Category Archives: Thoughts

It’s been three and a half years; Hello, 2017!

That just downright embarrassing. I even forgot I had a blog. Life of an expat mom. Wow! Is anyone out there? Is it worth resurrecting? It is now 2017 and I wonder if people still read blogs. I have lots … Continue reading

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We are on the home stretch. Kevin will be home this week. These shorter trips are long enough to miss him terribly, but not long enough to get into a regular routine. I feel we’ve been hanging in limbo waiting … Continue reading

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I had to look it up in the dictionary to make sure I had the right word. ex·pec·tan·cy \-tən(t)-sē\ noun 1 a : the act, action, or state of expecting Example: that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise I took this picture with my phone. Quality is horrible, I know. (Please don’t … Continue reading

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I’ve been delighting in our children lately… Kai’s morphing into a regular Chinese student. You should hear his very local accent! “Mom, that not’s not how you say it!” And “Mom, how do they know we’re not Chinese?” Makes me … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye

I remember our first two weeks in China. It was fall ’08 and Kai was 2 1/2. “Mommy, can we go out and make new friends today?” Either he’d heard me say it before, or it was his little way … Continue reading

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Blogger’s block

I’ve been dealing with blogger’s block. We’ve been here long enough that I begin to think that life here and life elsewhere is the same. It’s true we do the same things: work, take care of kids, shop, cook, play, … Continue reading

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Spring post

Kai keeps counting down the days to spring. I think he’s imagining instant short sleeves and sandals. Not so, sweetheart! I remember one ‘first day of spring’, I was maybe 7 or 8. I dressed in short sleeves and my … Continue reading

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Vision for this blog

Hi, friends! I’m switching blog sites once again. Seems it must be done at least once a year. I never used to be a tidy, concise person until we had kids. Now any area of my life that I can … Continue reading

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> We’ve been back for two and a half weeks and are feeling more settled. Our horrible jetlag eventually took care of itself. I don’t like transitions. Really. Hate the feelings that go along with it. Dislike the internal mental … Continue reading

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On being spontaneous

> (Sorry, it’s a long one again!) Spontaneity has been the word of the past week. This is my “I did not realize” list from the past week: I did not realize my original plan to go for coffee with … Continue reading

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