Santa 2008

The anticipation!!! GREAT are their shirts!
A little hi-5 to break the ice

We'll let Rocco try it first, make sure it's safe
This is a close as Dominic was going to get. However, we are making progress. Compare it to the picture from last year in our blog header.

Greatest Snorkling Spot EVER!!!!

Vegas Baby!

The infamous crocodile at the RainForest Cafe

This is how Dominic saw the aquarium at the Mandalay Bay

Rocco and Daddy petting the sting rays

Rocco in his shark crown

Rocco and the Blue Man Group

Niko and Grandma Joy

Fun on the strip

Watching the street performers

M&M World

Favorite color of M&M

Rocco and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear

Face Painting 101

Carlson Photoshoot

Chatterton Girls Photoshoot

Happy 84th Birthday GG!

How cute is she sportin' her TEAM EDWARD shirt

My 2nd time at TWILIGHT, my grammy and mom's first

Deb and I on opening night for TWILIGHT
We LOVED it!

My grandma, "GG", as my kids call her celebrated her 84th birthday. We had a big dinner at my house where I presented her with her TEAM EDWARD shirt. She read all 4 books from the TWILIGHT series in 2 weeks. Go grammy go! Her birthday was on the 22nd so us girls in the fam all went to see TWILIGHT. I had already seen it on opening night but I had NO problem going for a second time. I'm trying to work out going for my third, anyone want to go?!?

Happy Birthday Dominic!

Dominic's Birth Announcement
I can't believe my baby is 2. I remember vividly the day he was born. We had gone to the Mom's movie that morning. We picked my dad and B up from the airport that afternoon. They had flown in from California that day because I was scheduled to be induced the next morning. I vacuumed the house at 3:30 and felt something weird and wondered if that was a contraction. You see I was induced with Rocco and I had an epidural with him so I had never experienced contractions. Another one came about 5 minutes later so I called Vinnie, my mom, and Andrea and told them all that I was going to drink some water lay down on my left side and call them in an hour. I laid down and had 2 more 5 minutes apart. They then started coming every 3 minutes. I thought I'd better shower because I had been waiting until the morning when I was scheduled to be induced! I remember trying to wash my hair and having to brace myself on the door and the wall each time a contraction came. I had 3 minutes of relief in between each contraction and got my hair wahed and had to get out. After my quick shower I thought I'd better call Vin. I told him I really thought I was in labor and he'd better come home. He luckily had just pulled up to the house. Knowing I had 3 minutes of relief between each contraction I naturally tried to blow dry my hair. Yeah, not a good idea. A few phone calls later and loading Rocco up we headed to the hospital. My contractions were now 2 minutes apart. In between contractions Vinnie and I were joking about how funny it would be if I couldn't get an epidural. Should of knocked on wood! Needless to say, we arrived at the hospital at 6:00 and Dominic was born at 6:38 Au natural. It all happened so fast that the doctor never even made it and the nurse ended up having to deliver him and more importantly I did not get my ever so wanted epidural. He weighed in a 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Dominic's 2nd Birthday Party

SPONGEBOB theme of course!


Owen's loot

Everyone helped with presents

Super excited about the new SPONGEBOB movie he got

He led everyone in singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Super excited to blow out the candles

Good thing the frosting is blue

and green for that matter!

Build A Bear Birthday

Finding a heart for his penguin

Stuffin' him

Washin' and fluffin' him

Outfitted (in a Jazz jersey none the less) and ready to go!

Ringin' the birthday bell

Stroller ride with his new friend

Birthday lunch at Hot Dog On A Stick

Apparently being 2 is exhausting!