Monday, December 31, 2007

A new camera-- new photos!

All the girls after Mass...
Little Carrie

Daddy and Carrie

Friday, December 21, 2007

Carrie's newborn pictures

Here's a link to some better pictures of little Carrie.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Announcing Carrie Noel Parente!

She's here!
Dec. 17th at 10:18 AM.
9 lbs. 4 oz. and 21.5 inches long.

I won't take time to make this fancy... here are some pictures of our newest cutie and her siblings.

Some of the best pictures of her up close are on my cell phone and I'm trying to figure out how to transfer them. (I haven't had time to figure out this new phone yet.) Yes, we've misplaced the regular digital camera. ;-) Hopefully I'll be able to post the good photos of little Carrie tomorrow. And the pictures of Jacob with her, too.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Catching up for Oct.

There are lots more pictures of our Oct. adventures but here's just a sampling. That's not Lucas' b-day cake... it was Jacob's. And that's Jacob receiving a ton of merit badges from his dad at our court of honor. Look how tall he is!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Shh-h-h-- after a long day...

Shhh-h-h! She finally fell asleep! :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall fireplace

Now if it would just get cold enough to use the fireplace...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

If you give a mom some money...

she will spend it! Especially if the hometown furniture store is going out of business! Here's my new baby... and I got a desk, too, but I haven't gotten a picture of that yet. I'm too busy trying to load it up. :-)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Why are you so busy?

A friend asked me a couple days ago why I don't blog much. Well, since I'm just eating bons-bons all day, you know, I should have lots of time. ;-P

Well, this school-year has been especially busy now that Jacob has started high school. He's attending St. Thomas More Academy.
It's very rigorous but he's doing well. It's a real sacrifice to get him there and back everyday but we have one other family we're carpooling with so that helps. Several days a week Jacob has soccer practice or games, too. This picture of him on his first day of school was after he had shed the tie... it was in the 90's so he was burning up!

And now the other kids are having to adjust to the new busy-ness, as well. So far, so good. Grace is in the 7th, Mary in the 3rd, Lucas is a k-er and Emma's just a cute toddler roaming around in the background, playing and causing mischief. And of course, they all have their extracurriculars to boot. The new one for this year is that Grace has begun playing the flute in the homeschool band class Jacob was in previously at Neighborhood Academy of Music.

Oh, and I'm looking (and feeling!) like a "weeble-wobble" these days. ;-) Baby girl's doing great... kicking up a storm!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Loveliness of VA vacation- part 1

Where to begin?! We started our 2007 mini-vacation by heading out on Thursday morning to VA. Our plan was to go to Mt. Vernon that day but by the time we got going, we realized that we'd have to switch that to Friday to have enough time there.

So here's some quick pictures of our road-warriors, ready to roll!

Our first sight-seeing stop was Arlington National Cemetery. We knew we wouldn't have time to see it all, but our main objective was to visit my husband's father's grave. He died when dh was only a few months old from cancer so this was a very special visit for us. We tried our best to explain to the kids who this was and that Vince's step-dad was in his life from a very young age so that's why he's "Dad" to dh.

Loveliness of VA vacation- part 2

Friday was the big Mt. Vernon day. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention our trip to the hotel in Manassas after Arlington. Let’s just say that we saw a lot of territory in N. Va via back roads. Our handy dandy Rand McNally Road Atlas was surely the star of this vacation. But if I had to move to this area, I’d have a GPS device in a heartbeat or I’d never find my way anywhere! We cut through a road called “Burke Lake Road” that rivaled mountain roads we’d been on before. Beautiful views, too.

Mt. Vernon was just beautiful! I had been once before (long ago) but they had recently completed some new exhibit halls and they were much more interactive for the kids than I had expected. The picture of G.W. taking the oath is a wax figure of him and the other two gentlemen, as well as the one with him on a horse. These figures they had recreated of him at different times of his life were outstanding. You really felt like you'd seen him. They were scientifically done by this long process that is too complicated for me to try to explain but you can find out more about them on the History Channel's website. We could have spent a much longer time at Mt. Vernon but the heat was starting to get to us (me!). Oh yes, we did see George's famous false teeth, too! I'll never forget seeing into the bedroom where President Washington died. You could really *feel* the history in this place. We took pictures where-ever we could, but the inside of Mt. Vernon's main house was off-limits to photography.

Sat. night after my wonderful conference day at the Real Learning Conference, we went by the Manassas Battleground site. I wish the visitor's center hadn't closed before we arrived but we did see some interesting landmarks. Stonewall Jackson's statue was impressive, as were all the cannons . Of course, each child wanted to pose with a cannon.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Eternal rest...

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon her.

Hannah Elizabeth Parente
Born into heaven on June 15, 1998, fullterm.

Rest in Peace, baby Hannah. Our sweet baby would have been 9 years old today.

Our webpage memorial for Hannah,
It was originally done just after she died but I had to re-do it once, losing the lovely Peter Rabbit background.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mary's First Holy Communion

Dear Mary received her First Holy Communion at the beginning of May. Here are a few pictures a friend took for us.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

In case anyone hasn't heard yet...
We're expecting another little Parente in late Dec. 2007!!!!


Please keep us in your prayers, with all other expectant moms!

NC Zoo day

We made a trip to the NC Zoo a few weeks ago. We weather turned out awesome! The kids and I took a million pictures but here's one of all the kids.

Monday, March 19, 2007


We are happy to announce the arrival of 5 little kittens, born to our Calico on March 15, 2007. These will surely be the only photographed kittens ever! They are so small and precious... these aren't the newborn pictures but I'll have to get them on here eventually.