30 April 2012

Project 365: 113-119

Day 113

Jack's new haircut has already been discussed, but just to really drive the point home, here he is again. So cute.

Day 114

Roger quasi-adopted our neighbors cat and Asher quickly declared that he loved the cat. And then he named him Puma. The purpose of this half-adoption is to buy a little extra insurance against rodents invading our house while not actually having to worry about what will happen to the cat when we inevitably move again.

Day 115

Jack and I met up with some friends for an indoor (air-conditioned!) play date. Jack was back in the baby carrier for the first time in several weeks and I think he might have missed riding in style. I also think that Jack has finally gained a little bit of weight.

Day 116

We had work meetings all afternoon, so Asher and Jack got to spend a few hours playing with Emma. They had a great time chasing each other around, but Asher did give Emma a very stern talking to when she wouldn't hold his hand to walk across the parking lot.

Day 117

I still find it very funny to see this one just standing up. He will literally just stand in the middle of the room and giggle because he's so happy to be upright. Then he usually falls over.

Day 118

Due to the heat playgroup was moved indoors for the day and Jack finally overcame his fear of the ball pit. It was a big day for him.

Day 119

I went a little crazy at the grocery store and bought some peaches. I don't think either of the boys had heard of them, but they both loved them. I told Asher they were a special fruit that the kids in America liked to eat. He didn't seem to care or know what America was.

29 April 2012

Playing Ball

Here's three short videos of the boys playing outside.

26 April 2012

Jack's First Haircut

The time finally came for Jack's baby mullet to go. I had put it off for long enough. We got out the scissors, sat him in the outdoor highchair (yes, we are Asian rednecks) and Roger cut off the frizzy ends of his hair.

Jack had a cup full of raisins and never noticed what we were doing.



23 April 2012

Project 365: 106-112

Day 106

Asher wanted to match Jack so they both wore their boat shirts to church. This was our second Sunday to visit an English speaking church. Asher and Jack get to go to their own classes while I get to go to church...for the first time in almost 3 years. Everyone was happy.

Day 107

Asher had a Skype date with Mimi. I think they were reading some books or looking at her dogs, his two favorite Skype things to do.

Day 108

Everyone is happy that Jack has his own bike. Now we can all go for bike rides in the evenings and we can all be happy about it, at least most of the time.

Day 109

Asher boy is out-growing all of his shirts, so we got him a new airplane shirt. With two wings! And big engines! And clouds!

Day 110

At the end of May we are being invaded by Mimi and Uncle Mel. We finally got their tickets bought, now the waiting begins. I'm already looking forward to a summer full of not washing dishes and date nights with Roger. It's nice to have a Mimi that doubles as a housemaid/nanny when she comes to Asia.

Day 111

It's hot, ya'll. And we're sweaty. For the past week or so we have been right at 95 everyday with a heat index near 110. If we have to move away from the fans we start to melt and we haven't been going outside much before dark.

Day 112

We went to the mall to beat the heat (they have air conditioning!) and we stumbled upon some cars for Asher and Roger to admire. Asher wants the Maserati for himself, but he's going to let Jack take a Porsche.

14 April 2012

Project 365: 99-105

Day 99

Jack just looked too sweet in his little Easter outfit. Here's some culture: Thai people don't get the whole Easter outfit thing. There's no special clothes on Easter Sunday, no hats, no gifts, no special family gatherings. It shows us how much of our holidays (even religious ones) are defined by our culture.

Day 100

I went away for a few days. It was fantastic. I stayed in a hotel by myself, ate KFC and read a book. I went for some really long walks and hung out by the swimming pool. I even slept until 9 am.

Day 101

The part of the city I was in was filled with foreigners on vacation and they were all taking pictures. I tried to just be a tourist for a few days, but I feel silly taking pictures of the food vendors or the market. After two years it's hard to see Bangkok through the eyes of a tourist. This pictures was my attempt at trying to see something different.

Day 102

Back home with Jack. I had fun away, but I was glad to get back to all of the boys. I washed dishes while Jack put small things inside of something bigger. It's his favorite thing to do.

Day 103

Bath time! Jack was all soaped up and ready to be rinsed off.

Day 104

I have really generous friends. One of my friends is moving back to the States next week and she gave us this basketball goal along with a trunk full of other toys. It was like Christmas in April!

Day 105

We are in the middle of the biggest holiday of the year in Thailand: Songkran. It's the Thai new year and basically it is celebrated with a country-wide water fight. Most people head out of the city and to their villages to celebrate leaving Bangkok very quiet and traffic free. We took advantage and went to visit a friend that lives in a condo with a pool. After swimming Asher spent a long time staring out of the window that overlooked the skytrain tracks.

12 April 2012

He Can Do It

Walk, that is.

Jack, at the age of 15 months, has finally shown us that he can walk. The only problem is that he doesn't want to walk. So, he doesn't. It's not that he wants to be carried everywhere, he will crawl anywhere. The boy just doesn't want to walk.

We've been trying to encourage him to walk for a long time. As long as he's pushing a shopping cart or holding our hands he can move pretty fast. Finally last Saturday morning he stood up in the middle of the living room and walked in a big circle. It was sort of random and sort of like, see, I can do it, I just don't want to.

Now I will catch him walking every once in a while and I even managed to capture it on video last week.

11 April 2012

Easter 2012

Well, this would be the place to write all about our exciting and creative Easter crafts and celebrations. But let me be honest: I had no idea it as even close to Easter time until I went to an English speaking church on Palm Sunday. And I don't do crafts. And all of the eggs here are brown, so I didn't think we could dye them. I did find a recipe for peanut butter eggs, but between the fact that Asher's allergic and I was busy I didn't really get around to making them.

Mimi did send a new outfit for Jack. He looked sweet. Our Thai friends were confused by the style of outfit. I assured them that it was, in fact, adorable and very normal for little boys. I'm not sure they believed me.

I told Asher he looked like an Easter egg. That made him angry. I don't think he has any idea what an Easter egg is and possibly thought I was insulting him.

And, we finally did it. We captured a good picture on Easter morning. There were tears and threats, but you can't tell that by looking at the picture. And that makes me happy.

Happy Easter ya'll! And if you see any of those peanut butter eggs on sale at CVS this week eat a few for me!

07 April 2012

Project 365: 92-98

Day 92

The trail of Jack across my bedroom floor. You can follow his progress as he made his way to the bathroom.

Day 93

The night before the big game I tried out a new recipe so that we would have some refreshments to accompany UK's victory. They were okay, but the blue icing was a hit with Asher.

Day 94

Somebody had to wake up early to watch the game. We usually just watch the basketball games online, but with UK in the championship we packed up and fought rush hour traffic to watch it on a television with some friends.

Day 95

It's almost Thai New Year and that means it's time for normally well dressed business people to be seen in these fantastic floral shirts. Asher wore his to school and thought he was so cool. Mimi asked him if he lost a bet.

Day 96

Spaghetti night was a big hit. Asher carefully ate his sauce (separate from his noodles) with a spoon and then ate each and everyone of his noodles. Jack stuck his face in the bowl and went wild.

Day 97

Asher went in for his dental check-up and came away with two balloon swords and a new bus. It was a successful visit.

Day 98

We were sitting behind this bus at a stoplight on the way home from the grocery store. It says, "Don't follow me, I'm lost." Lost might not have been the right word, but something was going on because the driver blocked an entire road trying to make a right turn from the far left lane. Also, how nasty is that bus. I don't like to think about all the junk we are breathing in.