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Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza 2014

To get in the Halloween spirit, Mama and I took Alessio to Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza for his first farm and his first pumpkin patch. He didn’t care that the fields were almost picked clean since he saw chickens, vines, costumed kids, sugar skulls and more. Can’t wait until next year when he will walk around the patch and pick his perfect pumpkin!

Wedded Bliss in San Francisco

A college friend decided it was time to get hitched to his girlfriend and this gave us the perfect opportunity to make up for a not-so-great trip to San Francisco we took a few years ago. After packing 12 bags for Alessio and a shopping bag for ourselves, the three of us flew north to “The City” in August 2014.

During our short jaunt to the Bay area, the three of us enjoyed:

  • A quiet flight that Alessio slept through most of
  • Staying in an amazing apartment (seriously, it was bigger than our condo and had an amazing patio)
  • Hanging out with Zia Trista at The Willows and meeting her new “friend” John
  • Trying not to cry (me, not Alessio) as BigA92J (otherwise known as Andy) married Sarah, the love of his life
  • Catching up with some ol’ college chums and enjoying the classic tune of Bro Hymn
  • Taking a walking tour of Fisherman’s Wharf while Mama ate and drank the best of San Francisco with Zia Trista
  • Chatting on the patio with Zio Stephen, Zia Kirsten and Unkie Joe on our luxurious patio until one of the neighbors yelled at us at 10:01 PM
  • Walking around the Palace of Fine Arts during a cool and wet San Francisco morning
  • Finding a parking spot right in front of Zia Trista’s apartment
  • And finally, another quiet flight home

Images of Alessio’s First Trip to San Francisco

Hanging with the Cousins at the Prescott Cabin

In July of 2014, I packed up the car with one suitcase for Mama and me and filled up the rest of the trunk space with everything needed for a small 21 pound human being (which is a lot!). By the grace of the gods, Alessio rocked the 8ish hour journey and was all smiles when we arrived.

After arriving, we handed over our child to one of the cugini (it did not matter who) and enjoyed a relaxing weekend in the mountains of Arizona that included plenty of chatting, eating (thanks to everyone who cooked), coffee, a piñata, and visits to Downtown Prescott. I even managed to sneak in visits to two local breweries (Prescott Brewing Company and Granite Mountain Brewing)!

All three of us are looking forward to the next Prescott Family Reunion…in about three years since that seems to be our modus operandi.

Images from Prescott, AZ

Alessio’s First Swim Class

It had to happen at some point…Alessio would learn how to swim. Wife and I are already preparing for the 2032 Olympics where he will take home at least 25 gold medals! Can’t wait for that first endorsement contract and the house he buys us with the signing bonus.

Images from Alessio’s Last Day of Swim

Sunglasses - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Everyone loves his “alien” sunglasses. Thanks to Nanna for finding them

Prepping for the Pool - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Mama Getting Alessio Ready to jump in the pool. Since he can’t ask, she counts down.

Excitement before the Plunge - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Mama loves taking Alessio to swim lessons. Like Mother like Son.

Getting in the Water - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Alessio trying to tell Mama that the water will be getting warmer soon…I kid, I kid!

Having Fun - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Alessio having fun watching Mama trying to make bubbles.

The Pink Frog - Alessio's First Swim Lessons

Alessio going after the pink frog he picked for free time.

Doing the Holiday Robot

Merry Christmas Robot Dance

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