the accident

Well … last night at the Park, Claire had a literal run-in with some steps. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened since I was standing near by, but not close enough to see the play by play. I’m thinking that she tripped on the play structure’s stairs that lead up to the slides. But there’s about 4 different ways to get up there and she wasn’t clear on which way she took. Regardless, the girl has a fat lip … both top and bottom.

Tears were definitely shed and this boo-boo is going to take a bit to get over. Her mouth is still pretty sensitive, and eating is a bit difficult.

But while Callahan napped, Charlie did his best to make his Noona smile.

(and just for the record, he put the headband on himself)

it’s actually really fun to see these two interact. They consider themselves ‘best friends’ and I don’t think there’s anyone who can make Claire belly laugh harder than Charlie can. And Charlie always wants to be with his Noona. He loves her so incredibly much! When Claire was in school, he would miss her and get so excited when it was time to pick her up. So its nice that they have some ‘quality time’ together this Summer before Claire starts back up again in August.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so hopefully that means Claire will be back to normal super quick!

about that goal I had …

… you know, the one where I said I was going to shoot everyday? Yeah. That didn’t happen. But somehow 5 days seemed to have flown by. So I picked up my camera and decided to capture whatever was happening in front of me; with a messy house and all.

What I ended up with looked a lot like this:

Messy Faces

Listening to Music without being Plugged In

Bird Juggling

We are experiencing a horrific heat wave right now. Triple digits all week, so we’ve been holed up in the house, and everyone is getting a little restless. It’s hard to come up with options of outdoor activities because the heat is just so dang hot!

So we get a lot of rough housing, bickering, and a large dollop of whining.

but at the end of the day, these three really do like each other. Its actually hard to believe that Callahan has only been home for a year now, because it seems like he’s always been a part of this family. Sure, the kid is totally high maintenance at times (as he still kind of thinks the world revolves around only him) but I guess we all can be that way every now and then, right?

Oh, and in other completely random and boring news, I’m having Claire potty train the boys. She loves telling them what to do, and they will do whatever she says. So when it’s time for them to go potty, they run to the bathroom so she can help them. Somehow she managed to get them to use the big toilet without a potty seat. Not only that, she’s gotten Callahan to poop in the potty twice – something I couldn’t even get CLOSE to accomplishing.  Whatever magic that girl possesses in the Potty department – more power to her. She’s making life for all of us a little less stressful.

Tomorrow, in order to beat the heat, we’re headed to our Gym that has an incredible kiddie pool and Sprinkler Splash Pad thingy. So I’m telling myself to bring my camera. It should be a fun time, and I could use the practice shooting in direct, harsh sunlight.

Jenn - July 2, 2013 - 12:47 am

I love that you’re keepin’ it real:) And WHY ARE YOUR CHILDREN SO GORGEOUS?!

I’m back

I guess you could say awhile ago, I was too busy to blog. Just looking at my last post and realizing it was OCTOBER is just plain madness to me. I mean, October seems SO long ago, and yet I feel like I can’t even remember what I’ve done these past 8 months because it’s gone by so quickly. Regardless, I feel like it’s time to start blogging again.

My blog was supposed to be documentation of my daily life. I wanted to ‘record’ our random doings so that my kids could have some sort of record of what their life was like … because at the rate I’m currently going, my short term memory should be completely gone within the next 10 years.

I’ve also decided that I need to take more photos of my kids. I realized this last month when I was getting ready to go to Korea and I needed to put together photo albums to take to the boys’ Foster Moms. Instead of gathering candid images from the Winter months and early Spring, I had to dress my boys and do impromptu photo shoots so I could actually have something to fill the pages of the $2 plastic photo albums I got from Target (which if you’re wondering, they hold 36 photos).

So I decided that I need to blog again. And I’m also going to ‘shoot’ (with my camera) every day. Granted, I made that decision some time last week and I’m just now doing my first blog post, and my camera hasn’t been used (except for some work stuff that was pre-scheduled). But I want to do this. I need to do this. I think it’s a fun and creative outlet for me. So hopefully I can refocus and just remind myself that this isn’t a burden, but a joy.

We’ll see how long it lasts.

One thing that I wanted to blog about was my trip to Korea. I was asked to be an Assistant Leader for an Adult Adoptee Motherland Tour to Korea. So back in May, I packed my bags and took off for two whole weeks to the Land of the Morning Calm. And it was fabulous.

I met some amazing people, visited some incredible places, and I even found out some things about my own Adoption story that I wasn’t aware of. I feel like there is SO much to say, yet I don’t know where to begin. So I guess as I dust off the ol’ blog, I’ll begin sharing some of the experiences I had while I was in Korea.

