The boys are both in swim lessons again this quarter, and I am thrilled to see how much progress Ollie is making already. (Owen is doing great too. He's learning how to dive properly.) It's only been two sessions, and Ollie is already putting his head under, kicking, and attempting to make arm circles. He even "dove" to the bottom of the shallow end to pick up a "mango" dive stick. So fun to see!
For our fall break this year, Derek and I chose to take the kids to Singapore. We were looking for a place to go that had a quality zoo, some trails, and some good shopping. In addition to hitting up Singapore, Owen has beed asking to go to Legoland for a while now, so we hit up Malaysia for a night too to make that happen. Please click here to read about our experiences in Singapore and Malaysia.
We went to the Singapore Zoo, Little India, Sentosa Island, the southernmost point of continental Asia, the bird park, Fort Canning Park, Orchard Road, and even took a boat tour around on the river that runs through the hear of Singapore. It was a very eventful holiday and definitely one of the most expensive we've taken. Singapore is a beautiful city with excellent transit systems and friendly people. We felt safe the entire time, and had a lot of fun exploring.
It's that time of year when homesickness strikes many expats. Its been a few months since we were "home," and its still a very long time until we get to go there again. Eight more months, actually. That's a long time.
I'm feeling it extra bad right now because my brother-in-law and his wonderful wife are expecting their first child any minute now. I really wish I could be there, and I really wish my kids could be there to see their first cousin as a tiny baby. But, they won't. They won't get to see her until she is eight months old. I'm struggling with this quite a lot.
I know being an expat comes with both benefits and sacrifices, but this is a hard one for me. I feel like I am robbing my kids from the chance to grow up with their cousin. But, I never lived close to my cousins, and neither did Derek. And really, the children of our expat friends really do fill that role in this crazy home away from home. But it's not the same as family.