Thursday, October 20, 2011

We've moved!

To our new site. :)

Come check us out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

{cricket chirp}

Been a little quiet, huh?!?!

Well, I'm working on a new blog.

Stay tuned. ;)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

3rd Time's a Charm?

Well, Emersyn will be our third child, second girl, and hopefully we have this baby gear down pat! Right?!?!

I've now started with an infant, a 9 month old and will be starting with a toddler, so hopefully we finally get baby gear we will use and love!!

And since most of these items are in their sad big 'ole boxes waiting in the garage, I thought I'd give them a little shout out!

Zoey, even at 3, is a stroller gal. For sure. Girlfriend loves her some stroller time! So I knew I would need a double stroller. I weighed the pros and cons of a side by side and front to back and checked out all the ratings. Basically, what I found, is that it's all about preference of the user!! LOL! I like the ease of steering, so I knew I wanted 'jogging' type wheels and I knew who rode in the front and back would be a battle every time!! Plus, this is a stroller that was in stock at b*abiesrus and we could try out! I'm a visual gal so that helped me too! Plus, I had a 25% off coupon which made for a pretty sweet deal if you ask me! Can't wait to try it out with my two girls in tow! (Click on the names of the products to see the details!)

B*aby Trend Navigator Double Stroller
I knew I didn't want another full size high chair, which I had with both Braedan and Zoey. Something compact, easy to store and clean, but kept my toddler where she should be while eating! (I'm not convinced Zoey shouldn't be still sitting in one!) Love this print, love this price and love the site it came from! We sold our dining room table since it only sat four and have yet to find another that we like, so for now, Emersyn is the only one who has a place to sit and eat her dinner. :)

F*isher Price Space Saver High Chair
We own a B*ritax Marathon for Zoey, but found a super great deal and cute print on a Roundabout for Emersyn. Again, love the site it came from and got free shipping and delivered to my doorstep. That's my kind of service. Can't wait till Miss Em can sit next to her siblings in the back of our car! Let's hope she likes car seats better than Zoey did!

Br*itax Roundabout
And last but not least, this is definitely not a 'must have' item, however, it sure does make me happy. :)

We took the plunge and found a great deal on a S*urburban. So great, that all we're doing is switching out cars. Same payment, different car. That was a deal we couldn't pass up! And there is so much room in this baby! I love it!! I now think I will never drive anything else but a S*uburban!! Kids love it, we love it, there's room for everyone, including all those car seats and the double stroller I was tellin' ya about! (and no, this is not a pic of our actual car as I'm too lazy to go out and take a pic! That, and it should be pretty clear that I do not have some huge light stage to park a giant S*urburban in to take this pic!)

So, there you go. We're ready for ya Em! I must admit I have not bought any clothes for her or re-done Zoey's room to include her yet as we still have no idea when she'll be here and no idea how she'll be used to sleeping! At this point, I would venture to guess she'll be wearing the same size as Zoey, which would be awesome! And I plan to do some serious shopping while we're Korea. ;)

Keeping our heads up, staying positive and ready to get this baby girl home!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

5, 15 and 18 months.

Today marks months since our referral, Emersyn will turn 15 months on the 15th, and in this new updated picture, she is wearing the 18 month clothing we sent her in the last care package! (I'm thinking if all goes as planned, I'll be buying the same size clothing for both girls!)

Whew! 5 months down and at least 4 more to go...but who really knows?!?!

It seems our agency will be submitting the last of the families who will get EP very soon, and it is highly unlikely it will include us.

But we are staying positive, looking ahead and getting excited to meet our girl!

By this time during Zoey's process, she had been home nearly a month already! It's crazy to think back on that time not knowing that two years later, we would be here again, hoping and praying for yet another beautiful little girl to join our family!

We miss her, we love her, and while it seems like a never ending journey, we are hanging in there as best we can!

Friday, September 23, 2011

4 new words and hoping for some news.

Our four new Korean words today are thank you, eat, no and yes! All good words to know, and thankfully ones I knew, but am teaching to my kids. :)

thank you is pronounced 'Gam Sa Ham Ni Da'
food is 'mam ma'
no is 'ah-nee-oh'
and yes is 'nay'

(again, native speakers, help a girl out!)

My kids did really well, especially Braedan, with the first two words!

I really think it would be quite cute to see my three kiddos communicating in Korean. ;)

So, we'll be working on these 4 new words this week!

Getting a bit restless these last few weeks with no news from our agency...hoping for at least a WBC {well baby checkup} this month for Em and maybe a few pics with her care package we sent with the J Family!

Trying our hardest to stay positive and focus on the end result as a family of five. But boy, adoption is not for the weak! At this point in Zoey's process, we were getting ready to travel!

But we know it's all in God's timing and we are hanging in there for now!

Hopefully, this picture of Em is her writing a little email to the Korean government to 'please get me home'!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Adoption Rocks!

Got up, got dressed and headed to the airport Saturday morning!

Passed the time waiting with a new friend, Zachary, also adopted from Korea!

Welcome home J Family!!

Henry and Zoey started right back where they left off...getting a head start on their future courtship! :0)

And the star of show...BEAUTIFUL Miss Anna has arrived!!! Just spending an hour with this adorable girl and her forever family proved she is right where she is meant to be!! Full of life, personality and definitely an active toddler!!

Thank you J Family for letting us be part of your special day!!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Lion King 3D and a dark hotel room.

I am sitting in a dark hotel room as I post this waiting for my kiddos to fall asleep! My least favorite part about all staying in a hotel room together! Danny pulled the short straw and is cuddled up next to Zoey and I clearly got the 'easy' sleeper, Braedan, next to me! Zoey likes to thrash and toss and turn and wake up in the middle of the night to yell at you for 'squishing' her! I got to sleep with her last time we were out of town, so...

Well, we decided to see Lion King in 3D at a local mall and it.was.awesome!

First, let me say that the ticks were not cheap. As in mama had to make a few extra sales not cheap! But totally worth it. We sat in super big and cushy chairs with a table attached for you to eat your dinner! You simply pushed a button and a waitor would appear and bring you anything from their scrumptious menu! I had fish and chips while I watched the movie! How awesome is that?!?!? The kids enjoyed their pizza and Danny had a brisket quesadilla...not your typical movie food and you didn't have to stand in line to get it either! *excuse the flash cell phone pics!*

I had not seen Lion King in forever and I forgot just how much I LOVE that movie!! We own everything but that movie for some reason, but it's definitely on our Christmas list now!

So where are we?!?!?

Well, we are in Dallas! Tomorrow morning we are heading to the airport to greet the Jesse family and their new baby girl!! You might remember the Jesse's as we have met them on several occasions and their Henry, who is also adopted from Korea, is just three days younger than his future wife, Zoey. :) And boy are we thrilled they'll be bringing home their new daughter, Anna, aka Braedan's wife. :0) Yes, we believe in arranged marriages!

No, all kidding aside, I must admit I am quite excited. This is actually the first airport homecoming I've been to that didn't involve my family and how could seeing a family brought together thru adoption possibly be boring?!?!? We are so thrilled for their now family of four and of course, we hope that our family is inviting them to our airport homecoming soon!

And did I mention how many times we were able to use the word bihaeng-gi today?!?! (which, thanks to all my bloggy friends, we're making sure to pronounce as 'bee-heng-gee'!!)

So off to bed rest up for the early morning greeting...

Hakuna matata!