Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello From Shanghai!

Well after months and months of planning, speculating, wondering, sleepless nights, hoarding things from Target and saying goodbyes we are finally in Shanghai China. I am going to use this blog to look back on this experience and remember how I was feeling throughout the time that we lived here so I am going to be honest. Normally I try to be pretty positive on this space and I will definitely continue to do that but I can't promise that there wont be some days on this journey that I will come here to vent my frustration and sadness. As always I will be focusing on style, home decorating { I have a whole new house to decorate which is exciting } and as always the day to day happenings of my little world.
SO first things first we survived the 15 hour flight and honestly the kids could not have been better, they both had their little moments { Kael kicking me in the face at about 4 am bc he couldn't get his  ear phones to work and Pippa whining for about 2 hours before finally settling down to sleep } but overall they were champs. I will say it helped that Jays company flies us first class so our seats folded down into beds we had TVs with endless movie options in front of each seat and we were served full course meals dinner and breakfast with little snacks in between. SO if I have to fly 15 hours with a 3 year old and a 1 year old this is the way to do it. I have only been in Shanghai for a week and so far....I am not impressed. Don't get me wrong it is gorgeous and the homes that we have looked at are beautiful, it just not the US. I am such a creature comfort person, I love my BravoTV at night and my quick runs to target and the occasional trip to Homegoods for things I don't really need. So it is hard for me to adjust to having NONE of that here ( well I have Bravo but it isn't my regularly scheduled 11pm Andy Cohen date ) . On the plus side we are staying in a gorgeous gorgeous apartment in Shanghai till we can find a house. I don't love being right down in the city with the two kids because I feel like it makes life so much more hectic but it is just temporary so I am trying to enjoy the hustle and bustle for now. Here are some pics of the temp apartment

Me and my girl on the first leg of the flight..

Kael got to meet the pilot and sit up in the pilots seat he was in heaveeennnnnn she is still talking about it..

Waiting in the United Lounge in San Fran you can't tell in this picture but I just got off the phone with one of my best friends and was sobbing 2 minutes before this picture 

Also I invested in a iphone 6 and you are about to see the difference between the Iphone 4 camera and the 6 camera it is truly incredible lol

There is a HUGE construction site outside out window Kael spends a lot of his day watching the men at work..

The view from the apartment is absolutely gorgeous, every room has a wall of windows. I can not get over how big this city is. 

Pippa loves the eat her breakfast and watching the city wake up, I equally enjoying laying in bed and looking at the skyline as I fall asleep still can't believe I am in China.

As beautiful as the view is I am not in the market to raise my children downtown so we are hoping to move into something in between. The neighborhood we found I can walk Kael to school and to the grocery store while also being in a neighborhood with other expats and have a backyard for Kael to play in. We have our eyes set on this beauty hoping everything goes smoothly and we can get move in within the next couple of weeks. 


  1. gal, I can't believe this new adventure your are embarking on!! As hard as it will be, it sounds like it's only for a short period in life (relatively speaking) and the experiences your children will learn and have from this will be absolutely amazing!! I can't wait to see where you end up and read about your adventures.

  2. WOW what a move! So excited to keep up with your adventures!! Happy to see you so happy.


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