Monday, March 29, 2010

Silly Song

The boys love singing though they don't always do it on demand but I did record this version of Deep and Wide on a rainy afternoon. Right now Aaron loves the Hokey Pokey, Father Abraham, and The Saints go Marching in to name a few. Andrew likes the CD - The Amazing Book. Think Psalty the Song book. To get the idea.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Sometimes rainy days feel like forever. You don't want to run to the local indoor play area and buy fast food to justify being there. Well this is one rainy day that turned out going quicker than I had feared. The day included playing a couple of games and an afternoon spent in part building and playing with their train track. This is definitely one of Andrew's favorite things and when we added the zoo and barn as stops on the railroad life was grand for everyone.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ready to be Out

As you can see, we were so ready to be outside that we didn't wait for the snow to go. We went to park with snow on the ground and the boys ended up having a great time. These pictures are from our back yard. A little muddy but a lot of fun.

Friday, March 19, 2010

This was fun

This recipe is from a magazine that I get every month. I made it for teenagers that come over every other week. I figured they would eat the chocolate cake and leave the fruit but they surprised me. They ate the fruit and the kitkats. This is is just two round chocolate cakes covered in icing. Then use kitkats to make basket and top with fruit. Then pour melted apricot preserves over the fruit. The boys helped and it was easy. I might try another cake after this experience.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Reflections on a year with Andrew

It is hard to imagine that a year has come and gone with Andrew. He has changed our lives and made it better than we could have ever imagined. So I thought I would reflect on the changes to our life and to Andrew's in the last year. The first and the most obvious change is that when Andrew came home he knew the ABC song and that was it. I am sure it was scary to only hear sounds that didn't make sense. Now Andrew answers the phone with permission, talks up a storm and loves to count and identify letters. A few weeks ago he asked to make a grocery list. He wrote it on his own with me giving him the sounds it included OJ, yogurt, bananas and hot dogs. Also as we rode to Nebraska and Andrew ask why and how far a million times we played counting games and letter games. It is hard to imagine a year ago there was only the ABC song. He sang before he spoke and now we think about verb tenses and pronouns. Oh how a year changes things.

One thing that most people don't know is that Andrew was deathly afraid of dogs when he came home. So scared that as we would drive down the hill to my parents that he would start crying. To some extent he felt this way about cats but not to the extreme of dogs. So we began what we jokingly called dogie therapy. Thankfully my parents/Gabe's dog is one of the mellowest dogs known to man. So we would put up the baby fences and put Tina in the living room. Aaron loved the dog so we would put Aaron in with Tina and then hold Andrew in the kitchen so he would be safe. With time he progressed to sitting by the fence and then petting and finally spending time in the room with Tina. Now we have the other problem. He thinks all dogs are friendly and should be petted and played with of course. The Lord is good. This was a very serious fear and I do not know if we would have aggressively addressed it if no one in the family had had a dog but they did. Andrew not only had to deal with a new home but face a big fear. Also Aunt Cindi's dogs helped with dogie therapy too.

Andrew introduced cars to our lives. Aaron was pretty neutral in the car department. Aaron liked to be read books and play with animals and musical instruments. Andrew loves anything with wheels and he wants to know how it works. As he learned to talk road signs and directions were some of his first clear communication. Ask grandpop about his back seat driving. In this vein he loves directions and seems to have a gift for maps and understanding them. At least one member of the family won't get lost.

Andrew from the moment he stepped off the plane accepted Aaron as his brother and Aaron didn't feel threatened by the new sibling. Life got louder after Andrew came home. He is a mover not a sitter generally. Andrew loves to play chase and be outside going and going. Great grandpop made his day by allowing him to drive the cart and Mr Bob has taken him on tractor rides. As we speak he and daddy are riding the lawn mower. Aaron is an observer and Andrew is a doer. Aaron is more willing to try new things but Andrew is more willing to meet new people.

Andrew wants to be funny. I don't know if this is from all the Muppets we watch or not. I suspect when he gets a better grasp of the English language we will be listening to lots of jokes.

Andrew loves to play chase and ride his tricycle. He loves hide and seek and any excuse to hit or kick the ball.

I could spend hours telling you of the changes he has brought but most of all he has filled my heart to over flowing again. It was full when Aaron came home and yet it is fuller still now that Andrew is home. God chose him for us and daily I am grateful. I am thankful for foster families that loved him and prepared him to come home. For caregivers in his life. I am grateful that his birth mother made tough decision that has blessed me beyond measure. I love him so much and he is mine. By no means is everyday perfect but Andrew with all that makes him unique is perfect for me. I love you.

Note the picture of Andrew is in traditional Korean attire that was given to him by his foster mom(Korean Oma). It is to be woren on special occassions such as birthdays and the chinese new year.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Valentine's Redone

It should be noted that my husband a week after Valentines arranged to have a valentines redo. We had a lovely Valentine's breakfast and I was able to go grocery shopping childless. A true pleasure. But I must tell a story on Andrew. I usually take Andrew with me to the grocery store. Well the other week he asked to make his own grocery list. So with my encouragement he wrote all the words on his list it included bananas, hot dogs, orange juice, and yogurt. So when we went to the store Andrew got the things on his list and I got mine. A lot of fun me and him. I am not always this patient but it was enjoyable. Thanks hubby for a nice Valentines redo.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Seaweed is one of Andrew's favorite snacks from Korea. I am sure that he had others but this is one that his foster mom told us about. With the help of a friend that lives near an international food store we are able to get it. One of things I enjoy is the fact that my boys are exposed to many foods. So I have boys that like Asian food and Latin foods and noodles in all forms. I don't think either of them have met a noodle that don't like. Anyway Aaron has joined the seaweed eating party. The truth is that I don't like it at all but I take my thank you portion and now both boys love it. So this is a seaweed snack.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yes we are still here

Yes we are still here we have neither been snowed out or flooded out though this year an attempt was made. We have had a very busy month so I hope to catch you up in the next few days. These pictures are from the last time that Uncle Gabe was in. He brought his snow clothes so he could go sled riding with the boys. Isn't he sweet. The boys loved it; note the favorite position of Aaron. No wonder Gabe was sore after this adventure.
Gabe and Andrew racing. Andrew tells me he went the farthest.

Sled was a little small for Gabe. Thanks again Uncle Gabe.