Monday, December 1, 2008

2008 Holiday Letter

Happy Holidays

As we send greetings to friends and family near and far, remember, whether we’re together or apart, you all share a special place in our hearts. In the midst of the holiday rush, shopping and wrapping and sending gifts to loved ones far and near, remember that the best gift you can give is your love. Listen to the magical music of Christmas and keep the enchantment in your hearts all through the year.

We are so fortunate to be able to travel: February to Florida, April to Virginia Historic House and Garden Tour with McGuirks, September to New England with Koehlers.
We are so happy to be able to visit our children and relatives: Chicago, State College, and Medina.
We love being able to make, teach and enjoy music: Piano studio recitals, chamber music, concerts, Musicians Concert Band, Butler Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony
Our mother Flora is living at Newhaven Court, she will be 99 in January of 2009. Her health is good and her memory is excellent. We are thankful to have her with us.

Our children, Vincent, Bryan, Christina, Michael, and Vicky and their families, all continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor and continue to make us proud to have had something to do with their success. Nick, Vicky’s husband, is now Chief of the Bureau of Fire for the City of Butler.

On April 26th, Bruno Joseph Sanzotti. our tenth grandchild, was born in State College to Michael and Dawn Sanzotti. He is a wonderful child and a happy lad. Erik Sanzotti graduated from Wheaton North High School in May and has matriculated at Northern Illinois State in September. Damien has accepted a teaching position in the Berlin MD school District and Jessica is the Marketing Director for Chesapeake Physical Therapy. Our growing talented grandchildren continue to make us proud with their attempts and achievements. They are all doing quite well and we are proud of all of them.

We hope this holiday is a safe, healthy, happy one for you and your family. Please let us hear from you from cyber space, our e-mail is and our family blog,
Please support our new President, Barak Obama, as he attempts to restore our country to previous greatness.

Wishing you all things bright and beautiful, Claudette and Jim, December 2008

A Lot To Be Thankful About!

A nice gathering for turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings occured in Butler. It was great to have everyone home, healthy and happy. We are thankful for that and for how well we all get along together. Bruno was the center of attention on Friday, he is growing and still is a happy guy. It was great to have Bryan and family here, and Mike and Dawn stopped in from a trip to Florida. Erik was home from his first year at NIS, Damien was able to stop in with Kate and her mother Chris. All the granddaughters demostrated beauty and talent in some form. They are all developing into wonderful young ladies. We all gathered Friday for an early gift exchange that proved to be the wave of the future. Thank you all , we love you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The B Man flies to Tampa for the first time.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

In The Leaves With Kate

The Falling Leaves drift by the window, the Autumn Leaves of red and gold. Kate loves to jump, lay, and run in the leaves, and we love to see her at it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A New Savannah Family Member

This is Alex, she's a 5 month old retriever, doberman,lab mix we adopted today. Natalie has been working on us for a dog for at least 6 months now and we fell in love with Alex. She's very sweet, hardly barks and loves to cuddle. Can't wait for everyone to meet her. (She can't put a block in the giraffe but we'll work on it.)

More Bruno...

We thought you may all like seeing a video of Bruno putting a block into a giraffe. He is definitley above average...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Woof, Woof

Bruno's first Halloween costume.

Bruno's first Halloween costume.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Youngest and Oldest have a little "chat"

Recently, Bruno visited Butler to see his cousins and "Little" Nana. A photo op caught Jessica and Bruno enjoying a chuckle together. Everyone was amazed at Bruno's development and his pleasant personality.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The B-man swings

Bruno enjoyed his first swing...

Bruno eats

Bruno is definitely a Sanzotti...

Bruno goes to the Beach

We had a successful trip to the beach the weekend of Sept. 20. Bruno may challenge Damien to the family beach bum...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hayley Attend First High School Dance

Wheaton North's Homecoming Dance was graced by many lovely young ladies, among them was our own Hayley, looking gorgeous as ever, a definite stand-out. We think Megan is beautiful also. GP

Friday, September 26, 2008

New England Trip in September

Mayflower replica --- Sam Adams stands guard at Market

Bruno was glad to see us!

Our tour of the New England States went very well, the weather was excellent, we travelled with Koehlers (Bob and Jean) and we enjoyed the various stops that we had planned. We spent the second week on Cape Cod, visiting up and down cape and Martha's Vineyard. We were able to tour Boston and visit all the normal places there. We made stops in Albany,NY to see the USS Slater, the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Samuel Clements house in Hartford, Robert Todd Lincoln House in Manchester VT, Surbridge Village in MA, and Kennebunk, ME. We visited with Jeff Wargo, and a nephew of Jean Koehler's in Hull, MA. We ate lobster and a lot of seafood in many restaurants. Despite the enjoyment we were glad to get home, visiting Bruno on the way. We send our love to you all, Dad

Tuesday, September 9, 2008





Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Back to School

Nat and Maria made it to school today too! Natalie was very ready to be in the 4th grade and Maria has great teachers at the Junior High School in 8th grade. Natalie signed up to play the oboe this year.


