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...


Valentine's Day in Paradise

kris and i abandoned the little guy to take a trip to paradise last february.  i had pretty well recovered from my surgery and we decided to let loose!  we made a marriage pact before we brought nicky into our lives that we would always, no matter what, make time to take an "adults only" vacation.  i kinda felt guilty leaving the little russky behind since this was our first long trip without him, but i quickly got over that once i had a nice beverage in my hand {thanks to my brother who knows how to pick up visitors from the airport in style!} and the sand between my toes!

we hung out with family and friends, ate, drank and were merry for a week before we headed back to reality.  here are some snapshots of our craziness in st thomas, norman island {woo hoo for willie t's!}, and jost van dyke {where colbie callait began stalking us...seriously...we met her there & then she followed us was at dinner at the same restaurant as us that night!}.  i love to travel and altho it's not exactly across the pond, being in the british virgin islands is the next best thing to actually being in another country for now...plus...it's the beach...and who doesn't love the beach?!  we love it so much down there, we just planned our next trip for february 2012!

day one of fun...hanging out at the beach house...
 3 "men" on one paddle board...do i even have to state the obvious that there was copious amounts of adult beverages involved?

me taking my turn on the paddle board...what you can't see is kris behind my board...i'm afraid to be in the open water alone, so in case i fell my super-stellar hubby hung out in the water waiting for me <3
pop taking his paddle board turn...he actually went before me...i figured if my 63 year old dad could do it, i could do it!

 evening of day one...yummy food and then night at the fat turtle for some crazy dancing!
 my brother's friend travis, brother brent, & the hubby...hot men ready to party

me hanging with the gals before heading out
me & the hubster at the fat turtle.  as you can tell...i got me a little sun!  i had to resort to a ball cap & long-sleeved shirt for a lot of the rest of our sun time :o(

day 2...big beach house bash...

my "little" brother enjoying the fact that he can pick me up and pretend to launch me into the drink
my family all gussied up :o)

day3...boating to the british virgin islands...
 photo op at st john...pre "potty break"
high five after jumping off the willie t!  afraid of heights or not...i was gonna do it... after the 3rd time i kinda strained my neck, so that kinda ended that!
 view looking down sandy cay with tortola to the east
hmm...wonder what kris is doing waaaaay out there in the water all alone while we're all on shore? {jost van dyke
our first encounter with colbie callait...{soggy dollar bar...try the pain killer drink...trust me!}
at some point my silly brother commandeered my camera & started taking random pix...here are a few i can actually show :o)
um...i think travis, kris and i were pretending to be "charlie's angels"?  there are too many things i could say about that...
apparently kris & i had a great story we were telling

the rest of our trip was spent lounging at the beach and pool, soaking up the sun, spending time with family and with no worries about having to "parent" anyone.  don't get me wrong...we missed the little guy, but it sure is nice to take a break now and then!

xoxo...liese :o)

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