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Is it Bedtime yet?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Know Thyself

Today Alex was assigned to write a business letter as part of her English lesson. After we reviewed the reasons people typically write business letters, I asked if she preferred her scenario to be a letter of complaint or a complement.

Without hesitation she replied, "Definitely complaint. It's what I do best."

We all had a good laugh, and I suppose self-awareness is a good thing...

;)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Noticias!

I know you have all been on edge waiting for me to break the big news. And the wait is over!

As it turns out, coach pitch baseball at Osan Air Base uses soft-core baseballs!

Whew! We can all take a collective sigh of relief that Derek is in less danger of a ball related injury than I previously thought.

I'm sorry I left you all hanging so long, I know you were concerned.

Oh, and in other news, we're moving to Texas!

;)

A mere 37 days after we expected to get our assignment, the personnel people have taken pity on us and have, well, actually given us our assignment.
This is a good development, because I had already gone through the 5 stages of grief.


Denial-- What do you mean we don't have an assignment? This cannot be true.
Anger-- This is my life you're messing with people! Work some dang overtime.
Bargaining-- I will send you some kimchi or a mink blanket or whatever else you want from Korea if you will just tell me where I'm moving.
Depression-- This set in after everyone else on God's green earth had received their assignment and we were still waiting
Acceptance-- Eh, not sure I ever made it to this phase. I just kept cycling back to anger.

And now that we have our assignment, I can safely say I was probably overreacting. Thanks for bearing with me.

So we are headed to Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio-- which is a part of Texas that I quite like. We are excited to be living in a big city that offers lots to do and delicious Mexican food. And hopefully, lots of opportunity to practice our Spanish skillz!

Speaking of Spanish, I mentioned before that Josh was out of town for a few weeks. I did not, however, mention that he is in my second favorite country in the whole world. That's right, I have been left behind in Korea while he eats tapas, drinks wine, and practices the siesta in EspaƱa! I am jealous as all get out very happy for him.
Ha.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, the first weekend he was gone it rained and we were cooped up inside. I told myself we would not spend another Saturday in the apartment all day, and today this happened:



Thanks for nothing, China. Way to send all your pollution particles our way and keep us indoors again.

But at least I had plenty of internetting to keep me busy! After all, now is when the real work begins. Decisions about housing, schools, activities, where to find homemade tortillas. All important things!

Also, I had to make this elephant. Because we needed indoor activities and apparently play-doh is only fun if mom plays, too. In honor of our news, I gave him a cowboy hat and boots.



After my elephant, I made something else and got lectured by my 10 year old for mixing the colors.

"Ugh, mom. I thought once Derek was old enough not to mix the colors that we could finally keep the play doh nice."

Oops.

Also, did I mention that we're supposed to arrive to Texas in 2 months and 4 days? That's like, no time at all. When we hop on a plane out of here, it will only have been about 10 months since the kids and I arrived. I'm not even sure I've fully recovered from that flight out.

But the good news is this will wrap up the 5-Moves-in-5-Years adventure!

2012- North Carolina to California
2013- California to Spain
2014- Spain to Alabama
2015- Alabama to Korea
2016- Korea to Texas

That list is responsible for some gray hair. We are looking forward to seeing how long we can stay put in this new location! Come visit us in San Antonio!

But maybe wait 'til we have a place to live, mmkay?






Sunday, April 17, 2016

A couple of things.

Remember a month ago, when I said we'd have our assignment the next day?

Ha ha ha.

Ha Ha.

HA.

(Read that in the voice of someone teetering on the edge of their sanity.)

I suppose we'll know where we're headed sometime before the movers come. And that's about the only assumption I feel safe in making anymore.

So.


In other news, Josh is away for a couple of weeks and the kids and I are plugging away at our final quarter of school.



Know what we're going to do for school next year?
Yeah, me neither.
Because I don't know where I'll be living.

Derek is signed up to play baseball for the first time, and I'm hoping that Wii Sports has been enlightening enough that he knows which way to run when (if?) he hits the ball. Practices start this week, and I'm wondering if I can request that my tiny infant baby be allowed to play with a squishy ball because I'm worried he may get hurt.

He is not on board with that plan.

But do you know how hard those little balls are?

Alex isn't signed up for any sports this season, because they didn't offer any that don't involve a ball. She requires all of her activities to be free of projectiles.

Now you can consider yourself up-to-speed on my super exciting life.







Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cherry Blossoms

While Korea has some scenic locations, the majority of the cities would not be what you might refer to as pleasing to the eye.

And by that, I mean that our city is kind of ugly.

You know. Unattractive. Unkempt. Dirty looking.

However, we have reached the one week out of the year where it is not quite as ugly as normal.
I bring you, That Street with the Cherry Blossoms.







Thank you, Songtan, for our week of pretty trees.
It doesn't make up for the other 51, but it's better than nothing.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

And that's why they call them rumors.

Remember last week when I pretty much said we'd get our assignment the next day?

Yeah, I was wrong about that.

And every day since then, when I've thought that surely we'd get our assignment the next day? Yep, wrong again. And again.

And again.

A short list of things I am fairly certain of:

1) In 3-ish months, we'll be moving to a new continent.



Consider yourself up-to-date.


ps. Josh has been in the Air Force for almost 15 years.
One might assume we'd be accustomed to this waiting process to find out what comes next.
One would be mistaken.
I find it draining.
Here's hoping we'll have some news...sometime.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rumor has it

...that this might be the last night we spend wondering where we'll be living for the next few years.

Which would be nice, because as it gets closer to the time that assignments should be released, I find it gets harder and harder to stop thinking about it.

What will we do for the kids' schooling next year? Alex wants to take gymnastics-- will there be a place for that near our next base? Should I buy that heavy winter coat that's on sale for Derek, or will we be living in a warm climate?

See! Daily life is full of reminders that I don't know where we're moving to in July. And so, if the Great Big Air Force in the Sky would like to pass along that info, I am ready to receive it.

Maybe. I think.

Because what if it's some terrible place to which I don't want to move? Then maybe ignorance is bliss.

Life is so complicated. ;)


So other than that tiny detail hanging about in the back of my mind, it's life as usual. Oh, and it's warming up! Yea!

I've had a two-week long passionate affair with Netflix, as the base has been running an exercise that had Josh getting up at 3-something each morning and going to bed at 8pm. What else is a gal to do when she's all alone for 4 hours each night?

Unfortunately, we can only get the Korean version of Netflix which I must say does not offer as robust a selection as the American one. Yes, yes. First world problems.

Here are three photos from my phone so that this post doesn't seem as short as it actually is.


The kids on the street by our church.



Streets in Korea are synonymous with parking lots.
And sidewalks are synonymous with both streets and parking lots.
And to drive here is to experience road rage.

Here's Alex's cheerleading squad at practice.


It's been nice for her to have some other girls to hang with.


This guy is still a mama's boy. He loves his mama, and he loves bacon burgers from the bowling alley.



And I love him!


Alright, I'm off to bed in hopes of waking up tomorrow to some news.
And if we don't get any news tomorrow, do you know what I am going to do?!?

That's right.

I'm going to wait until the next day.

Repeat, as needed.