a new baby, presents, and a house tour

October 13, 2009 |  Category:   family life






Not a new baby for me, silly. I’m a first time aunt. My brother had a baby boy, which made me realize that I never really talk about my brother here, for really no particular reason at all. So…his name is Ed and he lives in California and is a vet. We’re 6 years apart (he is younger) so there’s a sizable age difference between us which means that we never related to one another growing up or really played together other than the occasional annoying karate chop to the leg (by him) and the more frequent fighting and teasing (by both of us). I also moved out of the house when he was 12. I think that’s why I’m so intrigued by the girls’ relationship and how close they are. If you were to ask Claudine who her best friend is, she will tell you that it’s Mia without skipping a beat (Mia might have a different answer, but she is 5 and has her own social agenda after all). But yes, this new baby – a thing to be celebrated for sure, but it was a total surprise to the family so the situation is fraught with tension from my father and has brought some feelings of resentment back to the surface. I’m a bit tired of dealing with family issues after all these years. Why can’t things just be easy?

Speaking of my dad, he just came back from his annual trip to Korea and brought back a mountain of goodies for the girls: really nice oil pastels in a million colors, crayons, pencils, backpacks and pencil cases, 2 huge plush animals that have immediately became the girls’ favorite sleeping companions, and socks and underwear (is it just my family or is it some Korean thing to bring back underwear to the States as gifts?). The girls immediately tore into the art supplies and colored up a storm. Claudine is still drawing her “potato” people, but they’ve evolved a bit. They now have noses, belly buttons, ears and sometimes eye pupils, shoes and hair.

It’s pretty cold this week (relatively speaking). I think we can put away the sandals for good, but it also reminds me of how much of a cold weather wimp I am.

And lastly, if you’re on twitter then you know all about this, but our home is on Design*Sponge today.

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  • Annie From Seattle October 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    You already know what I’m going to say…welcome baby Ed Jr or whatever his name is….WELCOME!

    And what a nice showing on Design Sponge! I especially like the grey on the living room walls. It’s a little hard to see in the pictures but I think it gives a nice soft glow to the room.

    PS Whew. I know what you mean about cold. I’ve been experiencing some myself this week and, damn, I love the rain but cold just gets to me. It’s borderline painful! Wimp alert!

  • ChantaleP October 13, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Omg, had to laugh at the socks and underwear part! My parents used to do the same thing when they went to Korea and came back home. Except, they also added t-shirts to the mix. Said the “quality” was better there. lol!!

    I hope everyone just enjoys the new baby. I’ve come to realize that life’s too short and family dramas only ever evolve if you feed the fire. Your parents will see the baby and melt. : )

  • Kitty October 13, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I think Claudine’s potato people are adorable!

  • julie October 13, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Hi Jenna! Your blog is lots of fun, and your girls are precious!! Little ballerinas are adorable. My sister-in-law has a dance studio, and she and my brother had 8 little flower-girl “ballerinas” in their wedding! So the pictures of your girls dancing together is makes me smileThere really is nothing better than having a sister, what fun that they get to share growing up together!! Take care! blessings!

  • monica from hola!design October 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

    love the potato people! My family is from Mexico and my grandma used to give underwear as a gift too!
    congratulations on the new baby and the design*sponge feature, your house is lovely!

  • Sheila October 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    My parents were all about bringing kids underwear from the Philippines too. They believed the quality was better and as a result, my second cousins started asking for “Filipino underwear”.

  • cindy October 13, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I love the cray-pas [oil pastels]! They bring back such fond memories of old trips to Korea. As for family drama… I’ve learned it never goes away, unfortunately. But congratulations on being an auntie [Go-mo]!

  • Yoon Jung October 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    oh yes, underwear, socks, as well as box of fruits, shampoo and soap set, hunk of beef… all of these are gifts in Korea. My MIL brought back ankle-length stockings for me which I have no idea what to do with. Those thick(!) socks on little feet… so cute.

  • Kate October 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Ah, family issues. I moved as far away from mine as I possibly could while still being in the US, and I still get headaches from the occasional drama! 🙂

    Your house tour is a dream, by the way. Probably one of my favorites on D*S.

  • M Simon October 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

    my children are just like you – older daughter, younger brothe, 6 year age differencer. i have often wondered if they will stay close later in life due to the sex/age difference. glad to hear that there is hope.

    love your blog, btw.

  • Jeanie from Evergreen October 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Hi jenna, we love your blog. I died laughing about the undies. my mom always brings back tons of underwear from Japan.
    The oil pastels and crayons are beautiful. I love kid art supplies from asia. of course, everything you photograph just makes everything look better.

  • Lois October 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Koreans in Canada do the same thing! Socks, house slippers, underwear, long john-type of garments…hahaha! I don’t get it. Loved your home tour on D*S…especially that chalkboard wall. I’m too chicken to paint a wall black, it looks so good in your place.

  • Claudia October 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    When I read the title of your post I immediately thought that was a new baby at “Sweet Fine Day” family. 🙂 Congratulations for your nephew. And again congrats for house tour in Design & Sponge. It´s so great to see!

  • Jenna October 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Claudia, nuh uh, there’s not going to be any more babies here (though I admit, if I was younger and richer, I think I might seriously consider another.

    Hi Jeanie!

  • Lani October 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Those socked feet are so cute and cuddly looking. And the girls must be in heaven with so many coloring sticks. The spread on D*S…oh my gosh! You make it look so simple. Please come rescue my apartment! Seriously. I’m stumped.

  • martha October 14, 2009 at 7:27 am

    What a beautiful home you have. You’ve done a great job of getting rid of the “new construction” feel.
    I really enjoyed reading about your process of making it your own.

  • quyen October 14, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    The photos of your home on D*S are soooo dreamy. I have 2 toddlers and can never ever keep the house clean. What’s the secret???

  • Christie - Childhood 101 October 15, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I love seeing children’s drawings evolve and oil pastels are so rewarding with their beautiful thick covering of intense colour.

    Just discovered your blog, loved visiting, will come again

  • Larry Syjuco October 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Congratulations, first time aunt! I added a coupla pictures of baby’s Philippine underwear on the scrapbook I’m making for my wife. LOL