Thursday, September 30, 2010

Family Outing

Looking back to our Colorado days, I loved hiking the ski trails in the summer and fall... and always got a kick with combing the areas under the lifts for change that happened to fall out of pockets of skiers. Believe you me, there's a bunch if you look!

This weekend we took a hike up to the top of our local ski resort, hung out, and made it back down for a great picnic. Times have changed. Instead of looking for change, we look for flowers and bugs. Benny now has a pet caterpillar, which he hopes will turn into a butterfly some day.

This goes to show you... the best mountains are the ones where you are, and the best camera's are the ones you have at the time. This was taken by my phone.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Big Daddy Is Watching

It's no wonder Everlie now wants to play by herself. It seems that Delaney has elevated herself to being a "tough guy". We always tell the kids that Mama, Daddy and God are always watching, and remind them they never really do "get away" with anything. This is living proof.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Everlie's Dance Class

It seems our sweet Everlie has dance moves like her Daddy. Good thing she's beautiful like her Mama.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It's been quite awhile since posting. I'm getting my masters at night, so it's kids during the day and study/classes at night. Poor excuses, I know.

Our family continues to grow and be healthy. Delaney is still headstrong and determined, refusing to allow anyone to help her eat, etc.. Everlie is still headstrong and determined, yet mostly potty-trained, and Benny is still headstrong and mellow. I can't believe Benny will be in Kindergarten and Ev will be in PreSchool this fall...actually next month.

For now, here are some pics from the past few months.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today was my day with the kids. We'll, Benny had preschool until 1:30. Ever have a day where the kids are not cooperative with what you want? This was it for me. Naps...not a chance. Cracking siblings on the head with a light saber...yep. Sucker punches/hits/tattle-tales...yep. Cleaning the bathroom floor and wall...yep (if you have boys, you know what I mean). It was a great day, topped with dinner with Jimmy and Amber. With their girl in tow, they braved our 3 kids. We were even treated with a concert from all 4 kids. There were 4 versions of a song or story being sung and recited at the same time. It was melody to our ears.

A highlight I had was to carve out 5 minutes to con the kids into posing for pictures. Here's the fruit of the labor.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Right now, these pictures really capture our kids' personalities. Benny is still funny, Everlie likes to pose with cute little goofy facial expressions, and Delaney is teething...with allergies...and always lets us know how she feels.

Today we are assembling a swing set in our back yard. Benny is excited and keeps asking when we are starting. I was up at 4:30 this morning, fully expecting him to come down with his boots on.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

@ The Arch

Here's a few other photos from the early morning shoot.

Pre-Rush Rush

I headed out to the Arch one chilly morning last week to catch the sunrise for some pictures. Ironically, this was my favorite.

I Love Korean Tradition

We recently went to a birthday party for a friend whose daughter turned 1. Since our friends happen to be Korean, it was a good opportunity for us to break out the girls' traditional Korean hanboks. It is a huge custom for celebrate a child's first birthday in Korea (traditional Koreans consider this day as their 2nd birthday...the first is when they are born).

The birthday celebration includes getting dressed up in traditional clothing, and choosing an item from a table, which represents their path through life (I guess). Articles to choose from include money, food, red thread, things relating to jobs... Our kids chose the cash! Since Lydia's parents are both physicians, it seemed natural she picked the parent was pleased, the other not so much. I personally think she chose it out of default. It was close, and she couldn't get her feet moving because of her hanbok. Nonetheless, I love the tradition. We have beautiful hanbok's for the kids because of their foster parents in Seoul.

I also love the Guatemalan "tradition" we have instilled with Benny... the ol' pinata and stick! What does it have to do with Guatemala, you ask? Nothing...just our tradition, that's all.

It's nice to have family traditions, and suspect it will serve as an extra dab of glue, keeping our family in love with each other for years to come.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I've created a new website to compliment this blog.

