Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years fondue

Keeping with the Paoletti tradition we rang in the new year with festive fondue. Steak, chicken, bread, veggies and dessert chocolate with fruit & marshmallows. Fun and tasty. 12.24.13
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Build a Bear

Making Snowball and Coconut 12/26/13

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Build a bear fun

Uncle Jeffrey &aunt Amie got the kids build a bear gift cards for the kids and they had a blast creating their new buddies. 12/26/13

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Buhman Christmas

All the cousins with their dolls. 12/29/13

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Eve cookie decorating

One of our favorite traditions, decorating cookies on Christmas Eve. Dominic made a "ninjabread" man cookie that looks a lot like Jay on ninjago. 12.24.13

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Christmas Nativity 2013

So happy to get to do our traditional Nativity on Christmas. Michael and I were shepherds & inn keepers this year. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. 12.25.13

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 Update

It has been another fast flying year. I do think they go by faster every year. On November 30th we marked the anniversary of moving into our new house.  This past spring & summer was such a joy watching the back yard come to life.  When we moved in last year most of the plants were dormant so we didn't get to see the beauty of the landscaping until the spring.
We love our new neighborhood.  We have really enjoyed getting to know our neighbors.  The kids love making new friends and playing in the cul-de-sac.  We live close to the walking trails and we enjoy taking walks and family bike rides. It has been a great year to enjoy the great outdoors.

This past year has been filled with projects and unpacking.  The kids were so excited to finally get their rooms painted this fall.  Isabella now has a lovely purple room and Dominic again has Superman flying on beautiful blue walls.  We still have a lot to do in the new house but it is finally feeling like home.
Just a few short weeks ago I finally unpacked some of the last boxes we moved from our storage unit  and I am proud to say that we now have both cars in the garage...made it just before the big ice/snow storm!  We had said that we would be officially "moved in" when both cars made it into the garage. So now its official!

Our sweet little girl is growing up fast.  This fall she started the 5th grade. She was part of the track team again this year and enjoyed running on relays. She turned 10 over the summer and had an "art" themed party.  She is full of boundless creativity and is always drawing and creating.  She still loves to read and listen to music.
She participated in a theater camp this summer and got the part Zazu in the production of Lion King. She did an amazing job and decided to participate in the fall production of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen." She got to play the part of the lady-in-waiting.  She loves being on stage.....I have a feeling this is just the beginning of her theater career. Isabella also got to participate in her first over-night camp at Dunrovin in Minnesota.  She had a wonderful experience on the lake and made lots of new friends. Over the summer she won the blue ribbon in the library art competition for her age group.  She has continued to grow in her artistic ability and still wants to be an artist when she grows up.

This was a big year for Dominic. He prepared for many months and was able to receive his first communion in April 2013. He also participated in track again this year and took 1st place in the 200M dash.  He is a speedy little guy.  Dominic is really loving our new house and all the trees that he can climb in the back yard.  He loves to ride his bike and play games with the neighbor kids.  Dominic is also quite the little artist, following in his sister's footsteps.  He took 1st place for his age group in the library art competition for the second year in a row!  In July he got to go to Bear Camp with his dad and had a blast with archery and BB gun shooting.
He started 2nd grade in the fall and turned 8 in November and had a penguin themed birthday party.  He developed a love of penguins after our trip to Omaha zoo this summer. He was in the Nativity play this December and had the part of the Angel Gabriel.  He did a great job with his lines.  Isabella is trying to convince him to try his luck on the big stage next year. Dominic continues to be a joyful, passionate little boy that loves to play with Legos, Super Heroes and Play Mobil in his free time.

Michael has kept very busy over the past year working on house projects and helping to make our new house a home. He is a creative director at Salva O'Renick & 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of his employment there.  Both Michael and Christina continue to coach the 6-10 year old track team in the spring.

This has been a busy year for school. Teaching a 5th grader and a 2nd grader has been fun and challenging.  It has been a joy watching the kids learn and grow in talent.  In her free time she has been unpacking the house and trying to get things settled.  She and Michael teach Natural Family Planning to couples at St. Andrew's Parish once a month. It has been a blessing to meet so many amazing couples and share the message of NFP. 

