Seoul Brothers #5

Yesterday we had the Fifth Seoul Brother’s Gathering at our place.   It was exciting, because not only were little Daniel, Adam & Lucas (and their families) coming, but so was Xander (and his family!)  Unfortunately, Lucas, Kevin & Karen had to cancel (feel better Kevin), so we were down 3, but even then, it was a full house with 14 people! 8 adults, and 6 little boys. 

We had a great time. It was so nice to finally meet Emily, Jeremy & Xander.  We had 2 play dates during the summer scheduled, but they didn’t happen for various reasons, but now we have finally met.  For those who haven’t met Xander, he is the sweetest little boy with the biggest smile.  He was so kind and easy going – a real cutie.  And loved goldfish crackers!

Getting together with Barb (Daniel) & Belinda (Adam)’s families was fabulous too.  It really is so funny – we all just pick up where we left off.  Even though we have met only a handful of times, I often think I’ve known these girls so much longer!  The boys are getting sooo big, and it was great to meet Matthew, Barbara’s newest little guy, and see Ben again – he was just about walking… last time we saw him he was still pretty little.   I don’t know how, but I somehow missed taking their pictures!  Adam and Daniel are talking a mile a minute, and are so funny.  Daniel who is just three days younger than Alex is talking so well, and was counting the fish in Alex’s tank.  Adorable!

While Alex was much more reserved, he got along great with the other boys.  They played with I think each and every toy in the house – and they were all over the floor.  I didn’t realize we had so many toys – it doesn’t normally seem like so many!  Alex wasn’t keen on sharing… we will have to work on that.  They also were hanging out outside, despite the bitter cold.   And I’m sure many of you have figure it out already – but it is soooo difficult to get a group of little boys to look in one direction at the same time – especially when there is food or toys in the vicinity.

From left, Daniel, Adam, Xander, Alex

We had a fantastic meal.  There were appetizers brought by Belinda (mmm… cheese), a salad by Barb, we supplied the potatoes (which I forgot about in the oven, so they were a tad crispy… ) and the steak, and Emily brought the desert… yum!  She and Jeremy also brought some kimchi – it was sooo good… and hot.  I forgot how hot that stuff could be! 

From left, Daniel, Adam & Alex

Before everyone left, we got the boys all in their pjs, and took the “pj shot”.  This year they all wanted hockey sticks.  So, as you can imagine, the shot got even more difficult with hockey sticks everywhere, but hey – the pictures are still extremely cute. 

Love this one of Alex & Adam.

We then did the mommy shot.  Now I have to explain two things. 1. Somehow when I was changing Alex into his pj’s my top button came undone, and no one mentioned it to me – I do not normally walk around revealing so much… 2.  I’m not a behemoth.  It just so happened, we were on a love seat and I was sitting more forward than everyone else.   It also seems to be difficult to get all the moms to look in one direction.  I guess we had way too many cameras going…

From left, Me, Barbara, Belinda & Emily

We then had the dads.  They were pretending it was a team shot – hence the hand on their knees.   By the way – the guys get along great! 

From left, Jeremy (Xander), Andy (Daniel), Steve (Adam), and Matt (Alex obviously)

We normally have curtains on that second window… but somehow they were pulled down – not sure how… 

We love getting together for the Seoul Brothers.  Can’t wait till the next one!

Two

Two years ago, the Robinsons were waiting.

Were waiting for a very special phone call.

While they waited, they Wished Upon a Star, for all their dreams to come true.

On October 21, 2008, at approximately 9:15pm, that phone call came.

So remember…

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

The Collection

Many of you expressed an interest in seeing pictures of my infamous eraser collection.  So I pulled out the box and took a pic of a few of my favs.

I really should figure out a better way of organizing them.  I discovered when I was going through them, that some are getting damaged and some are sticking together and transferring the images from one to another. 

I was also alerted by a fellow crafty blogger to the fact that there are lots of cool erasers on my favourite website… Etsy!  Look at these and this one!  I may have just reestablished my need to collect…

Happy Thanksgiving!

This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada – and it was a GORGEOUS weekend for it!  This year we headed north to Matt’s parents cottage – Alex and I went up with the in-laws on Thursday night and Matt and Mason came up on Friday.  It was such a nice getaway (minus my cold).  The sun was out all the time, the skies were a brilliant blue, and while it was chilly at times, you couldn’t help but be outside.  And it was a great opportunity to play with my various camera settings – I just wish I had brought the manual… oh well.  So lots of pictures – enjoy!

Alex and Poppa exploring the shore

All ready to go boating... except for the boat not being in the water...

Out for a walk in the leaves

He is standing in this picture - there were that many leaves!

Mist on the water early one morning...

The mist is so eerie, yet so beautiful

This boy just LOVES fish!

Excuse the boogies, but this picture is too funny! It's a worm lure - Alex's best friend for the weekend

In his element

No - I'm not dirty - I'm just super cute!

Learning to chug beer with the boys - this was minutes after Alex learned how to start the ATV - seriously.

My new favourite shot - I've entitled it "early monday morning"

2010 family photo on our rock

Say cheese wormie!

Pumpkin Time!

Last Friday, Alex and I had another date. This time we went to the Shantzholm Family Farm near Kitchener.  At Shantzholm there are lots of animals that the children can get close to including “neigh’s” and “baas”.  So the first thing we did was check out the animals.  The calves and pigs were adorable! And there was a donkey who made the craziest noises. 

After the animals we went over to the “play” area.  There was a small riding tractor that Alex was in LOVE with! I think we need to get him his own… perhaps we will write to Santa this year. 

We hung out in the hay bale maze where there were plenty of climbers and had fun trying to figure out which way to go. 

Then there was an announcement that we could partake in a hay ride! So of course, we had to go.  The ride went through the fields, we got to check out the pumpkin fields and the amazing colours of Fall.  The ride really reminded me of the beauty of South-Western Ontario.

After the ride we went into the pumpkin patch and picked our own pumpkins! I had never done that before, so it was as much fun for me as it was for Alex.  He kept trying to choose a squash, but eventually picked out a cool small pumpkin.  I chose a pumpkin with lots of “warts” on it.  I thought it was pretty cool. 

On our way out, we ran into our friends Sarah, Jeremy and their little girl Gracyn.  Gracyn is Alex’s girlfriend 😉  So we went back and saw the animals again and the kids had a blast feeding the pigs corn kernels. 

It was a beautiful day. I can’t wait to do it all again next year! We will plan it for a Saturday next year so that Matt can make it.

It’s Hanbok Time

On Chuseok I dressed Alex up in his hanbok and thought I would attempt to take some nice pictures to send to his Foster mom.  Well… I tried.  He had lots of fun running around the front lawn dressed up – and I had lots of fun trying to get a “good” shot.  These are cute… not what I was hoping for, but hey – I tried.