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We are leaving for America in less than a week! I’ve never felt so torn about returning to my home country. It will be so great to catch up with family and friends, but our little ones can’t go with us. We haven’t been home in 2 ½ years. So much has changed in the lives of those close to us while we’ve been away. There are lots of babies to see for the first time, new spouses to meet, and graduations to celebrate! Missing out on so many key milestones in the lives’ of our friends and family is what makes living abroad the hardest. Yeah, there are so many ways to stay in touch, but it’s just not the same as being able to spend time together in person.
Preparing for our departure has been a lot of work. There is a wonderful couple coming to stay with our kids while we are away. We have been stocking up on non-perishables, diapers, wipes, and those type of things so that they won’t have to figure out where to buy some of the harder to find items. When you live in a village, shopping is a little more complicated. Cleaning has been another priority. It’s one thing to have someone over for dinner and another to have someone living in your house while you are away! Suddenly I’ve noticed new places I never clean!
Errands, Vietnamese lunch & and favorite Thai snack
Today we ran some errands, but with my husband having a broken toe, walking around was a little tough. He had to use the grocery cart to lean on. He’s also coming down with a cold. We bought orange juice and some medicine for him in hopes that he will feel better before the plane ride! He thought Nam Neung (Vietnamese Meatball Wraps) sounded good since you can load them up with garlic and spicy peppers, a natural way to build up your immune system. While we were out, I also got one of my favorite Thai snacks. It’s called Khanom Krok and tastes like little coconut custard pancakes. If they are fresh, the outside is crispy and the inside is warm and creamy. I love the ones with green onions in them. It makes for a nice savory and sweet treat!
I also started packing my carry-on bag. I’m not sure about you but this is one of my favorite things to do! It sounds silly, I know, but it’s maybe because doing this task is when it hits me that I’m actually going on a trip. We bought some new backpacks a couple of days ago and I couldn’t wait to start filling mine! Everyone who knows me also knows what a bag person I am. Not in that I love expensive bags, I just like purses and travel bags. Especially ones with lots of pockets!
Since it’s a little early to completely pack, and I don’t want to do too much cleaning now (the kids will just undo my work), there isn’t much to do tonight. With the health of our household not being quite up to par, I think having a relaxing night at home is the plan. Which probably means another episode or two of Story Bots for the kids! Help me!
Well, off to make dinner!