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The Blind Side

June 20, 2017

Today I sat on the cold floor of our room, in the corner, watching my infant sleep in his crib, going back and forth between him and my small little iPhone, I watched the movie “The Blind Side”.

I remember seeing the preview for this movie and I remember thinking to myself how an obvious, touching movie this would be. It would probably just be one of those movies where a white, rich and smart woman helps out a poor black boy. Well, I thought wrong. This movie opened my mind, it opened my thoughts and made me think.

This woman opened doors for this young man, took him in (in her house literally) and changed his life. She became his legal guardian, basically adopted him and made sure he got a chance in everything a young person deserved. A chance in things most kids take granted. Education, a home, a family. LOVE.

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As I watched the ending credit for this movie, I thought to myself..

What can I do for my children?

What door can I open for my children?

Am I a good parent?

Am I a good person?

Am I doing the right thing?

So many questions came up on my mind, I asked myself so many questions but couldn’t answer one of them. Not a single question. I couldn’t answer a single question. It was like I was taken into “zone out mode” and just kept asking these questions to myself that I couldn’t even answer.

I have been thinking Josh a lot lately. He’s changed. Like all kids, he’s changed since going to kindergarten in Korea. AND I HATE IT. I hate how he talks and acts. Why? Korean kids have this tone of voice that they ALL DO. Josh was doing it. He sang like all the other kids, he talked like all the other kids and he was turning into… well.. this kid that seemed so… NOT MY JOSH. The innocent, sweet and charming child that was always so bright and charming was changing into .. well.. just one of those other Korean kids that always asked weird questions, talked in the bit rude tone of voice and was getting very annoying. It was like I had some control over Josh in Singapore but now in Korea I didn’t. It was like.. I don’t know he just seemed so distant. It was as if I had no control over him. Not that I’m trying to make him into anything but my thoughts and standards are still pretty firm.

As I had Josh and as hi turned one, I promised myself that I would 1. always be there for my child not matter what, 2. make sure they live in a good, clean environment and 3. always be loved.

No this list is getting longer. I feel like I have number 4 and the numbers keep rising. I want them to be able to run around freely, I want them to be able to choose what they want to do and how to do it. I want them to be able to live freely and have the brains to choose wisely. I want them to have a good education and I want them to be able to enjoy life.

While watching this movie, I found myself thinking…

“what in the world am I doing to make sure this so called list is achieved?”

This woman was already successful, she had a great house, a GREAT outfit and lived the ideal successful life. She already had everything to be able to PROVIDE to others. Not that this movie was about her and her success but it made me think AGAIN, do I have to make lots of money to be able to give my children those same options? Do I have to be successful and have a “place” in life where my voice will be heard and noticed?

Hmm…

As I sat on the floor and watched this movie on my iPhone, all these things came up in my mind and I could only come up with one conclusion.

GOD.

Money could probably help my kids, a title on a slick business card could probably help my kids but it all came down to that one word, GOD.

People say the phrase “Good lord, help me. Oh my God please (blah blah blah)” so I decided to rely on my God and pray for my kids. Pray for them and pray for me. So that I could hear God’s voice when he talks to me and make sure that I take his lead. Make sure I listen to him and be careful not to drive my kids crazy. Cause I know in some situations I’m going to have conflict and want to make them into something I want them to be, not what they want to be.

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The Baby stuff I use

June 15, 2017

One of the difficult things about raising a child (other than being sleep deprived for the first year and mentally going crazy) is picking which item to use for your precious little one. It was hard for me when I had Josh because I was in Korea, I had no idea what to buy, no idea what I needed and didn’t have a friend to ask. So I had to my own research and find out on my own.

With Tyler being born, I knew exactly what worked, what I needed and how much of the items I needed to buy.

So I decided to do a post on these “BABY STUFF” that worked for me and my children.

This may not work for you and your child but it’s a list that I’d like to share for all moms.

Thermometer.

I use the forehead thermometer from BRAUN and the in ear one from the inexpensive PORORO brand. BRAUN thermometers are really expensive. I got this one in Singapore for about 80 dollars.

However, I like to have at least two in the house so that I have a second opinion. Sometimes the temperature comes out weird and I have to measure it four or five times. For those times, I keep an extra thermometer so that I know exactly what range I’m looking at.

The Pororo brand from Korea is around then bucks and works as an ear thermometer and a forehead thermometer. It works great!

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

DIY Thomas and Friends Costume | 토마스 기차 의상 만들기

April 24, 2017

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.

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Busan, South Korea

Busan #2 | 부산 태교여행 | Short trip to Busan | 20170226

April 20, 2017

Second day.

