Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Alex!!!

Today Alex is 11 years old.  Can you believe it?!  I know I can't.  He came home at the age of 3 years old.  Almost 4yo.  
He has come so far.  Alex has grown up through the years in so many ways.  He is our son that suffered the most in his early childhood.  He has conquered so many things head on, that most adults couldn't do.  Alex's spirit is strong in him.  Alex is our athletic one.

I know, I know, you shouldn't label the kids.  But hey, we do  and don't care.  Each & every one of them has their own talent.  Alex's happens to be sports.  When you can't beat your kids' obsessions or impulsiveness, you find alternatives.  See, Alex always is throwing or kicking something.  Does not matter where it is or what it is.  So, naturally, sports are great for him.  Alex has taken baseball, basketball and soccer over the years.  He also did running club this past year.  This past year as you may know was very hard on Alex so no sports were played.  However, things are back to normal and he is ready to get back in the game!  Most likely, it will be soccer in the fall, Upwards basketball in the winter and who knows about spring at this point.  I think his brother Logan will be right alongside with him. 

This is Alex in the black shirt at his awards ceremony.  He refused to get his haircut btw.  Thought he looked "cool."  He was receiving the physical fitness award in this picture. 

Anyhow, Alex has grown leaps and bounds.  That scared little boy is no more.  The picture above was taken the week or so after we got home w/ him.  He was scared to go in the water.  Now, he does flips in the water.  He was so scared of many things back then.  Scared of noises, scared of being thrown in the trash can, scared of water, and too many other things to name.  Yes, Alex certainly has come a long way since he came home.  Today, we celebrate his birth.  See, no one really knows exactly when Alex was born.  There were dates of July 4th, July 5th and July 17th on his paperwork from Russia.  We went w/ July 5th.  Not really sure why.  I guess we wanted him to have a separate day just his own.  Alex has shown a lot of growth this year even during times of such adversity a few months ago.  Alex, I can not wait to see what the future holds for you.  He is growing into quite a young man.  As he told me today, mom, only 2 more years till I'm a teenager!  YIKES!!!  where did that 3 year old little boy go?!  Cherish the time you have w/ the little ones.  Because soon, they won't let you touch their hair b/c it's too cool.  They will back away when you mention a certain girl's name. Yet, they'll still want to be loved and hugged every single night.  Happy 11th Birthday Alex.  May all your hopes and dreams come true.  We love you!