So I know I haven't been posting much about our new home, but I feel like I need to get out all of the stuff that we've been doing over the last couple of months (you know, all the stuff that kept me too busy to post!) before I launch into our new life here in Hong Kong. Otherwise I'll never get around to it! Anyway, we're going to go waaaaay back to early December just after I finished my Chinese test. We took an extended weekend trip to Buffalo to say our goodbyes to Husband's family and meet up with some Cali friends who flew out to see the Bills take on the Packers in one of the last regular games of the season. This game was a big deal for me because Aaron Rogers was my fantasy quarterback, and he has been killing it all season, helping me make it to the last round of our ffb playoffs. If you know us at all, then you know we take our ffb league very seriously (and there is some serious money at stake. 1st place takes home $800!). Since I have never, ever (ever!) seen Buffalo win a game in person, and since Greenbay had had such a great season, we just assumed this game would be a massacre, so we were overjoyed when our Buffalo D stood up and held the Packers to no TD and several interceptions. We crushed them! It was an awesome, awesome game!! Of course, it meant that I also lost my chance at any ffb payout, but I think it was worth it. We had some amazing seats - 5th row right on the sideline. Our Cali friends had a blast, too, in spite of the 15 degree weather. My mil took the kids for the night (we bought her Bob Seger tickets to say thanks!) We stayed on the Canadian side of the border overlooking Niagara Falls, which is really an amazing view and a lot more fun than the American side, which is kind of run down and depressing, actually. I hadn't seen these particular friends since we were living in California (Husband's old boss and his wife, so he's seen them a lot during his travels back and forth for business), so it was great to catch up and just have some adult time.
I'm also really glad we had the chance to spend some time with Husband's family. They are not the nomadic types like my family is, so we have little chance of seeing them while we're overseas. We've gone back and forth in our feelings on this. On one hand, I feel very frustrated because I feel it's unfair to expect us to travel to them all the time. On the other hand sometimes we just have accept that people are who they are, and it's unfair for us to expect them to change after all these years. If they're not comfortable traveling then so be it. It means we won't get to see them as often since we can't afford to travel a family of 6/8 all the way back to the US while we're posted abroad, but we all make our own choices. We choose to live a life that takes us around the world, and they choose not to take part in it. Doesn't mean we don't still love each other, but it does mean that the relationship won't be as close as one or the other might want. I guess that's just life. Anyway, I'm so glad we were able to see them one last time before we started our newest adventure.