Friday, January 25, 2008

Checking In

Hi, all!

Neither boy slept today, so they are both currently out cold! :) They have played hard and are beginning to be friends (they have loved each other for a long time, but now they can really play together). I'll try to upload another video, but I've had to put it off twice because it's too slow.

Love to all!


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pizza and Balloons

Hi, all!

Here are a few pictures for you all. On the education side, we talked about balloons today and the volume of gas (breath). We also talked a little tiny bit about pressure and tension (although BJ's take on this was that zooming balloons were fun until AJ was playing with them and then it was time to tie it up)! On the general side, AJ is a budding hockey player and was chasing a bouncy ball with a spatula this morning.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New pictures

It's been a long day already, but here are some pictures of the boys writing and playing with the cousins. Love you all!


Friday, January 11, 2008

New family picture

Well, BJ and AJ didn't have any lessons today, although we did work on letters and reading yesterday. We did, however, get Mom and Dad's package and were totally surprised by the new camera! So here are some new pictures.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Learning about birds and pinecones

BJ and AJ had a great and very active day today. We went to the playground for the first time in a while, and neither wanted to leave at all! They were especially interested in a pine tree that was close to the ground and had tons of pinecones all over it. So we learned a little bit about pine needles and pinecones and how the wind and other animals can carry seeds. Then, because it was winter and there were no leaves, we saw an abandoned bird's nest in a fairly short tree by a hill so that both boys could get up close and personal. BJ was very interested in the idea that it was a bird's house, and AJ was simply interested in pulling on the tree. But all in all, that's the kind of way I want them to be learning, out and seeing and doing and not cooped up quite yet.

Although some cooping is not a bad thing. AJ actually left the house by himself today to greet my husband and I as Ilsuk was bringing me home from work, and then later fell down the steps. Then the big one was bitten by a bug somewhere while he was wearing his too big Power Ranger gloves (they don't come in a smaller size, and he wanted to be "Ranger Red, Mommy, Ranger Red!"), so I didn't even see it until I pulled off his gloves and his finger was 3 x bigger than normal! There is never a dull moment!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Update - 2nd week of January

Well, there wasn't much education going on today, but I started my new job for January this morning, so it's not unexpected. Ilsuk took the boys to the public bathhouse with his dad, and the kids had a wonderful time. AJ is beginning to overcome his temper tantrums at bed and nap time which started a little less than a week ago and were driving me crazy, and BJ is back on his normal sleep schedule--thank the Lord, his little body is starting to really take to a schedule and he begins to self correct when he gets off!

As for informal learning, AJ is starting to sing the ABCs and a couple of random English and Korean children's songs. AJ is also starting to say "please" in both languages and is beginning to understand that if he stops the temper tantrum and says "please", I will often give him what he wants (although I have to tell him to do this, he does listen). BJ knows the alphabet song and is starting to understand that certain letters make certain sounds. He knows about half of the English alphabet by sight and is starting to recognize some Korean letters (although, due to broadcasting conventions here, he already recognizes the written names of several of his favorite TV shows as well as a couple that he "can't want"). Also, BJ loves National Geographic's website videos, and he is learning about his favorite animals there. For those of you who'd like to visit, the website is BJ really loves the octopus eating the shark and the squid attacking the diver. He's also pretty into carrier crabs as well as the various trailers/videos for National Geographic's movie "Sea Monsters" about prehistoric fish over what is now the US Northwest.

Also, Ilsuk's grandma is really sick, so please keep her in your prayers.

Love,Beth et al.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Here are Ilsuk and I talking during the wedding. Ilsuk told me he didn't think I was allowed to talk so much, but I couldn't help myself.

Here are Ilsuk and BJ while we were getting ready.

Here's one family picture. BJ was scared of all the people and AJ didn't recognize me until I changed back into my regular clothes, so it was a bit crazy.

Here is the traditional dress with Ilsuk's parents. It's not a traditional pose but one that the wedding hall likes, and it was the only one with Ilsuk's parents.

And the traditional picture of the groom carrying the bride on his back. The clothes are so slippery though that it was impossible to hold on (there is no picture of us both on the floor).

Love, Beth


Hi, everybody!

We're starting this blog to keep in touch with our family when they have time to check in on us. We're hoping to start posting stuff about BJ and AJ's learning very soon and to make this an interactive education blog. We'll see if it works.

In the meantime, we love you all!