Last week we went to The Grand Cayman Islands for a 6 day, 5 night trip.  Oh wait, it became a 5 day, 4 night trip because some of us (excluding myself) had expired passports and we spent a day getting emergency passports.  Anyhoo, here we are.  We stayed at the Coralstone Club which is a condo type rental.

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We came to visit our friends who were staying next door at The Ritz.  We hopped off the plane and went straight to the beach.

P1080246After several hours at the beach and pool, we went out to dinner at The Calypso Grill.  It was fantastic and we ended the meal with Sticky Toffee pudding.  P1080257

The next day, we spent more time at the beach and then lunch at Karoo before saying goodbye to the Morris family.   Laura is an honorary member.  P1080285

We rented a car and did some exploring.  P1080299

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On Sunday, we drove around the West Bay and went to Dolphin Discovery and I dropped a lot of money to spend 30 minutes with a couple of dolphins.

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He didn’t kiss me back.

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We drove around some more and went offroad in West Bay and watched some kite surfers.  We had a late lunch at Macabuca Tiki Bar for some yummy conch.

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On Monday, we took a trip to Sting Ray City via a 1 hour boat ride (Sun Ray Tours).  IMG_2196

This was really fun but the waves were pretty rough.   555080_563625363690744_126049824_n

Laura was a total chicken and kept screaming but still managed to kiss one of them.

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Our last night, we splurged and went out to the Blue Cilantro and had a great dinner.

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On our last day, we took a quick trip to The Cayman Turtle Farm.  It was ok.  Nothing too exciting.  P1080355

This is a great shot of Laura just before the turtle bit her hand!

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We got to the airport to return our car and we were welcomed by Mr. Rooster.

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He said goodbye in Chicken talk.

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We had a surprise birthday party for my dad in mid October.  He didn’t suspect a thing, even when his sisters from Korea decided to come for a visit.  P1080093

My dad with his 2 younger sisters and brother in law.P1080096

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My dad gave a small speech of appreciation.DSC_3935

My dad with my cousin and her husband from Texas.  DSC_3942

I am squeezed between 2 Jims!  DSC_3951

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The next day, we went to Minado with our immediate family before heading back home.

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Here’s what’s been happening in the past several months.

We visited my dad in mid August for a quick visit.

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Then stopped off in Margate NJ to hang out with Zoe and Aaron.IMG_1843

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In late August, we came down to visit my sister at her work and spent the day in NYC before going down to my dad’s again.  IMG_1864

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We hung out with the Reginator too.  IMG_1871We went to church and then visited my mom’s grave.IMG_1878

We also went bowling on Monday with my dad’s gang of friends and then dinner at one of his friend’s house.   Big steaks!IMG_1884

Laura’s first day of school.  3rd grade.IMG_1893

We also went to the Mattapan Community Health center Fair one Saturday.  They had activities for kids and her dad participated in the fair.  IMG_1911

Early September, Laura decided that she wanted to start on her costume for Halloween.  Yes, that is how we roll in this family.  We got all the supplies for her costume and got to work. P1080043

I just hope that some day, she will actually want a costume that is somewhat original.  Unfortunately, she has already decided to be a vampire for next year’s costume.  BORING!P1080048

She had her 9th birthday party at Sky Zone which is an indoor trampoline place.  We invited all the girls from her 3rd grade class.  IMG_1938

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In October, for my birthday, this was her gift to me.  I am a “lucky chum”.IMG_2051

I also visited her for the first time for “Gradparents’ Day” at her school.  IMG_2067

In mid October over the Columbus Day weekend.  We had a few guests stay with us.  Her aunt Penny.P1080052

And my cousin’s daughter, Bomie.  Laura showed them how to work on the Rainbow loom.  P1080061

We also carved some pumpkins.   Guest appearances by her aunt Averill and cousin Christopher!P1080071

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Laura and I went to Wisconsin for 4 days to visit with Suzy at her family’s cottage by the lake.

She picked us up at the airport and we stopped off at Ardy & Eds’ Drive-in for lunch.  They have rollerskating waitresses.  P1070944

They set up the food on your car window.  The food was nothing special but of course, it’s a novelty these days.              IMG_1744

We dropped off our stuff at the cottage and took in the view of the gorgeous Lake Winneconne.

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We picked up some groceries at Piggly Wiggly.

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Back to the lake.
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We also went fishing at the end of the day.  P1070972

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I caught a bunch of fish!   That was the only day that I had any luck even though they were all Sheepshead fish.

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They lit a bunch of fireworks, those pyros.
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We did a lot that first day.  On the following day, Suzy took Laura out to jet ski.
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We went to Culver’s for lunch and had some butter burgers and custard.
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We also stopped at this interesting store called M. Schettl Sales.  They have tons of artsy statues around their property.  P1080016

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We also stopped at the Fleet Farm which has almost everything with emphasis on outdoorsy stuff.  IMG_1805

Look at this fishing aisle!  Only 1 of many.  I could have stayed at this store for days.

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The next 2 days involved more boat riding, jet skiing, fishing and bike riding.  Oh and more ice cream.   It was  a great trip.  Hopefully we will come back again.

Thanks Suzy!

Nothing much is going on around here, as usual.

