Here are the highlights from our life right now:
Tommy is still enjoying his job. It’s stressful at times and very busy but he likes it.
I have started walking a bit and my feet are doing pretty good. Now if I can simultaneously quit eating I might lose some weight. I have a consistent Monday morning walking buddy, Janet. She’s from Louisiana and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her. And I have to say, her Southern accent is just so comforting to me. I miss my all time favorite walking buddy, though. I love you, Gwen.
Tommy and Jakeb are in the last stages of marathon prep. They’ll be going to Christchurch, New Zealand in June. Tommy suffered and recovered from a foot injury and now Jakeb has a huge blister on the bottom of his foot from going barefoot on concrete (told you it’s H.O.T. here!) so they have had some set backs but they’ll be ready and they’re excited about going.
Anna and I will have some girly girl time while the boys are gone to NZ. Can’t wait!!
Anna, as we all are, is ready for school to be finished. She enjoys swimming at our complex pool almost everyday. She is doing well in school but is experiencing a little bit of “senioritis” even though she’s only5th grade. I think I am too. We’re ready for the summer break. Anna is our techno geek these days. She makes sure we don’t miss anything important on tv. Like American Idol, Amazing Race and Survivor. Yes, those are important! She is responsible for making sure they are recorded in case we aren’t going to be home.
Tori is doing well in college in Texas. She has a semi-formal to go to soon. I wish I was there but thankful my sister could stand in for the fun dress shopping experience and enjoy a great lunch with her at The Cheesecake Factory.
We are getting our homeschool books in and it’s exciting! We found a desk and a bookcase for cheap on Craigslist so we were pretty happy about that. We’re trying to get things organized and set up before summer break because we won’t be here that much. We’ll end up starting school sometime at the first of September.
Jakeb is going to Prom. Not with a date. Just with a group. We have no idea where to get him a suit. We’d rather not have to get one tailored but that might be what has to happen. We have a suit jacket that might work so maybe we can get by with just buying pants. This is one of those times when we wished we could just zip over to JC Penney’s or Dillards and be done in an hour or so. Instead, it will take a few weeks to figure it all out. Planning ahead is the story of our life here. Oh and shoes!! Totally forgot about shoes. ugh….
Jakeb will be a senior next year!!! Oh my! We’re already thinking college applications, graduation party (can everyone just fly out to Singapore next May?) and packing him up and moving himback to Texas. I’m thinking that the next year will go by way too fast.
I’m hoping to buy some plants soon and try my hand at growing cilantro, rosemary, mint, lemon grass, and spring onions and maybe a few others. My thumb is pitch black so hope I can keep them alive. It would be so great to just walk out on the balcony and pick my own rosemary to cook dinner with.
Our plans are set for the summer. One or a combination of the Stunz Family 5 will be in Singapore (of course), New Zealand, Kenya, Beijing, London, and Texas between the months of June through August.
Tori will be here in a few weeks!! It’ll be SO great to be the Stunz Family 5 even if for just a few weeks. She’ll stay here for a few weeks and then she’s off for a 5 week study abroad program in Beijing. Tommy, Anna and I will join her for the tail end of her stay there and spend a week in Beijing. Jakeb will be somewhere, maybe Kenya or Texas. Can’t keep the schedules all straight.
I probably should mention that Tori has a boyfriend. I’m sure she’ll love me for including this. Hey, it’s news and part of what’s going on in our lives. Anyway, his name is Jacob which is pretty confusing sometimes. We got to meet him when we were home in March and we’re very pleased. So far…
Tommy’s brother, Toby, will be here next week! He’s coming for work so we won’t see him as much as we’d like but it’s always nice to have our family on the same continent.
The house is shaping up and feeling more like a home. We’ve bought some plants and a few pieces of furniture that will be nice to have as treasures from our stay here. We have leaks that they can’t seem to fix but it’s not our house really so I guess I shouldn’t care too much. The mold on the kitchen ceiling kinda bothers me a little. I think we found the source of that leak so maybe that will get all cleaned up soon. Houses here are just not built square and most people leave everything open and are not too concerned with the elements. We, however, do not have a good set up for air flow drafting so if we open things up, it would just be smoldering hot and still. We love our aircons! I think that running the aircons keeps the lizards out. That’s my story anyway and I’m sticking to it.
We’re missing things from home. Family, friends, our daughter, baby showers, dress shopping, births, birthdays, cooler weather, etc. Notice that I didn’t mention anything about food. We’re doing quite well in the area. Took 10 months but we think we’ll survive. I keep having to remind myself that we chose this adventure and I try to keep things in perspective but sometimes it’s difficult.
Overall, we’re mostly good.