As of today, we've lived in Hong Kong for six months! Though I'm actually writing this from America. Specifically the American South, in Mississippi, where my parents moved from California after we left America seven years ago. This is the first American Christmas we've had in seven years. My Mom has been in poor health, and I've been trying since before we left Shanghai to get here to be with her, but life happens, business trips happen, parent nights at new schools happen, and finding someone to watch your dog in a new country happens. Coming to visit my parents didn't happen. So when we were booking our trip to Scandinavia for a sequel to our awesome trip last year, we had a realization that instead of just me coming to America at some unknown point, we could all come together for Christmas. And here we are! Completely disrupting my parents orderly life with our noise and teenage boys and electronics and weird jet lag hunger patterns. We spent a week with them in Florida to visit Walt Disney World (wearing them out completely) and are now spending the second week of our holiday going back and forth to the Wal-Mart (the only store in town) and eating so much Southern Cooking that when I finally washed and tumble dried my jeans after wearing them several times in a row (no need to dress up for the folks at Wal-Mart), I found them tight and miserable to wear. We leave on New Year's Day and we'll be back to walking 5-6 miles a day around Hong Kong and eating our usual more vegetable based diets and hopefully the pants will fit again shortly. In the meantime, I did pick up a pair of super comfy stretchy pants on one of our trips to the Wal-Mart for our 30 hour journey home...
I know 2017 was a rotten year for a lot of people. But as is the case for me on most every year, I can only look back with gratitude. I continue to get to live the life I've always dreamed of, with the man of my dreams, and with these two lovely young men who I swear were just toddlers a few minutes ago. And is the case for me with most every year, I've got so much to look forward to. Exciting things are always on the horizon.
I hope you enter 2018 with joy and much to look forward to as well!
Happy New Year, Friends!
|My Mama and Me.|