Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

We got some quick pictures after a quick dinner of BLT's, chicken wings, and bacon melts.  
Can you tell that Stevie created the menu?



Ummmm, not sure what is going on in this picture.  

Matt came home for the weekend (thankfully)  so he could go trick or treating with the boys. 
 Sort of be a chaperone without being a chaperone.  







The AVENGERS are back!!

Matt was on his rollerblades and ran these boys all over town.  We should have taken a picture of all the candy they came home with-  It was insane.    


Superhero family.
These cute girls all went out together.   


The end of night counting the loot.  Love Marky's expression in the back as he is sorting his candy.  
Steve and Craig took Marky and Kate out.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Matt's Birthday


We celebrated Matt's birthday a week late.  Max and Kate joined us for the festivities.  


The 19 reasons we LOVE Matt on his 19th Birthday:
- Grateful that my first born is so easy-going demeanor.
- Grateful for his quick-wit.
- He is very passionate about college football
- His tweets are amusing



- Drives the Red Rocket around
- He is a good role model says Stevie
- He loves his cousins




 - He only has one year left as a teenager.  He was such a good teenager.
- He makes good decisions
 - He was a great leader in his church youth group  



- He comes home from college to see us.



- He does his own laundry.
- Protective over his siblings.


- Always truthful and helpful when selecting appropriate movies for the kids to watch.  
- He loves his grandparents and enjoys spending time with them.


- Grateful that Grandpa loves him since he has been Matt's chauffeur to and from college and the airport.  Thank you Grandpa!

-Still has a very healthy appetite.
- Plays in Madden tournaments with Stevie and Marky.
- He loves my chocolate cake.
 Have I mentioned how much we love and are proud of this boy??!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Long Weekend in Rome Part 2

We had such an incredible time visiting Rome.  The food was delicious!  We walked a lot as the public transportation is not as abundant as other European cities.  Everytime they dig to put an underground railway, they hit a marble statue of a God.  It is amazing to see all the ancient carvings and buildings all over the city.  


For Centuries, the Forum was the center of Roman life.  






So impressed with the Colosseum, we visited again.  








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Long Weekend in Rome

Last October, Steve took me to Rome for a long weekend.    

I arrived early in the morning.  I took a 4 hour nap and then got up around 1:00 to go tour the city while Steve was in meetings. 


Hard to believe that these amazing ruins more than 2000 years old are on almost every corner.  
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The Colliseum was amazing to see in person.  I find it fascinating that the Colliseum was built almost 2000 years ago and we are still building sports arenas the same way.  
Some entertainment to see as I was walking around town.
Steve joined me the following day for a spectacular evening.  First, was a kiss and a coin throw into the Trevi Fountain.  The story goes, If you throw a coin into the fountain, you are guaranteed to return to Rome.  

Starting during the Renaissance period, the Popes decorated the end of the aqueducts they restored with extraordinary fountains.  






Then we were off to the Pantheon.  The Pantheon was an ancient temple in Rome that was converted to a church.  Since it is a holy site, you are required to cover shoulders.


In the 16th century, Michelangelo came to the Pantheon to study its dome before he began work on the dome of St. Peter's (whose dome is 2 feet smaller).  The Pantheon was inspiration for many other famous domed buildings including Thomas Jefferson's Library at the University of Virginia. It was so beautiful.  


  It is the most complete ancient building in Rome.  The Pantheon was dedicated to pan theos, "all the gods." When it became a church, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the martyrs.
The Pantheon is the burial place of several important Italians (including the artist Raphael), and it remains an active church.



 We were off to the Vatican City.  The open space which lies before the basilica was redesigned in the 1600s designed "so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing." 


The Sistine Chapel was beautiful.  Though very crowded.  This is the "Last Judgement" scene.




No words to describe the art in the Sistine Chapel.


Michaelangelo is beyond a genious.  


A few shots on the city streets.  







Steve and I went back another day to the Colliseum.




We then walked over to the Forum.  

The ruins were amazing to see.  It was so interesting to read about ancient Roman life.  I do often thi