Tuesday, July 29, 2014

VBS week... and other stuff!

You know that Vacation Bible School was a success when 3 days after the final day everyone is still talking about it and posting pictures on Facebook.  So many of my fellow volunteers are still posting and l love seeing it.  I made so many friends last week.  Everyone was amazing and I can't stop thanking the pre-k family enough!  I really miss my kids.  I wish I would be able to stay in contact better.  Two of them had birthdays on Sunday and I hope they went well!  VBS week was an experience I will never forget.  The kids are all truly amazing and to watch their little lives light up when learning about Jesus is so awesome!  Watching them sing songs and learning the hand motions and participating is outstanding and simply awesome!  I think I have found that I really want to work with kids.  I found my thing. 
Collins birthday was this weekend and I have to say it was a great night.  There are 2 guys here in Korea with us that I would do anything for and both of them were with us!  Sitting around and talking football and hockey was a blast.  I can't wait to see how the football season turns out to see who is right and who is wrong about their assumptions!  There was plenty of talk about Cleveland and Johnny football!  Somehow though the evening, for awhile, kept going back to Sharknado.  A movie none of us have watched but yet talking about the concept seem to intrigue these 3 men lol.  I just sat back and laughed, found a smile forming a cross my face and realized how lucky I am.  It was indeed a great evening!
August is almost upon us and there will be some upcoming changes in the Shorey house.  Whenever Collin is gone it gives me a chance to clean up my diet, dedicate myself to more workout time, and revamp my plan.  I guess I should say plans because with both Collin and the Nanny being gone my volunteer work is going to be pretty slow which also means I will have a lot more time at home.  My big plans for August are to look over the budget and prepare for our upcoming vacation to the states.  Plan for my September Jeju Island trip that I am really wanting to take.  I have to go to Hallasan and even if we can't climb much with the Audrey I will climb parts of it!  I say mostly the word I and not we because it is my goal more than Collin's!  Hallasan is the biggest mountain in South Korea, which isn't saying much for the height of a mountain.  I am used to Pikes Peak and well I don't think Hallasan is even half of the peaks sumit that I used to look at everyday!  However, I want to go do it!  Who knows if we leave early enough maybe we can reach the top even with Audrey.  I doubt it but a girl can dream!  I will also start looking at the many trips we want to take next year and all the little weekender trips we can take throughout the year.  I would love to see Thailand, Japan, and China.  Japan is first on the list though as I want to go to Mt. Fuji.  It is funny, I used to be such an ocean girl, I always wanted large bodies of water around me and now I am all about the mountains.  August is also going to be a month to crack down on not only my health and weight loss but for little miss A.  She is potty trained for the Nanny.  Never has issues unless they are out playing and can't make it to a potty in time.  At home though she is completely potty trained for Minda and well it's time she is completely potty trained for mommy too. So while we are home the princes will be in big girl underwear!  We will also get her back in her own bed.  We have had some rough nights with sleeping and so she has been back in our bed again.  Nights like tonight we were just too lazy and put her in our bed instead of hers because neither of us wanted to deal with it.  So once it is just her and I, we are going to get back to it, along with a better schedule.  We were doing so well with a schedule and then I just got lazy, or busy, or something.... yes, the Shorey household will be a busy one in August!
I can't believe that July is winding down so quickly.  It seems like just last week we were starting July!  Which also means that the real heat is just around the corner.  I never thought I would experience the kind of heat that I have these past couple of weeks.  There are times when I don't feel like I can fully breath outside it has been so unbearable. Collin says it has been a good summer so far but if next year is hotter than this year, I am not going to do so well!  That and I am sure our electric bill is going to be 900.00 for this month.  I say this because May and June combined was 900.00 and those were not even hot months :( 
School is going well.  I am into my 3rd week of a computer class and only have 2 more to go!  Which reminds me I should probably get my books ordered for my Bible class since it starts soon.  I can't believe fall semester is right around the corner already.  I am not loving this computer class but I am pushing for an A as always. I did enjoy my English class and even though my final grade was a B I think I learned more in those 5 weeks than I have in a long time.  Oh and I am taking a Korean class.  Not sure how well that is going to go, but I also know I can't have Collin teach me the language.  Our brains operate very different and it would just be one disaster after another!  I missed last week due to VBS but I guess we got a bunch of new students so instead they just repeated the previous week.  I may not be able to have Collin teach me but I sure can have him help me brush up to be ready for this Thursday!
Well better get off here.  It is 1am and Audrey has successfully been sleeping for 2 1/2 hours!  I better get some sleep in before she decides she wants to wake back up.  It has been a rough 5 nights with her. 
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and has and even more fantastic week!

