Sunday, August 28, 2011
You can see the kids lined up for the relay. The little ones always start it off with the big competitive guys paired up to finish. Now the races aren't exactly fair... there is always a lot of cheating and shenanigans. Someone always takes a head start before their teammate crosses the line and we all yell "Cheater!!!" as loud as we can. And sometimes the last pair of relay racers will so something silly like run backwards or carry their little cousins piggyback style and everyone loves that. So winners are very difficult to determine but everyone has fun and that is what it is all about!
Everyone in the family was very excited to meet Baby Anthony. Since we stayed in Pop Pop's house we were very blessed to get morning visits with Anthony almost every day. Stacey and Steven's house was just across the street from ours and they never had a problem finding arms to hold this sweet boy. Isn't he precious! (And by the way Stacey, one of my most faithful readers... where are my updated pictures? I'm sure Anthony has doubled in size by now! We miss him a whole bunch over here in Texas.)
From the top: Pop Pop, Drew, Stephanie, Cheryl, Nate, Austin, Garret, Nick, Patrick, Emma Daniel, Katie Gray holding baby Anthony, Lexi, Jed, Madison, Olivia, Emily, David, Christopher, Annaliese, Lia and Ainsley
Sunday, August 7, 2011
And again, the Nelli grandkids spent a large amount of time building with those little wooden sticks like last year.
If you look closely, you'll see David, Lia, Aunt Kathy and myself in the red hot air balloon. You might think the reason David insisted we choose this hot air balloon is because his favorite color is red. But actually, David noticed the hot air ballon is the Chinese flag. It is red with yellow starts. He knows this fact because his Daddy travels to China so much. Another quirky thing about David is that he likes to look at the flags for each country on our world map. He colors the ones that "aren't too difficult" and hangs them all over our house. ;-)David's got his arms us in this one!
Chris and his Dad. Pop Pop has the right idea with the ice cream. It was a hot day at Carrowinds but some storms blew through about mid-day and cooled it off for the evening. We were treated to an amazing light show at 9pm and fireworks at 10pm when the park closed. This made up for missing the fireworks on the 4th of July. :-)
He is still loving his duck pajamas I got him when he turned 5.
A native of Raleigh, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Anna Wolff. She received her degree in accounting from the College of Mount St. Vincent on the Hudson in New York City, New York. After marrying her husband Joe, she became a homemaker and raised her eight children in Gasto-nia. Rita was a consummate wife and mother. Devoted to her family in every way, she raised her family in a loving home, where her family and faith were paramount. Always a wonderful cook, she loved hosting her children and grandchildren for family gatherings. Rita loved to travel and visited over 25 countries with her beloved husband. She loved the beach and ocean and enjoyed a daily swim at her favorite vacation beach, Long Beach, N.C., which for over 60 years a weekly extended family reunion was enjoyed by all. For fifty years, Rita was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Gasto-nia, and was active in many organizations and activities including St. Michael's School PTO, Board Member, Room Mother; Confraternity of Christian Mothers; Meals On Wheels; Crisis Assistance Ministry; Family Life and Pillars Meals; St. Michael's Bingo Canteen; Exercise Leader with the AHOY Sen-iors Group; Knights of Columbus Monthly Rosary; Bridge Club; The Spade and Trowel Garden Club; and was a Troop Co-Leader for Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her husband of fifty-six years, Joseph Robert Nelli of Gastonia; sons and daughters-in-law, Rob & Eileen Nelli of Hartford, CT, Mrs. Pat Nelli of Cary, NC, James & Kathy Nelli of Gastonia, Tom & Cortney Nelli of Stanton, VA, Chris & Michelle Nelli of The Woodlands, TX, Bill & Kristen Nelli of Greenville, SC and Steven & Stacey Nelli of Las Cruces, NM; Daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne Marie & John Vick of Greenville, S.C.; Brothers Herman Wolff of Raleigh, N.C. and Thomas Wolff of Johnstown, PA; Brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mario and Rita Leone of Cinnaminson, N.J.; Grandchildren, Cheryl Bibbons, Drew Nelli, Stephanie Nelli, Nick Nelli, Nate Nelli, Garrett Nelli, Austin Nelli, Patrick Nelli, Katie Gray Nelli, Emma Nelli, Daniel Nelli, Lexi Vick, Madison Vick, Jed Vick, Emily Nelli, David Nelli, Lia Nelli, Olivia Nelli, Christopher Nelli, Ainsley Nelli, Annaliese Nelli, and Anthony Nelli; and a number of Nieces and Nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, John and David; brothers, John & William Wolff, and sisters
Agnes W. Jones and Margaret W. Marks.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Roger Arnsparger and Deacon Art Kingsley 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Interment will be in Gaston Memorial Park. Thereafter, a luncheon for family and friends, hosted by the church, will be held in the Parish Center of the church.
On Thursday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m., family and friends will gather at the home of Jamie & Kathy Nelli, 2960 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, N.C. 28056.
A rosary service will held 7 p.m. Friday in the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors where the family will receive friends immediately after-wards.
Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church, 708 St. Michael Lane, Gastonia, NC 28052.
Condolence messages may be sent to: www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia (1-800-217-9901) is serving the Nelli family.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Aunt Debbie, Cousin Ben, Andrea and Great Grandma