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Getting outside

It’s now hot and get hotter in Korea.  Summer is pressing in in us and we are all ready for some free time.

 Now that Avi is super stable on his bike, We have been exploring further afield. Found. Great loop around the neighborhood that takes us under the train tracks and along the canal and rice paddys.  It also goes past a house with new puppies, so we always have to stop there.

Once it was just too hot to bike so se drove down to Camp Humphreys and went to splish splash.  We were one of three families there at noon on a Wednesday!  Zoe earned the freedom to go down slides and jump the diving board on her own by showing me her (still not perfect but good enough!) swimming skills. That left Avi and I some time to focus on hisswimming  and going down the big slides and board. I must be at the bottom to catch him, but he goes down the giant tube slides on his own and even tuns of the end of the low dive!!

At home we get out to work in the garden.  The tadpoles were getting bigger and a few had become froglets so we got a pool for them! They are still thriving.  Planted some lotus in the pool, too! 

Homeschool will take a break for a bit as we take a vacation. Zoe has been in 2nd grade academics for a couple months now, but we just completed her history and science.  We will wait to move on until after few-week break. I don’t give her a break  on practicing math, reading and writing. But it will just be a quick daily review with no new stuff for a while. At the final Presentations session this week she recited The Year by Sarah Coleridge. Avi did a quick show and tell of a toy tractor. 
Avi has gotten more interested in school stuff lately and especially likes copying letters or drawing amounts on his white board.  I will draw a pond and puts a # of frogs in it!  Otherwise he is enjoying being three, and playing!  Our evening routine biking up to the park together is a highlight of the day. 

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Home grown

Well our little garden out back has started to produce!  Avi has especially been enjoying the sweet peas.  He loves to tell me, “it’s fat!” and pick them.  Not sure many will make it to the table, and for the better!

I also picked a head of nice sweet lettuce the other day and our strawberry had its first two berries! 
In addition to the garden we are watching  Avi’s snails eat tier clover and become more active.  He named his favorite Wally.  Then we found a friend for Wally; she has been named Thunder.  They are quite fun little pets!!
We also have a good time watching the legs sprout on our tadpoles. Picked them up camping last weekend and they have done alright.  A few have legs, a few died when I put them out back for some air, but in general they are neato!
The kids are also sprouting up.

Garden time

Seems everything goes like clockwork in Korea.  We have had a mild winter and warm weather off and on since February, but as soon as it’s officially spring it becomes, well, spring!!

Thursday was the vernal equinox and voila, over the weekend it decided not to freeze overnight, and to put the daily temps in the 60s.  In fact it may break 70 this weekend!  
We were out in force last week digging up my new garden plot. I’m claiming a chunk behind the house like the locals do. Lots of Koreans were out getting their soil ready, too.  Avi and I spotted many a gardener tending to their plot from our train rides on Saturday. 
Today was market day ( the 4th and 9th days). Avi and I popped down to my favorite corner after we dropped Zoe for art class.  Sure enough, it’s time or planting!  We biked home with a ton of seedlings – corn, onion, tomatoe, some kinds if bean, lettuce and cukes (I think). 
Avi helped me till up the plot again and then later this afternoon we all went out to plant. Zoe also filled her little bed with flower seeds. It’s meant to rain tonight.  I sure hope it does!
Love gardening!!!  Feeds the soul.

The “gardening store” in songtan. 

She just cuts off the number of plants you’d like from the pallet and sticks them in bags.

Avi held our corn crop nice and flat for the ride home.

The new plot on the right.  I also plant stud along our fence to the left. 

Avi finding the earthworms have woken from winter, too. 

Simulator

What an awesome afternoon!   The kids and I got a turn in the A-10 simulator.  Bryan was able to get us some special time so Avi and Zoe could ‘see’ what daddy does in his airplane. 

Pictures are below.  Here are links to videos on YouTube, too.

takeoff

over the airfield

searching for helicopters to shoot down

takeoff

on her own
 
 

Busy busy busy….

Weeks are flying by as we busy ourselves this spring!  Between schooling and biking, trip planning and article writing I’m feeling a bit thin, but it makes time fly!

Zoe is excited to start 2nd grade math.
Cow continues to visit for food… Hasn’t accepted touching yet. 
We have had some bad quality air days.
Cute puppies we get to walk during shelter volunteering
This looks like baby Winston to me. 
Working hard
Biking to specials on base
We made a Greek theater out of ice cream
Gas mask training can be fun
Carrying their own gas masks… Always prepared in Korea.
Dr Seuss night at the elementary school!

It’s warm enough for worms.  I started to dig a garden plot and we were able to find enough worm friends to start Avi’s worm viewer. 

Biking in Pyeongtaek

Drove to the city just south of us this weekend for an enjoyable ride along their river path.  Zoe was a speed demon and Avi biked the entire thing on his two wheeler. … About 6km!

It was such a gorgeous early spring day. Weather in the fifties, sun, and a cool breeze to remind us not to get too comfy. Lovely!

Snacktime at the perfect turn around spot! Train watching!!

I’m Married to Paul Bunyan

Suwon Air Base had a Paul Bunyan competition this afternoon, and Bryan won!   We found our way up to their recreation center and had some lunch waiting for other competitors.  Eventually there were three of them in the running and Bryan blew them away with his skills.

First was throwing a huge post, followed by sawing three tiny slivers off the end of a very hard piece of treated lumber, and then hammering in three nails.  Bryan won the first event because they added up total distance from three throws, otherwise another guy had one throw that beat them all.  On the next two, though he blew them away!   A final indoor competition was to see who could eat a whole bowl of Korean ramyon noodles and soup the quickest.  Bryan didn’t get this one, but came in a close second.   Overall, though, his points were highest.

The kids got a kick out of the day watching daddy and going to a different base.  He one a gold medal and a Genghis-khan-esque statue.

Sun!

The sun hit our entire backyard today!!

For approximately 30 minutes the entire grass patch had sun; the deck was still shaded.  This is notable as it’s been since November since there has been sun back there.   The house faces nearly exactly south and blocks all direct sun back there from equinox to equinox. Luckily, the vacant lot past the yard is still empty and it gets sun all winter so the kids play there.  

Pumpkin time

We’ve been watching this show about a smallholder lately that outs me in the mood for spring and gardening again!  All I can do, though is work with my storage. So tonight I took the pumpkins from our cold room and processed them.  A few were starting to get rotten spots, so I knew they wouldn’t last the winter.

Hacked them apart (I love that part), pulled out the seeds, baked them, scooped out the goodies, and blended. Then I put it in freezer bags to store.  I also got adventurous and made my own soup, which is one of my favorites.  It turned out awesome!
Someday this nomad will get a chance at the agrarian lifestyle. 
I think that makes 8 or maybe even 9 pumpkins that we used from the garden. 

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