Monday, October 30, 2006
Today was laundry day! Cheyanne and I loaded up our dirty clothes, drug it down three flights of stairs, strapped it to our handy cart, and began our walk. We have to walk to the base to do our laundry, which is about a 5 minute walk mostly up hill on the way there. When we get to the base we go through the I.D. check point, then head to the laundry mat which thankfully is just across the street. After everything is washed, dryed, and folded, we load it all back up strap it down again and head home. For some strange reason the walk home seems to be up hill also! :) Then back up the stairs! The first day was sucessful, wish us luck when the weather starts to get cold!
We made it!! We are actually living in Anjeong-Ri South Korea. Our trip was great, (as great as a 20 hour flight could be with two kids)! We got to the airport in Fayetville in plenty of time Friday morning, which was a good thing since when we went through security I was randeemly chosen to have an extensive search. We're talking, she patted me down and scanned everything in my bag individually. All I could do was laugh. I thought to myself, if this is how the trip is going to start, exactly how much "fun" are the next two airports goning to be. Of course not chemicals or explosives were found amoung my things so I was able to proceed. The flight was delayed due to weather, of course!! Thank goodness Jae was able to get a pass that allowed her and Cole to get through security. Leave to to her to find a way to do this with the terrorist threat at orange!!! If I never have to get on a plane as small as the one from Fayettville to Atlanta again, that's fine by me. Cheyanne was scared to death, of course so were Dalton and I, but her being only nine years old she was able to really show her feelings, and boy did she! I really thought she was going to hyperventalate before this plane took off! All she kept saying was that she wanted her Daddy! All I could tell her was that we have to do this to get to him, she did not find much comfort in that. The flight was only about 1 1/2 hours long, and by the end of it she was hooked. When the pilot said we would be landing in about 10 minutes, she informed me that I had to trade seats with her so she could watch us land, and so that we did. Dalton did well also. His seat was actually three rows ahead of us, but there was a younger man sitting across the isle from him, who talked him through it. Ok, so we get to Altanta, which was my worst fear because of the size. We were at our gate for Korean Air and checked in, in less than 15 minutes. Of course then we wait. We were slightly delayed again because of weather! Finally getting to our seats, which were all the way to the back of the plane, we settled in. Cheyanne and I on one side of the isle, and Dalton directly across. Thank goodness for the tvs on the back of each seat, they kids could watch what ever they wanted. We did our best to rest, Cheyanne was able to curl up in her seat and sleep. Dalton, not having anyone next to him or behind him as able to stretch out and get some rest. I on the other hand have never been so uncomfortable in my whole life. I may have sleeped a total of two hours the entire time. We flew over Minnisota, Canada, and Alaska, then back down over Russia to Korea. We landed in Korea and have to go through immirgration, no problem, then we had to get our luggage. At this point we knew Brian was close, but did not know how close. As I was looking around, the doors on the other side of customs opened and there he was. We waited and waited for my last bag to come around. Finally there it was! Okay now they are all loaded on a cart and we are going through customs, which was no problem since we had nothing to declare. Through the sliding doors, and we had finally made it, there was Brian! There were quick hugs and kiss all around. We now had to rush outside to catch a bus. Yes a bus!! We then rode on this bus from Soeul, to Pyongteak, then got a taxi, okay two taxis. One for us and another on for my luggage and Sgt. Key, who came with Brian. We were in this taxi about ten minutes and then we were at the apartment. Total time from the airport to home 3 HOURS!!! Sounds like fun doesn't it! Oh wait then we have to haul all this luggage and my tired body up three flights of stairs! Finally home!!!! The apartment is beautiful! 3 bedroom, 2 bath, hard wood floors, large windows, so plenty of sun light which I love! The livingroom and kitchn are on large open space, which is pretty cool. Of course we have to get our redneck kids to understand there are people living just below us. Really they are doing great. Dalton has met a few of the neighbors, and Cheyanne is pretty much stuck at Brian's side. Right now it is Tuesday morning about 7am here, that means about 5pm yall's time. I'd call but the phone we got does not work so we will buy another one today so ya'll expect calls to start soon. There is still so much more to tell, and pictures will be coming soon also.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Jae and the boys, Morgan,
Brady and Cole
Kelly, Kris, Karson, Shelby
Dalton and Cheyanne
Lawana and sweet baby Joslyn
Cheyanne and Walker
I want to use this entry to thank all of our friends! You all have been a great source of comfort, joy, happiness, and fun times. We appreciate the support you have given us through all of this. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, because every one of you will be in ours. These pictures are just a few of our friends we owe so much to. Thank you, Lawana, Jae, Tara, Kelly, Kris, Karson, Shelby, Mrs. Sandy and Mr. Jimmy, Will, Carrie, Amy and Soloman. All you who have been part of our lives the past 12 years, you will be greatly missed!
**"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends."
**"Can miles truely seperate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?"
**"If there were no change, there'd be no butterflies!"
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
We had a yard sale this past weekend! It was absolutely crazy! I think we had like 6 or 7 different families things there, and only three of us working it. At times we actually had lines of people waiting to pay. We did pretty good i think. So as of now the only furnature we have in the house is my bedroom set and a full size mattress on the livingroom floor for the kids to sleep on! It really makes us realize how quickly we are leaving. Only 18 days left.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Well, we are going to try for passports today, wish us luck! :) Today being the 4th of October means if everything works out the way we're trying for, we will be getting on the plane in only 23 days. Every time I think about how close we are getting, my stomach does a couple of flips. Today is also the day my replacement starts work. I really think it's going to be very strange having the person who is going to take my place actually in the office. Of course no one can actually ever REPLACE me!!!! HA!HA!