Maybe it’s growing up as a TCK, or maybe everyone does the same thing, but a lot of thought goes into what I wear on the plane. I remember as a girl having my carefully chosen outfit laid out the night before my family flew back to the States. The outfit on the way needed to prove to my family I wasn’t an out of touch MK, and on the flight back the outfit had to show I had gained more of a “fashion” sense. Yes, I am a crazy person. Haha. As I got older more factors had to be taken into account. How long was the flight? What was the weather like where we were going? What’s comfortable? Flying to Dakar, I always wore a tank top with a jacket because getting off the the plane meant being hit by a wave of heat.
Enter the bump:
This time I cared about one thing: comfort. What is going to fit my belly without digging in too bad? Then, we checked out the weather, and I realized I had to wear something warm enough (I own one jacket! so that was a tall order). So I settled on sweats and sweatshirt (I have never wore sweats or gym shoes or compression socks on a plane). I guess this is the beginning of my life changing because of a baby?
Ps. We are on our way to the States for Christmas and are going to take some baby stuff back. Here’s our registry!
So the last time I wrote on this blog, Travis and I were cruising around Bali on our motorbike for Spring Break. This coming spring break (4 months away), we will probably be waiting for a baby in the hospital. Craziness.
Travis’ team gave him this tiny baby jersey!
Starting to show more and more.
My “joey” and I. I was a kangaroo for school.
Triplet day at school. Baby 1, Baby 2, and Baby 3. BUT there’s only 1.
Travis and I after Thanksgiving.
Here’s a short highlight reel from the pregnancy:
- getting to tell my family in person in Chipotle (long story) that I was pregnant, since I found out a week before we left for Indonesia for year two.
- going to the doctor here for the first time and waiting 4 hours and still not getting called. We decided to try another doctor after that.
- going to the doctor for a second time. This time using Google translate to talk to the nurses. Passing a phone back and forth is not the most effective way to communicate, but it works.
- no morning sickness. This little dude is the best. I didn’t feel sick at all…except when I got the flu and I barely made it out of my classroom before I started puking, thankfully into a trash can. Nobody knew I was pregnant, but after that everyone was asking. I wasn’t ready to tell people and it really wasn’t morning sickness, I was really sick!
- showing my class our video and how excited they were. The boys were really excited when I told them it was a boy.
- my mom came and brought me maternity clothes, which is a great thing because I was starting not to be able to fit into anything, and you can hardly find maternity clothes here.
- going on a 3 hour trek to Jakarta to go to Ikea and buying our nursery stuff and turning around for a 3 hour trek back. Thankful there is an Ikea in reachable distance.
- weirdest thing is how my belly button has slowly become an outie.
So far, my pregnancy has been great. I have good energy, not too uncomfortable besides my lower back feeling like I’m 90 years old, and I’m feeling big, but I’m only in my 2nd trimester. I’ve heard it gets worse! It’s already been an adventure, and I’m sure it will get even more exciting from here.
Ps. We are going to the States for Christmas and are going to take some stuff back. Here’s our registry!
Also this message from a student answering our morning message was the best:
We heart Bali!
When we first started thinking about whether we would want to move to Indonesia, there were a couple of people that would say Bali whenever we talked about it. And yes, Bali! We finally got a chance to go visit, although now that we have been there, a cheap 1 hour and 45 minute flight seems like a doable weekend trip! It was great! We spent two nights in Ubud at this great villa that overlooked the jungle. On one of the days, I was sitting in the pool and a monkey came around the corner. (I freaked out, which scared it away, but we could see the rest of the monkeys climbing the trees.) We wandered around this more hippie area of Bali. It kind of felt like people were in a competition to see who could be the most bohemian and that made people watching extra fun! Here’s some pictures from our time in Ubud.
This is the life.
Wandering around Ubud
A huge spider at a museum we went to
Deep relaxing breath
After Ubud, we took a taxi to our AirBnb place in Seminyak. It is a great beach town! Our place was nice and outside of the hustle and bustle. We rented a bike to get around and explored the area. We hung out at the beach for most of the day and took breaks from our beach bumming to get food. Did I mention the food was really great? One night we met up with a student’s family and had some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. We also got to meet up with a friend that teaches at the school whose brother was visiting. Here’s our Seminyak pictures.
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The beach where we had great grilled seafood
Breakfast burger (literally!)
So thankful for a great relaxing time. We are trying to get geared up and ready to go for this last quarter, but right now I kind of just want to go back!
One of the reasons I was sad about leaving Senegal was leaving all of the beautiful fabric and my awesome tailor. Imagine my surprise when I found out that our school has batik days on Friday and that there is awesome fabric in Indonesia. When we were in Jogya (the one with the temples!), we got to see them making the hand painting fabric.
You can see the pot of wax in the background
Some of the stamps they use.
I tried to ask her how old she was, but my Bahasa was sedikit as the time.
The ladies work together around pots of wax.
Drawing the design
It is a fascinating process and I would love to be able to learn how to do it. I got a kick out of the lady hand painting Star Wars fabric. Not sure who would buy this.
