Saturday, February 27, 2010
Today Matthew attended a birthday party for our 3 year old neighbor, Yasi. It was held at an indoor play area in Jamaica Plain. Matthew had a lot of fun playing with the trains (surprise, surprise), the animals in the "pet hospital" and running around with a hammer from the workbench. Although, nothing beat the fun he had painting for the first time. This place has a huge wall that looks like a dry erase board. They give the children smocks, cover the floor with plastic tarps and let them have a blast getting messy with painting the wall. Matthew kept saying "mama fun" while he was painting (oh- yes, Matthew is starting to speak in 2-word sentences- it's amazing!) This party was a huge success and he even got to take home a red balloon.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
A few days ago Dana, Matthew and I stumbled across a fun indoor play area in the mall near our house. They had an advertisement that today they were having a person come in with drums for the children to bang on. We didn't really know what to expect, but since Matthew LOVES music, figured it was worth checking out. Needless to say, as usual, Matthew had a blast!
Matthew has had a busy few weeks; getting to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse, visiting a museum and celebrating the Chinese/Korean New Years. Yesterday Matthew and I decided to have a relaxing day at home, so Matthew put on his most comfortable outfit... his hanbok. A hanbok is a traditional Korean outfit. Matthew was gifted a hanbok by his foster family and wore it to his first birthday party in Korea where he definitely ate some fish. His hanbok was sent home with him and, now that the dry cleaner washed it about 20 times, it doesn't smell anymore. I am planning to take Matthew for some professional pictures in his hanbok before he grows out of it, so it's been sitting around the house. He enjoyed checking himself out in the mirror and saying "hanbok" over and over again.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Today, besides being Valentine's day, was also Korean New Year's Day. Obviously, we celebrated by having Chinese Food and today was also Chinese New Year. We have a really good chinese restaurant near us that was celebrating Chinese New Year with those lion dancers and music so we met up with my buddy Steve and his wife Melissa and daughter Catherine. We dined on traditional "Korean" specialties such as egg rolls and crab rangoons. Matthew didn't seem to mind one bit.
Not more than one day after meeting the Mouse, Matthew was at it again yesterday playing his little butt off at the Discovery Museum. This place is like a Children's Museum except a lot smaller (its all crammed into one house). But its a pretty fun place. It has a bunch of different rooms with different themes like trains, boats, cooking/food, colors, etc. The place is located in Acton, MA.
Here is Matthew having a good time.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Today Matthew had his first of what will likely be many run-ins with a certain famous mouse.
Here is the backstory, Jodi has been agitating to go to Disney On Ice, and while our trip to the Circus was a smashing success, you don't tempt fate twice. I knew from experience that Disney on Ice was to be avoided.
Fortunately Jodi got wind of a small Disney skating exhibition going on at the Frog Pond (a skating rink) on the Boston Common. It was going on during the afternoon, so we went down there today (it was really nice out, as you can see). After a little while Matthew came face to face with the Mouse and the rest of history. Actually, the rest is that after we met Mickey and Minnie as they toured around the sides of the skating rink, Jodi and Matthew actually snuck backstage for some personal pic's. You can see the large crowd of people - Jodi and Matty were the only ones that got their own private photo session with the Mice. (Jodi credits her dad with giving her the chutzpah to pull off such moves, and I believe her).