Gift

This morning, I woke up and found a wonderful gift posted to my Facebook wall – a video from Simon’s foster mom!!! He calls her Ha-mae-na, and we talk about her often. A couple of weeks ago, we had received beautiful pictures of the two of them together while he still lived with her. And now today we got a video of her talking to us and to Simon Seul-gi!!! Her family helped get the message on video and post it for us. They also posted a translation for us, which was so kind.

I videotaped Simon’s reaction to it as he watched it for the first time. He had just gotten up and we showed him the video right away. He was SO happy to see his foster mom, and especially loved pointing at her, and the rug in the kitchen. He smiled and smiled all morning, and asked Dave to watch it again later in the day. Dave and I agreed that he was happier this afternoon than we’d seen him in a while. I think it’s a mix of his feeling better (yay!) and seeing his beloved foster mother. He loves her and misses her so much. She did an amazing job loving him and taking care of him. We are forever grateful to her.

12 Years

12 years ago today, I met the incredible Dave, and my life has never been the same. I think it’s safe to say that I’m as crazy for this guy today as I was 12 years ago. Maybe for slightly different reasons. Like when I watch him change a stinky diaper, or play guitar and have dance parties with our littles, or clean the kitchen for the bajillionth time in a day. I think often about how blessed I am to have Dave in my life. He makes me a better person – he calls me out on my garbage, builds me up when I’m being hard on myself, and loves me unconditionally.

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Babies

Better

I woke up this morning feeling a ton better, and by the looks on everyone else’s faces all of my guys are feeling better too. Thank goodness for a couple of days of anti- and pro-biotics for the two super sickies, and a good day of rest for the other two of us. This morning is filled with some {super fun} cleaning so we can have some for real super fun with our friendy poos tonight. This morning, Dave taught Ezekiel how to load a dishwasher. Big smiley face here.

Ezekiel thinks it’s pretty unfair that two-year olds don’t have “tough” chores to do like putting their own clothes away, feeding the dog, and now helping with dishes. We just continue to remind him that when he was two, he didn’t have to do chores either. He just keeps saying, “so you promise when Simon’s 5, he’ll have to do chores too?” Ah, the justice system between siblings. I remember it well from my own growing up days.

 

Away With You, Sickness!

Simon had his most miserable cold yet for the past couple of weeks. I know these colds and coughs will come as Simon continues to be introduced to new germs over here. I guess I just have to think of it as building up his immunity?! It’s been really tough because he really pushes away from me when he is sick. He wants Dave all the time, which makes sense since Dave is the one home with him all day. I kind of wonder if he has a harder time attaching with me as his mama, too. I know he misses his foster mama every day. I just keep pursuing him as I pursued his big brother, and kissing on him and loving on him.

Tuesday night, I got home from work and saw Simon’s bright smiling face standing at the top of the stairs. He was yelling, “Mommy!!! Mommy!” Oh man, that did my heart good. And all night, we played tickle fights, and peek-a-boo, and patty cake, and giggled together. I love nights like those. It helps me see the light at the end of a tough tunnel.

Simon generously passed along his cold to the rest of us.

Simon generously passed along his cold to the rest of us.

Sick baby

Sick baby

Gus the Pillow Thief

Gus the Pillow Thief

ABCs and I Love You

Simon’s words are really coming along!!! Here is a video of his ABCs and his first 3-word phrase 🙂

Dave: Man Extraordinaire

When I went back to work after Simon came home, Dave became a stay-at-home dad again. He’s a pretty wonderful dadderoo, and I absolutely love having him home with the boys. Well, with Simon all day, and Ezekiel when he gets home from school. I love not worrying about the little things that come up in every day life when I’m at work, because I know Dave’s at home to handle them.

Dave enjoys his time at home, too. He enjoys it even more when he can have little projects around the house to work on. The latest was adding a little built-in niche on our staircase. I don’t have a “before” picture, but it was pretty much just a blank white wall. Here are some “during” and “after” pictures. The wall hanging is a beautiful Korean mask that Simon’s foster mom gave us as a gift.

During 1

During 1

During 2

During 2

After

After

Eze Mr Smarty Pants

Ezekiel is learning how to read and write in kindergarten. I’ve been floored at how quickly he’s picked it all up. He has fallen into a good routine at school, and is eager to learn new things every day. I love the random times that he’ll tell us how to spell something, or will read a word that I totally didn’t think he knew how to read. One day, he exclaimed, “Mom!!! I learned how to read the word ‘belly’!” I came over to look at the book he was reading, and the word was actually “blue”. I was so proud of him for sounding it out.

