28 December 2007


Christmas was a lot of fun this year since Jenna really got the concept of Santa bringing her gifts. It was fun to see her face and see her reaction when she opened the gifts she asked Santa for.
Christmas Eve was spent at mom's house with Jason, Kristin and of course Murphy. Jenna was spoiled with all the presents they gave. She had tons of fun opening all her gifts. Christmas Day, Jenna was up early and so excited by all her gifts. She couldn't get through them all fast enough and we couldn't open the boxes fast enough for her to play with all her new toys. We spent the rest of the day at Gladys' house. It was a full house with Gladys, Darren, Iliana, Uncle Carlos, Cruz, Abuela, George, Marta and of course Rudy too! Jenna was spoiled again for the second day! She opened many presents and had a great time with everyone.

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

Jenna getting some help from Grandma with her gifts.

Christmas morning, opening gifts from Santa.

Christmas Day at Grandma Gladys' house.

24 December 2007

Spending the day at Jen's Work

Friday December 21, my office held a Christmas Party for all the kids. Jenna spent the entire day with me at work and was such a good girl. Afterwards we walked around the city checking out the tree and skaters, St. Patricks Cathedral and the Disney Store for a suprise. Jenna was such a trooper walking around the city. She thought it was worth it when we got to the Disney Store for her suprise. The Disney Store in the city had Santa Goofy and Reindeer Pluto available for meet and greet and pictures. She was so excited to see them both and she gave lots of hugs and kisses.
We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Jenna playing with Christopher at the KBW Christmas Party.

Rockefeller Center Skating Rink

Jenna and I in front of the tree

They really got a beautiful tree this year.

Jenna and Goofy

Jenna, Goofy and me

Jenna had such a great time with the characters, that we went back on Sunday for more pictures.

This time Mike got in the picture.

18 December 2007

A December weekend

December is just flying by! Hard to believe a week from today is Christmas Day. This past weekend, like all our other weekends flew right by. Friday night Mike and I attended the KBW Christmas party. We had a great time while Jenna spent the day and evening with Grandma Teresa. Saturday we attended Zachary's birthday party. Jenna had a great time seeing all her old Tutor Time friends.
Lastly our big news is that we found out what we are having. The doctor confirmed we are having a baby boy! Jenna is thrilled that she is going to have a little brother.

Jenna playing at the party

Jenna and Madison waiting for birthday cake.

Jenna sitting next to the birthday boy. Happy 3rd Birthday Zachary!

My co-workers at the KBW party.
Doug is in the back. Linda and her husband George and me and Mike.

03 December 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone had a great weekend eating, drinking and just hanging out with familyn and friends. Darren and Iliana hosted Thanksgiving and we had a great time catching up with everyone. Abuela made her way to New York from Puerto Rico and we are very excited that we were able to spend the holiday with her. Friday Jenna and I made our shopping trek with Mom to NJ and Staten Island. Jenna was a very good sport since we started at 8am and didn't come home until 6pm. Jason and Kristin headed out to Brooklyn on Saturday so we could celebrate Thanksgiving. Even Murphy took the trip. Sunday we headed out to Allison and Spencer's new home to celebrate Katie's 2nd Birthday. It's hard to believe she's 2!
Enjoy the pictures below.

Me and my girl.

Mike squishing Grandma Mary and Abuela's laps.

Jenna and Titi Iliana

Jenna driving the bus at the Jersey Gardens Mall

Jenna at Katie's Birthday Party

Jenna with her Backyardigans mask doing the scavenger hunt.

This was the only picture I have of Katie by herself. It's hard to catch a 2 year old standing still!
Happy 2nd Birthday Katie!!!!!!

20 November 2007

Busy Weekend

We have headed back into our crazy, busy weekends with the holidays approaching. Friday night, we met up with my cousins Frankie and Trish in the city for some dinner and catching up. They were up visiting from Texas and we haven't seen them in over 2 years. We had a great time and it was really great to see them both. Sunday, we headed down to Atlantic City for some rest and play. We had a great time even though the weather was dreary. It's too bad that we didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. Grandma Gladys came along and this was special since it was Jenna's first time down. We took her shopping and swimming. She loves staying at hotels - wonder where she gets that from???

