Packing

Soooo we thought packing in America sucked. With less than half the space and just as much stuff this was NOT fun. Lots of stress and now trying to figure out where to put 4 giant bags.

The plan is that one of the new teachers will be here around 7 p.m. tonight (it’s about 2 now) and the other will come on Monday. If shes exhausted we let her sleep if not we take her to get some food. Tomorrow (Sunday) we show her around and what not (help her find the school, get on the bus, find basic needs, etc.) until Andy comes to pick us and our luggage up around 2:30 and take us to the airport bus. We grab a bus with our luggage and head to the airport. Our flight is around 9 p.m. our time and we fly into Honolulu for a short layover (around 4 hours) then take off and head from JFK from there. My brother and mom are picking us up and then OUTSIDE! Yes. Sitting outside. Drinking water or lemonade or anything BUT soju! Get in the sun, absorb that Vitamin D and jump in the pool!

Saying good-bye to all of our friend and co-workers and munchkins this week was incredibly hard. I will post some photos in the near future when I finish going through everything. Our co-workers threw us a little party right at the end of Friday and it was so sweet. We just made sure to thank them for their support. Big hugs for everyone and just tried not to cry. One of the hardest good-byes was Jake. I really almost broke down that time. We made him promise that in 1 year or 5 or 10 it didn’t matter how long but that we would see each other again. (Maybe we will come back and adopt a little Korean baby because they are officially the cutest children I have ever seen in my life!)

Still more pictures to come🙂

xox J

1 Week.

Hello all

WOW! It is Sunday already! One week from today at about this time we will be boarding our plane to head home. Of course we have a wonderful few hour layover to look forward to in Hawaii but then its home! When they say the last month goes fast they aren’t kidding. Last week was one of those weeks that felt like it wouldn’t ever end but this weekend flew by!

I had a “blonde” moment that even I find funny – I bought a Groupon to make a shutterfly photo book of all of our adventures and stories. I knew it would be a cool way to show all of our family and friends as well as look back on it. Well I have been panicking trying to get it finished thinking the coupon expires June 30th (tomorrow!) well let’s just say it was a happy mistake. I now am not trying to pull an all nighter because it does not expire until July 31st. I was very happy for this mistake because I found it BEFORE spending all night working on it. My goal is to finish it by mid week and order it for home so it should be there about the same time we are/slightly after.

This last week at work was basically pure choas very often. After Erika left and the new teacher started our whole schedule got changed and class names changed. Basically we had no idea who would be walking into our room and when! It was pretty much crazy and there were a few snack and pizza parties (which we had no idea until a class was sitting there and a pizza came in – thanks Korean teachers) so it will also a kind of messy week.

On Thursday we got to go over for pizza with Victor and Sarah and their son Joshua. They are happily expecting another little boy in the next few months. It was wonderful to just speak ENGLISH! Sarah is from Texas so we had a lot of fun talking about things we missed and her different experience with coming to Korea and staying. It was a relaxing and wonderful night. We are having a little ice cream night on Thursday of this week.

Saturday (yesterday) was a busy day because we went to see Erika and her new apartment (it has so many closets!) and say good-bye for now to her. Hoping we can just get her to come visit within the next few years. Then in the afternoon we headed up to Seoul one last time. Had dinner with Jake and Dave and then wandered around for a bit before happily catching the last bus home. We had to say good-bye to Dave for now but we see Jake on Tuesday so one more time.

Today (Sunday) we met Lisa and Rebecca for lunch and some wandering. Really happy to spend that time with them and eat another traditional style Korean meal. All of my family out there would be so proud at my willingness to try different things. The place was way on the outskirts of Anseong so I was also really happy that Rebecca drove. After lunch we took a walk/hike up to this little temple and got some pictures. We then wandered around a bit until heading back so Lisa could get her chicken shop opened for the day.

Of course because its like 7 days to go I got sick again. No idea what it is but I have basically no voice and just squeak. ALTHOUGH I did find my voice when a giant jumping spider thingy hit my foot and I let out a scream!!!! It was scary. I don’t do bugs well.

Now it comes down to planning when we will turn off our Korean phones and put our Verizon chips back in. Have to close out our bank accounts (hopefully by Wednesday) and oh yeah PACK! We were just discussing how we want to do it and I think it will depend on if we stay in the apartment until Sunday or if we have to leave before then. The rumor as of now is that the new teachers are delayed a week so since they won’t be moving in next weekend we might stay here and head to the airport Sunday (our flight isn’t until around 9 p.m.). I can honestly say I am excited to go home but not excited to fly. If you have been following along you realize my fear of flying. Just have to keep my eye on the prize!

I will update again hopefully mid week🙂

xo

J

 

Weekend Adventures and Pictures

Hello all!

Yes I know I am a day late on the post I promised. Mostly because our friend from work (who doesn’t speak English – lol talk about broken “konglish” on our part) took us out Friday night and yesterday ended up being a recovery/cleaning day. It was a lot of fun but a long night after school.

Today I have pictures from presentation and what such for you. I hope you enjoy! Before I go into speeches I have a funny one for ya’ll (if you don’t have Facebook or Instagram you probably haven’t seen this yet)

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Left to Right/Top to Bottom: Maria, Jack, Jinnie, Yuseong, Sally, Peter, Aron, Lauren, Elbert, Stephanie, Lucy, James, Yunnie

Yes my face got put on a wall… no I had no idea this was happening. How did I find it? Chris pointing from the bus with a big ol’ grin on our way home from the grocery store… yup.

The next pictures: presentation means that our debate classes had to partner up and come up with topic and then pick a side. After their research and speeches they then had to present in front of their families. Overall it is a pretty long process but at the same time fun and its really interesting to see what they find important to talk about how they chose to do so.

