Baby Korean Babble

I love this video of Simon from our first day together. While I’m thankful that he is speaking so well and so clearly, there are times that I very much miss his Korean words.

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Happy Adoption Day!!!

One year ago today, we met Simon. Oh what a happy adoption day it was!!! We are so blessed that we have been able to adopt our boys, and have such beautiful memories of our first moments with them. Last night, Dave and I watched all of our videos from our trip to Korea. My favorite video is the one where we are meeting Simon and his foster mom for the first time. Hearing him speak with her in his little Korean words brings me such joy, and I miss hearing him speak Korean very much.

In the year that he has come home, we’ve grown so much together as a family. It’s been a tough year in many ways, and I’ve learned about myself that I really struggle with change. It takes a lot more time for me to adjust to new normals than I like to admit. But I’ve learned a lot of really good things too. I’ve learned how incredibly amazing it is to have a snuggler, who is content to sit on Mom or Dad’s lap and snuggle in to their chest. And how funny (sometimes) it is to have the grumpiest child on the face of the planet if he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. And how endearing it is to watch him copy absolutelyย everything his big brother does or says or eats or drinks. (It helps that Eze thinks it’s pretty cool to have a one-brother fan club).

To see these boys becoming closer brothers all of the time is definitely one of the best parts of our lives. They fight like they’ve been brothers their whole lives. And they stick up for each other, just like brothers do. When they antagonize each other and their fighting gets to be too much, they are required to sit on Eze’s bed and hold hands until they can get along.

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Simon Chats With Mama

Simon’s language has been incredible. Here is a video of him talking this past weekend, while play with the cars from our Game of Life ๐Ÿ™‚

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Big Weekend!

We had a great long Labor Day weekend! Two of the most exciting parts of our weekend?

Eze lost his first tooth!

Eze lost his first tooth!

Simon has done a great job learning to go in his potty chair!

Simon has done a great job learning to go in his potty chair!

 

Vacation Pictures: The End

Whoops! I thought I posted this one a week ago!!

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I love this pic of Eze. He is crazy for fishing!

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The oldest and youngest in my family. I love seeing the time my boys get to spend with my grandpa!

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Best parents!

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My sister E and her huz J

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Love

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Chuckles and Cackles – my sister’s nickname for my parents. I’m so incredibly blessed to have their laughter and love in my life.

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Eze and Daddy driving the boat

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Gussy stayed at a kennel during vacation and made all kinds of new friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Foto Friday

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There were a lot of activities for the kiddos to do at the resort where we stayed. Simon just wanted to play with their little car and train collection ๐Ÿ™‚

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Eze, on the other hand, built a rocket for a rocket launch competition. He won 5th place, too!!

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When my younger sister and her family got there early Tuesday morning, Niece G ran upstairs to wake up Auntie Yaya and Uncle Jay, and then decided to stay and snuggle with them. She’s a darn good snuggler.

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My sister and I went shopping at a grocery store connected to a hardware store. It had some fun signs.

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Eze won the fishing contest Tuesday night. The prize was a double scoop ice cream cone!

Big Boy Bed!!!

Before we left for vacation, my cousin and his wife gave us a toddler bed that they weren’t planning to use. We set it up in the boys’ room the morning that we left, so that we could take Simon’s pack n’ play to the cabin where we stayed. He began sleeping in it the day we got back from our vacation, and it’s gone fairly well.

Tonight, the boys were squirrelly, so Eze was sent to our bed while Simon stayed in his bed. Neither of them like that consequence (“I need my bwudder, Eze!!”). As soon as they were quiet, I slapped on my shoes to go for a walk/run. Dave worked in the garage while I was gone.

I walked back in the house and saw the boys’ bedroom door wide open. Simon wasn’t in his bed, and I got nervous for 2.2 seconds. I peeked into our bedroom, and Simon was laying on Eze on our bed with his blankie and pillow. He started crying as soon as he saw us, and said, “I didn’t know!” I asked him if he was scared because he didn’t know where we were. He sobbed, “Yah!” I held him for a while, snuggled him back into his bed, and he fell asleep shortly after. Later, I went in to ask Eze if Simon had woke him up. He replied (with a very confused look on his face), “I don’t really know what just happened”. And promptly rolled over and fell back to sleep.

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We Loved You, Vacation!

Last week, we went up to north central Minnesota for a vacation. I didn’t blog about it beforehand, cuz you know, stalkers. Or not. I haven’t taken a full week off of work for an actual vacation, not related to an adoption or sick kiddos in 5+ years. It was glorious!

We went with my family to celebrate my parents’ 40th anniversary, and their 60th birthdays, which all happen between August and October. All of my siblings met us there, as well as my grandpa, and my little nieces (or not-so-little, as Maddie is only an inch shorter than me!). My older nieces weren’t able to make it. One niece left last week for a semester-long adventure to study in Budapest!

Anyway, we had a lovely, mostly-relaxing, incredibly fun week being together as our little family of 4, and laughing, playing and eating with my family. Eze’s favorite parts of the week were fishing and paddle boarding. Simon’s favorite part was whining. Just kidding. Sort of. He loved commenting on everyone’s cars, and chewing on toothpicks with Uncle Nate. Dave’s favorite part was fishing. My favorite parts were playing games, laughing until my stomach hurt and tears steamed down my face, and singing karaoke with my family.

The rest of the week’s posts will be filled with pics from our awesome week ๐Ÿ™‚

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Simon and his “tootpick

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Eze the fisherman!

Poor Sick Baby

Simon guy developed a fever over the course of the day today. Dave said he woke up grumpy after naptime, and felt warm. Dave took his temp, and it kept climbing throughout the afternoon/evening. I got home from work, and he was just a little puddle on the couch, watching Tinkerbell. I sat down next to him, and he asked, “Mommy? I sit on yoh lap??” Cue my heart melting. I adore having a snuggler, and loved that he burrowed deep into my arms when I wrapped them around him.

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Sniffle sniffle

Camping

On Friday night, we camped in a nearby town with my cousin and his family. I set very low expectations for the weekend, and we ended up having a pretty good time! We had a campfire and ate hotdogs and s’mores, snuggled all together and slept in the chilly night air, ate a sugar-filled breakfast, hiked some trails, and swam in a great little man-made lake.

My highlights of the weekend were:
– Waking up to find Simon snuggled with his face in my side, covering his eyes from the morning light. We don’t co-sleep with Simon, since he sleeps in Eze’s room, but I find that I really love the times that I do get to sleep with him. When he’s actually sleeping instead of chattering in my ear.

– Listening to Ezekiel and my cousin’s son hiking together, chatting in their 5- and 6-year old boy way. We heard Ezekiel say, “My grandparents were alive then. In the 1960s. When there were dinosaurs”. And then heard Quinn answer back, “Um, there were not dinosaurs alive at the same time as people”. Very entertaining.

– Simon putting “lotion” on me in the lake. He just stood near me while I was talking, and scooped water in his hands to rub on my legs. He did this for about 20 minutes, and it was so relaxing. Knowing that he’s adjusting to us more and more all the time. He loves to be near us, and loves to touch us. It’s pretty cool.

It is so fun having cousins so close by. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with family. And I was impressed with our boys having only a couple of meltdowns, only a handful of questionable choices, and an overall good attitude. I think more camping trips are in our family’s future!

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Roasting hotdogs at the fire

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Cousin adorableness

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