Advent Traditions

Advent is my favorite season.  Yes, I love it even more than the Christmas season.  I love the anticipation of it.  I enjoy the weather outside (cold) while hunkering down in our (warm) house.  I like planning for, ordering, and making gifts for family and friends.  I like tea and coffee and all manner of […]

Star Spangled Comedy

I am currently working on Homeschooling 2012, Part 2.  If you want to see Part 1, click here.We interrupt our regularly blogging for some late-breaking comedy. Gianna and Aliya have been learning the Star Spangled Banner.  All the excitement of the Olympics made them very excited to do so.  This video of them is so […]

Typhoon Bolaven

I come from earthquake country.  This is not to brag.  I detest earthquakes.  If I never feel another one, it will be fine by me. But it is one of two reasons why I had a hard time getting “in the mood” for Typhoon Bolaven. When an earthquake comes, you either have an emergency kit, […]

Election Day: Top Five List

Today was an election day for parliament throughout South Korea.  It is my understanding that Koreans have a two-party sytems similar to the U.S., with one party being conservative and the other liberal.  Right now the president (who will term out of office in December following a separate presidential election) and a majority of parliament […]

Happy Birthday, Aliya!

Dear Aliya, How is it that 5 years have passed since your birth? That day was one of the most empowering days of my life, and it feels like yesterday. Not only did I finally get the birth I had dreamed of, but I got something even better. You. On the beach at Busan My […]

Ice Skating, an Airplane, and a Surprise Cooking Class

Most days are like the days before and the days after.  They are predictable in a quiet, comforting way.  I’m mostly okay with that.  I don’t need a whole lot of hullabaloo on a regular basis.  (See, I even use geriatric words like “hullabaloo” in everyday speech.  Booooring.)  Today, a holiday to celebrate the life of the […]

When Silliness Abounds…

Just a little video to brighten your day.

Things That Go "Beep" in the Night

I know I’ve already talked about the technology here, so I’m not going to bore you with any more details about how cool it is that the Korean can .  Suffice it to say that listed below are the things that, along with their other functions, have the amazing capacity to wake a sleeping baby/toddler/preschooler/kindergartner from […]

Happy Birthday, Gianna Maria!

Dear Gianna, 6 years ago, you were born in San Gabriel, CA.  You were 8 lbs of sweet, squishy love.  Now we live in Daegu, South Korea.  You are 6 years old and 45 lbs of boundless energy and enthusiasm.  You are still chock full of love.  I couldn’t be more proud to be your […]

Ezekiel, aka "Tank"

Ezekiel is almost 5 months old.  I can’t believe this.  Time always flies with a newborn, but life has been so crazy and busy since his birth that it makes this flight of time that much more incredible.  He is a generally happy and smiley baby.  Of course, as all my children have, he prefers […]