Saturday, December 31, 2011

Baby update.

I thought I would do a catch up post for baby Giovanni. He is growing like a weed. He is starting to wear 6-9 month clothes and he is just 3 months old. He smiles and laughs at us. He loves his daddy and will grin and cry for Daddy to hold him. He is a pretty good baby and sleeps well at night, waking up just to eat.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Fun!

We had a great Christmas! Gioia, Dominic, and Luca all got new bikes. Giovanni got new clothes and a soft rocking horse. The big kids also got G: Generation girl doll and horse, D: Woody Doll, L: Buzzlightyear. They have been having a blast with all their new things. The best part is that this week the weather has been in the 50's and sunny! So the kids have actually got to enjoy their bikes.

I bought Massimo lots of music stuff for his Man Cave. He got me a Mothers Ring and a Shark Steam Mop that I had been wanting. It was great! We had Christmas with my Mom and all the family. The kids were in a Christmas Program at Church. Gioia also sang in the Kids Choir at Christmas Eve Mass. So we have been busy and really enjoying the Holiday season and the birth of Jesus to its fullest!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November update.

Here is my sweet boy at 6 weeks. He was 12 1/2 pounds! We are having his baptism in a few weeks. That will be nice.

We are getting ready for the Holidays. I have the Christmas cards printed and will mail them in December. We are starting our shopping for the kids. We even got a new Espresso maker for us on sale with a mail in rebate. $70 for a $200 machine. :) It makes awesome coffee. The big kids are in classes with our Homeschool group. They have taken classes like: gift making, play writing, wood working and art. They do Gymnastics, Sunday School and 4H. So we are really busy!

Our chickens are laying pretty well. We have whittled down the raccoon population for now and haven't lost any more birds.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baby Bathtime!

Baby Giovanni taking his first tub bath.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Giovanni is one month old.

Today my sweet Giovanni is one month old! How did this happen? It must have happened in my sleep deprived hazy. LOL! Anyway, here he is in his over 10 lb goodness. :)

We also tried to take a holiday photo today. I should use this for my cards. I really should. It's pretty hilarious after I got done being mad that they couldn't act right for 10 minutes. The photo was perfect except for Gioia acting the idiot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

3 weeks old

Last week when Giovanni had his two week appointment he was 9 lbs and 12oz. Today he is 3 weeks old.Here are a couple pictures of his royal cuteness.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stationery card

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Baby is here!

Baby is here! Giovanni Lee Perreca was born on October 4th at 2:14am. He is 8lbs 2oz and 21 inches long.

This picture was taken with my camera phone. So not the best, but I will get some more in the next few days.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Luca turns 3!

Luca turned 3 this week! I can't believe it, the time has flew! It is hard to buy gifts for the third child. We have so many toys. He is also not much help because as I would ask what he wanted, he kept saying "BIG cupcake!" Ok! I can handle big cupcakes but what else. So we went with this awesome pirate ship sand box. It is really for all the kids of course. He also got some legos, rain boots and bucket and shovel. He was really happy with all his gifts and they have been playing a lot in the sand box.

These ships don't move themselves people! I put it all together and got the men to move it to the final resting spot by the clubhouse/swing area.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Renassiance Festival

We went to the Ren Fest over the weekend with my BIL and his girlfriend. It was really fun. The kids had a blast. We bought them swords and hats. We watched the Jousting Match, some singing and a Fire Guy who was really cool. We also ate yummy food and walked around in the beautiful 70 degree weather. It was a great day.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Finishing things up. King quilt.

I have been working on finishing up projects before the baby comes. It feels really good to be doing craft projects again and especially finishing up ones that have been started for a while. This weekend I got my King size quilt done for my room. So in this first picture I have made the two cedar nightstands, the headboard and the quilt. :) The only thing left for this room is to order two chocolate brown roller shades and make the window curtains. Then the room will be totally done.

The quilt I have been working on for a year. I took a long time off from it but finished it this weekend. The back side (2nd picture) is strawberry fabric and pink with brown dots for the binding.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dominic turns 6!

