A friend & I went to Costco this morning, I may even attempt driving there by myself next week! She showed me a back way that you can go so there is no need to deal with the crazy taxi drivers & trucks on Asan-ro. Its been seen that cars drive along there with their hazard lights on & in some taxis I've been in they travel around 140km p/h in a 80km p/h zone!
Anyway, when we were at Costco they had these awesome Cars II playmats/rugs. Oscar's favourite thing at the moment (other than cars & lego) is cars II so I got him one, they were only 25,000 (close enough to $25au). We were talking to mum on FaceTime & with out even been prompted Oscar was like "I LOVE IT" very cute :)
On Wednesdays Rich has a half day at school & we've changed his taekwondo days to Monday, Tuesday & Thursday so this afternoon has been all about playing on the car mat and chilling out :)
I'm just in our bedroom & heard all this grunting & thought the kids were fighting over a toy (as they do....) and I walked into the hallway & Oscar is giving Ella a horsey ride on his back, LOL!!! It was obviously hard work! It ended with him been squished.
Oh & I though Ella looked a bit cute this morning as she was playing with play dough, she made herself a ice-cream. She of course had chosen her own attire, then had changed by the time I got back form the shop & taken her cute ponytails out too. Little grub.
Sundays are usually the only day that Mark doesn't work so we try and do something fun with the kids...
This morning we went to the giant tree park & a smoke signal station on top of a big hill, then for a bit of a drive. It was a fun morning & the kids were pretty well behaved :) The kids love that there are so many tunnels here. I think we could just drive in and out of tunnels all day and they'd be pleased, lol. Today we went through 2 different ones. This afternoon they're all chilling in the lounge watching a movie & I'm thinking we might head out for BBQ Duck for dinner.
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Well, it was a big day for Rich anyway. This afternoon was his school sports carnival. Then after school he had his taekwondo grading, and even though he's only been going to lessons 3 times a week for a month & he's not all that proficient, he is now a yellow belt. It was a lot of fun to watch the grading & when the kids were sparing I had tears in my eyes form laughing.
The Wizard of Oz tonight was great. A tiny little theatre with children preforming, they did a excellent job. Oscar & Ella were in awe most of the way through it & loved every minute of it. They were completely taken by the Wicked Witch of the West. I explained to Ella that she melted when Dorothy threw the bucket of water over her, then at the end when the Witch came back out all you could hear was "SHE'S BACK, SHE'S BACK, THE WITCH IS BACK!" Even though we explained it wasn't real I suppose it's a hard concept for a 3 year old to understand, lol.
So glad we made the effort to go downtown (traffic is shocking in the evenings so it took us just under a hour to get there). Traffic on the way home was great and the kids were in bed by just after 9pm so all good.
The Wizard of Oz is playing downtown in English tonight so I thought we'd try & take the kids. They've been particularly grumpy the last few days as when we were in Seoul last week they decided they were no longer napping during the day :( so I hope they're not to tired. Fingers crossed they're not to feral at the show. I'm also crossing my fingers that the play is good, a lot of the time here you step into the unknown & just hope that its worth it!
Rich also has a grading for taekwondoo this afternoon too. He's only been going a few weeks so I'm not sure if he'll move up a belt, we'll see :)
A few weeks ago Mark showed Rich a space shuttle launch and since then he's been hooked. He's watched full length adult documentaries of space shuttle launches on his ipad & I ordered him some books which he's been reading on his own. He took his 'My First Space Encyclopedia' to school today for his show & tell. His teacher was so impressed with his knowledge of space that he was given an award :)
The cherry blossoms in South Korea in Spring are pretty amazing, but from what I've heard, in Japan it's much better. We didn't get to go and look at the 'proper' cherry tree groves. The ones below were just on the streets around where we live.
As its heating up the petals are all starting to fall off the trees. When the wind blows it almost looks like snow. Very pretty. This afternoon when Rich & I were walking home from school he was playing with the fallen petals.
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This morning I took Oscar & Ella down to our version of playgroup & their behaviour was shocking. It's been just over 2 weeks now that they've given up their daily nap. On a few occasions I've forced them to have a nap just because there have been a few to many melt downs over nothing in particular (like this morning at playgroup). So today was a nap day. Before lunch the little addicts got to watch some TV. Oh & yes, and Ella's eye looks just awful!