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Published: July 10th 2008
First, the important news...Mark signed our lease. Yay. That was a major checklist item. I found out a couple days ago, but for some reason wanted to wait and make sure nothing changed before posting the news. So far, so good. I am posting a few pics, so you get a visual. It's not that big, but it's very clean, modern, nice and has great views. It's that same building we decided on after our search. In fact, we ended up getting the very apartment we liked best after some negotiating and Slaven charm (go Mark!).
In other news, I am experimenting with stovetop/steamer cooking more and more. I know Mark says we'll eat out tons, but I'm not so sure. If I'm home alone during the day--I am going to do what I do here and cook my lunch. I'm sure I'll eat out some, once I am more familiar and comfortable...but I am going to be cooking SOME of the time. So I made these steamed dumplings just now with my rice cooker/steamer and some of those wonton wrappers. I figured I could stuff them with tofu/veggies and garlic and salt and steam them...totally worked! Very tasty, super
not an oven..it's a sterilizer (basically an oven for the dishes).
healthy and I can imagine making lots of varieties. Okay, I'm almost embarrassed, but I'm going to include a picture of these things I just made. They are really good.
Last night was family night at camp. The kids had originally said they didn't want to go. I was not going to push it, since we have been very busy and I'm on my own...but then Emily said at the last minute "It's my dream to go!" So after driving back and forth to that camp twice already, we did a third trip over to the nature center. It was cute, but long. Lots of mosquitoes, and lots of people. Kinda like China. Crowded and hot.
We're doing all the last dentist/doctor appointments for a while. I took the kids for their yearly checkups yesterday and they both gained a few pounds and grew over 2 inches. Their pediatrician is the greatest. She's been our doc since Nathan was 6 months old. She's been especially helpful with all my nervous mom questions about vaccinations, etc. We really only added 1 vaccination to the ones they already had--Typhoid. Probably not necessary, but if/when we travel through more rural parts
cute balcony outside
of China and also other Asian countries, we'll be covered. When she heard we were moving she saved a copy of National Geographic for us--the special China edition. So nice.
Yesterday, Emily and I stopped by her former Montessori school--she went there for 3 years of her preschool/daycare years. We went to tell them our news, and say goodbye for now. The teachers were all so excited for us and also excited to see Emily. She's a year older and a whole lot wiser. These goodbyes are going to be rough. Every time I see my friends I wonder how many more times I will see them before I go. My dad is sneaking in one last visit--we had thought the June trip was going to be that last visit...but glad we changed our minds!
I feel like there's a giant clock ticking overhead...and it's speeding up. Actually, there is a ticking clock in the room I'm in...it may need to be relocated now that I'm focusing on it. Anyway, I am not ready...but I guess ready or not, here we come?
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