Wednesday, December 25, 2013

G'andma and G'andpa Obsession

Ellie has been fortunate to have lots of time with her grandparents lately (I've been fortunate as well, because it has allowed me to dig away fervently at my dissertation.) She even carries around a picture of them when they're not here...

Ellie's biggest changes lately are her abilities to verbalize and imitate. We're curious to see how she handles the two languages (Korean and English), especially because our original plan of JooYeon speaking 100% Korean and me speaking 100% English has long since crumbled into both of us speaking a blend. She seems to understand simple objects in both languages and then verbalizes the object in whichever language is simpler.

Ellie's favorite activity of playing with anything dental-related (floss, toothbrush, etc.) has slowly been usurped by cooking, playing with water, and fishies.

Randy and Marla had us over for a huge Thanksgiving feast; one of the few times we've actually seen them even though they live down in Athens now!

We don't have a television, so Ellie is in awe whenever she sees one. :)

Ellie helping my Dad set up at a ballcard show, something he's able to do a bit more of now that he's retired.

Mom and JooYeon took Ellie to a Children's Museum and out shopping while I worked on my dissertation.

Growing up, our family always had traditions throughout Advent. Grandma and Grandpa helped set up some similar traditions of a daily ceremony with Ellie this year.

Ellie and her first snowman.

Our coffee grinder broke, so we've been reverting to the old-fashioned way. We're down to our last bags of coffee from Cinco Tucanes, a coffee farm started by my friend from EMU, Jaime Miller.

And another year draws to an end. Assuming a correlation between number of posts per year and level of busyness (which there is), it's fairly obvious that this year has been my busiest since I started the blog in 2008. Two things make the busyness bearable though: One, I enjoy doing almost everything I'm busy with and two, I view it as a temporary busyness (at least this level of busyness).

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A 33% increase

JooYeon and I are well into our fifth year in Athens and continue to love it here. Our house is large enough to host guests, but small enough so that Ellie has a good sense of ownership over each room. :) Ellie's newest development is an extreme need for cleanliness (although not necessarily obvious from the following picture); we're not quite sure where she gets that from. :)

We had a short, but lovely, visit from Heather and Anna on their way back from visiting Grandma Showalter out in Virginia. Bob (Heather's husband) has had to work long hours at the Air Force dental clinic, which means that Heather is getting a lot of one-on-one time with Anna in New Mexico. That was fairly similar to our first year with Ellie, although now I have a few more evenings free for family time.

Even Stevie Wonder paid a rare visit to Athens, OH recently.

Ellie's been in good spirits most of the time lately--and very talkative--although the whole process of molars coming in seemed to be a bit painful.

We continue to be blessed by Grandparent spoilage. Mom revamped Ellie's Birthdaymobile into an Activity Center.

The Korean church continues to be productive, with another baby due this month.

Both Grandma and JooYeon have dug deep into the wells of creativity to come up with lots of cool arts and crafts projects for Ellie.

And our biggest news is that JooYeon is pregnant with our second child. This time around, the first trimester was quite rough (Ellie's pregnancy was uncannily easy). Thankfully, we've progressed into the second and Joo is doing much better most days.

I've been working hard to complete my dissertation in a timely fashion, and the news of the second child kicked me into an even higher gear. I'll be defending my proposal in a week and a half and hope to finish everything up some time next Spring. I've truly enjoyed the journey through graduate school, but it will be nice to have a sense of completion to it all.