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Catch-up

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I haven’t been doing much writing here lately. I have thought many times about writing but haven’t made the time to do it. So, what’s been going on?

We changed our holiday from Japan, Palau, Saipan, etc to an easier holiday–16 days on the South Island of New Zealand. We have been there before a couple of times but feel equally excited about going again. 36 days and counting.

I quit sugar again. I am on day 3. You would think 3 days without sugar wouldn’t be that difficult. It is amazing how much sugar a person eats without even thinking about it. I have been hungry. Today I have had a headache most of the day. For now I have only cut out refined sugar. I still have bits of fruit and whole-grain bread and pasta in moderation. I plan to cut out refined flour after a couple of weeks off of refined sugar.

Sofia started back to school a few weeks ago now. She is in Year 1 and so far loves it. After school she does gymnastics one day (with Alex) and art class another day. Alex started back at the same daycare he has been going to. He does that three days a week.

We are coming to the end of summer in Sydney. Although it hasn’t been a particularity hot summer I am glad to see the back end of it. I am not fond of the never-ending humidity and blazing hot sun. Bring on my three favourite seasons!

I have been keeping myself busy. Sometimes I wonder where the time goes since I am not working but days are usually full. I help with our local Playgroup (the same one we have been going to for a few years now). I also help with reading in Sofia’s classroom. I am also class parent with two other mums for Sofia’s classroom. And the newest for me is offering to help on the P&C committee at Sofia’s school. I am not sure how much time it is going to take but I hope I didn’t take on too much with three committees!

I have started trying to do more reading again. I used to be such an avid reader and over the past few years I have struggled with focus. On Goodreads I have pledged to read 30 books this year. I am on book #4 so I am not keeping up pace. Of course there are about 100 books I want to read either on the bookshelf or in the Kindle app….

Knitting took a bit of a backseat over summer. Who wants to sit and knit when it is hot? I hope I can get back I to it as the weather cools. I have a couple of things started for people and many more things I want to learn!

We are planning our annual trip home (always the long way) right now. More on this as we get closer. Norway, England and Germany on the table at the moment as well as a stop through Singapore before we get to the US.

The kids are growing up so quickly. Sofia is six and Alex will be four in June. At this point I plan to send him to kindergarten next school year. It is hard to believe Sofia will be seven in October. 7! How is that even possible?sometimes you just want to stop time and keep them little forever. I can see why women keep having babies!!

That is all I have for now. I want to say that I will update more often but I can’t promise anything…

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Another Christmas at “home”

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This is our fourth Christmas in Australia and it still doesn’t feel like Christmas. I struggle every year to get into the spirit. There is something about putting up the tree and sweating that doesn’t seem right. I miss the snow, the cold, and family this time of year. For many of the years as expats we spend Christmas on holiday.

Here are Christmases since we left the US:

2002: England to US. North Dakota, Texas.
2003: England to US. Missouri, Texas, Mexico, Georgia.
2004: Germany to US. North Carolina. California. Nevada
2005: England US. Minnesota. North Dakota. North Carolina. California.
2006: England to Chile and Argentina.
2007: England. Sofia born in October.
2008: England to Cyprus and Greece.
2009: England to Sydney for a few weeks before Christmas (initial visit prior to move). England to US. Minnesota. North Dakota. North Carolina. Tom moved to Australia after we returned. Kids and I followed soon after.
2010: Alex born in June. Sydney and around the world. Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, USA (Minnesota, North Dakota, California.
2011: Sydney
2012: Sydney to Adelaide then road trip to Melbourne.
2013: Sydney

This is probably why I feel a little strange being here at Christmas.