Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Korean Potpourri

Here are a few odds and ends I've been meaning to post.

First, here's a video I took at Deokpo Beach.  I was up early on a morning walk with Sophie and was feeling quite sorry for myself because she had slept poorly the night before.  And then I came across this interesting dance and got a little lift.  It's exciting to live in a foreign country, even after three years.  You never know what you'll come across!

Second, here are some photos of amusing gift sets for the Chuseok holiday.  Chuseok is "Korean Thanksgiving," and it's a time for families to gather for a big meal and perhaps also honor their ancestors through a special ceremony or by cleaning their graves.  It's also a time for gift-giving, and the grocery stores have been packed with special gift sets.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Sophie surveys the Chuseok goods.
Would you prefer the dried fish gift pack OR...
...the dried seaweed gift pack?
Rice puff candies.  Note Sophie's grabby hand in the corner.
Black garlic gift set - You can see the black cloves on the top of the box, under the 1+1 label.
We enjoyed our Chuseok by visiting Mundong Falls, a waterfall in the middle of Geoje, with our friends Sam, Mika, and Eloise.

Mommy and Sophie on the bridge
Keegan and the girls.  Eloise is exactly one year older than Sophie, and they are crazy about each other.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fun Weekend

Keegan wanted to do some "different" things this weekend, so we had a few new family adventures. On Saturday morning, we took Sophie to the soccer stadium to run and play. She enjoyed kicking a ball around and spinning and running with Mommy and Daddy. In this video, you can hear her squeaking with delight every time she kicks the ball.

Saturday evening we had a nice time barbecuing with our neighbors.

This morning we took a cable car to the top of a mountain near Tongyeong. I hadn't been there since before Sophie was born, and Keegan had never been, so it was a fun new experience. There were gorgeous views from the mountaintop.

Next weekend is a four-day weekend because of the Chuseok holiday (Korean Thanksgiving), so we'll have even more time to try some new things!