Monday Montage: Reconnecting

I feel as though I haven’t really been talking to you guys much. Yes, I have written about things we have done and places we’ve eaten, but I haven’t really written anything personal in a while now. It’s time for some reconnecting!

I think that staying in one place for a bit has made me feel stale in what to write about. My traveling spirit doesn’t do well when I am sedentary, it wreaks havoc on my creativity. I hope that you haven’t noticed my informational and not personal trend lately… But, if you had, be encouraged because I have the fire in me to reconnect with you all more than ever now. My groove is back! Hooray!

The reason that my writing “groove” is back, you ask? Well, we had a spontaneous weekend road-trip last week and it renewed my love for all that is Thailand and traveling in this amazing country! As we were driving to our destination (yep, I am leaving you hanging a little about the location, make sure to come back on Friday!), I had an epiphany that I miss you guys! I miss having posts that leave us chatting and getting to know each other better. I also have missed traveling consistently, all three of us had I think, so we made a decision that we are going to explore Thailand… one week/weekend every month we are going off on an adventure. Even just writing it here makes me tingle in anticipation for the places we will get to see and experience!

Many things have been going on here in Phuket for us. Z has started going to a preschool three mornings a week. After trying and trying to keep her little social personality fulfilled, I finally had to realize that the only way that she would be able to be around children her age was to enroll her in a preschool. Most families enroll their toddlers at age 2 or 3 years old here, so the playdates I was taking her to during the day were with much younger children. It was great for her leading/teaching spirit (she definitely gets her”bossiness” from her mama), but I could tell that she needed more stimulation than the younger crowd could give her. So here we are, she is happy and we are happy that she is, but we miss her when she is gone.

Chad has almost achieved his Advanced Diving certificate, he only needs two more dives.. does anyone want to come visit and go diving with him?

I (well, this blog really) was featured in an airline magazine thanks to an awesome friend of mine including me in a  “bloggers of Phuket” project. That was pretty cool.

I have also completed 68% of my web development course on udemy.com and am currently learning about Bootstrap. I love what I have learned in the course so far (except javascript, ack!) and am really excited to start building websites for people. I am trying to decide if I would rather use freelancer.com or glance.com to start peddling my services. Have you ever used either of these? Leave a comment and tell me what you think of them (or any other site like that if you want). I would really appreciate the help!

Well, I guess I should probably stop chatting and move onto the pictures I took this past week. We can chat more in the comments if you want to!

Chad getting the truck prepared for Songkran. One person would drive while the others were in the back of the truck and throw water at the people in other vehicles and on the side of the road. It is crazy and awesome!
Chad getting the truck prepared for Songkran. One person would drive while the others were in the back of the truck and throw water at the people in other vehicles and on the side of the road. See the huge trash cans in the back there… we had to refill those numerous times! It was crazy and awesome!
Chad getting ready for the water war!
Chad getting ready for the water war!
Z is ready!
Z is ready!
It is difficult to tell in this picture, but Chad got a face full of red baby powder thrown at his face. It made him look bloodied for a while. Luckily it came off by the end of the day!
It is difficult to tell in this picture (waterproof phone things mess up the quality), but Chad got a face full of red baby powder thrown at his face. It made him look bloodied for a while. Luckily it came off by the end of the day!
The first rain, or should I say DOWNPOUR of the rainy season! Here we go!
The first rain, or should I say, DOWNPOUR of the rainy season! Here we go!
This made me laugh... I can just imagine the shock and dismay seeing a sign like this in the states... Ah Thailand. :)
This made me laugh… I can just imagine the shock and dismay seeing a sign like this in the states… Ah Thailand. 🙂

I hope that you will leave a comment! I really want to reconnect and say hello! Tell me about what is going on in your daily life or exciting plans for the future. If you have written a post about it recently, leave the link in the comments! Also, if you want to help me with the elance/freelance website decision, it would be so wonderful of you! Thanks everyone!

  20 comments for “Monday Montage: Reconnecting

  1. Benay
    April 20, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Love the idea of Thai roadtrips!

    • andthreetogo
      April 20, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Maybe we should do one together before we part ways 🙂 or we should just meet up on yours!

  2. mamabyfire
    April 20, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    That’s going to be fun to go on a road trip every month! The planning and anticipation, then the follow through-so much fun! I look forward to reading about your adventures! We’ve been debating whether we should enroll our Z in preschool-it’s just so expensive here! But she’s not very social, and we want to change that a bit. So we probably will…

    • andthreetogo
      April 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

      It is such a difficult decision to put ones children in preschool. And then which one! Ack! Well I guess no one ever said being a parent was easy right?! Haha

      • Deanna
        April 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        How is the cost of preschool there? Here it is expensive and we were JUST debating about school options for M last night believe it or not. Let’s just put it this way-Americans in Germany and anyone else goes to college for free! Preschool costs more in the US then college in Germany-go figure!

