There is a house in a neighborhood close to ours that has really gone all out this year and synchronized their lights to music. When you pull up, you tune your car radio to a certain station and watch and listen. Adam and the boys found this house last week and the boys wanted to take me back to see it. I had my camera out as we were watching and then this song came on! Of course we had to stay to hear it and see the show!! As soon as it came on, you hear Grayson in the back seat saying "we learned this at school, Mom"!! Hilarious. While most kids are learning their ABC's and the Wheels on the Bus, mine are learning Korean rap songs! Only in the care of a Korean do you get cultured like this!! She told me that she has taught them the dance, but not shown them the video (thank goodness!) This was a great way to end our family night last week.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I just love meeting other families, especially moms, that have adopted. I am now part of a large group on FB just for adoptive moms to connect and encourage each other. One mom that I found some time ago and I share something very big in common. Our little ones were raised by the same foster mom! Not only were they raised by the same foster mom, they lived together for 8 months. Jude is a few months older than Neylan so he was already in her home when Neylan was born and came along. And then Jude left his foster home when Neylan was 8 months old. Needless to say, I've been wanting to meet her and her little guy for a long time and it finally happened. Since we drove to TN for Thanksgiving, I decided to give this mom a shout to see if we could meet for a short time. We were able to coordinate a quick lunch at Chick-fil-a.
It was intersting to watch these two together. There was NO recognition whatsoever!! Oh well.
Or, maybe there was some recognition and this reunion was not what they had longed for!
Don't they look excited to see each other after 2 years apart? (insert sarcasm!)
Jude's fabulous mommy, Grace, and I
After many tries to get these two boys together for a decent picture, we gave up and decided it would be best if we just held them!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
November is National Adoption Month and November 17th is National Adoption Day. So, in honor of orphans around the world still waiting for their forever families and orphans who have already joined their forever families, I wanted to share this video. An adoptive mom made this and it just so happens to feature my favorite little former orphan! It also features many kiddos from Korea that we have gotten to know virtually throughout our journey.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving and harvest celebration, was two weeks ago. Our local Korean American society always puts on a BIG celebration and this one was no different. The festival was held at a local park and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. There were dancing, drumming, and tae kwon do demonstrations, lots of games for the kids, and of course, an authentic feast.
This group always has great kites to fly at their events
One of the activities was a see saw that you stand on instead of sitting on. It seemed pretty dangerous because you are supposed to jump on the ends to make the other person go up in the air. We didn't last long on here
By the time we got through the line they were all out of bulgogi :( but the other stuff was pretty good
We had a great day seeing lots of adoption friends and meeting new families with kiddos from Korea. It is such a blessing to be in a community that strives to keep traditions alive
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I think it's safe to say that I am fizzling out on this blog. We've been home 1 year now and the adoption events and news is getting fewer and farther between. So, if you really want to keep up with our daily, crazy lives, check out our Project 365 blog called Foster Family Frenzy. I would love some more followers there! I will continue to update this blog as things happen, but you should really check out our family blog.
Two little boys celebrated birthdays in June!
Having two so close in age usually means that there are some common interests. And boy, the interest right now is definitely Toy Story. So, they agreed that they wanted a "Buzz and Woody" party.
The boys dressed up as their favorite character (there is never any arguing about who is going to be who. They've had that figured out since the beginning of this phase)
We had a few yard games out and a Buzz slip n' slide for the kids to play on
Some presents had to be opened together!
Mommy and Daddy got the boys new bikes
Happy 2nd Birthday Neylan and Happy 3rd Birthday Grayson!!
June 13th was our first Gotcha Day at home. It was a very busy day for us, but we managed to squeeze in a quick Chinese dinner to celebrate! (There weren't any Korean restaurants around where we needed to be) We had lots of questions from the employees about where he was from, why we adopted, and why we adopted a boy since we already had a boy! It's hard to believe he's been home 1 year already.
In early June, we went to the annual Holt picnic. Thank goodness it wasn't as hot as last year! I did a horrible job of getting many pictures, so I'll just have to share the few I do have. We had lunch, played on the playground, met a few new friends, and got to catch up with old friends. It was a great afternoon.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
It's been a while since I reported on what Julie and I exchanged for our little monthly gifts. That's becuase we have both gotten really far behind the past few months. But on Saturday, I got a big package delivered. Julie sent me a Thirty-One large insulated tote and this cool cup. I LOVE it all!! She made up for the 3 months she had missed!
In March, I sent Julie a set of Resurrection eggs for her son to have at Easter. These eggs are really cool and tell the story of Easter in a simple way (although not simple enough for a 2 yr old, but he can grow into them).
In April, I sent her an itunes gift card and a pack of nice running socks- all to enhance her workouts. I bought myself the socks and love them. ( I didn't take a picture of this gift). And her May gift, well, I've been slacking and haven't gotten there yet.
Friday, May 18, 2012
This past weekend, the Korean-American Society of Greater KC held their annual Children's Day celebration at a local park. Several people from our adoption group were talking about this at our first Children's Day picnic, so we decided to go check it out. We had a great time. They fed us lunch and had so many things for the kids to do.
hot dogs on a chopstick- genius!!
Their first cotton candy tasting
the inflatables were a big hit with our adventurous little guys
Neylan and Grayson both had stars painted on their face
the bubble area was another huge hit!
another first- slushees!
and another first- kite flying
they each got a balloon from the clown and went home happy and worn out
We are so blessed to have groups like these in our area so that we can connect with other adoptive families and make some great Korean friends. Looking forward to the next event