The Mazzola's

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Fun, Starting A New School Year and a New Job!

Hello Family and Friends! 
I'm not sure where to begin for this one!  What I do know is that we had a fantastic summer and I can't believe it's already over. 
Emilia wrapped up school at the beginning of June and started her summer off with a sleepover at one of her best friends house.  She attended all kinds of camps from, drama, ceramics, gymnastics, jewelry making to vets in training and a social detective camp.  We had a little scare at the beginning of the summer when we thought she might have broken her foot at gymnastics camp but thankfully it was just a really bad sprain.  Lucky for her, the next day she got to go spend a week at the beach with Grandma Grandma and had a GREAT time.  She said her two favorite camps were Vets in Training and drama camp.  Chase had summer camp at his school as well, where he enjoyed water play days, Kona ice truck and plaster house.  Plaster house is where they paint ceramic things like motorcycles and dinosaurs.  Both kids have been taking swim lessons all summer and are doing awesome!  Emilia also continued with piano lessons, so that her fingers did not get rusty over the summer.  She will be starting with a new teacher in a couple weeks, which we are really looking forward to.  In mid June we were lucky enough to have the Jones family stay with us for a night on their way to the beach.  As always, it was wonderful to see them and catch up.  Following their visit Aunt Corrie and Uncle Matty came to visit for a night and then we all headed to Winston-Salem for their cousins wedding.  Emilia was the flower girl and was happy to do the job. 
We were able to spend a couple weekends at the beach with Joe's parents, which was wonderful. Joe and I decided to surprise the kids and took them to Great Wolf Lodge for a night, which was more fun than I thought it would be.  The kids had a blast and are already asking to go back.  In the midst of camps, beach getaways and visits from friends Joe was contacted by a former co-worker about a position his company had that he wanted Joe to interview for.  Long story short, Joe was down in Florida interviewing for the position a week and a half later and by mid-late June he had turned in his resignation.  He is now Field Operations Territory Manager for Arthrex, a company based out of Florida.  He is really enjoying the job and excited to be working for such a great company.  His new position requires him to travel  a couple times a month, sometimes more and when he's home he works from home, which is nice.  I'm so happy for him, he was really unhappy at his job that he started in January and he so deserves this opportunity! My Dad celebrated his 50th birthday at the end of July.  We surprised him at work with a party and my mom had a really nice party for him.  His best friends from when he was a child came in town for the party and then while he was away for the weekend with them celebrating, his Mom flew in from Georgia to surprise him.  It was so awesome!!! A few weeks later, we spent our last week of summer at the beach with 35 of my family members from NC, Kansas, Ohio and California.  It was a lot of fun and the kids had so much fun meeting all of their cousins.  You can see from the pictures that we had a blast!  We also just found out that my aunt, who has been battling cancer for the past 6 months is now cancer free.  This has been the best news of the summer! 
The other exciting news is that Chase is no longer in daycare, he started school with Emilia this week.  He and E are now in school together and it's wonderful!  Emilia started 3rd grade, which I can't believe and Chase is in Pre-K.  Their classrooms are right across the hall from one another so Emilia can walk him to his class room each morning, SO CUTE!  We are looking forward to fall, football and fun excursions that Joe and I have planned.
We hope you all are happy and healthy!
Lots of love,
Leslie, Joe, E and Chase