Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bali Bound

Well, we have arrived in Bali safely. My little Priss Pooh has got to be the world's best traveler. Already at the age of 15 months she has traveled about 25,000 miles by plane and is now a member of the Japan Air sky miles club. We figured we should register her too since when we travel in Asia we will fly with them. If we were smarter, we would have gotten her a Delta sky miles membership also but we forgot in the midst of our goodbyes.

Saying goodbye was tough, but as soon as we crossed through security we were able to release a deep breath and say hello to this new adventure and life abroad. I do not mean this in a bad way. We love our home in the US, but God has been preparing us for so long to make this change, that we knew it was the right decision for our family. When you know it is right, there is peace in taking that first step forward with something new. Maybe also I was glad to get on the plane simply because the last week at home was crazy and stressful!

Due to my husband's travel and having more miles than we know what to do with, we were able to upgrade to first class to Tokyo. This was so worth it! Miyako had room to play on the floor and she loved climbing from Kan's seat to mine. She also slept about 5 hours which was super. We arrived in Tokyo and had a rough night. She was up hourly for about 4 hours and then gave us a 2 hour stretch of sleep. Our flight to Bali was a red eye and did not leave until 3 so we rested in the hotel, watched the UK/Vandy basketball game (GO CATS!), and Miyako and Kan were able to get naps.

Our flight to Bali was about 7 hours from Tokyo. Thankfully Miyako slept 6 of those seven hours. The plane was not full so she was able to spread out across two seats and sleep soundly. We got off the plane and I instantly smelled incense. Sure enough at the customs gate, it was burning. I felt like Dorothy when she realized she was not in Kansas anymore. Our drive to the resort reminded me of our honeymoon in Antigua. You see lots of poverty and then all of a sudden you come upon the most beautiful place you have ever seen and you wonder how the two places can co-exist in such close proximity of one another.

By the time we got settled it was one AM and Miyako had another rough night. But right now she is sleeping soundly. I am hopeful tonight may be a little better and I can get longer stretches of sleep. It reminds me of having a newborn and it makes me not want anymore children anytime soon. :)

There are not enough words to describe how beautiful Bali is. I feel so blessed to be able to spend a week here. God knew what I needed to refresh my spirits. We enjoyed the pool today. The ocean was pretty rough so we just got our feet wet in it. We are here during the rainy season and last night it rained all night. We felt like we were in the middle of the jungle. We woke up to birds singing, with Miyako. :) Kan is busy in meetings until Friday so it is just me and Miyako for the first few days. I think our plan will be poolside in the morning when it is not so hot and room time in the afternoon. Come Friday we can spend time with Papa!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes as we traveled. We are here safe and sound. I am almost afraid to post pictures because nobody will feel sorry for me and the "suffering" I am doing for my husband's job. :) The pictures will come soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

It was September of 1999 and I was boarding a plane in Atlanta, Georgia with 5 other recent college graduates to spend a year in Minsk, Belarus. My friend wanted to cheer us up and started singing "Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again." It is 10 years later and my life is quite different now. I am not single and heading out on an European adventure. I am married with a one year old child and I am leaving on a jet plane. I truly do not know when I'll be back again. My husband and I are headed to Tokyo, Japan for a 2 to 3 year commitment with his job. My husband is Japanese so we are headed back to his mother country. Right now, my thoughts about this move are so blurry. On the one hand, I am excited about the adventure and the opportunity for my daughter to experience first hand this part of her culture. On the other hand, I am very sad to leave such wonderful friends and family. I know my friends and family will be a phone call away, thanks to the Vonage phone system, but they are quite a few miles away via plane, 7,000 to be exact. We have been so blessed to be surrounded by such great people, who love us and support us. But this is a new chapter for our immediate family, and I do look forward to creating memories in Tokyo together. We leave tomorrow and fly to Tokyo. Then it is on to Bali, Indonesia for one week. While my husband works, I will enjoy the sunshine and 85 degree weather with my little girl. Sounds awful huh? I think it will be a great way to recover from the jet lag via the beach. If you think of it, please remember us as we travel tomorrow.