Sunday, May 22, 2011

I Want To Be Like Dad

Dad had to get his hair cut and Asher needed his hair cut too.  

There you are across the room.

I can see you dad!

I told her to leave it a little long and she left a mullet.

So we had to fix it.
By the end of his hair cut he had 2 ladies helping and he was so handsome.

Friday, May 20, 2011


"NO HE DIDN'T! I just lost my tooth.  It wiggled out in the car.  I put my tongue under it and POP! it came out."  Benjamin gets bothered every time I ask him if Papa punched him in the mouth.

He also said "I didn't know the tooth fairy gave out Korean money."  Papa said "Well son it's faster to have the Korean tooth fairy come than wait on the American one."

So it's official our oldest has started losing teeth.  Sam has requested, "Mom I want a wiggly tooth now."  Try explaining to a 5 yr old that you cannot wish your teeth loose.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Tae Kwan Do Exhibition

Benjamin and Sam have been in Tae Kwan Do for about 4 weeks now.  They're styles are very different.  Sam throws his whole self into class and his 'HYE YA!'s are very loud.  Benjamin is a bit quieter, but he watches and makes sure that he's doing the movements right.  This last Saturday the boys had an exhibition.  A Tae Kwan Do exhibition is when all the classes from a school show off their talents.  Grand Master Moon has students from base ages 4-18, Grand Grandmaster Moon has students from base 18+ and both master Moons have students off base.

A traditional Korean band came down from Seoul to play for the event.  I'm not sure why they dressed up like clowns.  But the music was pretty cool.

To start off the exhibition all the students lined up and went through the warm up exercises.  Benjamin and Sam are in the  back row because they are white belts.

Sam is so serious here.

He gets a little lost in the middle of warm ups.

Benjamin following along.

After warm ups the white belts went first, and since the other two white belts didn't come it was just Benjamin and Sam.

Sam already broke a board because he was so excited

Bowing to show respect to audience.

Bowing to show respect to the board holders.

Front Kick...


Getting ready to bow again.
On Breaking boards, Sam: That was really cool, I broke TWO!
Benjamin: Whoa
Sam broke boards with a quick, hard front kick.  Benjamin took four tries to break his board, he was nervous and didn't want to kick that hard.  But with a little encouragement he got that board broken.  

After the white belts went all the other belts had a turn to show off.  Then the grown ups, then the show team.  Those guys cut apples in half blind folded off a sword doing a back flip.  It was rad.  They also did some movie stunts and a blindfolded bell stunt.  It was a cool thing to watch and the boy liked being a part of the exhibition.

Benjamin and Sam on Grand Grand Master Moon's lap

The whole school of Master Moon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Joongang Market

 The Joongang market is there everyday, inside you can find all sorts of Korean foods, from dried fish heads to squid, spices to desserts.
yes those are dried fish heads

red pepper spice, essential for Korean food

Korea rice cake desserts. YUM! 

Sam wanted to buy one of these chickens.
yes those are pulled from the water squid.
Sorry this post has taken a while.  The boys and I went to the Joongang market all by ourselves.  Many food vendors stopped us to give the boys samples.  Sam pretty much didn't like anything new that we tried, but Benjamin did.

Sam did love seeing all the new foods on display.  The squids were particularly fascinating.  We wandered up and down the alleys.

This lady stopped us so we could try some seaweed
 Benjamin liked the seaweed, this kind she offered us is used for kimbop, the Korean version of sushi.  She also had some seaweed that is just used for snacking, Benjamin liked it.

 Sam However did not!  We had him try everything but as you can see from his face he did not like it.

He did like the food from a vendor right outside of the market.  Sam got some potstickers, Benjamin got tempura shrimp and Asher got a Korean corn dog.

who wouldn't fall for this grin :)

These yellow fruits are actually melons, I can't remember the name, and even if i could i wouldn't be able to spell it.  All the boys liked it, and do did I which is pretty much amazing because I do not like melons. But they were really good.

Overall the boys are adjusting to living here great.  Benjamin tries the food and loves it.  Sam loves meeting new people and trying new things.  Asher loves all the attention he gets from the Korean grandmas.