Larry is Korean, he was born there and lived there when he was young and then his family moved to the US. He actually went to cooking school and his family owned a Korean restaraunt for a while. So he was the perfect person to tell me all about Korean food! He made three dishes, marinated hard boiled eggs (I forget what they're called, but it was good!), a noodle dish, which I believe is called Chapchae, and Bulgogi, which is marinated beef. It was all SO good! It looked so good that I hurried and took a few pictures before we ate.
YUM!! Larry is the nicest guy, he's been really helping me with my Korean and we've enjoyed having him over. He brought his girlfriend last night, who was really nice, and after dinner we watched a Korean movie. It was a really fun Korean culture night at our house and we ate until we were stuffed!!
I'm loving having him as a Korean tutor. I'm learning what I can on my own, but it helps to have someone who can answer my questions and give me more information. I'm soaking up everything I can right now. Last night he gave us a chopstick lesson, which was really fun. I'm totally no good at it, but I'm working on it! He's been a really fun friend for our family.
Today I don't have a whole lot planned, except getting some Christmas things together. I've got to get some presents wrapped, make sure that I have teacher gifts for my kids to take to school tomorrow and finish up some last minute things. The kids start Christmas break on Monday, so I need to use these last two days to get things out and wrap presents while they're not around to peek!
Christmas is sneaking up on me too quickly this year! This last month has flown by. On Sunday it will officially be 13 months since we started our adoption wait. Technically right now the wait time is 14-18 months, so it would be possible that we could get our referral as early as a month from now, but I don't anticipate that happening. Our social worker told us that January is a notoriously slow month for referrals for some reason and I know that there are still several people ahead of us on the list. I'm being realistic and hoping for a referral in March, possibly even April. My birthday is April 4th and I'm really hoping that we'll have a referral by then. A referral would be a wonderful birthday present!
So now I'm off to wrap presents and start my day. I have a whole fridge full of leftover Korean food to eat for lunch. YAY!! :)
YUM, those pictures looked SOOO good. It doesn't help that I'm starving right now wither!
Larry sounds awesome!
I am so proud of you for diving into Korean culture. Not many adopted families go to the length that you are going to incorporate more culture into your daily life. I believe it is so rewarding! Plus, your adopted child will respect your efforts and have more of a connecting to her birth culture because of it. Way to go. That japchae looks amazing!! Oh, I love Korean foods! And Larry is so awesome for being a cultural guide for you. It helps when you have a friend like that!
Mmm that all looks so yummy and sounds like a totally fun time! How great to have a tutor friend like that! Wouldn't it be fabulous to have Clarissa's referral that soon?! Yay for April 4th, that's our anniversary ;)
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