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 Deep Fried Texas State Fair

5 months ago we took Nick to the Texas State Fair with Nana and Pop, and since I'm such a slacker, it's taken me this long to finally get this post published.  I (sorta) have a good reason.  We took him to the fair just after we returned from Russia with his Granny and Poppa and like the rookie parents we were then, we forgot our camera and had to stop to purchase a disposable one on our way there.  I mean, who gets film developed anymore?!  I know they could put it on a disk for me, but that means I a) have to remember to take the camera with me to the store; and b) have to take the time to go and pick it up.  I actually carried the thing around with me for a while, and always forgot to drop it off.  Then I came across it just before we went to the fair this year (2010 that is) and had big plans of posting both the pictures of his first year at the fair and his second excursion in a before and after kind of post.  Yeah - that didn't happen.  I have absolutely no idea where I've put the camera again after carrying it around in my purse for a few months!  

So...this post will just be some pictures of his second trip to the fair and once I find the camera I promise to have it developed, wait at the store to pick it up, drop whatever I happen to be doing at the time, and get the darn pictures posted!  Now that I write about it - I'm pretty anxious to see how cute and stocky he used to look!

Anyhoo...we went to the fair!  Nicky was thrilled to climb on some "diggers"...he woulda driven one right out the gate if we let him!

We spent some time in the kids' section where Nicky got to pretend to work on a farm...he LOVED it!  I think we're going to have to make sure he goes to a school with an Ag program.

We ate a bunch of deep fried yumminess...fried margaritas anyone? (sorry...no picture of that, but I assure you it was good!)  We watched a dog show which made me want a border collie even more than ever).  Pop, Daddy and Nicky visited the Tom Landry collection - Pop was in heaven.  Then Nicky played some games and rode some rides.  

Nicky thoroughly enjoyed the day and didn't want it to end.  He chatterboxed the whole way home about everything we did and although the fair was super-crowded and we didn't get to tick off everything on our list of to-do's/see, we can't wait to take him back next (this 2011) year for some more craziness!


Nicky's First Sleepover

Nicky and his friend Trevor are complete opposites, yet they make the best little buddies ever.  They get along really well and seem to balance each other out perfectly.  They can play alongside each other or together and rarely have they had a disagreement.  One beautiful sunny afternoon we decided to take Trevor and Nicky for a round of putt-putt.  From there we played soccer, played on the playground, a round of baseball in the front yard, took a bath, ate pizza, played in Nicky's playroom before finally succumbing to the tiredness around 9pm.  Since this first sleepover, they've had two more...all containing the same crazy fun and excitement.  It's the next best thing to having two kids full-time!

Here are a few pictures from all the fun...

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