It has been a busy couple of weeks. Not stressful though.
I went to my first Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWC) meeting. Clarissa wanted to bring her big bear, but I figured we would lose it so I convinced her to bring Elmo instead. I didn’t realize we lost Elmo until we arrived at the chapel on base and she asked for him. Oops.
PWC was good. I noticed that several ladies had babies so I assumed that childcare started after worship. When I met one of the moms after worship she told me I can drop Clarissa off in the beginning. So I dropped Clarissa off on the way to bible study. There were three classes to choose from. I decided to go to Becoming a Woman of Simplicity. Who doesn’t need that?
I decided to try my commissary shopping over two days this week and it was so much easier to get to the bus. I put the soymilk in my backpack and the rest fit easily in our big samsomite bag. Clarissa also wanted to walk so I let her do that as I held her hood. I decided we need some kind of leash because once it gets warmer I won’t have anything to hold on to.
Thursday we went back to story hour at the library. I made another friend. She has three kids. They all love Clarissa and she didn’t want to leave them.
We tried to take the KTX (high speed train) to Osan on Saturday. We got to the station twenty minutes before the train left but the line was long. We had a printout but actually needed to exchange that for a ticket. There are only two trains per day to Suwon, which is where we needed to go. We decided to try again next week because there was standing room only for the two hour train ride.
We went to the Samsung store on the way home. It was quite an experience. Samsung sells pretty much everything, including insurance. We needed a Korean sound bar. We picked one out and they gave us juice while we checked out and scheduled delivery (apparently they deliver everything because they don’t keep inventory in the store). As we did that, the sales girl gave Clarissa a lollipop.
We had some tasty Japanese food for lunch. After Clarissa’s naptime we decided to check out the LG store and then ended up at Home Plus for a few things. Clarissa wanted to run around. She went to the potty seats, picked up an Elsa one, and wanted to run around the store while holding said potty seat. I finally got her to put it back but then she became obsessed with our new food waste container. I don’t know why. Maybe the size? She wanted to carry it to the bus, on the way home, and even played with it once we were home.
On Sunday we went to the PX to buy Clarissa a potty. I had not planned to start potty training this young but she keeps talking about pee and poop. So we figured we would buy a potty and see what happens. Of course we splurged and bought the princess one.
The first day, she kept taking it apart and standing on it. That happened on Monday morning as well, so I though I would put the potty away and try again when she is older. She has successfully used her potty twice. But since we have been out a lot the past few days no longer seems interested, which is fine.
We bought Clarissa some rain boots at emart. She loves them! The first couple of days she wanted to wear them all the time.
Our unaccompanied baggage arrived on Wednesday. It is hard to unpack with Clarissa so I usually unpack during naptime, which she of course is fighting with every fiber of her being. Needless to say, I am not finished.
I was initially disappointed because I really wanted to get back to cloth diapers but didn’t see them. First world problems right?! They were in the box with all of my wrapping paper. One of my army wife friends says getting your shipments is like Christmas. I am thankful to have my normal kitchen things again.
Clarissa and I went back to PWC this week. I really enjoyed it. Clarissa was in childcare the whole time which made worship way better for me! She also received some Easter eggs and candy. She really enjoys her time with her friends.
Clarissa’s Easter gift from my parents arrived. We found a bookbag with a leash for her. There were several animals to choose from. Tim and I were surprised when she got really excited about the owl. She loves the backpack but doesn’t like the leash very much. At least I feel safer letting her walk around.
On Friday, we met up with our new friends from last week’s story time. Clarissa loves trying to keep up with the big kids and they took turns holding her leash. She didn’t seem to mind as much if a kid was holding the leash.
Clarissa does very well at night lately. She usually only wakes up once a week to nurse now. This week, I spent some time looking at old journal entries from my phone. I finished the Kindle book What’s it like to be married to me? So I spent some time looking at things from when Tim and I were dating. At one point I wrote, “Tim feels called to Asia, especially South Korea. I wonder if we will live there someday.”
Also I was remembering a dream that I had this fall. Tim was walking across a military base (which I assumed was in South Korea) and he needed to get to 315. I think I thought it was a room number or that maybe the job Tim wanted would pop up in March. Anyway, Tim and I were talking about that dream the other day. He actually works in building 315 right now. Isn’t that crazy?!
Yesterday we went to Osan Air Base. It took two hours by KTX train to Suwon. Then it was about twenty minutes by subway and a ten minute walk to base. It was interesting for Tim to see how much the base has changed in eight years. I enjoyed seeing where “the dream began.” We met up with one of his friends and even had lunch at his favorite Thai restaurant in Songtan.
Osan is huge! Daegu has three different camps. But when you add them all together, they are not half the size of Osan. Everything looked new and huge. The Exchange looked like a mall. The commissary was probably twice the size of ours.
We picked out a couch and some chairs to have sent to Camp Walker. Since the Exchange is so much bigger, there was a larger selection. There was even a play place in the food court so Clarissa was able to run around and get some sliding in before we headed back to the train.
Today we went to our base to look at their furniture again. The table we liked was out of stock at Osan, but they have it here. We also let Clarissa pick out an Easter basket since the one I have wasn’t in our first shipment this week. She is very excited to hold her basket and put things in it. However, she gets very frustrated if something doesn’t fit inside just right.
Tim and I are both really enjoying Clarissa right now. She is so funny and fiercely independent. She has recently started adding “uh” to the end of words. She now says mommya, daddya, and puppya. I wonder if she is trying to speak Korean because a lot of words end with this sound. Kamsahamnida, shilehamnida, yugamimnida…
Also, I think I finally found a hairstyle for her that will work. Today, I did low pig tails and she left them in most of the day. She is still able to twirl her hair this way which is important. She likes to twirl either her hair or mine while she nurses. However, if any hair falls out and is in her hand, she says “eew hair” and it has to be removed immediately or she gets very upset.
Clarissa also had to hold the basket at the commissary today.
Clarissa loved the cherry blossoms on base this week. She kept saying they were pretty.