Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dominic's class had a Christmas Party on December 17th and I wisely took the day off to join in the fun. I laughed a lot that day, 3 year old children can be so bossy but also so adorable! I appreciate my lamb more than ever, he is so well behaved, is an excellent eater and doesn't complain about wearing his school uniform! ;)

Here is a picture of our pooches, Brody, Katie and Alfie, they had a great Christmas!

And of course, some pictures of our cherub for our Christmas cards - he really is so photogenic and handsome! :)
Here are some pictures of Christmas morning, Dominic was so excited to see what Santa brought him! I was excited for our Christmas morning tradition of eating orange glazed sweet rolls - mmmmmm, the whole house smelled heavenly! We also made some adorable reindeer cupcakes, I thought they turned out so cute!

It has been raining and very cold here in Scottsdale, AZ lately. It actually snowed today! Here is a picture of our back yard and you can just make out the snowflakes. Very unusual for us to see the snow in the desert but it was a nice change. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Busy and Fun Holiday Season!

Well, we have been running at 100 mph having fun and enjoying the holiday season! On Friday we went to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park to see the Christmas lights, it was a lot of fun and my parents joined us too. On Saturday I shopped during the day, then we met two local families with little ones from Guatemala for a tasty and fun Central American themed meal at Mi Comida, it was not too far from my parents house so they once again joined the fun. Afterward, we ran errands to get ready for Dominic's Christmas program at school this morning. Dominic performed great and we (me, Dan, my parents) were all so proud of him. After the show, we came home to enjoy Asparagus, Potato and Onion frittata that I made last night - delicious! On top of all of this we are wrapping up our dossier for Dominic's baby sister from Ethiopia. I look forward to my upcoming time off between Christmas and New Year for some much needed rest! :) Until then, we are soaking up the holiday Christmas spirit!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Christmas Season is Officially Kicked Off!

We had a wonderful weekend on our trip to the North Pole via the Polar Express train! Dominic was just so enchanted with visiting Santa before we got on the train (he sat on his lap alone this year!), watching the train pull into the station and chanting "Santa, Santa, Santa" at the top of his lungs as Santa boarded our coach. Mom and Dad were troopers and braved the below freezing temperatures. I bought Dad and Dan warm hats and mom dubbed them "Russian spies" - hilarious! We all enjoyed wearing our Christmas PJs and getting in the mood of the season. Enjoy these pics!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few pictures from Domi's school Thanksgiving feast. I was unable to attend but Dan and my parents enjoyed themselves immensely. Dan said Domi ate A LOT and then ran like the wind with all the kiddos. Enjoy! :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall is Speeding By!

We have had so much fun the last few weekends! On October 29 we attended Trunk or Treat at Dominic's pre-school. All the families parked in the church parking lot, decorated their cars and passed out treats to the little ones. My Mom and Dad joined us this year and we had a great time. We took a picnic dinner with cheese, crackers, sandwiches and cupcakes. I also took a few small bottles of white wine that me and Mom enjoyed! ;)

The following day our dear friends the Rygiel family hosted a Pumpkin Carving party. Donna is Martha Stewart of the Southwest and had the CUTEST decorations that she made by hand! She inspires me! Because of the messy work carving, the kids wore regular play clothes but were still cute as can be.

Last weekend we hosted our 2nd Anniversary Forever Day party to celebrate the completion of Dominic's adoption. It's hard to believe two short years ago we were in Guatemala finalizing the process - time flies! We celebrated at the recreation room of a local park in our neighborhood and had Baja Fresh cater the meal. It was a wonderful day and Dan, Domi and I wore matching t-shirts featuring Guatemala worry dolls and the message "Don't worry, be HAPPY!". :)

The following day we attended another friend's birthday party and had a great time. The party had a "Be messy" theme and all kinds of fun stuff like crazy string, painting and tie dye t-shirts. Their back yard is large and every square foot was filled with fun, we had a great time.

Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks - I cannot believe it! It is very cute now because we are getting all kinds of catalogs in the mail and Dominic LOVES to look through them to start building his list for Santa Claus. Tonight he fell asleep looking through the latest one and probably dreaming of even more Thomas the Train stuff. :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our Little Angel! :)

Yesterday Dominic's school celebrated All Saints Day and dressed up in homemade pillow case "saint" outfits. As if that wasn't enough to make for a special day, Dominic also won an award for "Good Listening" that was presented at the Courtyard Prayer. He was given a beautiful rosary made of green and plastic beads. Dan said he was beaming with pride, I know I am! :)

Friday, October 15, 2010


Dominic started golf lessons yesterday and we were very impressed with the program! We signed up through National Youth Sports, the same organization where he played soccer in the spring. They had an excellent set up and the instructor was terrific. There were about seven students aged 3 to 7 years old, I am pretty sure Dominic was the youngest. He really liked it and showed some natural ability. Enjoy these photos!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Good Times in the Fall!

Enjoy these pictures of our little pookie. The ones in the green shirt are from Free Dress day at school. It was also Grandparents Day and Dominic was thrilled to have my Dad there with him.

We just had Halloween pictures taken at Portrait Innovations and our little guy really worked the camera!
Today we went to MacDonald Farm to visit their Pumpkin Patch. We took a hay ride and enjoyed the day. Domi and his cousin Joey each picked a nice pumpkin. Happy fall!