Well, after a half year hiatus, I am finally posting an update! I was nearly about to close up shop on the blog since we were slated to return to the USA in Aug 2010. However, we have just signed on for 2 more years abroad in Hong Kong, so I have re-committed myself to posting here more regularly and keeping everyone up to date with the Hong Kong Deaton clan!
*sigh* Has it REALLY been almost 2 months since I updated this blog? That, my friends, is sad. Sorry for my absence. I will blame it mostly on pregnancy induced sleepiness at night and running after the boys all day long! :)
We just celebrated Will's FOURTH birthday on October 29, 2009, which seems unimaginable. He had a great day and we had a fun party for him on Halloween with lots of fun spooky treats. Here are some photos from his party:
All in all it was a fun party! I didn't get to take as many pictures DURING the party as I wanted to though!
And for those who have been asking....here is a picture of my expanding belly! 24 weeks and all is well!
Not the most flattering picture...I was already in my pj's and ready for bed (granted it was only 7pm!). The boys have decided that they want to name the baby Spicy Eyes. Very comical. So now we are all referring to the baby as Spicy Eyes. :) Poor kid! I promise, we do have real names *almost* picked out.
Hope all is well with you and that you had a Happy Halloween!
Until next time...(hopefully not another 2 months from now!)...
After just a week of being back in Hong Kong, we moved into our new apartment in Discovery Bay (otherwise known to the locals as DB). It is a small community on Lantau Island (one of the outlying islands of Hong Kong) and is home to a large ex-pat (expatriate) community made up of people from all over the world - although I must admit that the majority of people who live out here are "westerners" (from UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA). Now, at first, we were not sold on the idea as we thought the whole idea of living in Hong Kong was to be immersed in the hustle and bustle of the city (and culture). However, DB offers some really wonderful things that appealed to us for our second year in Hong Kong (and especially since we are expecting a new addition!). First, there are no residential cars (just buses and privately owned golf carts) so there is very little traffic. Second, the community is almost entirely made up of young families with small children, so a lot of things out here are really geared towards families and kids. Third, it is much less crowded than most places in Hong Kong! I must admit, this is one of the things that I like the most! ;)
I am working on taking some pictures of Discovery Bay itself (including the beach, pools, plaza area of shops and restaurants and other key places) but for now, I thought I would post some pictures of our new place. So here you go, enjoy!
Living/Dining Room (w/ view of back patio)
Back Patio (which faces the beach!)
Kitchen (say hello to Linda - our nanny/helper)
Master Bedroom and study room
The Boys bedroom
Master Bathroom (there is a shower stall too...)
The boys & Linda's bathroom
It's still a work in progress! Nothing on the walls yet, which makes it seem a little empty but overall we are thrilled with the place. It has a lot more space to run for the boys, which is a HUGE bonus. And the back patio is really lovely. Still too hot and humid to really sit out and enjoy it but the boys like playing back there and it will be great by October! :)
We are so excited to announce that we are expecting baby #3! I am 12 weeks along and due Feb 20, 2010. And yes...baby #3 will be born in Hong Kong!
We are obviously all very excited...especially the boys! They have been talking and singing to the baby already, which is really very sweet. And they both say it is going to be a girl, although Daddy David is already predicting a third boy. I am just hoping for a healthy, happy, CALM baby. ;)
Please send us your good thoughts over the next 6+ months. We will keep everyone updated!
Well...yesterday was my last official day of nursing my "baby"...who turns 2 next month...haha. I thought he would put up a huge fight (he was only nursing at night both before bed and if he woke up in the middle of the night). He cried for about 5 minutes tonight while we were reading stories in bed. Then he just gave up! It took him a while to fall asleep, but he wasn't mad about it. *whew* Now, lets hope the rest is smooth sailing!
Here are a few photos I took of the boys yesterday at the park. They really are getting SO big...
The rainy season is in full swing in Hong Kong, so we have been trying to find indoor activities that will still allow the boys to run and burn energy. I came across a place called Playtown, which is essentially an indoor play area with tons of climbing structures, tunnels, fast slides, bounce house and a whole area devoted to these "guns" that use air to shoot soft nerf-like balls. It is any kids dreamland. Needless to say, the boys had a blast there (as did we!).
Here are a few of the fun photos from our outing. I had to use my flash a lot in order to catch the boys...otherwise all you could see was a blur as they were racing by...LOL!
So I realized the other day that I don't think I have posted many pictures of the Hong Kong skyline which is really amazing and completely unfathomable to anyone who has not seen it live. There is just no way you can take a picture that grasps the magnitude of how huge it is (because it literally won't fit into one picture!). But nonetheless...here are a few shots that I recently took.
The first two pictures show the HK skyline as seen from the "Peak"...atop the mountain that is in the middle of Hong Kong Island. The water in the middle is Victoria Harbour which separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
This following picture is actually looking out over Kowloon side at night from a building in Tsim Sha Tsui (the area where we live on Kowloon side). The large green space just outside the building is Kowloon park where we often play.
And finally, here is the view from the window of our flat...looking out over Hong Kong Island both during the day and at night.
Pretty spectacular, huh? :) You should see it in person...seriously.
I also took some great pictures of the boys playing this weekend in Victoria Park. They are both getting so big!
I'm just your average, ordinary, everyday Supermom living as an ex-pat in Hong Kong. "Home" in the USA is Charlottesville, VA. I have three wonderfully imaginative, silly and ACTIVE boys and a smart, hard-working husband.