ICEC in Thailand

Yesterday I got back from the International Children’s Educator Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Here are the top ten reasons why my time away was good…

10. I got to try Pepsi Latte for the first and probably last time.
9.  I saw a lot of old friends from other schools and organizations.
8.  I went from a thick jacket to no jacket and shorts.  I did wear a shirt though.
7.  I found a country cd for a couple of bucks.
6.  I saw tons of pick up trucks and even rode in a couple.
5.  I watched a minute of the Colts vs. Bengals game.  Go Blue!
4.  I had lots of time to read.
3.  I gots to listen to real good educotors who help I too teach better.
2.  I was able to do some Christmas shopping for Megan.

1.  I ate several dishes with chicken, but I didn’t get bird flu.

Enjoying a tradional Thai dinner with friends.

You Got Mail

Today Megan picked up a couple b-day packages sent to me by my mother and my mother-in-law.  My mother sent me some thick socks for those cold winter days and some yummy chocolate pretzels.  Yeah, those will last.  My mother-in-law sent me a couple CDs (Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin), a couple books (I’m totally enjoying Randy Alcorn’s Heaven), and my favorite snack – beef jerky.  I love beef jerky.  How can you not like beef jerky?  That is just wrong.  I feel sorry for vegetarians.  Cow rocks.


Today is My Birthday

Today Billy Graham and yours truly celebrate another year of life.  I’m the big 32 today, and that is pretty cool.  Where does the time go though?  We celebrated my birthday at a Chinese restaurant where we ordered this spicy shrimp dish that I absolutely love.  This may sound gross, but you eat the entire shrimp.  It’s da’ diggity bomb.  Megan passes on the head and tail focusing on the meat instead.  Later Megan and I got some coffee at a local joint.  Mine was free since it was my special day and all.  How nice.  Free makes the coffee taste even more delicious.  Megan got me lots of exciting gifts – country CDs, American junk food, and new reading material.  She couldn’t have done better.

Another great thing about today is how Megan and I received a form we had been waiting on for the adoption of our daughter.  Next Tuesday we’ll head to Beijing to complete some paperwork which means that we’ll be able to send in our final documents.  Now, all we have to do is wait maybe 2-6 months before we become a family of three.  I’m going to be a daddy.  Is that cool or what?


The Wickershams on TV

Today I played in a soccer tournament with 11 TIS students.  The high school tournament allowed one adult player per team although it was evident that some of the teams were using more.  You knew which players were adults because they usually played in the back due to their lack of stamina and weaker touch.  They were usually shaped a little different as well. The tournament consisted of nine teams, six Korean, two Chinese, and us, the international school.  Most of our players are Asian, but Europe and North America were also represented on our team.  Before the game, a tv crew interviewed a couple of my players.  One of my players, a freshman, made the bold statement on camera that we would win our first game.  We lost 1-0, and the tourney is single elimination.  Oops.  We played well though.  I could tell my squad was nervous before the game.  The other team consisted of entirely seniors and maybe three adults while all but one of our student players were an underclassman.  In addition to that, our goalie was an eighth grader.  I think the other team came out a little cocky, but they weren’t able to get the game-winning goal until there were ten minutes left in the game.  After the other team hit the back of the net I left my sweeper duties and played center forward in hopes of scoring a goal for us.  Obviously, I wasn’t able to produce.  We had our opportunities, but at least the other team won’t be calling us little middle schoolers anymore.  The tournament has a fair play award, but I think I took our team out of contention for that.  I got the first yellow card of the tourney, and another player of mine got the second.  A long ball was sent to the guy I was marking, and he pushed me off the ball which forced me to execute a slide tackle.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the ball, and the attacker didn’t get up right away.  Oops.  Some skin got ripped off from my thigh and forearm during the play by the astroturf.  Can we say “sting in the shower”?  My players were saying the other team was calling me scary.  I’m an animal.  Gggrrr…

Megan couldn’t watch me play ’cause she’s going to be speaking Chinese on Tianjin TV.  See the picture on Megan’s website – fun in the fall folder.  I’m married to a superstar!

HS Soccer

This picture was taken when I was 16 and living in Puerto Rico.