Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Post Placements Complete!!!

Well, as of Jan. 23 2013 - our post placements for Jacob are complete.  Now we wait on the lawyer we hired to give us a court date in March to finalize Jacob's adoption.  Yippy!  Almost finished and Jacob will be a US Citizen and officially ours forever!!!

Life with Jacob has been a fun trip.  It is like he has always been here.  He just started speaking English in the last few weeks (almost like he was waiting to get the English language perfect before speaking-now he says everything).  He loves to follow his brother around and repeat what he says (it is so cute)!   He is so unbelievably fun and expressive.  He does have a very strong will, but loves to laugh (that strong will will take him far in the future).

Life with 3 has been difficult at times, but we are making it work.  I am starting to feel human again (like having a new baby - there is a period where you don't know your name or what day of the week it is or when you ate or showered last, hehehe).  Jacob has started allowing us to leave him in his class at church on Sunday and at CBS on Fridays for 2 hours (a much needed Mommy break with other fellow women and God's word).  Those little breaks plus finally a date night with my husband and life looks good.  I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  My kids are growing up and all is going well.  Plus my amazing husband has decided to help me with the grocery shopping on the weekends (which has helped alot).  I am now finding time to deep clean areas of the house during the day due to not having grocery shopping to worry about.  We now make grocery shopping a weekend family outing.  Everyone helps out (kids help get the groceries and unload the cart plus they assist with putting everything up).  I know that seems strange, but they really like to grocery shop.  Been neat to see our family work as a team.  We actually got a free whole chicken this last week at Publix (which is Jacob's favorite food).  :-)  The things that make you smile as a family are so different than when we were with no kids.  I can't imagine a life without my little joys.  Each and everyone of them are special in their own ways and I thank God everyday for Him allowing me to be their Mom.

Below are a few pictures of the last few months (enjoy)...
He loves his Mommy!

 Helping Daddy

Nothing like pillows

Running in Jan. (an unusually warm day)

Rocking the hat his foster mom gave him before we left Korea

 My very expressive little man with his "J" monkey he loves so much

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Well, we had a wonderful Christmas!  Jacob even got to have his picture made with Santa (he just would not leave his stroller to sit in Santa's lap).  Also, the kids made cookies for Santa, a gingerbread train, and some reindeer food so Santa would find our house.  Jacob got the hang of unwrapping presents very quickly - he soon wanted to open everyone's gifts (it was so cute).  Some of his favorite gifts were the Cozy Coupe from Nana, his Little People car wash set from Mema, Lego table from Mom and Dad, Firetruck from Santa, and Cookie Monster bean bag toss from Aunt Amy and Uncle Jay.  Now, we just all wish it would snow!!!  So cold right now, but no snow (come on snow)...

To finish the year we celebrated with good friends.  Jacob actually went with the sitter at the party for a couple of hours (which was great)!!!  I so long for him to really believe I am coming back for him and to not worry about where I am.  I am glad he has attached (that is a huge blessing).

So as I finish this - 2012 was a great year.  Yes, we had ups and downs while waiting on Jacob to come home, but once home he has been awesome!  We really have nothing to complain about.  He is healthy and seems to be doing very well for his age.  He is starting to speak English but would rather speak Korean and likes some American foods but still loves his Korean dishes (especially Kimchi for all meals of the day).  He is such a joy and I'm amazed at what he has taught me.   He is such a sweet boy who charms all who meet him.  A comedian who has a sweet heart (loves loves loves to share - well except for his toys).  :-)

Anyway, Happy New Year and below are some pictures from the past month (enjoy)...

 Brothers playing cars over a Spiderman book

Tea party with chocolate donuts 

Check out his tower he built - so proud!

Love love love their new bean bag toss games - thanks Uncle Jay and Aunt Amy

Time for a nap - nothing like a boy and his dog.

Loves his Cozy Coupe

Lego time