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...


The Empty Nesters

Last Friday morning Nicky left for a fun-filled week with his Granny and Poppa in El Paso.  From the sounds of it, he's been having a blast!  He got to go to work with his Poppa...

...and they've been to the zoo and a dairy farm.  All that on top of swimming in their pool every day has made for one happy little Russky!  We talk to him each night and he wants to know every detail of what we're doing.  It's so cute!  He'll ask "whatcha doin momma?"  "where are you?"  "you watchin tv?"  "where daddy?"  Then he'll tell us all about the fun stuff he's doing and he gets so excited he'll squeal more than talk.

We've had a few of the "i come home morrow?" questions...and "morrow" was like Wednesday, so we were a little worried we might be making a long drive to EP, but he was pretty easily distracted by the promise of more fun stuff to do the next day.

Kris and I have enjoyed the time to ourselves...not that we don't miss the little guy, don't get me wrong!  But, it's been nice to come home from work and do NOTHING.  No rushing to the preschool to endure endless chatter until 8pm.  No scurrying around to fix dinner all the while entertaining the chatty Russky.  No getting up early in order to get him to school on time.  It's been pure laziness!  We did get to enjoy a "romantic getaway" at the hotel Nylo...thanks to the wonderful planning of my awesome husband!

We've also been to a movie and enjoyed dinner at one of our favorite haunts without having to scarf it down while keeping an eye on a preschooler who constantly drops food/almost spills drinks/bounces in his seat...etc.  Kris has been extra excited about the fact that he doesn't have to get up from the dinner table to wipe Nicky's arse!  (somehow the morning poo ritual has now been shifted to the dinner hour...no matter the time dinner occurs!)

Kris is leaving today for EP to collect the Russky and I'm heading to San Antonio to see my family - my brother, niece and nephew are in town to boot, so it should be fun.  Kris will fly with Nicky to SA and hopefully, Nicky will be spending next week with Nana and Pop, his uncle and cousins!  Not that I don't miss him, but we still have some stuff get done around the house (since we've been lazy all this week) and a baseball game to attend and more movies to see!

We're so thankful that our parents are wanting and willing to spend time with the little dude, and we hope this is a summer tradition in the making.  It's hard not having family closer to us and we think it's important that he have the special time with his grandparents that I was afforded as a child. 

Thanks Granny and Poppa for taking such good care of our baby this past week!!!

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