Gabriella's First Communion

It's First Communions season! Last weekend was my goddaughter and niece Olivia's First Communion, and this weekend it was both Gabriella's and my niece Antonia's. Of course we wish we were able to go to Antonia's just like my brother and Melissa wished they could come to Gabriella's, but what can you do? My poor parents of course hussled to make it to both. I'm so glad they could. Grandparents are so important!

You know I love to go all out for parties, especially once-in-a-lifetime events like Audriana's christening, but Gabriella was the focus of our day and she's not about over-the-top stuff. She wanted something really simple with just close family and friends. After the church ceremony, we went to a restaurant that was decorated with blue, green and white. I had face painters and balloon artists and tons of kids activities and Gabriella was able to be herself and run around. I even let her get her face painted while she was in her beautiful dress! But that's how she is and I want her to be true to herself. After the party when we were walking in the parking lot, she said to me, "Mama, thank you for my party. It was the best day ever!" She's so sweet and considerate, I almost cried. I love all my girls, and I love Gabriella.

Here are some photos from her special day. Thank you all for your kind wishes! We appreciate them more than you know! xx

PS-- A huge thank you to Michael Todd for taking such great photos! His website is