Thanks to everyone who made it to the Bronx Zoo to help us celebrate. We had a fantastic time!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Turn into this?
- Toys and books being misplaced or misappropriated constitutes an emergency everytime.
- They are literally sponges, except, of course, when it comes to absorbing liquids, they can spill those pretty easily.
- They need to know everything, which is why they ask so many questions. I can only assume they are preparing for their teenage years during which they will reach the pinicle of their knowledge and know everything, with a particular emphasis on all of the things we couldn't possibly know.
- Time outs for kids are ok. Time out for toys, even better.
- They want to help but as they get older and wiser they want to actually help... which isn't as helpful as you'd imagine.
- The first President was George Washington. Our President is Broccoli Omamma.
- When in doubt, trust the Force. "This is not the toy you are looking for. You should move on."
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A Baek-il is a Korean tradition to celebrate the child's health during the first 100 days. It is a tradition that stems from times when healthcare was not widely available and children were not introduced to friends and extended family until they were 100 days old. The celebration and feast is supposed to give the child luck and signify a long, healthy, prosperous life. They wear traditional han-boks as it is their official introduction to family and friends.
Thanks to the hanboks we'd gotten before from Uncle David and from our family in Korea, all the kids got to dress up for the occassion.
As with the twins, I thought this would be a good time to explain Eli's full name.
Eli: we could not decide on a name until we were hanging out in the hospital with Eli and Nathan said, "what about Eli?" and it just seemed to fit him.
KilSun: Kil means journey or path and was his Grandfather's name. Sun means good or virtuous and is also the same as Ava's name (SunMi)
Dimitri: Dimitri was my grandfather's brother who lived in Cyprus. My mom was christened 'Demetra" after him. We wanted to incorporate my grandmother into his name since she so recently passed and was such a big part of our lives but Helen for a boy's name just didn't seem fair. Instead, we chose the name of a man that we all know my grandma loved and respected.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Uncle T'Errance also just left but he's moving to Saudi Arabia and then to Jordan. Ava found his boarding pass and was very concerned about him not having it. She said we better take it to him in Saudi Arabia but I think we'll just hang on to it until he gets back!
I can't even explain how sad I am about all these changes but we are thankful for all of our great friends from NY and from CO. We are very lucky!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Ava's sari and Noah's sherwani were brought back by Uncle Daniel when he did Semester at Sea. They fit perfectly right now but they did not seem to understand the idea of just sitting still and taking a picture... I guess they never do...! But either way, it was a lot of fun! Thanks Uncle Daniel!
*Noah had a scratch between his eyes... we weren't trying for a bindi! :)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Stickers (July 2011):
Our first ice cream with Uncle T'Errance (August 2011):
Sleeping in their car seats. Keep in mind that we did not have a car at the time so we took them out of the rental car in their giant car seats, carried them to our building and put them on the luggage cart to wheel them up! Oh, the adventures of life in NYC! (January 2012)
My grandma loved lions - particularly these ones in front of the NY Library in Bryant Park. (December 2010)
Monday, July 2, 2012
Ava: "Croutons are dirty"
Mommy: "No, croutons aren't dirty"
Ava: "Croutons have crumbs. Crumbs are dirty."
Mommy: "My bad, Ava, my bad."
Ava: "We saw a quirrel (squirrel) today."
What was he doing?
"He was putting away groceries." [He was, in fact, looking for nuts]
Mommy: "Noah, let me see your eyeballs."
Noah (while mommy is looking at his eyeballs): "Mommy, those aren't my eyeballs. Eyeballs are by my penis."
Mommy to Eli: "Why are you so cute???"
Noah: "because he looks like me" (matter of factly)
Mommy: "Where are all the burp cloths? Why do I keep loosing them? This is a silly problem to have."
Ava: "It's like they (the burpcloths) have legs."
Also, Noah's artistic skills have grown leaps and bounds in the last few months. In April, he was scribbling all over the coloring book pages with no real "focus." Last month he started coloring with focus. Last week he was drawing ovals and calling them "fishies" and random circles all over the page for eyes or nipples (yup, nipples). Today he showed me his drawing of two robots and Spiderman. Maybe it's just my own, biased, opinion but I think it's amazing!!!