This past weekend, the kids and I were privy to a sight that we'd not laid eyes on in over three years: my husband manning a barbeque. He started assembling the thing mid-morning on Saturday, and by mid-afternoon, he had it all put together and even had someone from the gas delivery company over to deliver the butane and do whatever needed to be done to the hoses to fit it to run on butane instead of propane. I was impressed with how quick it all came over; I guess that Chris is mightily motivated by the promise of grilled meat. Our toddler was impressed with the very large barbeque tools, especially the pointier ones.
These good things were part of the same shipment from Canada as Sadie's pink glitter ball. I think that I have everything sorted, unpacked, and organized now; my pace was somewhat dictated by how well I could keep the toddler out of the boxes (and away from the aforementioned sharp grilling tools). It was mostly gifts for the kids (I shopped ahead after a frustrating time trying to find Madeline's birthday gifts here in Saigon this past June), craft supplies, IKEA goodies (like Sadie's twin mattress), and multiple pairs of shoes for Madeline to wear to her picky-about-footwear school.
As far as I can tell (and I can't tell with 100% accuracy, as I don't know what else my family stuck in the shipment), the only thing mysteriously missing is a pair of sandals for myself. This confirms that it probably was prudent for me to pack my new Fluevogs in my suitcase instead putting them in temptation's reach for the multiple international customs inspections (as they are much nicer shoes than those vanished sandals were). Also probably good that I didn't ship any nice handbags either :)
The item in the shipment that Madeline is the most excited about is an electric toothbrush with a handle shaped like an ice cream cone. I find this kind of humorous because her teeth are currently threatening to fall out left and right so she will have fewer of them to use the funky toothbrush on!