Well, after all that — here we are. Back in Houston — home. We’re home to family, and we’ve managed to see most (though not quite all) of our family over the past month. We’re home to our new house, where we have started to establish ourselves in the Heights neighborhood. We’re home to our new jobs, and everything that comes with that. Roger is with us again. In short — we’re back, and now it almost feels like our two years in Singapore was an abstract kind of dream. I had no idea how much I would miss it — the people, the atmosphere, the people, the weather, the people… the glitz and excitement and foreignness, the convenience of living in a condo. I miss it dearly, and most of the time I feel like no one can relate to this loss!
Luckily, I have plenty of wonderful things in my life to compensate.
- Our house is fantastic, and we love it! We are just getting settled — our shipping container with most of our stuff only arrived last Friday, so we are a mess right now. It’s funny… I got used to my mostly-empty home, with minimal (and new, gleaming, beautiful) furniture, and zero clutter… now I’m not ready to accept the totally un-sleek reality that is my life! I’m going completely Kando and throwing out practically a third of our possessions during the unpacking process. It will be another 3 weeks before we successfully put away everything.
- We’ve been trying to nail down a good routine, and I think what we have is pretty successful — though it’s only just now being tested with “busy-ness” and the idea that it’s actually hard to walk away from work at 4:30pm when there are questions to be answered, emails to be written, people looking for me, etc. Brad is basically in charge of child transport and logistics, while I am in charge of dinnertime — I arrive back at the house about half an hour earlier than he & the kids do, so I have been cooking quality meals nearly every night.
- I’ve been cooking! I signed up for this meal plan / recipe service through a website called Cook Smarts, and I completely love it. It’s a fair bit of work each evening (about 45 minutes of prep and cooking), but it really helps me to.. I don’t know, center myself? Each evening. And it’s tasty, and healthier, and just fun.
- We’ve all adjusted well. The kids are happy in their preschool / daycare. They’re even in a little soccer program through the place — it’s so fun! And they have many friends, some of them even old friends, from before-Singapore. Just ask Elodie about her favorite friends.
- We’ve taken care of so, so many things since arriving back… little work on the house, cleaning, unpacking, buying new cars, buying furniture, selling old furniture. It’s been a jumble of constant tasks, and we’ve hardly had a chance to socialize in between.
Anyway, this is a quick update only. I’ll try to come back with photos and such soon!