Teachers’ Day in Korea

So Teachers’ Day was May 15 here in Korea. It wasn’t my first Teacher’s Day but it was much better than any of the others. At my first job, I was thinking about when I was going to leave so I wasn’t worried about Teachers’ Day. At my second job, I was pregnant about to go on maternity leave so I really wasn’t worried about Teachers’ Day. Now I have a clear mind!

Teachers' Day card

So anyway, I got a few goodies… Actually, students aren’t allowed to give too big of gifts i.e. gift certificates, money, blah blah blah. I got a big GIANT bar of candy, some handwritten notes, a flower, and handmade soap. I appreciated all of the gifts I was given because I haven’t been here that long and I didn’t expect anything.

I can't read it, but I'm sure it's sweet :)

I can’t read it, but I’m sure it’s sweet :)

One of the notes was written in Korean, so my coteacher had to translate it for me. It was from a fifth grade girl who is really shy in class. She basically said that she enjoys English class but sometimes she gets nervous that I might pick her to speak (I pick students randomly using their class numbers.). Soooo sweet that she wrote the note!

Given for Teachers' Day.

Given for Teachers’ Day.

That big GIANT bar of chocolate was so yummy! I think it was supposed to be for my coteacher, but she gave it to me so I ate it! LOL.

First flower of the day

Next holiday is coming up pretty soon… I’ll be sure to show y’all all of the good stuff from the next one!

My First Mother’s Day

So this past Sunday was my first Mother’s Day! Of course, Baby is so young that it didn’t matter to him. He gave me a bunch of slobbery kisses :) My sweet hubby gave him some yummy breakfast from McDonald’s and some roses!

Anddd we went to Outback for a late lunch, which is always super yummy! The people there have seen us so much that they offer us free drinks and goodies for baby, and one of the managers serves us… he has excellent english abilities. Anyway, lunch was AWESOME! That Alice Springs Chicken is soooo good every single time and then with the desert… ooh wee! Not to mention, the manager gave us free soup and orangeade. I should’ve taken pictures but I ate it too fast! After lunch, we went home and had a good ole nap… all three of us. Overall, the day was great!

Buttt baby had a slight fever and then he woke up really sick! We took him to the emergency room for them to tell us that his fever had actually gone away, but he has swollen tonsils and ear canals. It was sad to see baby all sick. He fought through it though and is much better now.
This actually starts me to thinking about how I need to post some info about baby’s eczema. His condition has improved so much! It’s right in time for our vacation home to America. Whoop Whoop!

Until next time…

My Pregnancy Vlog

I keep saying I’m going to start back blogging… well I’m seriously now! I’m going to set aside a certain amount of time each week to blogging. I would get back into vlogging, but I think that will have to wait. I’ll probably end up doing that again when we change countries or during my next pregnancy.

Anyway, this particular entry is about my pregnancy vlog. Just in case you missed it, I video blogged during most of my pregnancy here in Korea. I also have my birth video, but haven’t posted it yet.

It was a great experience! My grandma, granddaddy, and youngest sister ended up coming over a few days before my due date. And they were just in time because he was born on his due date! I wanted to share it to show everyone that it’s not hard to be pregnant and have a baby overseas. I would choose to have my second baby in this country, too, but we will see ;)

Here’s the link to my Youtube channel. Oh and FYI, there aren’t any photos of baby on there… we have limited his exposure to social media.

Pregnancy Vlog- Pregnant in Korea

Photo credit goes to my good friend, Peter Burns of Burns Photography! He is our family photographer here in Korea.

Getting Back Into Blogging

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve posted on here… whomp whomp. I thought I would post so much once I started butttt I guess I got distracted or something! Anyway, here I go again. Back into blogging. Back into recording my experiences over here. I feel like this time I have so much more to talk about though. So consider this a second introduction! I will be sharing my experiences as a mom, wife, and teacher in Korea. My lil’ man will start daycare next month and I will start work in March. Oh and we will move into a new apartment next month too.

Soooo be on the lookout for new posts coming soon… and be sure to leave a comment :) Oh and here’s a random pic of DooBoo.

