We’re home. We’ve been home for 3 months. We are terrible at updating blogs.
I meant to update after our first trip to Korea. Back in November. It was amazing. I love Seoul. I’d happily move there. The food, the culture, the amazing subway system. I still dream about the bbq place across from the guesthouse. We even had a loyalty card to a mandu shop!
Anyway, my 12 weeks of leave are over and I’m about to go back to work. Grownups! Conversations that don’t involve “Soft touches or kitty will bite you!”
We met Josie 3 times before we appeared in court. We even got to have lunch with her and her fostermom! By the end of that meeting she was calling us Appa and Omma. Court was fine. We were only there for about 10 minutes, the questions were easy “Why do you think your husband/wife is a great parent?” etc.
We got the call on December 2nd that our adoption was final and “can you be in Korea by next Monday?” A 4 hour flight + a 14 hour flight with a 4 yo was probably my biggest worry, but R was amazing and I’d be happy to take him on that long of a flight again. He did great. It probably helped that the flight attendants loved his cute face and kept giving him snacks.
BTW, Korea is COLD in early December. I deeply regret not investing in fleece lined tights while we were there. There was some even going on and almost everything was booked our first night so we ended up at a hotel with a 20 minute walk to the subway. There was much whining from all involved. We were right across from a traditional market (Gwangjang) though, and that was fantastic when we felt like we could leave the hotel room. R saw that they had smoked pigs heads and feet and insisted he needed piggie feet. He told me that it was good for his skin. I wondered what ajumma had been talking to him (for real, there is a belief that foods high in collagen, like pig feet are good for your skin). He LOVED those feet. He kept saying “kamsahamnida” (thank you) and “mashita” (delicious!) to the lady and she kept giving him things like a dish of tiny anchovies and soup. He still asks if we can go back to eat, or go to Gangnam to look for Psy. I think we all desperately miss the food. It was so nice to be able to stuff all of us for under $10, too! Not something that happens back in the US, that’s for sure.
And then we were home again. Jo LOVES Appa. She’s a Daddy’s girl. She’s doing so well adjusting to us, and to her new school she just started 2 weeks ago. It’s been an adjustment for all of us, but we’re finding our new normal. I’ll try to come back to give more information on all of the awesome things we did in Seoul when I get a chance.