Christmas has come and gone, and I am really tired. This is that awkward week between Christmas and New Year’s when everyone is tired, services are reduced (fewer buses, etc), most people are not at work and there’s a lot of clean up.
Christmas was a lot of fun for my daughter, “Princess”. We did our yearly tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa. My daughter wrote this letter to him, which asks Santa how many presents he gave to children this year. She’s learning to write, but doesn’t really know how to spell yet, so many words were misspelled (e.g. “chogrin”, not “children”). The teacher said this is fine; it’s more important to have the habit of writing even if the spelling is wrong:
Also, I made ‘footprints’ Santa using flour and my work-boots:
My grandpa would do this for me and my sisters every year, and every year we believed that Santa had come and had left snowy footprints in the house. My wife was worried Princess wouldn’t believe it, but she did.
Meanwhile, Little Guy is growing fast. He’s 2 and a half months now and has more personality than before. Now he recognizes Daddy and if you say “where’s Daddy?” he looks around. He also smiles and makes cute cooing noises too. We’re teaching him “tummy time” every day, which the doctor recommended to make his neck stronger:
Princess hated tummy time when she was a baby (she was pretty heavy), and Little Guy doesn’t like it either. But he does like to play with his toys now, and sleeps longer than before. When Little Guy was first born, he slept 1-2 hours before waking up, which was very tiring. We would get up, change his diaper, feed him, and try to get him to sleep again soon, but it was hard waking up so often. Now, he sleeps 3-4 hours at a time. This is still difficult, but it’s much better than before. Sometimes, he has accidents too, when his pee-pee flies onto the bed, or on himself at 3am. When the weather was cold 2 weeks ago, this happened alot because the cold shocked his body when we took the diaper off.
Still, life is slowly, slowly getting back to normal. Language study continues (very slowly now), and I’ve been doing Zen meditation almost daily for 15 minutes. I was inspired to do this by the book about Jinul plus a great Youtube video I’ll talk about in another post. This is much better than before, when I meditated maybe once a month. I found a cool, new Buddhist app that helps me keep the time when meditating called “Undo“. The “undō” here is not “undo” in English. Instead, it means 雲堂 or “cloud hall”, which is just a place where monks gather to meditate. It lets me choose different times, and has some nice bell sounds at the beginning and end.
Thankfully though, Little Guy is very healthy and developing well. Compared to Princess, Little Guy is more of a happy baby. Princess was very shy, but Little Guy enjoys being held by my wife’s Japanese friends. Maybe he will be popular with the ladies someday.
I have one, maybe two, more posts for 2013, but we’re still pretty busy with the baby and can’t write more than that. I haven’t made a Youtube video in a long while either.
But life is good, and even better now that Christmas is done.
P.S. Speaking of good Buddhist apps, I found another one by the Korean Jogye Order for the Heart Sutra. It is called bokgyeong banya shimgyeong (독경반야심경). It shows a series of photos, while the Heart Sutra is chanted in Korean. It will display the original Classical Chinese text, or Korean Hanguel instead. It’s a very nicely done app, and the chanting sounds very nice.