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Happy 5th Birthday Xander!

And what a big birthday it was!

He had family in from out of town to spend the weekend with him, he had a big birthday party with all of his friends from preschool on Sunday, the day before his actual birthday on Monday the 16th - and took home more presents than we could open. We're *still* opening gifts!

And look how big our boy has gotten in a year -

One of the first presents was a bigger verion of the stuffed Perry he got from his godmother Val last year - which prompted him to go fetch the smaller one and take them both everywhere with him, including watching television before going to bed. (Check out the long arms and legs - he has grown a LOT this year!)

He had a great party - last year before kindergarden!

Some quick pictures from this summer -

Gosh, he's growing fast. I should check and see how much more than the 4" we clocked at the year mark he's gained. It's all legs and arms!

We also *just* broke the 30 lb. mark.

The family that plays together...you know the rest.

Mom and Xander one morning at the Boone Tavern & Inn in Berea, KY while we were visiting Jim's folks this past June.

This is just before Xander went inside for Anime-Expo in Los Angeles this year - wearing a crown from Burger King and his medal from Soccer Shots as a costume. He had a blast!

He's having a summer of catching fireflies, swinging by himself on the swings at the park, playing on the monkey bars (with only a little spotting) and happily counting groups of anything that go past. Pokemon has him completely in its thrall - but since both of us play it as well, it's no surprise. ^^

On our way -

But first, a cute 'sleeping kid' picture to tide you over -

Sleeping boy, with frog.

We're all on our way back east to Berea, KY for a family reunion - see you when we get back!

It's a year - Happy Gotcha Day!

(The latest and greatest - recent haircut and trip to the Columbia Memorial Space Center)

That's the year - stay tuned for more fun ahead!

Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the Christmas card photo outtakes, which I think are better than the one posed shot we finally chose to send.

The holiday season, as you might have guessed, hasn't been without it's snags - not the least of which was coming down with H1N1 the week of Thanksgiving! (Would you believe Xander came down with it first?) It hit Donna like a ton of bricks (after this summer, everything does) and we had to cancel all our plans and spent a quiet day at home together.

We believe Xander has had Christmases before - but the style we celebrate here has been nothing but a huge hit so far. He's been to see Santa Claus (and the pictures are a RIOT), shopping with both Mom and Dad, performed in the preschool's Christmas pagent as an Elf (it needs a warning label for extreme CUTE) and can sing Jingle Bells like nobody's business.

He also asks to open his presents on a daily basis so far - but true to his nature, all we have to say is 'not yet' and that's enough. I can believe what a sweet child he is, wrapped up in the very classic little boy naughty at the same time.

To be succinct - things are going well. I really wish we could have started at this point in the transition - Xander is doing so well in school, he's happy and growing well (he's outgrowing most of his wardrobe, to be blunt) and there is little I'm concerned about at this point. The anxiety over 'the best day ever is followed by the worst day ever' seems to be waning, but the acid test is going to be the next few weeks while daycare is on holiday break and his schedule is disrupted COMPLETELY. So far, so good - but last night was a good indication that all this is just too much fun - the 'I'm not tired' plaints lasted until he was rocked to sleep, and the need for that is rare these days.

I can't believe he is doing 50 - 100 piece puzzles out of the box with only a little assistance. You should see what he builds with Lego blocks.

Happy holidays of all kinds to you and yours - see you soon!


Readoption scheduled to be complete: January 15, 2010.

Details to follow. Save the date!

Photo Update - Happy Halloween!

(Donna here) - I was able to finish up the best lion costume for Xander to wear to his preschool costume party, with trick or treating to come up tomorrow night!

A couple of recent shots for the folks playing along at home:

He's doing WELL. Growing a lot, more than I had expected - we'll be putting the 24 mos sized clothes away soon, and going fully into 2T...new shoes probably not far behind.

Talking up a storm, and wanting to know everything about everything. We couldn't be happier to oblige him.

Happy Birthday Xander!

Xander's 4th birthday was on the 16th - and also fell into his six month update, so some documentation photos were taken.

Xander had a birthday party at one of the local parks, and we arranged to have some puppies brought in to entertain the troops - it was a huge hit!

Donna's mother was able to come in for the party - it was great to have her, and it allowed her and Xander to spend some quality time together.

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First haircut!

Xander got his last haircut in Taiwan probably right around the time we got our travel date - so it was getting high time for a trim. ^^

We were also warned that he really - I mean REALLY - hated having his hair cut, and from our experience with washing his hair, we could truly believe it.

So one fine Saturday afternoon, we went to Floyd's Barbershop and a good time was had by all!

Check the pictures and see for yourself - this was one high tech haircut, lemme tellya -

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