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Jenny 

Hockey buddies since 2014! 🏒

* Birthday video link is in profile -- vimeo.com/260321039
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* She radiates positivity. She says to always look on the bright side of things and be thankful for everything we've been blessed with.
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* She plays hockey with Evan even while she has a cold (face mask on) and a bad back all while yelling funny things like "Are you playing hockey or ping pong?"
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* I was once going through a vintage phase and we passed by a thrift shop where I saw this awesome cement bench. She didn't approve but she helped me carry that huge bench all the way to the checkout counter. They immediately informed us we had taken the shop's bench for trying on shoes and we needed to put it back. Oops!
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* She loves Andy like her own son and beams when she talks about him to others.
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* She comes to visit and stays up doing the laundry, preparing meals to freeze, washing the windows and wiping the floors even though we're always telling her not to!
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* When I was in law school I got a dog who ate my casebooks/flooring, peed everywhere and constantly barked. Even though she was not a dog person she took him in and raised him -- chewing, peeing, barking and all.
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* She complains about my craft material collecting yet still folds hundreds of fabric pieces and organizes ribbon into rainbow order for me.
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* She FaceTimes with Bella and really talks to her.
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* We went to Target to grab some milk and ended up lugging a 9 foot Christmas tree (75% off!) out of the store and shoving it into a tiny car. She asked, "Christmas is over -- do you really need this giant tree?" Yet she did the heavy lifting and we drove away with branches hanging out of every window!
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* She reminds us that we need to be there for our friends in good and bad times. She'll be the first to call if she hears good news and is genuinely happy for you. She'll also be the first to be there to offer support if someone is going through a tough time.
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* She is truly the best mom, grandma, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ask for! She is one of my life's greatest blessings. Happy birthday to my amazing Omma!

March 2018
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*We bought skis (so pricey!) so we've been going skiing every other weekend. 🎿
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* Trying to be better about gathering little moments together into a video so they don't get lost in the abyss of my camera roll! 🎥😆
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* Evan's first tennis competition! He had a blast even though it was super windy! 🎾
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* Joy gets tennis lessons once in a blue moon. Coach says she's a tough one and after a year she's finally warming up to him lol! 🎾
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* Weekends mean lots of playing and waiting around in the car -- we listen to music, dance, draw and meditate. 🚐
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* When we have extra time I try new hairstyles on Joy. 👧🏻
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* Just got the new @adesignkit app! Love how you can add cute text/stickers/borders! 😍
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* Sometimes a moment just stops me in my tracks to truly appreciate the beauty of what is right in front of me. I saw this beautiful scene so I snapped a photo and texted Andy...”It’s a wonderful day to have a wonderful day!” ❤️

Happy New Year! 새해 복 많이 받으세요! 新年快樂! ❤️🎉😘

Valentine's Day 2018:
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* I literally ran back and forth from Evan's and Joy's classrooms for their parties -- setting up for Evan's party, scavenger hunt with Joy, making bookmarks in Evan's class, helping Joy pass out her Valentine's Day cards, making slime for Evan then staying after to clean up all the decorations (note to self: never use double-sided tape on windows because it is so hard to take off). I was SO busy but it was totally worth it to see their smiles! 😊
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* I spent so much time making hair pins to pass out for Valentine's Day but I didn't get to finish! Luckily we already had other gifts prepared (Palace Pets to the rescue!) but now we have a bunch of gold and pink hair pins left. Once I finish them maybe I'll give them away here on IG! 🤗
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* We didn't know if we'd be able to go out for Valentine's Day so we had a shabu shabu pajama party dinner ahead of time. The kids discovered MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This and couldn't stop dancing and laughing! 😆
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* We went to a fancy dinner and as we stood up to leave someone at the next table said, "Excuse me~ we have kids the same age as yours and we just have to tell you that your kids are so well behaved. We were watching during dinner and so impressed. You guys did an awesome job raising them!" Wow~ so unexpected and nice! That comment totally made my day. Love that they were willing to take the time to spread such kindness. 💕
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* The kids were so excited to pick one Valentine's Day candy each. We always say Evan gets too wild when he has sugar. At dinner Joy told us..."When I eat sugar I am not angry (like Evan)!" 🤣
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* Around midnight Andy and I were watching the Olympics and eating beef jerky when I read the bag..."Refrigerate after opening. Consume within 3 days of opening." It had already been about a month since we opened it and we never refrigerated it. We were cringing and cracking up yet we still finished the bag. 😳😝

I’m covered in glitter from decorating Evan’s class for Valentine’s Day, a few pounds heavier from last night’s Boiling Crab dinner and my heart is full from a week of quality time spent with my family (including my parents and brother).
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Currently first in the carpool line waiting to pick up the kids. When I was growing up I was always the last kid to be picked up so even though sometimes I have to wait an hour I still make sure they’ll be one of the first to be picked up.
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Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with laughter and silly moments!