So this was the view from our hotel room. Every morning, the sea would say “good morning” to us. Not only was this the best view but it was great to smell the salty sea water. We would open the windows and listen to the waves and smell the salty sea.

Since it was the second day, I asked Kaden what he wanted to do. I kind of wanted to stay in bed and be a bit lazy but Kaden wanted to get a move on it and start going places. I had to remind him that this was not a backpacking trip but a relaxing baby #3 trip.

So for breakfast, we had a quick meal from The Coffee Bean.

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A TWOSOME PLACE COLD BREW | 투썸플래이스 콜드브루 원액

April 5, 2017

I seriously have NO idea why they named this coffee shop ” A Twosome Place”. Is it just me that thinks this name is weird???

When I first mentioned this to Kaden, Kaden said to me that this coffee shop was a pretty famous place. I was like, “WHAT?!”.

But now, I’m used to it. It’s still weird to me. But I’m used to the fact that it’s a weird name and it’s a bit less weird if you say it shortened in the Korean way that everyone in Korea says it. Everyone just calls it Twosome. As in 투썸. Which does seem a bit better cause the word twosome does mean a pair or a pair of people together. I just think putting “A” and “Place” before and after is a bit awkward. It’s like saying it’s “a pair of people place”. I don’t know, maybe I’m just really weird.

Anyways, when I first went to Twosome, I fell in love with their cakes. Their cakes were not too sweet but soooooo delicious that every time Kaden and I would go to this “place’ for coffee, I would order a slice of cake no matter how full I was. I would try a different slice every time I went and would want more. It was like one slice was never enough. Then I fell in love with their Royal Milk Tea. It was the best milk tea I had tried (hot or iced it didn’t matter) and a slice of cake with a cup of milk tea would just be the best treat for me.

I was a “Starbucks Girl” if you know what I mean. I would always drink Starbucks coffee when I was out and nothing else. Well, if I was in Canada then I would either have Starbucks or Tim Hortons. When I first came to Korea, there wasn’t a Starbucks near my place. There was only “A Twosome Place” and a local small coffee shop that a lady ran by herself. So I really didn’t have a choice on my way to work. Then after I moved in with Kaden, I went back to Starbucks. It was like I had returned home.

Now, it’s back to Twosome. There isn’t a Starbucks near my in-law’s place, but there is a Twosome. Recently, when Kaden and I went to have some coffee. We found out that they had a new menu called the Cold Brew coffee. It was the best black coffee we had tried in a while.

So when we heard that they sold the extract of the cold brew coffee for 14000 won KRW, we bought a bottle and brought it home.

This bottle of the coffee extract is good for 6 months in the fridge and is easy to make. Mix the ratio at 1:4, the extract 1 and water 4.

I love the flavor of this coffee so much that I want to drink two cups a day. I try and hold back, though. If you’ve tried this already, you probably already know that there’s a hint of chocolate flavor in this coffee. I love that. It’s not the sweet chocolate taste but the scent of cocoa. The coffee itself is very bold but very smooth and is really easy to drink. Very rich in flavor but not too strong and bitter.

This cold brew coffee from Twosome is right now, currently, my favorite coffee and I wish I could send some to Canada for my friends to try.

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Euky Bearub | Chest Rub | Baby Cold Rub | 유키베어럽 | 바르는감기약 | 베어럽 | 호주 천연 감기 크림

March 29, 2017

For the past couple of weeks, the whole family has been going through ups and downs with a cold. Either one would get it and one would come out of a cold but the cycle would repeat, over and over again. Right now Andrea has had a runny nose for a couple of weeks and Josh would be on and off. Kaden has already been sick for about a week and I have a runny nose now too.

While talking to my friend Julia, I told her about Vick’s Vapo Rub and how it doesn’t seem to be working for our family. It used to work really well for us back when we were in Singapore. But I don’t know if it’s the weather here in Seoul or the haze but, it just doesn’t work. Then Julia mentioned Euky Bearub.

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February 23, 2017

My coffee time is usually during the afternoon when the kids sleep. When the kids’ nap, I fix myself a cup of coffee and a snack and sit in from of my MacBook and post something on my blog or just browse around looking at kids stuff.

Today, I had my coffee in the morning. Between all the chaos that the kids were making, I was brave enough to make a cup of coffee and cut up some bread.

Ever since using I started using the jaehyo.com products, I get excited about coffee time. All the products are so sophisticated and elegantly designed that it makes my coffee time feel a bit more special than before. Even placing this piece of bread on the saucer of this black stripe espresso cup set makes me feel like I’m at a coffee shop, not my in-laws house.

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