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Sunday, January 28, 2007
Some of you know the big news. For those who don't, here it is.

I know the pictures is a bit fuzzy, but it is, indeed, a pregnancy test. And it does, indeed, say "Pregnant" on the indicator.

Last week, Christian went to the doctor and confirmed. We are so excited!

Neo is extremely excited. He has many theories about what is going on inside mommy's tummy. The other day while we were eating, he told mom to make sure she took small bites. And the other night, we told him that he could talk to the baby inside mommy's tummy and that when the baby is born, she would recognize his voice. He got excited and started talking to the baby through mom's mouth. He asked, "when the baby cries, is the sound going to come out your mouth?"

We have been very busy around here starting to get things ready. We have decided to do some room rearranging in the house, which has kicked some room projects into high-gear.

But, when I get some time, I am going to post some lists on the website. As part of our getting ready, we realize we have to get rid of lots of our stuff that has piled up in our house as we just don't have room for even half of it. I am going to post one list of all this stuff in case any one wants it or wants to object to us getting rid of it.

The other list will be a list of baby things we know we will need. We don't want anyone to buy any of it, but we just want to see what is still in the family and what isn't. For example, we had a stroller, and playpen, and lots of things when Neo was born, and we aren't quite sure who we gave it to. This list will just be a "lookout list" for those things so we can see what we should buy and what we shouldn't.

Congrats to us!! Congrats and thanks to you babe!! I love you and I can't wait to be by your side again. Thanks also to everyone in the family who has given us so much love and support. We love you and we are looking forward to sharing this with all of you.

Oh, one other thing: when we got back from vacation, Christian received a nice award from her company. Neo and I were able to attend the ceremony and got a few pictures. They are here. Great job mom. We are very proud of you.

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Friday, January 19, 2007
Vacation pictures are up. You can find them here. Neo's pictures are on his page in his January folder.

Also, I started a personal blog for me. Many times I want to blog about technical stuff or personal things that don't really fit on the family blog, so I decided to make one for me, similar to Christian's blog. Today is also the first day of my diet and I want to blog about my successes and failures, so that was also motivation to start it. You can find it here.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007
I am sitting in the Orlando airport right now waiting for our flight back to Houston. Since we have quite a while to sit here, I figured I would check some email and also fill you guys in on our trip.

Overall, I am very pleased with our first big family vacation. I am anxious to go home and book our vacation for next year, although we have one last piece of information we have to settle before we can set it up. Not sure where we are going to go yet, but I do know we are going somewhere.

Neo had a great time traveling for the first time. He liked the plane ride and really enjoyed Disney World. He has taken a liking to roller-coasters and he and I rode all of 'em. He rode Goofy's Barnstormer, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and even Expedition Everest (Disney's new big coaster). It was so fun to ride those with him.

The cruise was also nice, although we dealt with a lot of health issues. Thankfully, no one got motion sickness although the boat was rocking like a horse sometimes. I started out with some sort of nasal infection. Neo picked it up as well, and eventually progressed to a full fever and he didn't want to get out of bed. Our last couple of days were spent in our stateroom trying to nurse him back to health.

It was almost funny how many things started to hit us during the cruise. The ship was bucking like a rodeo horse. Neo was sick. Then the paint and varnish fumes filled our room which made us nauseated. Then while we slept in the 8 foot waves, our closet doors would slide back and forth and slam up against the closet walls. Christian and I got up about 5 times to engineer different solutions using towels, shoes, luggage, life vests, etc. Neo woke up this morning and started walking like a zombie to the bathroom and made a very angry comment about the bathroom door rattling in the night... Christian and I were laughing pretty hard.

So, even though the cruise was not ideal, I understand that travelling with children will never be ideal. We made the most of it and made lots of good memories. Funny stories to ask us about... the banana in the bag, "take a left at the pineapple", and "if you want a cake, ask for one". haha... I'm laughing just writing them down.

I don't have pictures up on the website yet, but I will soon. We took pictures both with Neo's camera and with ours so we have quite a few. I will let you know when I have them up on the websites.

We had a good first trip, and I am looking forward to many more family vacations.

oh yeah... How bout dem Saints!!! Who Dat!! ... that made the vacation just a little bit sweeter :)

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Monday, January 01, 2007
Welcome to 2007! We made it!

Our family was blessed with a wonderful 2006, and I know I am very excited about the new year. One thing it will definitely contain is our first family vacation!

We have finally got some of the new technology settled in the house. I set up Neo's computer for Christian instead, and set up emily's old Mac for Neo. We got his new camera and printer dock configured on the new mac and you should see what Neo does. He docks the camera, imports his photos into iPhoto, prints them, emails them, plays games, checks his email... it's incredible. I even have it set up so when he see he has a new email, he can highlight the text, press a key on the keyboard, and the computer will read the email to him... he does everything himself! It's really fun to watch him learn. His website is set up to update every night with any pictures he has taken, so check it out often. You can find it at http://neo.graffagnino.net.

He gets super excited when he sees that he has an email, so if any of you get the chance to send him an email, I'm sure he would love it. His email is antonio "att' graffagnino d-o_t net (excuse the funky spelling, but I'm trying to avoid him getting junk mail.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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