Monday, January 19, 2009

To celebrate one year being home: Snow!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of us being home and the beginning of our family being together. This is the day that we count as our real homecoming.

Last year on January 19th, I had managed to hold back all the tears until I saw the girls running toward us in the airport. Many of our friends were there with signs reading Welcome Home! in Russian. What a relief it was to be home!

This January 19th, we got our first 'real' snow of the season. The kids were so excited and it seemed that the dryer was running all day drying sopping wet mittens and coats and pants. Somewhere in there we even managed to finish the basics of schoolwork. What a great way to celebrate--except for the schoolwork part.

Max loved the snow...
...He stayed out long after everyone else went shivering and dripping into the house.

This is Misha right before I said, "Misha! Get into the house and put on a WINTER coat!"

This is Vitali's Crazy Face. When we see this face, we know that we have about three seconds to redirect him before he throws something or hits someone. That boy has energy he doesn't know what to do with! Outside is the best place to have a Crazy Face.
Catching snow in cups. Two seconds later he threw them as far as he could:

One year ago today our lives were in total upheaval! Now we have settled into our new normal. We still count to six constantly when we go out but it somehow doesn't seem like such a big least most of the time!

Leslie suggested in her comment last post that I should post something about how the boys have progressed. Where they were then compared to where they are now. The things they have learned as well as the things that they have still to work on. I think this is a great idea and I am glad she suggested it. If anyone else has suggestions, please let me know! I sometimes run short on ideas.

Well, I am off to join the family watching Walker, Texas Ranger. I will have to post video of that sometime! The boys, especially Misha, get so excited during the big fight scene at the end of every episode. It is pretty funny!



Lynn Falk said...

What a fun day!

Congratulations on making it through the first year! It's been so much fun watching the boys settle into the family. They are adorable!

Mike and Christie said...


It is amazing how life changes so drastically but it is "normal". :)
A New Normal...

So when is the anniversary for when the boys were brought home by the police? LOL

What has happened within your church family since you brought the boys home?
Has the attitude towards adoption, adoption of older children or international adoption changed?

Our church surely has had some significant changes in attitudes towards adoption and orphans in general.

Have the boys spoken much about ife in the orphanage, about having parents etc. Have they expressed how they feel about America?

I remember Erika's first expression when somebody said she was Ukrainian. "Erika America!" LOL

God Bless, ENJOY the snow!

Nataliya said...

A year already? Unbelievable! It seems like yesterday I was in Odessa and checked your blog for updates! The boys are gorgeous! Congratulations on your first anniversary!

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Amy said...

Congratulations on a year home! It does not seem like it has been that long! :)

The snow looked like fun - hopefully the kiddos all enjoyed it!

Take care!