The Nardiello Family

The Nardiello Family: August 2013

The Nardiello Family

Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's like Christmas...

Obviously, it's not Christmas but today is pretty darn wake up early, you have a hop in your step, you get out your special outfit and you play music. Sounds like Christmas to me, oh wait you say it's not December? Oh then it must be the first day of college football - Gamecock football that is.

We wait months for this day, at the last game we start counting down until the first game, at the first game we start talking about Bowl games. It's love, it's football.

Now, I don't know where you went to school but I know if you went to school in the South, college football is a way of life. Saturdays, are football and only football in the Fall. No matter what age you are, you are watching, tailgating or talking about your favorite team. You are wearing your favorite team shirt, you are drinking out of your team's koozie and eating your favorite foods. Like, I said, it's a way of life.

It also doesn't matter if you graduated last year of maybe even 14 years (whoa.) ago, you get excited. You play 2001 in the morning during breakfast (this may or may not have happened), you get your kids dressed in cute clothes, even though you live in VA, you plan your dinner around kick off, you count down every minute until you can close your computer at your office and get home to watch the game. It's college football, it's love, it's like Christmas.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend Update

We packed it in this weekend, if we didn't do something this summer, we probably did it this weekend.

First up, camping in the back yard. Henry has been asking to do this all summer but it was just too hot and honestly we weren't sure if he was going to do it. So, Saturday was the perfect weather and we set up camp. Honestly, I think Henry only wanted to camp so he could eat smores ;)

Our neighbors joined us too, which made things even more fun. That last picture is Henry and Lucy in our tent doing what everyone does when they camp.....watching Toy Store on the iPad.

Henry did stay in the tent all night and got up around 7am. He had a great time and I hope we are able to do this again soon.

So, that was Saturday and Sunday we decided to redo the front flower bed. I hated the roses that were in there because they look more like weeds. Charlie was hesitant at first but then saw the light...and ripped out five of the rose bushes. The front bed looks so much better and so much cleaner. Another summer project, off the list.

Next up, taking Henry golfing. Our local golf course does a twilight rate and you can play as many holes before it gets dark. Gayle, thankfully watched Mary while Charlie, Charlie's Dad and I took Henry. It's been five years since I played and the water bottle in my golf bag would tell you so. Henry was pretty excited about driving in the golf cart and using the distance binoculars.

Earlier that day, Gayle had told him he was going golfing and she told him that I was going to play too. He looked at Gayle and said "Girls, don't play golf." Gayle told him they most certainly do. So, we get home from golfing and he runs in and Gayle asks him how it was and said see girls do play golf. His response, "Yeah, but she didn't hit the ball high enough." Thanks, kid.

It was a great weekend, we packed it in with fun activities and now we are ready to fill our weekends with football and more fun!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Follow Up - Eyes

Nothing wrong with those blue eyes. Just got back from the eye doctor and they didn't see any strain or crossing. We have to go back one more time in November to clear her from the doctor but right now, everything is looking good!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Word "less" Wednesday

She has a little obsession with Minnie Mouse, just a little.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

16 years ago - flashback

Today is my niece's 16th Birthday. I mean holy wow, 16! I remember the call that early morning and us getting ready to get over to the hospital. She was probably the first baby I had ever really held.  I can still tell you I was wearing a light blue plaid button down shirt and khaki shorts, why I remember this I don't know. She was tiny, she was stinking adorable, that little burrito wrapped in the hospital swaddle.

This morning after I went through that morning meeting her, I started to think about what I was doing 16 years ago and wow, was that a fun time in my life.

I was going into my junior year at USC, Charlie was starting his freshman year (yeah, I know), I was getting ready for Kappa Recruitment to start, band camp was looming (again, I know), some of my best friends were also starting their freshman year, I had short hair (dumb move), I was carefree, no worries, had a boyfriend who would later break up with me, had my best friends from home, I was loving life. Loving a different life that is, one that was 16 years ago.

After looking through these pictures, I realized that I still talk to a lot of the people in these pictures. One I will see on Saturday, one lives up the road, and the others are all amazing women that I connect with on Facebook or in other ways. Obviously, the last picture is of me and my niece and to her I hope she can look back on her 16 years and have some wonderful memories.