A couple of weeks ago, he won a game of bingo at school. He came home and showed us the prize he had picked out. It was a spiral bound notebook. He immediately began filling it with sentences like, “I see dad. See my man. I like my mom. I love Mrs Wenner”. Last week, he and I were eating breakfast together before school one day and he was looking at his notebook. Suddenly he looked at me and smiled really big and said excitedly, “Mom, guess what?! This book has SEVENTY pages that I get to write on!!!!! Some day I’m going to have a notebook with ONE HUNDRED pages in it!” Oh how I adore this boy’s enthusiasm for life. Have I mentioned he’s obsessed with Psy and the Gangnam Style song?

"Psy is great. Psy sings 'Woop 'Em Gangnam Style'. Psy loves 'Woop 'Em Gangnam Style'. Psy really loves Woop 'Em Gangnam Style'. Psy comes from Korea".

“Psy is great. Psy sings ‘Woop ‘Em Gangnam Style’. Psy loves ‘Woop ‘Em Gangnam Style’. Psy really loves Woop ‘Em Gangnam Style’. Psy comes from Korea”.

Kid-isms

(I’m so used to only having Ezekielisms, that’s what I initially named this post. Oopie 🙂 )

I have been doing such a bad job these days of writing down the awesomely hilarious things the boys say every day. I did a good job when Eze was little. I have no idea how SuperMoms do it. Here’s to catching up for now.

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In the car this past weekend…
Eze: Hey Mom, could we go visit some of our friends who are in jail?
Me: Um, I don’t think any of our friends are in jail right now.
Eze: I guess I don’t really know what jail is, then.

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Most nights, Simon spends quite a long time singing, chattering and yelling from his crib. Most nights, we pull Eze from their room so he can get to sleep in our bed, and then we carry him back to his room when we go to bed. One night, Simon started up his noise-making, and suddenly we heard him saying (loudly), “Ettie???? Ettie ah you?” (Eze? Eze, where are you?). I went in later when he was quiet and sleeping, and saw that Ezekiel had hidden his head under the covers to go to sleep 🙂

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Eze: Mom, did you know I have an ally?
Me: Who is your ally?
Eze: *points to Simon*
Me: You’re right! What is an ally?
Eze: Somebody who helps you out! I learned it on Word.Girl.

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Tonight, Simon worked really hard on repeating after us, “I”… “love”… “you”. He can say each of the words, but can’t quite say all of them together. He gets so excited because we cheer so loudly each time he learns a new word.

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I love watching these two together. They were made to be brothers. They love like brothers, fight like brothers, laugh like brothers. When I watch Simon eagerly watch what Ezekiel’s doing so that he can do the exact same thing. When I hear Ezekiel stay calm and not yell back at his brother, even though his brother is yelling at him for the umpteenth time in a day. When I hear their symphony of sleepytime breathing in their room at night. I know it’s God who has knit our family together into a colorful, hilarious little tapestry.

Best.Daddy.Ever.

Best.Daddy.Ever.

Rock star Eze hair

Rock star Eze hair

Crazy hair Simon baby

Crazy hair Simon baby

Love

Last night, as I prayed with the boys at bedtime, I thanked God for the love that encircles the globe for our boys. For their birth families who must think of them often, for foster families who loved them so deeply and beautifully, for orphanage workers who cared so well for them, and for our families who are as crazy in love as we are with these boys. These pictures from Simon’s foster mom are a tangible gift of that incredible love.

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Presents!!!

Today, Dave and Simon got home from running errands and found a package in the mail. Dave opened it up, and there was a gift of pictures in there from Simon’s foster mom!!! As soon as Simon saw the pictures, Dave said he got a big grin on his face and said, “Ha mae nah!!!” (This is his name for her, which means “Grandma” in Korean, which he heard her grandchildren say often). She sent two pictures that were taken professionally, one with just Simon wearing a moose hat we had sent him while we were waiting, and another one where they are both smiling and she is snuggling him. I adore these pictures. THEN, we got a calendar that is a Holt Korea calendar, and Simon is the November baby! “I love I love I love my calendar guy…. Oh sweet calendar guy…”

Simon loves cars!

Simon loves cars!

I think I've finally turned both of my boys to green and gold... fingers crossed for next year.

I think I’ve finally turned both of my boys to green and gold… fingers crossed for next year.

Always with the Spidey

Always with the Spidey

Cookie!

Cookie!

Cousins + Cars = Awesome

Cousins + Cars = Awesome

Someone is fascinated with the potty! (Although he has yet to actually DO anything in the potty).

Someone is fascinated with the potty! (Although he has yet to actually DO anything in the potty).

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