We thought we would use this opportunity to update you on our lives this past year (since Mom couldn't get out the Christmas email in time - thank goodness for Chinese New Year!)
2011 was the Year of the Rabbit and The Year of Jake! Jake Tian Yung Hoshino joined our happy little family June 1, 2011 weighing in at 8 pounds and 21 inches. We don't know where he gets his height and weight but we hope it continues! Jake's Chinese name is Tian Yung which means Heavenly Courage or Bravery and is much loved by his older brother Adam aka Tian Chi (Heavenly Gift). So far, Jake is a very laid back baby, very smiley and happy to return a giggle or smile with anyone.
Adam is loving his new role as Guh Guh and is always helpful even changing diapers himself. Big brother was convinced from the very beginning that Jake would be a brother, not a sister and even insisted naming the baby Jake! "Jake Justice" is Adam's favorite action hero - and it must be fate since Grandfather chose "bravery" to be Jake's Chinese name too. Luckily, mom and dad actually liked the name so Jake so it was. (Hey it could have been worse - Buzz Lightyear Hoshino.) Adam is also enjoying attending his Chinese kindergarten and is already conversational in Chinese and working hard to learn Japanese too.
Eileen is enjoying her time as a stay at home mom learning all about organic babyfood, Singapore Math, and meeting other Tiger Moms, haha. Mom is just very proud of Adam's language skills and desire to learn and is taking inspiration to learn Chinese and Japanese too. She is also taking this opportunity to explore her entrepreneurial side - stay tuned for more exciting news on that!
Jun is doing great at work and enjoying the whole experience of changing poopy diapers, making bottles and getting up in the middle of the night. Despite sleepless nights, Dad still finds time to train for his first ever long distance road bike race and keep in awesome cardio shape - needed stamina for chasing after little ones!
We hope you and your families enjoy a prosperous year of the Dragon and receive many Hong Baos - little red envelopes stuffed with money!
Eileen, Jun, Adam and Jake