My 26th Birthday in Korea

My first birthday in Korea was pretty nice!  The actual day of my birthday, I went to school because I really didn’t see any point of taking a sick day to just sit in the house.  It was my easy day at work, with only 2 classes before lunch.

Let me backtrack a little bit first to tell you about the weekend before my birthday… I received my first birthday gift, which was a nice leather jacket, scarf and card in English!  I was pretty excited about this gift, so I wore the scarf to work on my actual birthday.

Now back to the actual day of my birthday… my co-teacher gave me a gift.  I also had my classes sing happy birthday to me… here’s the video!  I wish it was better quality but I took the video with my phone!  Anyway, watch the vid… and note that this class is one of my most active third grade classes…

My co-teacher also surprised me with a cake after lunch, and then she and my other co-teachers sang happy birthday to me and gave me a cute little card.  I have to add that the cake was POPPIN! Korea has the best sweets ever! LOL!  I don’t mean to sound hungry but this cake had kiwi and oranges and other fruit all on top.  The inside was white cake and all yummy!

So my birthday was pretty good!  I’m excited about fall break, holidays, and winter vacation coming up!

Ahhhh! It’s Typhoon Bolaven!

Today there is supposed to be a really big typhoon coming through Korea. Apparently, Typhoon Bolaven tore through Okinawa, Japan this past weekend. The pictures of the destruction make the storm look pretty scary, but it’s Wednesday evening and it has yet to be a real storm.
The principal of my elementary school decided it was too dangerous for the students to come to school, but not the teachers. We reported to school this morning at 9 o’clock ready to just sit there and hope that the storm didn’t get bad! I still don’t understand why they think it is ok for teachers to come to work in a big storm, but I have just come to the conclusion that I will not understand how things work here sometimes.

When they said “biggest typhoon we have seen in a long time”, I thought I was going to see trees blowing everywhere, horrible rain, and buildings shaking. This storm is actually pretty BORING!
What’s kinda crazy is the fact that they’re having a hurricane in America right now!

I’ll update y’all once the storm is over… we are supposed to get the worse tonight and in the morning, but I’m OK now so no worries!

I’m getting paid for this…

So this is the first week of the new semester… and I haven’t done much work!  I guess I should kinda explain how the Korean school system works (or what I understand about it).  August is the start of the second semester and summer camp is for a month before.  I actually started at this school a week before summer camp started.  So during my first week, I was basically saying “Have a good summer break!” because it was the kids last week of the semester.

Teaching summer camp wasn’t that bad.  It was extra nice to have a week vacation right when I started working.  My week of teaching summer camp was pretty cool.  I got to get to know some of the kids a little better and get the hang of teaching in the public school.  I realized PowerPoints and activities are the way to go.  I also realized that the kids are all on VERY different English levels.

So back to what I’m doing during my first week of school… I’m deskwarming A LOT!  For those of you that don’t know… Deskwarming is the act of just sitting there and looking like you’re doing some work or not looking like you’re doing work.  I have figured out how to make PowerPoints and watch a whole TV series at the same time.  So I’m being pretty productive, I think.  Sometime during my deskwarming, they told me that I have to prepare for an open class that is in two weeks.  It’s not too bad because my co-teacher wants everything to be perfect so she has pretty much planned everything.

Well this is what my week is looking like!  I’ll probably have much more to post about in the up and coming weeks about my co-teacher, monsoon season, fall weather and other stuff.

Over and out!

Hey Y’all

This blog is for my family, friends and everyone in between… to let y’all know how it is to be in Korea and what I’m up to.  I will try to include as many videos and pictures as I possibly can so that you can see everything too!

And I know you’re probably wondering why I didn’t start this earlier.  I don’t have any actual reasoning other than pure laziness.  But now that I’ve started, I plan to keep it updated.  Just remember that I write the same way that I talk and my favorite subject in school was Math, not English.  It’s just a wonder that I’m an English teacher!  Don’t judge my writing abilities… essays were never my strong point LOL!

Regardless, I hope you enjoy… You’ll be sure to see my personality and I’m sure you’ll love it :)