Wednesday, December 7, 2011

St Nick

We celebrate St Nick night. St Nick comes and fills the kids stockings on the night of December 5th. Both Ryan and I grew up with this tradition and so we continue it with our kids. The twist we have added is that we put our letters to Santa in the stocking so that St Nick can take it with him. Calvin was so sweet in helping his sister write her letter.

Calvin got a cool Angry Birds pen.

And they both got a new Christmas movie. Alayna's is a Barbie Christmas Carol.

And Nana sends them ornaments every year that we give to them that morning as well. This year Calvin got a soccer ball,

and Alayna got ballet slippers.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rainy Morning

Well. It is a cold and rainy day here in South Korea. The perfect day to stay in and get caught up with things, you know, things like a blog I have been ignoring for about 6 months.

Sorry. :(

Life has gotten away from me, and things like facebook have made it too easy to communicate. Things I have learned: I don't really enjoy writing as a craft, but I love to talk! So this blog may be a little less wordy than it used to be, but at least you will get to see some pictures of our adventures here in Korea. Oh, and we really haven't had very many adventures yet so you haven't missed much. Again with the life getting away from us.

So here it goes! I am going to do my best to get caught up this month.

No promises.

ps. make sure you go back to June to see all the updates.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gobble till you Wobble!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! It started with the Squadron Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday.

Ryan said a few words to start everything off.

And then everyone ate. They had a ton of good food and it was nice to be able to chat with a lot of our young airman and thank them for all they do.

Then we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for a few of our friends.

We had 3 other families come over so there was a total of 16 people. Our apartment is tiny so it was a very cozy gathering!

It was fun, we had an adult table and a kids table. The kids had a blast sitting together.

The guys enjoyed some Scotch after dinner.

And I had lots of help in the kitchen getting things cleaned up.

It was a wonderful day, and we are so thankful the Lord has provided an Air Force family for us yet again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A moment.....

I love that my kids are best friends. But this year they have begun fighting and just in general trying to bother each other. This is new for us and we are still figuring out how to deal with this.

BUT, they still love each other and can be so sweet together. I managed to capture one of those moments.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


These kids are keeping me running! Calvin did Soccer,

And then Basketball.

He loved them both, but showed real talent in basketball. He is quite the flashy little point guard!

And Alayna is doing ballet

and cheerleading.

She is loving both! I guess the apple didn't fall too far there. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Trick or Treat

Halloween was fun this year. At school they were able to dress up as a storybook character and then did a parade for all the parents.

Alayna was Aurora. (Sleeping Beauty for those who don't have little princesses at home)

And Calvin was Superman.

Then when it was time for trick or treating that evening Calvin changed his costume to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

It was different trick or treating in a apartment tower instead of a neighborhood, but the kids got a lot of candy in a short amount of time!

(See how the pink cast matches the pink dress!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Broken Arm

It was a wonderful Friday afternoon. The kids only had a half day of school, so I picked up some lunch for them and we met friends at the park. The weather was beautiful and we had a 3 day weekend ahead of us. Happiness.

Just as we were getting ready to leave the park and I was throwing away the last of the trash; screams.

My heart stopped.

It was Alayna and she is VERY tough and I knew from the sounds of her cries that something was VERY wrong. I asked her to tell me where it hurt and she instantly said "I broke my arm!".

If you know me, I am not very good with trauma. The other mom's there tried to calm us both down and determine if it was really that serious. We asked her to move her arm and she was able to do that. So I decided to put them in the car and head home first. Several times in the car she screamed in pain and it is only a 2 minute ride home! We got home and she ran to her bed and laid down in pain. I knew at this point that if she was still crying about it something was definitely very wrong. I called Ryan and told him he needed to come home and take her to the ER. He came home as fast as he could and took her. The ER is only across the street so they just walked over. The blessings of living on a small base.

After a little while he called me and told me I needed to bring her a new shirt and that it was a "probable broken elbow". They splinted her arm and told us to come back after the long weekend and they would have the Ortho look at it to determine if it was in fact broken.

Once it was splinted she was doing much better and was happy and wanting to play. Relief. And ice cream for the brave girl!

