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Family Vacay

Tomorrow we embark on our first family vacation. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. The past three weeks at work have kicked my tail, and I’m in need of some time away. The 4 of us are in need of some quality time together. And that we’ll get in spades – 15+ hours in a car over the course of 5 days.

Tomorrow when I get home from work, we’ll head down to stay in a hotel south of Des Moines. Get some din din, and some swimming time in, and then off to bed. Bright and not-so-early Friday morning, we’ll head down to Kansas City and meet up with my Ali and her family at Legoland!!!!! We are all excited for that part of our trip. From there, we’ll caravan to their house in central Missouri and stay there for a couple of nights. Then, we’ll head back home and get back into the groove of life next week.

I have missed my Ali like crazy. We have high hopes of jam packing hundreds and thousands of words and catching up during our couple of days together. Our phone conversations inevitably get interrupted by wee ones, so to be able to talk face to face will be a huge treat. We’re pretty good at ultra-analyzing most things in life. It’s a skill.

Happy trails!!

Rewind: Valentine’s Day 2013

As I was writing the last blog post, I finally loaded pictures from our camera onto the computer. I laughed when I saw the pictures on there. I had forgotten about all of the fun we had on Valentine’s Day this year!! Dave the Super Dad and the boys made homemade love bugs for me out of homemade paint. (Seriously, this man puts Martha. Stewart to shame some days). They also made me a yummy chocolate cake, which we decided to turn into a smash cake and all eat together. Fun and yum!

I love my boys. I’m lucky that I have so much joy in my life because of these three.

My love bug

My love bug

Heart cake!

Heart cake!

Smash cake

Smash cake

Hopped up on sugar, take 1!

Hopped up on sugar, take 1!

Hopped up on sugar, take 2!

Hopped up on sugar, take 2!

Pahk a cah???

“Pahk a cah” (Park the car) is a phrase we hear endlessly with Simon these days. This boy LOVES cars. And vans. And trucks. And tractors. And whatever else there is with wheels. He loves talking about how we’re going to park the car in the “gouge” (garage), whose car we’re in (“Mommy new cah” or “Daddy van” or “Nana van”), and any other word he can come up with to talk about cars. Dave says that every morning, he spends a good 30 minutes playing “park the car” with his toy cars. Give the boy a car, and he’s set!

Hopefully he retains his love for cars next weekend. We’re about to spend 18+ hours in our car for a round trip to see our very good friends in Columbia, MO over Easter weekend.

His ability to learn English never fails to astonish me. Dave and I love that, like lots of kids, he says, “Hode you pee” (Hold you, please) when he wants to be held. Today he started saying, “Hode you me pee” (Hold you me, please)  🙂

Today he really struggled to go down for nap time. I kept going in to reassure him and let him know it was time for sleeping. The last time I went in there, he had finally calmed down and said, “Banky cover, pee?” (Blanky covers, please). So I covered him with his blanky from Great Aunt MaryLee, and pointed out to him that his pictures of Ha-mae-ah (his foster mom) were going to watch over him while he slept. We have it placed right where he can see it from his bed. He nodded his head, and fell asleep quickly after that. I am so grateful that we have those pictures. Today we were looking at pictures of his foster mom and her grandson, and he was giving the pictures “bo poes” (kisses). I love that.

As we have muddled and done our best through these first few months of life with Simon, I’m trying to remember to tell Ezekiel what an incredible big brother he is, as often as I can remember to do that. When Simon is really grieving and screaming and having tough days, Ezekiel’s patience with him is remarkable. Of course, there are other times that Ezekiel antagonizes, teases, infuriates his little brother, but what else is a big brother supposed to do?! But when Simon is really having a hard time, Ezekiel seems to understand that, and love on him. He also is a great interpreter for us when none of us know exactly what Simon is telling us.

Last night, my parents watched the boys so Dave and I could go on a date. My mom laughed when she told us that Ezekiel said, “I’m almost the most quiet person in our family. Frack is the quietest. He sleeps during the day and is awake at night”. Simon had spent a good portion of yesterday crying. So for a few minutes, Ezekiel was indeed almost the quietest person in our family.