So until I get started on all of that, I’ll leave with this photo from the Kimchi Cooking Class that we attended while on the Tour. To be honest, I think the photos made the class look cooler than it actually was, but everyone had a super fun time.  Oh Korea … I really do miss you.

Kimchi Cooking Class

Natalie - June 26, 2013 - 5:05 pm

YAY! You are back. I think it’s fate that I happened to check this today. I was perusing my bookmarks and I said “what the heck! I’m going to see whats up.” POOF! Here you are! Can’t wait to hear more about whats going on :) Hope all is well, Natalie

Jenn - June 30, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Rachel!!! Great to hear an update on you! So super excited for you that you got to go to Korea – and, I’ll admit, quite jealous too 😉 I would LOOOOVE to hear all about it!!! Wish we lived close enough to hang out and chat.


I know. I don’t update for months, and when I do, it’s the day before Halloween. I don’t think you can be any more random than that. But today I posted some photos of the boys’ Halloween costumes and I’m getting a ton of inquiries about where I got them, or how I made them. So instead of writing the same thing over and over, I figured I could write it once on here. But I’m sorry that it’s the night before Halloween, as this is really easy to do, so the world could have had a bunch of little Psys and Yellow Suit Guys running around. In case you’re not on Facebook, here’s some photos of my boys:

These came up in random order, but I’m too lazy to go back and switch them around. But obviously there’s more than enough photos for you to get the idea of what they look like (sorry! I just can’t help it – I just love how they turned out!).

So here’s how I did it:

I went on Ebay and looked for white suits. Actually, I called all the consignment stores in my area first, and wouldn’t you know it, none of them had any in stock. After searching around online, I found some shop on Ebay that had them at the cheapest price, and I bought one in each of the boys sizes. These were actually 4 piece suits (jackets, pants, shirts, and white ties). I then bought dye at Walmart to dye them. But when I got home and was about to start the whole process, I actually read the directions and discovered that you can’t dye 100% polyester. Lovely. So I did the only logical thing. I went back to Michael’s and bought Spray Paint.

Yep. You read that right. I bought spray paint. And I sprayed the heck out of those white suits. Oh – and while I was at Walmart, I picked up some black, straight legged sweats for Charlie. They were under $4, which was easily justified as it saved me from buying more dye/spray paint to paint Charlie’s pants black.

The toughest part of this whole thing was finding white shoes. So note to self – it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find toddler sized, white canvas shoes at the end of October. Instead, I found black ones at Walmart. I also found fabric paint and I had in my mind that I could make the ‘yellow shoes’ that the ‘guy in the yellow suit’ wore. Let’s just say, Callahan ended up in his normal tennis shoes. But Charlie’s turned out okay.

The last bit – which I actually think MAKES the entire outfit for Charlie – is the black bias tape I hot glued to the edges of Charlie’s jacket. I LOVE that part. For reals. And then I just made a basic bow tie out of black fabric and it’s attached to a black ribbon, so I just tie it onto Charlie’s neck with a bow. Good times.

So there you go. That’s the boys’ costumes. And while they don’t mind them, they definitely don’t love them like I do. BUT, they are SO in love with Psy’s video its not even funny. Every day they ask to see it, and if I turn it on when they’re not paying attention, as soon as they hear it they drop whatever they’re doing and bust out the dance moves. It’s just so much fun.

And with that, I’m off to finish all the other tasks I’ve pushed off so I could work on the costumes. Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!

jill - October 30, 2012 - 10:59 pm

SUPER, SUPER CUTE!!! I love their costumes – they are just TOO cute! My nephew wanted me to dress Colin up as Psy, but I wasn’t creative enough to even attempt it! You are awesome! I hope all is well – so happy to see a post from you.

Jae - October 30, 2012 - 11:01 pm

Video of them dancing…stat!

Your boys are super cute!!

Leah - October 31, 2012 - 7:47 am

I posted on FB inquiring about the costumes, then saw this update! I am in awe of you, yeah really! I’m so lame this year. So busy, I can’t even think about being creative like that. Well done Rach, well done (arm shaking in the air with a wuh wuh wuh!!) You’ve outdone yourself. Love your creativity with these! :)

Jenn - November 1, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Dude! Those are seriously awesome!!! HAHA! Super creative costumes and super cute boys!! Glad to hear from you!:)

I tried



Getting a shot of the three kids is next to impossible.

at least the older two threw me a bone.

life with three. it’s crazy. but I still love it.


Leah - June 10, 2012 - 5:54 am

LOVE.THEM!! Claire has become so photogenic!! I’m loving her “looks” at the camera! Charlie too! He has the most precious smile! Callahan will be there soon. He has no choice right?!? LOL For real, love the pics! :)

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