Kiddos

Fun Visitors!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Family, Kiddos, Living in Thailand, Spending Time With Friends | 2 comments

Fun Visitors!
We have absolutely loved having friends of ours visit for the last week or so! It’s been so much fun hanging out together, talking and laughing long after our kiddos are in bed. We’ve also enjoyed a couple of game nights, one of our favorite ways to spend an evening. :-) 
Our friends tend to be more explorers and adventurers than, shall we say, shoppers, so between the four of us, we discovered plenty of cool things to see in nature.
{The Readers and Nat explored a cave}
{Ellie experienced her first elephant ride near this river}

{Took a hike that led to twin waterfalls}

{New pictures were needed for a prayer card/Christmas card, so we snagged a few mommy & baby poses as well}

{Such happy smiles}

I’m so thankful for sweet fellowship and precious friendship. We’re sad to see our friends leave in the morning, but we are so grateful they came and spent the time with us!

(Photo credit: Ilona Reader)

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At Least I’m Consistent!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Family, Kiddos, Living in Thailand | 3 comments

At Least I’m Consistent!

We’ve been having lots of fun in our new house and city, so here’s a quick update via photos. (Again!)

We bought this rocking horse just before we moved, and now the entertainment is endless around here!

This is the way Ellie drives…

Nat has been busy scrubbing dirt off the walls and ground (the walls in the background show the difference), and Paul has enjoyed “helping” Daddy.  :-)

A couple of weeks ago I took a quick trip to Bangkok to visit with some friends. It sure was fun being in the big city again!

Nat did a great job with the kids while I was away, and he sent me this picture of Ellie’s “daddy-do”.

Apparently the back of our truck is loads of fun too… 

Check out this coffee stand we stopped at… That stepstool was helpful and the coffee was very good!

Our house is in this neighborhood.

These two love playing with each other and have the cutest giggles.

They are also huge daredevils and are constantly finding new heights to explore. 😳 

Paul loves a mango smoothie! That yellow thing in his smoothie? Yeah, that’s NOT a piece of mango, but some kind of jello-like rice glop. Big disappointment when the expectation is a piece of mango. 

There aren’t too many playgrounds here, but there are plenty of kiddie rides at most malls and big stores. The kids were finally bold enough to take their first ride together. They loved it, contrary to the expressions on their faces. 
As always, there’s more to share but it’s back to enjoying life with the kiddos!
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These Two Little Munchkins.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Family, Kiddos | 1 comment

These Two Little Munchkins.
A quick photo shoot last Sunday morning paused time for a brief moment — one very brief moment!
These two munchkins kick the activity level up a notch around here and their giggles fill our home from before sunup until after dark. Even then, after two little bodies are safely tucked into their beds, we’ll occasionally hear from a little boy adding his two cents to our conversations. Both of them are such adventure-seekers and Ellie delights in having us look for her, and then screams with delight when we find her crawling to the top of the stairs.

Of course dirt and mud beckon Paul’s name and he simply can’t resist. I often find him squatting over a pile of rocks, twigs, or dirt – intently focused on the important task at hand. 
And this girl. Whoa. Ever since her birthday, her little personality has really developed. Gone is “baby” and taking her place is a toddler who can’t quite keep up with big brother yet — but she is determined to try! 
My days are filled with childish laughter (and tears), food smeared on the floor (“oops!” I hear), training and teaching (“please put this away”) and lots and lots of hugs and snuggles. Always, always worth it, although some mornings I don’t hop out of bed with a bright smile on my face when I hear our bedroom door being slammed open by a very awake little boy. πŸ˜‰
Yep, I love my job!
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Doing What They Love To Do.

