Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Since this is our second time adopting my expectations were realistic when it came to meeting Violet for the first time on Tuesday. When we first met Jae he barely acknowledged Angie and I other than to occasionally check out what we were trying to lure him over to us with.
When Violet first came into the room in which we were waiting, it was one of those dreams that adopting parent's have, that is all together unrealistic. She walked right over to me and looked at me for a couple seconds and gave me a hug. It is obvious that her foster mother had prepped her for our meeting by showing Vi pictures that we had sent of Angie and I in care packages over the last couple years. That was all we could do up until now to help with the transition from foster family to forever family; send her pictures of us and even the dog and cat and pictures of our house.
It was a big day, exciting, to say the very least. However it was also a relief, knowing that maybe just maybe the transition for little Violet will be easier than what I remember it was for Jae. Now I'd be a fool to not admit that having a playmate in Jae seems to also be beneficial and a "role-model" for Vi.
Angie and Violet also seemed to have a connection that is already "motherly" as Violet stared into her Mom's eyes several times.
Today we see her again for another hour before we have to leave her for several more weeks.
Here's to hoping that meeting number two goes as good or even better than meeting number one.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thank you: Gamsa Hamnida
Thank you for the meal: time-mo-go-sa-ne-da
cold water: naengsu
How much is this?: egor all-my-oh
It's too expensive: Neomu bissayo
Korean Barbeque: pure-go-gee
street food: pun-she
spicy rice cakes: doc-bog-gi
fried dumplings: mon-da-chichen
fried vegatables: ah-to-chichen
fried sweet pototoes: coo-coo-ma-tigen
fish cakes: oo-dang
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I'd rather have the Koreans say "stupid Frenchman" instead of "stupid American".
Angie and I got down to the meeting area a couple minutes earlier than the "early" time the adoption agency told us to be there. As we nervously watched the door, our hearts were being tested. Luckly Ang and I are both marathoners with good strong hearts! A couple minutes into our wait a middle-aged Korean lady walked toward the front door and we each recognized each other. She was in one picture of Jae and we had sent Jae pictures of us. On foster Mom's back was Jae riding contently as most Korean children do, on their Mom's backs.
Once our social worker joined us, we found an open room where Foster Mom tried to get comfort Jae and to have him start to play with us. He took a while to warm up, but after some peek-a-boo he started to smile, then Angie got him to laugh with some well placed tickles.
Of course, being 17 months old he's already built an attachment with the foster family, especially the foster Mom so asking him to immediately attach to us is a fantasy.
We did get some good info from foster Mom about his likes and dislikes. He like apples, seaweed, banannas, playing the piano, cell phones, books... he's not a big fan of orange juice or milk but that's about it. He's an adventurous and smart little guy according to Foster Mom. He also pronounces words very well, which is great, he can teach me how to say aluminum.
We also got some unexpected news that we'll have a "Got-ya" date of 9/2 instead of 9/5 which we expected. Thus, our sightseeing in South Korea will be a little limited, but this is for the better. We'll have the weekend to get him comfortable with us before that long flight home. So, no trip to the DMZ or to the Track and Field World Championships, kind of a bummer, but the alternative wins any day of the week.
After our meeting with Jae and letting what just happened settle in, we went for lunch to a place without menus. I was hoping to point to something. With no luck on menus, we also had bad luck because nobody on staff spoke English. So I ordered us both Bi-Bim-Bop, something I know is on most Korean menus. It was delicious and too much to eat.
That's all for now.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Today is a big day for our household; we meet our son for the first time in about 3 hours!
I really wish I could have got more sleep in the last 48 hours; I think my total is maybe about 4 hours. Oh well that's what coffee is for, right?
On the flight over I didn't get any sleep in, but I did watch a couple of good movies: The Lincoln Lawyer and Rio. I had seen where Rio had ties to Moose Lake, MN so I had to watch it, and would give it a high rating.
Last night we tried to find some quick food before trying to fall asleep and we tried to order a bulgogi pizza but wound up with a simple 'American' combo pizza due to a kitchen messup... oh well, we were so hungry it did't matter much.
I'm a new blogger so I may have gotten to excited about being able to publish whatever I want when I want yesterday when I said that I'd touch on some cultural differences about Korea. That post will still come but it's a couple down the road.