This last weekend we took our first out-of-town trip to visit James' mom and stepfather. (More about that trip in a separate post later). While we were there, we met up with one of my online Holt bulletin board friends, Kim, her husband Danny, and her adorable kids Braedan and Zoey. Sweet little Zoey joined their family last April from S. Korea, and is the same age as Henry. Kim is an adoptee from S Korea as well. They graciously invited us to their home for a homemade Korean dinner and a playdate for the kiddos. The food rocked--Henry was a big fan too! It was wonderful to get together and share info about the adoption experience with each other. I'm blessed to have them as our new friends!
One cute thing that happened as we were leaving was that we encouraged Henry to give his new friend Zoey a kiss. He leaned in to plant one on her, but she blocked him with her hands. Ah, his first kiss rejection from a girl.
This picture was nearly impossible to capture with two tired toddlers.
The babies enjoying their dinner.
I believe Braedan was being a transformer in the background.
There Henry is making that funny squishy face again.
Zoey was hamming it up for the camera!
So cute! I definitely need to remove the price tag from the bottom of his shoe, though.
Please bear with me---I am terribly behind on blogging. I have several things I want to write about, but little time to do so. A few of my upcoming posts will not necessarily be in chronological order.
I just realized that I didn't write about an important event from a couple of weeks ago! We were blessed to be invited to dinner with several more adoptive families with Korean kids who I've been chatting with on the Holt bulletin boards also. It was a wonderful experience to meet with others who have been down that same road we are on. Plus, it was super cute to see all of our adorable kids together. I was a little astonished to discover that Henry was the same size or bigger than the 2 year olds who were there!!
Here is a cute picture of some of us who were there that night:
(from the left)MaryAnn and Rai, Mary and Henry, Melissa and Briana, Marni and Zach
It is very important to me to maintain ties with other Korean adoptive families so that Henry can have friends as he gets older who share his cultural heritage and the adoption experience.
9/23/08-mailed adoption application to Holt Int. 11/17/08-mailed homestudy paperwork to Lutheran Social Serv. (that packet was HUGE) 12/16/08-1st homestudy home visit (LSS) 1/3/09-2nd homestudy home visit (LSS) 1/24-25/09-adoption/parenting class 1/26/09-told Holt that we wanted Eun-wu, a photolisted waiting child 1/26-2/22/09-the difficult wait while 2 other families decided if they wanted to pursue adopting him also (if so, we all would have gone to a committee) 2/?/09-mailed 1600a form 2/?/09-fingerprinted 2/23/09-Holt notifies us that Eun-wu is OURS!!! (we name him Henry Eun-wu) 3/25/09-Legal documents arrive 3/28/09-mailed 1600 form 4/8/09-1600a approval 4/20/09-1600 approval 4/24/09-EP (Emigration Permit) 4/29/09-NVC (National Visa Center) submits documents to Korean embassy for his visa 5/7/09-P3 (Korean embassy sends packet to Holt Korea) 6/1-4 not sure of the exact day/09-Visa physical exam 6/5/09-signed Class B Waiver and Fed-Exed it back to agency 6/15/09-Visa issued 6/24/09-TC (TRAVEL CALL!!!!!) 6/30/09-HOME forever! 7/25/09-1st post-placement visit 10/2/09-2nd post-placement visit 11/29/09-3rd post-placement visit 12/11/09-FINALIZATION!