Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from three wonderful blogging friends. First I was nominated by Belinda from Belle and her Boys.  I first met Belinda through email just  over 2 years ago. She had just received her referral for Adam if I remember correctly.  It was funny – we had amazingly so much in common – using the same agency, both adopting from Korea, and we both have had Britanny Spaniels as pets.  We are lucky enough to get together with our boys in our Seoul Brothers gatherings.  Belle has just started up her own blog and I am really looking forward to seeing more of her adventures. 

I was also nominated by Colleen at Adventures of NoahBear. She is the amazing mother of Noah, who was also adopted from South Korea.  Noah has the most amazing infectious smile.  Colleen seems like the type of girl who is always smiling and would be a great friend.  I would love to meet up with her in person some time!

And lastly I was nominated by Sandra at Three Continents : One Family . Sandra is the wonderful mother of the adorable little Ben.  I am a newer reader of Sandra’s blog and really look forward to following her adventures! I also look forward to seeing more of her photos – they are so good!

Here is how the Versatile Blogger Award works:
1) thank and talk about whoever gave you the award
2) share 7 facts about yourself
3) give the award to 7 other bloggers who rock!

7 facts about me:

  1. I cannot whistle, nor can I snap my fingers – at least not properly. I have a way of making a noise with my fingers that in my mind sounds like a snap, but it is definitely not a real snap.
  2. I am obsessed with the weather.  At one point in University I thought perhaps I could be a meteorologist (I was in Geography), but turns out I suck at the science aspect of weather.  So instead I became a Librarian.  Speaking of University, I secretly wish I could go back to university to retake my university classes now that I know how to research properly.
  3. I have an eraser collection. Not the regular old pink rectangles, but fancy erasers in all shapes and colours.  I started collecting when I was about 5 and now have over 500… yes I am a geek.  I will still buy them too when I find a cool one.  Occasionally I put them out on display at the library.  The kids love them.
  4. In my 2nd year of university I was a hair model at the International Hair Show in Toronto for my hair stylist.  We placed 7th out of 20 – not bad for his first show. 
  5. I’ve been in a few car accidents. Like 6 pretty major fender benders, and that does not include all the times my car has been hit while parked on the street or in a parking lot.  Only one was technically my fault, and for 2 I was a passenger, but thanks to no fault insurance, I had pretty high premiums for quite a while.
  6. My favourite song of all time is “Like a Prayer” by Madonna.  My first record, yes I’m of that generation, was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna. I still remember buying it with my mom at Woolco.  In tribute to the Material Girl, here’s the video to “Like a Prayer”.
  7. When I “read” the newspaper, I read the headlines, look at the pictures, and read names of the people in the obits. That’s about it.

So now I’m supposed to nominate a number of people – but pretty much everyone who’s blog I read has been nominated! If you haven’t, you now are!!

Summer’s end

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of Summer.  At times I thought time was passing so slowly – and at other times it flew by in a blur.  It was an incredibly hot summer.  It’s also been a very busy summer.  Here are a few of the highlights: 

  • spent almost two weeks up north
  • bought a plot of land on an island for OUR future cottage
  • visited African Lion’s Safari
  • visited Storybook Gardens
  • visited Boston and finally met Christine and Spencer!
  • attended one of my best friends from University’s wedding
  • ate lots of corn and other fresh produce
  • played in the water.. A LOT
  • Alex started getting his 2 year molars (highlight or lowlight… not sure)
  • Got rid of bottles!

In a tribute to our summer, here are a few pics that didn’t make it to the blog over the last couple of months (at least I don’t think they did…): 

On the way to the cottage... poor Mason.

 

The boys patiently waiting to go outside.

 

When will we learn our lesson...

 

Smile!

 

Kayaking with Mommy

 

Loving the water

 

Cheese!

 

Splash! (even though Alex's face looks pained he was LOVING it!)

 

Cool bulldozer park toy found in Bayfield

 

Fun at the Ritz family corn roast

 

Quack!

 

Let's hope this is the LAST time we see this boy behind bars (these were from Cheers)

 

"Assisting" with the unpacking...

 

Arghhhh!

 

We saw lots and lots of trains

 

Matt and I at my friend Laura's wedding (and my dress from Macy's)

 

The Korean Drummers at the Stratford Summer Music Festival

 

Alex enjoyed petting the fish in the freezer

 

Yikes... but I love my little helper

 

Trying out a friend's cool ride

 

That's All Folks!

Etsy Find

I just found this print on Etsy and had to share. The artist’s shop is called youmin.   There is a whole collection of canvas art and prints of trees with meaningful korean symbols on them.  The one below is Happiness.  I’m just trying to decide which one I want…

Now I’m Hungry

I just found a delectable website – it’s called Maangchi.  It’s a site that shows videos of how to make various Korean dishes… like rice cakes, sweet and sour beef, hoddeok… Most of the recipes also have a print version so you can print it off for future reference (like the hoddeok – already sent to the printer).

I highly recommend you pop over there and check it out! You will be drooling in no time… And just in time for Chuseok celebrations!

