So, the first half of 2012 wasn't good. (See We Miss you Bimblebee...)
The summer, and then fall, was spent in this weird fog (let's be honest, the fog hasn't really lifted yet, and don't know if it ever completely will). We were trying to adjust our lives, figure out where to go from there. I still think we're tumbling and stumbling...it's so weird and surreal, but a learning process all the same, right? for all of us.
Monkey started preschool in September. OMG! My baby is such a big boy! *Knock on Wood* he loves school, and we lucked out with his classmates. They are all so sweet, and their parents are just the same. phew...
Fall was BUSY, as this time of year tends to get. This year was really tough, the fog growing around the holidays. The Holidays was her favorite time of year. We pushed through September, then through October...then Sandy hit. We weren't sure what to make of this storm initially. The year before, Irene hardly made a dent on us. We prepared nonetheless...and thank God we did. Devastation all over the tri-state area. Friends homeless for various reasons, offices and schools shut, some indefinitely. 2012 was really campaigning for worst year ever. Our home was okay, electricity maintained, but Hubs' office was not so lucky. It took some time to get everything cleaned up and reorganized. But it got done.
A couple weddings also fell in the midst of the second half of the year, beginning in August, (Welcome to the SAE Wives' Club, MS!), and then quite a few travels tacked on. Florida, Vegas, LA, Maryland, London, and finally, Malaysia.
London came at a much needed time for us (Thanksgiving) and was really nice for Monkey to see all his cousins and Aunties and Uncles on Hubs' side of the fam. It was also great for Hubs to spend time with his cousins. He really needed it after the last year. His family there is always so hospitable, and weenjoyed laughing and spending quality time. We ate yummy Wagamamas (mmmm, Chili Chicken Mein & Raw Juice), Royal China (shredded Peking duck, dim sum, lots of wine), and Traditional English Fry-Ups every morning (Hubs & Monkey were so cute at the breakfast buffet each morning). Missed Ping Pong, but tried a new Vietnamese place with my cousin and her husband (Salted caramel ice cream?! Yes, please!) You know I can't talk about traveling without talking about food--whose blog do you think you're reading?!
Back to NY, and the December rush began. Monkey's 3rd birthday (WHA?!), the different early family Christmases, and then our trip to Malaysia.
Monkey's 3rd birthday theme was Octonauts, of course...because Monkey is OBSSESSED. It was another gym-based party...and Monkey had an amazing time with his friends and family.
Octonauts Cake Pops from my go-to, Lerida @ NY Cake Pops
Going to Malaysia was going to be our first trip in a long time that included nothing but relaxing, laughing, eating, and sleeping. It was DEFINITELY much needed, and the most calm way to end this bizarre year. Hubs, Monkey, Li'l Sis and I got on our Korean Air A380 flight headed to KL, excited to spend time with my Malaysian family, and my grandfather. The trip did not disappoint, the first night being my cousin, Gui's Pub Golf birthday. It was an ooltie of a time, apparently (I stayed in with Monkey). We laughed so much, my face and stomach hurt. Many nicknames came abound for the entire crew, and we ate so much, I really looked into purchasing some "comfier" pants. Rot canai, fried rice, steamed buns, & exotic fruits for breakfast, Fierce Biryani (yummmmmmmy, cod fish biryani) -- the owner is this hilarious, dimple cheeked, fierce bear of a guy and we love him to bits, Nutella & Kaya rotis, Salted Gula Melaka ice cream (please, Taklu, step away from the freezer), Coffee Bean lattes (some Stateside comfort), and McD's fried apple pies (how could I resist?)
Chili Crab...yes, bibs were worn
In between, Mom & Dad came down to visit from India, and we drove down to this awesome resort island, Pangkor Laut. For 3 days, we would wake up, eat breakfast, hang out by the pool, eat lunch, nap or get a massage, eat dinner, go to sleep. It was AMAZING! While there, Hubs & I celebrated our 7 year anniversary. We were going to do a romantic dinner just the 2 of us, but Monkey had decided he was not going to leave our sides the entire trip, so my parents & Li'l Sis decided to surprise us by bringing the romantic restaurant dinner to us. Champagne & yummy grilled cod and seafood salads were had as Monkey watched the fish swim beneath us (while also noshing on his own ice cream creation).
A view from our seats on Emerald Cove Beach
New Year's Eve was spent at a "House" Party in our hotel rooms, all our cousins in tow. Monkey jumping around like a, well, like a Monkey as we ate, laughed, and watched the Fireworks display outsideof our window. Two days later we were back on the Korean Air A380...on our way back to NYC and to begin the New Year.