Monday, June 4, 2012

Memorial Day, Work, Birthdays and FUN!

Memorial Day weekend was a blast.  We worked in the yard, spent time at the pool and had a cookout at our friends house.  Our friends live on a small lake in Northville and this lake is seriuosly full of fish!  Every time someone casted a line they had a bite within seconds, no joke!  Lib caught her first fish... a walleye! 

As usual Ty was easy going and enjoyed hanging with everyone and even going in the water, but only up to his knees.  (If you know me you know I hate fish and I'm not a big fan of lakes... so there was no chance I was stepping foot in a lake full of fish!)

Ty and his ladies

Pool Pictures...

I have been officially back to work for a week and a day!  It has been tiring and relaxing all in one.  I love having my time with my Kinders but I miss Ty and Lib while I'm there.  The good news is that Ty is adjusting to my working quite nicely and I only have 7 days left til summer vacation!!!! Last week with his daddy went great...good bonding time for them.  He is staying with my mom this week and having lots of fun being spoiled by Mimi!

We had a big weekend...Libby Lu turned 6 on June 2nd.  She opted for a Soccer themed party following her soccer game.  Family and friends came over and we enjoyed some good food, beverages, and cake and ice cream.  I don't know how Libby does it but every year I say I'm not having a big party and every year it turns out big.  This year we had face painting, tattoos, a pinata and fireworks!  Libby only wanted 3 things for her birthday... Hex bugs, Bey Blades, and Target gift cards to go towards buying a Nintendo 3DS (not your typical girl gifts)  She got all of the above and was at Target on June 3rd buying her 3DS. 

 Leopard Libby
 This is suppose to be a soccer ball cake... ????
 Lib and the gang
 Make a wish
 Grandpa feeding Ty cake and ice cream

Next day playing 3DS

Every year with the celebration of Libby's birthday also comes the reminder that Libby had a twin sister, Katherine.  We like to make a trip to the cemetary on Memorial day weekend to remember Katherine.  We always take her flowers and a little trinket.  This year we took her a flag and put it in the ground by the 2006 memorial plate where her ashes are buried.  Libby always has tons of question about her sister and we have always been very open and honest with her.  We love and miss you baby Kate!
 Libby hugging the angel that watches over the babies

How sweet is this?  Priceless

Ty updates...
New words:  Amy, ibby (for Libby), ouch, Hi

Ty took a big fall about a week ago.  On my watch, oops, he was playing in his Coup Car and some how he managed to tip it and land on his face.  His nose took the brunt of the fall and he had a mean scab for about a week.  He has since peeled the scab off and has a scar there.  We are using aloe, vitamin E and lots of sunscreen to prevent permanent scaring, fingers crossed. 

Still happy though

Let's see, Ty is now calling me Amy instead of Mama.  This started Memorial Day weekend and he's still at it.  It's cute but I want to be his Mama!  I guess he was so used to hearing everyone call me Amy that he figured that's what I'll call her too, makes sense to me!

Ty does this super sweet thing at naptime and bedtime.  When I give him his bottle of milk he walks over to me, turns around putting his back to me and backs up.  He waits for me to pick him up in a cradle hold and walk upstairs for his sleep time routine.  It is adorable seeing him do this... but, the kicker is he only does this for me...I guess it's our little thing!!! 


 Ty got a job at the local grocery store answering the phone

 I caught you being a girl Libby... I knew you had it in you!

Lazy day

Just like Daddy... watching golf while he works!

How sweet is this... night night sweet babies!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Life Is Good

There are a few things that make me super happy...I would classify them as things I truly LOVE!
  • A 75* day, no humidity, and the windows in the house open for some fresh air!
  • A clear night sky
  • Laying on the grass, looking up and watching the sun shine through the trees
  • A quiet evening alone with a glass of wine or tea
  • My morning coffee watching GMA
  • Watching the excitement on a child's face when they learn to do something for the 1st time
  • The smell of a freshly bathed baby
  • Watching a baby sleep
  • A clean house!!!!
  • Flowers in bloom
  • Playing tennis
  • Reading my Nook
  • Watching the shows I DVRed
  • Watching Libby play sports
  • Listening/Watching Ty learn new words
  • Smiles and laughter
  • Cuddling with my kids
  • MY NEW FAMILY OF 4 (and Reggie too)
How lucky am I that I get to experience most of these things on a pretty regular basis?  As Libby's favorite clothing line says,  Life is Good!