As a family we were able to take a few mini-vacations: One to St. Louis in July where we got to go see Meremac Cave & the City Museum.  In September we got to go to Omaha zoo again.  The last time we had been Dominic was only a 1 1/2 years old.  It was great to be back after so many years.
This is our second year being a part of The Heart of the Redeemer Catholic Community. We had really grown in our faith and are so grateful to be getting to know so many people from around the KC area.  God has truly blessed us this past year.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
--The Paoletti's

Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Wishing you all a joyful Advent Season and a Merry Christmas.  We are really late with getting Christmas photos taken  we will see if the Christmas card will happen this year...if it doesn't here we are folks! 12.20.13

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We are officially moved in!!

It took just over a year but we finally have both cars in the garage. It has been a busy week. Thanks to the two 50+ degree days I made it happen. Now Michael doesn't have to scrape ice off his windows in the morning.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nativity play 2013

Dominic was the angel Gabriel in this years nativity play. He had several long speaking parts and it did an amazing job. 12.15.13

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fun at crown center

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The Snow Queen

Isabella was a lady-in-waiting in the production of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. She was might proud of her giant purple wig. She did an awesome job. It was a great show. She loved every minute. 11.21.13

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My bright student

Dominic wearing his new headlight for school. He is prepared to do his work in light or darkness. That's dedication folks. 11.11.13

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Thanksgiving 2013

Another wonderful thanksgiving dinner. Dominic and I took a 5 mile walk the day after thanksgiving. We managed to attract a canine friend for the journey. "Dasher" the dog could not be shaken off no matter how many times we tried to lose him. We final embraced the friendship and walked him back home. He was pretty wiped out after our long walk. 11.28.13

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Happy fall

The kids made a leaf fort. It was amazing. 11/13

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Happy St Nicholas day

The kids woke up to chocolate coins and candy canes in their shoes. Thanks St Nicholas! We gave them their new ornaments-super cute Mickey & Minnie cupcakes. They also got a new Christmas book: the Christmas candle. 12.6.13

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Mystery of Christmas ballet

All the beauty of the nutcracker with a Christian message. So happy I got to share this with the kids a second time. They loved it. 12.6.13

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Happy St Lucia day

The tradition continues only this year the kids did all the morning cooking on their own. Eggs with sausage, coffee, tea. Lucia buns and gingerbread (made the night before). It was a great morning. Topped off with some dancing to some Swedish Lucia music. 12.13.13

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Happy birthday Dominic

Dominic loves penguins and he requested a penguin party for his 8th birthday. It was super cute. On his actual bday we went to see the new penguins at the KC zoo.

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Back up and running

I just got an app for my phone to upload to my blog. Watch out! The pictures will be low res but at least I am back blogging.

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Lets go UMKC Roos!

Dominic won tickets to a basketball game for selling boys scout popcorn. Fun day.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What happens if the kids get ahold of your phone?

They have discovered that they can take selfies. 3.26.13

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Club: A Door In the Wall

Having a medieval feast

The lords and the ladies enjoying a feast

Don't they all look great?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Star Wars

Our old neighbors came over and the kids were playing Star Wars.  Dominic was Luke, Carson was Dark Vader and Stella was Leia.  It was pretty cute. 2.15.13

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Little Flowers Valentine's

The kids sang some songs for the residents of the nursing home.

Afterwards they handed out Valentine's cards to the residents.

My little Monkey

Dominic, washing up his breakfast dishes. We have a stool he could pull over but that just isn't his style. 2.14.13

Thursday, January 24, 2013

First Confession

This is the priest Dominic went to for his first confession.  They had 4 priests available for the kids.  Dominic looks radiant doesn't he! 1.24.13

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Science Fun

Playing with some kind of gak that they got for Christmas.  Add water to make lots of squishy stuff.  It made a mess but the kids had a great time. 1.13

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gladstone Fountain

The Gladstone fountain goes all year long no matter the temperature.  So if we get a lot of freezing temps you end up with a pretty cool ice sculpture. 1.13