This is us.  The one showing lots of shoulder (in her Chengdu, China Marine Ball ball gown!) is the EFM who writes this blog. The one wearing a tux (James) is the employee who moves her (and their two sons) around all over the world. The red link, below, is how you can get in touch with me...

The time in Chengdu, China

Chengdu: city of fabulous food and beautiful Buddhist monasteries!
Yes, Beijing's Forbidden City (pictured, above) is really pretty and all, but I like Chengdu much better than Beijing!

In Our Same Boat (with State)

  • Beyond the Cornfields
    Brand-new State Department family in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Love their two little girls (she just recently had a baby while being posted in Dhaka), horticulture, traveling and adventure!
  • Email From The Embassy
    State Department family formerly in Beijing, China, and recently posted to Amman, Jordan. A trailing spouse, she's also a writer, and frequently publishes articles with major news sources. A very experienced State family, this new post is something like overseas post number six or seven for them.
  • Just US
    A beautiful family of seven - they have arrived at their new post: Jerusalem! They just finished off an unaccompanied tour to Iraq and are very much looking forward to sightseeing around the middle east.
  • Our Life
    State Department family on their second post...Tijuana, Mexico. It's their first overseas assignment and they have two little boys. They love Tijuana so far and post pictures frequently! They also get to enjoy the best of both worlds for they can sneak over the border into San Diego when they want to!
  • The Dinoia Family
    State Department family formerly in California, now in DC for a DC tour. Next, the husband will do a one year unaccompanied tour. A very experienced State family (formerly in Iceland and Caracas) with a blog that has been around quite a while and has great archives. Jen has a sweet heart and a lot to give!
  • The Perlman Update
    State Department family formerly in Chennai, India, who then did a year-long unaccompanied tour in Iraq. They are now on a DC tour and after that will do another unaccompanied tour (Afghanistan). She totally tells it like it is and doesn't sugar-coat what life is really like. Witty, snarky, funny and down-to-earth. Look elsewhere if you want fake. Read if you want REAL.
  • Where in the World Am I?
    State Department family formerly in Bujumbura, Burundi and now in Hyderabad, India. They just had their first baby this summer - a beautiful little girl- (there's a separate blog about this) and she also eats gluten-free (with a separate blog, also).
One of the most intriguing things about Chengdu is that it is a seamless blend of ancient and modern... all together, side by side.

Can't Live Without (non-State)

  • Crass-Pollination: An ER blog
    The best ER nurse blog EVER!
  • Doctor Grumpy in the House
    The best doctor blog EVER!
  • In Which...
    My IRL friend, a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama of seven. Her darling daughters are, goshdarnit, probably too young to be hoped for as my future daughters-in-law.
  • The Crib Chick
    My IRL friend, a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama of five. Hopefully two (Any two! I'm not picky!) of which are my future daughters-in-law.
  • the underwear drawer
    An anesthesiologist who is possibly the most talented & entertaining writer ever. I've read her blog ever since she started medical school. No, don't know her in real life. Wish I did.
  • The Bloggess
    This blog is both hysterically funny and hilariously irreverent. I actually let my 17 year old son read it (who loves it as much as I do!), but wouldn't even CONSIDER letting my 12 year old son read it. Which is about all the description it needs!
The grounds of Chengdu monasteries can be very, very peaceful...even though they are smack dab in the heart of a city of millions of people.


Yes, there are Starbucks in Chengdu! All over the place, in fact. So much so, Starbucks even crafted mugs for Chengdu stores!
Texan bluebonnets. Because I learned during our very first posting (Houston) that there's nothing prettier in the spring than the meadows of Texas.
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I'll take mine...

Your boys look so handsome!!! They really do. And your son is a pilot and an Eagle Scout. They can do this. They will be great at it! You can do this.

I am so, so sorry about stupid Chinese. I really wish you were in that class. The more I learn about the FS, the more I learn not to count on anything as a "done deal."

I'm glad you are blogging. I've been missing your blogging voice out there in bloggy-land. Really. I'll be thinking of you as you make it through today. :-)


I've been missing you too, and thought I saw a sidebar about Chinese, but was waiting for you to tell us. I'm so sorry, Kolbi. The boys do look very handsome and I hope it will be good for them, and for you, too, after you get through today. But give them time to get used to school- I'm sure it's not easy to be starting school for the first time at that age. Big cyber hugs from NYC.


Sorry to hear about Chinese. =( I hope they find room for you....


Sorry about Chinese. I hope the boys really do well in school but if they don't I know you will be there to homeschool. I am waiting and watching one of mine to see if I will be homeschooling here. Not sure what is going to happen there, but I am doing a whole lot of supplementing in the afternoons.


Glad to hear you are back! Hope you do get into the Chinese class! And best of luck to the boys getting used to public school! Really liked their pictures. They do look handsome and a little apprehensive, which is normal. Hope they have a great first day!


I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you get into Chinese and the boys love school! They are incredibly handsome in their new clothes! Good luck with the settling in and getting everything cleaned from your UAB shipment. It is good to read your blogs once again!


Would Rosetta Stone help you any if you cant get Chinese class or while you wait? Hugs to you! So funny your kids are in public school and I am on month 2 of NO TV...Is Hell freezing over or what?!!! hahaha! Tia and Mya are in public school this year. Which Mya has not been in public school since first grade! Now she is one big panic attack in the 9th grade. She loves her Drama and Biology classes. She dresses in her gym uniform (gray tshirt and blue sweatpants) every tues/thurs and other days so she wont have to change for self defense PE class. She doesnt care about clothes or how she looks. Tia and took her shopping and she came back with one pr of jeans and a red plaid button down shirt! Tia has so many outfits I dont think she has worn the same thing twice yet! And of course shoes to match! Ack! When are you free to chat on Facebook! I have more to tell you! I will be back online after 2:30pm today. I have to go pick up girls from school. Hang in there! God Bless!


Well, hurray, you're back online! I was getting worried. But you still haven't told us: are you taking Chinese, or what?


What an exciting day! The boys are so handsome, and I love their new clothes. I can't wait to hear how their first day of school goes.
Bummer about the UAB. What a total mess.
I hope that something works out with Chinese.


I am sorry to hear about your class, but glad it will give you and your boys flexibility if you want/need it. They are handsome young men! Hopefully they will enjoy their classes, make some new friends, etc.. and, you will be home to fill in where needed with their studies. Loved your breakdown of the UAB acronym... not the reason why, but your description. Only time we had UAB crates messed up was returning from overseas with aluminum crates (picture homemade trunks). They were heavy, and beat to hell... probably by those who had to carry them, out of pure spite. (((hugs!!!))

Melissa V

You will definitely get through the day. Hey look - it's almost over and your whole family is already home. Hooray! Will another Chinese class start in October, or just in January or February? What about the early morning class? Is there room in that for you? Northern Virginia Community College also teaches Chinese. Would that work for you? Maybe? Something will work out, I'm sure. Hang in there!


What a mess!! I hope the boys did OK in school and I really really hope you are able to get into Chinese! Oh ... and huge bummer about the UAB too. Hang in there ...


Oh, wow. I'm near tears. Oh, my. . . Like, seriously. I can't imagine buying school supplies for, like. . . school. Just for us, you know? And clothes? I'm trying to plan for Nairobi, but really? Getting kids dressed and out the door in publicly acceptable clothes EVERY morning? The kids are usually still asleep when I take Hubby to work and then we have breakfast and school and. . . So totally emotional reading about this. Even though I can see how this can be a GOOD thing. . . it's still. . . BIG.

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