Frankie, Jenna and me

The guy taking the picture cut Jenna out, but us 4 came out good.

My cousin and me

Jenna and her frog getting a shoe shine.

The view from our room. Too bad it was cold and dreary out there!

Grandma and Jenna checking out the Tropicana

Jenna loving the snowmen in the Tropicana.

07 November 2007

NYC Marathon

I can't believe it is November!!!! Jenna and I braved the hurricane warning (it turned out to be a lot of rain and the wind) Jenna hung out with Grandma, Uncle Jason, Kristin and of course Murphy. We took Jenna to the mall and Santa was already there!!! They are really pushing Christmas on us this year. They had a Santa train that Jenna loved. She would have rode that all day if she could have.
Sunday the NYC Marathon came running through NY this weekend. The weather was perfect for running and for those of us watching from the sidelines. It is always exciting to see them run by. We watched them run by with Jen, Mark and Madison. The girls had a great time cheering the runners.

Jenna riding the Santa train.

Someone was very excited!

NYC Marathon - look at them go

Best Friend hugs

01 November 2007

Halloween 2007

Happy Halloween! Jenna had a very full day between school and trick-or-treating. She started out as a cheerleader for school. Her teacher threw them a party and all the kids got many treats. We headed home so Jenna could change into her Tinkerbelle costume for trick-or-treating. She had a blast this year since she has finally grasped the concept of going to people's houses and if you say trick-or-treat, they give your candy. The weather was great and we really had a lot of fun. Madison and Jennifer came along for the ride and the girls looked so cute together. Enjoy the pictures.

The little cheerleader doing a cheer to get ready for school.

BFF's trick or treating

Someone's very happy to get lots of candy.

The fairies heading into a store for more candy.

Our little Tinkerbelle ringing the bell for candy.

22 October 2007

Pumpkin Picking

We took advantage of the beautiful weather that rolled through and took Jenna pumpkin picking out on the East End of LI at Harbes Farm. Grandma, Uncle Jason, Kristin and I had a great time with Jenna picking her pumpkins. Unfortunately Mike is still stuck with his crutches, so he missed out on all the fun. But as many of you already know, we had another Rivera with us that day. For those who do not know, are family is getting larger. We are thrilled to announce we are expecting a baby and the newest member of the family should be showing their face May 4. Jenna is very excited that she is going to be a big sister. We'll see how long that lasts.
Enjoy the pictures below. We really did have a great day.

Jenna playing on the tractor wagon.

Of course the princess can't walk to get her pumpkins. Uncle Jason had to pull her in the wagon.

She picked this one all by herself.

Me and my girl

Jenna with Kristin and Uncle Jason

01 October 2007

Ragamuffin Parade

I think I'm all caught up now.
Here are some pictures from the Bayridge Ragamuffin Parade. They host a parade every year and have all the children dress up in their Halloween costumes. It was tons of fun this year since Aunt Susan and Uncle Thomas were able to bring out Brandon and Ethan to march with Jenna. Jenna was so excited to see her "Spiderman" cousins! It was such a perfect day.

Jenna trying to grab a hug.

The 2 Spidermans and Tinkerbelle.

I thought this picture was adorable.


Quick Florida Trip

Mom, Jenna and I headed down to Florida for a quick visit with Grandma and Grandpa for a weekend. We had a great time with them. I think Jenna entertained both Grandma and Grandpa the entire time. We hit Downtown Disney when we arrived for some shopping and lunch. Jenna had a great time posing with her favorite characters.

Jenna and a Mickey Hat.

Buzz Light Year to the rescue!

No trip is complete without a kiss to Minnie Mouse.

Can you believe this is 4 generations?

Jenna having fun with her Great-Grandparents.