My amazing and beautiful class!  This was only 15 kiddo's out of the 22 signed up.  Although the largest class was only 20.  I loved every minute of it :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Checking in

Well hello friends and family,
I hope this morning (for most of you) is going great for you.  I know this evening was a productive one for me.  I realize I have not blogged in awhile and wanted to check in and let you all know I am doing well.

VBS is coming along nicely. We have our last big meeting on Thursday and then I am holding our last group meeting for the pre-k team on Friday!  It seems that I have an awesome and motivated group that I am working with so that always helps a leader out.  I am a little concerned because the nursery leaders fell through on their background checks so as of now we don't have anyone in the nursery and well I can't volunteer if we don't have nursery teachers.  However, I am confident in our  VBS Director that she will get it sorted out.

School is going well.  Another class down and another one has started.  It is Monday night here and I have 3 out of my 5 assignments completed that need to be done for the week.  The last 2 I might night a little help on from Collin.  I am trying to get as far ahead as possible for 2 reasons.  The first is because I don't want to have to deal with too much during VBS week and second is because duty calls the husband away for a portion of August. 

Speaking of August, it is going to be a bit of a different month for me.  The volunteer work for me is going to be going down considerably.  Not only will Collin be gone off and on but our nanny will be on vacation the entire month.  I think I am seeing crazy late nights for me in order to keep up with homework and housework. 

The church volunteer work is going pretty smooth also.  The baseball game is less then a month away and the Everland trip is less than 2 months away.  I didn't make church last Sunday because Audrey decided that waking up at 1230am and not going back to bed until 4am would be so much more fun then sleep.  Anyway, Collin said that not too many people signed up for the baseball game and so this Sunday we are going to wear our Doosan Bears jersey's and try to get moral up!  This Sunday is our last Sunday for the baseball game sign ups.  Although I must say they did only give us 2 weeks to get this all taken care of. 

As most of you have seen this past weekend ended up being a terrific one. It started on Thursday when we found out that my stepson Mike and his wife are expecting a baby.  She is very early on and so the wait to find out if it is a boy or girl is going to drive me crazy.  This is grand baby 4 for me.  (step grand baby but all the same).  Friday night I got to hang out with 3 of the most wonderful men in my Korean life.  My husband being the number 1 and then 2 of his friends, which by default have become great friends to me as well.  We hung out in the house and had a great time.  One of the best in awhile.  Friday afternoon I received an invite to go hang out with a group of ladies on Saturday night.  No husbands, no kids, just the ladies.  Anyone who knows me, knows that hanging out with 9 ladies while only knowing 1 of them is a big decision for me, but I did it and it was an amazing time!  I think it helped that it was also a cross the street from my house so I guess psychologically I felt like I was basically home if I felt too uncomfortable.  Saturday morning my daughter also had her first modeling shoot.  We don't plan on making it an ongoing thing but it was fun and I think it could be fun every once in awhile.  It was more of a big play date for her as there were 4 other little girls between the ages of 2-3.  Audrey was the youngest but she did fantastic in her 3 hours.  They supplied food and drink and snacks and I got to meet some other parents as well.  All and all it was a great experience and the weekend was just fabulous.  Besides the fact that I didn't make church on Sunday I got some much needed sleep after such a fun weekend.

It is now after midnight and my brain is winding down.  I was thinking about picking up the house before bed, but instead I think I will sit in my favorite spot.  Play a couple games on the computer and then once my brain is completely done, fall fast asleep.

Have a wonderful day everyone!