We are on our way! OK so we are not on our way to Malawi just yet. We are on our way to Kentucky where we will get a chance to catch our breath for a few days before we head to DC and then on to post.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I haven't felt much like blogging lately. We are home in Texas. We, or at least most of us, are staying with one one brother-in-law while the teen is staying up the street at the others. We are not really in vacation, although it might look like it to the casual observer. We are actually on homeleave. That is 20 business days stateside between posts as mandated by congress for foreign service personnel. Yes mandated, it is not an optional activity. During this time we need to take care of any medical issues such as dentist visits, OB visits, eye doctor, ect... Aside from that we get to use this time to spend with friends and family and take care of any business that is difficult to deal with from overseas. Also most people use this time to get in some shopping at the wonderland that is Target. This time is both too short and far too long.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We made it in to Texas late last night. The flights were mostly uneventful, just a little turbulence. The kids did fine. I was airsick for the first time in years and only just managed to keep from using the barf bag. I used to to get sick every time I traveled. Thank goodness the kids have inherited Dave's iron stomach, the closest I want to a motion sick kids is Jill's blog.
Today we started out first morning in Texas by realizing that the 4th of July parade would actually be healed to day, since tomorrow is Sunday and that means church. Thanks Monica for cluing me in when I stopped this morning to mooch a cup of coffee. The parade was a blast and we will get some pictures up tomorrow.
Now we are at my Mom's house and are heading out for some yummy Texas BBQ! I love Texas. Mom too of course.
Friday, July 2, 2010
This was not the post I meant to write this morning. I had planned something else entirely. It will have to wait. Today was our last full day in Frankfurt. The last day the kids would go to the Metropolitan School. The last day we would wander down the Zeil. The last day we would walk from our house to Rewe to grab a doner from the Kabab guy. The last day we would eat dinner at the field house. The last day we would sit in the yard with our neighbors watching our kids play together while we talked.
Dave finished up at work yesterday and spent the day with me, he always does when we move. He knows I do not embrace change the way he does. I find change difficult and upsetting. Good choice in lifestyles, huh?
We took care of a few things we had been meaning to do. We walked through the big cemetery down near his work. I like walking through old cemeteries, I find them peaceful, at least in the daylight. We had been meaning to do that since we arrived. We hit up the kitchen supply store downtown, the fancy one that puts William Sanoma to shame, and bought a very nice new knife for the kitchen. We were supposed to do that for our anniversary a few months back since the eleventh anniversary is steel. We always choose a gift together that we will both like, and the last few years we have been trying to go with the traditional gifts, but somehow this year we got busy and didn't get to it until today. We also checked out the new Apple Store to check out the ipads, they are cool but really just seem like a super sized ipod touch. It isn't for me, not right now anyway.
Tonight we are finishing off what has turned out to be a very good, if emotionally charged day, by packing and cleaning. I am glad to have this time to say goodbye to the house that has been our home for two years while the kids are in bed. I can cry tonight, and tomorrow I will (hopefully) be able to stay calm to help them through their tears.
Tomorrow we will wake up in this house for the last time and walk to the bakery down the road for one last pastry. We will say goodbye to our van, which will be heading back to the states to live with Dave's brother. We will board a plane that will take us to Texas where we will visit with old friends and family for a bit before heading out to new adventures.