At times like these I want to stop sharing our plans for the future, as if sharing is a jinx. I know it is not the sharing that causes the pain, but having to once again give a bummer of an update is absolutely no fun.
Alexander will not be allowed to visit this Summer. All hosting programs from his area in Russia have been put on hold by a government official in his home town. There is no good reason, some guy just doesn't want it to happen. We really wanted it to happen, and are saddened by the news that we will not get to know Alexander.
As for our Summer plans, we now have none. We hope to camp near home, hike new trails, visit an amusement park, and enjoy the moments.