Monday, December 29, 2008

A few more photos

This would have been appropriate for our cards this year since Dominic's favorite expression is to roll his eyes. Honestly, I can't imagine where he gets it from... :)

Here's a few other shots from the day that didn't make the cards -

And some of my sister and the kids -

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our first Christmas at home...

On Christmas Eve we had a great visit with our friends and a wonderful call with Dominic's foster family. Our family tradition for Christmas Eve includes eating dinner out:

And then heading home to watch A Christmas Story. Although the movie runs continuously for 24 hours, we have to watch the first one. Anyone caught napping will be forced to watch the next showing beginning to end. Reciting the movie and A Christmas Story trivia is encouraged! :)

This year, in addition to my mom's cookies as our after dinner treat, I made Guatemalan ponche. Dominic's foster family was so excited to hear I was making it for the holiday, since it's tradition for the family hosting on Christmas Eve to prepare the drink for their guests.

We had a great time making it

and even Dominic helped out (and ate some of the ingredients).

It simmered for about an hour and had the whole house smelling of cinnamon and fruit.

Dominic helped Papa stir and preferred to eat all the apples instead of drinking from his cup.

Dominic fell into the coffee table, so there was some drama near the end of the evening and we forgot to leave cookies and milk for Santa......

but he still stopped by!

Mommy and Dominic Christmas morning:

Dominic was excited and after a few weeks of "No, that's not for you" wasn't sure what to do with the gifts! He began handing them out and helped everyone unwrap theirs.
He loved his play food for his kitchen:

but his favorite gift - his own cell phone!

We headed out to my sister's for dinner (and a nice nap!) and Dominic got to practice his unwrapping skills a bit more!

He loved all of his gifts! But his favorite part of the day? Hanging out with his cousins! :)

It was a wonderful Christmas and I couldn't have asked for more! :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas card this year....

The last few weeks have been filled with many "this-time-last-year" memories, and making every attempt to try to capture every second of our first year together. It's hard to believe that we've been home almost a year and at the same time hard to believe that I've ever been without him...

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa - 2nd visit

We'll definitely be back to visit Santa at Macy's next year. He is wonderful and great with the kids! Dominic has 2 more visits scheduled with Santa before Christmas - he's been so good this year, he has a really long list...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our first attempt at Santa photos

While shopping over Thanksgiving, we came across free Santa photos with no line, so we gave it a shot. Dominic recognizes Santa and will even say "Ho, Ho, Ho" (he won't open his mouth so it actually sounds like "Hmm, Hmm, Hmm"), but was not excited to sit on his lap.

We have another visit planned with Santa over the next few weeks, so we'll give it another try then.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Man of the House

This shirt says it all!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Counting down the days...

A friend got Dominic his first Advent calendar. Adrian and Jacob love these and Dominic is quickly discovering how great they are too!

I now have to hide it until after dinner or all he wants is his sliver of chocolate!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Pictures

Preparing the feast -

After all that hard work, Dominic decided to take a break in Nanny's pantry -
Playing in Nanny's toybox -

Adrian took a few pictures before dinner -

Dominic doesn't like much meat and turkey was no exception. He stuck with mashed potatoes, biscuits and yogurt.

Checking out Papa putting up the decorations and lights in the yard -

And seeing the tree at night -

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Just a quick post tonight, more tomorrow...

Dominic trying mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day last year at Pollo Campero in Guatemala -

Eating mashed potatoes this year on Thanksgiving -

So much to be thankful for this year, but especially our friends and family, both here and in Guatemala...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

About a month or so ago when I had a few too many of "those days", I decided to cash in my accumulated skymiles and hotel points and book a trip just for me. That's what I did in my pre-Dominic days - whenever I had enough, I would just book a last minute solo vacation and all was well again...

So while I went away last weekend, Dominic spent some time with Nanny and Papa! Here he is taking his luggage out to be loaded in the car.

He worked on his exploration and harmonica skills at Nanny's.

While I hung out here

and spent a day with these guys.

The weather was a little chilly, but it was still beautiful. And me? Well.... I was miserable. Miserable in paradise. The trip sounded like a great idea when I booked it, but not so much when the time came to leave him. I talked to him every day and he had a great time with my parents, but I'll be looking for new ways to decompress in the future.

Solo travel has never been lonely before, but it's completely different when I have someone who I miss dearly when I'm away.