Innocence

Last night, while getting ready for bath time, Ezekiel had a nervous look on his face. I asked him what was wrong and the following conversation ensued:

Eze: Something happened on the bus today.
Me: Do you want to tell us about it?
Eze: No. (Pause). Yes. Some kids were saying bad words on the bus.
Me: Were they kindergarteners? Or older kids?
Eze: I don’t know who it was. I could only hear them behind me. They said the S word and another S word.
Me: Oh, okay. Do you want to tell me what the words were?
Eze: No. (Pause). Yes. They said stupid and sexy. (He whispered the second S word).
Me: Oh my. That’s too bad, buddy.
Eze: And Mom, they said another bad word. The H word.
Me: (thinking it would be h-e-double hockey sticks).
Eze: Hate. They were saying it to other KIDS!
Me: I’m really glad you told me about that buddy. It’s sad when other kids say unkind things. I’m really glad that you know which words our family does and doesn’t use.

Oh how I love this boy and his sweet innocence.

Pink

Nope, no additional children for us in the future at the moment. Rather, when we were at Bible study last night, we forgot (which happens on a regular basis) the diaper bag. Simon disappeared into the toy room there for a few minutes, and came out smelling ripe. I asked him if he had pooped, and he answered, “Yep!” Yikes, he normally takes care of this kind of business in the morning, so I hadn’t even thought that we’d have this issue.

I asked Dave if he could quick drive home and grab a diaper, when one of our friends came to the rescue. He said, “I hope you don’t mind pink!” and gave us one of their daughter’s Minnie Mouse pull ups. I think Simon’s little legs look perfect in pink.

Pretty in pink

 

Ezekielism

Tonight at bible study, I was talking to two of the junior high-aged girls there. They were hiding out from the elementary-aged kiddos, chatting with each other. One of them laughed as she told me that some of the kids were yelling, “Let’s torture them!!! Yeah, torture them!!!” And Ezekiel exclaimed, “But we can’t torture them! We don’t have any torches!!”

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Eze on Bompa Lu’s tractor. We love the warm weather!

Confusion

After the never-ending winter we had, Dave and I joked often that Simon probably thinks it’s just winter all of the time here. This morning, he was running to go outside. I asked him where he was going and he replied, “Outide, pay in no!” (Outside, play in snow!). After a couple of days of beautiful warm weather, there is no more snow here. Poor child thinks that’s how you say that you’re going outside, “Play in the snow!”

When he sees people in shorts or tank tops, he yells, “Nakey!!!!” I’m thinking this afternoon he’ll sport his first pair of shorts, as it’s supposed to reach 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) today. We’ll see what he thinks when his little legs are nakey too.

What a difference a week makes:

4/22/2013

4/22/2013

4/28/2013

4/28/2013

Kid Quotes

Last night at supper, Dave and I were talking about being married. Ezekiel said something about being married someday. Then all of a sudden he said, “I don’t want a wife someday. I just want to play Mine.craft all the time”.

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Tonight at bedtime, I was laying Simon down. I kissed him good night, and he said, “Daddy nice”. I said, “You’re right, Daddy is so nice!” And then he said, “Daddy pwetty. NO, Mommy pwetty!” Ah, that little man sure knows how to fill his mama’s bucket.

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I love these sleepy lips

I love these sleepy lips

Mommy

Tonight on the way home from family supper, while in the car, Ezekiel randomly started a deep conversation about missing the Philippines and his birth mom. It lasted all of one minute, and then he was off onto the next subject. But one of my favorite parts of the conversation with Eze was this:

Me: Eze, has anyone ever asked you who your real mom is?
Eze: (making a funny face) Nope.
Me: People might ask you that. Who is your real mom?
Eze: You, you silly mom!
Me: You’re right! Who else is your real mom?
Eze: You?
Me: Nope, your birth mom! You have two real moms!
Eze: Tucker, at school? He has 3 real moms, no 10 real moms at his house!!!!! Maybe 100 real moms!!?!?!??!!

 

My favorite part of Eze’s conversation with Simon was this:

Eze: Simon, what’s your mommy’s name?
Simon: (pointing at me and giggling) Mommy!!!!!!
Eze: No, what is your mommy’s name in Korea?
Simon: Ha Mae Nah! (his foster mom)

I love that Simon understands in his own two-year old way that he has Moms around the world who love him.

Someone got ahold of his cousin's lipstick.

Someone got ahold of his cousin’s lipstick.

