Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Fall, Ya'll

This weekend I had a massive 'to do' list. Well, it is safe to say that I didn't get it all done, but I did accomplish a lot of it. I have been sick to my stomach this afternoon, so not much (okay, nothing) got done the remainder of the day. I had on my list decorate for Halloween. I had also pinned some cute stuff on pinterest and I am trying to do more crafty stuff with Olivia. Yesterday she asked to paint. I told her when we got back from her haircut thinking it would be lunch then nap time. We finished lunch and she came over with the paint. I said, "can we wait?" Her response, "no mommy - now. you said after Nana!" So, off we went to paint. I mean, who needs a nap when you can paint?! We had fun! We painted for the next hour and a half. The garage floor and all. I think it will wash off. :/ While painting, I also accomplished some of my Halloween decor for this year. Different, but I love it!!! At first, she was super careful. Notice the one color, brush and 'easy does it' approach. (Please disregard the consignment/garage sale stuff--that was on the list. Maybe next weekend? John did hang racks/shelving for us to use, so really we couldn't do anything before that was done anyway, right?!) Well, that portion was short lived. She went at it shortly there after and had a blast! She washes ya know, so I am not opposed to mess. It was e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e!! NO clue about this face, but it made me laugh! She has had some funny expressions lately.

Oscar must be saying, "What the heck are you doing, sister?"

I asked her to come over so I could paint her hand. I looked over and this is what she was doing. Her response, "me do mommy!"

This morning we got up and told her we had a surprise. She kept asking what it was, but I told her she would have to wait and see. As she saw me putting on my tennis shoes and loading Oscar's stroller in the car she said, "me go park mommy!" Dang it, how did she know?! I guess the minute she saw my running shoes she knew that's where we were headed. We got a picnic breakfast to take over there (Arby's--Hardee's was way to busy) and then we had to double back past the house to get to the park. From the back we keep hearing, "no home, go to park." She knew we were headed in the direction of home and was worried that we weren't going to the park anymore. From a directionally challenged person, I was amazed that she knew where we were and that we were headed in the direction of home....hello, she is 3!

Olivia will be that kid in school who is always sitting in time out for swinging on her belly, running down/up the slide and going down backwards or face first. I can see it now. Oh me!

We were about to leave and John had the brilliant idea to let Oscar slide with Olivia. Poor Oscar, I couldn't take a picture because I was so nervous. He was terrified. I couldn't believe John did that to him. Poor fellow! Notice, the before, he looks happy, ok, clueless. Then John decides that they will go down again, but this time he will go with them. Hello, genius, I thought this is how you would have done it to begin with. No no, lets send a 3 year old down and tell her to hold on to him. Oh me! This mama did not see the humor. Look at the look of fear on Oscar's face the 2nd time down. Ok, his ears blowing in the wind is pretty stinkin cute! It is safe to say that Oscar didn't speak to him until lunch when he got chicken. :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Love that she knows!!

Tonight Olivia came in the den with her blankie (a green towel that we were given in Korea--trust me, we treasure this towel!). I asked her where it came from and her response made my heart smile. "Kea, mommy!" (Korea, mommy!) I praised her and then said, Olivia, where are you from? She, without hesitation said, "K-kea!" Isn't that the best! My kiddo is verbally and proudly telling me that she is from Korea. We talk about it all the time, but this is the first time she has said it to me! Love, love, love this! She has been so much fun today, but this was the absolute best moment of my whole day! It's days like these that make being her mama the best possible job in the world! We had our fundraiser mini photo shoot today. I had John bring my camera, because I wasn't sure Olivia was going to let Kreslyn take her picture and we were nearing nap time. Luckily, she did, but I got some cute shots. I know Kreslyn's will be WAY better, but I was glad to have my camera just in case Miss Olivia wouldn't cooperate. I still can't get over that Kreslyn did a mini photo shoot for us to help us raise money. She worked so hard the entire day! What a great day it was!! (I pics are fuzzy and not the best. I cannot wait to see Kreslyn's!!!! She does BEAUTIFUL work!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A 'pan pan' on your head kinda day

