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Snapshot in the Life

November 15, 2017

Fall is here. We are definitely in a state of change. Samuel decided to sleep in our room for 7 weeks, and now all of the sudden he has decided to sleep in his and Jonen’s room. ALL NIGHT!!! We changed his bed into a big boy bed and he seems to like that a lot more than the crib. Yeah! This whole parenting thing just got MUCH easier. He is also trending on the healthy side after having a cold since he started preschool in September.

Jonen is rocking kindergarten right now. He brought home a book of all of his numbers and other common kanji in Chinese. (I had no idea they were doing that already.) He is also already doing addition and subtraction as well. (No other Seattle area kindergarten is doing this yet…we’ve asked around.) His English is also coming along nicely. This boy can count to 100 in 4 languages. Eek…what are we creating?!! He would say his favorite part of school is writing, math and recess. He says he is really good at catching a football. He had a fun soccer season and scored two goals in his last game. He preferred playing defense though.

Bran and I are about to celebrate another birthday together. Eek. Happy Thanksgiving all!

 

 

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What are we doing well?

October 10, 2017

Being a parent is pretty hard sometimes. I was laying in bed after a 2:00 am wake up thinking about what is am I doing well in my life right now? I have to admit that my best thinking does not come at 2 am, and I could not think of one thing that I was doing well that week. Let me provide some context. Jonen has had a ROUGH transition to kindergarten. He regressed a bit in some areas that I won’t talk about on the Internet, but it took 3 whole weeks to normalize (tantrums, exhaustion…just horrible in every way). Samuel just will not sleep for more than 2 hours in his crib. I have resorted to sleeping with him in our bed, so I can actually get some sleep at night. (Tonight, I asked him if he was going to sleep in his crib. He shook his head no. I asked if he would sleep with mommy, and he shook his head yes.) As a result of a rough transition and no sleep, we ended up in the ER with Brandon. Bran was sick as a result of exhaustion and stress. I was worried about Samuel’s immunity, so I had to wash everything that might have touched Bran. Bran was also banished to the other room. So….this is when I had the 2 am wake up where I wondered what I was doing well as a human. Here is my list, so I can refer to it for future wake ups and rough times.

  • Our boys eat a great diet…like for real, and we get compliments from teachers and friends. (The Lindsey boys are good eaters.)
  • The boys love a dance party….like for real, my cousin thanked me for Jonen’s dancing at her wedding.
  • They say “itadakimasu” before every meal. It is basically, thank you for this food in Japanese. Samuel clapping his hands saying “masu” is kinda one of the cutest things ever.
  • Our bathrooms are completely done. There is no more water damage. They look pretty great, you are more than welcome to come over and visit. Samuel loves the  shower downstairs. He even climbed in fully clothed when Jonen was showering tonight. He loves water!
  • Jonen loves soccer and reading books. It seems like defense comes pretty naturally to him, and he actually enjoys it. He falls asleep looking at a book every night.
  • Samuel loves to climb and read books. He climbs up in the rocking chair with a book and just flips pages.
  • I’m training for a half marathon at the end of October, and I rocked a 10 mile run over the weekend. I only have time to really run once a week, and I’m much faster than I was 10 years ago when I ran my last 1/2 marathon. How did that happen?

That’s all I’ve got for right now. Hopefully, Bran and I will figure out some more wins for the upcoming month.

Our loves:

 

Fall is in the Air

September 14, 2017

There is definitely a crispness to the air now. I kinda love the coming of fall and the changing of the leaves. This fall has been a lot more change and excitement than necessary. My sister was almost flooded by Harvey, and then I watched the news as the eye of Irma passed over my dad’s house. Sam Sam’s birth mother had to evacuate as well. I just hope her house wasn’t flooded as well. Too many natural disasters in a very short time.

We also got a phone call one week prior to the start of kindergarten that Jonen got into the Mandarin immersion program at Beacon Hill. He had done Jump Start (half day kindergarten prep) at Thurgood, so we had to figure out if we should transfer him or not. The ultimate decider was getting to join the school with two of his closest friends, so we moved him. As you may know, Jonen is not good with change, so this week has been a challenge. He also started soccer, AND I signed him up for Japanese classes on Saturdays. We did this so he could hang with some of his Megumi buddies. Too much? Probably. He came up with the idea to create a sticker chart, where he gets stickers if he gets dressed and gets out the door on time without a tantrum. He gets to watch one Richard Scarry show for each sticker. Pretty proud of that one.

