Friday, September 24, 2010


Im not one for personal posts of my children or family.  You will rarely see Big Daddy J in my posts or the children, however this is a lifestyle blog and there are my life. lol      Soooo..... Im making an exception because just like the baby's post the other day......This is a milestone!

My oldest daughter was born 16 years ago today, after 23 hours of horrific labor....she was named Gabriella Renee at 6 p.m.   Traditionally she should have been named Vincenza after my then mother-in-law but I didnt really see her making it through life with such a strong Italian name.   So I prayed for a solution to this drama and Gabriella came to my mind....still very Italian.   And who better to chose than the Archangel Gabriel for inspiration.  The Renee funny enough came from watching a Clint Eastwood moving co-starring Renee Russo.  Russo is my mother's maiden name and the name of my great-grandfather's bakery in Brooklyn, NY

Gabriella was a good baby, toddler and young girl.  However she is now a teenager and God will help me through these next few years. lol

She has a great personality and a ridiculous sense of humor.  She is the entertainment where ever she goes.  She has had some great accomplishments in her young 16 years.  She was on the Nickelodeon show "Naked Brothers Band" and she was also in the movie "Doubt" with Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep.  She played the student of Amy Adams in movie.   That was a rough 2 months taking her back and forth to Brooklyn, Bronx and other areas where we filmed in the middle of winter. lol   But to see you child on-screen at a premiere party in NYC is the coolest thing (of course until she gets married or has a baby).

She plans on attending Culinary School after graduation and would like to open up her own bakery.  She only wants to do pastry...and more specifically cakes. lol     She is a candy fanatic...bubblegum, gummie bears you name she'll eat it.  P.S  Those scales I got yesterday will part of the decor for her bakery....im gonna put a few aside for her.

So here are some photos that I happen to have in the computer what I stole from her facebook page (once again she is going to be mortified, but what kind of mother would I be if I didn't embarrass my baby girl on her birthday!!

At age 2 (she loved her Gap overalls)

Age 3 (yes thats my Jersey girl look back in '96)

Age 4 (with her 1st sibling)

Age 6 (with her 2nd sibling)

Age 8 (field day at school, i was the face painting mom)

Age 12 (rockin on Rock Band with her sibs on Christmas morning)

 Age 13 (the proud step-daughter waiting for Pops to come home from Iraq)

Age 15 (her 4th sibling)

The Entertainer (at her bff's Vanessa's Sweet 16)

On her way to Sweet 16 

With her lil sis in South Carolina this summer

Well there you have it.......they grow up so fast!    I hope her life stays as fun and exciting as it is to her right now!



  1. Its hard to believe how fast time goes, isn't it? happy birthday to your daughter! loved looking at the pictures!

  2. Happy Birthday to her. The pictures are all wonderful. Yes, they do grow up fast. Hugs, Marty

  3. She is beautiful. Happy 16th Birthday to her!

    Thank you for your kind words on my weight loss. I really appreciate it.

    Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)


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