January recap

Is it really February 1st? Where did January go? We had so many wonderful memories to kick off the year!

My youngest nanny kid and i are so happy to be back in the groove with library activities and school once a week!

Karalyn had a friend spend the night. They did typical tween girl things and we had fun listening to them laugh and be silly!

John, Jimmy and i went to the boat show. We had fun walking around and seeing all the different style of boats. The second day just the boys went so they could sit through fishing seminars! They are very dedicated tournament fishermen!

We were all super happy to have Cally spend the night! A lot of times when she stays here, karalyn is not with us, so this time we were lucky enough to have both our girls together!

John surprised Karalyn and i with tickets to Disney Immerse Experience. It’s set up in a warehouse in Cleveland. The first area is all about how Disney movies are made. Then they take you inside a “vault” and the entire room is lined with walls that have Disney images projected on them. From their website….

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience is an innovative celebration that takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today.

Imagine stepping into the Casita with Mirabel from Encanto, being at Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba – surrounded by the animal kingdom as the sun rises. Imagine hopping on a train with Judy Hopps and going into Zootopia or taking a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine, and so much more….

After an amazing show we went and had dinner at Fat Heads. They have a wonderful gluten free menu!

Lastly we end the month with our first baton twirling competition. We did not take our teams because they were not ready. However four of my soloists competed and they did amazing!!!

Folino Family Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with my family the day after. It was nice to have the time to enjoy each other, without the rush of seeing other family. We started with gift giving. Afterwards John made us an amazing walleye dinner. Karalyn and i had chicken nuggets 😂. Everyone enjoyed dinner and I’m so glad i could catch all that walleye for them 😉. As we were finishing dinner and starting to enjoy some dessert, my aunt Vivian and Uncle Ty stopped by. They live in Cincinnati but were in town visiting family for the week. I just love spending time with them and i am so glad they were able to stop by!

Merry Christmas Part 2

In the early evening Mother Nature cooperated and we were able to travel to my aunt and uncles house. They only live about 30 minutes away, but if the roads were still slick, we weren’t going to plan on going. Gosh I’m glad it cleared up because this is the first time in 3 years, all the Folino’s were back together!!!!

My Folino Family
Brother Donny, niece Cally and SIL Brittany
John, Karalyn, Me
Dad and Mom
Aunt Terri and Uncle Dan with their grandchildren Jude, Kristiana, Sophia and Pierce
My cousin Amanda, her husband Jay, her brother Daniel and the 3 beautiful children
My cousin Rob, his wife Brittney and their daughter Sophia

It was so fun to see everyone and catch up. None of us live that far from each other, but sadly we dont see each other enough. The kids are all growing up so fast and so busy with all their activities. Such a fun get together and time with family!

My aunt gifts all the kids jammies to put on why they open gifts!
Cally, Kristiana and converse!
My cousin Amanda
My cousin Daniel
Uncle Dan and his girls Maggie and Molly

Merry Christmas

Well we indeed had a white Christmas. The days leading up to the holiday, we experienced a “blizzard” that was more arctic cold, strong winds and lots of ice, rather than large amounts of snow. It was absolutely brutal and one of the coldest Christmas days we’ve seen in Ohio in a long time!

Christmas morning finally began at 10am when Karalyn arrived. She was so excited to come over. She had been texting us all morning and had john meet her downstairs because she couldn’t wait to see him. She made us open our gifts before she even opened her gift from Santa 😮! She was so happy to gift me (and herself) mama bear and lil bear slippers. She has always called me mama bear and was so excited to find these. For her dad, she made the most incredible memory box. She worked hard on it for weeks and was so thrilled to actually give it to him. These were by far the best gifts we opened on Christmas!

When she finally got to her gifts, she was beyond excited to see that Santa had brought her a television for her room!

We enjoyed the morning with just the 3 of us exchanging gifts!

In the early afternoon, my in-laws came over to exchange gifts and also enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with us. It was nice to have them over our house to share the special day.

John was gifted a larger watch box (his collection has grown) and inside was his grandfathers watch ❤️

Happy Thanksgiving

What a wonderful holiday filled with good food and time with family! We are blessed to spread this joy over 2 days. One day we spend some time with my family and the second day we get to spend time with my in-laws!

My brother is the cutest dishwasher 😊

After a huge feast is there any better way to burn calories than a dance off!? Us girls had so much fun playing Just Dance!

Cally and my mom
Cally and her mom (SIL)
Cally and Karalyn

Guess who is 42?!

Yay another year around the sun! I was blessed to celebrate with my family and John’s family over the weekend. On my actual birthday we were on vacation, which is also a blessing. We celebrated with delicious food, and ice cream cake and they spoiled me with gifts! I also celebrated with my amazing nanny family! All these wonderful humans make me feel special all year long and I’m so grateful for to call them all family!

New shoes from John
New sweatshirt from my work wife
From my work wife
New clothes i bought with my gift cards
How cute is this candle from my nanny family?
This is the cutest book 💕
Love this new gnome from my in-laws
That’s me! Love this hoody from my parents!
How cute is my new door wreath from a baton student!?
The most perfect towels!
My moms bestie knows me so well
New shirt from my brother, SIL and niece

Home Days

We enjoyed home days at home 😂. No we spent the evening at my in-laws house with my parents. We ate some subs and all just hung out. That evening we enjoyed the fireworks from the front yard. It was a beautiful summer night. Abby didn’t seemed bothered by the fireworks at all. She stood and watched the grand finale as if she was thinking “what the heck is going on!”

Play Ball 🥎

It’s tournament weekend for Cally. Over Memorial Day weekend, Cally has many games lined up. She is on a young team and they’ve never all played together, but you can tell they are learning and getting a little better each game. I love watching Cally play a sport that i enjoyed so much!

Secret talent?
Clearing a huge age difference
Stealing bases

It was a fun family day! Cally has the best squad 😉


It was truly so special to celebrate the holiday all together. No separate meals. No FaceTime. Just all together under one roof….well almost everyone. Our girls didn’t spend the weekend with us because their mother had COVID and obviously they were exposed. They stayed at her house so that we could keep everyone else safe.

we love our niece so much
Poppy and Grandma
My SIL, brother and niece
Papaw (?) i always forget what she calls him!
The mom’s
My favorite men
“The adventureful is mine but i needed it because i was short one cookie. It’s just like a thin mint but without the mint!” -Cally 😂
The John’s
Cally and i made gnomes!
We wanted to play outside!
how awesome is this box of chalk we got Cally!?
Abby loves road trips!

Despite not having the girls, John still smoked the ham and we enjoyed a nice dinner together. My mother in law gave us an easter basket. How cute is the pink gnome!!! She bought me some gluten free snacks. So sweet!

Easter crafts with my nanny kids