26 February 2010

he is four

Lion's pirate birthday party was last Sunday. I think all of the kids had a good time. Lion was a little shy. Being the center of attention unnerved him, which is surprising, to say the least. I thought that boy thrived on attention! When it came time to blow out his candle, he made me do it. I did, because everyone was waiting, but I felt a bit silly.

I made little Reeses pirate ship cupcakes instead of a cake.

The dining room, all ready for the party!

a quiet moment with Daddy before the guests arrive

everyone painted little wooden treasure chests and decorated them with stickers

Daddy held the pinata

Mommy and Daddy with the birthday boy

lighting the candle

refusing to blow out his candle

Lion opened his presents at the party, but he opened the gifts from Jonathan and I after dinner that night. We got him a Bat-Cave with Bat-Man and Robin and a Joker. I don't even know how he knows who Bat-Man is, but that is what he circled in the Toys R Us catalog so that is what we got him!

This picture is my favorite picture from the entire day. I took it at the exact moment when he had torn the wrapping paper and realized his present was the Bat-Cave:

He was just starting to say, "Ohhhhhh, my gosh! Are you kidding me?"

Happy birthday, Little Lion Man! Thanks for an amazing four years...

19 February 2010

it begins!

I have not had much time to blog this week. My mom is visiting and we have been waaaaay too busy going out to eat and celebrating my birthday and showing each other our farms on farmville for me to sit down and write much.


I had to blog this. Because this is Blog-Worthy.

I turned in our formal application to the adoption agency tonight!

I thought, I'll take Mom up there, it's only about half an hour away, and drop this off and be back in time for dinner. No big deal.

I was wrong. It was a big deal. I am sad that Jonathan was working and couldn't be there to see our name go on the agency's list. But I am so happy my mom was there. And she took some pictures of me. I looked so sloppy and didn't want her to take pictures at the time, but after we got in the car and I got all teary-eyed and shaky and called Jonathan, then --then -- I was so grateful she had taken pictures. Who cares that I was wearing a hoodie and my hair was falling out of my ponytail? I want my son to see those pictures someday.

We drove home through the snow and traffic and when we walked in the door of my house Jonathan was making us a delicious Thai curry dinner. I love my life.

13 February 2010

a nursery for a girl

Okay. So anyone who knows me knows that as soon as Jonathan and I began talking about adoption I began decorating a nursery. In my mind, at least. And I am so excited about it because all of the nursery option are so much better now than they were six years ago! It was very hard to find anything back when I was pregnant with Blue. We needed something gender-neutral and I liked the idea of yellow and red. And all of the nursery bedding in the stores was so cutesy and traditional... We managed to find a set we both liked that had a barnyard theme and went with the yellow and red we liked.

But now there are so many nursery bedding lines that are very modern or retro or graphic, as well as the usual bedding with ladybugs or trucks or barnyard animals. So I am excitedly poring over baby and nursery websites!

The first scheme I have come up with is for a baby girl. Because that is where our thoughts were lying originally. But now we are thinking about adopting a boy! Because it really doesn't matter to us which gender our next child is. I mean, if I got pregnant again, we would not be able to choose the sex of the baby. So maybe our next child will be a baby boy!

But here is the little girl nursery I came up with. And now I get to design a boy nursery, too! In case that is the direction we wind up going. Can you tell how much fun I am having with this?!

So the jumping off point for the nursery is these bookends from CB2:

Now before you start thinking I am going to go all-out and hang lanterns everywhere and fill the room with fans and panda bears and bamboo and other sterotypical Asian decor, let me explain. We are looking into adopting a baby from Korea. So I am trying to read up on Korean culture since I am woefully ignorant of almost all world geography and culture. I want to make sure he or she knows all about Korean culture and history and food and that it is an integral part of our lives. But I also refuse to foist any and all Asian culture on my child! I will not automatically buy her Mulan dolls (which is a Chinese legend, anyway!) or enroll him in Taekwondo. Maybe he'd rather play soccer. Maybe she won't like Korean food. Am I making sense? I feel like I am not explaining this very well...

Anyway, having said that, I do love the idea of having these fu lions in the baby's room. Because they are guardians. Maybe the baby's birth mother would like to think that there would be these Korean guardians in her child's room in America. If something had happened to me and my Blue wound up being raised in Korea, I would like to think the mother there tried, in her own way, to salute Blue's American heritage. Like maybe sticking a little American flag in Blue's room, or something...

So I like these fu lions. I like the idea of them up on a shelf, watching over the baby.

I would do the walls a soft, creamy yellow (again with the yellow and red nurseries!) and I fell in love with this bedding from Land of Nod:

You can't see it in this picture, but the set has a white eyelet cribskirt.

I would also hang white eyelet curtains in the window. I love quilts and I love white eyelet. So old fashioned and feminine in an Anne of Green Gables kind of way.

Anyway, then one day on Art.com I stumbled across this little print by Ezra Jack Keats, called Feeding the Birds from Jennie's Hat
which I love and which has both the soft yellow wall color in it as well as the orangey red of the fu lions. Perfect.

To continue the bird theme, I found these lovely bird decals from blik. I am really digging the combination of yellow and grey lately, so these would look so pretty on a yellow wall.

Anyway, that is all I have found so far for a baby girl's nursery. And now we are thinking about adopting a son, so I am starting to plan a baby boy's room, too. Stay tuned for those plans!

09 February 2010

I am back!

Jonathan bought a new computer tonight while I was in class! I cannot believe how addicted I am to the internet. This was an absolutely horrible week. And I could kick myself for saying "it could be worse" in my last post. Idiot. Because Lion got a lot worse. sigh

He has a tendency to develop asthma whenever he gets any kind of respiratory problem. So the cough turned into a horrible, hacking coughing nonsleeping type of situation. We used all kind of over-the-counter stuff and the humidifier and his nebulizer and then finally Thursday night was terrible so I brought him to the pediatrician in the morning. It was terrible. Is there a more helpless feeling in the world than watching your child struggle for breath and not being able to help? So they prescribed a steroid and an antibiotic and checked him to make sure the nebulizer does help, that his oxygen levels do go up after using it. They do. And he was such a little trooper at the doctor's. We were there a while and he got to blow some bubbles for the doctor and suck on a popsicle, and listen to one of his favorite stories, Curious George Makes Pancakes.

So that was that. He is doing much better, coughing a lot less. Thank God.

04 February 2010


Just wanted to let you know our laptop died yesterday. Just as I was getting back into the habit of blogging again, too! So I am typing this at the computer lab at school between classes. And you may not hear from me for a few days as we look for a new computer.

When it rains, it pours. Last week I got a flat tire and needed to get not one but four new tires since we have all-wheel drive. Then our furnace wasn't working and we had to get a new part for it. Then we had a "small" gas leak in the house. Now our computer has died. I hate the feeling of not being able to get ahead.

But enough complaining. We are all doing well. The kids are still coughing and now Lion's ear hurts, too, but I know that things could be so much worse (knock on wood).

I really miss the internet, though. I'm not gonna lie.