Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Kolya!

Today Kolya turned 10 years old. Hopefully he had one of his best birthdays ever. It wasn't over the top, but not exactly an average day, either. I cooked breakfast for the kids this morning (a treat), then dropped all three off at the YMCA camp for the day. After work and camp, we went to Red Robin for dinner. Kolya was a good sport with the Happy Birthday routine! Kolya is an absolute treasure!

Felix is away on his summer National Guard duty, so I'm going to be a single mom for almost two weeks. The plan is to keep things strict and simple so that I don't lose my mind. Work is super-busy, our Ukraine Orphan Outreach summer camp kicks off in two weeks, the kids are needy. Hmmm...I might lose my mind!

I'm happy to report that Julia is really improving from her occupational therapy sessions. She goes once a week for one hour. The biggest improvement is in her speech. She is pronouncing things more clearly, and her vocabulary has noticably improved over the last few weeks. For the life of me I cannot figure out how sensory/tactile delays can affect speech - but it does. I have really enjoyed hearing what she has to say, especially now that she can express herself better in English. She has a great sense of humor. But we still have a way to go......

Nadia is attending a YMCA Leadership in Training camp this week. Today she said she had "fun" at camp - a huge step in the right direction. She was naturally apprehensive about the camp at first! Recently she told me that she misses her friends in Ukraine. I was so relieved that she will confide in me (is it confiding if I post it on the Internet?). Nadia is very strong and exceptionally resilient, but she needs to let down those barriers once in a while.

And then there is Buddy. Crazy Buddy. So much for the fence. He's busted.


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Happy Birthday! I'm hoping those 2 weeks fly by without incident. Perhaps you will have some great bonding time with the kids, one on one. Good luck.

Kari said...

Happy Birthday, Kolya! Double digits!

The McEacherns said...

Wow! Kolya looks so different now, especially when you compare his birthday pics with your family photo on the blog header! Looks like family life is doing him a lot of good!

We'll be praying for you, Heidi, while Felix is gone. Tell him that we appreciate his service to our country!


Natasha said...

Happy Birthday, Kolya!
And good luck, Heidi!!!
Great to see your kids are doing so well. Julia is so lucky to have you as her parents. She would have never gotten help there (I know they try there, but it doesn't come even close to therapy she can get here, in the US).
Thanks for the update!

Heidi and Felix said...

Hello & Thank You from an undisclosed forward operating location. I do this service for you and for my family and I tell you, it is both an honor and a priviledge to serve and lead. See everyone in a couple of weeks.


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