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...


Memorial Day in San Antonio

For Memorial Day weekend this year we decided to head south to San Antonio to visit Nana and Pop.  We left on Saturday morning to avoid the Friday crowds and it seemed to work in our favor, as we arrived in a decent amount of time.  Nicky watched movies the entire way down, so he was revved up by the time we got there.  After saying our hello's, it was time to change into our suits and take a dip in the nice, cool pool!  Nicky loooves to swim, so getting him in the water is easy - getting him out is another story altogether.

Sunday morning Nana and Pop were on Nicky duty while Momma and Daddy took a little trip to the outlet malls - a must for every trip we take down there.  This trip was made even better since we were actually able to take our time and not have to tend to a crazy man every 5 seconds.  From there, we had a nice leisurely lunch at a cute diner/greasy spoon...yu-um!  It was so nice to have some "adult" time - we definitely need to make more time for that. 

We got home and quickly jumped into the pool, then were joined by the rest of the Mills clan.  Pop grilled up some burgers and brats and Nana, GG, and Aunt Marsha made all my favorite side items.  Potato Salad, and vermicelli salad, and mixed veggie salad oh my! :0)
Monday morning we packed up a little cooler with plenty of fluids and headed to the zoo.  Nicky was soo excited - he had been asking about it and looking forward to it since we had mentioned it a few weeks prior.  That kid loves him some animals!  The zoo is nicely laid out and there are a fair amount of animals to stare at.  Nicky was quite the trooper...it was pretty hot, yet he managed to walk the entire thing without complaining or asking to be carried one single time!  We were quite impressed!  Here are a few fun pics of us...

Nicky and the "amingos" (not so good with the letter "l" yet, and for some reason, he drops the "f" on this word too...too cute!) - he has such a fascination with birds, much to his daddy's chagrin!

"fishing" in the children's zoo area

yummy hot dogs!

Nicky and Daddy brushing one of the goats in the petting zoo area.  Nicky will be quick to tell you that this goat "hit him in the head with his horn".  Guess that was his way of telling him that he thought his hair looked good just the way it was!

Silly Nicky trying on a mask in the gift shop.  Hard to believe that a year ago he would've never put it on, much less smile while doing so.  He's come so far!

After the zoo we went home for a short nap, then more pool time.  By the end of the weekend Nicky was going under the water to touch the bottom, swimming much better (thanks to some guidance from his favorite Pop!), and jumping off the diving board all by himself.  We ate a lot of yummy food (thanks Nana!!!) and had great company.  It was very nice and relaxing and we all got a good start on our tans.  Well...Nicky and I did at least!

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