They literally do hand paint it with wax, even “May the Force Be With You!” and spend a ton of time on one piece of fabric. The real hand printed stuff is a little out of my price range, but they sell lower quality material that is still really beautiful. My friend took me fabric shopping and I bought some really pretty fabric. I haven’t gotten anything made yet, but I have some plans! I’ll let you know when I actually find the time to take the fabric to that tailor!
Representing Senegal and Indonesia
Some of the fabric I bought
This Christmas break we got a chance to explore a little bit of Indonesia. The tourism campaign tagline for Indonesia is Wonderful Indonesia and it really is. I’m pretty sure you could live your whole life here and not be able to experience all that it has to offer: jungles, beaches, mountains, volcanoes, islands, and reefs. We got to experience a little piece of Indonesia in a trip we took to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is referred to as the cultural heart of Java and is famous for its two ancient temples (Hindu and Buddhist) and it’s batik (wax print cloth). We got to see all that and eat some really good food. We traveled by train with a couple from school. It took 8 hours to get there, but playing multiple games of Rook helped pass the time. The scenery is also gorgeous, full of rice paddies and green. The first day Travis was sick, so he stayed inside our hotel room. We visited the sultan’s palace and did some shopping. The town of Yogyakarta is governed by the sultan because during the revolution he supported independence, so after Indonesia became free, he was given the land to govern. His palace is called the Kraton.
One of the sultan’s wives
We rode a horse cart.
Dragon in the sultan’s palace
On the second day, we headed to Prambanan. Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple and is a UNESCO world heritage site. We went to the temple in the afternoon so we could catch the sunset. It is such an impressive thing to see. (Sidenote: There were so many people and lots of selfieing going on!) On our way to see the temple, we stopped at a place where they make wax print and got to see some of the process (I’ll post a blog about batik later!)
One of the temple structures. We’re little tiny at the bottom. It was huge!
Rice fields on the way
Waiting for the sunset with Caroline (she’s great!)
On the third day, we went to Borobudur, which is a 9th century Buddhist temple. It was quite hot, so we came and saw and left. It was also really impressive. It was interesting too to see the difference between the Hindu temple and Buddhist temple. The Buddhist temple was one big temple and had rounded tops. The Hindu temple had many smaller temples and pointed tops. We also got to see a famous Indonesian ballet called Ramayana. It is a love story about a young princess who is kidnapped by an evil demon and her lover prince, with the help of his brother and a monkey, set out to save her. They do and it ends happily ever after. It isn’t ballet ballet, but it was beautiful and really fun to experience.
The temple structure was huge.
The Buddhist temple
The view from the temple
Security wasn’t as tight! Nothing was harmed in this picture.
Ballet. The monkey was the best character.
The fourth day was full of waiting at the airport and more Rook games. We accidentally got there 4 hours before we needed to because we misread military time and then our flight was delayed for 3 hours. We finally made it home!
Playing Rook in the airport
How we got around in the heat
All in all it was a wonderful trip and really fun!
Growing up overseas gives you extra family: your extended extended family. These are the people who become your aunts, uncles, and cousins when your real family is far away. These are the people you vacation with, Thanksgiving with, and Christmas with. They don’t replace your real extended family, but increased it and I was blessed because of it. I got to see some of my extended extended family this week and it was GREAT! The Maurins were like family when I grew up in Quito, Ecuador. Their lives had brought them to Penang, Malaysia, which is just a short plane ride away. My life had brought me to Bandung and that meant a trip to see them. I hadn’t seen them in 6 years, but nothing had changed (except everyone was older and wiser!). My uncle Guy had caramel corn (he’s famous for it) to eat, they picked us up from the airport and treated us to good food! Us kids hung out, but this time it was Travis instead of my own sisters. I love my extended extended family and how I have family all over the world!
It was also really fun to explore Penang. Travis and I went down to Georgetown and checked out the street art (which is harder to find then we thought!). Penang has great food, so we ate a lot of that. We got a tour of Dalat and met a teacher (Tommy) who knew tons of Dakar Academy people (small world!). We also got treated to great tea making by Mathias! We were only there for a short time, but enjoyed every minute of it.
Some of the street art
Some of the street art
Some of the street art
Some of the street art
An interesting Korean dessert Mathias made us try…
The floating mosque
Pad Thai (we still haven’t found a pad thai as good at the Thai restaurant in Senegal!)
This is a small world after all story. Travis was born in a hospital outside of Kinshasa (which was in what was formerly know as Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo). One of the nurses, Barb, was the videographer of his birth and a more comical video of Travis’ dad trying to put a diaper on for the first time! Fast forward to about 6 months ago, we got a email from Barb, who works at Indian Wesleyan University, saying that she was coming to Jakarta for a conference and wondered if we would be able to come and see her. We said yes and last weekend we boarded a train to Jakarta.
We weren’t really sure what to expect from the train ride, but it was right on time. The view was beautiful, so green. I had gotten a book on tape to listen to, so I listened to the book as I took in the scenery.
Our time with Barb was great. I had met her briefly at our wedding, but it was great to get to know her. Not to mention, we got to stay in a hotel with a great fluffy bed and had some great food. We also got to see some of Jakarta. We are thankful for our extended international family!
An added bonus was Travis’ favorite apologist was there at the conference. We got to hear him speak and Travis got a picture with him. It was a fun blessing!