Monday, July 28, 2008

"Come on. No photos. I'm on vacation too."

Dominic wasn't too thrilled with more photo shoots - this really disrupted his quest to EAT the entire beach.

We've got a busy week ahead - an extremely full calendar at work, closing on the house, packing more boxes and Dominic transitions to the pre-toddler class at day care, but I will get some pictures posted from last week over the next few days!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


We hit the road late Friday night. Dominic navigated -

It's tradition to stop at Waffle House on the way down. This year was exceptionally gross, but it just wouldn't be vacation without it...

We got here a few hours early and had to wait for our condo, so we headed to the beach. Dominic first time seeing the beach!

Sunday morning we were up bright and early and headed back down to the beach.

Dominic LOVED to eat the sand. There was no keeping it out of his mouth.

When the big kids went for a walk, Dominic decided to try a little surfing.

He didn't like sitting in the sand and letting the waves come up, but he had a great time when I took him out in the water.

Off to enjoy our week...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Still working on the walking bit

Dominic got interested in walking holding on to my hands after visiting the park a few times this week - the mulch was too hard on his knees with shorts on! Now he wants to walk all the time!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Water Park

We continued the celebration of Dominic's re-adoption by visiting a local water park. Dominic's favorite part was the "lazy river". The pool is nice because it's a zero-entry pool and perfect for Dominic to play and crawl around.

Jacob was ready to go near the end and decided to be our photographer:

Not to be left out, he included a self portrait -

It didn't take long for the boys to crash once we got in the car!

Jacob served as the judge for Adrian's diving skills. He takes his job seriously and added up all her points. Watch out Beijing judges...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Celebrating Re-adoption Day

I took these photos last week after Dominic's re-adoption hearing. I'm so glad Adrian and Jacob were there with us. Dominic always has a blast with them!

It's still a challenge to get him to pose with them,

but he thought it was great when they got down to pose with him!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

He's on the move!

Not quite walking on his own, but getting close!

Monday, July 7, 2008

It's official! - Dominic William Diego Mc*******

Dominic's official re-adoption was last Tuesday!

This means that the foreign adoption is now recognized in the state of Ohio, that his first and middle names have now been legally changed and that he will be issued an Ohio Birth Certificate (showing Guatemala as his place of birth). The judge asked a few questions and even involved my niece and nephew in the process since they joined us for the occasion. Dominic was fussy and wiggled around during the whole process, but what a joy it was when the judge announced that she was approving our adoption!

We also had our first post-placement social worker visit last week. It was a relief to get that finished before we move and I have one of THE BEST social workers, so I was glad to see her again.

I received all of Dominic's original paperwork from immigration in May and his social security card a few weeks after we arrived home. I'll get his Ohio Birth Certificate shortly and then apply for his new social security card and US Passport. I'm thinking we'll need to book a trip soon after that - probably to Guatemala! 4 trips and I never made it to the Lake! or the beach on the Pacific coast!

Monday Menu

I'm not known for my cooking. It's not that I'm a terrible cook (ok, so once I actually set taco shells on fire and threw them out the front door into the snow to put them out). I just don't have the patience to spend the time cooking.

I've been trying to do better with Dominic home. Trying. However, I do send him to school with leftover take-out in his lunch. I keep telling myself it's not going to kill him. Anyway, my friend, Jennifer, has been great at food prep suggestions and I agreed to join her with one of my creations this week.

Mac 'n' cheese 'n' broccoli

1 cup pasta (I use Kroger pirate shapes since they're easy for Dominic to pick up)
1 block 12 oz Velveeta
1 stalk broccoli

Boil pasta per package (mine was 12 minutes)
Boil broccoli (I like mine on the crisp side, so 3 minutes)
Drain pasta
Drain and cut broccoli
Mix in Velveeta w/ pasta
Mix in broccoli w/ pasta

That's it! I didn't claim it would be anything fancy. This made about 4 - 5 Dominic sized servings. He ate one, took 2 to school last week and I froze 2.

I know it's not much, but it kept me from getting "the look" from the teachers at daycare. I don't think they have a deep appreciation for leftover pizza like I do...

Lookout, Rachel Ray...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Congratulations, Uncle Tio!

My "little" brother is now 3-0 as a head coach and tonight he won his first professional division playoff!

I give him a hard time because along the way he has taken positions that haven't paid him anything near what he's worth, but I admire him - he is truly living his dream.

Congratulations, coach! I listened to the whole game on the internet!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

We went to check out some fireworks in our jammies tonight! :)