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January 12, 2016 | Brenda Baldacci

Raising IV Sons

 

When pregnant with our first son, more than just a few people told me that I was just the "type" to have all boys.  To this day, I'm not sure exactly what "that type" is, but I can honestly say having all boys (now men) has been nothing but pure heaven for me.  Being the only girl in a house of boys, I've always felt like I was part of their team.  They treat me like a lady, but don't hesitate to include me in their kind of fun...this can be anything from a day at the ballpark to hitting the slopes of Tahoe.

          In the early years of having four boys under 6 years old, I soon realized boys wake up with high energy and ready to hit the pavement running! The key to a balanced day was to embrace this, hope for good California weather and hit the outdoors.  On the flipside, I also made it a priority to open the boy’s eyes to another perspective…it was not uncommon for me to dedicate a day to teaching them the fine art of sewing or baking.  I’m not certain those skills are incorporated into their daily routines today, but at least they passed my basic training! 

 

 

As a preschool teacher once told me during a rough, wet winter…”The days can be long, but the years are short!” This statement resonates so clear today as the boys are now men and I don’t know exactly where the time went.  Capturing moments through photographs has always been a hobby and pleasure for me~ I am especially grateful for this today so I can reflect on the long days and short years through the pictures of our past.  Today, the future for our family is full of excitement and new beginnings.

 

 

Kevin and Kristine were married in October with the most memorable family moment for all of us~ of course, Baldacci Family Vineyards Wine was the hallmark of this special occasion and did not disappoint! Keeping traditions and family together time has always been a priority for Tom and me. With our IV Sons (that will always be my “boys”), we sift through everyone’s busy schedules and find room on the calendar for anything from a tailgate at the 49er game to a spa day at The Solage in Calistoga.  And in between, we always have time for a lively discussion on past reflections, current life events and dreams for the future with each other and a glass of wine! 

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