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Marble in the subway!
I'll explain the title in a bit.

First, I love it when Nadia actually lets me do her hair. This morning, after doing Maya's hair for school, Nadia came running over and wanted hers done too.

Too bad she never keeps them in for longer than an hour. She pulled them out before long. There's nothing I can do to stop her.

Ok, next, I got me some Gustaf pics!

Went to GoPets to meet Chris for lunch. We got Gustaf and Duk Joo to go with us. I love Duk Joo's sunglasses! LOL Gustaf wasn't going to go with us, but he changed his mind. YAY! He was sweet enough to say that it was because he saw me and Nadia, but I'm sure it was because of Nadia. She gets all the attention these days. :-p Anyway, I was in the mood for Bibimbap, but the Korean restaurant we went to didn't have it. WTF? But we had Kalbi (I think that is what it was called) instead which was yummy. We had a good time. The weather was great today too. I still needed my jacket, but I had it open and didn't need my scarf. I like this weather a lot. So far, everyone has said that it will only get warmer. We'll see - last year, it snowed a bit at the beginning of March and I remember it being a lot colder than it is right now. *fingers crossed*

Ok, about the marble on the subway. On the way home, Nadia was being her usual cute self and talking to everyone on the subway.

OH, OH, OH!! I just remembered - Nadia can now say her name correctly. She used to only be able to say "Na-na" when you ask her what her name is. All of a sudden today, on the subway going to GoPets, she said it right. Naa-dia. She says it with the long "Naa" like that, which I think is adorable. I was kind of sad, but also thrilled that I was there for the first time she said it correctly. I know it was the first time, because earlier today, I heard her say "Na-na". She must have been thrilled too, because all the way to and from GoPets, she was singing the "Naa-dia" song!

Ok, back to the marble. The subway coming home was crowded but a very nice lady got up for us (she even pushed a guy out of the way for me - and I mean PUSHED) and let us have her seat. Nadia was eating a lollipop and everyone was smiling at how sticky her face and hands were getting. Except me, I wasn't laughing because I didn't have any wipes with me. I forgot to put them in my new purse. Anyway, she finished the lollipop and gave me the stick, which I put back in the wrapper and put in my pocket to throw away later. Nadia saw me put it in my pocket and immediately reached for her pockets. And lo and behold, she pulled out a marble.

Now, being the pessimist that I am, I foresaw what was going to happen when you put a marble in a little girl's hand on a crowded subway. Anyone else?

Yup, after a little while, she dropped the little itty-bitty marble.

And CHAOS! It was like the wave. I saw the marble rolling away and as it did, Koreans went down trying to get it for Nadia. Once it rolled past them, they'd get up and try to point it out to the next person. It was hilarious. Nadia was about to start crying (I had been telling her that if she dropped it, it was all gone) when I saw someone pick it up and start passing it back towards us. It was probably about 10 people away from us! I got it back and convinced Nadia to let me put it in her pocket and zip up the pocket. When she agreed and I did it, a bunch of people started laughing. I got Nadia to yell "Kamsamnida!" (which means "thank you") to everyone. After everyone squeeled and said "Ipoda!" ("beautiful" or "cute!"), a bunch of them said "chonmaneyo" ("you're welcome"). It was really amazing. On the subway, people are usually just standing or sitting there, not looking at each other or talking unless they are with someone. Nadia made them all talk to each other and smile and laugh. I saw a few of them motion to each other how big her eyes are and how big her cheeks are.

Yes, I was proud of her. And glad that the marble was put away.

Oh, and I was pretty proud of myself too. I realized today that I am no longer freaked out by the prospect of going out and about in Seoul. I've said this before, but I can tell the taxi "right", "left", "straight" and "stop here". And today I smiled at myself when the driver of the taxi understood me perfectly when I told him where to go.

In a few days, it will have been a year since I first stepped foot in Korea. I've come a long way in a year, baby.