Evan didn't want a birthday party or gifts...all he wanted was to spend time with his favorite people so we planned a weekend full of fun for our favorite little boy! We had so many photos and videos I wanted to gather them into one spot.
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Video link is in profile -- https://goo.gl/R1S1kX
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Favorite memories:
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* In one weekend we went skiing, went to a brand new park with zip lines and fun slides, watched a show, ate at a buffet, went to a children's museum, went shopping and did lots of video game playing.
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* We made up our own Delano Hockey League (DHL) and the kids had so much fun playing hockey.
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* After watching the Jabbawockeez show we formed the Pajamawockeez and had a dance party!
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* Joy said the sweetest thing and I'm so thankful Kat got it on video. We were surprised to see a fireworks show right outside and Joy said, "Maybe Jesus told the people to make fireworks for Evan for his birthday...because he's been a good boy."
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* I didn't have time to get a cake but thankfully the general manager remembered Evan's birthday and sent a cake. So sweet!
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* Getting to spend time in an incredible 4,500 sq ft suite! Loved the decor!
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* My absolute favorite part was just being with our friends and making all of these beautiful memories together! ❤️

Dear Evan...
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Sometimes you speak like someone in their 80s who has the wisdom of realizing what is truly important in life. When asked what gifts you want you say you don't want anything...you just want to spend time with that person. You enjoy getting to know people's likes/dislikes, favorite memories, etc. Your love for life and positivity are a constant blessing in my life. Oh how you make us all laugh! You had Halmoni literally ROTFL while you were playing hockey together for the 10th time. You make each day so fun and bright!
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I'm amazed when I see your heart for serving and loving others. When you get a treat you always save it to share with us. It was your idea to keep snacks in the car to give out to homeless people. You remember the best things about people and celebrate them. You like bringing people together. Your friends started a venture of making and selling squishies. You oversaw production/sales then paid the employees with the proceeds while keeping none for yourself. When there are groups that need to be formed whether in dodgeball or math your wheels start turning and you point out people's strengths and who should fill each position.
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This past year we traveled around the world and saw unbelievably beautiful scenes yet I feel the greatest beauty was seen in the moments our hearts were changed. With tears in our eyes we listened to the plight of elephants in the Thai tourist industry but also witnessed rescued elephants playing freely in a watering hole. Walking through picturesque Paris we noticed many families living on the streets and our hearts wished we could help. In Korea, you attended church where you learned that though we speak in different languages we still worship the same awesome God. I can't wait to continue our worldwide adventures together but what I know for sure is that no matter where we are I'm happiest when I'm with you.
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Though there will be hardships and disappointments in this life I pray that you will put all of your faith in God's unchanging love and grace. I love you more than words can ever express. Happy 9th birthday to you...my kind, generous, loving and amazing son!
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Love, Omma

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Oh what a year! I’m so thankful to my family and friends who were there for the highs and lows of it all. Thank you so much for your support and love!
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Evan -- “On January 1st we will have 365 pages and 12 chapters to write a beautiful new story.”
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Here’s to each of us writing beautiful new stories in our lives! Wishing you an amazing 2018!

How do you cultivate a thankful heart in the midst of a season filled with gifts? If you know me you know I absolutely love giving gifts. However, I feel like sometimes the focus of the holidays is too much on gifts. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make the season more meaningful in addition to all the gift giving. Here are some of the things we do...
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*We donate as many gifts as we get and reflect on how else we can help those who need help. We also keep extra blankets and food in the car to pass out if we run into anyone who might need it.
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*Although it’s fun seeing the kids opening gifts on Christmas morning I don’t like how there are so many that they can’t even realistically appreciate them all. Instead, we carve out time each day during the month to open one person’s gift. We talk about the gift giver and their family and what we like about the gifts. Then we send detailed messages to say how thankful we are. I want the kids to understand that these kind friends spend their hard earned money and time to share with us.
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*Even after opening the gifts we don’t use them all at once. We set some aside and bring them out later after the busy holiday season passes.
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Would love to hear the things you do with your family! 🎁❤️

Favorite holiday moments 2017:
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*Decorating the tree together and talking about our special ornaments and the memories attached (travel icons, the school bus from when Evan took the bus each day, the Joy ornament we got before she was born). Doesn’t Evan look so much like Andy in the first photo? ❤️
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*My first ever Santa photo with my parents.🎅🏼
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*My favorite gift was a tiny glass jar. We were eating at our favorite brunch spot and I loved the jars the syrup came in. Andy and the kids asked for one and surprised me with it for Christmas. 🎁
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*Spending quality time with our favorite family and friends.❤️
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*Singing Christmas carols together at the top of our lungs! 🎤
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*I love love love giving gifts! I love thinking about the people we love and picking out special things for them. 🛍📦💕
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*Surprising the kids with a car Christmas performance. 🎵
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*Enjoying delicious meals, praying together and reflecting on all of the beautiful blessings we should be thankful for. ❤️

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