I want to praise Nonno and Nonna without whom we wouldn't be where we are. They helped us with our move to Colorado in more ways than we can even count!
I won't mention how when they moved to NC back in December of 2012 (and Lucia was about 8 months old) they gifted (!!) us a car, so that we wouldn't have to be a one car family anymore.
I won't mention how every Wednesday Nonna would come over to our house and take care of the girls so I could run errands or go to Adoration. And she would usually watch the girls WHILE cleaning our house.
I won't mention how they watched Lucia when she was 14 months old so we could go to Texas for a long weekend for a friend's wedding.
I won't mention how for the two and a half years we were all in North Carolina, they babysat every Thursday for date night.
I won't mention how on many date nights, they would take the girls to Subway as a special treat for them and let them pick out lemonade and a cookie. (Something the girls always look forward to.)
I won't mention how Nonna was roped into every sewing project I had and usually ended up just doing it herself. (Fitted sheets for the baby's bed! carseat cover! curtains! mending! etc.)
I won't mention how they would take the girls to the park or for a walk just to give us a little break.
I won't mention how they paid for Lucia to do gymnastics and then bought her a leotard just "because it was so cute."
I won't mention how they fed us at least once a week, most weeks.
I won't mention how every time we all went out to eat together, they always treated.
No, I won't mention any of THAT.
But what I will mention is this:
They came and helped watch the girls so I could clean/helped me clean the house in NC so we could put it on the market.
They helped pack up boxes and get ready for the move.
They watched the girls the whole day on "moving day" so we could be home without distractions while the movers came to pack/load everything.
A few days after moving (while we were temporarily living at Laura's) Fernando and I made a trip for a long weekend to Colorado to look for houses and get to know the area. They watched the girls the whole weekend and took amazing care of them (as always.)
They watched both girls at a moment's notice when I went into labor with Elena and took care of them the whole time we were in the hospital. And then brought them to visit the hospital so the girls could meet their baby sister.
About a week after Elena was born they drove Fernando's car all the way (!!) from North Carolina to Colorado (by way of Montana).
Once they got to Colorado they helped while the movers moved every box into the house and made sure they all got placed in the right rooms.
They helped Fernando unpack EVERY SINGLE BOX in a matter of days! You read that right, every single box! They only left a few boxes that needed to be dealt with because they weren't sure where I wanted things. (Priceless coming home to a house with everything already in it's place. Especially when you have a 2.5 week old baby.)
They stocked my fridge and pantry with all the necessities!
They then stayed for a week or so after we arrived to make sure everything was settled.
We love you Nonno and Nonna! Y'all helped us in more ways than we can count!
The above picture is them on a much needed vacation after all this hard work! ;) Well deserved trip!