Monday, December 22, 2008

Thai sports analysis

I can't help love the Onion, even when they get a offensive. In this case, from my point of view, they're making fun of 1) how different sports in other countries are and 2) how ridiculous our sports media are sometimes.

I can't decide if I like that they're picking on a Thai sport. Is any publicity good publicity?

I can't figure out how much of the verbiage is real Thai and how much of it is made-up Thai-sounding sports terms.

It's good for a laugh, anyway.


Ngyuen Thi Buch Thuy: 'Just Give Me The Damn Sepak Takraw Ball'

-Kyle

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter adventures

After all the snow we've had, the family finally took the time to head out to a nearby sledding hill. Knowing T's pension for daring, I figured the trip would be a success.  It was.

It's an easy life being a 19-month-old sledding...you get all the fun without any of the work.

We also went out to a local light display at a public garden.  They have lights all over, which are quite beautiful in the newly-fallen snow.  In fact, it was snowing while we were there.  There is also an indoor area where they have music and a huge model train display with trains running everywhere.

While he liked the lights and the train, what T came away with was "ducks".  There is a pond in the gardens and a ton of ducks there.  He enjoyed watching them swim and walk around on the ice.  "Ducks" are all he talked about.

Robin and I had fun too.  We reminded ourselves of all the times last Christmas we mentioned and thought about what it'd like to have him with us this year.  We can't believe he's actually with us.

It reminds us of how lucky we are.

-Kyle

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Smart kid

Robin: "T, can you say Grandma?"

T (nodding yes): "Cookies!"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday greetings


Send your own ElfYourself eCards
Holiday greetings to everyone in blog land...

..From Kyle, Robin, T, and T's great grandmothers.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tree?

To someone like T, having a tree in the house doesn't make much sense, but cutting it down, bringing it home, and decorating it is a ton of fun!

Watering the tree, like mama and daddy
-Kyle

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A wedding

Here are some pictures from T's first wedding. It was a wedding for my cousin Tom...one of many weddings to come in the next 12 months.

T had fun, as you will see. So did his grandfather and other extended family.

It was a long day, which ended with a meltdown. I suppose I could have predicted that. There was a lot of time spent in the car...mix that with a lot of new people and it's bound to happen.

But he was a trooper and clearly had fun. I think he will like weddings.

As you can see, he also got his first real taste of Christmas (perhaps the home decorations will come out today). He seems to like the idea...like any kid would.



-Kyle

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hide the scissors

For quite awhile now, one of the first things people ask when meeting T is, "Has he had a haircut yet?" The translation to this is: "For the love of all that is good, cut that poor kid's hair already!"

Today I was struck with a moment of insanity and decided to cut it myself. I don't know what I was thinking. No, that's a lie - I do know what I was thinking. I'm cheap. I was thinking I'd save $15. But I also don't know how to cut hair. Especially squirmy little boy hair. Especially perfectly straight hair.

I did not just trim the ends. I. Cut. Lots. Of. Hair.
T had a lot of hair, and he's pretty young, so it stands to reason that his hair grows quickly and the hair I removed should return soon. Let's all hope so.

I'm fairly sure the first thing people will say to us now is: "So, he just got a haircut, huh?"
T's favorite word today sums up the experience: "Uh oh."
-Robin

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Win Free Puppets!


Now for a break in our regularly scheduled blogging for a note from our sponsors (well, me, actually):

My sister and I finally made the shadow puppet set I've been wanting since we started our mini business - Thai Legends. Visit our website and leave a comment - we're choosing someone at random to send a free set to. Or buy a set at our store on Etsy. They're really fun to play with - I can't wait for T to be old enough!

Because I love all my friends who read and comment here, mention "Thai Adoption" in the comments section of your Etsy order and we'll refund 10% of any order from our shop.

Thank you for your attention, and we now return to life with T. Today - part 2 of the flu shot was not fun! T has too good of a memory and started signing "all done" when we pulled in to the parking lot of the doctor's office. The crying soon followed. Luckily, he was eventually distractable with stickers.

-Robin

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Selective memory

I suppose this is meant as a bit of a survey of our audience.

We had an awful flight home. You can go back and read about it if you like.

But Robin and I still find ourselves constantly talking about going back to Thailand.

I looked up the airfares last week, and was pleased at how favorable the rates are.

