Friday, September 26, 2008

My destroyed flowers

It has come to my attention that Macie loves flowers...a little too much.
This flower pot used to have 4 good-sized flowers, including two that were three feet high. At first, Macie just ate the short ones. Then she attacked one of the big ones, and soon after, she had gnawed this one down.
Whenever we get home, we find her sitting triumphantly in the flower pot. I think the soil is soft or something.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Church in the park

We Koreans like to keep things on the edge. Okay, so I'm not Korean, but basically, at least on the weekends. Anyway, it's true that our church is all about the risky business. Every summer, we enjoy weekends of sunshine, and every year, out church waits until the LAST POSSIBLE weekend to have our annual Church in the Park. Because we are a small enough church, our whole group heads over to Avery Park and has service there, and afterwards we eat a lot of food and play soccer. The weather was looking pretty doubtful when we woke up that morning, but the sun actually made an appearance halfway through the day, and it ended up being a great time (as always). This is our third church in the park with the Koreans...I can't believe we've been there that long!
We had a big semi-organized soccer game too, students vs. adults. We also played an earlier game with just the students. I got to be a captain....how far I've come since fourth grade recess when no one would even pick the girls! We brought Macie with us, which was great, because usually she is trapped at home on Sundays, and we were there extra long this sunday. She was worn out when we got home too, which was awesome. The girls were making 180 (name of our youth group) with their hands.
Bryan pushing crazy devilish Kyle on the swings.
Classic Eddie. He missed the ball, then makes this face and falls over. Don't worry, he's fine.
Michael (black shirt) is one of our upperclassmen.

Joe reaching for a pass to Stephen.

Stephen making a nice catch. He's playing football this year for Judson, on the lightweights team (obviously).

Bryan on the hunt.

Two little ones trying their best to make peace signs for the camera. Young-i was trying to teach them but Sonjun (right) was having a tough time keeping that ring finger down. These kids were newborns when we started working at the church.

Sun and Esther going toe to toe. Later, Esther realized she should wear shoes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Our new house

So we moved into our new house July 6, but I am really bad at keeping everyone up-to-date, so I am finally posting photos of our house, including our before and after photos. So here's the scoop...Bryan and I had been living in an apartment in South Salem for over two years (since we got married). Ironically, it was the exact same apartment where Dave and Beth Tinseth lived when they first got married, and Ashley and Paul Higgins moved into it after we moved out! It is very convenient to have someone there who knows us and can give us the stray mail that doesn't get forwarded!

But I digress...

So my aunt Janelle married into the family that owns Thrill-ville (and the KOA behind it), and the house (manufactured home) they use to live in when they first got married (20 years ago) recently was vacated when their friends moved out. So my aunt offered the house to us, for rent at $500 per month ($30 less than our apartment!). It is located in the back of the Thrill-ville property and is surrounded by fields (which is why we got Macie!). The house itself is over 2000 sq. ft., four bedrooms, two bath, with two large, vaulted ceilinged great rooms, a kitchen, and a laundry room. It also has a huge barn out back and a carport. It also comes with free water (well water), free garbage, and a free lawn mower (my cousin Jacob who lives up the road). The house came equipped with all appliances, two couches, and two end tables.

One downside was the screaming need for a paint job.
Manufactured homes come with this nasty multicolored wallboard stuff, and the entire house was covered in it. We (along with a work crew of family and friends) painted every wall in the house! Lauren helped me to pick out the colors to paint with....she's awesome at that, in case you were wondering. We have been so blessed with this house!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Our staycation in Portland

Bryan and I FINALLY took advantage of the Uram's grad present to us, a night's stay and dinner in Portland, over Labor Day weekend.

When we got to the Mariott, they told us we had received an upgrade, and were on the 20th floor (the highest). We even had to have a key for the elevator because the top floor is so exclusive! Our room overlooked downtown, to the North.
It was pretty sweet, especially for Bryan, who loves the city. Our floor had a lounge, with free food, internet, and they basically pampered us. They even offered to bring a refridgerator up to our room, just so I could keep my leftovers from dinner cold (I declined, and had them put it in the fridge in the lounge).
We drove up there Sunday, after church, and after Joel's graduation party, and after dropping Macie off at Bryan's parents. Sunday night, we walked around everywhere down town, just taking it all in as us country folk would. We found a place to eat...Pastini's Pastaria...after much searching for something affordable. It was good, and we were happy to get some food in us. On Monday, we walked down into the Pearl District and walked through an Art Show they had going on. I, of course, would have bought multiple things, if I was rich, but instead, I just settled for making my own art with the photos I took throughout the day. We went to a University of Portland women's soccer game, and watched them beat USC 1-0 in overtime. That was fun, and we were both impressed with how many people show up for those games...over 3,000! After the game, we went down to the river to kill some time before our reservations at McCormick and Schmicks.
We got home late that night, and Bryan's parents had already brought Macie home, which was awesome. It was great to get away, even for just a night and a day, especially right before Bryan's school and youth group start up again.

Thanks Rick and Cindy!