Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Holiday Season!!!

Wow, time has been flying by and we have been swamped as usual! We hosted a great Halloween/Forever Day party at our house and had a blast with our friends. The custom cake by Arizona Cake Dreams (azcakedreams.com) stole the show! It featured a Guatemala blanket topped with 3-dimensional masks and the Guatemala flag. She also made worry dolls and a banner that said "Happy Forever Day Dominic". GORGEOUS AND DELICIOUS!!

We attended a Thanksgiving Feast at Domi's school and his teacher snapped this photo, this may be the CUTEST pilgrim in the history of the USA! :) That weekend we took the Grand Canyon Railway to the Polar Express! We rented the movie and watched it the week of our trip so Domi knew what to expect. He loves to play with trains, grab pieces of paper and say "Ticket Polar Express blew away!", he remembers the scene where the ticket has a journey of its own. He had a wonderful time and it was precious to see his eyes so wide with joy at the train approaching, and getting the bell from Santa.








We hosted my family for Thanksgiving, 11 people came over and we had a nice lunch. Yup, my family has always served at lunch, so the tradition continues. We went to Zoo Lights last week and loved the SRP light show set to Christmas music, so much fun! We will go to the Railroad Park soon and hopefully snow tubing in northern AZ soon too.

On Sunday Domi had his very 1st swim meet, it was so precious! He swam in Lane 1 and got a medal he was so proud of. :) My parents came and brought my nephew Joey, so we celebrated at Red Robin afterwards. Then we went Christmas shopping and let Domi pick a live Christmas tree just for his room (we have a large artificial tree in our living room). He is loving Christmas and really starting to understand who Santa is and how it all works, so much fun!










Here is the cover of our Christmas Card this year! ;) Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We have 3 parties to go to! One at Domi's swim school Aqua Safe, one at his regular school Our Lady of Joy and we are hosting a BIG party at our house on Saturday. Busy and fun times! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fun Fall Memories

Last weekend we visited Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, AZ (www.schnepffarms.com/). It was about an hour away from our house and the weather was very nice so we enjoyed the drive with the moon roof open. Overall we had a pretty good time, there was a lot of deferred maintenance on the farm property so we are sure they are suffering from the recession like everyone else. Domi and I had our faces painted, we had a pretty good lunch at their restaurant, we rode the bumble bee rides, played on farm equipment, had a short hay ride and rode the train. It was a great way to kick off fall!

Several weeks ago we joined our friends for an Open House at the local My Gym franchise. Although Domi loves Elmo, he was not real happy to meet him. He did however love playing in all the apparatus, especially the ball bin.


Finally, here is a hilarious picture showing our little guy being naughty. He got the baby powder and went to town in his play room and the main hallway. The house smelled fresh, but it was a big mess to clean up!

Friday, October 2, 2009

New Teeth and Special Visitors at School

Domi came home from Guatemala with cavities on the front and back of his four top front teeth. We took him first to his pediatrician, then a pediatric dentist within a week of arriving home. His dentist (Dr. Julie Anfinson from Scottsdale Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry - so WONDERFUL!) advised us to get crowns on the teeth and to wait until he weighed about 30 pounds to better handle the medications they would administer. So, for the last year he has been to see her every 6-8 weeks for fluoride treatments and the cavities never progressed, but you could see them on his teeth, they looked like a brown line in the middle of those teeth.

So, on Tuesday he had the crowns put on and they look great! He was devastatingly handsome before, but now he is ***movie star*** material!


He did great during the procedure and has been just fine since then. I was out of town on a business trip so Dan handled this one on his own, but I made him call A LOT with updates. :)

On Thursday, Dan and I managed to hang out at school with Domi for a little while because the local fire station came by with a fire truck and ambulance for the children to see. Domi did not want to try handling the water hose, but did enjoy scrambling around the inside of the truck and ambulance. He also LOVED the souvenir hat and pencil they gave him. Aren't the children so precious in their uniforms?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun Family Times

A few weeks ago we were out grocery shopping and Domi insisted on getting a balloon. I am not exaggerating when I say he gets 4 - 5 balloons a week, he LOVES them! Anyway, he got all tuckered out and used this balloon as a pillow of sorts. So funny!



On Friday night we went to a pizza party at Domi's pre-school (our church) and he had a blast. He loves playing with older kids. On Saturday night the fun continued and we went to Desert Ridge (large outdoor shopping and recreation center). We did some shopping, ate some dinner and listened to some great music. They have these great fountains that Domi liked a lot.


Today we celebrated Ellie's 3rd birthday. She is our friend Amy's daughter. Ellie is a little doll and her party was at Rio Vista Community Park in Peoria. We live on the other side of town in Scottsdale, so we had never been there but we had a great time! They had water fountains, a duck pond and huge playground. Domi enjoyed the very pretty girls at the party. :) What a super way to end the weekend.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1st Day of Pre-school!!!

Wow, it's September already and it's been over a month since I have posted. What can I say? Life is busy, busy, busy!

