Ah. Today was good, and I really mean it. While the kids were doing one of their favourite things (pooltime with their grandmother), I went to two grocery stores and came home with fruit and vegetables and a few of the other usual items on my grocery list, so I will be able to do a better job this week getting meals out of the sparsely-equipped kitchen in our serviced apartment. Having broccoli in the fridge to prepare for my kids just feels good. Chris took me to a small hole-in-the-wall-type grocery store in District 1 here in Saigon - I think it was called Phuong Hai - and they had a bigger selection of baby and toddler food than I'd ever seen in BKK! I carefully scanned the labels and looked for expiration dates, and everything looked current and legit. Brought home actual authentic Gerber puffs for my favourite toddler and a package of Betagen yogurt drinks for my favourite sixer. They're quite happy with their bounty ...
Madeline is off to see a water puppet show right now, but before that we stepped in to an eatery called Jaspa's for an early dinner, and we all enjoyed the crayons on the table and the paper tablecloth. Our server brought dessert for Madeline and Sadie perfectly timed to allow the three of us grown-ups to finish our entrees without having to take breaks to retrieve Sadie from whatever part of the dining room she'd escaped to. It was a nice way to end the day, really.
Word on the street is that our air shipment of stuff for the kids (otherwise known as "Christmas in July") is going to be dropped off sometime next week, and I'm really thankful that we'll have toys and diapers again! At the same time, I feel really foolish about getting so depressed and whiny about the lateness of the delivery. I'd forgotten that one of my friends had to wait 5-6 months before her shipment made it to her family's new assignment location. Compared to that, I have nothing to fret about.
Oh! Booked our tickets home this week. It's only right that Sadie's passport get stamped by Canadian Immigration before she needs a new passport, right?