It's been over a year since our last post. We have been too busy living life to document it (spoken like a computer programmer; if you don't understand, ask a programmer and they will explain).
Kolya is now on Christmas break in 6th grade. His English is greatly improved, although he still shakes his head at how we spell and pronounce English. His earlier life of deprivations does not allow him to understand how wasteful we are about putting silent e's on the end of words and using ough for either the sound o, u, or uf.
Kolya has been taking swim lessons and is progressing quickly. He has gone from the dog paddle to 3 1/2 twists in the full pike position from the 10 meter paltform. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but he has been moving quickly through the levels. He has also been involved in Taekwondo since summer and loves it. He goes 2-3 times a week and has finally achieved the belt which allows him to start contact sparring; every 12 year old boy's dream.
He has begun sharing, unprompted, snippets of his life before the orphanage. We listen, not making a big deal, just letting him share.
Okay, enough post. We just thought (another one of those wasteful words; think of the illiterate people in China who would love to have some of those letters we don't pronounce) it would be good to do a yearly update. And yes, we did our duty and sent the yearly update to the Ukranian embassy. Take care and have a great holiday season.