I haven’t blogged in a LONG time. I started a few posts and kept meaning to go back and finish them and well, I didn’t. So I’ll just make a fresh start of things and do a little catching up here.
- The holiday season in Tbilisi was wonderful. We spent Thanksgiving with friends, enjoying a delicious turkey and all of our other favorites, including pumpkin pie (Abby ate her piece AND JR’s. I knew better than to offer to share mine!). They did an incredible job hosting 10 adults and 8 kids, and it reminded us of all of our Thanksgivings back in the States.
- December flew by. There were work parties, the Embassy kids’ party (see below for Abby’s pure joy at meeting Santa), and about 87 boxes from various retailers and family to sort through. We spent most of Christmas day in our pajamas, taking our time opening gifts and playing with Abby’s new toys, before having dinner with our friends and their kids. Our favorite part of Christmas was giving Abby her play kitchen, which we bought for $50 from the next door neighbors who were leaving for their onward assignment. JR loved it because it was already put together. With all the parts and screws, it probably would have taken him hours to build.
- My mom came to visit! She was here for about 10 days and we had the best time. We Skype with my family almost every night and it’s part of Abby’s evening routine to talk to Nana. (Even when she plays with her toy phones and we ask who she’s talking to it’s inevitably “Nana” or “Papu.”) Abby was thrilled to spend time with her Nana, and Nana clearly felt the same way. I had planned a lunch and trip to the spa for facials and massages, and when I was telling my mom the details, she started crying. Not out of joy, mind you, rather she said “I’m just going to miss Abby.” All because I wanted to spoil her for an afternoon! She pulled it together, though, and we had a fun afternoon at the Radisson Blu spa.
- We’re making plans for our first R&R, and although we could travel just about anywhere in the world, we’ve decided to visit Ohio. In March. That’s what missing family (and Dairy Queen and Target) will do to a person! The plan is for Abby and I to fly back a week before JR, so I have less than two months to panic about traveling alone with her.
- JR and I each turned a year older. Crazy that we met and started dating when I was 22! Oh our youth.
- That’s basically it. We’re boring. But I’m determined to blog more frequently in 2016. Until then, here are a bunch of pictures from the last few months.
Playing in the big sandbox at QSI (the international school nearby)