Sunday, January 31, 2016

Are we done yet?

Are we done yet?  The true feelings of an eight year old nephew during a photo shoot when there is a football game getting ready to be played in the backyard.  I love this little guy and even though he was done I got some cute shots of him.....

Love you Sam!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mountain Snow Fun

Snow has been sort of scarce around here this year, but when we did have some to the mountain we headed for some sledding.  Everyone of our kids loves to sled and they seem to be a little more fearless each year.

This was Luke Jee Seong's first time and he was not to be left out.  He wanted to climb the big hill with the kids, but we said no to that for now.  Being the baby of five he will probably do so much at a younger age.  They all four seem to be there for his any wants or needs that life may throw his way!

This boy is fearless. He was just telling me today how he will probably need some stitches in life...and I am sure he is right!

Mr. Cutie letting his Daddy get a little workout up and down the road!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nine Years Home

This past weekend we celebrated Katie's family day. A day to remember how we waited for her to come home and those moments of seeing and holding her for the first time.  She has grown into a beautiful girl and I feel so privileged to be her Mom.  Our trip to Korea has started some conversations and questions with her.  Many we do not have answers for, and many she may explore as she grows.  She told me her perfect birthday party would be for everyone to bring a book and read the day away:)  Oh my girl I don't know about anyone else, but I sure want an invitation to that party!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Two weeks home

Mr. Luke Jee Seong has been home a little over two weeks.  How our lives have changed.  Our hearts are full with love for Luke.  In so many ways he is doing amazing.  He is very spoiled by his siblings and seems to be always being carried, loved, or played with.  

He has his moments of quietness and sadness. It is hard to see and sometimes it lasts an hour and sometimes a day.  He must miss all the was familiar and those who love him so in Korea.  I loved finding him in the middle of our groceries after a trip to the store.  He was such an adorable helper that day.

Tomorrow our real life starts again. School, sports, acitivites, and homework.  I am hoping schedules feel good and Luke and I create our own little life for the days.

( this photo was an in the moment-not sure he should be up there, but big brother is looking out for him)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A few favorites of Christmas

A few of my favorite people!  Christmas morning-no makeup- just me as I am in the morning.  Kids in pj's from Christmas Eve.  The most special gifts were ones kids had created themselves this past week.  

All my boys! They outnumber the girls now.  Good thing we have some strong (and stubborn) girls in this family!  

Sister love.  Of course that is a complicated love as all love is in life.  At this point in life these two seem to get along just fine.  They have the same housekeeping standards, love to craft for hours, and are starting to have more of those sister "secrets" than in the past.

We are on our last few days of break. I am not at all ready for all the schedules and running around. Still trying to soak in these last few days of "freedom"!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!  The day was good here. It was a quiet day at home filled with happy kids and family time.  Kids were up early but patiently waited for their little brother to wake up.  He is spending a good amount of night time awake so he was happy to sleep in:)  Everyone seemed happy with their gifts and quickly disappeared into their rooms for some time to play.  There was then time for a brunch like breakfast followed by "The Grinch"  movie.  It was cold and windy here, but there was still some football games outside.  I still can not believe I am the Mom of all these kids.  We are a great distance away from attachment with Luke Jee Seong, but I love to watch as we learn about each other as a family!

Thinking of so many friends and family today!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Time for Gingerbread!

As we adjust to five kids I decided we would decorate a gingerbread house this week.  There are plenty of leaders in our
house now, so I really had to just clean up the mess and keep a few of the design disagreements to a minimal.  

Luke was happy to play with some silly play dough like substance that Brianna had made.  It kept his little hands out of the bigger kids project.

I love these days of break. No schedules no running around just being together.  I have noticed I haven't even filled the van up with gasoline for quit awhile. That is a good sign of good family time happening!

We are getting ready to start the Christmas activities with mass this evening.  This will be Luke's first time at church so we will see how that goes. Then time to get ready for the man of the hour! They were still writing lists to Santa this morning??? Not sure what to think about that???

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