Dave, Neighbor Andrew and Eze with their giant snowman, "Frosty".

Dave, Neighbor Andrew and Eze with their giant snowman, “Frosty”.

Family pizza party with a movie!

Family pizza party with a movie!

Part of the reason the blog has been neglected - water in the basement :(

Part of the reason the blog has been neglected – water in the basement 😦

Out for hibachi!

Out for hibachi!

Eze created an office the other day. Then read a story to his brother. Adore.

Eze created an office the other day. Then read a story to his brother. Adore.

Tiny boy. Tiny robe. Oh so cute.

Tiny boy. Tiny robe. Oh so cute.

Catch Up

Life is finally settling back down now that the accident is behind us, and things have been taken care of with insurance. My neck is feeling almost 100% better, which makes life easier for all of us. It was tough last weekend not being able to do much at all for the boys, or help Dave. I’m thankful that we live close to family who jumps in to help whenever we need it. I don’t know how we would do it otherwise.

On Thursday, Dave and I went car shopping, and while we didn’t plan to buy a car that same day, that’s exactly what we did! We got a great deal on a Toyota Camry. I really wanted to go with all-wheel drive again, since that’s what we had with the Outback, but my desire to pay less for my commute to work in gas prices won out. Plus, we hear so many amazing things from other Camry owners about the reliability of these cars; we felt we couldn’t go wrong.

It’s been a rough few months for us. I’m trying to remember to focus on the amazing blessings we have in our life, rather than the series of frustratingly bad things we’ve experienced over the past few months. Having this accident threw all of us for a loop, especially Simon. He is crazy for cars, so the day that Mommy didn’t drive her car home from work was a very big deal. And then when we had to get a new car, new car seat, etc, it threw him off even more. He’s really had a rough week and weekend. Plus, today he slept far more than normal, was unbelievably crabby and whiny, and topped it off with throwing up his dinner at the table. (After having Ezekiel who has vomited twice in the four years we’ve had him, having one who throws up at least once a month is tough! I don’t handle vomit all that well. I tend to jump back in horror when it happens. Poor baby).

In all of the madness, I have a hard time focusing on the fun and silly things our boys are doing, and my patience levels plummet. But seriously? I’m the luckiest mom. Simon’s language is incredible, and I love that he still remembers some of the Korean that he spoke when we adopted him, and will mix in English with Korean. Adorable. And Eze’s reading and writing skills are out of this world. The things that he writes about crack me up. It usually has something to do with Mine.craft or Gangnam.Style. Today, his sweet side came out and all on his own, he wrote a letter for his auntie who broke her ankle. I can’t wait to mail it to her.

The next three weeks are filled with lots of responsibilities for me at work, and then at the end of March we are heading down to Columbia, MO to visit one of my favorite people – my Ali! We are going to hit Legoland while we are down there, and I’m keeping my mind focused on the fun that weekend will bring!

Today when Simon wouldn't stop crying after nap time, I asked him if he wanted to "Ah boo bah" (be carried in the carrier). His eyes lit up and he spent a good hour snuggled in there.

Today when Simon wouldn’t stop crying after nap time, I asked him if he wanted to “Ah boo bah” (be carried in the carrier). His eyes lit up and he spent a good hour snuggled in there.

"My dad can kiss. My dad can give me a hug. My dad is a rox star. My dad can show Star Pride".

“My dad can kiss. My dad can give me a hug. My dad is a rox star. My dad can show Star Pride”.

Simon wearing sunglasses the best way they fit!

Simon wearing sunglasses the best way they fit!

"My parents have told me 100 times to not toot". (Plus a picture of a toot).

“My parents have told me 100 times to not toot”. (Plus a picture of a toot).

Simon asks often for his "Ha mae ah pants" - these are the pants that he wore the day we adopted him, and he loves to talk about Ha mae ah when he wears them.

Simon asks often for his “Ha mae ah pants” – these are the pants that he wore the day we adopted him, and he loves to talk about Ha mae ah (his foster mom) when he wears them.

Simon put his own coat on one night (it's upside down).

Simon put his own coat on one night (it’s upside down).

 

 

 

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