Our dearest Samuel, he is just so pleasant all day. He started his Spanish immersion preschool and is doing SUPER well. The teacher talks about how content he is all day. He is walking more now!! YEah! He can use a spoon and a fork. He loves yogurt so much, and his favorite food is definitely fruit. The teachers say he loves the food at school as well. (It looks really good.) We are pretty sure he is a leftie. He loves playing “catch” and always throws the ball with the left hand. The only problem is he wakes up all night..like every two hours…crying and won’t calm himself down. I think it is because he is learning to walk and he is actually moving his legs like he is walking all night. We’re tired. We’ve had two nights of uninterrupted sleep in one month.

Let’s hope for some all the change to set in and settle at a new normal and for no more natural disasters aiming at our family.

 

 

NYC trip & Back to School

August 25, 2017

I can’t believe summer is almost over already! We had a very full summer. The boys will both be starting at new schools this fall. Samuel will go to his Spanish immersion preschool, and Jonen is at our neighborhood school. We’ve been prepping the boys for their transitions. Samuel got to go to Jonen’s preschool for 6 weeks, so he got used to being around lots of kiddos and transitioning to one nap a day. He loves it there and adjusted after a couple of weeks to the new routine. Jonen got to go to half day kindergarten this week. He was definitely nervous on Day 1 and seemed to have fun today.

We went to NYC a couple of weekends ago for my cousin’s wedding. It was really fun to see family and a new part of the world. The boys had a great time while we were there. Samuel did not do as well on the plane. He is in the strange sleep pattern now where he only wants to sleep while holding our hand or having us pat his back. It’s cute as he is going to sleep…it is rougher at 3 am when we are tired.

Samuel is soooo close to walking! He can hold onto one of our hands and walk pretty far. He said “Jo Jo” this am when he saw Jonen. Totally the highlight of my day.

Have a great weekend!

Jonen – 5 years old

August 1, 2017
My loves!

Jonen is 5!

My dearest Jonen,

How are you already 5? You make me so proud everyday. You are a very thoughtful, energetic, compassionate child. Your curiosity about the world around you helps me become more curious as well. Why did they put jellyfish into space in 1991? I don’t know, but let’s figure it out.

You love running, painting and singing at school. I love how much you sing! Your best friends are Declan, Max, Takeo, Vishy, Jhanavi, Kellan, Walkaboo (Elan) and Shun. You love learning all about baseball, space, and airplanes. Our next adventure takes us to kindergarten. We have gone twice to visit the library and for a play date. My plan is to take you into that building as much as possible to help with your big transition. I love that the first time we went into your new school, you told me how nervous you were. It takes a pretty big kid to realize an emotion they are feeling and to be able to verbalize it.

Thank you for being you! I can’t wait to see where our adventures continue to take us.

Love you sooo much!

Mama

P.S. Can you feel me hugging and kissing you right now?

 

Freezing Moments in Time

July 21, 2017

Do you know those moments in life where everything just feels right? I had one of them tonight with the boys. Bran plays frisbee on Thursday, so I get play time with the kids. Jonen was creating an airplane out of duplos and Samuel was just crawling around with purpose. Samuel did crawl over to me and bite my nose, but even that was just really funny. We read books, sang songs, and now they are up there “talking” while I relax a bit. In this moment, life is good.

Moments of bliss for the boys:

Samuel loves blueberries, climbing up the step stool and standing at the bathroom sink, making smacking sounds with his mouth, waving bye bye, laughing, and crawling super fast. This child is not very good at sleeping in places other than his bed. He did fall asleep in the pic below after a night of camping. I think we finally wore him out. Ha!

Jonen told me tonight that he wants to be a baseball player, a construction worker AND a scientist who writes a lot when he gets older.

Mexico, Visits, and More

June 23, 2017

We have had quite the month of June so far, and it is not even over. Highlights:

Mexico: It was so nice to have 10 days with my boys. The main take aways are Loreto is amazing, Samuel loves to wave at everyone as we walk down the street, and Jonen swam a lap in the pool! Traveling with the kiddos was really fun. Everyone treated us really well and wanted to play with them.  (We also had a repeat of Florida with Jonen throwing up one night and Samuel with some diaper rash. It seems like Jonen just ate way too much food and quickly recovered. Samuel also rebounded quickly and felt great by the time we were back in Seattle.)

Visits: Sam Sam’s birth mom got to come over and play with Samuel. It was so nice to see her and I am so happy that we are continuing to stay open in our adoption plan. Nana came out to visit to help with my first full week of work.

Preschool Graduation: Jonen did amazing and bowed and sang and did all the motions for the songs and graduated from Megumi. Brandon and I successfully sang a song in Japanese with all the other parents.

Austin: I am now on a business trip in Austin, Texas. It is my first time away from Samuel. I fly out first thing in the am and am sooo excited to see everyone. There are direct flights to Austin, and this city is sooo great that I definitely want to bring the kids next time.

Next week, we have NOTHING on our agenda and I am soooo excited for a bit of down time!