>Happy Birthday Julia!


Today is the birthday of our Julia, Myeung-Ju Kim.

She was our exchange student, who lived with us for two years and became a part of our extended family. She feels like one of our kids, although she has her own very loving family in Korea too. We are her “American family.”
She was in the same graduating class as Buddybug, though she liked to remind him she was a bit older than he. I think we count her as 20 today, although in Korea the count seems to be ahead, 22? (Help me Julia, I always mess this up, it’s so confusing.)
She made many friends here in America and still keeps in touch with them as well, even now as she is in her second year of college in Korea and doing very well.Julia was crazy for fashion and food and friends. She loved to travel and to eat and to sing and dance. She loved to jump on the trampoline and play with the littler kids. She loves pictures and movies. No surprise, she knows three languages and is working on her fourth, Japanese.
We hope she has a wonderful happy day with her grandma and family. We hope all her birthday wishes come true. And Julia honey, if you are reading this, if I could I would make you spaghetti and carrot cake and we would light the candles and sing.

Happy Birthday Julia, we love you!
Our bday wishes and prayers for you are zinging across the world.
Happy Birthday Myeung-Ju!

>Silly, Weird and just odd

>Just to show you we aren’t always serious, all the time…
And that we like some silliness on a Monday….
And to prove to anyone who wonders, just how much I love my husband…
I submit this:
Yup, it’s Groundhog Day.
And though I think think this is one of the goofier (even bizarre) traditions in our country (I mean, c’mon, look at those guys: top hats, groundhogs?!), it does marginally appeal to the latent folklore student in me.

Apparently, the verdict/prediction for this year is 6 more weeks of winter. Ugh. That makes this groundhog a little lower on my good list. We have our own personal groundhog here. He (or she, I haven’t gotten close enough to check) waddles up into our yard from the bluff quite often as the weather warms. And it is no big surprise then that we haven’t seen him in months. I guess all these groundhogs got the memo about winter from Phil. We haven’t named him yet, unless you count “Lookmomthereheisagain!” I guess we have a few more weeks ahead to work on a name for this spring anyhow.Anyhow, you might be wondering about the ‘just how much I love my husband connection” from above. Here it is:
Yup, that’s right. Ssshhhhhh. I bought him this as a surprise (hopefully you’ve opened it by now honey) for tonight. Because he loves this movie. And it makes me crazy. I don’t know whether it’s the young Bill Murray who makes me crazy or the wacky time loop thing….because time loop/travel movies kind of scramble my brain. I found this out years ago and have done minor gymnastics over the years to avoid seeing it when he finds it on the old movie channels….that and I’ve read a few good books instead while he and the boys laugh and mimic. But it’s a cold Monday, so I figure he will need a laugh tonight after a long day. So I have this, waiting, and am feeling all virtuous in the nice wife department. I might even watch part of it with him and the big kids…..as long as I can stand it.

Happy Groundhog Day! Might as well bundle up: six more weeks of winter…?