Things are still crazy around here with packout looming in a week, plus Cody's graduation, Alonzo's 10th birthday, and the last big cub scout event of the year all in a week and a half, all on the same day mind you! YIKES! The good news is yesterday Dave had the day off, but the kids had to go to school. Memorial Day is an American holiday, not German so, no day off for the kids. Well, Cody had the day off, but he went to Europa Park with JROTC to ride roller-coasters all day, so he was out of the picture too. We had a good day. Got lots done and still managed to make it to Koi Samoi for some Thai. Crispy duck in red Thai curry, Yummmm. Really going to miss that place.
We went to Ikea for some last minute shopping. We bought some cute plastic plates, bowls, and cups so no more paper plates at birthday parties. I don't know about Malawi but those could be hard to come by in Jakarta. Also, new bed linens for the boys in nice bright colors. Of course we picked up a few other things and browsed the kitchen displays because some day we are going to build ourselves a little vacation get away and I am always on the lookout for ideas. I love how sleek and modern their kitchens are. We managed to drop off boxes and boxes of donations at the resale shop on base and fit in some quick shopping there. We even finished up the seed order for the garden. Fingers crossed that everything grows because seed has gotten a LOT more expensive since the last time I ordered from Burpee.
Most importantly we finalized our consumables shopping! A consumables shipment is a special shipment alloted when you are assigned to some place where food supplies are limited in quality or selection. The foreign service doesn't pay for the groceries but they will pay shipping up to a certain amount. It is up to the employee to figure out what they can't live without and go buy everything. We have been budgeting for this since we found out we were going to Malawi but it still hurts to drop all that money at once. It is all ordered and will be ready for pickup this weekend. Doing the consumables while prepping for pack out is an added stress now, but will make it much nicer this summer when the bulk of the shopping is done. Most places we wouldn't have the luxury of arranging our consumables while still at post, but in Frankfurt we are lucky to have access to the commissary on base with all the American products, so we took advantage. I am so relieved that it is done and I only have a small bit of shopping to do this summer. That means more time to hang out and have fun!