Sunday, August 26, 2012


I have been plowing through George R. R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire" (the series of books that is the basis for HBO's series "Game of Thrones"), so that's why I've been neglecting the blog as of late.  But, now that I have finished all 5 novels (not sure how I'm going to be able to wait for the final two to be written and released), I'm back in action!  Here are some of my favorite pictures of Sonia that I have taken during the last month or so:

At Peck Farm in Geneva:

At Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn (on two different days):

At Ty Warner Spray Park in Westmont:

I love my crazy little Sonia Balogna!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Another first: a visit to the dentist

Earlier this week, Sonia had her very first dental check-up and cleaning!  We're probably long overdue in bringing her to the dentist, but the dentist said that Sosini's teeth look perfect.

Sonia approved of the toys in the waiting room!

Given Sonia's past history of being nervous around unfamiliar men (she spends most of her daily life around mommies), I requested one of the female dentists in our dental practice.  Sonia seemed instantly comfortable with the dentist herself, but still a bit unsure about what was going on.  It's easy to forget how alien and weird a dentist's office is until you try to see it for the first time with the shaky understanding of a 3-year-old.  The dentist was a pro at dealing with little kids.  She first showed Sonia how she could squirt water into a cup and suck it back up.

Then, I climbed into the chair and put Sonia on my lap, and we proceeded with the check up.  The dentist went step by step, doing everything on me first (while Sonia watched with keen interest).  Sonia did GREAT!  The dentist was able to "count" all of Sonia's teeth, do a bit of polishing (!!), and floss her.  Sosini impressed me so much!  Just look at this happy girl, post-checkup:

The dentist was a good sport and posed with my little goofy-boo.

Time to start trying to floss Sonia's teeth every night....  Night #1 went well.  We'll see how long that lasts!  Sonia is pretty good about brushing her teeth (she's been using big kid toothpaste without swallowing it at all for almost a year now), so hopefully she'll be good about being flossed, too.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sonia and Ike

Sonia and one of her bestest buddies, Isaac (aka Ike or Ikey), have been working hard at being ridiculously adorable lately.  Witness:

Posing with the Dick Tracy statue on the riverwalk in Naperville:

I absolutely love covered bridge pictures....

Sonia stood on a bench and performed an original rock opera about penguins.  It was more than a little bit nutty.

Tee hee....  Giggling about nothing.

Both Ikey and Sosini decided it would be hilarious to wear their bathing suits on their heads before playing at the Dragonfly Landing splash pad.

Following the leader, the leader, the leader (you know, the song from Peter Pan)