For those of you who already know, I recently got the Sigma 18-35mm Fstop 1.8 Art lens A.K.A. Art lens A.K.A. UFO lens.
Yes, it’s great. Yes, it’s lovely. Yes, it takes great pictures. However, I came across a couple of discussion sites and groups that stated the Sigma 18-35mm lens to have a focus problem. This was AFTER Kaden had bought it for me (it was my Thanksgiving present from him although I was not sure why I was getting a Thanksgiving gift when it was only Thanksgiving, I found out later that Kaden had bought himself something and to get the guilt off his chest he bought me this. He did say that he’d been wanting to get another lens for me so that we can take better pictures when we go to Japan this winter, but I doubt that’s the real reason why..!!). Anyways, long story short, I saw that people were having focus issues with this lens and that some people had bought the USB dock for Sigma lens’ and fixing the issue themselves. I was not going to go through that long and “patience” requiring process so I decided to contact the nearest Sigma service center and just get mine fixed through them.
The hassle with that though is that I have to take my camera body in with the lens. Meaning: I don’t have a camera until Thursday or Friday at the latest. Meaning: I can’t take any pictures for a full 4 to 5 days.
After going out once with the lens though I love how it has an inner zoom (which means that the lens doesn’t extend out when I zoom) and also the colors and brightness of a Sigma lens is just so beautiful. It makes anything and everything look nice.
I had a hard time getting my pin (focus) bang on and later found out that it wasn’t me but the lens (I found out when I took a picture of my calendar, I focused on the number 7 but the actual picture came out with the focus on the number 6). But I think once it’s been fixed, I’ll be able to take this camera and take some pretty cool images. I kind of want to go out and explore and see what interesting things I can grab with this lens but I’ll have to wait.
So far, other than the focus issue, I’m loving this new baby and miss it already!!!
On Sunday, we took the time to go somewhere with the in-laws. It was the first time since Tyler was born, for all of us to go somewhere together. Fitting everyone in the car was the first obstacle for us but it all worked out (we forgot that we could unfold the back seats. hahaha how stupid am I).
We went to 물의정원 in 남양주.
Our first Korean Thanksgiving together. All of us together.
Usually, in Korea CHOO SUK (Thanksgiving) is remembering family (family members who have passed away) and spending quality time with family. For us, it’s putting together a table for our grandparents who have passed away and bowing to show our respect. Its called a 차례상. Our in-laws do this but my family doesn’t. Usually, Christians who have faith think that this is the same as believing in ghosts or worshiping other gods so my family doesn’t do this tradition.
However, I felt that my kids needed to participate and since I believe its more of a Korean tradition rather than worshiping gods, I wanted them to experience it for the first and last time (don’t tell that to my in-laws).
I think Josh was ok with it but Andrea obviously didn’t like this.
Tyler is 4 months old!! Can you believe it?!?!
It seems like it was yesterday I gave birth to this little monster..!!!
Since he turned 4 months old, we decided to take some pictures. I think we’re going to take pictures like this every month with him so that we can put it into our albums or photo books.
Getting ready in the mornings is so easy for Josh. He always wakes up t 6:30am and starts his day before everyone.
He gets up, eats his breakfast, brushes his teeth, washes his face and then puts his clothes on for kindergarten.
On this day, the sun was beautiful, the sky was blue and pure.
It was such a nice day, I just had to take the camera out with me.
Walking Josh to the school bus stop has become a big part of our daily routine.
In the Korean culture, we celebrate the 100th day of a child’s life. Why? Well, some say it’s to thank the child for living the full 100 days. Long ago when there wasn’t enough food and diseases that used to spread so fast, it was hard to keep a child alive for more than 100 days. So people would make a 100th day table full of goods and food for the GODs and thank them for keeping the child healthy.
Some say that it’s just to celebrate the child’s 100th day because 100 is a good solid number.
Other’s say it’s to give thanks and to wish for the child to live until he or she is 100.
Going out with three kids isn’t easy. Tyler isn’t even three months old yet and for us to go somewhere for the weekend is pretty much trying to dig a hole in the ground with a kids fork.
Kaden and I went on a date (just the two of us) to ITAEWON for a casual night out. We wanted to go somewhere to have a glass of beer and just talk for a bit.
Craft Han’s is a pub in Itaewon that sells house made beer.
When we arrived, it was about 7PM.
Josh asked me the other day if he could play in the closet that we put all of our blankets in. I said he could only play when I was watching him and only for 15 minutes. He eventually came out after about 5 minutes but to him, it seemed like it was the best 5 minutes of play time during that whole day.
Clothes by 휴리베베 and 포콩앤러브민
During the first two weeks after Tyler was born, I breastfed him with formula (Aptamil). I would get him to latch on and have a good 15minutes on each side, then feed him about 40ml to 60ml of formula. He would sometimes gulp down the 60ml and sometimes get about 40ml. During the first two weeks, I was able to find a breast milk massage therapist to help me with the latching and get my milk supply going. I was able to pump out about 30ml of breastmilk (both sides added up was about 30ml) after the first massage, then about 100ml after the second. In Korea, there are many breast massage shops for breastfeeding moms or for moms who are wanting to wean without pain.
2017/05/09 11:06 am 3.48kg Tyler Lee (40 weeks 3 days)
After a long wait, Tyler finally arrived on the day all Koreans went out to vote for the new President. My contractions started at 5:30am. I felt like I really had to go to the hospital around 8:30am so I took a shower, ate breakfast and headed to the hospital around 9:10am.
When we arrived, a “family delivery room” was available so Kaden and I went into that room. In Korea, there are different kinds of deliveries and the most common is the one where they ask the husband to step outside during the actual delivery and then come back in for the cutting of the umbilical cord. The “family delivery” is like the normal delivery of North America where the husband just stays through the whole delivery process.
When I arrived and changed, got the monitors hooked on me, it was about 9:40am and for some reason, my contractions weren’t getting stronger while lying on the bed. So the nurse gave me a yoga ball to sit and bounce on for a while. I sat on it for about 40 minutes and the contractions got really strong. I felt like I was going to go to Hell’s gate and give Satan a high five, and that’s when I knew it was time. I asked Kaden to call the nurse, she came in and said it was time so another nurse brought in a table and clothes, then they called my doctor. Two, three pushes later, Tyler was on my belly, Kaden was cutting the umbilical cord and I could hear Tyler crying, loud and clear.
It’s amazing how painful “giving birth” is but more amazing how you forget that pain as soon as you see this. This little amazing little breath of LIFE.
This Friday, Josh has an event at his kindergarten called “Imaginary Day”.
Kids are supposed to imagine a character they want to be and become that character for one day. In order to be that character, parents were sent a message from the kindergarten to take some time to MAKE their costumes (if possible) or purchase a costume and have the kids wear it to the school.
Of course Josh chose Thomas and Kaden and I did some research.
We found http://littleredwindow.com/2013/10/diy-thomas-the-train-halloween-costume.html and decided to start making our own version of this costume.
I am almost at my due date so I pretty much helped with the research only and Kaden did everything on his own. From going out to get the supplies and making the box, putting the little parts together, painting the boxes and to gluing everything together. Kaden did EVERYTHING.
I told him he should have chose Fine Arts as his major in university.