Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hello December

December always brings with it so many kinds of emotions.

Excitement, happiness, anxiety, and maybe even some stress.  No matter how much we prepare ourselves there always seems to be just so much going on. And so many things to get done.

The kids have about 2 weeks left of school here till we're out of here for some downtime.  My older one has exams coming up for which I hope she's studied hard for.  I can only tell her so much and remind her to do so, but the rest is up to her.

Bring on December....

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Good bye November

so today is the last day of November 2016.

Since Thanksgiving happened this month I thought to share 30 things that I'm thankful for.  In no particular order.....

I'm thankful for.....................

1.  family
2. that my husband has a job, and a great one at that.
3. that I have the previlege of being a stay at home mom. (there are some days when I resent it.  I'm keeping it real)
4. my oldest daughter living on her own and doing it well.  Even while she's doing her last year of high school.
5. that Renee's knee is healing well and that she's gotten rid of her crutches and is walking on her own.
6. that Tanysh and Joshua have settled in well at the school in Kazakhstan and are doing well.  Even with the change of cirriculum they are doing well.
7.  Tanysha is playing the piano again and is actually enjoying it.
8.  I have been able to be consistent with my workouts every morning. 8am in the gym every morning!!
9.  the snow.  It's  magical and makes the cold so much more bearable.  we haven't had any ore snow as of late and I'm really hoping it does again.
10.  living here in Kazakhstan.  There are so many things about it that are great.  There are days when I wake up thinking - what in the world!!
11.  watching the sunrise over the river.  I look forward to that in the mornings. 
12.  the community I live in.  The togetherness and being there for one another is always so great.
13.  that I live with the river view.  There is so much life on the river and I see so much from my house.
14.  a warm house.  The fire place
15.  that I am healthy and physically fit.  I may not be the weight that I want to be....yet, but I am working on it.
16.  TV shows like Blindspot, Blue Bloods and Modern family.
17.  volunteers who help the community around me and constantly challenge me to do better.
18.  trying to live simply
19. the familiar foods that we can find here in kazakhstan that makes my kids happy.
20.  knowing the people in my community and loving how diverse our community is.
21. the teachers that teach my kids and the patience they have for them.
22.  my childrens friends.
23. the air that i breathe.
24.  my childhood friends that I can see and chat with on facebook.
25.  my PNG family that I can keep in touch with on facebook.
26.  my dishwasher.  my washer and dryer.  Life would be so different without these white goods in my house.
27.  my friends in London that made my stay there comfortable and entertaining.
28.  The visa group here in kazakhstan that helped me with my visa process.
29.  my bed to which i can retire to every night.  I take this for granted.
and lastly for this list.....

30.  Coffee.

Goodbye November.

Bring on the festive season.  Bring on December.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

weekends are for........

 A community Thanksgiving Dinner,

walks along the river and baking.

I think I've finally settled again here in my new home for the next couple of years.
In all honesty we never really know how long an assignment will be.  Of course we used to know that assigments lasted at least 3-4 years, but with so many changes in the oil industry we just don't know.

We've settled.  We're happy and we will make the most of our time here.

Hope you all had a happy weekend.