A couple weeks ago, Olivia wasn't feeling great, and John decided while he was getting her dressed that he would put her panties on her head to try and make her giggle. I could hear her laughing from across the house. Before I knew it Olivia was running down the hall belly laughing and then came Oscar with 'pan pans' on his head. Oh my! We are so definitely put the fun in dysfunctional sometimes. The picture doesn't look like she is thrilled, but she was also in the first stages of getting sick.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy 1st birthday Easton

Friday Easton turned 1 year old. Along with Easton's birthday, we also celebrated my dad's birthday. I couldn't think of a better person for Easton to share his birthday with. We celebrated dad's birthday on Friday night with a not so calm dinner at moms. By not so calm I mean three dogs barking through dinner, Annelyn dancing around and Adeline (the 10 week old baby)crying and Olivia fussing because she didn't want to eat because "me no like it." Regardless of the chaos, I love family time and mom made it through without having a coronary! I am sure my dad couldn't have thought of a better possible way to spend his birthday. We sure do love you dad!!
Saturday night we marked on the calendar for Easton's Dol. We looked at the Tennessee football schedule when planning and had everyone get there around kickoff time to make sure they weren't driving during the first quarter. Unfortunately, TN lost.
Easton's Dol was very different from Olivia's as I went with a fall theme. Hers was a summer candy theme. I so wish he could have been here, but I am grateful that he got to spend his first birthday in Korea. I hope we will share many, many more birthday's TOGETHER though!! On Thursday, I was kinda blue that he was celebrating his first birthday without me. All the milestones we miss in that first year. Goodness! I wish we could have shared each and every one of them with him. I am trying to quickly move past the sad feelings and get back to waiting....and waiting some more for him to come home! We got a wonderful surprise Thursday! We got some pictures of our sweet boy, who has changed again in the last month! Look at that smile!!!
He has his birthday boy bib that we sent. I must say, Olivia keeps us busy so I am ok on most days. Thank you everyone who came to celebrate with us! We love each and every one of you.

The Dol table--I really like how it turned out!

On the serving table.

At Olivia's Dol, I had a brochure at each place setting to explain what a Dol is and some of the traditions that the Koreans do at the first birthday. I decided instead of brochures that I would just hang the explanations up.

The cake was YUMMY! Thank you Amy Bennett. Go to if you are in the area. She does a great job. You can also find her on FB.

I really like how this turned out! Thanks pinterest!

Our front door wreath. Thank you, again, pinterest! I love that I can change it out every season.

The tower on the left is Easton's Korean name. The other one is butterscotch. Dol towers signify for the child to have a long and healthy life. They use to be actual towers of dessert.

This Dol tower is 'Easton' written in Hangul.

Lower part of Dol table with the cake on it.

I thought a great way to end a fall night was with a caramel apple!

Love that the two of them are holding hands....ok, so they were told to, but it is really cute!

She puts her face right next to mine for pictures now. I love this kid so much!!!!

Dinner time!

Two sweet, cute, and lively boys. Love them both!!

MaryLeigh--thanks for all your help!!! She took all the pictures and came in with hands to help get the last minute stuff done. I love that she loves my Olivia!

Again....pinterest! Loved this idea. It is a smores bar! I think it was enjoyed by many!! Plus, we can use it again!

Thanks mom for grilling the hot dogs!

A little UT game watching.

I hate we didn't get a family picture. None of us were in the same place long enough to take one.

Khloe and Sawyer enjoying the sand. There may have been some sand eating.

A group up at the swing set enjoying each others company.

I wanted a picture of Olivia in front of the table, but she was being silly and wouldn't smile...after a ton of coaxing, we got a silly laugh and I grabbed it!

Again, thank you to all who came! Thank you to all who are praying for our sweet boy. Please continue to pray him home!