We are a married couple who adopted our little Russky, Nikita {aka Nicky, Nicky noodle, little man, Nikoli, the Nickster, crazy dude, goofball, puppy love, etc...you get the picture!} from St Petersburg, Russia four years ago. Join us as we stumble through the joys and perils of parenthood, while our son teaches us a few things along the road...


Happy (Belated) Valentine's Day!

A little late, but what can I say? We had a busy weekend! It actually started on Thursday, with Nana, old Nana (name my nephew Brenden came up with for my mom's mom) and Pop coming up for a visit. Nicky was very surprised to have Nana pick him up from school that day! He shouted "Nana" the second he saw her, and as they were leaving the classroom, he was telling his friends "Nikita Nana!"...very proud little guy indeed!

The next day was Nicky's 1st Valentine's Day party, so he went to school in the morning, then that afternoon we all went to my Aunt Sharon's memorial service. I have to say, it was really nice and actually very uplifting. There were some tears, however, there were several laughs as stories of Sharon were shared. The church was full of people whose lives she has touched over the years, and I know she was in Heaven smiling down on us.

On Saturday, Nana & Pop watched Nicky so Kris & I could go to a matinee movie and do a little shopping. Not that we don't love the little guy, but it sure is nice to have a little time to ourselves! Sidebar about movies...when the heck did they get so expensive?! The matinee tickets were $7.50 each and a medium soda was $4.25! I remember when tickets were less than that for an evening showing! Am I getting old, or is this just ridiculous? How in the heck will we ever be able to take Nicky to a movie with prices like these? We already smuggle our own snacks in as it is. Guess we'll have to visit our local dollar movie theater.

Anyway - that evening we ordered pizza and Nicky enjoyed a yummy Valentine's cupcake...definitely a big change from the usual fruit he devours after dinner. He asked for more when he was done and the following day pointed to it on the counter & wanted another one! Won't be long before the fruit will be thrown by the wayside!
On Sunday we test drove a church we're thinking of attending. We told Nicky we were going to church & he was so excited...kept talking about it all they way there! Pretty sure he doesn't understand what church is, but it was cute nonetheless. We took Nicky to the Sunday School class and dropped him off. His excitement dwindled a bit as we walked off...maybe church wasn't going to be as fun as he first thought. Afterwards, we went to pick him up and they were sitting in a circle singing a song. Although Nicky was still wearing his jacket, we were assured he did indeed have a good time, and that he is a "puzzle machine"! (About the jacket - that's his thing. He refuses to take it off when we take him places - like school, stores, and sometimes restaurants! It's almost like he thinks that if he takes it off, then he's staying wherever he is and we're going to leave him. Now mind you, it's the opposite at home - he takes it off immediately & wants us to hang it up in the closet - not on a chair or the banister, it must go in the closet!) That night Nana made us a yummy pot roast (not that I partook in that, but Kris said it was tasty) with mashed potatoes, carrots, asparagus and salad...we need to have her up more often!
Hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!

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