Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Vika had a bit of a cold yesterday... thanks to Aunt Rita she stayed home from school. The DR.. gave her an anitbiotic to clear up her nose..
Amy and her staff yesterday held a collection for Toys for Tots with the Marines.. Great turn out! Thank you for anyone who helped or donated. Next year will be even bigger!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Amy went out with Aunt Mel and shopped at midnight. They really went out just to have fun, nothing really either one needed. Although they did get great buys and saw lots of friends out in Wentzville.
Phil came out and moved the last leaves off the yard. Yard looks outstanding.. Dad would be happy with it.
Vika got to see Santa for the first time. She thought it was fun.
Justin had a couple friends spend the night for an early bday party.
We are almost packed for the cruise.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Vika's favorite movies are the Toy Story series.. she will not watch TV but if Buzz Lightyear is on she is there. :-) I uploaded Toy Story 3 to my iphone and it started playing on the computer.. Vika went and got her chair and sat down to watch.. too cute.
We are a little more then 3 weeks til we do our annual Christmas Cruise with Mickey Mouse.. cant wait!! We got out our stocking for the cruise and added Vika's name... Yeah!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
At our home away from home.. The Grand Floridian.. I wish I could just bottle the smell of the lobby. This is the platform the monorail stops at on the second floor of the hotel. Lesson for all the WDW travelers out there. Never stay at a Disney Property without having a monorail stop.
Yes.. that is my 4yo drving... Im pretty sure,, she could see where she was going..
The princess and prince charming.
All the cast members were SUPER... Vika"s english is not quite up to par yet... and she LOVES to ask questions... It is all so new to her... and she loves everything. At least I didn't cry while taking pictures... :-)
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Got lots completed around the house. The little shed is coming right along. Hope to have it under roof this coming weekend. YEAH
Justin had a great football game with one interception and a touchdown.
Happy Birthday to Miss Caroline.. turned 11 Sunday. Vika, Justin & I atteneded the party while Dr. Amy did some packing and had girl time.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Justin had a make up football game and we had to find something fun for Vika to do. So she went with Aunt Mel..
They were just awarded #1. That’s right, No. 1! Disney Cruise Line was named the top cruise line by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine last night at the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards ceremony in New York City. Samantha Brown, renowned travel expert and television host on The Travel Channel, presented the award to Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz at the gala.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
It was everything we could do to keep our sanity. FLAT OUT it was a rough time. Emotional overload with the joy of our little girl. The location of being so far from home. It was freaking COLD! We were living in a 200sq ft room for 10 days..
The flight home was HORRIBLE... It was packed full. There were tons of drunks everywhere. The United flight attendants could not control the crowd. When we hit the ground in Washington DC I could have kissed the ground. We had a layover which allowed us to get some Ameerican junk food before our quick flight home.
We landed in St. Louis after 20 hours of travel. No sleep... But we were home. About 30 people meet us at the airport. Talk about an emaotional time..
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Our court appt was a Thursday and went very quick.. I was the only male in the room. The judge and all of her staff were female. I did get asked most of the questions pretty basic questions. The big favorite of the proceeding was the huge book of pics I brought along from the first trip that we took of Vika. They passed it from person to person; starting with the judge.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This trip we stayed at the Sheraton. Thanks to Amys cousin we had vouchers for free meals. Which was a HUGE help, becuase it was very common for meals to be $100. Thankfully the hotel had a excercise facility, so we would spend hours there working out. The 2010 Winter Olympics were also on. That was a huge help. Amy had the jet lag this time. We would fall asleep about 6pm and wake up around 1am. The Olympics were on live from Canada which helped out a bunch though. Durring this trip, Russia had the most snow they ever recieved at one time, it was almost 27 inches. It didn't faze them a bit.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Justin lost the football game. Darn!! But he and I got in some great fly time on Sunday morning. Had the airport to ourselves. Did some touch goes in the Daimond.
Got all of the walls built on the new little shed. Hope to have it up complete this weekend.
Another busy week. Lord give us strength.
I still can't watch these videos.. Not sure why... Oh well my daughter is home. On a funny note. This was a Thursday. On Friday we were supposed to leave to come home. Friday morning we loaded up on our 767 to fly home and it broke. Flight canceled. UGH United put us up in a CRAPPY Moscow hotel next to the airport. Amy & I sat up al night and txt'd people via Facebook. What a night.
Friday, October 1, 2010
It was not too good. Vika had just finished a muscial - fall festival party and was missing a snack with her friends if I remember correctly. I have said it many times and will say it again. We owe so much t Vika's music teacher. Vika had run out of the room. The director of the orphanage's #2 person came in and said Vika was not happy and the visit was over. UGH! The music teacher then stepped in, went and got Vika and calmed Vika down. All in all the visit was ok. The third visit which I will post Monday was wonderful.
Keep in mind this entire time we were trying to communicate with a western trained DR about Vika's health, emotions were on overload.
Olga our translator is the lady in the video that is talking with Vika... BTW.. Vika does not speak any Russian anymore. This was NOT something we tried to do. She basically little by little refused to speak it anymore. I still try to speak it with her but she looks at me like what are you talking about Pappa.. LOL From what wee have heard this is not so uncommon. Who knows, maybe when she is older she will study it.
This weekend.. Justin has a football game on Saturday. Him and I are flying Sunday in the Diamond Star. Amy has DR meetings today. All is well the weather was beautiful all week. Cooling off, even down to 40's over night this weekend.
Thx for listening...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The 3 video clips that are post are the very first day we meet Vika. This was at her orphanage in Moscow. The video starts in the orphanage directors office and then we move up to the activity room where we would meet her most of the time.
On a different note.. Huge THANKS to Mrs. Fletcher!! She is Vika's preschool teacher and helped get a great preschool picture. Thanks!
Justin's football is going great!
Last day of Sept.. ugh... let fall begin. :-)
Pretty cool for the lady Disney fans..
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
It seems like decades ago... Without family, friends and the Grace of God... we would not have our little girl...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Thats him in the back ground .. jumping out stretched for the ball.. Nice try !!
Vika is back at gymnastics after a Labor Day break. Yeah Vika...
God Mother Melanie's B-day is today!! Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Didn't do much... worked around the house. Trying to get the grass back up and growing again. Had the sprinkler system revamped last week. So we aerated and over seeded Sat. Went to church Sat night and then out to a friends for the evening.
Sun, Amy & I went to Fast Eddies with some friends. That place is amazing...
Mon we worked at Amy's office.. Don't forget to visit www.drfridley.com :-)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Nothing much too excitng taking place today. Had a great work out, and now work. Tonight going to go out with family and friends for a quick dinner.
Labor Day weekend is approaching, plan on getting lots completed around the house.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday we visited the flight school that Justin & I fly out of. They were having an open house to promote the schools new location at KSET.
Saturday night... Dr. Amy & I went out for a super night.. just her and I enjoying some dancing.