It’s that time of year already. When the days feel too short, and it is almost dark before dinner is even on the table! We are not huge fans of these times, but I do like the “cozy” element that it brings. It feels as though Justin gets up and gets home in the dark, and we don’t have much of an evening together. I have no idea why it makes such a big difference – but IT DOES!
We often enjoy getting out the house after daddy gets home from work, but when its dark and cold before he returns, we don’t feel like facing the chill. This week, hopefully not for the last time – we decided to head out and pick up some Korean for dinner. We usually order in, but it wasn’t too cold so we took Eli out to ride his scooter.
Little man is getting faster and faster on this thing. He is just getting the push and leg-lift perfected, but he doesn’t yet understand that leaning the handle bars one way, or another, will change the direction his goes. He will therefore go really fast, but stop when something gets in his path. I have tried to show him he can steer, but I think he’s still trying to master the whole movement. I love how he learns – he does things at his own pace, and he really isn’t interested in being pushed. I’m especially excited for him to learn to ride a bike. I think that he will love that.
He comes flying passed us, shouting “I’m fast!”
The King of Hand-Me-Downs
We always joke about how Eli is the King of Hand-Me-Downs! In the image above, it is only his cap that is new. His pants, hoodie, and vest were all Camden’s in South Africa, his shoes are from 9 months younger James, and the scooter was passed onto him by my friend, Catherine, who has three of her own boys.
When we got to the Korean store, it was completely dark outside so we decided to just eat in the restaurant. Carrying the food back home no longer seemed as appealing so it was getting colder by the minute. We ordered three of our favorite dishes, and enjoyed our family date night.
This is one of Eli’s favorite Korean dishes. He used to mainly eat kimbap, but recently he seemed to be less interested in that and wanted more and more of daddy’s “egg rice”. We are ALMOST at what we call, the “three meal stage”. Often we get by on just two meals, but more and more we are ordering three meals. Not too bad for being 3.5 years into the family stage. We really don’t like wasting food, and three meals just seems like too much for us. Usually we get this egg dish for Eli and assume he will eat most of it the next day. Surprisingly enough, he ate 3/4 of this dish! We were shocked.
Omurice (Omelette Rice)
Omurice (오므라이스) is fried rice wrapped in egg omelette. It’s a fusion dish that combines Asian fried rice with Western omelette and ketchup. The dish started in Japan and spread to other Asian countries, including Korea. In the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, omurice was a popular menu item in Western-style cafes in Korea. Today, omurice is commonly found at fast or snack food type restaurants. Flavored with sweet and tangy ketchup, omurice is especially popular among children.
Justin and I shared a grilled squid dish, and a portion of samgyupsal (grilled pork belly). The pork comes with some fresh sides, sauce and lettuce for wraps. We love combining these two meals because we can make a variety of wraps.
We walked home in the dark, and then took Eli straight up to his bedroom for night time stories. It is crazy how short our evenings feel now. Part of me likes the cozy evenings, but MOST OF ME already misses the longer days and ability to walk around and enjoy the evenings outside. Only a few weeks and we will be heading off on vacation – SUN, SAND AND WARMTH!