Sunday, June 26, 2011

visit to cockington green gardens

It was zero degrees outside this morning when we decided that we should check out Cockington Green Gardens for our little man. This winter feels so much colder than the previous ones, and we've kept Jakob inside the house too many weekends for that reason. Some people hang out at the shopping centre where they can still get out and do their errands whilst keeping them warm. I've tried it too, but I hate it. Chasing after a 20 month old boy, trying to keep him quiet but stimulated enough, constantly telling him not to touch things at the shops and so on. I also envisage myself and my family in the hall full of germs and viruses. I hate it, more than I can't bear the coldness. So we all rugged up and headed out to this place. I've seen people visit there from overseas and interstate, so we might as well when we are living nearby!

Jakob loved it. At least I think. I just asked my husband, and he thinks the same too. Jakob was busy looking at the miniature trains, cars, houses, buildings and people. He walked around following the paths like all the grown ups. When he went on the Miniature Steam Train Ride TWICE (first with mom and second with dad), he refused to sit on our laps. He wanted to sit on the seat like other grown ups too (which made me little nervous as there was no safety gate or anything like that in case he decides to get off in the middle of the ride).

On the way out to the car park, he went CHOO CHOO and Beep Beep all the way. He was a happy little man, and his parents were too.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

a boy and the oxtail soup

The other day, I made some oxtail soup for our family. It takes so long to put the oxtail soup on the table because of the preparation time. After boiling for hours and hours, cooling it down and skim the fat layer off the top, and repeat that again. Koreans believe that the soup is very nutritious and is often offered as a "power" food. I thought with the flu virus going around everywhere nowadays, the oxtail soup is what my family needs. Jakob tried the soup for the first time and he loved it! I hope this will give him some extra strength to fight off his snotty nose virus in a short period.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

a very busy jakob

It was pretty cold in Canberra today. But the little man still got his gear on and worked around our backyard. The beanie seems a little too big, but that means we have few more winters to wear it, right?

one of the old wives' tales that I believe...

I am not sure whether it is actually an old wives' tale. Anyway I would call it that, as older ladies in Korea including my mother always said that babies reach next huge milestone after they overcome one illness. What seems to be quite true, is they just don't look the same once they fight off an illness. In our case, Jakob started to pump out so many new words after he suffered a bad fever for a few days. He had a tough three days fighting with a fever and swollen throat. He couldn't eat or sleep properly. Although he doesn't seem fully recovered, here is our little one that survived a 39.5 degree fever and is now saying many more new words.