Let's ignore the current turmoil in Thailand and the fact that T doesn't have a U.S. passport...

...why are we so excited about going back? The flights were difficult...even without a child. With a child, I can't even recall the flight because I know it was awful.

So, we're thinking that there is some natural mechanism that shields our memory from the trauma of the flight.

Perhaps the same thing mothers experience to keep them having children...even after the experience of child birth? A sort of natural amnesia?

Can anyone else testify?

We WILL go back...it's only a matter of time. We LOVE Thailand and no flight, no matter how awful, will keep us away.

While I'm typing, I might as well tell you that the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Robin's family. T did great sleeping in a new place. Over the three nights it got progressively better.

He was a charmer all weekend with various family and friends. We're feeling good about his progress. He clearly loves to work a room, but always knows where mama and daddy are.

He and I have this fun game where he yells "DAD!" and I yell "T!"...back and forth. I'm sure it's quite a nuisance for anyone who happens to be around, but it's fun.

He's picking up more words...or, at least the beginnings of words. Sometimes Robin and I have to consult on what he might be saying.

At his doctor visit last week we found he is almost 30 pounds already! Perhaps it's because he asks for "cheese" at nearly every meal. He also knows the word for "pie" now.

T is starting to understand enough commands that he can choose to ignore them. Recently he started picking up his books and putting them on the table when we asked him to. Now he's already pretending like he can't hear or understand us :)

T is tweeting again. You can keep track on the side of the blog. He's tried this in the past only to have it fizzle out...so we'll see how long it lasts.

All of us are sending our thoughts to those in Thailand or traveling soon. We hope for a quick resolution to the situation there.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

-Kyle

Monday, November 24, 2008

1st snow

T noticed the snow on the ground right away this morning and repeatedly yelled "Snow! Snow!" while waving his arms at the window. (Well, he yelled his attempt at the word anyway. I understood him but I'm studying Thanese pretty hard these days.)

I decided there was enough on the ground that I should shovel the sidewalk so I bundled him up in snow pants and boots with mittens and a hat - the works. He could barely walk but didn't seem to mind as the new clothes were a novelty.

He loved the snow. It's wet and sticky and made little snowballs in front of his boots with each step. He only cried when it was time to come back inside because his boot came off and his sock was soaked. He would have preferred to stay out and play, but I'm thinking today's not a good day to get frost bite since he's got his 18 month (!) checkup this afternoon.

It looks like T will be enjoying the Wisconsin winter. I hope we get (almost) as much snow as last year.

Thanks for the jacket and snow-pants, Grandma and Grandpa!

-Robin

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Under the table

You've all seen pictures of what T looks like when he's eating...and dressing himself in his food. We thought we'd give you a look at what's going on under the table when he's eating.

video

-Kyle

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween

T did a great job on his first Halloween. He was THRILLED to see our neighbors giving him "toys" (we didn't tell him it was candy, but I'm sure he'll figure it out when he see others eating "toys").

Being a pumpkin was confusing. He already thinks pumpkins are dogs since our dog is "Punkin".

When we got back to hand out some candy, he sat on the steps with us and enjoyed greeting the trick-or-treaters.

It was a great time.

-Kyle


Thursday, October 30, 2008

More words

T is picking up words quickly, and understands TONS more. You'll see this in the video. One of the quirky things I stumbled across this week is that he says "Thai". Of course, he has no idea what this means, he's just mimicking me, but it's still cute.

video

He and I went to the park today with Punkin. It was a blast. T did a lot of running around and actually walked back to the house most of the way (instead of riding in the Ergo). We encountered a train on the way, which was terrifying up close, but he got the engineer to wave. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. I LOVE FALL!

T recently started nodding. It's amusing because it's clearly a lot of work for him to concentrate enough to do it.

As I write, he blowing on his supper, because it's hot.

His laugh is amazing.

We're grateful we taught him a few signs. None of us know sign language...at all, but I can't imagine being able to communicate without it. I would really recommend it for any parent. You don't need to learn a lot. Some examples of what we use: more, ouch, food, all done, fish, diaper. Some of these aren't official "signs", just stuff we made up. It doesn't matter...he picks it up so quickly...much faster than he can verbalize.

He still hasn't gotten a haircut, but the longer hair is growing on us. (ha ha, no pun intended) He'll get a trim from Grandma this weekend.