Updates

We’re still here – alive and kicking! Learning how to be a family of 4 has been harder than we’d anticipated. Lots of things have fallen off of the radar – the blog, spending time with friends, exercise, my willpower to eat healthy foods…

It’s been six months. I think we only realized that when our social worker called to schedule our six month post-placement visit. It feels like it’s gone fast and achingly slow all at the same time. I guess I thought by six months, Simon would be sleeping through the night, and our attachment would really be strong. When will I learn to go with the flow, and keep my expectations out of it?

We do have our good nights with Si guy, and we feel incredibly refreshed after those good nights’ of sleep. And he is a silly, fun little boy sometimes, and his attachment with us really is getting better week by week. It’s just hard sometimes to be patient, and to allow those bonds to grow in their own time. I think it’s especially hard when you have a two-year old whose natural instinct is to practice his independence and autonomy, and at the same time we’re trying to draw him in and teach him to be dependent on us for his needs and love.

His language is astounding. He’d prefer to talk about cars, parking cars, buckling and unbuckling seat belts in the car, who drives cars or vans or trucks, and more car talk. And he’s mimicking pretty much everything his big brother says. Yesterday my parents dropped by to drop off some supplies they’d gotten from Cost.co. Simon ran outside yelling their names, and asked my dad, “Baby ride van??” (He loves to ride in their van). My dad answered, “No, you need to stay home with Mommy and Daddy”. Simon replied, “Oh come on!” (in a perfect 2-going-on-6-going-on-13 voice). He also stomps off to his room and rolls his eyes with all of the attitude of a teenager when he gets sent to his room for making naughty choices. (Again, something he has seen his brother do a time or two). Oh boy, we are in for a world of trouble with these two!

He still loves hearing Gangnam Style on the radio or my phone and will yell, “Gangnam!!” and start dancing when it comes on. He tries to get us to come into his room every night by yelling, “Tummy hurt! Tummy hurt NOW!” When I walk in the door after work each evening, he yells, “MOMMY!!!!!!” and runs to give me the biggest hug and pats on the back. It is my very most favorite part of my day. Every day. He has already learned how to apologize when he’s made a bad choice, “I sowwy, Mommy”. I swear the kid has some weird kind of radar – if I’m sneaking candy or chocolate in the other room, “Mommy??? Doin’? Chocwat? Canny?” Or the moment I’ve fallen asleep for a weekend nap, he wakes up. And he is the captain of stating the obvious, which I know is his two-year old way of making sense of his world. He loves to walk around telling people what they are looking at, “Mommy. Daddy sit on chay-oh (chair)”. As if I hadn’t noticed Dave sitting in the chair across from me at the dinner table.

Stick 'em up.

Stick ’em up.

Thanks for the awesome shirts, Grammy and Grampy!

Thanks for the awesome shirts, Grammy and Grampy!

Ezekiel made a fruit salad FEAST for us the other night.

Ezekiel made a fruit salad FEAST for us the other night.

April snow. I've never wanted to move away from Minnesota more than I do this month.

April snow. I’ve never wanted to move away from Minnesota more than I do this month.

Snow day = jammies day!

Snow day = jammies day!

Self portrait at the dentist office.

Self portrait at the dentist office.

Eze has 4 loose teeth, but has yet to lose one. He had a great report from Dr. Jenny!

Eze has 4 loose teeth, but has yet to lose one. He had a great report from Dr. Jenny!

 

Comparison

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Love those sleepy lips

Simon and his cousin O, who is 8 months younger. These two are buds!

Simon and his cousin O, who is 8 months younger. These two are buds!

Eze and his cousin M holding an awesome Where's Waldo birthday

Eze and his cousin M holding an awesome Where’s Waldo birthday

Spidey the soccer coach

Spidey the soccer coach

Minecraft cake!! (Dave is a crafty soul)

Minecraft cake!! (Dave is a crafty soul)

Cousins + cake = AWESOME!

Cousins + cake = AWESOME!

Toddlers!!!

Toddlers!!!

Cousin buddies

Cousin buddies

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Crazy + Happy

Gran

I have always loved spending time with my grandparents, and nothing makes me happier than seeing my boys giggling with Gran. She just laughed and laughed tonight as she watched them run around our house, fall down on purpose, laugh maniacally, and be typical brothers. She remarked on how our lives are never boring, they will always always entertain us. She adores them, and they absolutely love her!

Gran and the boys!

Gran and the boys!

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