Monday, June 27, 2011

asian babies

Lately Lily has been a crack up. She gurgles non-stop and groans like she has the hardest life ever. Her tongue hangs out constantly. She attacks any exposed skin (i.e. her hands, our hands, our arms, our shoulders) like it's her last meal and it's about to get away. She sits up in a lounging position on the couch like such a grown up. She's hilarious, and I love spending my days with her.



On a side note, my mom just sent this picture of me in Korea, pre-adoption. I thought it was funny. I may have to dress Lily like this one day.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Focus Problems

I am not talking about Attention Deficit Disorder, although at times I feel I may be afflicted with that too. My focus problem deals with my pictures. Take the picture below:


It could've been a perfectly cute picture, but it's just not crisp and clear. It was shot at ISO 200, f/5.6 and 1/15 shutter speed. Do any of my photographer friends/enthusiasts have any tips? Most of my photos come out like this, and I think my exposure is correct, but I must be doing something wrong. Help, please!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

This is a picture of Lily looking at Cole. She adores him, as do I. I love watching them together because Cole is so sweet and goofy with her, and Lily loves it. Today I was in the shower while Cole watched Lily. All of a sudden I heard Cole singing "A Whole New World" to her at the top of his lungs even doing the Jasmine parts in his highest pitch possible. I feel so lucky that I married such a good man and father. We love you, honey. Thanks for rocking our world!

I learned how important Daddy-daughter relationships are from my own Dad. He is one intelligent, creative, funny, and loving man. We have our own sense of humor that comes out especially when I'm around him. He has supported me in everything and is one of my best friends. I love you, Dad!

And no Father's Day post would be complete without a little something about my father-in-law, Ed. He's one of the most giving, Christ-like people I know and one of the best fathers around. I remember when I met him for the first time, he just cracked me up the whole dinner. I know how much Cole takes after him and looks up to him. We love you, Fast Eddie!

Thanks to all the great fathers out there!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

beach bums

It's no secret. I'm not a huge fan of the ocean. In fact, it scares me to death.

See what I mean? The water was only waist-high and I stilled feared for my life. But I did get in. Twice. And the second time I actually enjoyed it. The best part about the trip was being with family. I loved talking to my sisters-in-law. For a couple days, I thought Cole wasn't coming. Thanks to some quick-thinking on his part, lots of rearranging of flights, and the blessed Houston Passport Agency, he made it! Of course, I loved the food: all-you-could-eat sushi, mango daquiris, coconut ice cream, and 24/7 room service! Oh and having a maid wasn't too bad either. There were times I'd be taking a nap with Lily and she'd come in and clean around us! Pretty much the greatest thing ever. Lily did okay on the plane rides, but could handle the beach and the pool for only so long.

trouble in paradise

She actually was a pretty happy camper most of the time and she loved being held by the family.

our little poser

She finally got to meet her cousin Maisey, who just loved to hold, kiss, and hug her. It was so fun to see them together. Almost all of Cole's family (we were lame) got temporary tats, Cole and I went parasailing, and we saw X-Men: First Class and Tangled. It was an all-around good time. We're missing the Ballards already!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

you are my sunshine.

Dear Lily,

I am really loving your smiles these days. They are just so genuine. You have no concept of a fake smile. You smile because you're happy. You smile when I talk to you, kiss your feet, play Pattycake, give you a bath, tickle you, dance crazy, brush my teeth, and make funny noises. You smile at strangers, at Daddy, at the ceiling fan, and at your own toots. Your smiles have to be the happiest thing I've ever seen. Instant joy! That's what they bring me.

You just turned 3 months! As of today, you weighed 12 lbs. We like to call you Li'l Lils (in a British accent) or just Lils, Lillers, Our little Lily Bug, and Baby Wiwwy (this is how your cousin Maisey says your name). You like to suck like mad on your right fist and stare at/examine your left. You try to drink your bath water and sometimes when I look away and look back, you'll have a ring of bubbles around your mouth. You think you're so sneaky. You like storytime. You sit and listen so attentively, looking at the pictures. You love to be held, facing outward. We call it your throne. You won't stay on your stomach anymore. You immediately roll onto your back. You're almost rolling from your back to your belly. Almost. You get more and more fun everyday! Happy 3 months, baby girl! We love you!!!