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He’s moving on to 8th grade! Jacob is a pro at being a middle schooler. His favorite classes were Bible, Pre-Algebra and Social Studies. He liked chapel and his small group, too. If we can get him to stop carrying everything in his bookbag, I’ll be happy.

A few 7th-grade highlights 

Week Without Walls in Korea (ziplining, lots of outdoor activities, traditional Korean food, etc.)

Everland (amusement park)

Skiing over Christmas break

Turning 13 in Hong Kong

The New York City Subway System is the largest subway system in the world, with 468 train stations and 26 subway lines. That's one massive subway system!

 

 

 

Another Day In The Life

For those who may wonder what our life looks like here…

Most days are hurried and loud and tiring and loud again.  Very fancy!

Our typical weekday includes going to school at 7:20. You would think I might be a morning person by now, but nope. Not happening. Coffee or not.

School, work, after school meetings, practice and activities…

We may or may not eat at home. There are so many restaurants around! I’m excited about the new dumpling shop near our house.


We can eat for around 15,000 won or $13ish. Yippee! 

Homework, bedtime…rinse and repeat.


On weekends we like to venture out and 4 of us like to try new foods. There are noodles or rice most places so I don’t starve-don’t worry;)

Occasionally, I paint with friends- quite therapeutic!

My “Congratulations” similar-to-Tiramisu birthday cake! Yum!

Birthday scarf❤️


Kid Pics


It’s freezing now so we don’t drive the scooter but drive our tiny car instead. Parking can be pretty scarce so we use public transportation, too. We’re used to a lot of things about the city but grocery shopping is still a process. Another reason why I’m thankful for our new dumpling shop! And endless coffee shops!


The biggest difference for us is city vs. suburbs. Otherwise, our lives in Seoul are strikingly similar to everywhere else we’ve lived. People are people everywhere and we all want the same things!

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We had a whirlwind trip to the U.S., full of airports and long car rides, visiting family and friends and lots of shopping. I do not like shopping. At all. That being said, my tall kids and their parents needed clothes. We stocked up on stuff, threw in some Target, Amazon  and Wal Mart randomness and called it good. 

We had fun seeing cousins and friends in (HOT) MS and AL, fishing and kneeboarding, bowling and swimming, celebrating July 4th and my Dad’s birthday and eating too much. 

This is my last week before school starts. The 2nd year overseas should be a breeze! (please, please, please)  The kids have 2 weeks. Only 1 kid is excited. Guess who!

Quick summer breakdown in (a lot of!) photos…

 

  

    
    
    
    

  
   
    
    
 
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because I screenshot everything, hoping I’ll actually remember good ideas! ❤️ I still love middle schoolers! 

Happy Summer, y’all! 

  

So Close!

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Only 2 1/2 more school days! Jacob asked me what we would be eating during the summer. I guess he questions my abilities to provide meals. 

That means that next year we’ll have 1st, 7th and 10th graders. Mhmm. I’m not sure that’s going to work for me. 

I was chatting with my British neighbor (so, read with an accent) and her friends who are also teachers and they said that the first year overseas is terrible. The hardest. You can’t make decisions and feel out of control. Really? You don’t say… 

This school year is ending with saying goodbye to students and friends, some only for the summer but some for longer.  Bittersweet is an understatement. I’m not usually the “girlfriend” type but I’ve met friends that I didn’t know I needed.

Everyone is ready for the break. Time for relaxing (after the flight, of course!) and visiting our people. We’ll be in our Southern homes mid June, where there is brewed iced tea. Jacob wants fried rice when we get there and we all want Memphis Pizza. But, I’m sure we’ll miss our Gong Cha!

A few “day in the life” pictures:

   
    
   
Happy Spring and Summer!