2yrs 4mos and 3dys

Today Alex is 28 months and three days old.  It is really hard to believe. The last 19 months have just flown by. When he first came to us he was essentially still a baby, but now we have a boy.  It’s just like the song says, “Don’t Blink” because you will miss out on so much!

Here are a few stats on our little guy.

Stats
Alex is just under 36 inches tall and 30lbs. Not sure how that ranks on the percentile charts, but our doctor has never been concerned about his growth, so neither have we.  He is wearing 2T pants and 3T shirts. His shoes are size 7 and sometimes an 8.

Vocab
As I’ve mentioned before, Alex, while he does have his words that he likes to say all the time, he does not have a lot of words. It seems like he won’t say a word until he knows for sure he can pronounce it. As far as comprehension – amazing. Alex knows what we are talking about all the time, and he has an amazing memory. For instance, when in Boston, the day after the whole Puppy being lost saga, we were walking across the street from where we found Puppy when all of a sudden, Alex started pointing at the barricades, saying “Puppy, Puppy”. He’s just amazing.

Here is a list of Alex’s “words” (this is more just for my sake to remember what stage he was at at 28 mos):
puppy, momma, mom, mommy, dada, daddy, dad, pappa, Pat (Matt’s mom), nana (my mom), nana (banana), wawa (water), berry, pool, what, bye, hi, where is ____, food, vrrooommm (train), boat, fish, mine, hoho (Santa), I want ____, bubble, baba, I see, up, walk, yeah, please, bath, wet, hot, cold, apple, berry, broke, stay, Ma (Mason).  Oh yeah… he can say No. He says that a lot. And as of today “Hi Buddy”. I’m sure I’m missing some.

Alex hasn’t had a lot of interest in making animal sounds even though we try to teach him all the time.  He now does neigh, baaa, moo, arf, mew, sssssss, roar, and a funny face for fish.

Teeth
We see this a lot.

Why? Alex’s bottom 2 yr left molar is through! The bottom right is starting to appear as well.  Honestly it hasn’t been as bad as I expected.  The first few days were tough, but some teething drops helped and now the only hint that something going on is Alex biting on his finger.

Potty
For the last few months we have had a potty in the house, and have attempted to get Alex to use it. He has peed on the potty once. But really doesn’t have a whole lot of interest… until now. He has been watching the DVD Elmo uses the Potty and LOVES it! Now he cries if the potty seat isn’t on the toilet. If only he would do something when he sat on the potty. But for now we are just happy that he is getting more comfortable with the seat.  Puppy quite often sits on the floor potty which is pretty cute.

Activity
This boy loves to run, to dance, to sing, to play in the water, to play with trains, cars, the sand box… the list goes on. One fun thing we did this summer was set up the slip n’ slide we bought last year and Alex used it as a bit of a road and would drive his tucks up and down the plastic – with the water running. It was a great way for him to keep cool.  

Alex also loves tv. I’m sure he watches too much… He loves Curious George, Caillou, Chuggington for cartoons on TV. Otherwise he loves to watch DVDs such as Tractor Tom (over and over if the has the choice), Elmo, and Elf. Yes, Elf the Christmas show. I’m sure he has watched a bit of that movie every day this summer. He LOVES it! He loves HoHo… aka Santa. I guess it is ok, there are only 110 days to Christmas after all and the Sears wish book is now officially out.

Socially
Alex loves to play with other children, but he is pretty shy at the beginning.  But once he warms up, he really enjoys himslef. He loves to say Hi to people and wave. But he does keep close to Matt or I when in new locations, which I am so thankful for.   At least I don’t have to get one of those backpack leashes just yet. 

Bottles
We have successfully weened Alex from his morning bottle! Back at the end of July I said enough with this and just gave him his morning milk in a cup. He didn’t like it, but eventually drank it.  The next day, I gave him his milk in a cup, again he didn’t like it, but drank the milk.  Now it is not an issue.  Yeah!!

Sleep
Through the summer we had a rough batch of sleep.  Every night, Alex would wake up around 2am and since Matt and I were so tired, we would bring him into our bed where he would sleep until 7:15.  Alex would also sleep for less than an hour each afternoon. We figured it was due to us going to the cottage and Boston, which obviously messed up his sleep schedule. But the last week of August was a lot better. We have had uninterrupted nights sleep and 2 hour naps. Let’s hope this trend continues…

Alex is still in his crib and rarely climbs out – maybe once per month. We are planning on switching him to a single bed this Fall.  I’m really not ready for that change – it means Alex really isn’t a baby any more…. I know – get over it! Alex’s crib does convert to a double bed, but we are going to use that for a guest room bed.  I must admit I’m looking forward to decorating Alex’s big boy room! I have purchased a couple of prints already (although I can’t find one… ) and have his new bedding picked out.  Now we just need to get the single bed.

So that is where Alex is right now. The twos, while they have had their not so pretty moments (we have plenty of meltdowns and tantrums), they have been really great so far. We can see Alex’s personality coming through and even though I don’t want him to grow up, it is amazing to watch him transform into an amazing little boy.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!