 

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! For all we know we could be gone in a week so I am going to go back to cleaning! AHH! Too much to do in a short period of time… did I mention I hate flying so the prospect of 15-18 hours in the air within the next two weeks is not fun for me…. gotta keep my eyes on the prize… HOME!

Wow time is flying!

Hey everyone!

I know I know I already broke my pact to update more as these last few days were going. The time is absolutely flying these last few weeks. Tomorrow I am going to update all the pictures from the presentations (I am happy to say our kids did great!). We have been having some crazyyy changes with today being Erika’s last day and a full schedule overhaul.

As for our leaving situation we go Monday to make the official deal (meeting at noon our time) and just get it all figured out. We have some possible job opportunities that need us home A.S.A.P. … like last week kind of asap. Either way they know the situation and are willing to work with us but any delays could mean having to turn it down. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that.

Sending a big congratulations out to Missy on landing a Teaching job! That’s awesome and we are so happy for you! (Guess it runs in the family).

This was just a short-bugger to say I didn’t forget about everyone! Tomorrow I am excited to write about the presentations and some of the other prep/fun stuff going on! Hoping to get a last few meetings in with friends in the coming week! (We seriously could only have 10 days left….WOW)

xoxo

J

Hongdae …. oh boy

Hello everyone!

It is less than two weeks out until we book our flights and just over 20 days to go so of course we had to pull our “Korean all nighter” and do as the Korean and Foreigner young people do. Yup. In order to accomplish this (without breaking the bank, thank you very much) we headed to Hongdae. It is basically a must go party place for anyone living within to Seoul area. Hongdae area in the area surrounding Hongik University and close to the other ones. There are so many night clubs (Like one on top of the other literally) and such but there is also lots of good restaurants, street musician performers and people everywhere! I had fun walking around listening to all the different performers and we ate at a Korean BBQ place before heading out. This BBQ place kind of sucked because you had to cut the meet at the table and then cook it when usually its cut for you. It makes it really hard (they use kitchen sheers) and I was basically a fail at it. After dinner we headed out for some dancing and it was really easy – being a foreigner once we showed our ARC (Korean I.D. cards) we got in for free! They stamp your arm which is kind of weird and even with showers and lots of moving they haven’t come off yet…they better before tomorrow morning and back to work! Anyways we went dancing at a place called BB for most of the night and places don’t close around 2 a.m. like they do in the states so most of the night is like 6 a.m.. but around 5 we headed to a singing room and had a lot of fun with some other foreigners we met who go to one of the universities in a study abroad program. Around 6:30 a.m. we popped our heads out of the place to find that it was SUNNY!?! It was really strange but hey we did it!! Dave lives just on the outskirts of Seoul so we took a taxi ride back (Chris and Jake fell asleep) and then got some sleep! Overall it was a really fun night and we had a good time with friends.

Leaving the people we’ve met behind and spent the last year with is going to be the hardest part. I already know I am going to miss them and I am going to cry when I have to say goodbye to my munchkins in Kindy since we spend so much time with them! Basically it’s going to be lots of tears.

This week is a pretty big week in school for us. Both of our debate classes have their big presentations that we have been preparing for almost a month now. I just finished adding a few touches to my groups power points in order to give them a little help in remembering the expert opinions and statistics they need to use to support their arguments. Chris’s class has been putting together some rebuttals in order to expand further into a full debate style. Either way I am NERVOUS! I just want them to look good and do their best like I know they can for their parents and our boss. Wish us luck? We might need it.

I will post some photos on Friday of the kids and what they have accomplished. It’s really cool to work with older and younger kids sometimes but I swear the younger Kindy kids are such little sponges and have accomplished more than the older ones sometimes!

❤ J

P.S. No your not getting any going out pictures … sorry! Maybe if your cool enough to see our photo book I’m working on when we get home🙂

Preparing

Hey all!

First I want to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our friends AMANDA AND RON!! They just got engaged after 5 wonderful years of dating and we are so happy for them. They have both been a huge support to us this year by sending packages and cards and just love and support. We are blessed to have friends like them and we can’t wait to help them celebrate this wonderful part of life.

Since we are getting under 30 days now (hopefully) I have started thinking about what we will leave behind for the new teachers. I don’t mean like apartment things but like information or tips and tricks. We decided to write a letter with just some basics on how to use things in the apartment like the washing machine, a/c and heat. Hopefully this helps. The people we replaced were USELESS. It was basically a letter complaining about the kids … load of good that helps when we don’t even know how to turn on the hot water or our computer passwords. Basically I took it personally and I want to leave a thorough letter behind so they can at least, you know, take a hot shower! It’s hard trying to keep it limited because we want them to learn as they go too but also give them enough to get started. We were so jet-lagged when we got here that it didn’t matter what anyone told us because we could barely stand or see straight let alone remember complicated things.

I have so many mixed feelings between ‘I want to start packing’ and go home and ‘wow we have less than a month to go’. Basically every time I call home it’s “when are you coming home?” and almost every weekend of summer is already jam packed with plans BUT its so fun to think about! We have all these plans but they are all with family and friends and it will just be so awesome to spend that time with everyone. Depending if we move this summer for work it could also be a little crazy but hey that’s life!

I hope this finds everyone well and in good health. I am officially done with doctor visits for Korea!! It is an amazing feeling and we are working on getting ourselves healthy. Dropped that weight we gained from my heavy cheese filled cooking and our way to big portions and ready to start our healthy and BEACH READY lives! I think our priority other than giant hugs from our families is a nice cool beverage, sand between our toes and the sounds and smell of the ocean. Bring it on Jersey!

J