Friday, July 25, 2008

Making Money and Hiding Out

Zachary has set up shop! If anyone is in our area in August, Zack's Place will be open. He and his father bought candy to sell to neighborhood kids and we had a family meeting to determine price, profit margin, and to decide what will be done with the profits. I am proud to say that Zachary will be donating a portion of these profits to a children's charity or to Malutka Baby Home in Karaganda. He is very excited about the "store" and was so happy when he got his first customer.

Alex and Zach continue to make us laugh every day. You have to love those disguises:) Our days have been fun, tiring, and exhausting all rolled into one. Now we are getting ready to vacation at the ocean and Zachary seems to be bringing everything but the kitchen sink. We all can't wait to play in the ocean and relax around the campfire.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fourth of July (1 of 2)

Fourth of July (2 of 2)

The boys had a great time in Cooperstown over the fourth of July weekend. Alex got to ride a pony and seemed to love it. We enjoyed the Baseball Hall of Fame and spending time with Don's family. Zach had a ball fishing and even caught five fish! The boys played ball with Daddy and spent some quality family time around the campfire. Don't you love the picture of Zach in the stroller? I always tell him that he'll always be my baby. He just proved it:)

We had more to celebrate on the 4th as it was one year from the the day that Don got Alex in Almaty. It seems so hard to believe that Alex has been our son for a whole year. I look at the blog from last year and see how little Alex was, and then see what a big boy he is now. Alex is a fun loving, giggly, spirited boy (my work is cut out for me, as has a temper), who has a great sense of adventure. He will do anything that Zachary does, and then look to Zach to see if he approves. I was listening to them play on my bed the other day and they laughed and giggled for an hour. Yes, there is quite an age difference between the two, but there is also a lot of love. One of Alex's favorite things to do is to crawl on top of Zach when he is laying down. Once he's on top, he sticks his thumb in his mouth and all is right with the world. Zach gets his hair pulled the whole time this happens but he takes it like a man and I think that he loves the fact that Alex finds such comfort in being close to him.