Friday, May 31, 2013

It's that time of year...

It's the time of year when many of us start to leave for the summer, but some won't be coming back. I have a feeling that this time of year is going to get harder and harder the more time we're here. This year, Cade and I have spent a lot of our free time with Abby and Ezra. About once every week or two, we have gone to a park or somewhere else to play.

Abby is from Tennessee, and her husband is one of the other high school English teachers. She's another one of those people, like me, that just needs to get out of the house every day. It doesn't really matter where I go, as long as I get out!

That's the kind of friend I need because we can text each other at 8:00 in the morning and make plans for a couple of hours later. That's especially important when I have the kind of schedule I have. It's hard for others to keep track of my every-other-day schedule, not surprisingly.

Ezra turned two in October, so there is an age gap, but since he is the only other boy at home with mom, they were the perfect match for us this year. They're also one of the only other young families in our neighborhood and they have a car, so they could pick us, which was really nice during the winter months.

It was entertaining to watch these two together. Cade was always so sweet with Ezra. Since Ezra is at that age where he doesn't like to share, Cade was one of the few kids that Ezra felt comfortable with because he knew Cade wouldn't steal his toys from him. In fact, Cade didn't even care when Ezra stole toys from him.

This was one of our last play dates together. Last week we went up to Namsan to have a picnic and let the kids play for a while.

We'd been watching the boys from a distance, and Abby knew that Ezra was dangerously close to stepping into this little creek while they were "fishing." They were so cute, and so busy.

We were not surprised when we finally found him in the creek--in his socks and tennis shoes!

Abby was just happy that a boy who has grown up in this city was willing to jump in the creek and explore!

Next week is our last play date with this family, and Cade and I will be so sad to say goodbye to them. We have been blessed with great friends here, and that makes it so hard to say goodbye!

A week from today, we'll be back in the States, but there is an amazing amount of work yet to do! It's hard to believe that somehow it will all get done because at this point, it doesn't seem possible...

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