THE DUCOMMUNS

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We are the Ducommuns! There are 4 of us now-Craig, Laura, Zamara, and now Mahashavah, our 1 year old son. We adopted Zamara from Ethiopia in 2008. Our son is also from Ethiopia and we are hoping to bring him home soon. We live Flagstaff Arizona. We are so glad you found us. Take a look around and don't forget to leave us a message.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Preschool Christmas Program

Last Tuesday Zamara had her first Christmas program with her school, Abundant Life Preschool. She was amazing! Well, she picked her nose through the whole second song, but she was still amazing.

Here is the video.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cutest Video Ever!

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This video doesn't really need any explanation. We took it on the way home from sledding today. How adorable is our daughter?!? SERIOUSLY, she is amazing! She can say Addis Ababa better than we can!

Sledding Video

We went sledding this afternoon after ZiZi's nap. It is actually a drainage ditch near our house, but when it snows it is perfect for sledding. We were not sure how she would do after her meltdown on Tuesday about the snow. But she had so much fun...after each run she would say, "ZiZi's turn!" Craig did much better with her. The 1 (and only!) run I did with her ended up in a bit of a crash. She was fine though, once I got all the snow out of her nose. We only did 5 runs and figured we should leave while she was still having fun and not after another meltdown.


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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3 feet of snow!






We woke up this morning to 3 feet of snow...IT WAS CRAZY! We tried to walk around the neighborhood and go sledding but the snow was too deep to walk and it was too fluffy for really good sledding.

You can see the picture of Craig with Zizi on his shoulders--the snow is up past his thighs. Zizi got tired 1/2 way through the walk. In some of the pictures it looks like she is laughing but I am pretty sure she was crying. I hope we didn't traumatize her too much!

We stayed in the house the rest of the day. I made Zizi a tutu and we danced around for a while. Craig tried to make it into work but got stuck on the road in front of our house. A few of our neighbors had to come and help him out!

I also straightened Zizi's hair while she was watching Tigger and Pooh. I had wanted to do it for a long time. It doesn't look too great yet. It needs to grow out more and I need to use the right products so that it comes out silky instead of frizzy. But it was fun to see how different she looks with straight hair.

Monday, December 7, 2009

First Snow!






It is snowing and I am putting off going into work and driving in it. It is beautiful to look at, but not so fun to drive in. This is our first snow storm of the year. We got up, had breakfast, and bundled Zamara up in her snow clothes. Since she was so little last year, this is the first year she has ever really played in the snow. We had a great time. Zizi spent a lot of time eating the snow and licking off her runny boogers. We tried to make a snowman but there wasn't really enough snow on the ground. We did make a snow angel, though. After work today we will try to go sledding if the snow sticks around.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving in Denver






Hi everyone. We got home from Denver on Monday evening. We had a great trip visiting Craig's family. We were busy the whole week, but had an amazing time with everyone. Zamara really loves to be with family. I miss those times when we are here in Flagstaff just the 3 of us. Here was our week in a nutshell:

Tuesday: we drove from Flagstaff to Phoenix and spent the night. We had fun swimming in the pool before bedtime

Wednesday: few from Phoenix to Denver. Very uneventful. Got the rental car and stopped at Mustard's Last Stand for hot dogs on the way to Craig's parents house.

Thursday: Thanksgiving, of course! Craig Uncle Ron and Aunt Virginia came over with the 3 boys. Ethan loved Zamara. They held hands most of the day--very cute. Ethan was so good with her.

Friday: early morning shopping, lunch at Parisi, and then off to see Santa Claus at the downtown tree lighting in Littleton.

Saturday: This was a big day--we took Zizi to Casa Bonita for the first time. It's the Disneyland of Mexican Restaurants--as cousin Chris would say (we later found out he stole the line from SouthPark). Zizi loved Casa Bonita! She could have eaten the chicken and cheese enchaladas all night! We also took the lightrail to downtown Denver and walked around for a while before we went to Casa Bonita

Sunday: church, swimming, and celebrating Grammy and Papa's birthdays at Red Robin.

Monday: we flew back to Phoenix and then stopped at the Spaghetti Factory for dinner.