Farewell Singapore

One adventure is coming to a close (we depart in 3 hours!) and our family is gearing up for our next adventures. It is time for us to say farewell, Singapore! SgMove-1

I read this quote a while back and it totally sums up our experience the last 20 months.

“To live outside’s one country is to experience an adventure of a lifetime, it may not be apparent from looking at us, but we return home forever changed.”- Unknown

 

We are extremely grateful for the experiences that we have had living abroad. We have have learned so much about ourselves, other cultures and people, we understand that it’s ok to find your self in uncomfortable experiences and situations, we enjoyed the endless travel opportunities, we’ve enjoyed trying new foods, exploring with our visitors and are appreciative the ease of life and living back home.  Singapore and living so far away from family and friends has been a life changing experience that we will forever be grateful for. We hope to one day be able to return to Singapore and are eager for any other opportunities to live overseas.  Plus, we return back to the States with the best souvenir from our time in Singapore, Addy!

It’s been a hectic and tiring week in Singapore for our family. The movers arrived on Monday and started packing our things and our load was packed into a sea container Wednesday. It’s amazing how quickly your life can be boxed up and fit into one 40 ft. container. We will hopefully be reunited with our belongings in 8 short weeks. We are also living in a hotel, which is not always the easiest thing with a baby, but Addy is being as flexible as any nearly 5 month old can be.

This little cutie loved playing with the boxes!SgMove-1-2SgMove-2 SgMove-3 SgMove-4 SgMove-5

We fly out in the early morning hours Saturday and will arrive late morning in Chicago for some much needed family time. We are excited to be landing in the same time zone or nearly the same time zone as most of our family and friends. We will  be in Indiana visiting our families for about two weeks. Addy is excited to be meeting all of her family and friends!

After our visit in Indiana we will be heading to Houston to start our next adventure. We will be in temporary housing for a bit while we wait to close on our house. I’m putting myself on a blog vacation for a few weeks while we get over the jet lag and spend time with our families. I’ll still be taking pictures and will continue post on our Indiana adventures once we are settled in Texas.

So for now, we say farewell Singapore(we hope to visit again) and Howdy, Texas with a short stop in the Hoosier state in between!

Here are some other pictures from the week!

Toys were a bit sparse this week so we found body parts to play with instead. FullSizeRender (1) FullSizeRender (3)Addy can’t wait to see the fort Daddy can build with all these boxes!FullSizeRender (4)Our Hotel!FullSizeRender (5)
Wrestling with the bed pillows!FullSizeRender (2)

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A Trip to the Zoo

Zoo-1Shortly after New Years our family took an adventure to the Singapore Zoo. We only spent a few hours, but we had a nice time. Addy enjoyed being out and about and stayed awake for part of the time. The zoo exhibited the animals very well and it was a great place to take photos.
Zoo-2 Zoo-3 Zoo-4 Zoo-5 Zoo-6 Addy and DaddyZoo-7 Zoo-8 Zoo-9 Zoo-10 This little one was not even in a cage!Zoo-11 Zoo-12 Zoo-13 Zoo-14 Zoo-15 Zoo-16 Zoo-18 Zoo-19 Zoo-20 The Mom put her foot on the baby’s tail to keep it from running off. If only it could be that easy with Addy in the future!Zoo-21 Zoo-22 Zoo-23 Zoo-24

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family to yours! Our New Years Eve was extremely low key. We had our family friend Colin over for dinner and dessert and I headed to bed around 10. I knew Addy was going to wake up in the night, so I knew to get as much sleep as I could! She ended up waking at 3 AM to eat and 4:30 for a quick rock back to sleep.

We are  New Years day relaxing as a family around the house and putting away Christmas decorations. Taylor is off for the next few days which is always nice and we hope to get a fun outing in that I can share with everyone in the next few weeks!

At the New Year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect. We had a very exciting 2014 that’s for sure. We  had many visitors, a variety of travel opportunities, and of course, the birth of our daughter Adelaide. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2015, it’s sure to be exciting!

Here are my favorite photos from the year. It was fun to look back and see how my photography improved. I did go back and re-edit some pictures which improved them even more!(They are in no particular order!)

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