Saturday, April 30, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Here we go! 
Are you ready? 
I'm about to dump a lot of pictures on you....One, two, three, Go!

Homeplus - Caleb discovered the carts with cars and loved it.

Windy day + long hair

+ leaves

and blue skies and shadows

Love. His. Giggles.

Running away from mama

trying to catch back up

Every rare now and then, I still glimpse his baby-self peaking out of toddler-ness.  This is one of those moments, captured.
Enjoying my sunshine-y porch....favorite reading spot.

Cute baby Isaac and his matchy-match parents....we sat behind them in our membership class.
Isaac was distracting.  So cute and new, how can you not snap pictures?

Our fridge broke down...always fun with a language barrier! Thankful for bilingual friends!

Steve playing with the youth

Good Friday service (Korean Sanctuary)

Ah! I'm so head-over-heals!

Easter morning surprises...Thank you to everyone who sent fun new gifts!

Easter service (combined).
I really enjoyed our sunrise service (not pictured) with the English side.

More Easter service....the Korean side usually has 3 services, so they combined them all into one plus the English side....there were a lot of people!

Package from Bestimor!

Getting "mobbed" on the playground - Blonde American babies attract attention!

Daddy's blankie + Caleb's blankie + Teddy = Sweet nappie time sleep (2-3 hours lately!)

Lil C is loving puzzles these days....and getting pretty good at them too.  "Pu pu" is his word for puzzles and he goes to the shelf we have them on and asks regularly for his puzzles.

Notice my reflection in Australia? 
Sidenote: If I make it to Aulstralia, I'll have been on 6 of the 7 continents!

This is Abby (one of the girls in the youth group)...She's a big sweetheart and we've enjoyed getting to know her and her family (they are a lot of fun).  We recently went to her drum concert, pictured above.

Cheesy smiles

Working on "perfecting" the spoon...loving sweet potato, carrot, apple lentil soup.
If you've never made it, I highly recommend it.  One of our faves - num!

Getting taller...he can now reach all of our top drawers and get everything out. 
Time to move the knives (formerly located in a top kitchen drawer, now reachable).

Well, it's way too late now.  Blogger has been giving me all sorts of problems with posting pictures, so each one of these suckers took way too long to post (if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment with a how-to, it keeps telling me 'server rejected').  Sigh.  Well, now you have them and I hope you enjoyed them because it took me all of 3 hours to post these! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paper lanterns

Everywhere you look right now there are these beautiful, delicate paper lanterns.  I was told the beginning of May is when Korea celebrates Budah's birthday and they are in honor of him.  Even though many Koreans profess "Christianity" many still cling to parts of their ancestor's religions and many aspects of them still permeate society's tradition.

Dino eggs?

I'm not sure if this picture does justice but we saw someone selling these "eggs" along side the road thee other day.  They are absolutely the largest eggs I have ever seen in my life.  They were huge!  If dino's were still around, they would for sure be dino eggs but since they are extinct.....any other thoughts? Steve wanted to buy one just to see what was in it/what it tasted like but I was a little scared to bring it home to be quite honest.

Thanks Aunt Norma!

Caleb loves my birthday card!  It's like too good to be true and he carries it all around!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Surprise Birthday Cake

Michelle surprised me Tuesday  night at small group and brought over this beautiful, delicious (and very thoughtful) birthday cake.

It was gorgeous, tastey and made completely out of fruit (with a styrofome base).

Impressed?  I know I was!

It was especially thoughtful because (although I have yet to post about this) Steve and I are in the midst of a 30 day challenge called Whole30.  We are on day 18, with 12 days to go!  Basically, we've cut out all sugar, processed foods, grains, dairy, and legumes.  We are eating tons of veggies, meat, eggs, healthy fats, nuts and some fruit.  I keep meaning to post about it and our reasons behind this challenge but have yet to do so.....For now, please know if you recently sent us a really fun box of goodies (which many of you so  thoughtfull did!), Steve can't wait to get his hands on them in 12 days and they are providing added incentive!  We really appreciated the treats and they will be enjoyed. Just not for another 12 days or so.

Just Like Dad

Caleb always wants to be just like his daddy.

Pictured eating carrot sticks.

This lil photoshoot was totally unscripted and unplanned...I just saw them sitting in the living room eating together and snapped a few pics.  Is it just me  or do they even eat carrots the same way?  My goodness.  Towards the end, Steve had his hand up on the couch and (of course!) Caleb had to do the same thing.....Think someone is being watched closely or what?  Watch out, Daddy, someone is soaking up how to live by watching your every move!  I'm glad he has you to emulate.


I'm behind in my posting again, so this adventure actually took place last week (or maybe the week prior? I'm not sure, the days blur together sometimes) but it was a fun and beautiful adventure so I thought I'd post some pics.  There is a huge, beautiful arboretum about a 30  minute train ride from Songtan (the town we live in).  It is free for the kiddos and only 1,000W for adults.  We were there most of the morning and probably only explored about a third of the park.  It's mostly outdoors but has some indoor areas as well and is divided into sections (a maple tree area, an exotic plant area, a spruce tree area, a bird sanctuary etc).  I really enjoyed it and hope to return again and finish exploring!  Next time I'll bring a picnic lunch, though, because there are lots of great picnic areas.  Caleb, his friend Eric and Eric's Mama (Elisa) and I had a great time.

These are real flowers, not paper lanterns! Gorgeous.

My Q:  "What do fishies say?"  Caleb's A: "blub blub blub"

Our Boys (Eric - 28 months, Caleb - 14 months)!

Again, real. Real beautiful!

Caleb enjoyed all the wide open space to RUN!  His legs aren't quite as long as Eric's though...

It was a beautiful do-again adventure...I kept thinking of the song "beauty that makes this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you."