Sometimes things happen that make you tardy, having a child has definitely taught me this lesson over and over. And traveling has done nothing else if not reinforce my flexibility when it comes to being on time. I do try my darndest though to write my blog posts so that they fall on the correct days no matter what part of the world you may reside in. Today I have failed in that goal, it is currently Tuesday here in Thailand, but at least it is still Monday on the other side of the world, so my Monday Montage is not a total lie.
Yesterday started like any other lovely Monday here in Hua Hin. The cleaning lady was starting to clean, Chad was starting to work, and Zoë and I were doing our Bible study before playing together. Suddenly a smell permeated our Rockwellian picture of life. A noxious smell of pesticide was floating in from the pest control guys that had appeared in our yard. The landlord of our villa has the house sprayed against all the creepy-crawlies once a month, and yesterday was the day. We had to quickly throw on some presentable clothes and drive away so they could do their job without killing us from the fumes.
We drove aimlessly for a while trying to decide what to do. I could not think of anything to do, maybe it was my intense need for a shower (or at least a healthy swipe of underarm deodorant) that made it hard for me to think. We ended up driving north of town a bit and pulled into a place called Venezia, which we thought was shopping outlets with Venetian styled buildings. It was so much more than that, I am going to write all about it on Friday, so make sure to check back then.
That took most of our day, and then I got caught up in catching up with what needed to be done at home when we finally returned. Oh, and also the town we are staying in has turned off the running water again, so that shower that I so longed for was not happening (i know… call a wahhh-mbulance right?!). Somehow the end of the day was upon me and I had not completed my blog post, but here it is… better late than never.
Just a random For Rent sign on our drive around yesterday.
Z playing on Kao Takiab beach with a new friend!
We could not find an advent calendar (you know the kind with chocolates) for Z, so we made her an advent box. Each day she pulls off a number and gets to choose something (candy or small toy) out of the box.
Framework for a massive floating turtle for the Kings birthday celebration on Khao Tao Lake.
The completed floating turtle.
A beautiful sunset and lights for the Kings Birthday celebration.
The crowds from the Kings Birthday in Hua Hin. If you look in the background, you can see the big screen showing the King. This was the first time he stayed in Hua Hin for his birthday ever and the first time he had given a public address in quite some time. It was truly thrilling and emotional to be there.