Hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago we made the decision to leave Penang for New York. So much has happened since then, it feels like it was months ago. We packed up our lives in Malaysia – selling, donating or packing everything we own – in record time. From start to finish we were out of Penang in just under 2 weeks. A task no one thought possible. Nothing moves that fast in Malaysia but low and behold…it happened! And somehow in the middle of those 2 weeks we started a new school year, had visitors from the US, a girls trip to Bali, and goodbye parties with friends and colleagues. Good grief, I don’t know how we did it all.
Addi, as usual, was a big hit with the locals. Here she is being loved on by the moving team in Penang as they were packing up our house.
Fast forward to now. We are settled on Long Island, New York . Justin will be working out of two offices…one in Melville, New York and the other in Manhattan. So we are temporarily in corporate housing until we find a place of our own. We are looking for houses on Long Island, since it’s convenient to the Melville office. And depending on which neighborhood we decide on, it will be a 35-55 minute commute to NYC by train. Until now, it’s just been Justin and I looking around at houses on our own but next week we spend 3 days with the realtor so we’re hoping to find something quickly, but we are willing to wait until we find a home we love. Meanwhile, we are buying new phones and new cars. Justin already found his car, but I hope to get one this week or next. It’s like we are hemorrhaging money around here :)
Long Island is beautiful right now, so green and lush. The weather is ridiculously awesome. Cool temps and sunny skies. Perfect convertible weather (yes, I was surprised to see so many of those here). I’ve only been here less than a week, due to a quick trip to Austin to supervise the move out of our storage unit, but things have been really great and we are happy with our choice to come here.
Pierce and Addi are adjusting nicely. Pierce is excited about starting a new school (as soon as we find one. We’re on the wait lists at a few different schools) and he is especially looking forward to Thursday when our air shipment arrives from Penang with some of his toys. Here he is below, riding the train with dad.
Addi has been a trooper…and this international move hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She is still on the go, crawling everywhere and keeping us busy. Here she is at our corporate apartment doing what she loves the most right now. Pulling up (what?). I swear this child will be walking at 8 months.
I am looking forward to this last week with Justin, before he starts work on Sept 2. We have been so busy and still have so much to do, but it’s been fun. We’re hoping to get a chance to go into the city sometime next week. It’s hard being so close and not being able to go there! But we’ll get there eventually…