Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bodyworlds and the Grand Lux

Can your day start off any better than with breakfast in bed??

Next we headed north to Los Angeles for the Bodyworlds 3 exhibit. It was SOOO amazing! We saw all parts of the human body. The most amazing we both agreed was the head with only the arteries visible—all the rest was gone and all the arteries were dyed bright red, yet it still gave an unmistakable map of the human head. We also saw babies in all different stages—from 2 weeks all the way to almost full term. It was amazing to see babies close in age to what ours is right now and all the detail that’s already visible. If it comes to your area, it’s definitely worth the money.

We went to the rose garden out back of the museum and enjoyed a cool and delicious popsicle.

Then Kai had a great idea to visit the Grand Lux only about 15 minutes away near Hollywood. For those of you who don’t know, the Grand Lux is one of our all time favorite restaurants in the world. Our favorite place for it is in Chicago overlooking the Magnificent Mile—it’s beautiful and the food is fantastic. But this one in LA was great too. The food was just as good and the inside looked very similar to the one in Chicago. We had cream of asparagus soup and split a Manhattan salad and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake for dessert. It was the perfect ending to a great day.

Angels Game

We just got back from an amazing weekend in the LA area. Friday, we loaded up the car and headed down early to Anaheim and checked into our hotel. We got a great room at the end of the hall with a great view of Disneyland and the area.

A few hours later we made our way to Angels stadium about a mile away. We had great seats behind home plate. Didn’t catch any balls, but we had a great view of the homeplate slides and the 3 bats that were shattered during the game. When the first one broke, I looked at Kai and exclaimed, “That must be a great batter!” By the 3rd time it happened, I realized it wasn’t a good thing since it slowed the ball way down and made it super easy to catch (good thing it was the visiting team all 3 times!). The Angels won and we had a great time!

We also sat next to some great guys that looked a little scary dressed in black, pierced all over, and smelled of heavy alcohol and cigarettes—but they were actually pretty entertaining during the whole game and we had great conversations throughout.

At the end, they had amazing fireworks. They lasted as long as the 4th of July ones we go see. The sky lit up and we felt the booms in our chests. I LOVE fireworks!!! What a great way to start the weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

School Begins

School started last Thursday. It’s sad to see another summer come and go so quickly. Especially when it was spent being sick as we prepare for parenthood. By the way—morning sickness in not officially over after the first trimester! I was very disappointed to find out that sad reality. Now at 12 weeks, 6 days, there are still no signs of improvement.

This year I have 17 perfect students. In fact, most days are spent mastering trig and calculus since long division was mastered in first grade. Once we finish that, we have a field trips planned for Fiji and then on to Europe to challenge my students with a broader curriculum. We’ll finish by building churches in Mexico and Chad.

The parents are amazing as well. When they call me at home, it’s only to tell me what a great job I’m doing and ask if I’d rather have white or dark chocolate chips in the cookies they’re baking me.

My school voted to give the teachers a raise—double our original salary and then reassess at Christmas in order to determine if more can be given. When I told them I was pregnant, they begged me to stay next year and offered to pay back all Kai’s dental school loans if I continued to stay and teach for them. Of course, they would give me a full time assistant to help. I was a little hesitant, so they threw in an on site, one on one babysitter and a brand new Lexus to sweeten the deal, so I agreed.

Of course none of this is real, but all in all the school year is off to a great start. I do have great students and parents, but all the rest is just fluff—it’s fun to dream though!

Friday, August 22, 2008


We celebrated 8 years of marriage on Wednesday this week. We went out to an amazing Italian restaurant in Riverside called Ciao Bella Ristorante. Neither of us had heard of it before, but it was amazing!! It was started 3 years ago and was beautiful and modern inside. Tablecloths and nice dinnerware, low lights, fresh roses on every table, and amazing chefs that checked to make sure you loved your meal--it was GREAT! We'll definitely go back again!

Then last night (Thursday), we went to Hollywood to see Wicked. LOVED it! We got all dressed up and had some good seats in the orchestra section. Thankfully we hadn't heard much about it, so as we were watching neither of us had any idea what would happen next. The best way to describe it would be, as some friends put it, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and more specifically the Wicked Witch. We loved the story line and production. For those of you who might be wary of something titled "wicked", don't be fooled. It was fantastic and definitely a must see if you're into Broadways.

We've decided to extend the celebration this year and we have plans for an Angels game next weekend, with a night in Anaheim, and Bodyworlds (the amazing exhibition of human bodies), which happens to be in LA for a short time. Our San Francisco trip earlier this summer was supposed to be our "anniversary trip" this year, but with a baby on the way we've really wanted to do some things we've been putting off for a while. We know life will continue after Baby Steele arrives, but it's such a special time right now, we really wanted to enjoy the moments we have!

Friday, August 15, 2008

MS Update...

You may have been wondering how the morning sickness is going...well, I do think my prenatal vitamins were a big part of the problem. I have switched brands and take them in the evening now and it has been a HUGE help. However, I am apparently not exempt from the dreaded sickness. Now it comes in waves. Some days are worse than others, but I'm happy to report that most days I lead a completely normal life. It's hard to know when it will hit--the other day we went out for a friend's birthday to The Old Spaghetti Factory. The food was good, but when we got home, I shared it with the toilet. (It's funny--I used to think all toilets were the same, but I can tell you they are very different after staring into several more frequently lately!) All in all, I know there are millions of women who've had it much worse than I have, so I'm thankful for my mild case:-) Thought I'd share some toilet pictures with you!

Yuk--do/did people really use these????
Korean toilet--familiar sight
Toilet house--WHY?!

New Bedroom Furniture

So after sleeping on a double bed for the last several years, we decided to upgrade to a queen. We had a queen after we got married, but sold it when we moved to Korea and have been snuggled on a double for several years now. We'd been talking about getting a bigger bed since we were planning on starting a family and new a belly in the bed would push one of us off the edge inevitably, so a few weeks ago we made our decision and purchased this set. We still want to buy a comforter set that fits a queen size bed and change the paint colors in the bedroom, but we'll work in increments as we find the time and resources to complete our project:-) For now, enjoy the pictures and let us know what you think!

P.S. After sleeping on a double, a queen bed feels HUGE!

Kai's dresser

Kristi's dresser and our bed