elisa, that sounds awesome! too bad we aren't flying through london with a long layover, or we could come see you! we transit through amsterdam, with not enough time to do anything, sadly. not that we really want to go touristing around in the middle of such a crazy journey -- maybe if mark were still with me we'd brave it -- the goal at this point is definitely HOME!!!
we went out for dinner last night with the family who is staying in these apartments and is a few weeks ahead of us in the process, to a lovely little Italian restaurant where there is a huge playground and a woman to watch your kids while you eat dinner. of course, our kids are all fairly new to us, so not really wanting to be out of sight of us, but they did go play for a bit, I got to enjoy a really delicious pineapple coconut mojito, and the kids were thrilled with pizza and coke, and I had a delicious chicken breast in lemon sauce, mashed potatoes and salad... and I didn't have to make it or clean it up, or deal with kids clawing at me while I try to get them food!! hooray! the drive there was NUTS, I can't believe the roads here -- more potholes than road most of the time, and no real lanes to speak of, people walking on the side of the road, other people selling you things every time you stop (that's how you buy minutes for your phone, from the guys at intersections selling minutes) and 12 of us squeezed into one small SUV-type car that is meant to hold 6 passengers plus the driver. you just hold your babies on your laps and hope for the best! The air quality here is awful, and my nose is always caked with gunk inside -- haven't been able to recover from airplane nose. I can't wait to get home where there is clean water, clean air, no deadly mosquitoes, and I can drive my own car wherever I want, whenever I want. I hate to sound so whiny -- we met a woman from the okanagon last night who is living here for a year with her 4 kids (her husband passed away and she has friends here, so decided to come live here for a year) and I think when you're more on your own terms, and can really settle in it's a much nicer stay. adopting a 3 year old is hard work, too, and while I'm really glad that the kids can go out and play at the small playground here, and there is a pool, but marvin is a crazy busy kid (hoping he'll relax a bit and calm down -- his energy feels really frantic) and this little apartment just doesn't offer that much to distract him from seeing what he can get away with.
I'm not feeling well either (minor yuck feeling, I think mostly from the air quality and exhaustion and stress)
gotta run, kids gone wild...