Zufelt Family Feb 2015

Zufelt Family Feb 2015

Friday, December 13, 2013

We're Moving to Saudi Arabia

I guess I haven't announced it here on the blog, but I think everyone already knows. We're Moving to Saudi Arabia!! We're excited about the new adventure and have been connecting with people who live there. I have yet to talk to a single person that didn't love it. Of course a few of them warned me that if you can't adapt to change and accept differences and the challenges of expat living then frankly it may not be for you. In the end they figured if I could handle not having Wal-Mart or Target here in Singapore and know the glories of hearing "no stock" at the grocery store and reworking my entire week menu because they were out of broccoli, sour cream, flour, marshmallows and green peppers all on different days when I went to pick up things at the shops then I could more or less hack it there.

So we accepted the assignment about 2 months ago and commenced the waiting game. Now that the move is within 4 weeks they should be making plans soon. That is SHOULD. Not WILL BE. Just SHOULD BE making plans soon. Our lives have been in flux for weeks. The soccer term finishes - do I enroll in the next one or is it a waste of money? Will I have time to take the kid to soccer when I really should be spending my time preparing to move? Will the kid be in my way if I don't have things for them to do? Will he be better to slow life down and be family centered in the last few months to make them feel secure and safe? Or should we carry on as normal to keep them active and engaged in life and help them feel safe and secure in the routine they have been existing in for 3 years? It's so hard to know. And each kid is different. Completely different.

It's even harder to help the kids know what to expect when we don't have any answers.
Our moving plans seem to change by the day. Here is how our last week has gone:

Thursday – Brian leaves mid-Jan for Saudi Arabia, we follow 70 days later meaning probably end of March

Friday – Good news. HR says there is NO possible way to get visas cleared that fast. Brian has a business trip mid-Jan then officially moves mid-Feb to mid-March, we follow 70 days later probably in May.

Sunday – (he’s working weekends for start-up at the plant) Bad news. There is a big project and the submitted a big batch of 30 or 100 or something “no name” visas to assign as they got people. They are all approved and they decided to give one of those to him. His visa is ready NOW and he leaves mid-Jan for good. We follow mid-March

Friday (today) – Visa is now unsure again if he has it or not. Business trip planned for Jan 11-26, home 27-31, moves permanently Feb 1 but that visa is also not cleared yet. We follow mid-March BUT there is no house for us so there is nowhere to live. We need to wait until another family leaves the house so there is space therefore we move in June and finish school here without Brian.

Brian and I went Christmas shopping today and I asked him to buy me a Magic 8 Ball I saw at Toys R Us to help me make decisions. I think it may be more reliable than the HR plan has been thus far. Gotta love corporate moves.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ashlyn Sleep Schedule

Ashlyn was mad and wouldn't settle forever this morning. She woke at just past 5:30am. Finally I brought her down and for her breakfast with us at 6:15. She was fussy and angry still. Finally I asked if she wanted to go back to bed with a binkie and she said yes. I put her down and didn't hear a peep for 2 more hours. I felt strangely like I won a large victory today.

Serious Accusations

Today I took Ashlyn to visit a good friend, Virginia, who had knee surgery on Monday. She is a big time game player so when I arrived she had a game of cribbage all set up for me. It was a brand new set she had purchased as a gift for me. She had to teach me how to play and we had a nice time.

Brian's uncle plays cribbage in actual tournaments and makes money at it but I wasn't aware that Brian knew how to play. After dinner we played a game and he kept calling out points for, well, basically everything. Virginia had mentioned that her husband Rosh calls cribbage the "points for anything" game so I took it all in stride until it seemed he for points for something and then wouldn't give me points for the very same thing the next round. I started to tease him a bit and told Ashlyn, "Say 'CHEATER!'" To which she proclaimed, "Mommy!!!" What a little punk. 

Stealth Mode

Completely silent. I truly couldn't find her.

She sleeps with 4-7 Binkies every night. One in her mouth. One in each hand and she feels around the bed near her body to check that there are more nearby. It reminds me of how you move your arms to make a snow angel when she lays down and searches for them. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey

We didn't do well at all on our turkey feathers on the wall. Life was so busy that I forgot nearly every night for a month to put our feathers up at dinner. Still, some of the thoughts make me smile so I will share them here.

I am thankful for...
My bed - Jacob
Not having to wory wher my food will come - Ben
Ink to stamp on paper - Jacob
I'm thankful for: a famiLee - Madison
I'm thankful for the Earth - MM2 (backward Z)
We live in a developed contry - Ben
I'm thankful for Jesus dying for us - Ben
Food to eat - Jacob
Everyone can have a mom - Jacob
That food can make us healthy and strong - Madison
that we could rase $ for the Philippines - Ben
That the Philippines can pray to God that he can help them build their house - Jacob
Daddy's nice Saturday breakfasts - Angie
I'm thanekful of: a school to lrn in - Madison