Sunday, July 1, 2012

Holt Family Picnic

Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending a family picnic sponsored by our international adoption agency. We were all three very much looking forward to the event, and it did not disappoint. CJ was excited to meet other families where the child would be “Asian just like me” while the parents would be white like Daddy and I. It was very cool because while some of those children were close to CJ’s age there were also families where the “child” was now in their thirties.
Some families eat an amount of Korean food and try to introduce to their child to Korean culture while others do not. It was nice to see the spectrum. Of course, it is easier for us that for others because of our location close to an H Mart; living in a large city with a nice sized Korean community nearby.
We met two families that live relatively close that have boys near CJ’s age. One family the boy is closer to his age, at 5, while the other family had more in common with mommy and daddy. We exchanged information and hope to meet with each family again for play dates.
There was an adult adoptee that helped to coordinate the event. She had come into town to make purchases at H Mart for the event. Apparently it takes her about an hour to make the trip. Appa and I have offered to help bring the traditional food next year. We can’t wait to do it again!

Fourth Birthday

FourFFfffIn preparation for his party we made three dozen lactose free cupcakes. CJ was very interested in when he would be able to lick, and super excited when that time finally came.

He really, really wanted me to help clean up his face and hands as he was eating, but I convinced him it would make a much better picture if he stayed messy.

A few weeks before his party he told me he was worried that he wouldn't have very many friends show up. How this mom's heart ached to her him say that. Thankfully God was also listening because he had no lack of friends and family come the party day. He is so blessed. Nearly forty people came to a nearby park to help him celebrate.

Getting Ready to Dig for Dinos

Papaw helps to best friends get a drink.


Great Uncle, Grandma, and Nanny

Younger friend chooses to watch.

Playing with friends.

Playing with DADDY!

What a pair!

All worn out!
 After a long nap we were ready to go again. This time it was opening all of the generous packages. Most were full of dino loot.

Can you find Daddy in this shot?

Giant T-Rex

Godmommy gave CJ LOADS of easy readers. THANK YOU!