J on his bike a few days ago. 18 months old now.
In a few days, the fam is headed to Korea for a much-needed 6 week vacation/in-law & friend frenzy. It will be our first trip back since moving to the U.S. in fall of 2010. Much has happened since the last update. We bought a house (townhouse in Frederick, MD). Min Gi got his 10 year greencard. I completed a successful year of teaching (almost had thought that was impossible) and will return to the same school in the fall. J is a toddler (as you can see above). I switched to a new hotline near my (new) house (part-time now, of course). I became an auntie to a baby girl earlier this month. I have dealt with three steroids-required flares of my ulcerative colitis. I wrote most of a novel for NaNoWriMo with 19 of my students at that time. Dad's health has held out; my brother's has not. Mom remains amazing support for Sarah and I as new(er) moms, but I worry about her stress level.
Ayanna Jordyn, niece extraordinaire. Aka A.J. and "Yaya." 8 days old.
Generally, life has been pretty good to us in this time, but it has been stressful with so many transitions. I am looking forward to the rejuvenation of this vacation. I had planned to try to get some work while in Korea, but since that didn't really happen, I'm instead looking for my first actual summer break since I began this teaching gig almost 10 years ago. Perhaps I will even find time for this woefully neglected corner of the internet that is my blog.
To those of you still reading: thanks. I'll let you know what Korea's like under their first female president.