Saturday, March 13, 2010

So I Like To Multi-Task, So Sue Me

We are leaving for SoKo in roughly 48 hours and I find that I am strangely relaxed about the trip. I think it may have something to do with the fact that I have eaten double my body weight in guacamole over the last couple of days. Avocados are known to have a calming effect, right?

Today I spent part of my day on a wild goose chase for a jar of Amish peanut butter. I never considered what a challenge it might be. Honest to goodness, what good is living in buggyville if a girl can't find Amish peanut butter when she needs it most?

We are taking gifts over for Silas's foster parents and foster sisters, as well as the social worker. The only suggestions I received were to double-check that any gifts we choose to take are made in America. (Again - easier said than done.) I wanted to take some things that were somewhat unique to our area, hence, the aforementioned PB. The girls are getting Bath & Body Works miscellany, and we'll also be lugging over homemade Amish noodles, apple butter and Yankee candles. In a clutch moment of golden serendipity, I stumbled upon notecards featuring water color scenes of our little town, painted by a local artist.

Sidenote: Am I the only girl who obsesses about the cleanliness of my home when I travel? I am by no means a neatnik, but pack me a suitcase and I am overcome by the desire to mop my floors and dust my baseboards. Quadruple that urge when the suitcase is headed trans-Continental.

So, I've been doing some of that.

We were advised by our agency that jeans are not appropriate withing the city limits of Seoul.

Do you think they're tricking us? Do they secretly think it's funny to send two jittery parents over in constrictive clothing?

Ya'lls - I don't think my adoration of jeans is lost on anyone here.

On second thought - they never said anything about sweatpants...

Have I told you about the part that we'll be gone for Calvin's 5th birthday?

It makes me sad. And it can't be helped. But it still makes me sad.

So, we're celebrating tomorrow, which also happens to be Cory's birthday.

I am infinitely grateful that my Mama instilled in me the value of a the simplified birthday. Birthdays for Dummies, by Flower Patch Farmgirl. Cupcakes home baked by yours truly (with a little help from my friend Betty. Yo, Betty.)

This year, filled to the brim with guilt, I sprung for the $3 themed plastic tablecloth.

My kids are totally spoiled.

Is it weird that I live the vast majority of my life in one of three grey t-shirts, but I now feel compelled to pack "fun" jewelry for the trip?

Have you ever met someone who rambles circuitously when they feel just a smidge of anxiety?

I have a friend like that and she wears. me. out.

I've been meaning to tell you - I have a crush on Marzetti's Tamed Jalapeno slices. Crunchy, pickly, kicky bliss. It seems I rather enjoy acidic foods.

I have big plans to can up some of my own this Summer. I do believe this will be the Summer that I get my can on.

Silas's room is almost done. 95%. OK fine, 89%.

I'd like to say that I will be ready to show you before we leave, but that's just not a promise I'm willing to make right now. I will tell you this - it's pretty swoony.

Speaking of pretty - the pictures on this post highlight some of my favorite bits from the Grand Opening event at Junk Evolution.


  1. I hope your trip goes well! I have to say that I'm partial to the name's the name of my third child. Blessings.


  2. The cleaning thing is because no one likes coming home to a dirty house, especially after vacation. I do it, it must be totally normal. Ha.

    And you crack me up with the sweatpants. Good luck living without jeans!

  3. I'm so excited for you! I have a really good Korean friend who just moved here to stay, I'll check out the clothing thing.

  4. I also LOVE coming home to a clean house... feels soooo much better when you come home & walk thru the door.
    I am SOOOO excited for you! There is nothing I mean NOTHING better then adding to your family. God Bless you & Cory on your journey to your new wee one. I hope that travels are filled with safety & smooth sailing!

  5. Shannan,
    I am so excited for you. Will be praying for you to have a safe trip!
    I love all the pictures you took at Junk Evolution. I would clean them out if I lived by them. Happy Birthday to Cory & Calvin!
    Take Care,

  6. Talking is good therapy for nerves... talk away.

    Have a safe and joyful trip!


  7. Have a wonderful time. I can imagine you're just about over the moon! Will the kids be able to go with you, or are they staying here?

  8. I think cleaning the house before you go somewhere is related to being warned by our moms to always have on clean underwear in case you are ever in some kind of an accident. I'm sure the two are connected somehow.
    SO HAPPY for you about the addition to your family! YaY God!

