Holiday Baking

It looks like the gingerbread houses were a huge hit this year. What a clever idea to premake the kits. Anywho, here is ours....don't mind that the snowman and gingerbread man are headless. The boys felt the need to sample them before actually decorating them and of course our gingerbread guys had to be playing sports hence the basketball and soccer ball.
As for the reindeer cookies, funny story, I was invited to a cookie exchange and so that afternoon I made 3 dozen reindeer cookies, (that's 72 antlers and 72 eyes) unfortunately the exchange was also the night of the bad storm and after a call from a girlfriend and Vinnie getting home from work both telling me just how bad the roads were, I had to call Alix and tell her that neither I nor the 36 reindeer were coming. For someone who is HORRIBLE in the kitchen, I do think they turned out pretty cute and wanted to post them for all to see.

First Snowman of the Season

For Christmas we gave out some snowman kits. Here is a snowman built by Rocco, Kennedi, and Hailey. They couldn't quite get the snow to roll, but we think they did a pretty good job!

Hidden Valley Christmas Party

Here are a few pictures from the Children's Christmas Party at the Hidden Valley Country Club. We had a great time with family and friends and even Santa was able to attend which was fun for Rocco and again not so fun for Dominic. So, this makes it our 3rd Christmas party down, only 4 more to go! 'Tis the Season! I am happy to report that I am officially finished with all of my Christmas shopping. Getting everything wrapped is another story. My goal is to have it done this week so that I can just enjoy the week of Christmas. We'll see...

Look what Wii Got!!!

Love at first sight!

The face of concentration

We even got Grandma in on the action!

Wii celebrated Vinnie's 32nd birthday on December 6th and I am happy to report that after 3 days of camping out at WalMart Wii finally got the Wii Nintendo for Vinnie's birthday. I had no idea that they were nearly impossible to get. However, they are worth it, it is a TON of fun. Vinnie is not too hot on celebrating his birthday (how can you not love your birthday) anyways, we went to dinner with his family and came home to test out the new Wii. I feel that I should let you know that it is rather addicting. I'm not sure who has more fun with it, Rocco or Vinnie.

Mini Photo Shoot

I don't have my new camera but I did a mini photo shoot with my best friends daughters (my goddaughters) Kennedi and Hailey for their Christmas cards. I thought I'd post a few. I've been having a great time with photo shop and digital scrapbooking and think their cards turned out quite cute if I don't say so myself! Sorry their dog didn't make it on this years card. Maybe next year Mojo!

Table Ad or Hat?!?

This picture just goes to show you exactly how it is going out to dinner with a 3 year old. Silly me, I thought it was just a table advertisement!

Too Bad, So Sad

The temporary new door, post accident

My cousin Jared (Store Owner) and Dominic

Here are a couple pictures of my cousin Jared's Cold Stone Shop on 5400 south and State. The other week an 80+ gentleman got the pedals in his car mixed up and instead of braking when he got to the curb he excelled and went straight through my cousin's front windows. First things first, no one was injured, embarrassed, but not injured. They've joked that there is NO drive thru. Sorry Jared! The good news is the store is still open, the outside just doesn't have quite the same curb appeal! Hot new flavors to try at Cold Stone are: Oatmeal cookie dough or Candy cane

Not a huge fan of the big guy....

Dominic was not impressed!

Me and the boys

My sister-in-law Christol and niece Celeste and nephew Gavin.

Today we went to visit with Santa. Needless to say, one of my boys was not to impressed with Santa. It made for a great photo however. Rocco on the other hand, LOVES him! I thought I'd share this little story, the conversation went something like this:

Santa: Hi Rocco, have you been a good boy this year?

Rocco: I'm trying

S: Well that doesn't sound too good

R: I know, it's just hard sometimes

S: Is there something you'd like me to bring you for Christmas?

R: Yes, Geo Tracks

S: Geo Tracks? Remind me what that is

Rocco then goes into a full description of what Geo Tracks is. Santa precedes to ask quite a few questions about Geo Tracks. Rocco looks very concerned. Eventually Santa tells Rocco that his elves can make lots of things. Rocco's not buying it. He thanks Santa, takes his candy cane and antler hat and we leave. On the way out Rocco says:

"I don't think Santa's Elves are gonna know what he's talkin' about!"

