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...


Blog Rewind

I'm a little behind on my blogging, so I am going to back up a few weeks and talk about a fun, busy weekend we had with Nicky. Daddy worked at the office Saturday morning and was off all day Sunday, so we were blessed with his presence for (almost) two full days in a row, which NEVER happens! Nicky and I did have some business to take care of before all the fun...grocery shopping...ugh! This task has never been a favorite of mine, and at times, it's extremely less enjoyable with a fussy toddler in tow. Luckily, we only had to hit up one store, and I put Nicky to work opening the plastic produce bags for me, helping pick out vegetables and "watching the cart" for me...seemed to make him feel useful and like a "big boy".

Before we headed out to the store, we had a ball playing in Nicky's bedroom. Since we converted our office into his playroom, he spends much less time in his room than ever before. His bedroom is upstairs, so it makes it difficult to spend a lot of time up there while also trying to get things done around the house. So we try to have a "change of venue" at least once each weekend and it not only changes things up a bit, but it makes it seem like the toys that live in his room are always new!Our grocery trip was over in no time, so we had some time for a little pumpkin painting. Here's Nicky in one of Daddy's old shirts getting ready to paint...he thought it was pretty silly to walk around in the "dress"!
We don't do a lot of artwork at home, so it was interesting to see his "style". Unless I turned the pumpkin for him, he painted in one spot, over and over. It's almost as if it doesn't occur to him to paint in the other areas - as if it's not allowed. So sad that he's so regimented...I attribute it to the orphanage life. I think we'll make art a bigger part of our weekends, so he can learn to have a bit more fun with it.
Momma and Daddy purchased a new dresser from Ikea...love that place! So Sunday morning, after a much needed lie-in and breakfast in bed (cereal...how fancy!), Nicky busted out his toolbox and set to work putting it together with Daddy.
Sunday afternoon, my cousin Stefani from Tales of a Tattered Suitcase, came over to play with Nicky while Momma and Daddy went to see a movie - "Couples Retreat" - pretty entertaining, and just what we needed! Thanks for entertaining the little dude for us, "Aunt Neffi"!
And that concludes my blog in rewind...now onto more exciting topics, like our new favorite past time in the house...tantrums!

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