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More sledding!
Yesterday, Maya's class went on a field trip to Seoul Land to go sledding. Chris had a day off coming since he worked over 24 hours straight once last week, so I asked him to take yesterday off so he could watch Nadia while I went with Maya and her class as a parent chaperone. It worked out perfectly. Chris hung out with Nadia most of the day while I had a great day with Maya.

We got to Seoul Land around 10:15am. All the kids were super excited and dressed up in their snow attire. We got there and we found out that the admission prices were 11,000 Won (~ $11) for each child and 17,000 Won (~$17) for each adult. AND we found out that the school subsidized the kids' prices (we only had to pay 5,000 Won out of our pocket) and the school was paying for the adult chaperones completely. COOL!

Anyway, so we all walk to the sledding area. The hill looked really big to me, but the kids grabbed their sleds and took off up the hill. I asked Miss Mac if she was sledding and she said, "Oh yeah!" as if there was no question. Then I remembered that she's from Canada, and yeah, it probably was a silly question! I was a little nervous as I had only gone on the small hill with Nadia the last time we went sledding. So, up I went too. But first, I took pictures of the kids going on their first run:

The first run! The first run!

Yeah, that snow looks filthy. It was pretty muddy up at the top of the hill. You can see Maya in the bright green coat on the sled with Claire. Second from the left.
There they go!! There they go!!

Maya and Claire launch themselves on their first run of the day.


I went down and man, it was fun! I got a ton of snow up my pant leg though (good thing I was wearing stockings too) and that woke me up! ;-)

After this first run, one of the boys wiped out in the middle of the hill. After that, he wouldn't go anymore and the rest of the boys picked up on his fear. That's when we saw the bunny slope next to the big one! Good thing we didn't see that first, otherwise all the kids (and me) might have just gone there. Anyway, so most of the boys went to the bunny slope while most of the girls took off for more sledding on the big hill. I was heading up the hill again when I saw one of the boys pulling two sleds up behind him. I wondered why he was pulling two...until I saw another girl in the class in front of him with no sled. I asked Maya about that and she said, "Oh, that's Sota. He likes Yui. They're both Japanese." I started cracking up. One, because of the cute crush and the fact that this little boy was struggling with two sleds behind him because he likes her. My opinion of Sota shot up (I already thought he was a sweet child before this). Two, because of how non-chalantly Maya told me about the crush, as if it was old news and EVERYBODY knew and just accepted it. LOL Three, because of the fact they are both Japanese.

About 1/2 hour after we got there, a couple of other schools got there too and then the place was hopping. But it was very well organized and we had no problems keeping track of the kids.

Maya and I went together a few times.

Mommy and Maya after our first run together. Mommy and Maya after our first run together.



We had a great time. I'm so glad that Chris was able to take the day off to watch Nadia for me. I don't have much time to focus solely on Maya and this was something I really wanted to do. She was great too - I was so proud of her for not showing any fear and just diving in and having a lot of fun. And I was proud that the girls stayed on the big hill. :-D

And of course, there are more pictures in my gallery.

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From: thangkas Date: February 24th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen it snow!
And this is funny I just put up a kindergarten post too!
From: ilenebook Date: February 24th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a darling picture of you and Maya...looks so fun.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 26th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Here are a couple of links to other similar pictures:

Me and Maya on January 3, 2006

Me and Nadia on a sled on January 3, 2006
From: ilenebook Date: February 26th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that cute face and that hat and coat..the color is so nice. Did you knit the hat? Darling!
co_techie From: co_techie Date: February 24th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That hill looks HUGE .. go Maya for being so brave! :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 26th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty proud of her. :-)
From: junetoo Date: February 24th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Seoul Land?

Boys are wussies!!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 24th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It is in the south part of Seoul. There is a huge zoo and amusement park there.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 24th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Great pictures! It looks like you had so much fun!

I was so impressed with the boys' reaction to their friend's fear (going to the bunny hill with him). When you first said that they had picked up on his fear, I was afraid that you were going to say they teased him! Hooray for nice little boys!
eleme From: eleme Date: February 24th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree! I was worried you were going to say he got teased and was sad the whole day .... YAY boys for sticking with him! lol
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 24th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
They didn't go with him as a way of sticking with him or making him feel better. They went with him because they also got scared. At least a few of them (about 4 of the 6 boys) and the rest followed because their buddies left them on the big hill by themselves.

They aren't at that teasing phase yet, it seems.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 24th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see. Not at that teasing phase, eh? Remarkable. I spent the afternoon with kindergarteners, and there was some pretty serious teasing going on. Of course, I think Hallie's class is the one into which they tossed all of the children who they thought might be "behavior problems." *sigh* What an excellent idea: let's put them all together. Oh, and then change teachers on them a couple of times...I wonder why they aren't adjusting well...
eleme From: eleme Date: February 24th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate that :( Often they put all the problem kids with either the new teacher (cuz no one else wants them) or the experienced teacher ... they always do seem to be bunched together, as if that will work real great. Even the best teacher struggles with a class full of problem kids.

And I also hate all that teacher changing -- especially for kindergarten!! What are they thinking?! Consistency! Routine! Please!!!
eleme From: eleme Date: February 24th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Priya that looks like so much fun! I'm glad you were able to go :)

I love hearing about your experiences with snow and sledding because it gives me a totally new perspective. I grew up in snow and on sleds, so it's something pretty familiar to me. Thanks for helping me see it from someone elses shoes :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 24th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks and you're welcome!
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 24th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Great pics! Looks like so much fun.

When I looked at the pictures, AFTER reading the captions, I thought "gosh, Nadia is getting big". Then I read the journaling, and it all made sense. My mind is playing tricks on me in my old age. ;)

P.S. Look how long your hair is! :D
From: gabbytheguy Date: February 24th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That looked like a lot of fun, and some great pics too, Priya!

Someone already commented on your hair - are you growing it on purpose?!

We have a very thin blanket of snow here today (yay!) but I doubt there's enough for sledding of any kind...might be a fun drive to work though! :-O
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 24th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :-)

I actually have a hair appointment tomorrow morning and I'll be getting it cut short again...I think. :-)
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