Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Today was a big, but really good, day! The boys spent all day with friends at their birthday party (brothers who have birthdays practically on the same day) so Mark and I took advantage and made a day of it, ourselves!

First, we had to attend the appointment given to us by the Immigration Department for fingerprinting. This is a big step on the road to adopting Simon!!

So we did that, then we celebrated by going to Epcot at Disneyworld! It just so happened that the International Flower and Garden Festival (or whatever it's called) was going on - it was GREAT! Besides going to Buchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada, I've never seen so many flowers in my life!! The topiary was absolutely incredible. Disney really employs amazingly talented people. They do NOTHING half-way!! Mainly we walked around the international part where the different countries were displayed, but I did drag Mark on the Test Track ride, which is one of the coolest rides in DisneyWorld!
He liked it. :o) It was car based. ;o)

After that, we went to an RV dealership and drooled over the RV's. Someday, Mark and I would love to buy an RV and travel around. I can easily find temp work as a PT, and he can always find computer gigs, do websites, and perform concerts. It's just a dream of ours, is all.

So we had a fun day. :o)

Here's an example of some of the amazing topiary we saw all around. This is Mickey doing his Fantasia stuff.

Here's my poor Markie, painfully enduring having his picture taken (note the pained expression). Behind him, you can see some floating gardens and behind the water, you can see some of the amazing flower displays. SOLID FLOWERS. (The elevated track there is the monorail.)

Here's me, in front of Rafiki dedicating Baby Simba. I wish you could see the detail!!

Here we are, looking so (cough!) cute, in the German village at Epcot, eating some bratwurst. Please don't go in that restaurant if you don't like saurkraut because the smell of it nearly made me sick!!! I can't stand saurkraut!!

We also went into a French Bakery and Mark enjoyed ordering his stuff in French. The show off...


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My family
Nikolai, Mark, Missy, Reese, and Erik

Nikolai, 19

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Erik, 9

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