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...


B.E.N. to San Antonio Lately?

nick and his cousins, brenden and emily, are not only related, but they're good friends as well. it gives me the warm fuzzies to see him spending time with them, much as i spent time with my cousins who were close in age as i was growing up.  they have nick-named their little cousin club "B.E.N." {get it?  Brenden, Emily, Nicky...pretty clever of the short people i think!}.  since i quit my job in june to spend the summer hanging out with nicky, we had nothing but time to kill, and when uncle brent said they would all be at nana & pop's for a visit this summer, it was a no-brainer!  we loaded up the car and headed down for some fun in the sun, and some quality bonding time!
b.e.n. havin' a little breakfast...with brie and blitzer ready to catch anything that should drop to the floor...or lap...or corner of the table!
b.e.n. having a little lunch in the club house/tree house/fort/whatever it's called - we all call it something different, and each kiddo will correct you no matter what you call it.  silly adults...get it right!  {ps...thank you pop for building such a fun hang-out space for these crazies!}
miss emily ready to get her party on!
uncle brent's, emily's & pop's birthdays are all in a row at the end of july/beginning of august, so we always lump them all together into one celebration...but we all know who runs the show... yep!  pop's fave color is pink & he's quite the princess! :0)
em all dressed up like the princess she is
me & my fave little peeps hanging out at uncle edward's & aunt marsha's homestead 
b.e.n. with their buddy "sunny"...nick & sunny are old pals...if we had a bigger back yard, the russky would make it super hard for us to explain why we didn't have a horse in it
nick showing his mean face
other than hanging out in the club house, and jumping on the trampoline, b.e.n.'s fave spot is the pool.  they loved us to get in and lounge on rafts, while they pulled us around on "cruises around the caribbean" 
man how times have changed...he's listening to  brenden's ipod...which you can't even see. not that long ago the common listening device would've been the boom box, or walkman, or diskman!  dang these kids have it good today!  what will be next?  a chip in the neck that you can tune to your fave satellite radio station?!

what trip to SA would be complete without a visit to the rainforest cafe?  the kids love it and it gets us all outta the house for a nice lunch.
unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, but uncle brent made sure we all went out with a bang.  cookie cake anyone?  complete with each of the kid's names spelled in their favorite colors and "BCF...best.  cousins.  forever."   can't wait to get together again!  {oh yeah...that'll be in less than 2 days when we all head to SA for christmas!  that's the best part about waiting so long to post about the trip...just as i'm reliving all the fun memories...we get to make new ones shortly there after!}

xoxo...liese :o)

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