Feb 23 2008

Staiano’s and Dad’s Birthday

Dad prepares to blow out the candles with his grandkids

Ellen, Anthony, and Scarlett spent some time here over the last week or two. Lawrence and Laura Jeanne come out for a shorter period of time. Ellen and Scarlett were actually the only members of the group from Brooklyn to stay for the entire time as Anthony had to go back after a couple days for work. Anthony’s flying out today and then they are driving back together.

Ellen helped out a couple times watching the boys for us when Laurie had other plans. We also found out that Ellen is a pretty darn good cook. As it turns out, both Charles and Ellen seem to be good cooks who are defiantly pretty interested in cooking as a hobby. In any case, we spent several evenings together, most often at Grandpa’s house for dinner. It’s a pretty unique group of individuals, everyone helping but also having their own agenda in terms of getting work done. Most of us had our laptops and took turns watching the kids and getting work done after dinner.

We also got a visit from Casey and Dorothy this past weekend. I’ve been working to help Casey set up a new website, and Dorothy I think misses seeing everyone a little bit. Casey’s site isn’t working yet, but it should be in the near future. In any case, it was good to see them a couple of times over the course of two days. It was also very nice for Jude and Noah got to visit with Scarlett.

We all got together for Dad’s birthday over the weekend. Casey and Dorothy were there for a bit, as were Terry and Kathy. It was a fun night as it typically is when we get that group of people together. I snapped a couple of funny pictures of Laurie and Noah wearing multiple birthday hats. Also funny was Jude demanding that his piece of cake have the horse’s rear end because he wanted to “eat the horse’s butt”. This produced a pretty good laugh at the time.

The pictures I took over this week or so can be viewed here.


Jul 15 2007

A Ride on the Canal

For a while now, my father has been telling Jude and Noah that he’s going to take them on a canal boat ride. He’s done one better. Ellen’s home with Scarlett so it was the perfect time for everyone to jump in the car and take the short trip down south. I’m not sure how many times I’ve been on the ride, but it’s always worthwhile. The boys really liked the trip, and we just made it off before the skies threatened. We took some pictures, and if you’d like you can check out the gallery.

Jul 11 2007

Scarlett’s Baptism

Anthony, Ellen, and Scarlett

Sometimes you’ve got to wonder. We took a short, two day trip to New York to see our new niece, Scarlett get baptized. Although the trip started smoothly we ran into some problems later on.

We left around 4:30 in the afternoon on Friday (June 29th) and drive straight through. I was feeling pretty good as typically we leave a lot later than we plan, and in this case we got on the road as soon as Angie got home. We arrived in Queens around 2 A.M. At this point, Angie and I were interested in going to bed (we stayed at Angie’s sisters’ place,) but the boys were so excited to see Theresa that we didn’t actually get to sleep until 3:30 or so.

We spent the morning and early afternoon visiting with Theresa and then headed over (in exceptionally heavy traffic) to Anthony and Ellen’s house. Charles, Angie, and I had purchased a Trek road-bike for Lawrence as he had just moved to New York and really likes to ride. After the initial hug and kisses, we gave him the bike, which I think he really likes. After a big dinner the guys watched the United States under-20 soccer team play Korea and the girls took the kids to the park. We met up around 9 or so at an ice cream shoppe and had a nice (tiring) time. I ended up finding a parking spot back in queens around 12:30.

Sunday morning began with Noah waking up about thirty minutes before everyone else. This was a big development because after giving the boys baths and getting ready, we were unable to locate the car keys. After 40 minutes of searching, we found them in a bag (one of many) of clothes. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the church before Scarlett was baptized. It didn’t help that I thought that the church’s name included the word Xavier and instead it was Saviour. We got into the church just after the baptism. I was not happy.

After mass (read: after we finally made our appearance) everyone headed back to the house for a catered lunch. We had to leave around two because I had class and Angie had to work on MOnday. But, we enjoyed ourselves while we were there, and from the feedback I got from Ellen and Anthony everyone else did as well. It was nice to see everyone in New York (except for Jenny, who had travelled to England to see her favorite band) and to finally get to see the Staiano’s house. And, most of all it was great to see Scarlett, the beautiful new addition to our (extended) family.

Jun 1 2007

Baby Scarlett Marcella


Scarlett And Mom

Anthony and Ellen had a beautiful baby girl on Friday, May 11 at 5:16 P.M. I know that they are so excited and the entire family feels blessed that Scarlett and mommy are in good health.

Ellen and Scarlett came home Tuesday and by all accounts are acclimating nicely. We will continue to be thinking about the Staiano’s as they adjust to the work that is parenthood.

Jan 6 2007

Family Photo

Just wanted to get this up today. We had a nice get together on the Cerniglia side last night. It wasn’t a real big deal, but we did get a group photo of the kids and their significant others. I had mom take a picture with our new camera. If you’ve checked out that link, you should understand that this is a fairly significant camera. It doesn’t come with “picture modes” or the like. Anyway, we’ve been playing around with low light photography since we also purchased some “fast” lenses. To make a long story short, the photo that I’ve attached is the best we got. I should have had mom take one with the flash, but I was just trying to get her to be able to take the picture correctly. Anyway, here it is. Hope you like…

Kid Cerniglias