Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Season 2011!!!

We have been having all kinds of fun this holiday season! From All Saints Day, Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving feast and family dinner, to Polar Express train ride and Christmas program at school. We are so blessed and so happy, the days are flying by! Enjoy these photos - more to come. :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Dan and I have always believed we are so incredibly blessed to parent the little angel that Dominic is... so you can only imagine our pride, gratitude and amazement at his most recent accomplishment of being named Student of the MONTH for his class at Our Lady of Joy! Mom and Dad attended the Courtyard Prayer with us where he was honored with a certificate, special prize and photo with the principal. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR MUNCHKIN!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We have been having a good time kicking off the holiday season. Last weekend we went to McDonald's Ranch to visit their pumpkin patch and partake in fun activities like steer roping (with fake steer), sack races, hay maze, petting zoo and cooling off with shaved ice. My Mom and Dad joined us and that made the day extra fun. We are excited for the annual Trunk or Treat party at Domi's school this Friday, and then a Halloween party on Saturday night at one of his classmate's house. We have also had four birthday parties this month - too much fun! Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, my pledge is to be present in the season and enjoy my many blessings!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friends and Notes

Here are some great photos of Dominic with his large circle of friends from school and life. My wish for him is to always have close amigas/amigos near him to have fun and offer one another support.

I also want to capture some thoughts for Dominic to read himself one day...

You are having a lot of fun at school this year and have really stepped up with show and tell each week! It started with the letter L and you took in some play lettuce. You remembered all your clues and had a super day! The following week you took in your stuffed turtle named Mint for the letter T. Next came feathers for the letter F, and this past week Nani helped you with your clues for an envelope to represent the letter E. Daddy was in NC all week visiting Mima and Pipa, and we sure missed him! Next week is the letter H and you want to take in a hotel, we will have to see how that goes!

You really loved showing off for Nani and Popee at Grandparent's Day , and you all had a BLAST!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy Fall!

Back to school already! Domi is at OLOJ for his third year and is already in Pre-K, time flies! He was awarded "Star Student of the Week" last week and we were so proud of him! We made a poster about everything he loves to do, and he took worry dolls to share with the class to talk about where his is from - Escuintla, Guatemala.

We are getting in the Halloween spirit and made this haunted house - very fun!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Fun!

The last few months have flown by as always.

  • Dominic played soccer again and enjoyed himself.
  • We traveled to CO in May for my niece's high school graduation and enjoyed visiting with my sister's family.
  • We treated my Dad and Dan to a steak dinner at Flemings for Father's Day.
  • Domi started ice skating lessons - so cute!
  • We just returned from a visit to NC to visit my in-laws and dear friend Nikki and her family. Now Dominic can say he has been to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans!
  • Other assorted fun shots!
  • Enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

We took Dominic to our favorite photo studio for his birthday and Easter pictures. As always, he is a very photogenic ham! It is hard to pick just a few shots to share so we always buy the CD with all the shots. ;)

Sadly, Dan and I continue to age and Dan now needs glasses to read. We all went to the eye glass store to pick out frames for him and Domi was acting wild, so the receptionist gave him some crazy glasses to play with. What can I say, my son was born to pose! Enjoy!!! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dominic's Fantastic 4th Birthday Celebration!

I cannot believe my babycakes is 4 already! His birthday was on March 17th, he is a St. Patty's day baby. We celebrated with a week long vacation in Florida and went to Hollywood Studios, Disneyworld and Animal Kingdom. We all had a BLAST!

Here are a few photos from the plane, Dan slept while Domi watched movies and I read.

