It's November At LAST!!!
Why is this important? Let's just say that in my next life I will plan out my children's birthdays a little better so that I don't have two of them in the same month, oh and so none of them are the day prior to a holiday that takes prior planning, like Halloween. I'm not out of the clear yet, October was such a busy month that Justice's birthday party has been postponed until sometime this month. I am confident that it will be much easier to plan and prepare now that I have a car which makes my options for food/drinks etc. much easier to obtain.
Not only are we finished with busy birthday month, (did I mention that my mother-in-law, and sister-in-laws birthdays are also in October, they often receive their gifts a month or so late due to the craziness of October) but we are also COMPLETELY MOVED IN. That's right, our final shipment arrived October 15th and our car on the 16th. This past Tuesday the Embassy housing people came and picked up our "welcome kit" signifying our independence. All the boxes are unpacked and the only thing left to do is figure out where to put some odds and ends and purchase a few items that will make our house function properly.
The kids... the kids are all doing well. Their last soccer game is this weekend. The older two have decided against playing baseball and will be taking Tennis lessons. Arcadian will play T-ball for the first time. Justice is participating in National Novel Writing Month and as of today will begin writing a 3,000 page novel. The past few weeks he has been working on brainstorming. Brosnan and Arcadian are participating in Clayworks where they make different foam clay shaped things. It is put on through the school and they seem to like it. Brosnan continues to grow as a reader. His teacher said he is about a year ahead of where he should be. Arcadian, he is beginning to read as well. I am quite surprised when I listen to him read by how much progress he is making. He can read many Dr. Suess type books pretty easily.
As for Justice and I... He is busy with work. It has been awhile since he has traveled but that starts again on Sunday when he takes a short trip to Laos. Tomorrow is the Marine Corps Ball here in Bangkok so we have been preparing for that as well. I still feel like I am busy all the time. Between the children's activities and various meetings, appointments, classes, and other things to keep the house running, it is not uncommon for me to come and go from the house 3-4 times a day with barely enough time in between to switch gears. I often hear, Abhie, our maid say, "You're leaving again? You just got home!" I can't imagine life here in Thailand if I had to actually clean the house or take all 3 kids with me everywhere I went.
Although November is a little calmer then October, there is still lots going on. Tennis and T-ball are starting. The two older children are in Cubscouts on two different days. This weekend is the USMC Ball, next weekend we are going on a camping trip with the Cubscout Pack. Justice will be traveling, my Thai class continues, Thanksgiving, Justices b-day party, etc. etc. The list goes on and on. In between the chaos, we want to get out and do things around Thailand.
My next post will highlight some of the things that we have done in the last month or two. It will include a trip to Safari World and our first beach trip to Hua Hin where we rode on elephants, banana boats, and horses!