This is Laura dancing during a rain storm in late May.  We have been getting a lot of rain and humidity in these parts.
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I took Laura and her BFF, Courtney to the Aquarium one weekend in early June.  IMG_1407

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We also took a walk (she roller skated and got a blister)  at Jamaica Pond one gorgeous day.  IMG_1492

I also took her to mini golf with her buddy Kylie.IMG_1539

Laura is not so happy in this picture because she was losing.  IMG_1542

We also took a trip down to The Cape (Falmouth) for a weekend for her dad’s yearly conference.  Last year was in Chatham.  It’s like a tradition but we got hit with a tropical storm during our stay.  It was pretty chilly and windy for most of the weekend.  P1070773

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The food at the hotel was awesome!
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Too cold to take a dip.IMG_1562

We went to The Inn for the final dinner.  IMG_1565

Lovely rainbow after all the rain.  IMG_1568

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This is a lovely photo of Laura with a stye.    We went to an open house at a tennis club in Easton.  There was a barbeque and swimming.
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In early July, we visited Hah duh buh gee!  Yeah!  Thumbs up!P1070785

We met up with friends for brunch and went to this cool outdoor flea market in Philly.
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We also got Rita’s water ice almost every day.
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We also got a chance to visit Zoey and the gang.  IMG_1626

We bowled with my dad’s friends on their usual Monday bowling league.  IMG_1642

For the July 4th weekend, we went to Block Island to hang out with the Reginator.  We took a rough ferry ride.  P1070889

We went to The Oar for lunch after coming off the ferry.  The food was really great.   It was so good, we went back the next night.P1070894

There were gorgeous Hydrangeas all over the island.  P1070895

We hung out with The Reginator. P1070906

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July 4th parade.  IMG_1658

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We also did a puzzle.  IMG_1676

On Thursday, July 4th, we finally had some decent weather so Laura used her new boogie board in the water.  It was freezing cold but she stayed in for several hours.  She would come out briefly and complain that her body was numb but quickly got back into the water. P1070931

Reggie’s grandma sporting a hulk tattoo!

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These kids just love ice cream.IMG_1694

Finally, last week, Laura got her braces off.

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I know this is not about Laura but I’m posting this for my dad!

I went to Seoul Korea with my dad for my cousin’s wedding.  Unfortunately, it was a last minute decision so Laura did not tag along.

My dad flew out from Philly and I flew out from Boston and we met together in San Francisco to travel to Korea together.IMG_1138

We arrived at the Hilton Hotel where my cousin works.  We had breakfast every morning at the Executive Suite.  IMG_1152

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We attended my cousin’s wedding.  This is his lovely parents, my uncle and aunt.  
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Traditional Korean ceremony.  They are lovely.  
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The next day, we were treated to an 8 course dinner at the Chinese restaurant in our hotel.

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We met with my cousin’s famous girlfriend, Jun Soo Kyung. IMG_1173

Dad with my eldest aunt.  IMG_1178

We visited our late uncle Chang Ho’s gravesite.  P1070689

One of my aunt’s made lunch for us.

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We had dessert at my cousin’s house.  IMG_1251

Then dad visited his elementary school.IMG_1257

We also spent time with my mom’s side of the family.IMG_1185

Street food and shopping.
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My grandfather’s gravesite.

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When I got home, Laura kept wearing her Hanbok.  She was probably hoping that that would bring her some Neng Myun (her favorite cold Korean noodle soup).

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How is it that it’s almost the end of March? Is it spring?  It’s freezing and there is still tons of snow outside.    Poor blog and Laura has been ignored for too long.

This winter season has been rough with several big snow storms and a nonending cold that will not relent.    We haven’t done anything exciting and also I haven’t been very good with taking pictures.  We also have not visited Ha dah buh gee since Christmas!  We were planning a quick trip to New York and Philly over a long weekend but the weather was not cooperative.

Laura and I have been doing some mundane stuff like making dumplings.  Her dexterity is so much better now and she is a pro at making these.
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This was the first big storm in early February with more than 2 feet of snow.  Not fun.  See Laura pretending to help shovel?  Yes, pretending because she held that shovel for a mere 3 seconds.   See?  She’s even pretending to be exhausted from shoveling all of 3 seconds.  IMG_0840

We did get a sledding day with Thomas.  P1070515

We also have been hanging out with Laura’s cousin, adorable funny and very talkative, Christopher.  IMG_0856

This was the second dump but we didn’t get that much. Laura did a little better at shoveling this one.  Just a little. P1070539

She also had a project at school which was a presentation on a biography.  She chose Mozart.  She made a poster and did a little presentation.  P1070544

The biggest news is that she got partial braces.  This was on March 1st.  One of her permanent teeth on the side needs to pull out because it’s being ground away by the bottom tooth.  This should only stay on for a few months.  Meanwhile, she will need to do chores for the next 40 years to pay for these.  IMG_0879

This is the next big dump of snow in early March.  It was just wrong wrong wrong.  IMG_0887

It was dense and wet so Laura and I built a little cave.  P1070550

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We even had a chance to meet up with my cousin, Anna at her school.  We got a tour and went out to dinner.  IMG_0915

Finally, Laura got to go to the Father-daughter dance.  This was postponed to March 22nd due to the previous storm.  P1070562

Her girlfriends at the dance.  P1070571

On Saturday, after many many weeks or her persistent whining, we drove all the way to Burlington to get Neng Myun at Hmart.  She has been wanting this soup for a long time.  Ok, disclaimer, it’s the instant kind.  Yes, yes, I’m a terrible mother. IMG_0933