(Also - our 800th blog milestone! Wow, it's been a long 800 blogs...but where did the time go?!)
For the holidays this year, we have taken the very easy, potentially boring route of staying home. While most expats here get out of dodge the second they have the chance, we are saving Kristoffer's precious days off of work for the arrival of the BBG. And with that big trip looming, as well as the one we just took to Denmark in September and the one I took to America in November, days and dollars did not allow us to venture very far off of this little peninsula we live on.
But Kristoffer did take one day off work, Christmas Eve, and then was given the 25th, 26th and 27th off anyway. So for the price of one day, he didn't have to go to work for six days. Not bad! For our staycation we spent a lot of time in the pool and at the beach. We've had many playdates with lots of friends, ate at the few restaurants in town that are actually still open right now (almost everything closes down for two weeks...not reopening until Monday January 6th!), and spent a lot of time coloring, building Legos, playing with our new Christmas toys, and having Far build crazy forts for us wherever and whenever possible.
Scenes from our staycation looked like this:
(yes, I brought supplies for s'mores back from America and tried to get everyone to do it by candlight in our air conditioned house...but they did not enjoy it at all - can you tell?!?! I loved the results but admit that the experience was not quite the same as being outside over a campfire!)
And our big milestone during this staycation was that Grace has been having swimming lessons almost every day and she can swim without her wings on now! Just in the shallow end for now, where she can finally touch on tippee toes - but that gives her just enough confidence to practice her kicks and strokes without her wings on. She has come a LONG way in the last year in terms of her fear of water (and getting her face/head wet, especially) and we are really proud of her. She LOVES it and is working hard to get better at being independent in the water. Woo hoo!
The kids are actually not back to school until Monday the 6th (when everything else on the peninsula reopens as well!), which is when our staff return from their holiday trips to their home countries...so our staycation has also included a LOT of washing dishes and hanging out laundry and sweeping the floors. A good reminder that we are able to do these things for ourselves - but in the super hot season and getting more pregnant by the day...well, let's just say I will be very happy to welcome our staff back in the new year.
Kristoffer has Wednesday off so on Tuesday night we are going to push our luck and try to stay awake until midnight to see fireworks over the beach while the kids are with a backup babysitter. Being tired at the start of the new year is certainly great foreshadowing for our new life with a newborn in April!