Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dirt and Blue Uniforms

My boys are growing up:)  Zachary received his blue uniform in Tae Kwon Do due to his committent and work ethic in class.  He was soooo excited and the cheesy grin says it all.  The boys have been so excited to play outside, and the pictures of Alex are from some great fire truck playing in the driveway.  What was funny was that he dragged dirt onto the driveway to use instead of playing in the sandbox.  Pretreat!
This spring also brings some great presentations by the adoption group that I belong to, Adoptive Families of the Capital Region.  Upcoming events include pesentations on ADHD and Adoption, Prospective Parents Group, and International Children's Day, besides playgroups and other weekend activities.  It is such a great resource for parents who have children that were adopted or are thinking of it as a way to form a future family.  I love that if I have adoption questions or just need to vent, I have a great group of friends to talk to.  My boys love going to the family events, and I am glad that the kids will have each other as they grow up and deal with the cirumstances of their adoption.  The link to our group is on the right, feel free to check us out!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ups and Downs

This week has had it's ups and downs.  We ended last weekend with Zachary getting diagnosed with strep and staying home with mom on Monday.  The week continued with Cub Scout bowling, Tae Kwon Do, and lots of playing outside.  The scooters were taken out and Alex mowed the last of the snow for us;)  We have decided that we have gotten a taste of spring and won't be content until the daffodils are in bloom! 
Alex is recognizing letters from his name in everything that he sees and luckily he had another successful week potty training.  The boys got to spend some wonderful time with family on Saturday while mommy and daddy went out.  Alex got up Saturday morning and packed his bag, mind you they weren't leaving until after five.  You can imagine how well  Alex took that news.  Natalia and Anna wore my boys out as they were both snoring in the car on the way home.  Thank you Heather!!!!!  Sunday came and we went to Zachary's blue and gold dinner for Cub Scouts.  We had a vey nice time and Zachary got some pins that he earned.  In June he will cross over to become a Boy Scout, and I get to put all of those badges on yet another shirt;)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Master Lee Rocks!

Zachary passed his Tae Kwon Do belt test with flying colors!  Zachary tested for his yellow belt tonight and did a great job!!!!!!!  For an hour and half we watched as the infamous Master Lee (that's for you Christine;) put Zachary through his patterns and sparring.  He was so focused and loved every minute of it, especially when Master Lee gave him compliments as the testing progressed.  At the end of he testing Master Lee told me how awesome Zack is and how focused he is in class.  He loves it, and we are so proud of his dedication.
Alex is Alex and could not wait to try the moves when the test was over.  He is loving his big boy status and is rocking the big boy undies, telling all of Zack's friends of his new "attire".  Luckily, Zack has great friends and they all have congratulated  him.  To cute:)

Monday, March 01, 2010

2010 Begins!

It has been so long since I have updated this bog that I considered ending it.  However, both sets of granparents are now in Florida so I have decided to update it far more requently so they can see how the boys are doing. The Baldwins have been busy since I last posted.   Zachary is still very involved in Tae Kwon Do and loves his instructor, Master Lee.  Zachary also loves to tell me that even though Master Lee is shorter than me, he could kill me if he wanted to.  Luckily for me Master Lee's interest is in inspiring my son and not maiming his mother;)  Thursday night he will be tested for his yellow belt and hopefully he will get his blue uniform as well.  They make sure to send notes home periodically to commend Zachary on a great class and you can see Zack stand a little straighter when he reads them. 
Zack band, The Burnin' Rockers continue to perform and the boys get together frequently to practice for their next gig, which I am afraid is Zack's birthday party;)  Their new material is comprised of AC/DC songs, some Bon Jovi, and an original compilation called "Silver Sword" (in which every person has a five minute solo, so you can imagine how that goes).  Second quarter was a great one for Zack and he is again an A student with a wonderful comment about his musical talent.  My good friend's husband plays guitar and is amazed how Zach can pick apart songs and play so well.  Zack does love that captive audience;)
My little imp, Alex is growing by leaps and bounds.  The pediatrician is so happy with his progress and growth and we are sooooo happy that potty training is almost finished:)  Alex learns so much at daycare and besides the ABCs, colors and such, Alex can sing the chorus to "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".  Do you see a theme??? 
Every morning when Alex first wakes up, we let him lay in bed and he calls for us when he's ready (otherwise we have a very cranky boy on our hands).  Getting in and out of bed is not a problem for Alex, but for some reason he will not get up until we open his door (thank God for small favors).  For the last week we have gone to Alex's room in the morning and have walked in to see Alex laying on his bed, with his bed completely made, and a huge smile on his face. I love to tease Zachary that his three year old brother makes his bed neater (and faster) than he does:)
The New Year brings so many things for us.  We have already celebrated Chinese New Year, enjoyed the Russian Winter Festival, and are gearing up for Easter, Kaz's Spring Celebration, and most important, the days that we met and adopted our sons. 
So often I find myself looking at my wonderful sons and feeling so lucky to be able to be their mom.  I think of all that their birth parents have had to sacrifice in order to give their sons a better life.  I wonder what their lives would have been like; relationsv  hips, schooling, language.  So many diferences, but at heart I know that they would be the same loveable boys that they are today.  For that, I am so blessed and thankful.
Enjoy the random pictures of the boys and our loved ones.