4.23.2014

Are you tired of reading about everyone's Easter? Well that's a shame.

Because here's a recap of mine!

I honestly have almost no recollection of what we did Saturday (that was so long ago!). But here are some pictures from that day, so apparently we gave the kids baths and they played with the magnadoodle til bed.


When Sam cheeses too hard these days, his eyes close, and I think it's pretty darn cute. As are his jelly Joker lips that spread to his cheeks.

Must remember to do baths after dinner. We don't have dainty little eaters on our hands..

Saturday night, I'm fairly certain I completely forgot that the next day was Easter, so Steve and I drank wine and watched House Hunters and then we woke up to this.

We told them it was a game. And it would strengthen their hand-eye coordination and give them an advantage over all the other kids at the Easter egg hunt later that morning. They bought it.

We headed up to post to take the kids to their first-ever Easter egg hunt. Oh the anticipation. We gathered around with the other children and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. We were waiting for more people to show up apparently. You know, so that when they had 35 kids show up to hunt the 15 eggs? The five year olds would dominate and make sure the babies wouldn't get any. I told Steve that I guess we can't complain too much because it was a free Easter egg hunt, but let me go ahead and complain about it anyway because I think that will make me feel better and it's my blog and I do what I want. And kids? If you're reading this decades down the road, just remember that I had no idea that your first Easter egg hunt was going to be such a shitstorm. Lesson learned- do not count on the Army for any warm and fuzzy first-time experiences.

What the hell kind of an Easter egg hunt is this?

It was put on by the single soldier organization so that probably should have been Red Flag #1. They assume that a bunch of toddlers are willing to stand around and wait for a bunch of unknown people to arrive. Red Flag #2 was that the eggs they hid were real live BOILED EGGS. As in, someone, somewhere went to the trouble of purchasing eggs (but only about a dozen, mind you), boiling them, dying them, placing them in individual plastic sandwich bags, and then hiding them. Red Flag #3 was that I could only eyeball about 7 eggs from where I was standing and there were something like 842 kids present. Red Flag #4 was that the age group to hunt eggs was 1-5 years old. Because that's totally fair to the one year old babies that are still adjusting to their sea legs. Once they yelled go, Sam freaked and froze up so I grabbed his hand and drug him straight to an Easter egg so he could "find" it. Molly found zero. So great, we have one disgusting boiled egg and a horrible experience for a first Easter egg hunt. We took them back to the car and promised that we would hunt eggs FOR REAL this afternoon.

Trying to smush ants and kill time while waiting for the "hunt" to begin.

Fast forward to after naptime. I have Easter chalk, a bubble gun, and lots of plastic eggs. Let's go to the park.







Bless their little hearts, they raced around finding those eggs like there was something in them. (There wasn't. Because they don't know any different and guess who is going to use that to their advantage as long as possible?) We hid them twice because they were just. so. excited. After that was over, we busted out the big guns.

The bubble gun, that is.






After the excitement of the egg hunt was over, the kids played on the playground and then we went home and had a home-cooked meal. Not ham or anything fancy, but I did find some fresh brussel sprouts at a different commissary (can't get them up here) (I'm sure I looked like a hoarder as I gathered as many as I could, much to Steve's dismay), so I cooked those and some chicken and some mashed potatoes. I'm sure my children will have super fond memories of this Easter - hunting for zero boiled Easter eggs and eating brussel sprouts. Feel free to send all of my Mother Of The Year awards to the north end of South Korea, thanks.

4.21.2014

Project 365 - week 16


Since the smog/yellow dust was terrible today, and since I made my children inhale a great amount of it during a wog to and from PWOC this morning (whoops), we spent our after-nap-time at our favorite kids cafe.

Either you love bacon or YOU'RE WRONG.

First time one of my children has fallen asleep on the floor! That's some sort of mommy milestone, isn't it? This is what happens when you resist your nap after a busy morning of playing outside.

She's getting so big...

Happy Easter! Eventually I'll do a post about this day. But for now, behold the wonder of a $2 bubble gun.

Checking out the "monster truck tires" at Daddy's work.

I started out taking photos of Molly in her new shoes (she. is. obsessed.) before preschool, but she (very suddenly) became interested in her book and Sam wanted in on the action. Check out that cheese face. I love it.

4.19.2014

Our first visitors in Korea

Familiar faces! We saw them! Steve's parents arrived in Korea last week for a visit. We crammed quite a few activities into their time here with us, so without turning this into a 20-page novel, I will attempt to show you what we did via photos.

NATURALLY, we went "feshing."




We can't play at the river without visiting this old decrepit dinosaur playground.



Picnic!

The kids were thrilled to have someone here that was willing to read the same book to them eight billion times.

Mom mom also had FROZEN on her IPAD and, well, she's pretty much the coolest person they've ever met. (This was the first time Molly has ever seen a "girl" movie, and boy, she was focused.)

We headed down to Seoul (sans children) to see Gyeongbokgung Palace and the changing of the guard. It's incredible that this ancient palace and grounds are situated right in the middle of the city.


The "selfie" situation in Korea is out of control. Also, hilarious. (See the guy behind me? Others were holding the flowers over their faces. Because I guess it's hard to see that bright yellow wall of flowers behind your face..?)


These ajummas! I am constantly entertained by the fashion here. No one is ever wearing the same thing. While the older women typically lean towards patterns upon patterns upon patterns, these ladies busted out the tight pants, ear muffs, visors, sandals, socks, hair spray, bright colors, and sunglasses for their day trip to the palace. I showed a friend here this photo and she died laughing, saying, "If anyone asks you what Korea is like, just show them this picture. It is accurate."



Next up? Seoul Tower.

Even though you can take transportation to the top, there is still a sizable hill at the end that everyone has to climb. But once you're at the top, the views are breathtaking.

A bit hazy, but still pretty clear for Seoul!

On the ground, we passed by people smashing cans and tossing them into these "recyclable" hearts. once we were at the top of the tower, we saw that they were mirroring the heart-shaped flower beds.

We had dinner at a little Korean restaurant at the bottom of the tower, and luckily for us, it had a wall of windows, so we were able to see Seoul change from day to night. I recommend.

The next day we made the trip out to the waterfall. It's been about 6 months or so since we were last here. We found that part of the road leading to the waterfall was missing, and they added new signs down near the falls about "falling rocks." So that was nice.


Then we baked a chocolate cake. Because why the hell not?

We also hit up lots of parks.



"But where is the tiger?"

Searching for bugs

After a busy week, we said goodbye at the Incheon airport around lunchtime on Saturday. We enjoyed being able to see family and showing them our new home! The kids are still convinced that since Mom mom and Pop pop aren't here with us, they must be on a jet plane. Well ok then.