There has been lots of hugs and kisses around this house lately.
It’s been 4 days since this little one started pre-school. She’s doing so well it’s hard to believe. During the first week, she was able to only go for 3days. She was sick so she missed a few days. Then she had an ear infection. It was a rough week for all of us. Then this week came along and when my mother in law went to drop her off, it was like she had been attending pre-school for a while. She went into her classroom and just jumped right in.
Kaden and I don’t really do anything special on Valentine’s day.
Oh BTW, did you know that in Korea, WOMEN are supposed to give chocolates to men on Valentine’s day!?!?!!
YEAP! So on Feb 14th, Valentine’s Day, women are to give men chocolates and on March 14th, White Day, men are to give women chocolates and candy.
Korean companies…!!!! Coming up with different ways to sell more candy and sweets!!! AH!!! So Brilliant!!!
Anyways, we usually don’t do anything but today, the kids and I made a card to give to Kaden. Since Kaden is also on a diet (he wants to loose like 5 kgs) I sent him a Starbucks e-card instead of chocolates.
Andrea and daddy.
Different from Josh, Andrea has a hard time bonding with daddy. It’s actually really sad. She only saw Kaden for about a week after she was born, then for a week when she was about 4 months old.
Then she saw her dad for about a week when she was about 6 months old.
It’s hard to tell if she’s just not emotionally drawn to him or if she’s scared of him or what(?) it is.
When my mother looks at Andrea and how she acts, my mother would say she reminds her of when I was little. That Andrea looks and acts exactly like how I did at that age. I kind of agree with her. Looking back at the pictures and video footage we had of me and my brother John, Andrea does look so much like when I was little.
I love how happy and filled with silliness this little soul is. She’s always so positive and happy. Always making the best out of all situations. This little missy ain’t just a little girl but a soul with a character!
Korean New Years is like Chinese New Years. Well basically it’s the same thing but Korean’s like to call it Korean New Years. It’s known as 설 (Sul) or as 구정 (Gu Jung). We bow to our elders and to those who have passed away, remembering them, asking them to protect us and to have grace upon us.
It’s not a religion but more like a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation.
On the day before Sul, we prepare traditional meals and make 만두 (dumplings) for the 떡국 (dduk gook) that we eat on New years day.
The day before New years, Josh and Andrea also helped out making the dumplings with their grandparents.
I was surprised how well they made them. Josh was so precise and so detail oriented!
After we finished making the dumplings we put the in the freezer right away so that we could put them into the dduk gook the next day.
On the morning of New Years, we got ready for the meal that was to be put on the table for our elders who had passed away.
It’s a table for their spirits to come and eat.
Each household does the table settings differently. Each household has their own tradition and ways of placing the dishes.