Monday, December 22, 2008

Must Share!

I know I am biased because Dominic is my baby, but is he so amazingly handsome or what???? We went to a dear friend's Christmas party on Sunday, that's where the first two photos are from. As you can see, he was at it again flirting with the little ladies! ;)

Here he is just before bedtime tonight... playing on diaper boxes! Everything I heard about kids and toys is so true! They love boxes more than toys. LOL!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Super Week!

Dan's parents came for a visit from North Carolina and we all really had a nice time. They arrived on Monday afternoon and after an early dinner, I treated them to a Christmas show called "Star of Wonder" at a local church. Dan's mom wasn't feeling well so she stayed behind. The show was AMAZING - complete with live animals including donkey, camel, tiger, elephant, zebra and dogs. There was great music, an amazing light show and tons of flying angels (real ladies on high wires!). Dominic LOVED it and even clapped to the music.

On Tuesday we went to the Phoenix Children's Museum and just had a complete blast! We bought an annual membership because we were there for almost 3 hours and could have stayed even longer, Dominic just played his little heart out! It is an inspirational place that shows how a lot of imagination and a little elbow grease can go a long, long way.

Wednesday was music class and Dan's mom came with me. Domi is getting more confident with other children and learning about rhythm. No class for the next 2 weeks so I am singing to Domi a lot at home, and playing all kinds of music for him to enjoy. We also spent time outside in our backyard, it had been raining the last few days so it was great to get outside. You can see Domi and his grandparents enjoying our yard. Domi enjoyed picking citrus from the trees, peeling some and throwing the peels in the yard. I guess the birds had a feast after we went inside.

Thursday we took my in-laws to the airport and played and chilled at home. It was nice to have a down day!

Friday was another great swim lesson. Domi and all the other swimmers got a medal that he was so proud of! You can see from this photo that he was all tuckered out after class. I took the foggy pictures before I joined Dan and Domi in the pool - they keep it so warm in there the lens fogged up!

Today Dan took Domi to play at the mall in the morning, and then I took Domi out to run errands in the afternoon. I took him to Red Robin for dinner as a treat because he behaved so well while I shopped and they give all kids a balloon. He LOVES balloons and thought it was so funny to let it go at our house. We have VERY high ceilings and I had to have him stand on my shoulders just to get the balloon when he let go. We also relaxed tonight and he watched the Charlie Brown show in my lap before bedtime. I just LOVE my baby, I am SO BLESSED!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pictures from the Guatemala Families Christmas Party

Here are some great photos from the party we went to last Saturday. We had a blast and all the children were just gorgeous! One little girl had her eye on Dominic and you can see from the photo where they are embracing, he had reciprocal feelings. They also kissed several times! AYAYYAAY - it is starting already... my little Casanova. ;) Enjoy!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Weekly Highlights

I will be brief because we have company coming tomorrow and have lots to do to get ready... Dan's parents are coming for a short visit to meet their newest grandchild. :)

Another super week - the usual activities plus:
  • A visit to the Science Museum - very fun and Domi sat through a 45 minute show at the planetarium! We were surprised he didn't fuss, he really liked looking at the stars!
  • Family party at Grandma Vela's house - my sister Letti is in town from Evergreen, CO
  • Friend party with other families that have children from Guatemala - SO MUCH FUN! I will post photos soon
  • MILESTONE AT SWIMMING - Domi JUMPED in the pool! He is doing very well and really starting to look forward to swim lessons as much as I do! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving Photos

Just got these from my sister, enjoy! The turkey headband is from Pottery Barn Kids, I took it with me last year when I visited Domi in Guatemala. I will make him wear it every Thanksgiving until his head is too big to fit (which means never because I have one too that I wear!). ;)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

We had another busy and fun week. On Sunday we went to my parents house for a visit and some fun play time. On Monday we went to Gymboree for open play. Domi had a great time but got carried away and ran way too fast. He lost his footing between the gym mat and carpet, fell down and got a bloody nose. Poor little baby cakes. One of the workers there told me to use ice to get the blood stain out of our shirts, and it worked! Later that day we went to the portrait studio for family Christmas pictures and pictures of Dominic in his baptism outfit (to be baptized on December 28). I will post those AFTER I share with family. :)

On Tuesday we went back to Gymboree to try their toddler gym class. Domi liked it and really enjoyed the parachute play. Wednesday was music class at Gymboree and then we went to our friend's house to decorate Christmas cookies. Here are some photos below. Dan and I also stayed up late decorating the house, Domi woke up to our lit up Christmas tree and loved it!

On Thursday we did some shopping and Friday we had swim class. I must say I love swimming with Domi. The water feels so good and he was the only child in class this week, so we had a lot of fun. Yesterday Domi took a long nap after heavy play in the morning with Dad, and we went to Target in the evening. Domi did NOT want to go to sleep and it took me from 7:45 to 10:15 p.m. to get him down. Mommy learned - no more 3 hour naps! ;) He usually goes down from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. but does not nap consistently. We are working on it. Overall, we are filled with such joy and know how blessed we are to have this little angel in our lives. :)