Okay to the highlights of the past few weeks.  One of the coolest things happened to Libby this past weekend.  We went to downtown Northville as a family for a little outing and Libby got super lucky.  At the the local shoe store she scored 2 new pair of shoes off the sale table.  One, a cool flashy pair of water shoes, and the other a pair of Puma gym shoes for tennis.  The Puma shoes had laces, not velcro, something new for Lib.  Well what do you know, when we got home she surprised herself... she tied her own shoe for the first time!  It was so cool seeing how amazed and proud of herself she was.  She was actually in shock and had to keep showing me over and over.  I would say she can do it about 65% of the time on her own!  I loved seeing the excitement and pride she felt from learning how to tie her own shoe... the little things in life that mean so much!  Libby also started tennis this past week, and yes she wore her new shoes and tied them herself!

Ty is also learning many new things.  He knows how to wave bye-bye, wave hi, get his shoes when it's time to go outside, say "out" in addition to "up" "mama" "hi" and "bye".  His little mind is going a mile a minute and you can see that he is really beginning to understand the english language.  We fingured out the coolest thing this past week about Ty.  He is a little like a dog in that he thinks we have an invisible fence separating our yard from the road.  Whenever he walks to the end of the driveway or yard we yell "NO".  Well obviously he understands NO because he stops, looks down at the spearation line and refuses to put his foot over it.  It's as if if he did, he would get shocked!  It's so funny to watch him.  He wants to test the line but just won't... good boy!  We don't even say NO anymore, he is trained to stop!  Why is it that I paid $1200.00 to get an invisible fence put in for Reggie and he could care-a-less about the shock?  Oh well, Ty is trained and it was free!

We all know the more time we spend around someone the more we learn about them.  I have learned a lot about Ty in the past 36 days (yes we have only had him for 36 days but to me it feels like he has always been here :)  Here's a few things I know about him:
  1. He plays with his hair when he is tired
  2. He loves to cuddle
  3. He hates socks
  4. He loves music and dancing
  5. He likes to throw his food
  6. He has a belly laugh
  7. He likes to suck on things when he is tired (perferrably a tag)
  8. He likes routine and already knows his
  9. He hates a wet diaper (who wouldn't)
  10. He loves waving hi and bye to Libby school bus
  11. He is tough (usually falls and gets up without crying)
  12. He's ALL BOY!
Since my last post we have been to the zoo, park, gone on bike rides, braved eating at the club (not a wonderful expereince), gotten a family protrait (adorable), and just hung out!  We have a fun Memorial weekend ahead of swimming at the club, cookouts with friends, and getting ready for Libby Lu's 6th birthday.  Libby turns 6 next Saturday, oh my where has the time gone!?!  On Tuesday I head back to work for 2 1/2 weeks.  I need to end the year with my Kindergartners and pack up my room since my partner and I are heading to a new school next year!  Chris will be watching Ty next week and my mom will do the following week.  The last 3 days are still TBD... can't think that far ahead right now.  It's funny cuz 3 weeks ago I never would have said Ty would have been ok with me heading back to work so soon... amazing the difference in this kid in just a few short weeks.  He even stayed with our babysitter Annie for 3 hours tonight with no issues... Lib said he had tons of FUN and never cried!  Yippee... Ty is adjusting and Life is Good!
Pictures and videos speak louder than words...

Crazy Kids!
Playing Ball
 Cheesy simles guys!
Headin' out for a run...
 Watch out LPGA
 Check out the little guy in the background...

