Monday, July 16, 2012

We've had an absolutely exhausting week.  As exhausting as it was, it was also tons of fun.  Well, it started off not-so-fun.  It started off with two kids knocked out with hand, foot and mouth disease.  Yuck!  Out of all the little bugs and viruses we've ever had around here, this was the absolute worst!  They both had fevers and sores inside their mouths which made them soooo uncomfortable.  Luckily they both had it for only about 2 days and then made quick recoveries...

While Poppy was still snoozing on  the couch, Sam and I were busy in the kitchen making Marc's birthday cake.... (Happy Birthday Marc!)

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Then Sunday night, Poppy and I packed our bags to spend the week in Rochester.  First thing Monday morning was Poppy's first day at Camp Chin-Gu, which is a Korean cultural camp.  What an amazing experience!

Poppy spent the week learning to sing songs in Korean, cook traditional dishes, tae kwon do, Korean drumming and fan dances, how to speak and write Korean and so much more.  This was all taught by a combination of Korean adoptees and a group of Korean college students who flew to the US to spend the week at camp.  Poppy was pretty shy and overwhelmed and first, but I could tell that all week she was really taking it all in.  She has been talking about it non-stop since she came home and is already talking about how excited she is to go back next year.  
(Poppy with her teachers)

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As much as Poppy loved being at camp, she was definitely ready to get home and be reunited with daddy and Sam...
(and she had a back-up of patients that needed to be seen by the "doctor")

Here's an example of one of the funny things Poppy learned at camp.  Sunday morning during breakfast Poppy says, "I learned how they fold towels in Korea that make funny sheep hats and I can show you guys if you want.  They're called jjimjillbang"  Along with a little help from good ol' google, we were able to recreate these...  (jjimjilbang is actually what they call the spa's in Korea where they wear their towels like this!)

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 Then Saturday afternoon we headed back to Rochester for Marc's sister's wedding!

It was a beautiful day for a perfect wedding.  Poppy was so excited that she was able to come to the wedding with us and see Aunt Jeanna look like a princess.


The wedding was held at an estate with these beautiful old gardens.  Poppy and Sam had a blast exploring and then Poppy found a hula hoop and the rest is history...


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Sunday was the 4th anniversary of the day Poppy flew home from Korea.  4 years since our lives changed in the most amazing way possible.  We spent the day playing together, watching videos of Poppy's homecoming and then eating tons of Korean food.  It was a perfect day spent with my perfect little family...

Oh, and on the way home from our Korean dinner, Marc took us to a spot where you can watch the planes land and take-off at the airport.  Sammy, who is obsessed with all things that have engines, was beside himself with excitement.  I think we'll be hanging out here a lot in the near future...

5 comments:

Natalie said...

I cannot believe that it has been four years since Poppy came home!! I remember it like it was yesterday! I remember hanging out on your porch while the girls ate yogurt bites :)

amy said...

I remember being at the airport when you guys came home!! Also, love the picture with Lola and the towel on her head :) The kids are getting so big!

Michelle said...

Every time I comment on here, an old pic of Poppy shows on the page and she is so teeny tiny. I cannot stand that they are growing up. Bah. The camp looked amazing and as you know, I am not happy about not going. I just feel like I have no spare time anymore.

Christine said...

Wow! You have been busy!!! Glad to see all the FUN things! But wow... TWO kids with HFM?! I barely survived one with it! :-(

Natalie said...

This is Mark...I think it may post Natalie said... because she is logged in, but I absolutely love the Korean camp...totally awesome. It looks like she had an amazing experience and I want to wear one of the towel hats :) And, tell Marc I love the picture on the old "Flying Tigers" stomping ground. The pictures are great and the kids are getting so big. We have to get together soon.

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