Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break in Cebu

I think it's safe to say that 2015 will be remembered as the year that I took thousands of pictures that I never did anything with. I took hundreds of pictures at Christmas. Our first Christmas with Reece and our first Christmas in the States in three years, yet I've barely looked through the photos. I really want to get them edited and posted, out of the depths of the Lightroom catalog, but they just keep getting pushed to the back burner.

I've actually been taking advantage of the free Lightroom Mobile trial and gotten many of the Cebu pictures edited, but then it takes time to do the writing and the exporting that makes a blog post. I've also taken hundreds of pictures of the kids and the flowers that are starting to bloom, but those may never get published either. We have Eric's aunt and cousin coming to visit in a couple of weeks and then The craziest month of the year...or maybe a close second to June...followed by July...and then August. At any rate, it's about to get real around here. Real busy. So, yeah, I've taken pictures and that's about as far as I've gotten!

On top of the regular stuff, our computer is functioning at far below the standard level these days. Eric is in denial, especially since he rarely has to use it for anything, but it makes accomplishing the simplest tasks take far longer than necessary. Remember the days of dial up internet? That's how I feel with this thing. Push the power button. Make lunch while it turns on. Open Lightroom. Start a load of laundry while it loads. Oh, the joys. At least I have a computer, I guess.

Our trip to Cebu for spring break was really amazing, though! I guess I'm willing to trade a crappy computer for experiences like that. We stayed at the Crimson Mactan Resort on Cebu, and it was pretty amazing. The service was really above and beyond and every single person that we had any interaction with was nice. Our kids were still a little on the celebrity side, as the resort was not full of Caucasians. In fact, it was full of Koreans. That's what happens when it's only a four hour direct flight from Seoul.

The kids were in heaven in the pools and absolutely could not understand why they could not spend the entire day, every day in the pool. Honestly, I can understand. If it weren't for that whole sun on the Equator thing, I would have loved for them to spend every minute in the pool! On our first full day, the kids got pretty bad sunburns under their eyes after repeatedly wiping the water out of the eyes and therefore the sunscreen off of their cheeks. After that, it became clear that we were going to have to find alternative entertainment in the blistering afternoons.

So, we spent our mornings and evenings in the pool, and the afternoons were spent either exploring in Cebu City, napping in the hotel room, or playing in the kids' "Crimzone." Reece prevented us from being too adventurous, but we resigned ourselves to the fact that this was a vacation for relaxation and tried not to put much pressure on ourselves to do some of the things that we normally would have liked to do. No motorcycles on this trip!

My big adventure this week was checking out one of the school vans and taking a couple of friends and their babies to find the new Ikea that recently opened just outside of Seoul. It took us more than 2 hours to make what was supposed to be a 45 minute drive because we got lost so many times, but we eventually found it, made it through the whole store with 3 babies, ate lunch, and arrived at school just moments before the kickoff of the soccer game that my friend was coaching. See? We don't even have to leave the country to have adventures! #momlife

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