My plan is to post articles, surveys, thoughts, photos...and have a contest or 2 along the way. If life is a journey...and we are all on this journey together...why not share things to help us all along the way?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Craftsmanship is not dead

I had never been in a woodworking store until my friend Eric (also known as #2 by my wife...only because of the name, though) invited me along. By day he is a doctor. By night, he's an American craftsman in the making. Now, woodworking isn't my cup of tea, but photography is. Observing Eric in his element presented quite a few photo opps. It's funny, but I see him more as a woodworker than a doctor. Not because he is a marginal doctor...hardly the case. He is incredibly humble and doesn't flaunt his MD...he also works hard enough to want to talk about something else when he's away from the hospital. He's the classic case of someone not making his identity what he does. If you want to talk philosophy, books, family, religion, woodshop...#2 is your man.

Getting back to the woodworking store. The employees were attentive to his questions, but they thought I was the goofy sidekick with the camera. All in all, I took @ 150 pictures in the store. Most were deleted, but I found the place fascinating. Here are a few of the remaining pics that I liked.

If you ever run across a museum-quality chair made by Eric, you better snap it up. Anyone that willingly reads a book called "Dust Collection Basics" must be serious..or in need of a good book :)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Simply stated, I love our kids. When people find out they are adopted, they always tell me how lucky they are. I think the opposite. Geri and I are blessed. I figured that God had this planned from the beginning. It was just our job to bring them home.

Speaking of this, we have a good friend that is pregnant...when we broke the news a month or so ago, Benny was somewhat confused...he understands that somehow babies come from bellies, but is still figuring out what an airplane has to do with the process (since his sisters came on airplanes). When he's old enough, I'll just refer to the first paragraph to explain our family.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Mur

We gave it our best shot to get the kids sing Happy Birthday to Mur (their Grandma). At least they are enthusiastic about raising their hands, letting Mur know they love her.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This is a cute video of Benny and Everlie playing at Olivia Crabb's house in Denver. They are supposed to be The Chipmunks.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Fun in the Snow

Last fall we bought some CHEAP Southwest Airlines tickets to Denver, and heartily enjoyed our stay with the Shaffers this past week. With Michelle gone to A&M and Harry spending part of his week in Seattle for work, I hope we weren't too much a pain. After all, they had a Japanese exchange student staying there along with us. Her name is Mai, and the kids LOVED her. I think the feeling was mutual. She was quite nice and didn't mind the kids mobbing her.

Along with the Shaffer's, we had great visits with the Crabbs and Stewarts. I wish we had more time to visit other families, but there is so much a family can do between naps and bedtime. Some of my favorite moments included an Alvin And The Chipmunks concert with Olivia Crabb on lead vocals, Everlie on backup and Benny on guitar. It was truly hilarious seeing them perform at the top of the stairs. I'll try and post some pictures and video from Geri's IPhone. Their only song was a Christmas tune that Olivia started and stopped at least 10 times. Truly a great moment in parenthood.

We also spent a few afternoons at Keystone's Nordic Center. They have a great tubing hill for little kids. I viewed this as mountain climbing training. Instead of helping to carry up the tubes after each run, Benny would complain of a "sore knee". I never could get him to point out which knee actually hurt, though. So here I was, trudging uphill, with Everlie on my shoulders and Benny snugly in his tube. Delaney didn't last too long out in the cold (although she is a trooper), so Geri took her in the main building to hang out and eat. I was astounded to learn that Delaney ate an entire 1/4lb hotdog. An older gentleman came up to us and declared that even he couldn't finish a hotdog that big. That's our girl!

I took Benny to the Highlands Ranch Skate/Bike park on Friday, where he marveled at the teenagers jumping around with authority. I have to admit that the kids were nice and more than eager to set up some shots for good pics.

Saturday morning came too early. On my way to pack up the car at 6am, I slipped on top of the stairs and promptly bruised my tailbone. Not fun for a 2 hour flight. After Benny's preschool class on Monday, his teacher came up and declared that his favorite part of the trip was me falling down the stairs.