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. :)