20 July 2008

The normal part of our week

Our week was fairly simple because we were gone for a good chunk of it! We left for the beach Thursday morning (a different post entirely), so other than that, our week seems pretty ho-hum.

As I mentioned in last week's post, we had the Lee children over to play for most of Monday while Rachael and David worked with the movers to get everything packed and on its way to the States. Jane and Jack were really looking forward to having friends over for the day, and I was hoping the novelty wouldn't wear off too soon!

They all played extremely well together and definitely were never bored! They read books, made forts, dressed up, and ate lots of snacks. If I was concerned about anything, it would have been Jane and McKaila getting along, but they were suddenly best friends. Phew! It felt good to be able to do something like this for a friend. It seems like in Utah, I kid-swapped fairly regularly. That was just something you could do to help each other out. Here, nobody seems to do that because most people just have nannies to take care of the children. If you don't have a nanny/maid, someone might offer the services of theirs. Thanks to the odd circumstances the Lees were in with just having had to fire their help, I was able to do something that to me seemed totally normal: watching a friend's children for them! Having a nanny/maid just will never seem completely normal to me!

Since the Lees were all packed up by Monday night, but not leaving until Friday, we thought it would be a good idea to have them over for dinner. It was our last night all together, and I couldn't believe the kids weren't sick of each other by then! Jane and McKaila sang to each other in their "microphones" forever! It's never fun to say goodbye! Good luck, David and Rachael!

I think I've mentioned before our "chicken lady" that we buy dinner/lunch from a lot of the time. Her chicken stand is just outside of our complex and she is always so sweet to take good care of us! She knows the kids like the wings, and she knows not to make my som tam too spicy. This day, I went to order it, and while we waited, we came back to our complex to play on the new swing set. These swings make me super nervous because they're so close together, but the kids love them!

This is our new church building I mentioned before. We are still loving the new building and all the added space, despite the extra time it takes to get there. I know I've said it before, but our ward is awesome!

Here's a better view of the building with a steeple and everything! We feel SO spoiled!

I know, our week was not too exciting as far as our time in Bangkok goes. The contrast to the rest of the week makes me appreciate both sides of it even more!


The Lee's said...

Those pictures of the kids are adorable. Thanks again for watching McKaila and Kameron for us. It saved me a lot of time and stress. We miss you guys already. McKaila was "talking" to Jack and Jane on the phone yesterday. Then she looked at me and said "Mom, I love Jack and Jane". It was the cutest thing.

Andrew & Vanessa and kids said...

Life is always exciting with Mindy! Great capture of your week! Love you