fun end to a weekend

Adjusting to this (can I still say new?) married life has its challenges, but it’s also very good.
There may be a lot more dishes and cleaning.
But, it’s exciting to do life with and see the world through someone else’s eyes.

Such as the potential of going to a baseball game for the first time. Granted, I have never been to a Korean baseball game, so that was pretty cool for me, too.
The only thing is, it was cancelled, due to rain, before it even started.

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outside the stadium

 

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inside the stadium

 

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in our seats, waiting for it to start

 

So…we ended up going bowling.
Which was also a first for Sam.
And he was a natural at it.
He scored over 100 in the first game; and halfway through he was giving me advice to try to improve my game.

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bowling

 

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bowling!

 

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the group we were with

 

much love!

the day i changed my name

Back in the month of March, in a land not so close to Korea, or America, a pretty momentous occasion happened.  If you’ve read my blog before, or you know me, you’ve probably already guessed the location – Uganda.
But, what was the occasion?
I was in a wedding.  This wedding though, I wasn’t one of the bridesmaids, I was the bride!

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with my new husband

 

From the time I was little, I was never one of the girls that planned her future wedding.  There were little thoughts or ideas, here and there, but that was about it.
Let me tell you, this wedding was beyond anything I ever would have imagined or thought of.
I was surprised by some of the different details of the day, and just the sheer amount of people there.
It was amazing though, if I do say so myself.

So without further ado, here are some pictures of the day.
The day Sam and I started our new life together.

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with the wedding party after breakfast

 

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the band that lead the way to the church

 

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our line of cars being surrounded by the kids

 

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do you see how many people there were – and there were many more inside

 

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walking up the aisle with my dad

 

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my parents giving me away

 

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with Sam

 

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our families

 

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Sam and I ready to go to the reception

 

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the wedding party

 

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with Elizabeth, my matron

 

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some dancing and entertainment for the guests

 

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dancing back in after a change of clothes

 

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feeding each other the cake

 

We were surrounded by so much love, joy, and excitement.
This was a day I don’t think I will ever forget; so, so great.

 

much love!

lots of rice and a cold hike

If you are living outside of Asia, you might not have known we celebrated Lunar New Year’s a couple of weeks ago.
In Korea, it is called 설날 – or Seolnal.
Lunar New Year’s is more important than the changing of the calendar year on January 1st.

For this holiday, families gather together.
The younger generation bows to the older generation.
The older generation typically gives kids money for luck in the new year.
And many families pay respects to their ancestors.
There is a traditional dduk, or rice cake, soup.  There are also a couple of sweets made from rice.

What did I do for this holiday?
Well, of course we had a big party at school on Friday for all of our kindergarten kids.
One of the other foreign teachers and I had to teach bowing – like we know how to bow better than the kids.  Haha.

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with two of the other foreign teachers, Shea and Abraham, in our hanbok

 

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intently listening to the presentation about 설날 traditions

 

Then, with three days, out of my five day weekend, I went with three friends up to Soraksan.
What is Soraksan, you might ask?
It’s a beautiful mountain in the north-east of South Korea.

On Saturday, we traveled, hiked all day Sunday, then traveled back on Monday.
We weren’t necessarily prepared for how much snow was there, but it was definitely worth it.
The climb was cold, at times painful (I may have fallen more than twice:), but the views were beautiful.
The company was not too bad either!

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Erin, Alisha, and Kirstin
quite the surprise to get off the bus to more snow than you’ve seen all year, yet be staring at the ocean!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmost of our walk was like this, snow and ice-covered – but also add in hills and stairs!

 

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view from part way up

 

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from the waterfall “observatory” – you could see the ocean in the distance

 

much love!

 

30 by 30

I feel as though I’ve mentioned this before, I’m not a big goal setter.
I’m not really sure why that is; I’ve just always been that way.

Well, I have had one goal for the past few years.
At first it seemed rather doable.
For a while it seemed bleak.
And honestly, until a little less than a month ago, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be fulfilled.

