Wed 7/6, day 21
I remember being a kid and having adults take you out for a special “date”, so we wanted to do the same thing with the kids. Of course, taking all four at a time is not really what we wanted. Today, Nathan and I took Maddy and Phoebe on a double date for a sushi buffet (the first time the girls tried sushi, it was their idea too) and noraebang (Korean karaoke). Kids are so different away from their parents and sometimes with their aunt and uncle they are even more different. I’m not sure what that is, but I’ve experienced it myself. I remember older cousins and mentors taking me out for hot chocolate and how special I felt that they wanted to spend time with just me. (Sometimes Joel was there too).
We all dressed up just a bit and the girls showed us where to go. It is all very walkable in their area. Like a suburb, but actually walkable. The girls (especially Maddy) know a lot of Korean because they went to Korean school for a year, so that was really helpful because Korean is incredibly hard. It was kind of pushing us a bit, because we don’t hang out with 8 and 9 year olds that often and so what do you talk about? Phoebe is a chatterbox, but trying to ask the right questions to each of the girls took some trial and error. But we had a great time.
A noraebang has a lot of small (4 people max) private room with mics, screens, and disco balls. We couldn’t figure out how to turn down the volume, so it was very, very loud. The first song Nate chose was Bohemian Rhapsody. Maybe you know the lyrics, but when they’re on the screen and an 8 and 9 year old are looking at you like you’re crazy, it’s sort of tough. It was an epic fail and it just kept on getting weirder. Maddy was hunched down covering her ears by the end. (A bit dramatic). The girls treated us to many, many K-pop songs (Korean pop). Their favorite pick from their aunt and uncle was Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi. It’s tough finding pop songs that are appropriate or trying to remember if a song is appropriate. After an hour, we were given 10 minutes of service (free stuff), we stayed but we were all ready to go. It was super loud in there.
We loved being out with the girls and I think the feeling was mutual. We were going to do some stuff with the boys, but it’s a bit more difficult because they can’t navigate like the girls did. But Asher definitely mentioned wanted to go for sushi and noraebang with us.
After dinner we wanted to head back out to walk along the river and it was absolutely beautiful. Tons of people were out walking along the river and so were the bugs. The river water wasn’t quite as full as the day before and Asher wanted to cross on the rocks, but at night that didn’t seem like such a good idea. Dan met up with us at a park where people were training for who knows what. The decor was a ripoff of Beauty and the Beast, pretty sure Disney hasn’t sent them a cease and desist yet.