After a 4 month break, I’m back! I didn’t really intend to stop blogging while we were in the states but life came like a 3 month tidal wave and all we could do was hang on. It was wonderful.
We have been back for about a month and have slowly adjusted back to life here. There were definitely challenges: problems with electricity, water, more water problems… As of Tuesday, we have a working depo on top of our house that will provide water when the water is cut off, which unfortunately, has been happening more days than not in a week’s time. It isn’t enough water to shower or run a dishwasher/washing machine but at least we can wash hands and flush the toilet. Small victory!
We also have heat this year for the first time. This is a huge quality of life changer and has made our adjustment back SO much more pleasant. I remember this time last year thinking that there was ice in my shampoo. I’m so thankful for a warm home this year. Huge victory!
It took us about a month to figure out what our routine should be. One thing we have learned in our transience is that people move on, with or without you. So, we have spent this month patiently discerning exactly how we should enter back into life here. Which friends to strike back up relationship with, which activities to join etc.
***Let me just take a moment to vent. New topic. I’m at a cafe alone just now. My first time alone since we have returned. I was so excited to drink a nice cup of coffee and blog. Blog post begun, as you can see. Coffee just arrived. Evidently caffeine free to the waiter meant coffee free. Yes. My late is a cup of steamed milk. I’m super annoyed. But, alas, culturally “the customer is always right” doesn’t prevail here as it does in the states so, I’ll drink my glass of milk while I write. I’ll choose to be thankful for my alone time and not begrudge the lack of coffee in my mug as I sit in a coffee shop, smells taunting me.***
We really value sports for our kids because it is a great physical outlet for them, language learning tool, and opportunity for them to interact with kids their age and make friends. Upon our return, N choose basketball while J and SK chose rhythmic gymnastics, of all things! Thus far, everyone’s classes are going well.
We have hired a language tutor for the kids and she starts this week. She will come once per week and teach language for an hour but stay for four so that I can have some time out of the house to visit other ladies. With Baba working more hours now, this is a great solution, allowing me time in the community as well. We love the tutor and trust her fully; it is because of her that this scenario is even feasible.
***Side note number two. The hot milk totally made my stomach churn. So, I decided to go for it. I politely explained that when I had said caffeine free I had wanted coffee not just milk. After a couple of rounds of defensiveness they agreed to add coffee! It was worth the effort and I’m excitedly awaiting an actual coffee now! Things don’t always go as badly as we think they will!***
SK will hopefully start preschool next week, completing our integration back into life here. She will attend the same school she attended last year and I am hoping that by now she is throughly bored of being a half-participant in home school each morning and will go with enthusiasm. One can hope.
Here’s one of my FAVE cousin pics from our time in the states.
Now that you’ve been updated, I’ll start blogging from the beginning of our time away. Enjoy…
***Arrgg. Before I go, side note number 3. The coffee was, in fact, NOT caffeine free. They must have just put coffee in there to save face. I already have caffeine jitters. Guess I’ll be blogging later tonight that I’d planned. You win some, you lose some!***