But, today was the day.
Today, when I walked through immigration and rode the train into the city, I entered my 30th country before the age of 30.

Maybe a semi-lame goal, but when I heard a friend mention it a few years ago, I thought it was cool and wanted to do that myself.

So where did I go?

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maybe this will help – but maybe not!

 

Any guesses?!
If you said Hong Kong, you would be absolutely correct!

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looking back at the sky-line, after getting off the ferry

 

Although it was cloudy and even started sprinkling a bit, I enjoyed a little (teeny-tiny:) taste of Hong Kong.
Didn’t do anything too exciting.  Mostly just walked around and found my dad one of his favorite candies in the world!

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this is monkey:)

 

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before I  got back on the ferry

 

much love!

 

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Back in 2013, this video was really popular in America.
Being in Uganda at the time, I had no idea.
But last year, a couple of my friends introduced it to me, in an effort to explain why foxes had become such a popular design on clothing, jewelry, bags, and home decor.

 

If you’ve never seen it, or it’s been a while, I think you should take a couple minutes and watch it now.  It’ll definitely help the rest of my story make sense:)

So Thursday, as I was teaching one of my Hollywood Kids classes (where we put on musicals); we were going over the Gingerbread Man story.  I would turn a page in the book and ask what happened.
As you read this conversation, try picturing me talking with a class of eight Korean 6 year olds.
Maybe this picture will help you remember how small and cute my kids are:

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walking back to the bus on one of our field trips

 
Back to class…
“Oh, grandmother and grandfather wanted a child, then what did they say?”
Next Page.  “Who did the Gingerbread Man meet next?”
“A cow!”
“And what did the cow say?  “You look yummy or I want to be your friend?”
“Look yummy”
“Who did he meet after the cow?”
“A horse!”
“What did the horse say to him?”
“Eat you”
“And what animal did the Gingerbread Man meet next?”
“A chicken!”
“What did the chicken say?”
“You look yummy.”
“Who did he meet next, a goat or a fox?”
“A fox!”
“And what did the fox say?”
“What does the fox say. Ha-ti-ha-ti-ha-ti-ho! Ha-ti-ha-ti-ha-ti-ho! Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!  What does the fox say?!”

As soon as I uttered the question, “What does the fox say?,” I thought of the song.  But it made my day when my students started sining it.
I don’t think it could have been better if the moment had been planned.

It’s those moments
Those moments get me through each day and every week.
My kids are so precious and make me smile.

 

much love!

 

delightful chickpeas

Little known fact about yours truly:
I really like hummus.
If I could, I would eat it everyday.

In fact, when I lived in the States, I did.
I truly enjoyed making my own hummus, experimenting with the flavor possibilities.
And eating some with carrots or snap peas, on a daily basis.

Since moving to Korea, I have had hummus twice.
But, that number grows after tonight.
I was able to make my own hummus!

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my spicy-lime hummus, freshly made

 

Recently, I inherited an immersion blender.
Combine the immersion blender with chickpeas I’ve been hoarding, and you get hummus.
So thankful this was able to happen.
Going to enjoy it while it lasts:)

 

much love!

being thankful

You know when you are little and are asked what you want to be when you grow up?
My answers were not the most normal, and my list is rather short:
dolphin trainer
missionary
librarian

Did you notice that teacher isn’t on that list?
In fact being a teacher has never been a dream or a goal of mine.
But, when I felt like God asked me to go to Korea to teach English, okay.

Every day looks different and is a challenge, but the kids bring me so much joy.

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i found it quite cute when the two pumpkins were talking to one another:)

 

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with one of my classes walking a path during one of our picnics [field trips]

 

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with my other class as we skip and sing our way back to the bus

 

Many people spent the previous month reflecting on things for which they are thankful.
I would say a big one for me is my kids at school.
Every day is different, but they make me smile, help me learn and grow, challenge me, and most of all, make doing what I am doing worth it!

 

much love!