Sunday, September 18, 2011

Agapa Day

Yesterday we packed up the kids and made the loooong car ride to Rochester for an event at the Korean Methodist Church called Agapa Day.  Aga means baby in Korean and Pa is the first two letters of Parent.  It's basically an event where the members of the church share the Korean culture and build relationships with Korean adoptive families.  This was our first time attending and I was blown away by the organization and hard work that went into this day.  There were tons of events for kids of all ages, like origami, calligraphy (at the end of the day they had Poppy's name written in Korean in a frame for her!) and a photo studio filled with Hanboks for the kids to wear in a picture.  They had a delicious lunch of rice, bulgogi, dumplings and kimchi.  Then we all went outside for various Korean demonstrations.  The first one was some of the little girls from Sunday school that were just starting to learn the "fan dance"...


Then we saw a Tae Kwon Do demonstration...and some of these kids were intense.

Then it was the grown women doing the "fan dance"...


After the demonstrations it was time for the family games!  Poppy was a little hesitant to participate at first, but within minutes she was having a blast (which is evidenced by her tongue sticking out)...


Sam (who took his first steps today!) was happy to just play with this ball...

And then finally it was time for tug of war...
 (Poppy is in the middle, facing the wrong way)

Our team lost all 3 rounds, but you can't say that Marc didn't put his energy into it!

After a long day of playing, learning and making new friendships, it was time to hit the road and head back home.  Poppy has asked about a million times when we can do that again.   I love the fact that the Korean culture is such an important part of our lives and it's so rewarding to see how much Poppy loves it too.




5 comments:

Natalie said...

That looks sooo fun!!!!! What a great day! I love this!!

And way to go Sam!!!! I can't believe our baby boys are walking now!!

Christine said...

This looks like such an incredible event! I'm jealous!

Elizabeth Frick said...

How cool is that? Olive sticks her tongue out too, when she's having the best time :)

Michelle said...

I am so jealous! I love that Sam is going to be a part of all of this too. Btw, I have some cool Korean tees for Sam that Colin has grown out of.

Anonymous said...

Hello

My name is Helen Ko
I live at Rochester, NY.

I am a US Citizen now but my family move to US 36years ago.

I read Poppy stories from your
blog. The story is so impressive.

Is it OK if I post some of Poppy story in one of the internet Korean Newspaper, Donga.com?


My email: womensvoice@frontier.com
585-624-4349

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