Happy Birthday, Mom!

IMG 1118 e1288642917960 Happy Birthday, Mom!

Mom gets to share her birthday with Halloween (for better or for worse).  Yesterday the family all got together at my sister’s place to celebrate.  We all live within about thirty minutes of each other, but it seems it always takes a special occasion to get us all together.  *Sigh.  Life is way too busy.

So I’ve got an older sister, and two older brothers – all married, with children.  Since I don’t (yet) have children of my own, I get to be kind of a special auntie, affectionately known as Ana.  (When my first nephew, Vinnie, was just learning how to talk, he was desperately trying to get my attention and say my name, which came out ‘Ana.’  And I adore it.)  Here are all six of them pictured with my mom:

IMG 1123 Happy Birthday, Mom!Gianna, Sophia, Joshie, Mom, Vinnie, Enzo, and Savannah (and George).

IMG 1139 e1288643600556 Happy Birthday, Mom!me and my honey

IMG 1143 e1288643749844 Happy Birthday, Mom!my sister and me

IMG 1153 e1288643830321 Happy Birthday, Mom!our dog, Woofie.  Smiling.  :-)

My family is Italian and for dinner we had a four-time world pizza champion make pizza for us all.  (He happens to be my sister and brother in law’s friend.)  Cheese.  Pepperoni.  Meat.  Margherita (my favorite).  Deep dish.  Oh, my.  The aromas in the kitchen, plus Dean Martin filling the airwaves was nothing but a true Italian family’s delight :-)

After dinner the kiddos suited up in their costumes and began their trick-or-treating expedition… (of which I got no pictures, because by then, I was too exhausted.  Does that mean I’m getting old?)

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