A fun evening

It actually wasn’t as bad as I feared, going to the childrens Winter concert. I suspect it’s short duration played a factor in that. I couldn’t get any good pictures there as the lighting in the main hall is terrible and my poor Droid just wasn’t equipped to handle it. I did at least get a picture of our after concert feast at IHOP. Overall, I think it was a good night.
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Hyang Watch: July 2

So Hyang’s niece had her birthday party at a sushi restaurant, and a nice one at that. Apparently, it must have been a pretty expensive affair since Hyang told me there was around 70 people in attendance. Hyang has been really impressed with all of her older nieces in Korea (there are three older than Joel). She said these girls are very independent, in a good way, and do a great job taking care of themselves and their stuff without needing help from their parents.

These girls also seem to have really taken to watching over their cousins as well, especially Serene, who they seem to really love washing and combing her hair. I’m almost afraid of what kind of prima dona mindset Serene is going to develop from all this pampering they are giving her. Serene elected to stay with Hyang and spend the night over at Hyang’s sister’s house, while Joel wanted to go back to his grandmother and Holy decided she wanted to go with her brother.

Speaking of Holy, Hyang says she’s gotten quite stubborn, and has almost put the fear of her in her grandmother because of it. She’s always been a difficult for us to get her to do things like kisses or hugs, especially when it is an occasion that puts social pressure on her to do so. Of course, she can be real sweet as well, and often does so spontaneously, but I recognize that she doesn’t take well to being pressured to doing that kind of stuff. Hyang said she’s gotten so many spankings while in Korea because of that stubborn streak in her.

I forgot to mention yesterday, but Hyang had been talking with the kids about me and how I am alone and stuff like that, and she reported Serene said something, “I feel so sad now, I think I might cry”, to which Joel responded, “Now you are going to make me cry”. Ha, ha, it made me laugh and also very happy to hear about my children missing me and feeling sad for me. They are such good kids, even if they act up some times. I pray that I can be a good father and live up to their love.

Hyang didn’t have enough time today to get her hair done or see the doctor, for she was entirely too busy helping prepare for the birthday party. However she promised me that she would be seeing the doctor soon, hopefully tomorrow, and that she would also be getting her hair done tomorrow as well. Nothing too radical, just a trim to shoulder length and some straightening. Holy was able to get her hair done, and I guess the cut it into some kind of cute bob. I’ll have to wait until I see the photos to really be able to describe it to you.

Also, Hyang’s shoulder is feeling a little better after her Aunt gave her a treatment with bee stingers. I’ve actually seen her do this when I went to Korea. She keeps a dozen or so bees and uses their stingers for something like accupuncture crossed with nerve/muscle relaxer from the stinger venom. Obviously, you don’t want to do that if you are allergic to bee stings, but other than that, Hyang seems to think it works. Please continue to pray for her though, as I think the shoulder pain is worse in the morning.

I think that’s all I have, so until next time.

Hyang Watch: June 17

I talked to Hyang last night, and she seems to be doing well, although she is already complaining of becoming bored. The first day was spent seeing family in and around the Busan/Gimhae area. Apparently the kids are a big hit and everyone is giving them money, not unusual, but I promise you it’s more than what they see when their home. Hyang says that while Joel and Holy are popular, it seems that Serene is the star of the show, with everyone interested in being with her.

Sunday was apparently a pretty long day, and everyone was tired out afterwards. Holy even asked Hyang the next day if she could go home. Poor girl, she’s got at least another eight weeks ahead of her. Speaking of Holy, apparently my kids are not only popular with Koreans, but with Korean mosquitoes as well, and Holy has gotten the worst of it, with swollen red bites all over her.

So Monday and Tuesday were pretty slow, not much going on. Hyang was suprised to see just how much worse the driving conditions were in her hometown. Apparently things get crowded when everyone gets a car, but nothing is done to expand the roads or parking area. Imagine that. It seems like things are starting to pick up a bit for them on Wednesday when Hyang had a picnic with a friend and she’s scheduled to meet with another friend on Thursday.

As far as I know, Hyang is still figuring out if Joel can attend school there in Korea or not, but she seems pretty confident that the two girls can be enrolled in the kindergarten that Joel attended three years ago. That should free Hyang up considerably to be able to visit friends and whatnot, especially if she can get him into some kind of schooling during the day.

Well, that’s it until I talk with Hyang again. I’ll post another update when I have more to tell you.

Performances by Serene

Our church had the children do some performances for Mother’s day. Here is Serene dancing to the first song for Hyang:

Here is the second song:

And here is the blooper video Hyang had me make with Holy hamming it up.