We’ve been keeping pretty busy the last couple weeks. We’re still working on unpacking our HHE. We actually have quite a few things missing, so we’re trying to figure out if it ended up in storage for some reason, or if it never made it out of Colorado to start with, which is discouraging.

But, on the brighter side, we’ve been doing lots of socializing lately. There’s a good pool of babysitters and nannies in the diplomatic community, so we’ve been taking advantage of that new resource and have been going out in the evenings. Something we rarely did when our baby was younger for obvious reasons. Now that he’s a year old, I feel more confident leaving him in someone else’s hands. I do miss the high standards of safety and hygiene in the American daycare system in the States. But it’s also nice to be able to put him down for naps in his own crib during the day.

We’re looking forward to a more cosmopolitan post next time around (hopefully), but being at a small post does have its advantages. You get to know your neighbors much more quickly. In the last couple weeks we’ve been over to dinner with friends and had friends over to our place. We’ve gone to the pub over at the British High Commission with another embassy couple. My husband joined a local men’s group and is looking forward to getting out and about with them. Last night we had a Russian Night with some of the folks that have been posted to Russia and had a great time chatting about Russian art and culture and cuisine. And tomorrow we’re heading over to another friend’s house to watch Monday night football. Our social calendar is filling up quickly!

Next weekend we’re looking forward to an embassy excursion that the Community Liaison Office is planning and that 20 people have already signed up for. It’ll be our first big adventure here. So I’ll take lots of pictures and tell you all about it.