In 2010, Ben turned 2. We had just decided to go forward with adopting him. We ate cupcakes and smiled at the thought of having him with us for his third birthday.
(Look at my girls two short years ago! Babies!)
In 2011, of course, he was still in Korea. We sent a birthday package to him and sighed over our long wait.
In 2012, Ben turned 4 and he was here with us to celebrate! We decided to go to North Carolina to visit Wayne’s family for the weekend.
We started the day with a breakfast of chocolate donuts. (Looks gross to me, but that’s what he wanted!)
Then we moved on to present-opening. Grandma had already taken him to Toys R Us, where he picked out a Spiderman toy and a Thomas the train toy.
From us, he got more Legos, one of those transformer thingies that starts as Spiderman and turns into a car of some sort (I have so much to learn about being a boy mom!), and a new puzzle. We also had taken him to Toys R Us to let him choose a gift — he chose a basketball hoop, which Wayne mounted inside his closet door, on Ben’s level.
Later, we played with the new toys…
…and ate cake and ice cream. Yum!
Language is so interesting. I sort of expected Ben to talk a mile a minute once he was around someone who spoke Korean. But he didn’t. He understood Song, but when she spoke to him in Korean he always answered in English. Even when he initiated conversation with her, he used his (limited) English. I think the language part of his brain is working so hard on English that it’s pushed out the Korean. He spoke very little Korean to her, mostly one word answers.
He did seem to enjoy the food that she made for him. Until that weekend, he had refused to eat kimchee. When we were in Korea, or when we’ve gone to Korean restaurants, or when we visited the Korean church and stayed for the meal afterwards…he always said no to the kimchee. We decided he must not like it, even though it’s a regular food in Korea and he does like spicy foods.
Suddenly, at Song’s, he started eating kimchee. He kept saying, “More, please!” Song couldn’t believe he liked it; she said she had used a new kind of pepper and it was too hot for her! He loved it, though!
On Monday morning, we met up with our dear friends the Truhes at a park. The kids had a great time running around (in the heat!) and then posed for this picture.
Before we left, we took a few last pictures at Grandma’s house.
I took some hanbok pictures as well, but I will have to wait and post those another day!