I'm constantly amazed by how fast he's growing and learning. I'm trying to strike a balance between being excited about him growing up, and not wanting to forget a second of his youth.

One more thing...NPR had a story this week that does a good job of explaining the political situation in Thailand. It's a great overview, if you're interested.

-Kyle

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Busy fall weekend

It started with T's first bed time in footy pajamas...winter is coming!
Then we went to the zoo on Saturday with some of Robin's friends from work and some of Brienne's (Clint's fiance) family. T got out of the Ergo to do some exploring on his own.
They returned home, where T took an interest in Kyle's dish washing.
Finally, we found out T is turning into a great picker-upper. Anything that gets left on the floor now finds itself in his toy cabinets.

-Kyle

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rite of Fall

Winter doesn't come to Wisconsin until everyone has visited a pumpkin patch and gone on a hay ride. If it begins snowing in the next week, you have us to blame.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Magical moments

Between the routines of life, there are occasionally moments when you're reminded of how special life is, and how lucky we are to be parents.

I don't want to talk about the specifics...both because I don't think I could articulate the moment and because it's something private...but last night, I had some special moments with T. I was his daddy, he was my son, and we were happy.

Robin and T were at the office for a little bit this week, and someone there met him for the first time. His remark was that we were pretty lucky. We couldn't agree more.

I've known it as a husband, and now I know it as a father...love is real.

-Kyle

Monday, September 29, 2008

Breaking a bad habit

It's tough to break out of a non-blogging habit. Once you get behind, you feel worse and worse about trying to catch up.

I'm discarding my guilt and moving on.

There are dozens of items and issues I've come across in the past months that I would have loved to blog about. Let's see if I can do this in bullet form:

--T is growing...fast. He's also running...fast. He's picking up the language and how mimicking us, but still using some of his hand signs.

--T is a great eater...still eating most everything we give him.

--He sleeps through the night, but might be transitioning to being a one-nap-a-day boy.

--He's cute.

--We get a few of the awkward questions all adoptive families get, ("How much did he cost?" "He's gonna be smart!") but being prepared for them helps a lot.

--T doesn't seem interested in blankets, despite the change of season. We're dressing him warmly for bed as a result. Since he lives in Wisconsin, I'm certain he will learn to love his sheets.

--Given a room full of toys and books, his choice will be to play with the electrical outlet, but I suspect that's normal for children his age.

--The TV remains off...and I think we're all enjoying it. Have so little time in my day now, I'm not sure how I ever had time for TV before (although, I'll have to make some now that the Brewers are in the playoffs). Some people think what we're doing is strange.

--Politics in Thailand appear much more stable again. Great news for waiting families. Enjoy your trip, and know that we're wishing we were in Thailand too!

--I love being a parent. I could go on and on, but this leads me to my next point...

--Most of the time I think of myself as a parent...and only occasionally do remember that I'm an adoptive parent. I don't want to forget that I'm an adoptive parent, but I also don't want that to become the focus of our lives. It's a balance all adoptive families have to strike.

We're happy to hear from our readers. Don't be shy...just because we aren't blogging a lot doesn't mean we can't or won't answer. We know there are a lot of waiting families out there and we're happy to help in any way we can.

-Kyle

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thai Fest 2008

Woo Hoo for Thai Fest!!

The weather was dicey in the beginning, but the rain stopped, the food was delicious, the dancers were talented, and the friends were fabulous! Nanna, Autie M and Uncle Ewan came out, too, and enjoyed feeding T his lunch. (Or wait - maybe that's me that enjoyed the little break from attempting to feed a squirming critter pad thai on my lap...)

T's favorite thing about the event was the naga (snake) sculpture in the garden.

We enjoyed catching up with our Thai-adoption friends, and meeting great new ones, too.

-Robin

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Guest Blogger: T shows off his new toy

Mom and Dad are too tired to blog tonight - I've been up since 4:30 this morning with no decent nap to speak of. (I just decided, why sleep?)

I can't really type well, so I just want to share a few photos from a discovery I made yesterday.
Hey look at this thing! Did you know it was here?

If only mom would dress me in pants that fit. It's hard to push this thing around while I'm tripping on my clothes.

Whew. Got it moving. You wanted me to move it, right?

What's it do, anyway?
-T