Sorry to be absent here... I've got all the Japan Stories just about ready to post so I'll get back on that soon. Funny how I started posting about our time living and working in Japan and then suddenly we're moving out of the country again... Maybe I should have done it a long time ago!
This week I've been focusing on not accomplishing anything other than being 100% present with the boys when they are home, and just being good to myself while they are not. "Being good to myself" involves a lot of reading and laying about being lazy. Which is fine because for the last two weeks I worked around the clock getting Michael ready to go, and for the next eleven weeks I'll be doing the same as I get rid of our possessions and prepare for the family move. I owe it to myself to do nothing for a week without guilt. So far, the boys have been angels. Could it be because I'm lavishing attention on them? I've also heaped a lot more responsibility on both of them, which they've taken on with relish. Michael used to do all the dishes, which was his way of showing his appreciation for me doing all the cooking. I hate doing the dishes and tend to put it off, even if all I have to do is rinse and put the plates in the dishwasher. So I'm having the boys immediately rinse their own dishes and put them directly in the dishwasher, no pausing to rest in the sink for Mom to find later. Nathan is already responsible for putting away all the dishes once they are clean. Now I just gotta get the boys to sort the clean socks... another task that I loathe that I always left for Michael! I hate socks so much that I almost always wear sandals, even in the rain, even in winter. I happily let the boys wear sandals all summer because it means less sock sorting!
Michael has been sending me lots of photos which I'll be sharing here starting next week. But I had to share one right now:
This is the welcome pack he got on his first day of work. A tee shirt, satchel, welcome book, and the thing I'm most excited about... a leather-bound binder that has little cards of all the attractions and sights in Macau in Chinese, perfect to show the taxi driver! I can't wait to go exploring! For the first time I've allowed myself to start daydreaming about what life is going to be like there, and it gives me ripples of excitement in my belly. Which is so much better than the pit of dread I was feeling as we prepared for Michael to depart. Of course, we've already been to about 85% of the sights in Macau as a family back in 2005. But that was with a preschooler and toddler, at a pace fast enough to keep them interested. Things are different now, and I'm so glad that even though they can be stink bugs on many occasions, I have raised two boys who are excellent travellers! Can't wait!
I already told Michael that he shouldn't get too attached to that tee... it's gonna be mine, all mine. And that satchel... I don't know if you can see it, but I'm pretty sure my name is there on it. Small price to pay for all the work that awaits me starting next week, right?
See you again soon!