Sylvia Comes to Ocean City

* Warning, this post has graphic descriptions. Gabriella’s best friend, Sylvia, joined us for our last trip to OC for the summer this past weekend, and we packed in as much excitement as we could. We started with an evening on the beach, with another golden sunset, followed by a moonlit walk on the beach […]

Photo Shoot / Ocean City, NJ

If you are ever on the Ocean City beach during the “golden hour” you are bound to see groups of people at every block taking family pictures in the golden light.  In case you didn’t know, Papa ‘dabbles’ in photography, so  it was inevitable that the Macera’s would take their turn. This evening it wasn’t […]

Ocean City Fishin

On Friday morning, the family got up at 6am to go fishing. While we didn’t bring any ‘keepers’ home, the girls enjoyed reeling in a few sand (dogfish) sharks. The highlight of the morning, was watching a nine year old boy nearly get dragged into the bay by a huge skate. His dad had to […]


OK, so 1/2 of the garden was devoured by vermin, but they didn’t get our TOMATOES! We’ve been watching them ripen for MONTHS, and finally we are reaping the rewards, all be it in one day.  Here’s a shot of what Mama picked from the garden this morning … along with our ‘prized pumpkin’ 🙂 […]

Zia’s Birthday Celebration

Everyone gathered Saturday to celebrate Zia’s birthday (don’t ask which one 🙂 )  The theme of the party was “Japan” – not sure why, just an excuse to wear a kimono I guess. The girls spent a couple hours applying their makeup and Gabriella brought another masterful cake creation following the Japan theme. Here are […]

Pumpkins in AUGUST!

In August you say? Well, we thought they were stray zucchini plants growing in our garden this spring, so we let them grow … and grow is what they did! There were about 4 plants originally, but one soon showed his dominance, and was soon 10 feet long. In an effort to contain it, Papa […]

The ZOO with Zia & Nonno

On Friday, Zia (Rosaria) took the girls to the Philadelphia Zoo with Nonno, in celebration of his 81st birthday. The goal was to ride in the Channel 6 Balloon as well as ride the camels. Unfortunately, it was too windy for the balloon, and Nonno’s hip’s couldn’t get around the Camel’s back, but Zia & […]