Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Photos from the last week

Pudding nose

Cool Dude

Having fun at Cambridge Park

My favorite.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The first week home

Tomorrow marks one week since our return home.

God bless the USA. Don't get me wrong, the people of Ukraine were all polite and more than willing to help us out - we even had some laughs about the language barriers. But, we surely missed the conveniences of home and of course, our families and friends.

On Tuesday, we tried to sleep in, but we were up and about by 9:00 am. We went to Wal*Mart that night to pick up a few things and for the house - and my DENTAL FLOSS! By the way - I did finally find some in a store in Nikolaiv. Alex slept with me this night, but it was his last night in our bed. He began sleeping in his big boy bed by himself on Wed. night. So nice to finally sleep with my hubby for the first time since we got Alex! - Oh, and Chloe was glad to be back in the bed with us as well.

Alex has made great strides this week. He no longer tries to cram all of his food in his mouth all at once and he had overcome his fear of Chloe & PJ. He calls them Clovey & Peja! So cute. He only wakes up once during the night to go "peesit." He is getting better and I wish I could say he hadn't had a spitting episode in a while, but he had one today. We went to church this morning and we kept him in the worship service. He got a little squirmy at the end, but he made it through. Then, he ate his snack of goldfish, biscuit and a cookie and "juicea."

As far as eating goes, we have learned a good time for his dinner and to try things more than once because he will not like something once, then the next time, love it.

So far, he has enjoyed: weiners, mashed potatoes, french fries, chicken & dumplings, cucumbers, tomatoes, grits, sausage, eggs, and of course, bread. He loves goldfish crackers and chocolate animal crackers as well as gogurt and apple sauce.

We took Alex to my work on Friday and everyone had a fit over him. He did good, but did have an episode where he bit me. We are still working on that, but he is getting better.

Overall, we are happy with his progress. He is stubborn, but he has a stubborn Mama, so what can I say?

Please keep Dr. & Kirby King in your prayers. They are in Kazakhstan adopting and have met many obstacles, but are in the 14 day bonding process with a little 5 year-old boy.

Love to all,
R & T & A

Friday, March 26, 2010

First Days at Home

Asleep in the chair.

First American haircut.
Thanks, Sue-Sue!

Balloons from my sister. Alex loved his balloons.

Apple Jacks and bananas

Entertainment the Alex Way

Rolling in the floor of the Munich airport.

Wrestling with Daddy

Wearing Mama's boots

With the collapsible hamper

Wearing the house shoes he found at the door of his first apt. in Kiev

Photos of 9th and final "Home away from Home"

Never got a photo of the bedroom, but you get the picture. We were here the Sat. & Sun. before we left on Monday. It was in the same suite as a marriage service and was very office-like with florescent lighting.

Photos - daily walk to the "Big House"

This is in reverse order - because I am just too lazy to redo it today. Back Entrance

One of the many "Kit Kots" who live at the "Big House"

Connector Hall which doubles as a playroom


Playground to right, connector hall to left

You can see the back fence of the orphanage in this shot.

Road in apartment complex

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


We arrived home around 9 pm last night.

Our families decorated the house with balloons and banners, etc. and had a great dinner here with them.

Alex did great on the trip! He only cried a little boarding the first flight and then again on approach to Dulles because there was a little turbulence and a woman screamed and it scared him.

He got to meet cousins Justin and Jordan and they played and had a great time. He gave them both hugs and kisses when they left. Jordan didn't get his homework done, so Nanci said that she was going to write a note to his teacher that his new cousin came home and that he had a lesson on Ukrainian adoption last night! Then, he wanted to know if he can take Alex to school for show and tell! Of course, I told him I would bring him.

Well...will post more later including some photos of Alex's journey home. I have no photos from last night, but the babushka's do, so will post them when I can.

Going to try to get a nap in before Alex gets up. He woke up around 3:30 am to peeska and got scared by Chloe, our dog, so it took a while to get him settled down. He is curious about them, but scared. That will change because he was already getting close to our little PJ last night and throwing the ball over the gate to Chloe. I hope it works out soon because poor Chloe has been through so much in the past seven weeks, losing Chance, her best buddy and without us. She hates to be "caged up" in her room (mudroom).

With love from the good ol' USA!
R & T & A

Friday, March 19, 2010

More Alex photos......

McDonalds - he had to try everything!
Waiting for medical results

Medical clinic

Keeping him happy

Gotcha Day 3-17-10

FINALLY - out for the count!
Making himself at home

About to leave the Baby House!

New clothes!

Back to Kiev Photos

Photos from Downtown Nikolaiv

We loved this apartment. It is not even a block off of Sovietska St. - the walking street. You can see it in the last photo. There are two balconies and the entire apartment was light and bright. Of course, had we known that we were only going to be there for two nights, we might not have moved. Well..it was good while it lasted!
We found lots of great restaurants on the walking street. Our favorite was Cake. The atmosphere was nice and the food was great. We ate there a total of three times during our two downtown stays. There is also a Pizza restaurant, Del Torro, that is good and the Dixie BBQ - where they had iced tea! Above the Dixie BBQ, there is a night club and, evidently the festivities make it downstairs to the restaurant at times because there is a small stage with a pole there - if you know what I mean. A new restaurant, Burger Club opened while we were there, but we didn't get to try it. It is a counter service restaurant decorated like an ice cave.
There is also an open market with nothing but flowers. Beautiful!
Will post some more Alex photos and photos of the current apartment in the next post.
Until then,
R & T & A