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SecondTooth (3)

Kyz lost his second wiggly tooth while at taekwondo class. The other tooth has already begun to appear.

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our little path

walktochurch 056How do you get to church? We walk. We consider it a privilege to walk to church, especially since we get to walk along a mountain trail. It’s a peaceful walk.

Our church service is quite small, usually less than a dozen folks; a few Koreans, some Indians, us Yankees and a Brit. We are a part of a larger church community, but our service is after theirs, so we go unseen. There is a playground we play at before and after the service.

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free to be young

Facendas2 110We had some great playtime in the park recently. We met with another family, they have four kids; three old enough for Kyz to play with. The kids got out their air soft guns for target practice. We played bocce ball and football.

The kids had an American lunch (thanks to Grandma Lil) of mac-n-cheese, hot dogs and fruit. They played for hours. It’s great for the kids to play and not have to worry about language/cultural barriers. They all like the Green Bay Packers and don’t have to explain what that means. No explanations or apologies, just good old fashioned American playtime.

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some more great pictures from mom’s visit

Summer TL 082Tamara, Mom and Kyz went on some great adventures: Damyang, the Hermitage, riding the KTX, visiting cafes… We got some great pictures along the way; more than I can post. Here are some new ones that I found on Tamara’s camera.

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vintage cover art

I’ve been wanting to make posters from vintage comic book cover art, I got a hold of these public domain comics and took the covers to the printers. I only selected six; and only made mini-posters, but they still look cool in my boy’s room!

 

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a little birthday, a lot of love

Tamara Bday 2014 039We took Tamara to one of our favorite cafes for her birthday. A couple weeks ago Kaiser and I saw a picture on the door of affogato. Kaiser was very excited to get a box of Legos for his Mom so they could play Legos together.

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a day in seoul: family adventure

We went to Seoul for a day because we had to go to the US Embassy to renew our son’s passport. We always enjoy going to Seoul. We take the KTX train from Gwangju to Yongsan Station in Seoul, which only takes three hours. The train is roomy and comfortable. It is clean and quiet, and the attendants are always ready to help.

We always take the first train at 0500 hours–5:00 am. The train is usually fairly empty and we can get there early to start our adventure. We usually have everything ready to go the night before so we can just walk out the door and get in a taxi to get to the train station.

When we got to Seoul, we took the subway to the library where we needed to print a few documents for the embassy. There is an expansive memorial for all of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. In the video you’ll see all of the yellow ribbons. Koreans write messages and prayers on these ribbons. There is also an altar with flowers and a picture of each of the victims.

Then we made our way to the US Embassy, which is across the street from the Blue House, where the president works. For some reason there were hundreds of uniformed police around the embassy; not sure why there were so many, or why they had riot shields (but no helmets).

Seoul Oct 2014 103We got our work done in the embassy rather easily and quickly. While we were in there, we met an older American man who was in Korea to recieve an award for his bravery in the Korean War. He was a scout for an armor division and survived many battles. Kaiser sat wide-eyed listening to his stories.

After the embassy, we visited the Korean War Memorial Museum. It is a great museum that honors the many people who gave their all to create and sustain South Korea. There are dozens or aircraft, tanks and artillary to look at outside. On the inside are impressive displays of differnt historical stoages in South Korea’s past–everything from the Turtle ship to captured enemy tanks. We like going here because the museum is amazing and it is walking distance to Yongsan Station. (There is also a Lavazza cafe)

On the way back to the train station, we always stop by a shop that sells uniforms to military personnel. Kiaser likes to look at everything and we buy a few patches for him. While we were in there, we met an older man who quickly engaged us and wanted to talk. He is a retired South Korean Marine, he was excited about Kaiser’s intrest in South Korea and the KMC, so he bought a Korean Marine Corp pin and pinned it to his hat. Kaiser was beaming! Not long after that the man left, then the shop owner told us who he is; he is a highly decorated Korean Marine. His medals and ribbons were on display there.

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As we walked down the street to the train station, Kaiser showed his new pin to everyone he met.

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