Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I hope it's the jet lag...

Well, as you know, we're here... I am having a little bit of a tough time adjusting.  Because although I put on a happy face and act like this is the coolest adventure ever, it's still hard.  
Sometimes I just want normal.  Sometimes I just want to be able to speak English.  Sometimes I just want a girlfriend to talk to.
I love my husband and all but he is a man.  Need I say more?   He doesn't always understand the craziness that goes on in my head.  
And poor guy, he tries to relate.  He tries to help.  But he just doesn't understand.
I am tired.  I don't want to leave the house.  I don't feel like talking to people because I don't want to speak French.  
It is 2:00 in the afternoon and I haven't brushed my teeth or changed out of my pajamas.  
Pathetic much?  Maybe a little.  
I am hoping that it is all just being tired.  That I will get that adventurous spirit back again.  
In the meantime, I am sharing some pictures from a recent family photo shoot we did because they are pretty. And my kids are cute.

23 comments:

Jaime G. said...

Praying for an easy adjustment! I remember the funk I was in after moving to Germany. Hopefully you get your adventurous spirit soon!

Yvette @ AquaSeventy6 said...

I'm pretty new to your blog. Is this your first time living in France? I was under the impression that you had lived there before. I should probably just read through the whole blog and catch up, huh?

Anyway, I feel for you. Last summer we lived in NYC, and even though it's in the US, it was a HUGE culture shock from living in FL. It took a lot of courage to grab my kids and hit the streets alone while Hubs was working.

Then this summer we moved to Virginia, and it took me weeks before I would venture out and about because I had no sense of direction and no real friends. I spent half my days texting with my old girlfriends. It's been 4 months and finally beginning to feel familiar and like home.

I am sure you will be feeling better soon.

Etcetorize said...

You have such a beautiful family. These pics are gorgeous! Hang in there. Your trip home probably just reminded you of all the things you miss from your 'old' life. You'll re-adjust again I'm sure.
I've lived in lots of places around the globe and it took me a long time to understand what "home is where you heart is" actually meant. I get it now and I finally feel content~

Hannah @ The New Black said...

Absolutely not pathetic...totally normal. Give yourself a little time to adjust.

I LOVE the way your hair falls in the last picture.

TexaGermaNadian said...

Ya'll are too cute. And girl, I can totally relate to you on these. While life abroad is so 'fabulous' to other people, it can be a lonely island at times. Wishing the jet lag away and fun times to begin!! :) Big hug!

Nicole said...

can we please be friends forever and ever and forevvaaaa?!?!?! pretty pretty please?!

i know that in the not-to-distant future i will be singing a tune about like this when we move to china. and then i'll need chica-friends like you who understand just what's going on.

praying for ya. . .
xoxo

GingerPeachT said...

Hugs from Louisiana!!!
I married into the military a year ago...I moved only 800 miles away from all I knew, but it's still hard to find friends!! So I can relate. I hope you start feeling more at home soon. This too shall pass :-)

Lindsay said...

Tal, I know you will get your spirit back. You have always had it. You are such a positive person and always have been. You love the adventures your life has brought you. Maybe you are sad for leaving your family back home, with all the things that have happened in the past year. But I know you are strong and will soon love being in France again. Try to keep you head up...oh listen to me who always complained about being in another state ;)
BTW those photos are GORGEOUS! You look stunning!!!!!
Your kiddos are so freakin cute...OH MY WORD!!!

Kate said...

Hey there purty lady -- I'm your newest follower and can't believe how skinny you are after having your 2 gorgeous babies! Um hello? You're smokin'!! I'm excited to follow your journey!

shannon anderson said...

Hi Natalia! This is Shannon Stauffer, from Masters college. I'm not even sure how I found your blog, I think it was through another website, a pottery website... But I'm so glad I found it, because I have been reading your blog for the last couple of weeks and they have been such a God-send! I moved to New York City with my husband (his name is John Anderson, you might know him...) and it has been such an adjustment from CA. I am loving city life, but missing my family and girlfriends, so your blog today hit home with me. God has taught me so many lessons being in NY, and I'm looking forward to read about what God shows you in France!
Lots of Love,
Shannon Anderson

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, sweetie. I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I think it's the jet lag and your little one being sick and hubby gone and making the transition again. That's enough to make any sane person go a little crazy. Just so you know - we moved 6 years ago after living somewhere forever - and I still feel that way. I've been sitting on the couch trying to talk myself into going shopping but even that isn't much fun by yourself. Plus the last time I went I found myself talking to myself - OUT LOUD. BTW, you and your family are so gorgeous/stylish/fantastic. Does that help???

oaxacaborn said...

Wow, can I ever relate to this post! All of the above...except when I leave my house people are still speaking English! Hugs, friend!

MiMi said...

I can almost guarantee that it's the stress of travel.
You are blessed and you know it and you will be fine. :)

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

I think every woman understands that men dont get us. Ha! But you have a great family and your a strong lady. I would feel the exact same way if I was in your shoes. :) Hope things get better for ya!

Ashley @ LaLuce said...

first: you, your husband and your kids look like celebrities in your pictures, like straight out of a magazine. no lie.
second: i can only imagine how that must feel to be somewhere not only new but foreign. i don't care what time of day it is... if you ever need girl time or just want to say a bunch of stuff in english... CALL ME. love you.

Kristin B said...

Hang in there girl... what you are doing is incredible. I can't fathom how isolating it can be, but sounds like you have a fantastic family.

I'm convinced that we need days like this to "recharge our batteries" so that we can put that smile on through the hard times.

Don't beat yourself up for having a blah day! Just continue to look at those gorgeous pictures and remember that this funk is temporary!

Kasey Lynne said...

You look GORGEOUS in these photos. I'm also loving your hair color. It really compliments you!!

Your family is so cute! Great photos!

Jamie said...

LOVE the photos, and I just want to give you a big hug!! I pray things are looking brighter for you tomorrow!

PS: I certainly hope you have brushed your teeth by now! ;0)

Megan said...

1. i feel like crap im just now seeing this. anytime you need someone to chat with who doesnt speak french (gosh or norwegian sheesh), lets skype date. we can vent together and ten bucks says we'll end up in hysterical laughter in 2 minutes!

2. your whole freaking family is beautiful!!!!!!!!! (and tall!) :)

Suzzie V said...

you and your family are so cute you should be in magazines. haha. love all of your pictures!

Sarah B. said...

I totally get it. The jet lag and everything. My parents still live in France (I grew up there) and when I go to visit, I always want to postpone social calls and church until I feel comfortable speaking in French again :). You'll get there! Bonne chance!

raven said...

"I am tired. I don't want to leave the house. I don't feel like talking to people because I don't want to speak French." - I apologize in advance that I literally laughed-out-loud when I read this.....rest assured it was only because that I could relate. Sounds like a temporary case of the funk :/ I wish I could come meet you at a coffee shop and we could speak understandable nonsense in English to each other all afternoon :) Adjusting to newness is difficult, but worthwhile.

AND i must add that you + your family are an absolute gorgeous bunch!! You are truly blessed my dear ^_^

xo,
raven

Lindsay said...

I feel for you! Living in a foreign country is super hard, and everyone on the outside thinks it all sounds so perfect and amazing. It is a lot of good things, but most people don't get how hard it is. I have been known to stay in the apartment all day so I don't have to go speak Danish. And I miss my girlfriends more than anything! Many days I don't get dressed or brush the teeth until my bf gets home either. But with all the bad, I guess being with the ones we love, and the good things that come with this kind of adventure outweigh the bad.

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