On a side note, we got our crate on Friday, but that is a whole post by itself, so I will be sure to come back later and give it to you!
Today was a bit crazy...just like Valentine's Day. We drove Daddy to work and then headed to Cali's gymnastics. Only today we ran errands on the way to gym. We stopped by the bank and deposited some checks and then headed to gym but got side tracked with the Krispy Cream Donut Shop...it's my birthday, I'm allowed to splurge! The girls and I enjoyed Donut Holes for breakfast before Cali's class.
We finally made it to Cali's gymnastics class and had a BLAST doing it. Cali got to jump on the trampoline today and walk on the balance beam again. Then she got to hang from a bar and do a glip! She was just the cutest thing EVER!!! After Cali's class, we headed home and Melisa and I dove into school. We finished in record time today. We didn't start until 11:15 then we took an hour long lunch break (more about that in a minute) and STILL finished by 2:45!! We did a full day of work in under 3 hours! WHOOOHOOOO!! What a birthday present! AND Melisa made a 99 A on her Phonics test!!! As if ALL that wasn't good enough, we got a box from FL with Valentine's presents and birthday presents from family. It was TOO sweet and I can't wait to go spend all my gift Cards...THANKS EVERYONE!!!
During lunch break we were excited to see an 18 wheeler pull up infront of our house...it was the girls bunk beds! Now I just have to take an afternoon or two and put them together. I am SOOO excited that we can get the girls off the air matresses!!! YAY!!! Pictures of their room will be coming soon!
At 4:00 we loaded back up in the car and headed to the gym again for Melisa's gymnastics class! Melisa LOVED her class again and had fun working on all the equipment. I was so proud of my girlie, she looks SO great out there! I can't wait for parents day where I can go in and get some pictures of her...no parents are allowed in the gym...grrrr!!!!
When gym was over, we headed back up to the University and picked Clark up from work. He had an awesome day up at the school with the first meeting of the International Student Organization. They voted in officers and brain stormed ideas for projects and events. It is SO exciting to see the kick off of the club...YAY!!! I only wish I could have been up there for the meeting!
Now, we are enjoyng a quiet evening at home with pizza and cake. I have the night off and am enjoying cuddling with my 3 favorite people, watching TV, and eating YUMMY American food! LOL! This weekend Clark will be taking me out while we have a baby sitter watch the girls...it will be the first time we have gone out alone on a date since Cali was born!!!! I can't wait, it is the best birthday present a girl could get! I can't wait!!!!
Thanks everyone for the sweet birthday wishes on MySpace! Love you all!!!!
SO, back to the point of this post. It is my LAST year in my twenties. I want to make the most of this year and get my priorities straight. I want to spend every minute living for the Lord and enjoying the family and friends He has blessed me with. Next year when I turn 30 I will be able to look back over my twenties and know that they were awesome and look ahead to 10 more years of fun and adventures with those I love the most while serving my Master and Creator!
Our neighbors joined us and it was exciting to share Korean culture with them! The church even provided us with ear pieces that sent a complete translation of the service into English in our ears. Talk about awesome! We were able to understand the entire sermon and get a taste of "home"! The Halmonies (grandma's) pinched the girls cheeks and loved on them. They nicknames Cali "little Jeju" and wanted to hear all of Melisa's Korean!
After the service we walked across the street and enjoyed a DELICIOUS traditional Korean New Years lunch! YUM, YUM, YUM!!! After being in the states for 2 + months, some traditional Korean food hit the spot...not to mention all of those sweet Korean faces and those wonderful welcoming smiles! I REEALLY felt like I had gone back "home"! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Lunar New Years than with the people who introduced it to me back in 2003! I only wish I would have taken some pictures!
Then it was off to the gym for Cali's first Bouncing Babies class. Misa was awesome and sat in the observation room and did her seatwork while Cali and I had class. Class was TOO cute. We started out stretching and then went to the tumble run trampoline for Cali to run down and then jump down. Next we went to the circle area and did a circuit of different exercises. Cali hung and swung from a bar, rolled down a ramp, did a backwards summersault, ran and "jumped" on the vault, "jumped" (more like climbed) up a step, walked across a balance beam, and jumped on a trampoline. After the circuit time they got to slide down into the foam pit and play for a while. They weren't sure if Cali was going to like it because it is very large and can be scary...but Cali took right to it and didn't want to get off when we headed out. After the pit, the class crawled through some tunnels and had a blas doing it. To end class they walked on the beam again and as they finished their teacher gave them a 4 stamps (one on each hand and foot). Cali didn't want to leave and kept trying to run back in...it was awesome.