Happy Birthday Joy!!!

It was my mother-in-laws birthday today. Rocco, Dominic, and I were able to have lunch with her and tonight we had a nice birthday dinner with the family. I hope everyone is lucky enough to have a great mother in law like mine. Happy Birthday Joy!

Why Walk When You Can Scoot!

I thought I'd share with you a short clip of Dominic and exactly how he gets himself around. I've mentioned before that he has no interest in walking, I believe it's because he can probably scoot faster than he could walk. And hey, if you find something that works.....we think it's pretty funny, what do you think?!?

Disney's Enchanted

It truly is enchanting. This past weekend I saw this movie twice! Once with my mom and grandma, and once with Rocco at a birthday party. We all give this movie two thumbs up. I would highly recommend going to see it!

One month at a time....

I really can't believe that Dominic is already One. It really is crazy how fast the time does go. He had his one year check up on the 21st. He weighed in at 25 lbs. and is 31 and 1/2 inches tall. Which makes him in the 90th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height. In other words he's a big boy!!! At One some of his favorite things are his blankie, balls, animals, and cars (they apparently all make the same sounds too, they growl). He loves taking baths, eating, and turning light switches on and off. He says Mama, Dada, Hi, and dog. He's a great snuggler and just learned to play peek-a-boo hiding his own eyes with his hands. I love him so much it's ridiculous!!!

Who Loves Cake?!?!

Here is a quick video of Dominic enjoying his first birthday cake. Enjoy.....he did!


Here are a few pictures of Dominic eating his birthday cake. He started out a little slow but really got into it after a minute. Check out the video, he was pretty proud of himself. He didn't mind all the attention either...

Dominic on TV

Dominic's picture will be featured on "Good Things Utah" babies first birthdays on Tuesday November 20th. The show airs at 10:00 on channel 4. The birthday babies will be shown towards the end of the program. Watch for him if you get a chance, and if not, don't worry I'll be TiVoing. Doesn't he make you want to grit your teeth, ewww I do!!!


Here is a copy of the birthday Invitations I made for Dominic's first birthday. Yep, he's turning one, can you believe it!!! I thought they turned out pretty cute.

It's Official!!!

My mom, the MASTER!!!!

Could I be any more proud!?!?! Really....

To top off my Moms 60th Birthday, she (finally) received her diploma for her Masters Degree. This past spring we traveled to Boston Massachucettes for her graduation from Lesley University and so...It's official, she's a master!!! I am so proud of her. She is and will always be my hero! Congrats Mom!!!! "The tassel was worth the hassel!"

Happy 60th Mom!!!!

You're going to VEGAS BABY!!!

My mom, her grand kids, and cake...what else could she need!

The wreath I made with "60" one dollar bills, cute huh!

My mom turned 60 years young this past weekend. We had a party for her on Saturday night, and a breakfast on Sunday, followed by a movie and lunch. It was a fun filled weekend. I started off the week before her birthday having things delivered to her classroom with little notes like.... "On the SIXth day before your SIXtieth, your surpriser brought to you..... One diet coke and some chocolate too!" The other gifts included, Shrek 3, two tickets to see "Enchanted", some gag gifts for those getting older, and PINK Fresh & Clean lotion from Victoria's Secret (soooo yummy, you should try some) anywho you get the gist. She did however figure out it was me by day two! As far as the rest of the fam, we are sending her to Las Vegas to see Barry Manilow. We presented her with a giant poster board size card, which the grand kids all decorated, and put a big purple boa and tiara on her to reveal where she was going. She's very excited to go, as am I since I will be accompanying her (YES, we are FANillows!!!) I also saw this wreath idea and thought I'd try it myself. I made a wreath with 60 one dollar bills. It turned out pretty cute. Happy Birthday Mom, I love you!!!!! xoxoxo

Cute Fam!!!

Owen, Darren, Stephanie, and Clara

My nephew Owen, don't cha love the hair!!!

