This was the best part of the whole trip! The flight attendants really do make or break the trip, and these girls made it amazing! Jack was in heaven. They thought everything he did was wonderful and he got whatever he wanted! Who wouldn't love that?
Our apartment complex has a small play area for the kids. We haven't really seen any other kids there, but Jack and Janie have sure enjoyed it! Notice the beautiful greenery on the grounds. It is like this everywhere, and is beautiful!
We celebrated our Halloween a little differently this year. We were VERY jet-lagged and not sure what was available for kids that would start early enough. We rode the skytrain to a GIGANTIC mall called the Siam Paragon where we looked around and got dinner. Very ritzy place! Not a place I would imagine the average Thai would shop! I have "mom guilt" that we didn't do trick-or-treating, but the kids had a great time and I think we were in bed by 8pm, completely exhausted! So, this is Jane enjoying dinner in the stroller.
We spent a morning at the Children's museum right here in Bangkok. It was very old and kind of run down, but the kids had a great time! This is Jack in a huge bubble, which he was very hesitant to get into. I think he thought he would go under water or something. When we went to pay, they asked if we were tourists. We told them we lived in Bangkok and they let us all in for only 190 Baht (less than $5). Just a little cheaper than the new Children's museum at the gateway, which we highly recommend.
Jack as a fireman at the Children's museum. There were very few people there, so he and Jane pretty much had free reign!
We spent an evening playing in Lumpini Park, which is across from where Jeff's office is. We were walking home around 6pm and got to see all the aerobics classes that go on there. People literally just set down all their shopping bags, purses, etc., and join in. The instructor is up on a platform so hundreds of people can follow along. There were several classes throughout the park, all very well attended. We have been very impressed with the Thai commitment to physical fitness. It is just a way of life for them, what good examples they are!
We've loved having access to a beautiful pool and look forward to swims year around! Jack's favorite thing is to be a "mowhawk guy".
Our complex hosted a celebration called Loy Krathong on Friday night. It was a wonderful event with delicious Thai food, dancing, fireworks, games for the kids, and our favorite staff members dressed in these beautiful Thai gowns. Dave is Jeff's coworker that traveled here with us and is staying for a while too. We were glad he wanted to enjoy the festivities as well. Jack loves Dave and asks for him on a daily basis now! We are grateful Dave is such a good sport!
Janie and I with the flowers the girls gave us. Jane doesn't look too excited because she was extremely tired, but we didn't want to miss it! She really did have a good time once she saw the rice!
Jack loved watching them make the Krathongs and he got to put this one in the water all by himself. Okay maybe I helped a little.
These were traditional Thai dancers that entertained at the event. They even got Jeff and Dave out there dancing with them. I should have asked them their secret!
I just realized we hadn't shown any pictures of where we are living. This is just a quick shot of the living area. It is a pretty simple 2-bedroom apartment, but kind of feels like a hotel. We enjoy it, but we know we aren't going to be here permanently, so I guess that is why it feels like a hotel. That, and the maid service, which we aren't complaining about!