After class, we rushed home to get moving on our school day. Misa flew threw school and we had an great day! I honestly think that it was the smoothest school day we have had since we got to the US! Our day was broken up by a visit from the mail man...with Valentine's presents from Grammy and Gramps in SC! What a treat!!!
At 4:00 we headed out the door and back to the gym. Melisa met her teacher and had an awesome class. She started out doing stretches. It reminded her a lot of her warm up exercises for ballet. After stretching they had to run 4 laps around the gym and then headed over to the balance beam. They practiced walking forward and sideways. Then they practiced jumping off the beam and landing properly. After the beam, they went to some bars hanging on the wall. They climbed to the top and hung. Then they pulled their knees up to their chests as many times as they could. When they felt themselves slipping they would turn and climb back to the top and wait. After the bar they went to the tumble run trampoline and practice jumping and simple tumbling down it. Then they worked on jumping off the vault and landing again. They ended class with a little more stretching and getting their "gym bucks" to either save or spend at the gym store. She was in gymnastics heaven. Cali and I enjoyed the show from the observation room. I was so proud of my little girl!
After gym, it was time to head up to the school and pick Daddy up from work. Once we got Daddy we headed home for a simple dinner and then made some valentine cupcakes! We couldn't keep the cupcakes to ourselves, so we headed to our neighbors and shared the Valentine's love! :-) We had a nice hour long visit with them to top off our busy but great Valentine's Day!
After the visit it was home for bath and bed time routines. We didn't do a whole lot of special things, but we had fun and we were together...that is what made it the best! Of course I took pictures to remember the bits of the day worth taking pictures of...so here you go...ENJOY!!
Last night at 6:15 we had 2 vans and our car waiting in front of the Dinning Hall on campus. 24 of our students showed up...WOW! Most of the others were traveling (this week is trimester break). We drove out to the Mall and ate dinner at Garfields. The students are too much fun...we love them already! While we ate we visited and got to know everyone. We discovered that this was the first time an event had been held to gather all the International Students together in one place at the same time. We also learned that the cafeteria food leaves a LOT to be desired, so dinner out was a NICE treat...LOL! Most importantly we were able to get some good ideas of what the International Students need and what they would like to see happen. We can't wait to see where God is going to take this new program!
We have invited 8 students at a time over to our house each night this week so that we can get to know them in smaller groups. It was short notice, so I don't know how many takers we will have, but I hope to be able to report back that we have had some wonderful evenings of fellowship with the students.
Please lift up these 39 International Students. Pray that we will have wisdom and discernment in creating a program to help them as the continue to adjust to life in America. Pray that we would develop good relationships with each student! Pray that God would bring many more International Students to William Carey. I will be sure to keep you updated on how the new job is going!
Without any more rambling, enjoy the pictures!
Oh yeah, don't worry, she still wants to be a ballerina too. In August we will register her when everyone starts to take new students again.
I had an awesome time with the Lord again. I am reading through a great book by John MacArthur, Twelve Extraordinary Women. Today we started talking about Sarah. She may have messed up big trying to "help" God out but can you believe the faith she showed in following God's word to her husband to leave their home country and go to an unknown land. Then, she was submissive to her husband by fleeing to Egypt while pretending to be only his sister. I long to have that kind of faith in God and that kind of submissive heart towards my husband. However, I all too often find myself playing the roll she did when she schemed to find a way to "help" God fulfill His promise. I grasp to the hope that God used Sarah despite her faults and mess ups. I know that even when I fail (which is more often than I like to admit) He can still use me. Praise the Lord, because I am so unworthy to be used!
After my quiet time I made my sore muscles move and did a modified Fab Five from the Eddie Barran book Body Sculpting Bodyweight Exercises for Women. After the Iron Core yesterday it was tough, but once again it was good! I did 60 full body crunches, 175 Hindu Squats, 30 Hindu Push ups, and 60 Butt Raisers. Unfortunately Cali woke up and needed morning mommy cuddles so I didn't get my bridge in, but it was a good work out anyway. I impressed myself with the Hindu Push ups...in Korea I was lucky to get 15 good ones total and today I did 15 solid each circuit! I don't know what the difference was, but it felt good!
School today wasn't nearly as picturesque as yesterday, but we made it through and got all our work done...WHEW! We struggled our way through math, muttered through writing, piddled through Phonics, mumbled through reading and poetry, and fought tooth and nail through seatwork...BUT it is done and tomorrow is another day...PRAISE THE LORD!
Now I am off to get some time with my girls as Mommy and not the Evil Teacher from the East!
