The Pitman's Journey To Russia

Our journey to adopt three beautiful children from Vladivostok, Russia

Sunday, May 24, 2009

School is Out!!

School is out for the summer now. Max graduated and will go on to Kindergarden and Olivia and AJ will be in Preschool two days a week next year. We have them signed up for a couple of fun summer camps and vacation bible school at our church. We will be taking a family trip to Indiana this summer to see family and we are hoping that on the way there or on the way back we will get to stop by the Overstreet's in Illinois who just returned from Vlad with their son Blake. We are so excited because some friends of ours, the Fridley's, decided to take the journey to adopt a little girl from Russia. We wish them all the best for a smooth and speedy adoption.

As for us, so far this summer, Max has been doing very well at baseball. He has lost two teeth since we have been home. He has been catching fish like crazy anytime Eric gets the chance to take him and just went swimming for his first time in a lake at Becky's mom and dad's. He is looking forward to swim lessons and spending all his time fishing and swimming. Olivia did great at her school program. It was a King of the Jungle theme and her favorite song now is "No More Monkey's Jumping on the Bed." She is a princess in the making with a very serious shoe fetish. It is really funny though because as much of a princess as she is, she loves to go fishing and play baseball with Eric. She is 95% English now and talks our ears off!!! It is really funny because if either Max or Olivia say something in Russian that the other knows the English word for they are very quick to correct and use the English word instead. They are starting to get aggravated with one another for speaking Russian sometimes. Now for AJ's turn. Mr. Smiley. He is just happy go lucky 90% of the time. He just does his own thing. He loves animals, bugs, and BALL (any kind of ball). Hopefully he will make lots of money someday as some sort of ballplayer. He also loves to fish and we thought would love to go swimming too but swimming in the lake was not something he liked. Maybe by the end of summer he will warm up to it but so far that is the only thing he hasn't liked. He is a flipping fool, literally. He flips everywhere, in the bounce house, in the grass, off the couch and even in the sand pit! He is starting to speak very well since he had surgery so we think by the end of summer he will be talking nonstop too.

It has really been great seeing all of them grow physically and emotionally. They are making such amazing progress here. We see changes almost on a weekly basis. We are all looking forward to a great summer as a family!


Barb said...

It was really nice to read the update! Sounds like the children are all thriving in their new family:)

Joel and Clarion said...

What awesome pictures! It is so great to see you all having so much fun. We love to see the updates! It would be great to get together with you guys sometime soon. We will see what the summer brings!

Heather said...

We would LOVE for you to stop by!!!! I am going to email you and get the dates of your trip. Thanks for the update on the kids. Sounds like they are doing awesome!

~The Overstreet's

Bill and Myra said...

Great pictures! Our boys are so excited that school is out too.

I am so glad things are going well with the children and your family. I admire you being able to adopt 3 at once!

Blessings to you and your family.


Amy said...

WOW! It's amazing to see how much they've changed!! Yea Pitman's!!

Carey and Norman said...

I always love seeing an update. I just think adopting 3 children at once is such a blessing! It is fun to see how siblings rely on one another for support and encouragment (loved the Russian language story). I'm so glad Max, Olivia, and AJ are doing so well. They are absolutely precious!!

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