday (Tom’s birthday) – our first day at Disney World (Magic Kingdom) we would put on our shirts, but put something else on over top of them.  When everyone was in the kitchen area I would send Tom back into our bedroom to get something and we would all take off the outer shirt and surprise Tom with the 60th Birthday shirts.  It was pretty fun to see everyone wearing these shirts.  Tom was surprise.  I then handed him a wrapped gift – his shirt.  He changed and we all headed off to Disney World.

Here is all 17 of us wearing our shirts.

Five Years, Five Months, Five Days and Still Not Completed!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

My niece got marred on 5-5-05. I didn’t quite (what an understatement) get her wedding gift completed for the wedding. In fact, at the beginning of this year, I decided that it would be cool to give it to her for her 5 year anniversary. Well, you guessed it, I went on to Plan C – give it to her and her husbnad for their 5 year, five month and five day anniversary (10-10-10).  Well, here comes Plan D – ???????.  Anyway – I am thinking about you Angie and love watching all the wonderful things that you and Ryan have done in the past 5+years! So I guess that Plan D will be – 5+5+5+???????

Here is a sneak peak.

Side ntoe:  I was working on this post and was going to hit the Publish button at 10/10/10 at 10:10 am but my computer froze up.  I was nto to worried because I just though I would use 10:10 pm except the clock is a 24 hour clock.  Oh well, alway good intentions and not much else.

Concerts in the Park

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

One of the fun things that we do during the Summer is to attended the concerts in the park on Monday evenings.

I got a real kick out of this – they brought a chair for their dog.

Baby Girl’s First Movie

Friday, July 16th, 2010

This past Saturday we went to Connecticut to get our Grandpa and Grandma fix.  We took Baby Girl to her first movie – Toy Story 3.  The movie was really good.  We saw the 3-D version and that was really cool also.  I am getting hooked on these 3-D movies.

Chris seems to be taking to fatherhood very well.

This time I made sure to get a picture of the new mommy.

Chris applying what he learned in firefighting school – work smarter not harder.

It was great having time with the new little family.

Utah Grandkids Visit

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

During the first part of June we had Emily and her three kids for almost two weeks.  Emily’s two friends from high school were getting married so she came for the prewedding activities and wedding.  We had a GREAT visit.

There was alot of FUN Grandma’s time.  I had cleared my calendar so I was able to enjoy them most of the two weeks with my cute grandkids.  

On the first Saturday they were here Brian and Isa had there reception in Central Park.

That evening Emily went to a hen party with the bride to be and some other females.  Tom took his mother and Emil home and did work around her house.  I took the kids home.  They were really DIRTY and it was a really HOT day so……..

I let them play in the water for a while.  They had a blast.

Zephyr was really excited when he found this drawer.

Autumn and Prairie liked playing with Grandma’s box of polyfil.  They were pretty imaginative how they used it.

Movie night at Grandma’s house.

The last day they were here we went to Shrek 4. 
Don’t they look cool in in their  3-D glasses.

Thanks for coming and visiting.  It’s GREAT being a GRANDMA!!!!!!!!!

Two new granddaughters

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Baby Vittoria – May 28, 2010


Baby MJ – Jun 17, 2010

The Big Brother

Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of the mommies, but I do appreciate them being GREAT mommy’s to my granddaughters.

Grandma Fix

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Since I flew out to Utah on Valentine’s Day Tom decided to send me flowers after my arrival there.  Here are my little granddaughters enjoying the flowers. 

I had a great time with my Grandkids and kids.  Family is GREAT!!!!!!

Christmas 2009

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

If you were wondering if this Ciccotelli family celebrated Christmas – the answer is YES!!!!!.  In fact in a pretty big way this year.  Our almost three year old grandson was coming to New York on Christmas Day for his uncle’s wedding.  Little T’s daddy requested that Grandpa Train (what T calls his NY Grandpa) put the Brio Polar Express train set around the Christmas Tree.  Little did they know of the surprise that awaited them upon their arrival in New York.

The Utah Ciccotelli’s arrived Christmas night.  Needless to say – Grandpa was pretty excited to share his trains with T.

Here is T and his daddy watching the train.  They both were pretty excited.  I think one of them because of the train and the other because of watching his cute little son.

Grandpa Train and Grandma also hooked T up with his own remote controlled train set from Lionel.

T also liked playing with our wooden train set.  Did not bother him to mix and match.

I even found a train to put in the tree for my “Train Loving” man.  We had trains everywhere!