We talked about taking the next step to solidify our partnership. In September, while celebrating our 3-year dating anniversary, Joe proposed to Nick on a cruise. The wedding planning began soon after.
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We immediately shared the news with our parents and friends all of whom supported our relationship and commitment to each other from day one.
We kept with tradition, and one year later in November, we made it official! We were married in the presence of 100 of our closest family and friends. Nick’s cousin was ordained to officiate. After we said our vows of commitment, the outpouring of love and support given by our family and friends was truly the most magical feeling we’ve ever felt. We ate and danced the night away and soaked up every moment we could. It was a party for the record books!
We celebrate our birthdays each year with our families and friends. Our mothers, Donna and Jeanette, continuously make our birthdays special. They will usually cook our favorite meals, and our dads, siblings, nieces and nephews will all be there to celebrate. This is the norm for everyone’s birthday throughout the year.
Over the past few years, our families have shared many birthday milestones. Nick’s brother Joe and Joe’s brother Corey celebrated their 40th birthdays. Nick’s nephews celebrated their 1st and 5th birthdays and Joe’s nephew, his 10th. In addition, this year we hosted a barbeque/birthday milestone for Joe’s grandfather’s 83rd birthday. Grandpa John is truly a wonderful and witty gentleman.
Other holidays throughout the year are spent with both of our families, either sharing the day or alternating year to year. From Easter to Thanksgiving and Halloween to Christmas each one of them is special and unique. We have built many holiday traditions of our own and would love nothing more than to pass these traditions on to your child. If your family has traditions, we would love to learn them and be given the opportunity to pass these on as well.
Nick loves Halloween and the imagination it inspires to young children. Our house becomes decorated with ghouls, goblins, pumpkins and scarecrows! Our neighborhood is tight knit and safe, and consists of quaint cape cod style homes making it ideal for trick-or-treating. This year alone, we had over 50 trick or treaters! We can’t wait to celebrate this fun holiday with your child.
Thanksgiving is spent with family, alternating year after year. We spend the morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of our living room. Depending on the year, our mother’s will prepare the traditional turkey Thanksgiving dinner with a touch of ethnic foods from their heritage. For Joe’s family, that means Italian ziti, ricotta stuffed mushrooms, and risotto. For Nick’s family, stuffed grape leaves are a staple. Whether spending the day with Nick or Joe’s family, it always consists of being surrounded with loved ones including cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, Joe’s grandfather, and extended family.
The day after Thanksgiving marks the Christmas and holiday season. We decorate our home and Christmas trees together with childhood ornaments handed down from our moms as well as ornaments we have collected from places we have traveled to over the years. Each year, we host an Ugly Sweater Party for our friends. We also host a pre-Christmas get together with both of our immediate families. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is spent with Joe’s family at grandpa’s house and Christmas day is spent alternating year after year.
One of our fondest memories together for Christmas day was when we, along with Nick’s siblings and their families, got together and wore the same elf pajamas to surprise Nick’s parents with a warm holiday welcome on Christmas morning. Imagine the laughter and surprise when 8 elves spilled into Nick’s parent’s house that morning. The children of the family are the light of the day. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they explain the gifts they get from Santa are priceless. While the “adults” are off in the other room catching up, eating appetizers, etc., we tend to be off with the kids playing games, helping them assemble their new toys, and playing Xbox Kinect.
We love a great vacation. Nick introduced Joe to his first cruise to Bermuda. It was after this amazing trip with Joe’s family that vacationing became part of our yearly ritual. Since then, we’ve cruised to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, St. Thomas and Jamaica. Other places we’ve traveled were: Disneyworld, Disneyland, Universal Studios in Florida and California, Aruba and Hawaii. While making memories to last a lifetime, we also enjoy our annual Memorial Day camping trip with Joe’s family and our annual beach getaway with Nick’s family.