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Highlight of the Blackhawks Convention

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Cherish forever, originally uploaded by Francesca….

The 3rd Annual Blackhawks Convention just wrapped up. I attended for the second, and probably my last, time – but more on that later. The highlight of the entire event, for me, was getting to once again meet my childhood hockey hero, Denis Savard.

I had to first wait in line to get a wristband for the scheduled Savard autograph signing, and then later on, I had to wait in line again for the actual autograph. Kind of annoying but it was better than having to deal with people pushing and fighting to get ahead of me in line (again, more on that later). Others in line had photos or hockey cards of Savard that they wanted him to sign; I had my very first Blackhawks jersey, which is a good 20-25 years old. My parents bought it for me when I was about 10 years old because Savard was my idol. I wore that jersey constantly; I probably would have slept in it if my parents had let me. I’ve long outgrown the jersey but held on to it for sentimental reasons. When Lucia was born, I decided I’d save it for her – it could be HER first Blackhawks jersey, too.

After waiting for over two hours, it finally was my turn to go up on the little stage to the signing table. I unfurled the jersey and placed it on the table. Savard and his security buddy seated next to him had the same reaction when they saw it: “Wowwwwww!” I said to Savard, “This is my very first Blackhawks jersey. My parents got it for me when I was like 10. Now I want to pass it on to my daughter.” He asked me, “What’s your daughter’s name? I’ll sign it to her.” So I told him “Lucia”, and of course I had to spell it for him. He signed with a silver Sharpie on the 8 (of 18) on the back of the jersey, “To Lucia / Good luck / Denis Savard 18 / HOF 2000”. As he was signing he said, “Now when Lucia has kids, if I’m still alive, I’ll sign it for them over here [motioning to the 1 on the back of the jersey].” When he was all finished signing he said to me, “Good thinking to keep that jersey. Keep the tradition going. You’re a good mom.” I wanted to cry when he said that to me. That is the ultimate compliment for this new, hockey-crazed mom, even more so coming from my all-time favorite player and childhood idol! Savard stuck out his hand to shake mine and then I just about floated off that stage. Denis Savard still is my hockey hero.

My adorable niece, Lucia

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

My adorable niece, Lucia, originally uploaded by *SuperstarSinger* Felicia Folinazzo.

Meet Pepina Dolce! Before & After

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Meet Pepina Dolce! Before & After, originally uploaded by *SuperstarSinger* Felicia Folinazzo.

Pet peeve alert

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Pet peeve alert, originally uploaded by Francesca.... While I applaud the city of Chicago's attempt to be multi-cultural, I am disappointed and annoyed as hell that the Chicago Park District didn't do their ... [Continue reading this entry]

The newest addition to our family

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

28 Weeks

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
28 Weeks, originally uploaded by Francesca.... Not only is my child an active one, s/he also is quite flexible! The top image shows the baby's foot near his/her mouth (the ultrasound tech was ... [Continue reading this entry]

24 Weeks

Monday, December 8th, 2008
This is a 3D image from today's ultrasound. I am 24 weeks pregnant now and doctors say everything looks great! We learned today that we have an active baby; its legs were kicking the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Rest in Peace, my Sweet Angel

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Rest in Peace, my Sweet Angel, originally uploaded by *SuperstarSinger* Felicia Folinazzo. Vega lost his battle with lymphoma. After 3 months of chemotherapy, Vega was no longer responding to the treatments. His lymph ... [Continue reading this entry]

R.I.P. Vega, 1999-2008

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

R.I.P. Vega, 1999-2008, originally uploaded by Francesca....

Mark (and his backside) is famous!

Monday, November 10th, 2008
Playa Platanares, originally uploaded by Francesca.... A few months back, a woman by the name of Liz Roquet contacted me via Flickr to ask permission to use one of my photos for ... [Continue reading this entry]