Jaina’s birthday


Jaina is now 7!

Interview with Jaina:

  • What are you most excited about being 7? That I can swim at the pool by myself!
  • What is your hobby? Crafts
  • What kind of things do you like to make? All crafts
  • What is your favourite sport? Skiing
  • What is your favourite colour? Orange
  • What instrument do you play? Violin
  • Do you like playing violin? Yes, but I don’t like playing for practice!
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A plane attendant
  • What is your favourite Korean food? Dolsot bibimbap for winter and Sam gyup sal for summer
  • What is your favourite thing about being Korean? That you can speak a different language.
  • What Korean words do you know? << lots >>
  • What is your favourite Korean word? Chun man e yo (You’re welcome).
  • What is the best part about Korean tutoring class? That we can play ‘go fish’ in Korean
  • Are you excited to go to Korea? Yes
  • What do you want to see there? I want to see my Halmoni (grandmother) and my cousins in Korea.
  • Is there a place you want to see? Where my mom and dad met, where they went for lunch and my halabogi’s grave (grandfather).


Nyles’ first birthday!


Our little boy turned one!  One year ago, on labour day no less, Nyles joined the Kang clan! He has been such a happy little boy and he has brought so much love and laughter to our family. We think we figured out the trick to an easy baby: name your child a name that rhymes with something happy: Nyles – smiles! 🙂

Birthdays are big celebrations!  First birthdays especially!  In Korean culture, the first birthday is a really big deal and there are lots of traditions surrounding it. We, by no means,  go all out as is the custom in Korea, but we do enjoy participating in dol-sang, the first table. In this custom, different items are placed on a table and whatever the child chooses predicts their future.


For Nyles’ dol-sang we placed rice (good fortune), money (wealth), noodles (longevity), prunes and almonds (many children), pencil and calligraphy pen (scholar), and books (smart) on the table.  Nyles looked around, smiled at us all and picked up a handful of prunes and started eating.  I guess my yobo and I will have lots of grandchildren! 🙂

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Nyles left the table and started playing the guitar which could predict a future as a musician… with lots of kids!