Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New year

What better way to say good-bye to 2007 and welcome in 2008 than dousing food on sticks into oil, cheese, and chocolate? Exactly! New Years is a time to think about the changes you want to make in the upcoming year, things you want to do differently. We had a caloric celebration...but if you look closely you will notice that we were dipping broccoli and carrots in did know that that makes fondue healthy, right?

Beauty is only Mullet deep

The world around us is always telling us to express ourselves, to be ourselves and to not care about what people think of us. True beauty is within. I thought I would let my two year old express himself not knowing what would happen.

He picked his favorite button down, striped, blue shirt, & jeans--to show that he is just your average guy. He added some blue Crocs with turtles to show his playful side--and then he did something totally unexpected when he pulled out the spray bottle and a black comb from his back pocket, (almost like the comb had always been there) and with arms that seems to know exactly what they were doing he created IT. His newest creation...a glimpse of the interior Dominic that he has never let us see before. We saw that underneath that sweet smile and bubbly personality raged the heart of a Mullet man. The twinkle in his eye showed us that he had changed. Suddenly we knew that we must do whatever he asked! Through a series of grunts and gestures we provided him with several cookies and a glass of milk even though he had not had dinner yet. It was easy to see that this new little one was serious and in control. Maybe there is a little mullet in all of us? Are you being true to your inner mullet?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

This is what happens when momma isn't around

When I dropped my sweet children off at Cabela's while I went shopping I had no idea that they would be wielding heavy artillery! I just hope Dominic doesn't become the next spokesperson for the NRA. I guess spokesperson would be someone speaking .....I guess he will just be their pretty boy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Got Dirt?

If you are in need of a some excavation I have just the man for the job. He is very energetic and tends to run in to walls a lot with his tractor but he has such joy doing so! Let me know if you are interested and I will send him over. He will work for snacks.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Morning

Christmas day was such a beautiful time. The kids were so excited to see what St. Nicholas had left for them under the tree. Mass was especially beautiful and the choir was heavenly. Isabella got a new pink bike from mommy & daddy, which she proudly rode up and down the hall way all evening. Dominic got his own blue and green umbrella and a new little turtle. Michael was thrilled when he opened up a new robe & his very own tin of puppy chow, made by Isabella and mommy. It was a great day of love and celebration of the birth of Jesus. Dominic was overjoyed with being able to blow out the candles of Jesus' birthday cake....multiple times.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Still to come: the Christmas Nativity

I am too tired to do this tonight but I promise to have it up before the weekend is over.

Our little Snow Angel

We were so lucky to get so much snow this year. The kids had such a blast playing in the snow and sledding down the drive way. Dominic was especially cute in his snow gear.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas at Mom's

We had a great celebration with my parents this year. Both my brothers were able to come and the kids a chance to play together. I thought I had more pictures from the day but it turns out I didn't take many...I was too busy relaxing and helping the kids open their gifts.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The story of the Blue Shirt

Just so you don't start thinking that we are poor and only have a few shirts for our little boy I thought I would explain why this shirt will probably show up in a LOT more future photos. Dominic took a nap before our family photo and we woke him up so we wouldn't miss our appointment. I simply grabbed his photo clothes and threw him in his car seat. I thought this would give him more time to wake up before changing his clothes for the photo. Right before our picture I changed his pants and went to put his other shirt on ....bad mistake. Dominic threw a HUGE fit screaming and grabbing at his blue striped shirt. The only way we got him to take the picture was to promise that he could put his blue shirt on right after we were done. He held us to it. Ever since he has had a big connection to this shirt and insists that he wear it EVERY day. If the shirt is dirty (and is in the hamper) he will still carry it around and announce to everyone that it is his favorite shirt and that he will wear it when it is clean (of course he says this using sign language and grunts.) He is SO insistent on wearing the shirt that he will permit me to roll up his sleeves and put a bib on him during meals so that it doesn't get dirty--therefore preventing him from wearing it two days in a row. Normally he doesn't want either done. I guess we are lucky since he chose a fairly nice shirt to be his favorite. I mean it could have been some ugly, gaudy, character shirt of sponge bob or Elmo (not that we own either). So if you see my boy wearing this shirt, over and over and over again. Just know that we allow it because it brings him such joy. You should see his face in the morning when he sees that his favorite shirt is clean just waiting to be put is like Christmas morning all over again.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

It's that time of year again

The time when we dress ourselves and our kids up and force them to be good while we attempt to get at least ONE decent photo where everyone is looking at the camera so that we can send out a nice family photo to all of our friends and family. This year I think we set a record by accomplishing this task in less than two hours with a total of 15 photos. We only had to use candy bribes for the last 10 pictures. I won't torture you by uploading all the shots.....I just thought I would share one that we didn't use.

Our little Angel

We found this little angel flitting around our Christmas tree. She was just so sweet and so lovable we told her she could stay as long as she cleaned up after herself a taught Dominic how to talk!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Cold snow, Hot chocolate

The kids had fun in the snow sledding down the driveway. Dominic got a bit too cold so we had to come in and warm up with hot chocolate.

St. Nicholas Feast day

Our church had a St. Nicholas party in honor of his feast day (celebrated on Dec. 6th) the kids had a good time dancing to the live music and seeing St. Nicholas.

Need a little help with your tree?

This little guy is our light specialist. He is very good at checking all the bulbs and making sure all those little lights are twinkling!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I am just THAT cute

watch out I will steal your heart!

Pizza Pizza Paoletti Pizza

The kids had a blast helping make pizza with Papa while we were up at Thanksgiving. Both kids loved pounding dough.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Turkey Day Calorie Fest

We got the pleasure of spending another fabulous Thanksgiving with Michael's family. Great-grandma is a diabetic and I believe she truly relished every morsel of the dinner since she rarely gets such treats...she didn't want any of her ice cream to go to waste....she is still a little kid at heart! The kids had a grand time getting to hang out with family. Isabella was especially fond of the turkey skin (as you can see as she sneaks a piece without using her is more sly that way I guess)

Monday, November 19, 2007

25 years old

That is how old this night gown is....since I wore it as a kid too. Hard to believe it is still cool after so many years.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The older look

Isabella proudly displaying the 6 inches of hair that she had cut off. She tells me that she loves her new hair and she doesn't have to wear braids at all anymore if she doesn't want to! I will have to say the new doo does make her look little girl is growing up.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Late night at the Circus

The kids got to experience their first circus and loved it. However it didn't end until 10:30pm so they were incredibly "fried" after all the excitement. I think this picture captures that very well.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Fall Is Here

Kids having fun in the Fall leaves.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Roller Derby Anyone?

I really don't think that this photo needs any words.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Time to make the donuts

Isabella had the joy of going to her Great-Grandma Buhman's house to make home-made donuts for the first time. She had a great time during the long process of making dough, letting it rise, punching it down, rising again, rolling and cutting out donuts and finally glazing them! We took some story time and lunch breaks along the way. The kids had a lot of fun eating them in the end. Nothing better than fresh donuts.

Sweet Reward