My niece Clara. I didn't get a daughter, I got Clara

Father and son, now you know where the hair came from!

This is my older brother Darren and his darling family. How cute are my niece and nephew?!?!

Date with Zamboni!

Hot chocolate and hockey

Rocco and I went on a date last night to a hockey game here at our local rec center. This was his first time seeing a real ice rink in person and he's ready to sign up. I haven't broken it to him that he won't actually be wearing the padding the players do. We'll be going to an open skate session soon. He was also rather impressed with the Zamboni which cleans the ice after the game. I must say it is somewhat hypnotizing watching it go round and round leaving the ice so glossy behind it. Rocco is actually on a Father/Son date tonight. They're at the Jazz Game. Jazz vs. Kings

Check out the chompers!

Here are a couple quick pix of Dominic's teeth. They're killin' me, I really think these mightbe his adult teeth and not his baby teeth due to their size, they're HUGE!!!! Hope he grows into them...Good luck buddy! I do have to give him some credit, he's cutting his 7th and 8th tooth right now and he has been a great teether. He doesn't get grumpy or anything. A runny nose is the only way I know he's getting a new tooth.

Look At Me!

Takin' my baby for a walk

Here I come...

I'm doin' it All By Myself!!

OK, for those of you that aren't aware. Dominic doesn't seem to have any desire to walk,...! Which, I might add, is perfectly OK with me, however he is getting a little heavy. It's been pretty funny trying to get him to walk because he WILL NOT bend his knees (picture baby Frankenstein). Not that he can't, but rather he won't. However, this all changed this past week. I have found his bribe. He loves to push the baby stroller with "baby Gavin" in it. (*I apologize for not having a diaper on baby Gavin as he is anatomically correct.) Dominic is perfectly content with scooting on his bum for his means of transportation, which is hysterical, I need to capture it on tape before he really does start walk. However, I grabbed a few shot of his first real attempts at walking.

Trip To The Zoo

Ridin' the croc

The Lynx eating his pumpkin

Look what just hatched!

My brave Rocco

It was such beautiful weather last week that we tried to get in as much outside time as possible. We spent a morning at the zoo. We had a really fun time, just the three of us. We got there at about 10 which was a perfect time because the animals were all eating. Many of them still had pumpkins from Halloween. The boys spent about 10 minutes watching the Lynx devour his. I was surprised that there weren't very many people at the zoo. We had our own private train ride and the boys spent majority of our time on the playground. The zoo has a lot of construction but the new section looks like it's going to be pretty fun with a carousel and all!!

First Haircut

Jamey, hairstylist to the Fassio's

This past weekend, Dominic got his first haircut. I was a little sad to see the curls go but it was time, don't worry I saved the curls to scrapbook them. He looks older to me now. He's got such a round little face and big cheeks that Vinnie says he looks like a bobble head. He was an excellent boy in the chair. Vinnie held him on his lap and he let Jamey do her thing. She was surprised how well he did, we all were. Not only did she use the scissors but the buzzers as well and he was great! Do you think because his mom does his hair everyday!?! That's what happens when you don't have any girls, I do what I can to my boys hair. He now too can have a mini mohawk like his big brother Rocco.

Watch Out Beckham!!!

Soccer Superstar!

Top Row: (L-R) Nathan, Ollie, Zachary, Coach Cathy

Bottom Row: Aslyn, Rocco, Paige

Also known as "THE LIONS"

Soccer season came to close the end of October (thank heavens) the team was done back in September. The last month of Saturday morning games was rough. Instead of soccer it turned into "Whens snack, what's for snack, is it snack time" or "Hey look I can do a somersault, oh yeah watch this! (with some sort of crazy attempt at a cartwheel) and my favorite question, "Is it my turn to sit out now!" Needless to say, 4 ten minute quarters and a 1/2 time is just a bit too long for 3 year olds. On the bright side, we did get a darling photo to commemorate Rocco's first year of soccer and it was worth it just to see how cute he looked all suited up in his jersey, shin guards, and cleats. Don't cha think Rocco's way cuter than David Beckham!