Well. I wish the story ended there, but oh it does not. Ryan's phone rang later that evening and it was one of our friends who also happens to be the Doctor in charge of the Emergency Room here. His wife had seen on facebook that Alayna had been in the ER earlier that day so he went in, on his off day, to look at the x-rays. We are so very glad he did! He looked at them along with another Doc that had lots of experience reading x-rays and they both determined that it was in fact broken and not just that.....but was going to require surgery preferably within 24 hours of the accident!

He was amazing! He coordinated with the Army hospital up in Seoul and arranged the surgery for the next day as well as spoke to his wife and offered to keep Calvin for the day so we wouldn't have to bring him with us. We are so blessed to have this family in our life!

So the next morning at 0600 we were on the road to Seoul. Alayna was not doing so well now. She was in pain and the pain meds were making her sick to the stomach. Then when we got there she of course needed an IV and they needed to remove the splint and re x-ray her arm. Not good. Poor baby.

After surgery the staff was wonderful and she pretty much got whatever she asked for.

Unfortunately the anesthesia made her sick. And sick for a couple days.

Poor girl was not herself for quite a while.

We made it home from Seoul that day right around dinner time. When we came home dinner was cooking in our oven, dessert was in the fridge, another friend had picked up some gatorade for Alayna and that was also in the fridge. And Calvin was brought home shortly after we arrived. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends to do all of that for us.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hiking Buraksan

Hiking is a very serious activity here in Korea. It is a very hilly and mountainous country and the Koreans spend a lot of time outdoors. We have a nice hiking trail only about 5 minutes from base so we decided to try it on a beautiful fall day.

I wasn't sure how it was going to go over with the kids. To be honest I thought there was a good possibility they would whine the whole time. Well I was wrong! They had a great time! Partly because of all the cool exercise equipment along the trail.

Like I said Koreans take this very seriously. As if walking uphill isn't enough exercise they have tons of other ways to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning along the trail.

It was a nice little hike that took us about an hour and the kids can't wait till we can do it again.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Adult Fun!

Ryan and I are definitely enjoying our time here. On October 1st we went to the Air Force Ball and had a wonderful time with the Squadron and our friends.

It was at an amazing hotel in Seoul and they did a great job with the venue. It was the best Air Force Ball I have ever been to.

Here are my Hawaii sisters! We all went to the commanders course in Hawaii together and will be here together for these 2 years. So thankful to have them in my life!

Then a couple weeks later I hosted a Retro Cocktail Party. It was the most fun I have ever had planning a party.

Here is the drink menu for the night

The drink of the night was the side car. And I even enlisted Ryan to be the bartender for me. What a great guy!!!

That is my Mom's apron and my Great Grandmother's glass!

Lots of people came dressed for the occasion. Very fun!

Friday, September 16, 2011

First Day of School

Another year, another new school! For Alayna this is the 4th school in 4 years! Poor girl!

Both kids were pretty excited for their first days. Calvin started the 2nd grade the end of August

and Alayna started Kindergarten after Labor Day.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Everland is Korea's version of Disney World. It is NOT Disney, or even close, but it is a ton of fun for the kids. We went ahead and bought season passes so we can go whenever we want.

One of the kids favorite things is this Nerf Ball area where they have tons of different 'shooters' where you can shoot out the nerf balls.

But the big story of the day was that Calvin was just tall enough to ride his first real roller coaster! It's called the Rolling X. It has two upside-down loops! Here Calvin will tell you all about it!

As you can see he LOVED it!

And what day at an amusement park is complete without ice cream?

Exercise Exercise Exercise

Since we are in fact in South Korea only about an hour away from North Korea, the military has 'exercises' quite often. They work long hours and spend a lot of time in their Chem gear. It is no fun for them at all. We experienced our first exercise in September shortly after school began. Here is Ryan coming home from day 1.

And the kids were very interested in all his gear and took turns trying it all on!

Since all the military members of the families were going to be working long hours the spouses and children decided to do a kid friendly progressive dinner. It was a ton of fun for all of us.

We all live in 2 towers on base. Here we are treking up the hill from one to the other.

At the last house we put on a movie for the kids while we got to enjoy a quick glass of wine before heading home to get the kids in bed.

It was a school night after all!