        • andthreetogo
          April 22, 2015 at 8:24 am

          It depends on the type of preschool… If you want just a bare bones day care type of school you can pay as little as $150 a month full time… But if you want more than that the price goes up. The most expensive I have heard about here (which z is not going to) is $1000 a month. We are towards the lower end but z is only going three mornings a week.
          The school costs in America are astronomical aren’t they… When z is college age it looks like we will be moving to Germany . 🙂

  3. Patti
    April 21, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Love the dolls! Lol! And the anticipation of fun things to come is half the fun! We have a little less than two weeks until Disneyland (and my 30th:-\ ) but we’re really looking forward to it and wish you could come! The kids made a count down and every day we take one down 🙂 Id love to do weekend road trips, even just around here! There’s so much to see, learn or do! Fun fun!

    • andthreetogo
      April 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I agree! Anticipation is a huge part of it!
      Oh I miss Disneyland so much, and family too of course! 🙂
      30 is awesome! Happy birthday ahead of time! Enjoy the celebration with the fam! Love and kisses to all!

  4. Valerie
    April 21, 2015 at 3:00 am

    So excited for you! Trips of all kinds are so fun to plan. I am a natural organizer and I LOVE planning day trips, vacations, anything at all. 😀 We are planning a trip this summer to Savannah and Jekyll Island, Georgia. It will be the first time our kids will see the ocean and my first time seeing Savannah. I am STOKED. O_O
    It’s awesome that Z is happy at preschool!
    I have a new way of sharing my daily life with my blogging friends, more in-depth and personal than Ten Thoughts Tuesday. Here’s the first one: http://wp.me/p2eQsT-2Lo 🙂 Have a great week!

    • andthreetogo
      April 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

      I really want to visit savannah someday! I hope you Will write about it! First time seeing the ocean! Oh my! I would love to see their faces! 🙂 it’s just always been around for me so the awesomeness of it was not lost, but less shocking I think. 🙂 I will definitely check out your post! Thanks for leaving the link and catching up! 🙂

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    April 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I always tell my hubby how when we are in one place too long, we stop seeing it with new eyes. We stop taking advantage of all it has to offer. On the other hand, with kids, it is kind of tough sometimes. That’s great Z loves pre-school. My kids all went to pre-school. (I needed the break! LOL!) We are doing great here. Super busy in a new way. My husband keeps telling me to be patient, and time will open up again. (Can you tell he keeps me sane?) But, you feel you’ve not written “personal” posts–and I’ve not written a post at all. Not for lack of desire or that I’m not learning. Did I understand you’ll be helping people build web sites?

    • andthreetogo
      April 22, 2015 at 8:21 am

      True! Already z is loving being in a stable place more and more… Little trips seem to be better at the moment.
      What a great husband you have. It’s truly a blessing to have a spouse that can say what you need to hear! Chad often calms me when I worry or feel stressed. And sends me to get a massage… I don’t know if I will ever be able to move back to America! Haha
      I am going to start slowly building my skills at developing websites. I am trying to decide where to spend my time, Elance or freelancer… And then start making websites for people that will help this newbie practice her new skills. 🙂 I am going to be cheap labor for a bit until I get some experience.

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        April 23, 2015 at 3:02 am

        Amen about the husbands. And something about “being alone faraway” together which brings us closer. Making us work harder to support one another since family is so far. So good luck with the websites stuff. That is really great! You’ve got a head start by doing your own!

        • andthreetogo
          April 23, 2015 at 7:42 am

          That’s what I am hoping. Thanks Terri! 🙂

  6. Christian Ekleberry
    April 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Omg I feel like I need to catch up on your advenutres! How was your web development course? Did you enjoy it? I love the look of your website! It looks amazing; great job!

    • andthreetogo
      April 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much! I am still taking the course and I love it! I am hoping to finish in the next month… It’s really inspired me to try new things and explore what I can do with my site. It’s so exciting! I hope to be able to help other bloggers at some point. We shall see. 😉 thanks for commenting and reading!

  7. expatlingo
    April 22, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Ooooh I like the idea of a trip someplace new in Thailand once a month. Looking forward to seeing where you go!

    • andthreetogo
      April 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

      It’s like living in a dream! I love it. 🙂 I am looking forward to seeing where we choose to go as well… I think we may need to pull places out of a hat to decide! There are so many places.

  8. Yvette @ BigTrouble
    April 30, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Ah, I’m sat with a drink and some popcorn, and so enjoying catching up on your blog! Love the new look and header pic – gorgeous! I can imagine it must feel strange in some ways to be ‘settled down’ – sort of – when you are such a travelling Jake, but this new plan sounds like the perfect compromise! Hope Z is settling into pre-school well, and good luck for the rest of your web dev course and Chad for his diving. I would give it a go if I wasn’t so far away 🙂 Off to read about your roadtrip now!

    • andthreetogo
      April 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Welcome back! 🙂 all seems to be going well so far with z and preschool which makes me so happy for her. I cannot wait to decide on the next place we are going too… I am hoping chiang Mai. We shall see 🙂

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