So, from last week... when Dushan and his family came over, Jack and Jane were overjoyed! I had tried to convince Nilantha to bring everyone, but he said he couldn't for some reason, so it was extra exciting that they had a playmate while we worked on their confusing paperwork. They played for a long time, then they wanted to watch a movie. Jane would shriek every few minutes and say, "I'm scared!" (when it was SO not scary) and run into Dushan's arms. Should this make me nervous for the future? I don't know who was loving the attention more, Jane or Dushan. He took good care of her!
You may have noticed, we have had a LOT of baptisms at our church lately. Several every week actually. It's pretty exciting for everyone and we've LOVED getting to know some of these sweet people who are quickly becoming family. Last week, a family was baptized that I met a few months ago when I went to see my friends, George and Mery, off when they moved to Holland. It's funny that from my evening with them, I met several families that now are regular people we see and LOVE. This is Alfred and his family with Bishop Anderson and the Elders. (I have to apologize for the picture quality, I totally forgot to edit them and am too exhausted to fix them now!). I don't know if you've noticed, but very few Sri Lankans smile in pictures. I haven't figured it out yet.
Anyway, to give you an idea of how our Sundays go lately, we generally show up two to three hours before church starts for any number of things. Today it was a baptism, and to prepare for the Primary Program rehearsal. Last Sunday, it was for a Baptism and Jeff had a meeting. Then, we have our three hours of meetings, then, like today, there was a baptism afterward with a small feast for everyone still in the building. It's nice to spend most of Sunday with our ward, because we really only get to see most people this one day a week. Everyone kind of hangs around, visits, has meetings, interviews, prepares for lessons, etc. at the church. Lucky for us, this brings a LOT of people to play with our kids! One brother said to me last week, "Jane is always being held!", and he's right. She's always got someone holding her, chasing her, and playing with her. In the middle of getting the things done that I need to, I often don't know exactly where my children are in the building, but I DO know they are with someone who will give them all the attention they need! Anyway, after the baptism last week, after things had settled some, I caught this picture and thought it was really sweet. This is Elder Davis (and Elder Ito in the background) with Alfred and his son, who were just baptized. Alfred and his son don't know how to tie a tie yet, so the Elders were teaching and helping them get ready for church after their baptismal service. We just love our missionaries, and I love to watch them love the people they teach.
With all this time in the building, there's plenty of time for the kids to play, especially when there's not enough room for everyone to be at the baptism. Jack found a room full of the Bunker family, and of course, just joined right in, like he always does with big families. I always think that he should have been my third child, not my first. This kid needs siblings! Christopher was sweet to read him a book and keep him completely entertained.
While I'm talking about church, I'll post a few pictures from today. This is Suvee, Vibushen, and Ashly. Everyone was eating and visiting, and we were especially excited to learn that Ashly and Vibushen got the week they'll be leaving for Canada, and we were relieved to realize we would be in town to see them off! They'll be traveling with one individual from Sri Lanka and a family from Nepal. All going to Canada.
It's been so fun to watch Jane's little nursery class really start to connect in the last little while. They've all been growing up together for the last year and they're finally starting to really appreciate each other and get REALLY excited to be together each Sunday. Jane and Sachina were pretending to be puppies (one of Jane's favorite games). Sachina's family is the Nepalese family going to Canada. It will be sad to say goodbye to so many, but we are SO happy that they are moving on with their lives!
I didn't realize I got so many of these two together, but they were having so much fun playing with everyone. This is Aloy, who is often pursuing Jane, trying to win her over amongst many others. He's always got this BIG grin on his face that brightens my day.
This post is backwards, as it's pretty clear the kids aren't so worn at this point! We left this morning at 10am and returned at 6:30pm, exhausted but always happy. If you're wondering about Jane's bandaid, here's the answer that I gave a LOT today... nothing happend to her forehead, she just really wanted a bandaid right THERE. Jane having so many admirers is great, but if she's in anything less than perfect condition, I have to explain myself to everyone! I would never really complain about so many people loving my child, but it is funny.
I said we generally only see our ward members on Sunday that don't live close by, but this week we invited Ashly and Vibushen over for dinner. It took them 2 1/2 hours to get here, even though it only took them about 20 minutes to get home. Does that give you an idea of Bangkok traffic? But, when they were here, we were loving it, and grateful for their sacrifice to come over. We ate dinner, and while we cleaned up they watched a few minutes of Animal Planet (Jack's favorite).
Then, we introduced them to UNO. They had never heard of it, and seemed a little unsure at first, but by the end, they knew exactly what they were doing and Vibushen won by a mile! It was a little confusing to start with UNO Attack, but Jane just loves to push that button, so we were all entertained. Oh, how we love these brothers! Now that we know what city they will be in, we're mentally trying to figure out how we can go and visit them once they get settled and we get back to the States! Luckily, they'll be in the same city as another family who left last year, so we can all catch up together. I think I automatically thought that once we leave here, we say goodbye forever to just about everyone, but now seeing that we have a good chance of keeping in touch with many, the future seems much brighter!
Every Friday morning, I take Jane to a playgroup for kids around her age. Many are younger, but this little Ashley who just joined is really close to Jane's age and they have hit it off so well! They laugh and giggle, and both love playing dress ups. I love watching Jane really connect with kids, which brings out a really fun part of her personality.
A few of the moms from this playgroup are trying to put together an organized playgroup/preschool on Mondays and you wouldn't believe how hard it is to find kids Jane's age who aren't in school! I've lived here for almost two years, and I still just cannot get used to the idea of putting my baby in school so young! But, it's completely the norm for a BIG part of the world, and in a way, I admire people who just jump right in to whatever culture they're currently living in. "When in Rome..." right? With this aspect, I haven't done so well. I have to explain, sometimes several times a day, why Jane is with me and not in school. People say, "you care for the children by yourself?". It's a different world!
Jane LOVES her Daddy. She asks for him first thing in the morning, and even when he's not home to put her to bed, she will ask for him and his special "Little Janie" song he made up for her. She has to hug and kiss him several different times in the morning when he goes, and often walks him to the elevator in her pajamas. This day she insisted on wearing "purple pretty dress" (She rotates between yellow, purple, and blue pretty dresses, but they're always "pretty dress") to take Jack to school and was twirling around for Jeff before saying goodbye. She must have felt very pretty since she insisted I get the camera out, even when it was nowhere in sight!
The other day, I bought some things for her at a market, so I was going through her "to grow into" box. She was loving to try on dresses, skirts, and frilly shirts, but when I asked her to try on a pair of jeans she sternly said, "Mom, I don't want to try those on, those aren't PRETTY!". How did I get such a girl? I explained to her what jeans were and told her they would keep her warm when she played in the snow, and she suddenly thought they were really cool. She then explained to me her new found knowledge that "these are called JEANS, Mom". She's going to have a LOT to learn when we move back to Utah! Luckily, she adjusts quite well, so I am sure it will be all FUN as she discovers all the new things that will come with the big move!