So here’s what’s happening in the Stunz Family 5.
Today is the beginning of the last three weeks of school. Hallelujah!!! I’m so ready for this year to be over. Not sure why but it’s been sort of challenging in areas and I’m just really reading to not have to fix breakfast at 6am and pack lunches for a while. I know, I know… I’ll miss it one day.
Tomorrow (Texas time), Tori, the one whose presence makes us the Stunz Family 5 rather than the Stunz Family 4, joyfully (kind of) hops a plan for a 30 or so hour plane ride to Singapore. She gets here Wednesday night (Singapore time). I know that’s too confusing to try to explain. Just go with it, we do. Anyway, she leaves her boyfriend, Jacob, behind this time around so that will not be fun at all. BUT she gets to come see us!!! Woohoooo! When Tori started dating Jacob, the first two thing I asked her were: Is he taller than you? and Does he have a passport? One out of two ain’t bad. Jacob, you simply must get that passport thing taken care of. It’s still really strange that we are leading the life of world travellers.
We think Anna has pink eye. yuck… This means a dr. appt so I type this blog post while I wait for them to open. She has made pretty good friends with a girl from Taiwan, Maggie. She lives in our complex and they seem to be together all the time. Maggie has gone to church with us many times now and shared meals with us. Her mom brought us a YUMMY chocolate cake last night to thank us. I told her it is really our pleasure to have her with us anytime. They get along really well.
We hosted a Newcomer’s Gathering for our church, Redemption Hill, last night. I love having people over. Our church is really busting out the seams. We (the church leaders) found a new place to move to, which is super difficult in Singapore, and thought we had it in the bag but have been confronted with some red tape. So now we pray that this all gets resolved quickly and we can meet there as there just aren’t any other options at this point. The place we are currently meeting has said we can stay there until the end of June. All of this sounds so familair. It’s so similar to what we experienced in our home church in Texas a few years back.
Jakeb is going to prom this Saturday with a group of friends. Don’t expect to see any girl/guy pics on the staircase or anything. We were able to get a tux that we had already altered to fit him perfectly and that only cost us $14 SGD and $16 SGD to have it cleaned. We bought him a dress shirt and a Thai silk tie (I think that’s funny -Thai silk tie…) and dress shoes at Mustafa. And we accomplished this all in one day. Pretty darn amazing in Singapore. The prom is at Sentosa so it will cost us more for transportation to get him out there and home than we spent on the clothes. Ok, maybe that’s a little exagerated but it will not be cheap. We were super happy to not have to buy him a suit, though. But we probably could have found that at Mustafa too.
Chasing a rabbit. Mustafa… that day at Mustafa, we bought Jakeb’s dress shirt, tie and shoes. We also bought a luggage scale and a sewing kit. We bought Anna a pair of shoes for fun and modeling clay for a school project and 2 of Jakeb’s favorite writing pens. Oh, and turkey bacon. That place has everything. Literally.
Tommy’s birthday is this week. He’ll be 40 something. 43 I think. We’re the same age but I never can remember how old we are. He’s 6 months older than me, though. So for a little while I get to be younger than him. I think when we get this old we’re just grateful for another one and it doesn’t really matter which one it is. We’re doing something special for him as a whole family on Thursday so I’ll have to write about that later. Unless it flops and in that case you won’t hear a word about it.
Anna has a swim gala at school on Friday. For those Texans out there, a swim gala is a fancy way of saying a ‘swim meet that’s just for fun’. She will be wearing her swim costume. She will be racing in several different strokes but I think her main one is free style. She’s really pretty darn good.
I am home a lot this week nesting, so to speak. I’m trying to finish up several little projects before Tori gets here so I don’t have to mess with them then. I’m also beginning to go through and plan Anna’s homeschool curriculum for next year. It’s exciting and overwhelming. We ate out alot last week while Tommy’s brother was here. It was so great to see him and spend time with him! But we’re kind of over eating out for a week or so. I think I’ll cook at home this week. Seems like I haven’t done that in a long time. I’ve got some new dishes I’d like to try. If they are gross, then we always have Holland Village Hawker Center or Curry Gardenn nearby.
We miss Texas. We miss family and friends. I talked to my mom and dad on Skype the other day and my dad was telling me how he is keeping squirrels from eating the pears off of my mom’s pear tree (don’t ask). Suffice it to say that no one had better mess with my mom’s pears! I laughed and then after we hung up I cried. This is a very adventurous life we are living and we are grateful but we’re really missing out on being home as well. My good friend is buying a house and I’d love to be there to help them move and share in their joy. Another good friend’s dad is in the hospital and I’d love to be just around the corner if she needed me. I said last night to a lady from church that “I can’t see us making our life here but we are doing better at living here.” Some things are still very much of a challenge but we have been here long enough now to make some adjustments that work better for us and things just don’t seem as difficult as they once did – at least not on a daily basis.
The summer in Singapore has begun. So many people migrate home for the summer. We’re actually going back to Texas in July but it will be pretty quiet around here in June. No local tours, not many coffee dates with friends. Luckily we have a good stock of movies and I’ll have Anna by my side.
Oh! Jakeb and Tommy are getting ready to head to Christchurch, New Zealand for their marathon. Jakeb’s first! Training has gone really well. I’m so impressed and perplexed at the level of enjoyment they get from this but they love it. And they’re good at it. They just finished their last long run of 20 miles and now they taper. They leave on June 3rd and the marathon is on the 6th, I believe. Then Jakeb goes to Kenya a couple of week after and on to Texas from there. He’s gone all summer. So while he is in Kenya and Texas, Tori will be studying in Beijing for 5 weeks. Tommy, Anna and I will travel to Beijing for one week while Tori is there. We’ll definitely be all over the place this summer.
Today started out rainy but the sun is beaming now and it’s H.O.T. I have my aircon on and Tori’ fav’s playlist playing on my ipod. Lemon grass oil is burning in a diffuser and it’s such a relaxing smell. I’m eating Velveeta/Rotel dip and chips for lunch. I figure I can afford to use some of our velveeta stock since we’ll be home this summer. Workers are here today fixing some leaks because every time it rains water it getting in in several places and making some annoying and ugly messes.
So how’s life for you?