Things have calmed down over the past couple of weeks, and I have actually had a chance to relax. It feels good to not be overwhelmed all the time. To take time to do things I want to do, and not things I have to do.
Like getting caught up on TV shows. I only just discovered "The Good Wife", and have now watched all of season 1 and have almost caught up on season 2. Love everything about that show, and am almost regretting not sticking to law school. Who knew legalese could be so sexy?
Even though Mike still works long hours, he is in the country now, and will be here until after Christmas. It is nice to have him come home in the evenings. I didn't realize how much I'd missed him while he was away.
We have decided to spend Christmas with my family in Norway. We are even planning to drive north to see them, because, well, we can! Funnily enough, the kids are not thrilled at the prospect of an 18 hour drive, so we'll put them on a flight up once school is out. Mike and I will drive up through Europe, taking our time and stopping for shopping and to experience all the Christmas markets that Germany is famous for. Then we'll drive back down as a family. Part of the return trip will be spent on a cruise, to cut down the amount of actual driving.
Upon our return to Switzerland in the new year, Mike flies to Hawaii for a supershort stint. So short, that I am staying behind with the kids. I don't really feel up to two 24 hour flights (there and back) for a 36 hour visit!
The house-building business is not proceeding as quickly as I'd like, since my architect has been out of the country for the past couple of weeks. I realize now that he is the force behind the operations, keeping everyone (myself included) on task. And while I've certainly enjoyed the peace this last fortnight, I am looking forward to his return and to see some progress at the house. Our current small abode is bursting at the seams, and we are in need of space!
Today is a gloriously sunny Friday, and tomorrow's equally glorious Saturday will hopefully be spent up in the mountains, hiking with the boys. Or at least with one boy, since the other boy apparently has plans. Plans that include girls. And not even the beautiful Swiss Alps can compete with that!