  9. Wishing you and your sweatpants an incredible journey!!!! Maybe you can start a new sisterhood.. of the traveling sweatpants! If you do, count me in!!! :-)

    Blessings to your beautiful family of Five!!!

  10. How thrilling to be doing what you are about to do!!

    I also HAVE to have a clean house before I leave for vacation. You never know who might stop by while you are gone; robber, mother in law, neighbors if we have a wreck or something... How weird is all of that?

    Be comfortable (even without blue jeans on)...tell your boys happy birthday from five Tennesseans...and thanks for showing those great photos.(especially that awesome slipcovered chair)

  11. i must, must come out to see junk evolution...

    have a safe trip.........a blessed journey for you---#3 how exciting!!

    yes, i've been known to even clean out drawers before I leave!!

  12. almost exactly one year ago this time i was an absolute you are doing great! my jabber would've made no sense to the common folk. :)

    i refinanced my house the night before we left. i started the paperwork at 10pm and had to leave for the airport at 4am. nuts. but it was a good deal:)

  13. I am so excited for you!! I hope your current boys both have a wonderful birthday and you have a very safe and wonderful trip. I would take the jeans, just in case!

    Gorgeous photos... I LOVE that cane chair. LOVE

  14. holy cow girl! You are one busy chica! good luck on the trip! take lots of pictures! I'm sure they will love the gifts! Are you so excited?!? Can you even sleep?

    I completely obsess over my home when I leave on a trip! I feel the need to come home to an immaculate home!

    are the kids coming? did you say this and I missed it? have fun!

    oh, and i don't think the sweats sound like a good idea... :)

  15. Blessings for safety and a wonderful time getting to know your new son!!
    I always feel I have to clean my house before I go on a trip In case I don't make it back home no one will think I am a slob ..Morbid huh :)

  16. Wishing you a huge congratulations and extra huge blessings on this new adventure for your family.
    God Bless you all!

  17. I am soooooooo excited for y'all!!! Don't worry I have the need to clean when we're about to leave the house for a couple of days too! It's so nice to come home to a clean house, Right? Y'all have a safe trip!

  18. I know what you mean about nesting before a trip. I feel like I have to have everything in order before I walk out the door. Like that closet that I haven't cared about in a year, suddenly needs to get cleaned out & organized. When really I should be doing laundry & packing. Or laundry. Instead of washing only what I need for that trip, I start washing everything in the house. Seems like I have a lot to say on this subject.

    Many prayers for you guys as you get ready to leave.

    And my one piece of advice, you may want to lay off the jalapenos. nerves + jalapenos = airplane bathroom

  19. I clean like a madwoman before a trip also...can't explain it but it must be done! I hope ya'll have a WONDERFUL trip and can't wait to see your newest little family member! Your mom was right about the birthday RIGHT.

  20. How exciting! I'm sure Calvin will just as happy with an early birthday since one of his gifts is a new brother!!!

    I have the weird gotta clean my house before I'm gone for an extended period of time syndrome too. :oP

    Have a safe trip.

  21. I just stumbled on your blog today. We brought our incredible son home from China 7 years ago. I am always so excited when I hear about soon-to-be-completed adoptions. I get goose bumps thinking about how much joy the adoptive parents are going to feel in such a short time! I wish you a wonderful and safe trip...and I can totally understand the cleaning thing. I hired a service to come in and clean our house after we had left for China because I wanted everything to sparkle when we got home, and goodness knows I wasn't capable of pulling that off and packing too! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  22. This is so amazing! I am so excited for you and your family! Thank you for sharing this special journey with us..~lulu

  23. Hahahahaha! You are SOOO funny. I love to laugh and you just made my day! My husband is so annoyed that I cannot leave any mess in the house when we travel. (And we travel ALOT! ;)
    I know you are excited and nervous and happy and feeling jittery. What wonderful memories. Hope you are writing it all down to go over in your heart later on. When you hold that little guy in your arms, it will all have been so worth it. YOU, my dear, have a BEAUTIFUL family.
    I agree with prior comments and think you should take the jeans, although in Kenya it was only ladies of "ill repute" who wore jeans, pants for that matter. (I'm just saying...)
    Happiness my friend!

