In January of 2005, Alex was born somewhere in the Shaanxi Province. Three years later, we started thinking of adopting again. In March of 2008, we asked our family coordinator if we could start the process. In June, we saw Alex's picture and started finding out more about him. We learned he was extroverted with a ready smile and likes to slide. We also learned he is energetic and fond of playing games.
We finally got to bring him home in July 2009. It was a long time to wait and wonder what life was like for a 4 year old in an institution. We are so thankful for him. He has become so loving and affectionate. He is very smart and loves to tease. He has made a lot of friends at school this year but his best friend is his brother Nick. And I have been so surprised to see how good Alex is with his baby cousins- Tyson and Brock and our friend Zane.
I was really hoping the birthday would get here soon so Alex would calm down a little. We had a great night at Incredible Pizza and the boys won lots of tickets! Then we spent the weekend at Lake of the Ozarks. I got to play for Festus Intermediate Honor Choir at the MMEA conference. Ryan went with me and took the boys. We stayed at a Baymont Hotel with an indoor pool. Next weekend, Alex will celebrate his birthday with Grandma and Grandpa Pruett. And last Thursday after school, we celebrated with Grandma and Grandpa Bradley and Jackie, Logan, and Tyson. Logan could not wait for the boys to get out of school so he could eat some cake!
Alex got erector sets from my parents so we have been working on building a fork lift today since the boys got an early out due to ice. Looks like more snow days are on the way this week.