We Four Bears

A site about our family! Mostly or all actually of Josie and Dana. I mean who cares about us anymore anyway?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekend in Tahoe!

Alex and I took Friday off of work and we headed to Tahoe. My parents were already there, and my sister Janel and her 3 boys were headed up behind us. We had such a great time. I have never been a big fan of the snow, or cold weather at all. I decided that I needed to sacrafice myself for the family and allow them to have a fun visit in the snow, and that we did. Even me.

Video of Josie crawling through snow tunnel. I apologize for the quality of the video, sometimes I forgot to turn off the camera. In the second video, I apologize for 1.) not being able to find my subject until 10 seconds in, and 2.) losing my subject on their way down the hill. It's hard to video a moving target when zooming in and out. For me anyway.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Thanksgiving Celebrations

This year brought a few changes to Thanksgiving. This is the first Thanksgiving since I can remember, probably since way before I can remember, that my Uncle Bud and Aunt Rina weren't at the table. We also had the addition of my brother-in-laws family this year. Last year his mom passed away, so this year his two brothers and father joined us for Thanksgiving for the first time. It was nice to have them with us.

I've heard 3 complaints about the fact that I haven't updated my blog recently, and I blame it on Facebook. I kind of figure that everyone sees the girls there, and nobody cares about the blog anymore. Well, I've been told that is not the case. So, here you go.......

Jacob and Josie....this is the Jacob she talks about constantly. I think she has a little crush on him. / Me and my godson William

Alex and our Auntie Esther. / That's Alex under those kids. He's always a good sport.

Hosts for the evening.

Annual picture in front of the turkey.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Show those pearly whites!

Wow, what a difference 6 months makes. In March, Josie was a screaming, crying, stubborn mess at the dentist. I was so embarrassed. This time, she was great! Dee, at the office, took this picture of Josie for me. She was the perfect patient. Thank goodness!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Goodbye to Our Uncle Bud!

My dad's Uncle passed away yesterday, just 15 minutes after my sister and I visited him at the hospital. He was a fixture at my parents house on our big Italian Thanksgivings every year. He would have been 94 years old later this month, and him and my Auntie Rina had been married 61 years! He was a funny man. Our family has many, many funny memories of him at the Thanskgiving table telling very funny and some inappropriate stories. Always a hoot! Alex and I have been drinking Manhattan's at home in his honor. My Uncle loved his Manhattan's, and Old Fashions, and also his cigars and cigarettes. Would you believe he smoked for about 70 years of his life? He loved to talk to Alex about duck hunting because when he was much younger he enjoyed that hobby very much. I think he liked to hear Alex's stories and live vicariously through him since he could no longer hunt anymore. I really hope I inherit the strong blood from that side of the family.
He was also a Crew Chief in WW2 and some fellow in Denver was making a documentary about his crew. He had interviewed Uncle Bud (a.k.a. Fred, Stag for Stagnaro) already, but is still in the process of editing the documentary. But, we have seen clips of my uncle's interview on youtube already. It will be nice to watch when it airs on whatever channel it will air on.
The picture above is special to me. It was taken last Thanksgiving. That was the oldest living Stagnaro and the youngest Stagnaro at the time, little Dana. 93 years apart! We will miss you Uncle Bud!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Playing together..

The last 8 months really, Josie and Dana have played fairly well together. Every week it seems to just get better and better. Funny how the older they get the worse it will probably get. I digress. Anyway, they sing together, Dana copies everything Josie does and says. This explains why Dana's vocabulary is that of a 2 year old probably. She amazes us everyday with her new words. I have a lot on video, but am trying to get shorter videos so as not to bore you all. She knows all her facial parts, and lots of body parts. She knows most her farm animals and the sounds they make. The cutest by far is when she says "neigh"....I've it on tape as well, but it's about 1 minute in, I'l have to get it quicker for your viewing pleasure.

Here are some photos of the girls playing together AND waiting for cookies. I love how Dana is dangling her baby doll in one hand while staring at the cookies.

I also posted a video clip of Dana asking for olives. Both girls love green olives with pimientos. She asks for olives, then apple juice, listen carefully at the end and you will hear her say "thank you" as well.


Friday, September 18, 2009

September Update

First and foremost, I really want to thank everyone who donated to the Diabetes Walk that our family will be participating in next month. Thanks to a bunch of you, we made our goal of $300! Whoo hooo

Now for some updated pictures of the girls and their cousins.
Josie loves to pretend to be a teacher ever since she started preschool. This is her pretending to read to her "class".
Sharing an apple -Occasionally they share nicely with each other. I had to take a picture of it, cause lately they fight over most things.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Corey's Crew

Hi. You all probably remember our nephew Corey. Last year was my first year walking to support the cause of Juvenile Diabetes. Many of you were very generous in helping me to raise money to walk.

This year I have cut my goal in half, in light of the current economic conditions. The walk has no minimum fundraising guidelines, so I have no pressure to raise a certain amount of money. But, it would be nice to raise at least a couple hundred dollars. If you can donate $5, $10, or $15 I'd appreciate it, and so will Corey and his family.

Last year the walk was in November, so I haven't been too concerned about posting this. However, I recently realized the walk is October 4th this year! HELLO! I only have a month to make my goal. Click on the link below to go to our fundraising home page.

No donations are too small! Thanks again for helping a great cause!