Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Lovin'

We've had a great summer! I can't believe it's almost over! The days continue to go by way too fast... Here's some of the things we've been up to.


We've had some fun in the sprinkler -



Watched Adrian graduate 6th grade -



Harvested our first zucchini and cucumber (still waiting on the green peppers, tomatoes and pumpkin) -




and got our first ugly face wound at school. Racing with his friends. He didn't win...




Played in our pool -


Six Flags with Nanny, PaPa, Adrian and Jacob -

Lots of visits to the park -
A trip to St Louis with Nanny, PaPa, Adrian and Jacob. Visiting the arch,




the Children's Museum,



the St Louis Zoo,



and finally Uncle Buddy's football game.



Dominic made friends with the mascot of the home team.


But the highlight of the evening - going on the field and taking home a game ball. When we got home from St Louis he put it in his bed and slept with it for a week. "Night Night Buddy Football".



Dominic discovered the joy of ice while waiting for a parade on a hot summer day -




Another trip to our zoo. He enjoys the animals, but he LOVES the train, tram and Merry-go-round or the "round and round".



He has grown so much over the last six months. His language has exploded and he has a memory that often astonishes me. He dug out his Easter basket this week and said "Candy all gone". How does he remember that had candy in it? When I mention the zoo he asks if we're going to visit "Mommy's Zebra" because that was the animal I rode on the carousel on one of our visits.


In an act of protest, I tried to put his size 8 foot in a size 6 sandal a few weeks ago. That didn't last long -

before he had his own choice of footwear on....

Above all, he is expressing his independence. And for the most part, I'm reluctantly allowing him. But I miss my baby already...

Stay tuned for pics of our reunion picnic!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

4th of July Weekend

First ride in PaPa's boat





Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Florida

We went down to Tampa for a long weekend in the beginning of summer. This was Dominic's first airplane ride since we came home from Guatemala, so I wasn't sure how he would do.

Waiting for the plane. So excited to see the airplanes!



The perfect passenger on the way down.





He LOVED the escalators in the airport!




And he LOVES to swim!










We had a blast with our friends that weekend. They became very good friends very quickly. Dominic still asks for them 2 months later every time we go swimming.



He did well at the beach this year. He enjoyed the waves and though he didn't seem to mind when the sand got in his mouth, he wasn't eating it by the handful either....



The most beautiful sunsets...


Tuesday, July 28, 2009