Saturday, May 29, 2010

Field Day 2010

Yesterday was our annual end-of-the-year Elementary Field Day. The kids had a blast and ended up drenched in water by the end of the day. Below are a few pictures I took of my students throughout their rotation of the games. Carry-a-Classmate game. (Can't remember the real name)

Eric was able to come out and run a couple of games this year. The softball throw & the "javelin" (funnoodle) throw. He was much more excited about getting to do this than sitting inside all day teaching.

Over-Under Game

Water Break!

3-Legged Race

Carrying a water balloon between her knees.
Trying to pop a water balloon by sitting on it.

Sending love from Korea!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Signs of the Times

We took a few pictures of our various activities this weekend and as I was just looking at them I feel that they are very telling and similar to the pictures I seem to take every year at this time. Where did the year go? Is it really already MAY 16th?!? As I was sitting at school yesterday working on my lesson plans I had a bittersweet moment in realizing that I only have 3 weeks left with my 5th graders and then we are done! Sometimes you feel like you'll be with them forever and therefore put off doing the activities you'd really like to do with them. But now at the end I realize... that's it! No more time. The lessons and activities I now have planned for the next 3 weeks are all I get to do with them. I'd better make the most of my time and enjoy it while the days last because soon it will be over... again. My how the years fly.

And what a ride this year has been! Thinking back to what my school expectations were 12 months ago, this year turned out completely different than how I had envisioned it. I was beginning to pack up my classroom and make notes for the new 5th grade teacher to come. I was being trained by the current Librarian for all that comes in taking over the Library position. And of course I was planning a mission trip and a wedding. (Which, happily, both turned out exactly as I had expected.) But on June 23rd, our school was informed that we did not have the proper government certification to be an International School here in Korea and from that day on, our lives were turned upside down. And you know the rest of the story. I did not end up moving to the Library because all of our 7 new teachers were denied visas. So instead, all of us ended up taking on more responsibilities to cover for the missing teachers. Our director and office crew worked with the Korean government for 11 months on one CRAZY rollercoaster ride trying to procure the needed document. But... Praise GOD! Last week we FINALLY were handed the certificate and have it in our posession now. In fact, the same day we sent in our passports and alien resident cards to get our visas renewed for next year. This is such a testimony to God's faithfulness and his perfect timing. And, if there is one overarching lesson that we have learned this year, it is this:
Proverbs 19:21

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

Praise God!

So, anyway, below are the pictures I promised showing the signs of the times... that our school year is coming to a close. Blessings!
Sport's Banquet
Eric giving out awards to his top 4 soccer players.
Me with my soccer girls. (Do you think they all planned to wear black and white?)Coaches picture. (Minus Jessica, who was in the back nursing her newborn baby!)
And then... Saturday. Eric has a sad face because we went in to school and spent 8 hours catching up on grading and lesson plans! It was brutal, but at least we are now caught up for the most part.
Suffice it to say... grading is not our favorite thing to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
BUT... we were rewarded with this spectacular view outside our classroom windows. Agriculturally in Korea, May is my favorite time of the year. There is about a 2-3 week window where the fields are flooded and smoothed out but no rice has been planted. I just love looking out and seeing all the fields that look like smooth lake water. And sunsets are particularly pretty.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

ICS Spring Masquerade Banquet

Below are a few pictures from the formal banquet our High Schoolers put on every year. This year the theme was a Masquerade Ball so Eric & I went down to our local party/costume store and bought ourselves masks. Enjoy! All of my soccer girls who attended the Ball.

All of Eric's soccer boys who attended.

Teacher picture.

Couple Picture!

Ear Update

Just a quick update on my ear. My last check-up was Friday (2 days ago) and we came away in much higher spirits than our previous visit there. The Doctor said my hearing had improved slightly and that I was getting better. He did not even mention the procedure of needing to cut a whole through the eardrum to drain the fluid. He seemed to think that I was well on my way to healing naturally and that all the fluid would be gone in a months time when we will be needing to fly to the States. Praise God! Thank you to all who prayed so fervently for me. So for now I am still on my antibiotics and "other" medicine and will be going back to the Doctor on Tuesday for another check-up.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Yesterday our entire school went on our annual all-school field trip to Everland. As it worked out, Eric was able to chaperone a group of my 5th grade boys with me. So the following are a few pictures of our day together.
It's a Small World After All.... Not quite like the ride at Disneyland but pretty close!So one way that Eric and I prove that opposites attract is that he LOVES roller coasters and I don't like any ride where my stomach comes into my throat. But this isn't a stressful thing for us. After the kids had to get on the bus at 1pm we were able to go off with our teacher friends and explore the park for ourselves. We compromised and Eric got to ride a few of the huge roller coasters while I waited, and then we also walked around, watched a show, and rode some more mild rides as well. At the end of the day, Eric talked me into going on the kiddie roller coaster with him so this final video and picture is of us on that. I have to admit that it was pretty fun but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to ride anything more scary. However, it was a fun day. Yay for Everland!

Soccer Wrap-Up

I feel like the end of soccer came and went and was overshadowed by the sickness that came upon our household. So, now I just want to give a final summary of how our season ended since it seemed to consume our lives for the last 3 months.

My soccer team took a hit during the 2nd half of the season with the loss of one student due to poor grades and then the loss of another one for a week due to injury. Plus, I had one player who could only play on certain days. So at one point we were down to playing with 8 vs. 11. I have to say that it was TOUGH for my girls. They played really well and fought hard, but in the end weren't able to win any more regular season games. Our final win-loss-draw standings were 4-7-1. We ended up 6th in the conference. BUT... we had a few former players join our team for the last week and so we were able to play the tournament with a full set of 11. The girls played well and ended up capturing 4th place for the tournament. One of my defenders even won the "Best Defender" award overall.

Eric's team played well too. They ended their season in 6th place as well but then fell sadly at the tournament and ended up in 7th place. It's been a tough year for Eric BUT the glimmer of hope at the end was that his team was given the Sportsmanship Award by all the other teams.

We will both, Lord willing, NOT be coaching soccer next year so we were glad to end the season well. Now we can move on and begin wrapping up our school year over this next month. I cannot believe it is MAY! But... here we go!