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The first day of our December 2017

December 3, 2017

The first day of our December started with a lunch date with my parents. My mom’s birthday is in December and my dad’s in February so we met together on a day Kaden didn’t go to work and had lunch together.

We went to Gourmet Tree in Keum Ho Dong. It’s a nice little Western restaurant that serves salad, soups, sandwiches, pastas, and steaks.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Parenting Notes Seoul, South Korea

Tis the season to be SICK

November 23, 2017

Ever since Tyler turned 6 months old, all three kids have been sick. Tyler got it the worst.

Tyler had bronchitis and when that got better, he got the cold that Andrea had, and then Josh got it.

Andrea is getting better now but Tyler is still sick. It seems like he’s been sick for almost a month now.

Josh has it too but it’s just a light cold for Josh. But for Tyler, it’s like a stuffy nose, runny nose, cough and fever at night.

I hate it when they get a fever at night and can’t sleep. Yesterday, I ergo-ed him and I slept sitting on the sofa.

I hope this all goes away soon.

Lord be with us!

Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Friends for life

November 13, 2017

Our firstborns are born in the same year, our seconds are also born in the same year. Our third children are one year apart. I realized today, how important REAL TRUE friends are. To have people care about you and to be able to call people with a beautiful soul, your friend, is an amazing thing.

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My Notes Reviews&Ratings Seoul, South Korea

Studio Monique Hong Dae | 스튜디오 모니크 | 홍대 미용실 | 발레아쥬 | 옴브레 | Balayage Ombre

October 28, 2017

So…. I really needed a change. Not just mentally but literally, physically I needed a change. I wanted to get my hair done. I’ve been wanting to get it done for a while but things came up. I had stuff to take care of, we had a funeral to attend, etc etc family matters were our first priority so “getting the hair done” was the last thing to do on my list.

I wanted to get a bright blonde #balayage done but I knew that would have to take a couple of sessions, so I went for a bright ash tone.

I got my hair done at Studio Monique (designer MJ) in Hong Dae. MJ is literally the balayage and ombre expert in Korea. She worked in LA for about 4 years and came to Korea with her specialized skills.

Foil work in the process.

MJ was really precise and careful with her work.

Although she’s only been at Studio Monique for just about a year, it seems like she has a pretty solid list of clients who support and love her work.

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Growing Pains

October 26, 2017

Not just growing pain, but PAINS with an S, because I have three.

This was last Saturday. Andrea’s daycare was participating in an event with the SUNG DONG GU’s private daycare association and so they were doing a little performance at 서울숲 (Seoul Forest?? I don’t know the English name for that place). Anyways, Andrea started getting car-sick on the ride there and when we got there, we didn’t have enough time to settle in, she had to go right on stage. So she started crying….

Cried through the whole song.

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 The UFO Art Lens

October 11, 2017

For those of you who already know, I recently got the Sigma 18-35mm Fstop 1.8 Art lens A.K.A. Art lens A.K.A. UFO lens.

Yes, it’s great. Yes, it’s lovely. Yes, it takes great pictures. However, I came across a couple of discussion sites and groups that stated the Sigma 18-35mm lens to have a focus problem. This was AFTER Kaden had bought it for me (it was my Thanksgiving present from him although I was not sure why I was getting a Thanksgiving gift when it was only Thanksgiving, I found out later that Kaden had bought himself something and to get the guilt off his chest he bought me this. He did say that he’d been wanting to get another lens for me so that we can take better pictures when we go to Japan this winter, but I doubt that’s the real reason why..!!). Anyways, long story short, I saw that people were having focus issues with this lens and that some people had bought the USB dock for Sigma lens’ and fixing the issue themselves. I was not going to go through that long and “patience” requiring process so I decided to contact the nearest Sigma service center and just get mine fixed through them.

The hassle with that though is that I have to take my camera body in with the lens. Meaning: I don’t have a camera until Thursday or Friday at the latest. Meaning: I can’t take any pictures for a full 4 to 5 days.

After going out once with the lens though I love how it has an inner zoom (which means that the lens doesn’t extend out when I zoom) and also the colors and brightness of a Sigma lens is just so beautiful. It makes anything and everything look nice.

I had a hard time getting my pin (focus) bang on and later found out that it wasn’t me but the lens (I found out when I took a picture of my calendar, I focused on the number 7 but the actual picture came out with the focus on the number 6). But I think once it’s been fixed, I’ll be able to take this camera and take some pretty cool images. I kind of want to go out and explore and see what interesting things I can grab with this lens but I’ll have to wait.

So far, other than the focus issue, I’m loving this new baby and miss it already!!!

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남양주 물의정원 | Garden of Water

October 9, 2017

On Sunday, we took the time to go somewhere with the in-laws. It was the first time since Tyler was born, for all of us to go somewhere together. Fitting everyone in the car was the first obstacle for us but it all worked out (we forgot that we could unfold the back seats. hahaha how stupid am I).

We went to 물의정원 in 남양주.

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Thanksgiving in Korea

October 9, 2017

Our first Korean Thanksgiving together. All of us together.

Usually, in Korea CHOO SUK (Thanksgiving) is remembering family (family members who have passed away) and spending quality time with family. For us, it’s putting together a table for our grandparents who have passed away and bowing to show our respect. Its called a 차례상. Our in-laws do this but my family doesn’t. Usually, Christians who have faith think that this is the same as believing in ghosts or worshiping other gods so my family doesn’t do this tradition.

However, I felt that my kids needed to participate and since I believe its more of a Korean tradition rather than worshiping gods, I wanted them to experience it for the first and last time (don’t tell that to my in-laws).

I think Josh was ok with it but Andrea obviously didn’t like this.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

I’m 4 months!

September 23, 2017

Tyler is 4 months old!! Can you believe it?!?!

It seems like it was yesterday I gave birth to this little monster..!!!

Since he turned 4 months old, we decided to take some pictures. I think we’re going to take pictures like this every month with him so that we can put it into our albums or photo books.

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