Ha! The title says it all. We had a really laid back weekend, really not much of anything going on, and it was kind of nice. On Saturday just went and ran some errands on post, then came home and hung out together. A quiet weekend is just what we needed.
Sunday we went to church in the afternoon. And afterwards some friends from the church called and they wanted to take us out for dinner. We went to a traditional Korean buffet. I must say that although I tried some of it in good sport. I will probably never eat it again, lol.
Going in to the restaraunt we had to take off our shoes and drop them at the door, in true asian style. I had not even thought about this and of course was in flip flops, so I had to suck up my barefoot OCD fetish and go with the flow. We sat at long table with a little almost mongolian style grill in front of us. The waitress turned on our grill, which later we would do ourselves as needed. At the actual buffet there were loads of food. But here is the catch...its raw. Yep, you read right, absolutely unequivicably raw. Ew. If you know me, then you know my OCD fetish with touching raw meat as well. There were all sorts of pork, calgogi (beef), seafood and veggies. You load up your plate, take it back to your table and cook it yourself. When it is done cooking you add a grilled garlic, whatever veggie you like a piece of meat only to roll it up into a big lettuce leaf and shove the entire thing in your mouth. That wasnt so bad. But to be a good sport the weird stuff I tried was baby octopus, and although it went in my mouth, I couldnt swallow it and spit it out in my napkin. Then I moved on to try the sushi, and it wasnt anything spectacular. Finally my last adventureous taste was the eel my lovely hubby cooked up for us. It was nasty. I actually chewed it up and swallowed that one.
So we are sitting there and I happen to look over at Erica who is sitting with her "big" Kyle. And see that she is sucking and chewing on the remnants of our little baby octopus. Can I say I almost threw up? Um, yeah. But not wanting to put my feelings regarding the food into her head I had to look away and let her chomp away. She didnt get too far into it before she decided she was done, lol.
All in all, it was not tasty for me. BUT it was something that I will remember and cherish simply because we experienced it with good friends and good company. The owners were sweet and enjoyed the children. We all got an ice cream before we left and she even let me keep my Pepsi bottle to take home mom. ;) They rebottle and recycle here like crazy, just like the old days. Bottlecaps and all.
We have been battling the monsoons the last couple of weeks and I have gotten some great pics. Its not flooding too terribly bad, but we shall see whats in store for the coming weeks. Its very humid and hot here, just like back home. Although I really miss a good thunderstorm. But until we get home we will have to be content with the good ole' sound machine in the bedroom.
Kyle had a wonderful birthday and is doing great. He misses his brothers very much, as do Jeff and I. I just want to wrap them up in to my arms. Sissy walks around with their pictures kissing them, its so cute. Kyle "make believes" they are here and plays with them. We talk on the phone a lot so we tend to need to buy minutes more and more. I miss them so much its really hard to deal with.
School is starting soon and its tough to think we wont be there. We are going to try to come home in October, if the tickets stay reasonable. Its looking like for "Army reasons in the works" that the possibility of us being here another year is more and more real. I am not happy about it. But if we can just push through we will be back on American soil soon enough, Jeff is dead set on NOT re-enlisting. He wants to use his GI Bill when he gets out, get his degree and go back into law enforcement, it really is where his heart is. Along with being with our family back home.
We miss you all and love you so much, sometimes the distance is a little overwhelming to me so keep the emails and pictures and myspace comments coming. If you get brave and want to call and wake me up then do so! I sleep with my phone on in case anyone needs us. If there ever were an emergency please know that you can only reach us and it be legitiment through the American Red Cross, and we are on Camp Hovey.
Keep us and the boys in your thoughts and prayers and enjoy the pictures this week. Remember we are basically as close to North Korea as you can get so some of these are the "real" South Korea pictures. ;)
Love you all! xoxo