Sunday, September 26, 2010

Library of Congress Book Fair

If you are local and have never been to the Library of Congress Book Fair, you are missing out. There is something for everyone and it seems to get better every year. We loved meeting the Cat in the Hat. GaEun is not familiar with this story. I am going to have to bring my books home from school to let her read them.
See those green bags? PBS Kids had goodie bags filled with books, activity books, and a CD Rom as well as many other things.

Betty stood in line to meet all the characters.

Love watching this girl skip down the mall.

It was GaEun's first trip into DC. We didn't have time to do any real sight seeing but we promised we would take her very soon.

It may have been the end of September but it felt like July.
Have you ever been to the Book Fair on the Mall?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Here's The Latest

Like any good mom, I made sure to take a first day of school picture of GaEun before she got on the bus. She looks tired because it was 6:00 AM. High school starts early here and the bus comes even earlier.

She likes her classes however she is less than excited about US History. But who can blame her? It is not her history so that makes it even harder! She has to read four novels this year for English class. That would be challenging for many high school students who were fluent in English. It is going to be even more challenging for GaEun but I have feeling this will really help her improve her English. If you have any suggestions (currently she is reading "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd.) please leave a comment. The book can not be one that has been made into a movie...I guess they want them to READ the book!!

GaEun is very willing to try new foods so that makes it easier and very fun. She has already expressed her hatred for pickles but ironically likes Chick Fil A. (They soak their chicken in pickle juice.) She likes Arby's, baked ziti, (thank you TD for the recipe) and of course chocolate chip cookies.

Any suggestions on other foods she should try?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Enrollment and Orientation

Marcus and GaEun have had a busy day. They went to the high school to register and as luck would have it the school was having orientation later that afternoon and a parent meeting that night. GaEun was excited to stay and acquaint herself with the high school.
Earlier in the day they went to Super H to pick up some more food for GaEun. Marcus said her eyes lit up when she walked through the door! I am so glad she has a taste of home here.
This weekend she wants to go shopping for school clothes. In Korea she wears a uniform so wanted to do a little shopping for clothes when she got her. Can't wait!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Here We Go Again

I really thought I was finished with this blog. Really, I did. I couldn't delete it because it was is such a great photo album/memory book out of a huge year in our lives. But I never thought I would blog on it again.

But I was wrong.

And I am glad I was wrong.

Monday was the day that everything seemed to happen. First day of school for the girls and back to work for me. So after a very busy, fun, tiring day at school we rushed over to Dulles Airport and anxiously awaited the arrival of GaEun, our new exchange student from South Korea.

We had not planned to host again. Not at all. But to think about it, we didn't plan to host Sojung. It just fell into our laps. Sojung needed a host family or she would not be able to come to the US. She was able to get into a private school so we did it.

Fast forward about two years and same story. GaEun's placement fell through the end of August. They needed to find her a home or else she could not come. Marcus worked hard to find a high school that would take her and a bus route that would work for her and, well, here we go again!
Since this isn't our first time around I have to tell you how much easier it was to prepare for GaEun. The only thing we bought when we found out Sojung was coming was a rice maker! We were clueless when it came to the food. This time around I went to Super H and bought a huge bag of kimchee, Japenese noodles, a new 20 pound bag of rice, udon and ingredients for gogi. I was pleased to find out I hit the jackpot. Many would argue that she should just jump in head first with American food but I disagree. I think she needs to have a little bit of her Korean home in her American home. Having traveled overseas I know how nice it was to have some good ole American food after feasting on the local cuisine.
GaEun is adjusting to the time change, English and, well, us. She starts school on Tuesday.
Please stop in and check up on our journey. Feel free to ask questions. And please comment.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Need Your Help

The time has come to close this blog. I don't want to delete it but feel it is time to start another. Your help is needed to name the new blog. The focus on the blog will be our day to day life so family and friends can watch the girls grow up. So you have any suggestions please comment. I will post the link to the new blog when a name has been selected and it is up and running.

Thank you for following our journey this past year.

January 19, 2008 we picked up a total stranger from the airport.

December 27, 2009 we sent one of our daughters back to Korea.

It was quite a year. And none of us will ever be the same.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Sojung and Michael
This was a very tough day for us. Sojung had become part of our family.

See the security guard behind her? He was not amused I was taking pictures. Sorry!
Sojung~thank you for sharing a year of your life with us. We love you. Visit us soon!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

She Goes Home On Saturday

Whatever will we do without her?