31 10 2007


Time is starting to move quickly, which I think is a good sign. I can’t believe October is over already. And what better way to say fair well to the month than with a holiday. All month we have been doing halloween themed activities, but nothing compares to the actual excitement of halloween day in a kindergarten classroom. It was such a long and energy packed day. Below are some of my photos from the festivities. Click HERE for a link to my facebook with more halloween pictures, and HERE for a link to my ‘October’ album with more photos from the month (more of the picnic, mountain hike, etc…)


I know I’m not suppose to have favorites, but……

I know I’m not suppose to have favorites, but………




guess what?

29 10 2007

Most amazing news ever. Today Dan and I booked a ticket for him to come and visit me for three glorious weeks in late December/early January. I still don’t believe its true and probably won’t till he gets off the plane in Korea and I can hold him in these arms of mine.

When I left for Seoul I really had no idea how much I would miss him. Silly little girl always trying to trick herself (and others) into thinking she is all tough and strong. When will I ever learn? I really did think it would be no big deal. That I could handle it no problem and that one year would go super fast. The transition into my new life here has been really rough and I missed him from the start. I terribly missed him and it surprised me and scared me and melted into the pot of overwhelming emotions from everything so new.

Even from so far away he has been my number one support system and companion. I am blessed to have such a great friend. And now I get to be utterly self-indulgent and steal him away from any other winter break plans so that he can be mine all mine again. Now instead of counting down 11 months till we would get to be together, I only have seven weeks to count down. I am resilient, I can endure for that time. (I think)


For Mom

27 10 2007


Free Hugs

27 10 2007


I’ve seen these people on YouTube before, but today my friends, I moved beyond the mere virtual delight, and got the chance to partake in the full on ‘free hug’ experience. n1933777_39901614_9887.jpg

Strange Plants…and strangely intelligent 7 year olds

24 10 2007

Here is a sample story of the level that some of my Kindergarten kids are reading at. Can you imagine? I don’t think I was reading at that level till Jr High (mom says I was a late bloomer when it came to reading. and stuff). Even just the length is something to be impressed by, let alone the context and vocabulary. I don’t really remember, so all you moms/teachers out there let me know just how impressed I should be with my class.
When we think about plants, we often think of trees, flowers, and grass. Like most plants, these plants have green leaves. They also have roots growing into the ground. Some plants are not like most plants. This book is about some of these strange plants.

Plants called air plants live in trees high above the ground. Their roots are not buried in dirt. Instead they grow on tree branches. They take moisture from the air, not from the soil like most plants do. Can you imagine plants that eat meat? Well there are such plants. They eat insects, spiders, and even some other small animals. One well-known meat-eating plant is the Venus’ flytrap. Its leaves look like traps. They have small spikes along their edges. When a critter walks inside the leaf, the leaf snaps shut. The critter is trapped. The sundew is also a meat-eating plant. It has many sticky hairs on its surface. Insects landing on it get stuck. Then the plant digests the insect. The giant sundew plant of Australia even eats small frogs!

Some plants steal food from other plants. The dodder plant sends root-like parts into another plant. It sucks food and water from the plant. It is a parasite. A parasite lives off another living thing. Many flowers have strong smells that attract insects. Some of these flowers smell bad to people. The Stapelia flower smells like rotting meat. Flies think this is a tasty meal, and they fly into the flower. Some plants look like stones. The plants in this picture are called “stone plants” or “living stones.” They live in very hot, dry places. They hold water very well. Their shape helps to hide them so that animals do not eat them.

Some cactus plants are covered with wool-like hairs. The “wool” protects them from daytime heat. It protects them from daytime heat. It protects them from nighttime cold. The “wool” also helps the cactus plants hold moisture. Some trees and shrubs grow out of solid rock. They grow up high where the wind blows strong. Their roots reach down into small cracks for moisture. As the roots grow, they split the rock.

Some plants have animals living inside them. Ant colonies live inside ant plants. They use spaces in the plant’s stem as houses. Some spaces are used for raising young ants. Other spaces are used for garbage. The ant plant uses some of this garbage for food. There are many more kinds of strange plants. Bamboo makes noise when it grows. Some Australian orchids grow and flower completely underground. There are many amazing plants in the world.


17 10 2007

Last week in class we worked on cutting out and putting together paper skeleton. We finally finished the project today and the kids were ecstatic. Here are a couple photos. Enjoy!imgp4768.JPG


Bukhan Mountain

14 10 2007

Words can’t start to describe the feat I accomplished yesterday. My dear friend from back home who is also here, Renee, suggested that we go on a hike. I was all for it, but little did we know what we were getting into. We should have been suspicious when we got off of the train and headed to wait for a bus which would take us to the National Park. Everyone was decked out in hiking gear, from boots, to hiking gloves, to northface backpacks, to fancy walking sticks, to the latest fashions in hiking apparel…they looked serious. Renee and I just laughed it off thinking ALL the Koreans were just taking it a little too seriously. As I waited for the bus in my old tennies, stretch pants and tee shirt, I had no idea that I was about to endure the single most difficult thing that I have ever physically done in my life.

We started off on the hike, slow and steady. As the trail got steeper and my legs turned to spaghetti I thought for sure I would never make it to the top, let alone back down. Little did I know that it was still 2 hours straight up to the peak of mount Bukhansan. You see, there was no walking around the mountain on a sweet little paved path, with stairs and rails. No. It was straight up the freakin mountain with nothing to hold on to but the rocks we were climbing. When we got near the very top there was a cable that we had to hold on to and hoist ourselves straight on up the mt. Everyone kept pointing at my shoes and saying ‘very dangerous’. They were right. I was for sure not prepared and thought that I was going to slip and go rolling down to my demise.

I am still surprised that I made it to the summit. I couldn’t have done it if there weren’t a large amount of other people doing it too. I kept saying to Renee ‘these people are all crazy.’ I just couldn’t believe how many people there were climbing the mountain. Even though they were all decked out in their hiking gear and extremely physically fit looking, I still kept thinking to myself- if they can do it you can too! It was nice in the sense that it was a group effort. Many people said hello as they passed slow me huffing along, and when we stopped to take breaks people sometimes offered us food, or were eager to hear where we were from and why we were in Korea.

They way down was just as hard in many ways. I was even more nervous about slipping, and the sun was starting to set so we were racing against time. Not to mentions I thought that my legs were going to give each step I took. It was intense. But we made it. Barely. The view from the top was worth it. With all the aches and pains I am experiencing today, it was still worth it. Here are some photos, even though they barely capture the experience.n1933777_39694576_9934.jpg

Do you see all the little people way down there? That was probably 4/5ths up the mountain.


Ah, Victory!