Summer HIGHLIGHTS (May/June)

Yes yes yes, I know I am way overdue on posting! I do apologize.  At first, it was just my mom bugging me to keep up the blog but I guess now the extended family has started to complain. 😉  However, in my absence I’ve realized that blogging isn’t really for me anyway.  It’s just a way to keep friends and family in the loop, especially since we live on the other side of the world.  So, that being said don’t expect too much.  I suppose my best excuse for 5 months of silence is that I love summer time and spending it outside in the sunshine.  So, blogging has been a conflict of interest.  However, now that the weather is cooling off and I am 5 months behind, I thought I should pick it back up.  I gave the blog a little makeover and I am starting a summer recap series.

Our summer began with Ethan heading back to the US for his sister Melyse’s wedding. It was a whirlwind but he got in some good family time and had a few friend reunions.  
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While Ethan was in the US, I got to spend the weekend at beautiful Seoraksan National Park with our friends from college. It was great to have God’s beauty and friends to take my mind off Ethan being gone.  Sadly, our 2nd day was spent in panchos and our views were nonexistent.  However, Ethan and I made it back there in September (more on that in another post).  
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The day after they left, was our 2 year anniversary (6/11/13).  We celebrated by embracing the Korean fad of “coupling” (dressing the same as your significant other), going a Norabong (private singing room) and singing love songs, and setting up our own engagement photo shoot.  
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Check back soon for July, our trip to Boracay, Philippines, August, and a better look at Seoraksan National Park!