Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Christmas

This year we decided to have Mary Ann visit a couple weeks before Christmas to celebrate early. She helped me make my first turkey, which was organic and "free range" but probably not pastured as I would have liked it to be. We used our new roaster oven and the 15lb turkey was cooked to perfection! We had a nice meal with just the grown ups.

Zach and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary going to see Harland Williams stand-up comedy at Parlor Li've.

Mary Ann got Julia a stacking train and a nice music kit. And since I'm a health freak she got me the book "Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss, which I am really enjoying by the way! She also got us some nice music: best of CCR, The Doors, Sly and the Family Stone greatest hits, and Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series.

Julia loved watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the stop-motion animated feature. We trekked to West Seattle to get a photo with the REAL Santa. Zach debated the entire ride there about whether we should tell Julia if Santa is real or not, much to Mary Ann's amusement.

Our family celebrated a quiet Christmas a couple weeks later then headed off to Leavenworth, WA where there is a Bavarian themed town. We were planning to do some snow tubing and sleigh riding but we got distracted by all the cute little shoppes and eateries. We found some really nice apple Strudel at a nearby bakery and ate veggiewurst at Munchen Haus.

Overall it was a very nice and relaxing holiday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Michigan trip for Julia and Mommy

Julia and I made a trip alone to visit family in Michigan. The plane ride wasn't as bad as I expected but the connecting flights were a little too close for comfort. Try running with a 23lb baby attached to you for 20 minutes because your connecting flight is on the opposite end of the airport.We had a wonderful time visiting Harabogee and Grandma Lee, in addition to Madison and KeyIn. This was the first time since Julia's birth that she saw Como Harmonee SoonSung. Julia sprouted two molars while we were there and was able to find some relief and some nice cuddle time with Grandma Lee. She even woke up crying for "Imo!" one night. Later she had the opportunity to meet her maternal great Grandparents for the first time. It was a very sweet moment.
Harabogee decided we couldn't stay in Harrison for our entire visit and planned a fun trip to Tahquemenon Falls, which is a four hour drive north of Harrison. We made some good memories stopping at the Macinac Bridge for fudge and cashew brittle.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Graham Cracker Lure

Julia has been a little behind with her gross motor development. She is finally getting the hang of crawling. I just happened to put the graham cracker I normally hand her a few feet away and she crawled her way over to get it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Has it really nearly been a year?!

Julia went to her first baby friend's first birthday party last week. The past couple weeks in our new house has been busy and we are full-fledged teething! Her upper two teeth have finally decided to come through and sleep has been virtually non-existent. We still haven't completely unpacked but we have good motivation to get the place in order soon. We plan on celebrating Julia's first birthday with Seattle friends before leaving to Purcellville, Virginia to celebrate with family Korean-style.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Moving to Redmond

Our new house is complete! We signed on the new house July 13th. It's been great having Uncle Bill over helping us with the baby and moving. We visited the Seattle space needle for the first time complements of Quadrant Homes.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Biscuit Lee January 11, 2002 - June 21, 2010

My sweet, loving puppy niece, welcoming to everybody she met. So intelligent and gentle and a shining example of loyalty. Biscuit, we love you and will miss you!

First Father's Day with Julia

This past father's day we spent the day driving up to Mt. Rainier in cold, wet weather. We took a wrong turn and was able to capture this beautiful shot with the family. That isn't Mt. Rainier behind us, in fact, it was too cloudy to even see it! We took a 5 mile hike to a campground and got some pretty nice views of vistas and babbling brooks.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Loving Memory of Richard Fewtrell

Video note: Love is Kind sung by Richard Fewtrell and Musical selections by The Woodmont Ensemble featuring Richard's violin-playing.

Richard was born Richard Alexander Booth on Aug. 14, 1943, in Cambridge, England. He was adopted at six months of age by Alfred George and Kay Fewtrell.

Richard’s boyhood was spent in Rochester, Kent. As a boy Richard was enrolled aboard the Royal Navy training ship Arethusa (also known as the Peking). During this time he began studying the violin. As a young man, Richard served in the Royal Army Corps of Engineers where he played multiple instruments in their band. He also studied at London School of Music and the Royal Military School of Music at Knell Hall, focusing on violin. Richard also took a great interest in traditional British folk music and built an expansive repertoire of traditional music across multiple instruments.

In 1970 Richard left Britain for the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and served for 3 years aboard the Golden Cachalot. In 1973 Richard came to the United States and worked at the South Street Seaport restoring the tall ship Wavertree. He also surveyed the tall ship Elissa before its purchase by the Galveston Historical Society in 1977. While in New York City, Richard was married to Mary Ann Creamer and his first son, Zachary, was born.

In 1984, Richard moved to Connecticut and started his own wooden boat restoration business. In 1986, his second son, William, was born. In recent years, Richard has played violin with the Colchester Orchestra and the Milford Chamber Ensemble.

Richard had been recovering from recent lung surgery when he suddenly passed. He is survived by his loving sons William and Zachary and his baby granddaughter Julia.

Richard had a huge heart and his greatest loves were his family, his friends, music, and the sea. We will incorporate all of these loves and more as we remember him.

Richard's ashes are scattered at sea at the Long Island Sound.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Seattle's Baby Idol

Just for fun we entered Julia in a local Seattle radio station baby contest called Baby Idol. We can't help but be biased in thinking our baby is the cutest! However, we didn't have high expectations initially, but thanks to some dedicated family and friends she made it into the top 75. Thanks for all your votes. It was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

January 2010 Winter Vacation

We traveled Southwest airlines on Julia's first flight and we were given the opportunity to sit in the cockpit. Julia was put to sleep by the plane's white noise and was entertained by all the interesting people walking up and down the aisles.
"As part of Korean tradition, when a child turns one, they get a huge party celebrating their first year. During the party, they are presented with items on a table. The first two items the child chooses is supposed to represent what the child will do later in life. Henry chose a computer mouse and a wrench."-Jessica Lee's blog
We celebrated the lunar new year early this 2010 year of the tiger.
All of the cousins so far! Madison, Alex, Jack, Henry, Isaac and Julia (L-R)
Visiting my previous co-worker from Bowie State University Leslie and her brother Mike at Starbucks in Bowie, Maryland. We also got to see my old friends Stefanie, Robyn, and Pam.

Visiting Julia SoonAe's namesake, her great grandmother ChangSoon, at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, Maryland.
Visiting my cousin MiKyong and her husband Hyung-Jin in Princeton, New Jersey. Her husband was about to leave to Korea for a new job and we got to see him just in time before he left! He took us on a tour of the most beautiful Princeton University.
Julia meeting her great grandma Peg for the first time in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Hanging out with Granma Mary Ann. Teething is hard work!

Visiting grandad Richard
Meeting Eva, Zach's god daughter in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Saturday, January 9, 2010