Dominic is doing so well and Dan and I took the plunge and put our cherub in pre-school at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church where we are parishioners. We really struggled with our decision because he is not quite 2 1/2 yet, he wasn't potty trained as of August 1 and he has not even been home with us a full year. However, he reminds us each day in his own way that he is ready to take on some new challenges. :)
So, we spent most of August working on potty training (DONE!), touring the school and just preparing ourselves for this BIG change. I must say, when the school Director told me he had to wear a uniform, tears sprang to my eyes! I just wasn't ready to accept that our baby was no longer a baby!
He started yesterday and will go each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. I arranged to work from home so I could be there for his 1st day. I was emotional but managed not to cry in front of him. I was very surprised that he marched into his classroom and immediately started playing and exploring, seemingly not caring if Dan and I were there or not. "Is he seriously dismissing us?" I asked myself, and the answer was "yes". He hugged and kissed us good-bye and didn't miss a beat. We waited in the director's office for about 15 minutes with TONS of other parents looking at the video stream from his classroom, but we never could really see him.
Dan and I went off to breakfast and then home to try and focus on work (as if!). I kept asking Dan to check his cell phone (1st point of contact in an emergency), and he kept reassuring me that no one had called. We decided to stop at the store to get him a Sponge Bob balloon to reward him for a great 1st day on our way to pick him up. We didn't know what to expect. Would his face be tear stained? Would he be in his back-up clothes because of an accident? Would he be stressed?

Imagine our PRIDE, RELIEF AND SINCERE JOY when we found him all smiles, relaxed and in his school uniform. I think he was more excited to see the balloon than he was to see us! The cherry on the sundae was when his teacher asked him for a good-bye hug and he got confused and hugged 2 little girls instead! He is so handsome and sweet, and I think he is already aware of both those facts. ;)
His teacher sent me an e-mail later that day and wrote "Dominic is an angel". Ah yes, I thought to myself, indeed he is. :)






Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happy, happy day!

We completed the readoption process for Dominic today. He will now have a US birth certificate and social security card with the name we chose for him. My parents joined us for the court appointment and we celebrated at The White Chocolate Grill afterward for a very nice lunch! Dominic was rambunctious during the court session and we tried to hold him but he was so fidgety the judge said it would be alright if we put him down. Well, he took full advantage of that freedom and ran, skipped, climbed, talked and sang his heart out. Thankfully everyone was charmed by him and I was secretly pleased his happiness was evident. We are lucky, lucky people!

Here are some pictures from the day along with pictures from his most recent photo shoot, this child is a ham! :)














Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cousin Danny's Birthday

Two weekends ago my nephew (and Godson) Danny turned 13 and we went to his house to celebrate. Notice the balloons in each of Dominic's hands, he is obsessed with "boons".


My sister has tracked both of her son's growth over the years and decided to measure Dominic too - he is already 34" tall! He was around 32 1/2" when he came home in November. He eats A LOT but may I say is a lean hunka munka! :) Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

More Summer Fun

Dominic is growing so fast and his speech is improving every day. His latest obsession is basketball and it's so cute because he says "ballbasket" instead of basketball. I was trying to correct him so I said "ball, basketball" and he repeated it like one long word "ballbasketball". So funny!

I am back to work and happy to be able to shop for non-necessities like toys for the little pookie. Here he is after a GREAT shopping day at Toys-R-Us, he got a push lawn mower (noisy!), new basketball hoop and new balls.


Whenever we go grocery shopping we must go to Fry's because of their little people car/shopping cart combo. Here he is enjoying the ride!

On Thursday we have our court date to complete our readoption for Dominic. We are excited and will definitely post more later this week. Of course he got a new outfit to celebrate this HUGE occasion and we took him to a photography studio to get some great shots. Be patient! ;)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summertime Fun!

As usual, time is going by so quickly. I am still searching for my next career opportunity and loving the extra time I am spending with Dominic. He is such an incredible child and both Dan and I feel so blessed and happy that he is home with us. He is doing so well and is a very happy child.

We also feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends with children (many adopted abroad) that we socialize with on a regular basis. This past weekend, five families got together in Overgaard, AZ at the cabin of one of family. We had a very nice time and the weather was terrific most of the time. On Saturday we went to a lake for a picnic, it suddenly got very cold and then started pouring rain! Thankfully we had just finished eating lunch and we quickly gathered up our children and picnic stuff and headed back to the cabin. In the evening the weather cleared up and we had a bonfire and made smores. Yummers! Dominic had a blast and played and wrestled with our friend's 7 year old son. They were the only boys and had a ball together! Domi slept well Saturday night and napped the whole way home on Sunday (2.5 hours). Here are a few pictures from our super cool weekend at the cabin! :)



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Parties, Easter & Vacation


We have been so busy as usual. We had 3 parties for Dominic's birthday plus he had a special breakfast that he was supposed to eat in bed but opted for his high chair. We treated him to dinner at Red Robin where he was thrilled to hold a "boon" (balloon) the whole night AND he ate a birthday sundae. He eats like a teenager and has the energy of five! LOL!


About a week after that we went to visit my sister and her family for a week in Colorado Springs, CO. They had a t-ball post and ball and you can tell he is a natural at bat! We had a wonderful visit and it was just I needed to get away from the search for a new career opportunity.


Our wonderful play group is filled with so many amazing families. The Baer family hosted an Easter party at the railroad park and all the kids had a blast!




The day before Easter we went to celebrate at Ava's birthday party. She is one of his girlfriends and such a beauty!

We hosted an Easter party for our family and Domi just loved the attention. On my side of the family we always make cascarones for Easter. Cascarones are made by cracking eggs open at just one end and emptying them for use, then washing them and letting them dry. Then you decorate and fill with colorful confetti. You cover the hole with glue and some tissue paper. They are a lot of work, but a lot of fun when you "crack" them on each other's heads and out comes all this beautiful confetti. Domi liked cracking more than getting them cracked on his head!