Friday, November 28, 2008

Today we took a little break from all of the packing chaos to enjoy Thanksgiving with our family. We had lunch in New Smyrna and then dinner in Orlando. It was a beautiful day.

I hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends. We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's official!!

I didn't mean to keep you hanging for so long!! Pls forgive me. You guys are pretty darn smart! DH tried to distract you by listing all sorts of different places and you didn't fall for it - lol!! We had some pretty good guesses and some were right on. So without further adieu....we are moving to SINGAPORE!!!!! We accepted our employment offer Tuesday night. Then the mountain of paperwork started trickling in. We had pretty much made up our minds way before that as evident by listing our home for rent with a property mgmt company the Saturday before. As you can imagine, we've been pretty busy. I've gone thru a wave of emotions from feeling a bit sad about leaving my company of 15yrs and leaving my current awesome boss, to this renewed energy and excitement about the amazing adventure ahead of us. We are so thankful for the loving and encouraging support of our family and friends. Thank goodness also for my friends who love to shop! We've sold most of our furniture without having to have a garage sale which I was dreading. We've secured a small storage unit for some of the items that we plan to keep.

How do you explain to a 3yr old this life changing event? We take it a day at a time. Kylie is noticing that some of her toys are disappearing, and she watched our furniture being moved out today. She was happily running around the house today with her cousins who had driven up from Tampa. She was treated to a day at Sea*World which included alot of sugar treats while DH and I ran errands which included purchasing 2 new suitcases. Kylie has been spending alot of quality time with her good friend Ellie so that we can run around and get stuff done. She knows where Singapore is on the map and she understands she will be going on a long plane ride. In fact she told me today she wanted to go "right now" and she gestured to the front door as if Singapore would be just on the other side of it.

Add to all of this whirlwind excitement that I now have laryngitis (not officially diagnosed) but I've lost my voice - ugh!

I'll post some pics at a later date. Unfortunately, we will not be able to share specifics about our jobs due to contractual obligations. I will definitely share lots of pics of our travel and new home. We are moving right after Christmas. No official date yet. Some tidbits - Singapore is an island. Everything that I've heard and read about it is positive. Everyone there "speak a da language" so it should be a good transition as far as getting around goes. It is a big city complete with high rises bustling with lots of activities. Add to this they have tropical weather year round - my absolute favorite. In addition to Singapore being one of the cleanest places and having the lowest crime rate, it is also very strict which is in part the reason for the latter. Singapore is 10,352 miles from Orlando and 13hrs ahead during daylight savings time:-)

We look forward to having you follow us along on this journey. Thank you for all of your well wishes, comments, e-mails and phone calls. We are heading towards a wild ride and we promise to bring you all with us - lol!!!

Lisa, thanks for tagging me. I wanna play but it will have to wait as I started this post at 9pm and it is now almost midnight!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Let's play a guessing game...

Lot’s of exciting stuff going on in our house…we’ve been doing some spring cleaning – yes I know it’s fall…we’ve been de-cluttering and may I add it feels like loads of off our shoulder. I’ve started a “for sale”, donate and a storage pile. So are you guys starting to see a pattern here and are now wondering why?

Sean was starting to long for “project type” employment similar to what he did several years ago which required extensive travel. Only this time according to DH, it needed to be a project where Kylie and I could be right along side with him. So, he started inquiring about it. Although I was very supportive, my first thought was as long as it doesn’t involve us moving to another state because I’m not interested. Then it happened, an opportunity became available and now Sean and I had to ponder over what it meant for our family. What if it meant moving not just to another state, but somewhere completely different and totally out of the ordinary? What if not only would DH have an opportunity to be a part of a big and exciting project but I could be a part of it as well? We’d be able to visit a part of the world that we normally would not have gone to on our own. We could possibly vacation to places that we normally wouldn’t if we just stayed here settled and content in our comfort zone. We would have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and expose Kylie to adventures we could only dream were possible?

Well, the thoughts and dreams are becoming a reality. We have both received job offers and we are taking the weekend to seriously consider it. Heck, we are MOVING!!! So, anybody want to guess where we are heading to for the next 3 years or so??? I thought it would be interesting to hear what some of your guesses may be. If you already know feel free to participate by typing in just the first initial. I will post again next week with an update. I’ll give you a hint, it will be out of the country - lol! Did I already allude to that? We will be gone within a month. In the meantime, please excuse me while I go back to breathing in my brown paper bag:-)

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Do's

Hair-Do's that is. Woohoo! I did it. I was brave enough to go short, short short. I loved it when I left my hairstylist but now I'm in the "what did I do" stage. I haven't cut my hair this short in years. My hubby encouraged it and he loves it. I'm not sure I can keep the fresh out of the salon look. I don't know how to fix this hairstyle - lol! I guess I'll be experimenting alot until I find a quick and easy get up and go look. Is there such a thing? Kylie got treated to a wash and cut and she loved it. Unfortunately her bangs were cut way too short. I've been brushing those to the side and it looks cute with a little hair clip. We've had a jammed packed weekend but I only have time for this quick post. I'll try to post again during the week.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween fun

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. Today was a special day because it was also hubby's birthday. Happy Birthday, honey!! We love you! Just a quick post of Kylie with her costume. Kylie wanted to wear her snow*white costume during the day and in the evening she was open to my suggestion of being a good little witch. She looked so darn cute and many neighbors asked to take pictures of her. After a while she was feeling like a movie star not that she knows what that is. Kylie was such a good girl and sweet in her demeanor. However, before going to bed, she had a total meltdown. I'm almost positive that we should not have allowed her to have a chocolate bar and skittles a 1/2 hour before her regularly scheduled bed time;-) Unfortunately, we have forfeited our parent of the year award - lol!