My guy
There's that BIG smile

 Getting a little daily reading in

 We really don't have time for another sport Lib...
 Ty putting in Libs bow
 No fake sleeping Lib

 Looking at the turtle at the Detroit Zoo
 Rouge River in Ford Field in downtown Northville
My morning coffee, GMA, and cuddle time with Ty and Reggie

Awww... morning teeth brushing ritual

Off to the park on the bike...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Velcro Baby

I'm back and tired as ever!  Our little easy-going happy guy has become a little high maintance, okay a lot high maintance!  Why I was ever worried he wasn't going to attach is beyond me...he is velcro baby!  He basically wants me to hold him all the time!  If I put him down he whines and puts his arms up saying "up"  So my biceps are gaining definition and toning up...that's the biggest perk to all this.  He will play with Libby for a few minutes, play with Chris for a while, but he always finds his way back to me.  Operation attachment = Successful! 

Ty loves our standard American little kid songs.  His favorite was The Eency Weency Spider, but now we have moved onto Pat-a-Cake.  He puts his hands out to be hit and then he just giggles and smiles.  Although he still only has 2 English words he is catching on to so many things. He understands some things, especially "NO"...poor kid hears that a million times a day.  I asked him if he needed a new diaper and he came over to me and layed down...I was amazed, he totally understood what I said.  I actually think he knows the word "diaper" cuz he gets a new one many times a day... I hate wet diapers on babies!

We have been dealing with quite an odeal with his digestive system lately.  He has been so constipated ever since we got custody of him.  After many awful days and nights of pain we finally got this under control.  We give him MiraLAX in his bottle and it has really helped.  I'm also making his bottles half milk/half water now.  It's the only way I can get water in him...tricky me!  Next feat, getting him to drink out of anything other than a bottle!  This kid loves his bottles...and they have to be his Korean ones.  I guess he has to hold onto a few things that comfort him from his life in Korea. 

I have been so far removed from baby things for so long I have forgotten about all the little things that occur in the first two years of life.  TEETHING!  Poor Ty is teething big time.  Not sure which teeth, but some teeth are coming in and causing him pain.  His whinning and fussing is due to the pain he is feeling.  The last few nights he has been waking a few times in what seems like pain.  It's so hard to know what is bothering him when he can't talk.  I remember these days from Libby and am so glad she can now commuicate what is bothering her!  Hoping these teeth come in soon so we can have our happy, easy-going guy back!

This morning, after our daily walk with Reggie, Ty and I went for a bike ride.  Do you remember when I told you he could fall asleep anywhere?  Well, about 5 minutes into our ride I felt a thud on my back.  I turned around to see Ty's head smack dab on me...He was sound asleep!  I was like, "NO, not yet it's only 10:30!"  I tried to wake him up, NO WAY he was not getting up.  Oh well, I had to give into the fact that my daily schedule was not going to work and that Ty needed his sleep.  What this means is that once he gets up, at about 12:00 we will have a very long day ahead of us...I will  have a child velcroed to me for about 7 hours. 

So, I have heard that boys eat more than girls but I had no idea how much more!  This kid eats more for breakfast then Libby eats all day!  This morning, 8 mini-pancakes, a pouch of applesause, half of a FiberOne bar, and some Strawberries.  Libby had the other half of the FiberOne bar and she was full! Ty currently weighs 26 lbs. and Lib weights 38 lbs.  I bet you within one year he weighs more than her!  :) The sad thing is  I hate to grocery shop but it looks like I will be spending a lot of time at Krogers. 

Today I am planning on picking up Libby from school.  Last night we wrapped gifts for all her wonderful teachers to honor them for Teacher Appreciation Week.  We love our teachers and thank them for all they do.  All you teachers out there... Thanks for teaching, guiding, and loving our kids! 

We have been busy doing many things...
1.  Having friends visit
2.  Going to BBQ's
3.  Going to Soccer games
4.  Running around outside
5.  Teaching Ty all the sports we love
6.  Spending tie together as a family
6.  Going to Laurel Park Mall, mom needs to shop and Ty gets to play at the little play place

 Big SIS teaching Lil' BRO
Team Work
 Lib will be on the WCCC tennis team this year!
 Future Michael Chang
 Playing at Laurel Park
Nick, our neighbor, reading with Ty
Mrs. Erika and G hangin' with Ty
 Uncle Jon, Aunt Jill, Karlie and Grandpa... Ty loves his Grandpa!
 Ty watching Lib play soccer
Lib is about to kick the ball to start the game.  GO BRAZIL!
2 goals and an assist