  24. Your just nesting Shannan-it's normal when your are expecting a new child! This is so exciting.
    We got more of your fan club in at Junk E. Sat. People who you've never met, but love you all the same. The photo's are outstanding! Thanks again for sending people our way.
    I will be thinking of you.
    Blessings and safe travel,

  25. thank you for visiting :) i hope you have a safe trip and i look forward to reading about your trip when you return. i totally get the clean house thing. take care, susan

  26. I'm so, so excited for you. And...antsy. I can't wait to hear all about it. That's a shame about Calvin's birthday but since it can't be helped, what are you going to do? I totally clean my house before I go on trips. I can't stand coming home to a mess.

  27. Hey lurker here.... I don't think I've ever left a comment but need to tell you now Woo Hoo. So exciting. So happy for you and your family! You have a wonderful blog and a great attitude. That new son of yours is one lucky little guy! Best of luck to you whatever you wear. I wish you sunshine. And the cleaning...totally normal. <3

  28. The jeans thing, is well, news to me. It would be hard to find something to wear all the time!

    Anyway, I really wanted to say that I hope your journey is full of love and joy and goes smoothly.

  29. Weird about the jeans thing. I'd be stumped to say the least. Jeans ARE my wardrobe or like your said sweatpants:)

    I'm so excited for you hon. I'd hate being away for my little one's birthday too...but you will be bringing him the best present ever...a little brother. How cool is that:)

  30. Best wishes to you (and you go and wear those sweat pants)

  31. Oh my gosh...I'm so glad you explained the photos, cause I was getting really confused that they didn't go with the text. I LOVE Amish peanut butter. Please bring some here when you visit, and some Yankee candles. I'm too cheap to pop for those. I keep thinking that I should go to O'Hare in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow with a sign...what an exciting adventure Ms. Shan.

    PS I clean closets and drawers before I go anywhere overnight. It's a disorder I think.

  32. I think a got a little nervous and excited for you, like it was me going. Everything will be great and Happy Birthday to your sweet little boy.
    I like to clean the house before we leave 1. so I can walk into a clean house after a long trip and not have to clean right away, except for laundry and 2. so the dog watcher doesn't think we live in a pig sty!

    Good luck to you and and your husband!

  33. I definitely obsess over my home before I leave...I have no idea why either...but I'm told it drives my household a little nuts when I do...

    Anyway ~ they will love your gifts and so glad you are leaving so soon and Calvin will remember the day you celebrated not that you missed:) Your a great momma!

  34. I meant to put he will remember the day you celebrated not the day you missed:) came out a word short there...

  35. Congratulations! Have a wonderful journey.

    As for the birthday, I missed my daughter's fifth birthday too (on a business trip) - we just celebrated for days and she wasn't quite sure which was the "real" day.

    Kris Connell

  36. Happy Birthday to your boys...I agree, simple parties are definitely the best.
    And the pics are awesome. Beautiful, artsy, intriguing - they leave you wanting more.
    Safe travels, Farmgirl!

  37. Praying for you as you make the trip and the transition.
    P.s. Stop teasing me with mentions of those tamed jalapenos. I cannot find them!

  38. You are going to have a wonderful trip! I'd be just as anxious as you are. I always like to clean before I go on a trip so that everything's clean when I get home.

  39. Hi Shannon...I have stalked your blog now for a few months, I was brought here by my step-daughter Hootsmom.....I love your blog and so enjoy reading it. You have such precious children and CONGRATS on the arrival of your #3....I pray that my step-daughter and hubby get their call soon! Safe travels!

    By the way, hubby and I visited Junk E. Saturday and loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Can't wait to see the room and hear all about bring your new baby home!

  41. I hope I'm not too late to tell you, you can wear jeans in Seoul, although they do tend to dress up there. We were there the end of 2008 to pick up our son and they told us to make sure to wear church clothes whenever we were visiting the agency, and to dress nice otherwise...I think jeans can look nice and I saw plenty of them while I was there. Have a blast, it's a wonderful city! I'm so excited for you!

  42. You photographed the exact item that I purchased at junk evolution last week. I bought the metal wall basket/organizer with the three yellow flower-filled glass vases. I love it! I initially purchased it with the hopes of it finding a home in our new laundry room, but I don't think it will fit. It will now be hanging proudly on the wall of our kitchen. Thanks for the tip on that it!

  43. just wanted to tell you how excited i am for you all. i check your blog often and just never comment. sorry about that. you are such a gifted writer and photographer and decorater and cook and...and...and. thank you for sharing who you are with all of us. welcome SILAS!!!