7.22.2014

Sports!

Alessandro and I have been busy trying to get around to watch all of the kids in their Spring/Summer sport activities.  We've made our rounds, so here's to memorializing.  

Ava played soccer earlier this Summer.  Her team was undefeated until they lost in the final tournament. Please note her cut-off jean shorts and colorful shin guards.  



CJ is playing coach-pitch baseball. He would have rather been skateboarding though, hence the lip.



 Victoria and Saverio are playing t-ball and coach pitch and get to play on the same team.  How cute they are in their baggy uniforms!




I have been busy playing sand volleyball with Team Blasty Blast and kickball, of all things, with Team Ball Kickers.  



Yay for sports!

That's it.

6.17.2014

Shout Out to My Boo


I just wanted to give a quick shout-out here to Alessandro.  Today he successfully* completed a 5 day course of steroids.  As you all know, this is not our first time on the steroid train, but it was the first time he's had steroids while being scooter-bound, so it was a very different experience.

We celebrated tonight with cake.  

And I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all how handsome my husband is in case you forgot. These photos are from last Summer, but better late than never.  Al looks the same except his hair is shorter right now, which reminds me that holding off on a haircut might not be the worse thing in the world.   







Alessandro, you go boy!



*Successfully = the I.V. lock did not dislodge and no infections at the site.  Booyah.  

6.03.2014

Summer in the D - Bucket List Style

I have an anxious feeling that this Summer is going to pass me by this year, even though it really has only just begun.  There is so much I want to do and I don't know if there's enough time.  So instead of going outside and experiencing this warm Summer evening, I thought I'd stew about it here in front of my computer screen. Yeah, good plan. 

Here's what I need to experience this Summer, organized for my convenience: 

Weeknights:
  • Walk through Eastern Market for sushi or pizza and dessert (I have been talking about doing this for the longest time.  Al just smiles and nods).
  • Go for walks or go swimming after dinner 
  • Movie Night in the Park on the Detroit Riverfront (Tue July 8 or Thu August 21)
Wednesdays:
  • Wednesday Night at the Movies at New Center Park - Casablanca (June 18), Jurassic Park (June 25), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (July 30), The Breakfast Club (August 20), 2001:  A Space Odyssey (August 27).
Thursdays: 
Weekend:
  • Kayaking on the Detroit River courtesy of Detroit River Sports (Sundays)
  • Ride the Cut with CJ
  • Go swimming with the nieces and nephews
  • Boys Night Sleepover with Saverio and CJ 
  • Girls Night Sleepover with Ava, Maya, Victoria and Francesca 
  • Jazz Fest (August 29 - September 1)
Anytime:
  • Bike rides, bike rides, bike rides
  • Walk the Isle with my Auntie


Sounds like an excellent Summer to me. 



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And here are other bucket lists of the past.

