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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.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
We had the nicest visit yesterday. Afternoon visits are the best. He is rested, fed and we have the most amount of time. Lately, Mark has been sharing his bottled sparkling water with Erik and he LOVES it!! He makes the funniest faces when he anticipates getting a sip! The kid's got personality, it's clear to us now to see. :o) He does this little happy thing with his arms, winging them out to the sides in anticipation, then gets this funny drunk look on his face and SMILES. He leans forward and says, "La, la, la!" when he wants another sip of the water! We love it! It's SO cute!!

Here he is, doing this little thing where he licks his finger?? He doesn't bite, it, doesn't suck on it, but we think he tickles it with the tip of his tongue. Not real sure, but he does it with either hand- which ever one's available. lol I like this picture because it shows the quiet, sweet side of him. (Above)

This picture (above) is just silly, because he is just being goofy. Mark must've just kissed him or something.

And of course, we have to have a wild laughing picture in here!! The kid just loves all of the attention he's been getting and is becoming more and more "himself" all the time. Today was the first day that he didn't want me to leave. He held onto my fingers and tried climbing out of the "pen".

Also, something fun: he ALMOST knows how to sign "more"!!! When Mark has the sparkling water, we try to get him to sign more (which is more of a clap than the real sign, but who cares). He gets this look on his face, like, "Are you serious? You want me to do that dumb thing with my hands?" but he ALMOST is doing it!! When we help him do it, and then praise him he gets so proud and excited and knows that he just earned a sip!

Can you tell we are having fun with him? :o)


Amy L said...

Caleb does the same thing with his tongue and hand. He puts his hand up to his mouth and his tongues wiggles in and out not very far just touching his hand. I think it is so cute! He still does it whenever he is tired.:)

Missy said...

That's neat! Caleb is just tooooo cute. Is he going to 1st grade this year? Has he started yet?

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Laura said...

He is so adorable! I can't wait for you to bring him home, I wish I lived so much closer! I love checking the blog every day and seeing and hearing more! Lots of love and prayers.

Kelly said...

Missy (and Mark) Erik seems to be getting cuter by the day. I love that little half smile in the second pic. Where's all the food photos? C'mon what are you guys eating? I love seeing that side of the adventure, too.

Missy said...

Ha! Food photos!! I seem to be one of the very few people who take pictures of the food!! I guess it's because we really are not eating well. Lots of junk. We snack a lot. We do try to get to a restaurant once a day, but we order boring things like chicken and steak. ;op Nothing interesting, though it all tastes VERY good. Mark likes foreign and strange foods, but I do NOT! Yuck!! Give me good ol' American food (or Italian) any time!

P.S. I love the half-smile picture too - isn't it cute? He's getting cuter all the time. Can't imagine what he'll be like in a year!

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