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We went to Thailand over Spring Break.  Well, 4 of us did.  Caleb went on a service trip to Cambodia. So, now he wants to go to Thailand and we want to go to Cambodia.  Not sure how that’s going to work out….

A few pictures……(maybe some that weren’t on FB? Who knows?)

So, it turns out, Thailand is super hot! It was a great Spring Break, heat and all. Lots of food, shopping and many different forms of transportation.

In April, we went to Jeju Island for 1 night that turned into 2.  We had a good time touring the island with people from school…..and then the storm came;) A jillion people were stranded on the island since flights were delayed.Oh well, at least we were able to explore a bit more.  Food was running low in the airport, but the bathrooms were still clean–it’s the little things, people. We survived on dried mango–it was crazy, but a good story! (oh, we had Macadamia nuts and lots of candy, too….survived may be a bit of an exaggeration, but just go with it)

There are so many interesting places to go to on Jeju. We want to go back with all 5 of us and see the volcano and lava tubes. And the beach, of course. And any of the 100s of coffee shops on the island.  I mean, I’m glad I live in a country who values coffee the way it should be!

From my house, I could walk to 10+ coffee shops in 10 minutes. It’s great! Now, some of the coffee may come from a convenience store, but who cares? It’s (almost) just as good as that from the coffee shop! This means way too much to me….

Back to Jeju pics…..

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Caleb did some sight seeing and service projects in Phnom Penh (capital of Cambodia) with a group from school. They visited different parts of the killing fields, a sad part of Cambodia’s past.

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Caleb is our creative one. His pictures are always much better than mine.

Two weekends ago, we rented bikes. It was fun, but the two youngest Garricks did fall off of their bikes. Jacob ended up with a few scrapes, but Julianna did not have anything to show for her unexpected dismount from the back of the tandem bike. We are glad Spring is here and we can go outside!

We’re almost finished with school! The children have survived and done well, overall. I’ve probably taken the longest to adjust.  I feel like I’m settling in now and it only took 9 months! We’ll be visiting the U.S. over the summer. Seeing people, going to the beach and clothes shopping are on the top of the list of “things to do this summer.” Tall people are hard to buy for in Korea.  Especially when the kids keep growing. Gah!

I started my Masters of Special Education recently.  I just began my 2nd and 3rd classes. Wish me luck!  I love so many things about special education, but one thing I do NOT love is citing sources on papers;) In the words of my 6 year old, “It’s so bored!”

 

 

Speaking of Korea…

Let’s discuss our upcoming move to Seoul. I’ve had a lot of questions and would love to answer them so you can have a better picture of where we will be living and working.
Seoul is in South Korea and is considered a very safe place to live. It is not a 3rd world country, but is actually very advanced and has “really fast internet!” I’ll let you guess who in the family is excited about that. We can keep in touch with Facebook, email, Skype, etc. Right now, Seoul is 14 hours ahead of Mississippi. (So completely opposite night/day.) We will live in an apartment in Seoul and may or may not buy a car after we get there. Their public transportation is very safe and reliable so we can take our time deciding.
Yongsan International School is a private school, K-12. The school operates in English. We still plan on learning Korean to better function in the community. (At least some!) Why move overseas if you aren’t going to attempt to learn the language? That’s no fun! Caleb has made the most progress, so far.
I will be teaching students who have needs in learning English and some form of academic assistance. I’m really looking forward to it. Caleb and Jacob are glad I’ll be at the middle school, but for different reasons! Caleb is starting high school…
Sean will be the HR Manager. He is currently in Seoul trying to find an apartment. (Oh, and to start his new job!)
We look forward to getting to know Korea. It’s a beautiful country!
Once you get to LA, Detroit, etc., you can be in Seoul in a quick 14 hours! Nothing to it! So, if you’re ever in the area, stop by!

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My List Has No Checks

We’ve had a pretty lazy day. Of course, Jacob woke up super early, which is his Saturday ritual. I had a few plans for the day but they lost out to laziness.  I watched a lot of HGTV instead. (and Sherlock Holmes–good movie, by the way!) The boys love doing nothing on the weekends, especially now that school has started. We did eat today, so never fear-  my children are not hungry. They may be tomorrow if I can’t make Sean I don’t go to the grocery store!

What I didn’t do today: laundry, grocery shopping, pack for my trip

What I did do: eat, watch TV, nap, cooked lunch, listened to the boys play

Sean and I are going on a school visit with work next week. (we work together, fyi)  We are going to South Korea. It should be a great trip! We will visit NICS’ 3 schools there and do a bit of sightseeing, too. Any suggestions?

Also, we will be able to visit the orphanage that our little girl is in. (Learn about our agency here.) I’m super excited and just as nervous.  It will be pretty hard to “just visit”, but I’m very thankful to be able to meet her in person. If all goes according to plan, we will post some pics of our visit, and you will be able to see the cute little miss! So remember, when you see on Facebook or Twitter that we are in Korea, we are not bringing our little girl home! And on that same note, we are still not sure when that will happen. Next year sometime is all we know.  HOPEFULLY, it will be during this school year.  With adoptions, your timeline is never set in stone.

Okay, so a few quick silly updates on the boys:

Jacob’s new favorite word is “literally” and he literally uses it 97x everyday. Currently, he loves all things Ninjago.

Caleb is a middle schooler. He is perfecting the art of being uninterested in us in public. (but he’s still the best big brother ever)  Actually, Jacob said he is a “medium” brother.

 

I’m very excited to meet our little girl, but will miss the boys so much. I guess it will be the same after meeting her. One more cart added to my emotional roller coaster!  Most days I’m fine, but sometimes it’s hard to wait.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post while in Korea, but I’m not sure.  If not, we’ll put pictures up soon.

Also, we will soon be announcing a few fundraisers that we are planning. We will have a few different options for those who want to be involved.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!