My big guy turned 6 yesterday! We had a park playdate and cupcakes for his birthday. Then at home later he got to open presents. He got new shirts, a pillow pet and his skateboard and gear. So far he is a little afraid of falling, which is fine with me because he goes slowly. :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Baby bump - 35 weeks.

Not the most glamorous picture in the world but here it is. 35 weeks preggo. Feeling pretty great. I spent over a month this summer with major back pain. I finally got a chiro to work it out for me. Anyway, we are all getting very excited for baby to make his/her arrival. We are also excited to see what we get girl or boy. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

First dress I ever made.

I had some awesome corduroy fabric that I wanted to make something with, so I attempted a dress. Other than having a small problem with the pattern, it turned out pretty well. Its just a simple over the head dress. It fits her pretty well. I can see a few things that I would make differently next time. I am planning on making a matching one for me baby niece. I think it will be so cute to get the two girls in a picture together. The dress is a very bright navy blue with the green and white paisley which looks awesome on my brunette who has blue eyes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gioia turns 8!

My sweet girl turned 8 last month! She is getting so big. She is so smart and really fun to be around. She had a slumber party for her birthday. They had a great time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

120th Annual Jameson Picnic

This past weekend Aug.11-13th was the Jameson Picnic. It is our little hometown fair. Its been going on for 120 years and though it has gotten much smaller, it is still really fun. The weather was GREAT for once.

The kids were in the Talent show on Thursday night.
Gioia sang "When you say nothing at all" by Allison Krauss. She won 2nd place in the 7-12 age group. Dominic got up there last minute and sang one verse of "You are my Sunshine." He also got 2nd place. Of course there were only 2 kids in Dominics age group 0-6.

Then on Friday night Luca was in the baby show. He didn't win but thats ok. Zoey (my sisters baby) won the 0-6 month girls group. She is super adorable.

Saturday was a parade and kid games. Dominic got 1st place in the Watermelon eating contest. Gioia won the sack race. Luca won 2nd in pennies in the sand game. So they all won in some game. Dominic won a few more things that I am forgetting right now. I think he won a place in the sack race too.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Farm improvements.

We have been trying to finish up projects around the farm. One major project is extending our pole barn. We are planning to have room to store the cars and also our wood for winter. You can see in this picture that they have the sides up and one bay has the roof finished. M has to put the tin on the last two bays and then he wants to make rolling doors for the fronts.

We also have the chicken pen up. My brother and my husband got the poles in and fence up. We may later add a roof on it but we are seeing how it goes first.

Our neighbors came down and baled the hay in our first field. They got about 12 small round bales. We were just glad to have someone come and cut it for us.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sling Chair

We have been in need of some more outdoor chairs. So when I found these plans:
I knew I wanted to make these. I ordered the fabric and last weekend got the wood. It is pretty comfortable I must say. The kids love it. This is the adult size. They are already hounding me that I have to make 3 kid chairs. :) It still needs some work. I have to sand and stain it. Building it only took about 1 hour and sewing the fabric pieces about 30 minutes.

It is adjustable so you can recline to an almost flat position. It also folds up flat for storage. The fabric is woven through the slats with dowels (like a curtain) so you can take it off and throw it in the washer. Nice!

Friday, June 17, 2011


This week my big kids are at Zoo Camp. It is all week day camp at the KC Zoo. They have been having a blast. The teachers said Dominic did excellent. We made it there on time, I picked them up on time and we didn't forget lunchs or anything. Success!! One morning my sister and her baby met us there to see the Zoo. It was fun. Zoey stayed awake the whole time and might have even noticed some of the animals. She will be more into it next year. :)

Me, Zoey (niece) and Luca on the tram.

Mommy and Luca

Luca on the Carousel.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Retro Fabric diaper bag.

I found this link to make your own tote bag. It was a little different than bags I had made before but overall I really liked it. I made it in one evening. I totally love this mushroom fabric. I have had it for a while now and looking for a great project to use it on. So this will be my new diaper bag. The inside fabric is some espresso upholstery fabric I had left over from my headboard project for my bed. It is nice and thick and washable. I think it turned out great. Notice how all the fabric lines up and everything. YEAH! I love it when it works out the first time.

It has a brown courdory pocket on the outside of the front.

It has three pockets across on the inside.