Sunday, January 11, 2015

Why Can't I Quit You?

I has been six weeks since I last blogged.  Part of me is tired of this obligation, always having to keep the blog up and part of me wants to quit but I have eight years of momentum behind this blog and I can't quit...habits.

At the same time there are a lot of things I feel like I can't talk about and I want to blog about, that stifles me creatively.  I will say this, we love, love, love Malaysia but it is complex and fascinating.

This past December the kids had their end-of-2014 festivities.  We had a wonderfully nice long break where we stayed in town.  Instead of traveling we bought a new washer, dryer, HVAC, and heater for our house in McLean.  Sigh.  So we had a staycation.

I am not feeling wordy today so take a look at our last six weeks:
The Christmas card shot.

Family Photos at KLCC Park.  The Banyan tree that hosted a million mosquitos.

Stella in charge at 7.  Love her.  

My sweet amazing Tiger.  Love him.

My two kids.

I went to Chinatown a lot to pick up stocking stuffers.

Stella and her original Manila BFF together again, Batu caves.

Ate street food with friends.

Went to Merdekka Square

Saw cool stuff near Imbi Market

Drove to Port Dickson, gorgeous sand littered with garbage. Wuh Wah.

Don't worry my days at BYU prepped me for this moment. 

Went to science museums.

And cat birthday parties.

And had playdates.

And our eighth ceiling water leak.

Saw santa

Stella actually sat on his lap this year. Hi Bill!

Realized we won the war on Christmas when I went to a mall in a Muslim country and it was the biggest Christmas display I have ever seen in my life, complete with religious carols. 
The flood in the ceiling kept leaking for ten days until someone came to fix it.  The ceiling fell.

Went to Chinatown, again.

Spent time with this kid.

Played at our neighbor's house.

Did batik painting.

Saw friends.

Went to the mall with friends.

Had Christmas.
We fed Santa's reindeer in this household.

Lost a second tooth Christmas Eve.

Had an amazing Christmas brunch at the Mandarin Oriental.

My helper got this for me for Christmas.

Went to the aquarium.

Spent New Years with my family.
Rang in the New Year with this cutie in his PJs.

Saw our old Manila peeps and hosted them for three days.

Batu caves.

Ate fish head curry.

Street food with Seth.

Climbed our neighbors rock climbing wall.

Went on a boat and saw the fireflies.

Played with garbage and built a house using proper housing materials at Port Dickson.

Who needs a resort?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Served with a Side of Christmas Gone Wild

The holidays are coming.  It is in the air.

This year I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 23 people.  I started cooking on Monday and I ate on Friday.  It was wonderful to celebrate with our new friends who have become our Malaysian family. They came from New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands and all were tickled pink to try out this fated meal they have watched in movies and read about.

And what is not to like about Thanksgiving? Food, friends, and fun.
I finally got to sit at the grown up table.

There were seconds and thirds and fourths.


The special Stella and Tiger table complete with Tiger's Thanksgiving meal: sandwiches, of course.

 The next day we decided Christmas can begin so we went to the mall, which is like Christmas on crack.  Who says there is a war on Christmas?  I am in a not Christian country and Christmas is alive and well.  Dare I say, they go to 11 on Christmas here.  We decided to put up our Blue Spruce again but this year went rainbow.  I love that my husband allows these kinds of shenanigans with no protest at all.  He is the best.