If you have followed me on my Instagram feeds and Facebook page, you have seen a bit more actions there and know what I have been up to. The photos on this post have been mostly published on my Instagram account as well as my blog Facebook page.
My family and I packed up our home for 3 years in Mumbai at the beginning of June, 2016. After the school went off, my 3 kids and I flew to Japan to spend some time with my family. Then four of us flew back to Mumbai to be reunited with my husband. As a family of 5, we officially departed from Mumbai to move back to the U.S.
My last blog post “The Song For Departing Expats” was up during my home visit in Japan in June. In fact, it has been almost 2 months (oh no!!) since I faced the computer to write. Even though I love moving, process of transitioning, new adventures and traveling, it has been a rough ride with anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaust in the last 2 months. Our journey of an international move might be over, but the process of transition and settling down in our new home is still a work in progress.
Reality of International Move For Me
While I have so much to write about, I recently find myself with little juice left to start writing again. In Indonesia and India, I have been very lucky to have a great household help at home that allowed me to make the time to write my blog posts. Now I am back to the reality in the U.S. where I do all the housework (I haven’t had to clean my temporary housing, but soon I will at our new home) and entertain the kids, all I want to do at the end of a day is to chill and browse internet or watch HGTV. I have been hooked to Fixer Upper by Joanna and Chip of Magnolia.
Since we arrived in Virginia, we have been staying at a corporate apartment. I am so glad that my husband’s office allows us to stay in a temporary home while we set up our new home. It is the only thing that keeps my sanity. Our international move has been smooth. However, in the past month or so, I have been suffering from horrible eczema with an unknown cause. I saw a dermatologist, but she could not figure out, either. My skin condition is so horrible that it makes me not want to go out to see people. I wonder if it is stress related. Who knows…
New Home, Northern Virginia
The photos on this post summarize our move and summer holidays starting from the beginning of June up till now. It’s been a wonderful roller coaster ride with loads of fun and memories. We opened our door to new adventures in Northern Virginia a month ago. We are excited to be back in our home base and love our humble new home.
I hope to journal different stages of decorating our small home. Right now it looks like a disaster zone. Hopefully I can make a bit more improvement. Soon…
After Pack Out In Mumbai
It was very difficult to say good-bye to our lovely household helps who became part of our family and helped my husband and myself manage our family and raise our children.
International Airport In Mumbai
NoVA – Our New Home
Our family journey continues…