Life is so crazy I just don't seem to have time to blog anymore.
Nick recently had a doctors appointment with his cardiologist and he gave us a lot of hope that his heart is self correcting itself. The cardiologist still won't let us go to once a year visits yet so we continue to go twice a year for now. But things look good.
Nick is doing so well in preschool. It is so fun to see him acting like a normal 5 year old boy. His teacher has assured us that he learns well and interacts with the other kids normally.
One of my most favorite parts of the day is when I first see him after school. It is so fun how his face lights up all the way to his eyes with happiness when he sees me. I know he has this same response when he first sees Chris too. It just melts my heart every time I see it. It never gets old.
That is all for now. I'm not even going to post pictures because it will take too long to get them off my phone and camera nd onto the computer. Maybe next post....
A lot has happened since I last posted but whose life isn't crazy busy?! Here is a picture summary.
Chris and Nick on a donkey ride. Who doesn't love those? Whose husband rides a ripstick holding chairs? Chris has incredible balance so he can handle this task. The cowboy get up is Chris' normal attire when out riding his animals. It is not a costume....which may be shocking to some :-) Sibling love We spent Christmas at Chris' parents house. While we were there we went on a train ride. Nick thought he had died and gone to Heaven! He loved it.
Me and Nick on the train. Alex & Taylor on train The kids had to line up and wait until everyone was ready to see what Santa had brought them. Nerf guns were a Christmas hit (as they always are) Nick turned 5 in January. He had his first birthday party with his friends. We held the party in our party barn and gave the kids donkey rides.
Nick playing with friends Every little boy loves a super hero. Nick really loves Batman and Spiderman right now. That's all for now! My computer wouldn't let me change the background from the Christmas theme so we will continue to enjoy Christmas for awhile longer.
10/23/07-Adopt from Russia????? 11/01/07-Turned paperwork in to adoption agency 12/06/07-Received referral of Konstantin in Samara 12/08/07-Homestudy 03/28/08-Travelled to Samara to meet Konstantin 03/31/08-Meeting at Center of Adoption 03/31/08-Lost Konstantin to a Russian family 04/02/08-Home to America--crushed by our loss 06/01/08-Registered in Nizhniy Novogorod and Tyumen 07/20/08-Received referral of 14 mo. old from Vladivostok (on a Sunday!) 07/22/08-Declined referral. He was an "above-average risk" for FAS per the IA doctor. 07/22/08-Waiting again 08/??/08- Added Yekaterinburg as one of our regions 09/19/08-Received referral of 20 month old boy from Kemerovo. We accepted him! 09/19/08-Will try to wait patiently for travel dates! 10/01/08-Received travel VISAS. Still no travel dates. 10/02/08-Travel dates arrived! Leave October 11th. Visit orphanage October 13-14th. 10/13/08-Arrived in Kemerovo. First day at the orphanage. 10/14/08-Had our 2nd day at the orphanage. It was hard to leave him there! 10/16/08-Home! Waiting for court date. I hope it is soon! 10/21/08-Updated paperwork sent to Beacon House. Hopefully these will be sent to Russia on 10/23/08 11/05/08-Our adoption agency still waiting for our state background clearance. They think we can get a court date with local clearance. We went to the police department today and got that done. 11/07/08-Urgent letters sent to immigration letting them know that they need to notify the Moscow embassy that we have been cleared for adoption. 11/10/08-RECEIVED COURT DATES! DEC. 15TH 12/10/08- Left for Russia 12/13/08 - Travel to Kemerovo 12/15/08- Court! He's our son- Nicholas Dmitry 12/16/08- Picked up Nick from orphanage 12/17/08- Head back to Moscow 12/17/08- Nick's physical 12/17/08- U.S. Embassy 12/18/08-Home to the United States 12/28/08-Officially back to our house! :)