The most wonderful time of the year!!

December is here and we have done a lot in a short about of time. Robert is on the preaching rotation at church and so when his Sunday came along, they decided to have one of the English department students interpret instead of David who usually does it. So despite his nerves, John translated and he did an excellent job! It was such a great experience for him and I believe this will be added to student practicums. There are already several avenues for students to use their language skills. Some are involved in a Christian radio broadcasting group, others attend big name concerts such as Jason Mraz, Keane, Norah Jones, Eminem, Elton John, etc and work as translators for the guest staff. Our students are doing so well with their English and we are so proud of them! 

Being the staunch holiday observer that I am, I refused to put up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, so while munching on Thanksgiving leftovers and watching Elf, we started decorating the house with a few meager decorations (which we added to later in the week) 

After finishing up a stressful couple of modules, we decided we needed a weekend away to just relax and enjoy some Christmas shopping, so that's what we did. We headed up to Seoul for a couple days to relax and rejuvenate. 

Enjoying our favorite Irish Breakfast in Seoul

And for our "Christmas Meal" we went to our favorite restaurant in Myeongdong, Saffron. 

For one of Robert's class finals, his students performed an English drama called "Beauty is a Beast". They did such a fantastic job and it was so enjoyable to watch and support them! 

Our boss, David and his wife Charlotte are expecting their first child this month and we were delighted to celebrate with them at their baby shower. Charlotte made amazing Vietnamese food and we enjoyed the fellowship. We are so excited to meet little Eun Chan Isaac! 

When we left their house, we saw that the first snow had come! 
Warning: stilettos and snow do not make the best of friends. 

On the weekend we headed over to Daegu to do some Christmas shopping and met up with our coworker, JooYoung and his wife Nari. We went to their wedding earlier in the year and it was so much fun to hang out with them! 

We had the identical shade of polish on :) Kindred spirits 

Since Christmas is not a huge deal over here, decorations are a bit sparse, but I still enjoy my few splashes of Christmas around the house :) 

This week we headed over to Iksan near Jeung Ju to visit a man that had hosted the Black family when we visited Korea 6 years ago. Pastor Choi is such a kind man and it was great to see him again and to meet his daughter and her family. They took us to a wonderful Bibimbap (mixed rice) restaurant which is famous for having the original bibimbap. It was delicious and a fun experience. 

It's time to go on vacation... 

My mentor group opted to have our final meeting after final exams and since I live close by I told that them was fine. I had taught them how to make a pasta dish and apple pie so now they were going to teach me how to make 잡채 (Japchae) and 된장찌개 (Doenjang Jjigae). 

They were excellent teachers and we had so much fun cooking together and then enjoying our delicious food. Lynn came over too for the free cooking lesson :) 

With Christmas approaching, Robert and I have enjoyed several relaxing nights at home with a Christmas movie. Tonights choice: The Ultimate Gift, along with some popcorn next to the tree :) 

Some friends took us to a delicious meal up on the mountain near Jikjisa Temple so all the food is locally grown and the quality (and quantity) is just amazing!! 

And that's all for now... It's getting closer to Christmas and I am so excited!!!! 

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