September 14th, 2005

Maya and Nadia

Dreams for Children, from inspire2journal

Hi all! This is my first post to inspire2journal, I love the idea behind this community!

Well, I want my children to live their life with no regrets. So far, I have been able to do that and it is quite satisfying. Of course, there are things that I wish I had done differently or had happened differently, but nothing so extreme to call a regret in my life.

Another thing I want them to acquire is a sense of adventure. I want them to love to travel, to look at changes in their lives as adventures. I am a creature of habit, so when our family had to move from Los Angeles to South Korea recently, I did not take it very well at all. My 5-year-old daughter, however, took it extremely well. She was excited to go to a new school to meet new friends and wants to learn Korean very badly. I'm so proud of her for that and I hope that she never loses that enthusiasm for adventure.

The other thing that I want for them is a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. My husband has a job that he loves to go to everyday. And he says that even if we were filthy rich, he would still want to continue at this job. Not many people have that and I want my children to find that niche in their lives that brings them that sense of satifaction and fulfillment everyday, whether it is a hobby or a job. I have yet to find it - other than raising my children, of course!

Maya's pet caterpiller

Out of the Box

Yes, there is one in there somewhere! Maya picked up this caterpiller about 2 weeks ago in front of our building. Everyday, on the way home from the bus stop, she'd pick some leaves and feed Out of the Box (that's what she named it, I don't know why, so don't ask!). OOTB would eat a lot those first few days! Then we found out why - over the last weekend, it spun a cocoon! Not one hanging from a twig, but under a rock that Maya picked up for OOTB. Lucky for OOTB, Maya insisted on getting a couple of rocks for it!

Well, that picture was taken today when I took OOTB to Maya's school so they could watch it for her while we're in Japan for the next 6 days. Maya cried because she is afraid that OOTB will emerge from the cocoon while we're gone. I'm kind of afraid of that too, but better the class lets it go than to come home from our trip to a dead butterfly/moth (we're not sure what will emerge). Maya's teacher has agreed to take pictures of it everyday for her. Especially if it comes out while we're gone.

I'm so proud of Maya for wanting to explore animals this way. At first she wanted a pet spider...but I nixed that idea. And we couldn't find a praying mantis. But the fuzzy caterpiller we found has turned out to be pretty darned neat!
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Off for the next 6 days!

Tomorrow morning we're heading out to the airport to go to Toyko! YAY! Our first trip around Asia since moving to Seoul. I'm SOOOO excited. I hope that the kids behave and that I don't freak out. I have to remind myself that this is not my only trip and that there will be others and to just relax. It is supposed to be a vacaion, I should act like it!

I'll try to update here during the trip, Chris is taking his laptop with him. But I don't know how long I'll be able to be online...but I am going to try to write nightly on his laptop, at least in a word doc or something so even if I can't get online, I have written what I'd want to post, and I can just copy and paste it when I can get online. Did any of that make sense? LOL

Later everyone!
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