5.04.2014

Alessandro's Dad




Alessandro's Dad is one of my favorite people in the world.  I've never met anyone like him.  I can't really do his personality justice, but here are 20 things I think you should know about Victor on his 65th Birthday: 
  1. He calls Alessandro almost every morning to talk about the Tigers, the news, or politics. 
  2. He stops by to hang out with Al anytime he can when he's downtown for court, or even when he's not, and Alessandro feels the love. 
  3. He is extremely opinionated and often thinks he knows everything, and honestly most of the time he does...except for when it comes to Marco Scutaro.  
  4. He also thinks he can do anything, such as easily ride his bike 50 miles even though he hasn't ridden a bike in 30 years, and play the saxophone even though he never has before (but he did play the clarinet in high school so that should count for something).
  5. He likes snowmen, but he loves soup.
  6. He is obsessed with mermaids, aliens and crime shows. 
  7. He makes it his mission in life to make sure you have a drink if you are ever a guest in his house. (Even when you may not want one, but those are small details). 
  8. I can tell he's a father of girls.  For a man who is most often in a world of his own, he is surprisingly aware of new dresses or new hairstyles and compliments me if I am ever notably pulled together in any way.
  9. He's a really good singer (and his kids and wife will hate me for saying so). 
  10. He hates driving Ford Explorers because "They have no visibility." 
  11. He is very caring and loves his family more than anything in the world.  (See #2 above).  
  12. His grand kids love him and his "Slowly I turned" skit. 
  13. He and Al's mom have been married for nearly 37 years!  They work together everyday and manage to still love each other : ) 
  14. He hates the words "closure" and "pro-active" and dislikes the current-day usage of the term "icon." 
  15. It's never boring watching a Tiger game with him.  First, he declares that, "The game is over," and walks out of the room if the Tigers fall behind in the first inning (or at any other point throughout the game).  Second, he changes his favorite Tiger player weekly, depending on who's doing well, and pretends that his previous pick never existed.  Third, he takes personal offense when Italian ball players don't pronounce their own names properly (ex:  Porcello = Por-chello, not Por-cell-o).  (See # 3 above). 
  16. He cannot cook anything...except for peanut butter sandwiches, which he LOVES and could eat everyday.  
  17. He thinks he's younger than he is, which is a good thing...except when it leads to bad things such as causing him to challenge his 20-something-year-old daughter-in-law to a foot race that ends in someone falling (twice).  
  18. He doesn't believe middle-aged men and older should wear tennis shoes under any circumstances. Loafers are appropriate in almost all circumstances, including when gardening and during foot races (see #17 above). As are corduroys. 
  19. All of our friends really enjoy talking to him and always comment about how nice he is.
  20. Some people do not like him though (see #3 above).  But most do. 
I feel very lucky to know him and to have him as my father-in-law.  Happy 65th Vic!

4.29.2014

Team Alessandro 2014

Please head on over to Facebook and "Like" our Team Alessandro Facebook page.  There you will find pictures from this year's Walk as well as past events, and other updates.  If you have Team Al pics of your own, we would love if you would share them on the page.

Here are some of my favorite snapshots from this year's Walk, which took place on Sunday April 28, 2014 at Comerica Park: 
















We have raised over $18,000 this year.  Um, $18,000 people!  That is thanks to the generous support of all of our family, friends, and especially YOU.  Thank you for making Alessandro feel special.    

Donations stay open until September, so if you are interested in showing your support and haven't already done so, you can visit my personal fundraising page here:  http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/2014.  All proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which is the primary organization leading the research efforts in the fight against MS.  

And check out past Team Alessandro-related posts here: http://movesincircles.blogspot.com/search/label/Team%20Alessandro

Thank you.  We love you.  

4.28.2014

The Kids











Is it just me or can you not feel the joy of these kids in these pictures?  They love each other almost as much as I love each of them.

Here's the run down on the crew and my attempt to explain them in one word if I had to:

  • Ava, age 7, loves fashion, baking, Lab Rats and being a big sister.  In one word, perfect.
  • Saverio, age 6, loves Super Mario, tacos, the weather and Alessandro.  One word, inquisitive.
  • CJ, age 6, loves bike riding, cartwheels, olives, hard boiled eggs and helping people.  One word, fun!
  • Victoria, age 5, loves reading to people, making art, dancing and learning how to play volleyball.  One word, outgoing. 
  • Maya, age 5, loves rings, hiding people's phones, donuts, Rocco and Vito.  One word, unique. 
  • Francesca, age 3, loves girls, especially her Aunties, doing what her sister does, and hot dogs.  One word, sweet. 
  • Enzo, age 1, loves his mom, changing his mind, and playing.  One word, curious.   

And for fun, I asked Alessandro for one word too without looking at my list and he said: 
  • Ava, sweet. 
  • Saverio, funny. 
  • CJ, Superman.  
  • Victoria, crazy. 
  • Maya, unique. 
  • Francesca, sweet. 
  • Enzo, adventurous.