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Kiddos, Living in Thailand | 0 comments

Doing What They Love To Do.
While not the best quality, I love how this picture captures my two kiddos doing what they love to do: play with plastic containers and cooking. These two keep me on my toes and there are plenty of times throughout the day when the same lesson is taught over and over again (to me, haha!), but it’s so fun to watch these little personalities grow and develop!!
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Life From The Phone.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Family, Kiddos, Living in Thailand | 0 comments

Life From The Phone.
Yep, it’s me again. Sharing photos because that’s the way it is right now! So, for this week’s pictorial update…
I was at the store recently and rummaged through the clothing bin to find Paul a new t-shirt. Of course the one *I* chose didn’t have a price tag on it. I thought I would make things easier on the cashier by taking a picture of the price, but that was a no-go. Instead, she pushed a button to make a light come on and finally the guy on roller skates came over to price-check the shirt. A mere 5 minutes later he rolled up with another t-shirt for her to scan. I felt so bad making the people behind me in line wait, but when you find a shirt for your son that isn’t too wild or crazy AND is under $2.00, what else can you do?!?
Several months ago on my morning walk, a lady driving by stopped me and in broken English warned me about “the dangerous insects” and asked me to please be careful when I walk down this little street. I thanked her for her kindness, but I really couldn’t understand what in the world she was talking about… until a few weeks ago, when I saw this hornet’s nest ON this person’s house. Ok, yikes, got the memo now! 
You know (or at least I think you know!) of Paul’s great love for bike rides, but perhaps you didn’t know Ellie is just as big of a fan. Well, actually, she’s tiny compared to Paul, but she sure loves zipping around the neighborhood on the bike. Of course those times are few and far between because Paul is such a bike hog. *Ahem.*
Chiang Mai is home to several malls, but this is the only mall (that I know of) that has a roller skating rink. It doesn’t amount to very much, but it was enough to draw out the squeals of delight from Paul as he watched the few people skate around. His delight intensified when a young man picked him up and took him out for a spin. Wow, did that make Paul’s day or what?!?

Fish, anyone? This is a great price: approximately 2 lbs for $3.66!
I think I mentioned we special-ordered a bedspread to be made for our bed (the other one was on its last legs). It was well worth the wait for our new bedspread and it definitely perks the room up. We’re not planning on staying in this house very long, so I don’t think the green carpet is going to be a clashing problem in a few months. :-)
Nat took Paul on a walk on Thursday all the way to the market (about a mile away). Paul was clearly tuckered out and enjoyed a nice, long nap in his stroller while we got some Thai language study in. It was a win-win situation! By the way, the second after I took this picture, he stirred and cracked his eyes open. I felt like a kid with my hand caught in the cookie jar. Thankfully he fell back asleep for another 30 minutes. :-)
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Sweet Blessings.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Kiddos, Living in Thailand | 0 comments

Sweet Blessings.
In keeping with all the photo updates I’ve been doing recently, here’s another small one!
Let me share with you a little bit about our youngest family member – our sweet, sweet Ellie-Bellie. This little girl has such a happy disposition about her and is often set down for “just a moment” as the adults in the family attempt to get dinner on the table, sweep the floor, deal with Paul, etc. 
She really is good-natured about the whole thing and is content to interact with the family from her spot on the floor or in her chair. Of course she wants to crawl and time and time again flops forward on her stomach, but hasn’t mastered the actual crawl yet. 
She also dearly loves her big brother and tolerates quite a bit from him before she reaches a breaking point. My heart melts every time I watch the two of them share a brother-sister moment and Paul is very, very good about picking up Ellie’s toys or bringing her a book. I sincerely hope they will be best friends as they grow up! My siblings are so precious to me and I think Paul and Ellie will have the same relationship.
Last year at this time we were anxiously anticipating our new addition to the family and now I can’t imagine life without our little girl! What joy she has brought to our family.
One of the weekly blessings we receive from living in a tropical climate is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. I walked down to the store on Saturday night and picked out two kilos of mangoes – all for $1.68. These mangoes will take several days to ripen, but we have plenty since we bought some from the market earlier in the week. Mangoes are the perfect addition to the smoothies we make almost daily. Isn’t the Lord good?!?

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