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From: gabbytheguy Date: February 21st, 2006 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish Audrey had more hair! :-(

She used to say her name as "Audy" for the longest be honest I'm not quite sure when it was that she got it right, but we've taught her her whole name Aurdey Jane Kagan, so hopefully if, heaven forbid, she ever gets lost she knows to say it. For the same reason we've taught her that mummy is Martha and daddy is Gavin too. It's quite funny hearing her call us something other than mummy or daddy...

The incident on the subway was funny. I could picture that being in a romantic comedy.

In the short time I've been reading yor blog I think your adaptation to Korea has come on in leaps and bounds. I think it can only get better.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 21st, 2006 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG. I think one of those little pontails might contain more hair than Kaia has on her entire head!

Loved the marble story! I can just see people diving around the subway floor after a marble. Brilliant.

And, my, my...has it been nearly a year? Good grief! I don't believe it! That would explain why my kids are so big!
From: cbscribe Date: February 21st, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam! Such a quick response after Priya's post - you've become a LJ junkie!

gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: February 21st, 2006 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG! Nadia is so freaking adorable. I didn't know she could look any cuter than she already did!

Those are some gooood Gustaf pics! And Duk Joo!!!

I always wondered what she looks like!

Lots of purple on her! lol, she's adorable too!
It should be illegal to have Nadia, Gustaf, and Duk Joo in one photo together! Oh, yes, we mustn't forget Chris either.

How exciting! To realize how much you've learned and changed...
I would have loved to been on that subway! Hehehe.
Seeing all those people dive after the marble.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 21st, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Lots of purple on her!" ? Just curious. My world has been quite purple lately...
aibopals From: aibopals Date: February 21st, 2006 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Hi Priya, I hope you don't mind me replying, but I have to say Nadia is the cutest thing I ever did see, I can sure understand why everyone dived for the marble to get it back for her *grin*

*goes to look for more pics of Maya and Nadia*
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 22nd, 2006 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Welcome, I don't mind you visiting me at all. :-) But be warned - I complain quite a bit about living in Korea. Well, maybe not so much anymore, but there are times when I just whine. :-)

I have TONS of pics of the girls, and bunches of other stuff too, in my Gallery. Feel free to browse!

And thank you for the compliments on Nadia. :-D
co_techie From: co_techie Date: February 21st, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ponytails make her a look a bagajillion times cuter, if that was even possible! :D

Gustaf is a hottie .. and he is TALL! Just my type Nevermind, I'm married. :p
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 21st, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm married but it don't mean I don't look. Why do you think I took my camera to LUNCH?


It would have been just weird to ask Gustaf to pose for a pic of just him, but it crossed my mind. lmao

YAY! Another Gustaf fan!

And thanks about Nadia. I can't believe how adorable those pics turned out. I had to remove the "evil eye". :-D I could just hear my mom shouting at me to do it too.
eleme From: eleme Date: February 21st, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh my! I love those pictures of Nadia and everyone else. She's adorable! And thanks for sharing that marble story, it made me laugh to imagine all those grown subway riding Koreans trying to catch a rolling marble. ^.^ And then having her yell thank you -- too cute!
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: February 21st, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the cutest story EVAH!!!! I just thought her pictures were adorable. Then what a really cute story! Ipoda!
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: February 21st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my GOSH! Trifecta with the LJ entry!

CUTE pictures! Adorable story! And 2 CUTE goodlooking guys!

From: cbscribe Date: February 21st, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was another guy in those pictures? I hadn't noticed...
From: stuckincustoms Date: February 21st, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh Gustaf yes yes... I'm sure that YOU were the one he wanted to hang out with Priya... not your non-Swedish daughter.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 22nd, 2006 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
slave2three From: slave2three Date: February 21st, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmmmm Gustaf *drrroooooooooooooooll*

huh? where was I?... oh yes and Nadia.. ADOREABLE had me giggling! She's such a cutie!
From: junetoo Date: February 21st, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
What exactly does Gustaf do other than show up in photos and make women squeal?
From: cbscribe Date: February 21st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I could do that, I don't think I *would* do anything else...
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damita98 From: damita98 Date: February 22nd, 2006 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Kids are amazing aren't they? I know seeing your girls new pictures always makes me smile, their beautiful little faces and innocence. They are adorable.
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