We arrived at the hotel around 7 p.m. on Monday night and after we quickly unpacked we headed to Downtown Disney for dinner and some shopping. We tried to eat at TRex but the wait was way too long, so we found a healthy salad/sandwich place and had a light dinner. We also did a little shopping, bought our tickets to the parks and grabbed the show schedules so we could plan our week.
With the 3 hour time difference we slept in every day. We decided to go to Hollywood Studios on Tuesday and Dan waited in line for the Toy Story ride while Dominic and I walked around and ate lunch. We all LOVED that ride! Dominic also LOVED the 3D Muppet movie and laughed out loud several times. You never know what will tickle a child's fancy. We all really enjoyed the Little Mermaid show - such talent! We ended our fun day with an amazing Fantasia show at night featuring our favorite mouse - MICKEY! Here is a photo of Domi with his amazing light show Mickey Ears - he HAD to have them!

Wednesday we had breakfast with Chef Mickey and his friends at the contemporary resort. The characters danced to a celebration song while the waitress brought a cake to Dominic and everyone in the restaurant waved their napkins in the air to wish Domi a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It was so wonderful to see Domi's excitement and joy when Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy all came by one at a time to take pictures with him. The waitress gave him a birthday button and all day long people wished him a Happy Birthday - it was very sweet!

After breakfast we headed straight to the Magic Kingdom for a very full and fun day and night. We had to start with the train ride to Frontier Land and caught the Country Bear Jamboree show - they STILL have that! It was very sweet to remember when I saw it as a kid too. From there we moved on to Fantasy Land and started our long list of rides. Some very kind strangers gave us their fast passes to the Winnie the Pooh ride so we enjoyed that shortcut. We then went on Peter Pan, Small World, Snow White, Dumbo, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear and saw the Monsters, Inc. show - very funny! Of course we stayed for the super fantastic fireworks show and electric light parade - so heart warming to see Domi's face ignite with wonder and excitement! It was so precious too because Domi said to Dan "this parade is for my birthday?!?!?" - we told him "yes it is!". :) We left with a $15 Mickey Mouse balloon with blinking lights...

On Thursday morning the hotel (Orlando World Center Marriott) brought balloons and chocolates to our room for Domi's birthday - such a nice touch! After breakfast we went to the Animal Kingdom park. We were all tired by then - my feet hurt, Domi rode in the stroller most of the day and Dan's back bothered him. We soldiered on and enjoyed the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch and Dominic insisted I take a picture of the poop from the goats in the petting zoo - I find his boyish humor both appalling and hilarious! We also saw two amazing shows - The Lion King and Finding Nemo. These shows are Broadway caliber and I LOVE musicals - I was in heaven! :) We also took the safari and roamed among wild animals - very exciting and beautiful. Domi also got a temporary tattoo of Mickey and of course more souvenirs! He chose a stuffed hippo (I still don't get it...) and Dori.

This day (Thursday) was his actual birthday so we celebrated again at the hotel with another piece of cake and singing. :)

We just loved every moment of our trip and we will definitely go back soon!

On Monday we took cupcakes, worry dolls and a Guatemala book to Domi's class to celebrate his birthday with his classmates. We are also having a family party on Saturday to celebrate his, my Mom's and nephew Patrick's birthdays too - lots of celebrations, but that is what life is all about! :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Party, Party, Party!

A few weeks ago we attended a friend's birthday party at the Arizona Country Club, it was very fun and Dominic had a great time. The weather was nice and Ed Chee the balloon artist was there. Domi was thrilled with his meticulously assembled Batman balloon souvenir! Here he is riding the barrel wagon.

Dan's parents came for a visit on Friday and will be with us until Thursday morning. We took advantage of their visit to celebrate our pooches 6th birthdays! My parents joined us for the celebration and I set a beautiful table if I say so myself. :)

We had to try a different pet bakery this year because Three Dog Bakery closed its doors during the recession. Bosco's Biscuits in Carefree did a pretty nice job although they use regular cake frosting and I don't like the idea of my fur babies eating sugar. Anyway, they loved the cake and there was plenty left over for them to eat all week long.

We were treated to dinner at our favorite restaurant The White Chocolate Grill. Great food, ambiance and trendy decor.