Foreword: So sorry, I know I’m busting out the blog posts right now.
What can I say? When a momma has a minute, she uses them!
AND they were SO overdue!!!
So on that note, let’s talk about May 16th.
The day we welcomed our sweet, crazy lab Chico to the family ❤
I wish I could start off with, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned by living abroad…”
But let’s be real. That would be a misstatement, because the reality of living abroad is you learn multiple things a day, every day. You experience multiple emotions a day, every day.
Sometimes I think, this must be what being a toddler/kid is like, except for…I have toddlers and kids.
And so….a toddler/kid has to raise toddler kids? Um kinda? Okay, now this is just getting crazy.
Anyway, that said, with all my stuff happening on the home front down here, I admittedly sometimes have to pause and reflect— there’s not just stuff happening to me, or in our house, or to our household, down here. Another very important person in my life is also learning multiple things a day, every day.
Tom has this BIG thing he goes to 5-6 days a week, 15 hours a day, an hour and a half away—his job, his career.
The whole reason we are here to begin with.
Not long back, I posted about the eruption of Volcano Villarrica in Pucon, Chile, just 70 miles north of us.
It was an experience worth memorializing because even in Chile, the country with the most active volcanoes in the world, eruptions don’t take place all that often.
Almost immediately upon our arrival in Chile, we learned that Easter Island, the most remote, inhabited island in the world, the island known for the mysterious, monolithic Moai statues, was actually a part of Chile.
Or, from the kids point of view: Easter Island is here? The island depicted in the movie Hop? And therefore, clearly the island where the Easter Bunny lives?
Maybe I should just copy and paste the relatively same opening paragraph in all of my blog posts.
Something along the lines of:
Sorry. I. Know. I. Stink. At. Timely. Bloggin’.
I think it’s one of those, the longer you wait, and than the loooooooonger you wait, things…..(insert crying, smiley face)
Ah well, better late than never, right? Essentially my life’s motto ❤
But that said, there was absolutely NO WAY I was going to fail at posting a blog about the wonderful visitors we had this past March/April!
To my beautiful children:
During our time in Chile, likely without even knowing it, you were all able to experience and see many beautiful and amazing things…stuff that most people never see in their lives.
One thing, or phenomenon, is particularly noteworthy.
Near our 1 year anniversary in Chile, you lived 60 miles away from a volcanic eruption!
Despite any remaining language deficit I continue to have here, come February in Chile one does not need to speak perfect Spanish to read the signs.
Signs that are seemingly the same no matter where you are in the world; reminding one and all that school is starting.