We woke up early Saturday morning and headed to Challenge Country. It was a COLD morning, so we bundled up...layers upon layers...it felt like we were in Korea again! We even had to pull out the hats, mittens and scarves. BRRRRR! It was worth it though because we had tons of fun! Melisa and Clark went with one group through the low ropes and I helped lead another group through the low ropes. Cali went back and forth between our groups. Melisa was able to jump in and join the grad students on the low ropes and had a blast doing it! I think she had better balance than some of them! Cali was a trouper hanging out in the cold. We spent the morning doing the low tension, the muse, the swinging log, and the nitro. By the time we finished all of that it was lunch time and we were all ready to warm up some! We had pizza and salad then headed back out.
We hit the low/high ropes next and Melisa was the only one to do them. It is a ropes course designed for younger kids and Melisa did great on them! She was a touper and ate up all eyes being on her. Clark walked her through them showing the students how you could work one on one with a young child on a low/high ropes. She got to end the course on a zip line! I must admit I was jealous...LOL! She had so much fun and did an awesome job!
It was off to the high ropes next. Clark belayed one element (not sure what he was on) and I was over belaying the Islands in the Sky. While I was waiting for the next person to start my element, Melisa came running up (still harnessed up) and asked if she could do one of the high elements. I had her ask Mr. Gibbs (the man who owns the course) and after his approval she headed up! She ended up doing EVERY element but one on the high ropes. She got scared twice BUT pushed on and finished each element! I was SOOOO proud of her! She is FEARLESS! The only element she didn't do wasn't for lack of trying...there wasn't a 3rd degree harness that fit her, so she couldn't head up. Cali was a trouper too. She let the grad students pass her from arms to arms and even took an hour or so nap with them! Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of Melisa on the high ropes because I was belaying, but I got TONS of her on the low/high ropes! :-)
It was a fun day hanging out in the trees...I hope we get to do it often! Enjoy the pictures....
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Secondly, I have been off physically. I haven't been eating well or exercising. I have felt sluggish and worn out. I have gained about 5 pounds and I HATE that! So, after my time with the Lord this morning I made myself work out. I FINALLY put to use the kettlebell that Clark gave me for Christmas. I used a DVD that I got about a year go called "Iron Core"! WOW, it was tough but it was good! I also did really well on eating today only allowing myself 2 hersey kisses! Being active felt SO good!
So, today was my starting day! Isn't it awesome that it is never too late to make a fresh start? I will be checking in here again frequently to keep myself accountable! Now, I am off to get some more good family time! Until tomorrow....
You see, we finished schooling up by 3:30 yesterday which gave us plenty of outside play time before Daddy got home from work and we started getting dinner ready! I got out the gloves and softballs, the red wagon, and all that good stuff! We ran and played! We laughed and giggled! We had the best time for an hour and a half! The girls climbed the tree in the yard. Cali learned to hit a ball of the tee. Melisa and I threw the ball (and she is going to have quite the arm I must say)! It was awesome.
Today we got up and finished math and writing before lunch with time to spare. The sun was shinning and it was a beautiful day. Melisa begged for a picnic and since the morning had gone so well, I couldn't say no. We gathered lunch, grabbed a blanket and headed out to the back yard. It was BEAUTIFUL! The sun was shinning, there was a soft breeze...it felt like a spring day! We ate lunch and cleaned up but it was still SO beautiful that I didn't have the heart to go back inside. So, we ran in, grabbed the school books and finished our day of school out on a blanket in the backyard! It is moments like those that remind me of why I want to homeschool! We had the best afternoon in the backyard schooling and playing! Daddy surprised us and came home an hour early beacuse he finished at the insurance fair and was told he could head home! What a nice surprise. Needless to say, it has been an awesome day!
In Korea it took planning to pack up and have a picnic. We had to plan carefully to get time outside to play. We had to make sure we had everything we might need before we would head out. We couldn't just go without planning it. I have SO missed having a yard to just step out into and play! It has shown me what a blessing it is to be where we are. Seeing the girls faces playing outside in our own yard is priceless! I know we have our own set of problems here that we didn't have in Korea, but today, I am very happy to be here, where God has called us for this time! Here are some pictures from yesterday and today!
However, since it is at a University, I have to dress professionally on those days. Now let me remind you, we have worked with young families and blue collar workers and Melsia has not seen me "dressed professionally" in 4 1/2 years! What a glorious 4 1/2 years that was...I hate, Hate, HATE dressing up! Well, as I walked out of my bedroom all ready for work on Monday Melisa announces "WOW, you look just like Mommom (my mom)you must be a grown up now!" LOL!! I asked her what I was before and she said "I don't know, but you didn't look grown up like Mommom!"
So, there you have it, straight from the Bug's mouth...I am a grown up now...just like Mommom!