Happy to be back in school! This year Lauren is starting 4th grade and Katie will be in her second year at Butler Montessori.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bruno Makes A Move!

Bruno has moved to 281 Nimitz Ave, a wonderful place where he is fed on a regular basis. His parents are experiencing some inconveniences, since all is not finished at this address. We all hope this house will be full of happiness and joy. Best to Dawn and Mike.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bruno Contemplates a move!

He looks forward to a new house, a new bedroom, and some new chow, at Nimitz Ave in State College. Things are almost on schedule and he is growing happier and chubbier with each passing day. Looking forward to seeing the "big guy" in Butler soon. We all love you!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer of 2008

The summer was fun for all in Butler. Bruno was baptised on June 29th, Bryan,Hayley and Erik visited over the 4th of July. We had a nice trip to Pittsburgh, visiting the Carnegie Museum and taking a ride on Just Ducky. We had a 4th of July Feast then a lake activities afternoon capped by wiener and marsh mellow roasts.

Bruno enjoys music, eating and sleeping. He is a very hansome lad with blue eyes.

Much of the visit was with good weather however it did rain on our day in Pittsburgh. Kate got to drive the Ducky on the Allegheny River. We all missed Aunt Pam and Megan, stuck a home with injury and sickness.

A wet ride on the Just Ducky after a lunch at Buca di Beppo
Bruno was handsomely dipped several times in the Holy Water, thus christened Bruno Joseph Sanzotti. He is growing into a fine young man, soon to be ensconced in a new home on Nimitz Ave in State College.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Karate Sisters

Katie started karate this week and has loved her first couple classes...we may have another black belt in the family soon!

She also successfully performed in her first dance recital earlier this month...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bruno is 2 Months Old

Here are some pictures of Bruno at 2 months. The other is his first day of school.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Our Grandchildren are the Greatest

We are proud of all of our grandkids, for their wonderful accomplishments and there abundant talent. Lauren Ban, Marie and Natalie Savannah all had Straight A's for the school year, and each was recognized with appropriate awards at the end of the school year.
Also, at Hayley Sanzotti's 8th grade graduation ceremony, she was awarded the President's Award for academic achievement(3 years on the high honor roll)
We are so proud of all of you, and we love you.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Erik Graduates

Erik Bryan Sanzotti graduated from Wheaton North High School at the 42nd Annual Commencement May 24, 2008. Mom and I were fortunate enough to attend the ceremony and enjoyed a visit with Bryan, Pam, Hayley and Megan.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bruno travels to Butler

Bruno Joseph visited Butler May 16-18 and created quite a stir. All cousins and aunts and uncles and Little Nanna came to visit. We have the oldest Sanzotti, Nanna at 98 and Bruno at 3 weeks, the youngest meeting for the first time. Almost a century divides them. We are so fortunate to have such a loving family. Best to Bruno and his wonderful parents.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Damien Has a JOB!

Damien Sanzotti is the new PE instructor at the Berlin Intermediate School in Maryland. Grades 4,5,6 We are all proud of his accomplishments, good luck!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bruno Day 15. A Good Boy

Here is another vidoe of Bruno on his 15th day on this Earth. I hope you enjoy, we certainly are.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bruno Arrives

7 lbs 13.5 oz, 22 inches. Bruno Joseph Sanzotti April 26, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Still Waiting...

We are still wait for the arrival of our child. This is a picture of Dawn on PSU's Campus on April 19 (our due date). Stay tuned...

Friday, March 14, 2008

We are getting close...

Thought you all would like to see a picture of these guys...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Winter trip in2008

Mom and I had a great trip South, arriving home March 9th. We were able to spend a night each in Richmond,and Jacksonville Beach. Then a week at West Palm Beach, two nights in Delray Beach, one in Bradenton, one in St. Petersburg and a week in Orlando at the Grande Vista. We visited with Keohlers, Sills, our wonderful granddaughters and their mother from Wheaton, and our wonderful granddaughters, their mother and father from Butler. It was great seeing everyone and enjoying the warm weather. Actually we missed a pretty significant storm back home. Katie and Lauren have a ball at Disney World, and we enjoyed being there to watch. Hayley and Megan had some success at the meet in St. Petersburg, Hayley taking a first on the beam and their team winning 1st place honors. The weather was good the entire time, and we arrived home ready to dive into teaching and playing again, also beginning preparations for Easter. We hope everyone is fine and in good health, Love Mom and Dad

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Lauren Ban is a black belt

On Friday evening, Lauren Ban was awarded a 1st degree black belt in the ATA. She flied through the exam with dispatch and flair. We are proud of her accomplishment.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma and Maria

On Sunday, January 20th we celebrated the births of Flora Sanzotti and Maria Savannah. One turned 98 on January 15th and the other turned into a teenager instantly on the 20th even though her birthday is really on the 25th. On the menu, homemade pasta, braijole, lemon chicken and an awesome salad with fruit, cheese and nuts. The birthday cake was an angelfood cake layered with sweet ricotta cheese and turtle cheesecake. Despite the bitter cold outside, it was warm in cozy inside and a great day to spend with family. We missed all those who could not be with us.