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 New Year 2011 (um...like 11 months ago...)!

{nothin' like talking about the current new year celebration just before the next year begins!  what can i say?  i'm a slacker & just gettin' around to this!}
brenden, emily, & nick {aka "ben"...their crazy cousin club name}...all ready to ring in the new year...at 8pm :)
we headed down to nana & pop's house to ring in the new year with uncle brent & the kiddos last year.  it was the first year since we brought nicky home with us that kris & i actually went out to celebrate.  usually we sit in our neighbor's back yard by a toasty fire, and watch the ball drop on their big outdoor screen which is always a blast, but being able to get all dressed up and head out like adults was awesome!
we celebrated with the kids before we went out, complete with "hore dee vors" for dinner, dessert, party hats & noise makers. then it was game on as we scrambled to get them all snug in their beds while we prepped to get our adult party on! 
pretty girl emily flaunting her stuff...not sure where her other sock is!
whoo hoo!  happy new year!!!
shot of the mr & i...at the beginning of the night.  good thing we got a good one in this early, cuz they got pretty silly as the night went on!  this was shortly after we arrived...the second time.  i went out like a rookie partier and forgot my ID, got carded {woot woot!}, and had to swing back to the house!  you can really tell we don't get out much anymore...and if we do...we have a kid in tow & for some reason we don't get carded often :(
brother brent, "vivvy" {as nick says..."viv" is hard for him to say for some reason...plus it's a cute moniker i think!}, me & my hot hubby
hot party chicks 
the VIP crew...really...we had a "VIP" area, which was really just a small section roped off from the general public on the dance floor.  it was nice to actually maintain a place to sit and hang out and not have to worry {too much} about being bumped into all night.
aw...how sweet...get a room! 
get enough wodka in this guy & he'll strut his stuff!
these boys are hilarious.  no clue what was going on here...but it makes me giggle every time i look at it!
we had a blast ringing in 2011 like the party people we pretended to be, but...it all came with a price the next AM!  oh well...the best part of all was getting to spend time with the family, and nicky getting to hang out with his cousins :)
xoxo...liese :o)

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