Sunday, October 23, 2011


A few of our small friends have started taking off their training wheels, so we decided to give it a go as well. It was tricky the first time, but I loved watching her and Dale together. Funny how the whole riding-a-bike thing is so dad-like.

Until we get the hang of it, borrowing a friend's big girl bike is a good idea.

And poor, poor Thailand. Suffering so with all the flooding, even our neighborhood has taken somewhat drastic measures to avoid potential disaster. This is our way out of teacher housing--yikes! Thankfully, we are still dry, albeit with furniture lifted off the floor just in case. We are all headed to the gorgeous beach of Krabi tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chiang Mai Chill Time

Sojo and I headed up to Chiang Mai this past weekend to spend some time with Popo and Gong Gong. Our favorite baba opted to stay home to ensure that our house did not flood due to the water issues currently in Thailand. (thankfully, nothing happened in our neighborhood).

The weekend was misty, green, and filled with secret paths and watermelon shakes. One night at dinner, we told stories about when Sojo was a baby and nearly fell out of our chairs as we laughed so hard at the silliness of her throughout the years.

One of my favorite parts was spending a bit of time in the meditation cave on the hotel grounds. It makes me so proud that Sojo loves yoga and has her own mantra she says when meditating. Three generations of peace in this photo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm Five!

"I'm five." Sojo said this spontaneously so many times on Sunday, and each time it was with genuine awe at being five. It was a big deal. And so much fun. The day was filled with pink cupcakes (thanks to my mom for the Martha Stewart-esque decorating), a magic show with her new outfit and tricks, a gaggle of friends, and a science experiment where we all made our own volcanoes.

She crashed hard at dinner and then was wide awake during our Sunday night massage. Her final birthday request was to have her own foot massage (is it weird that her saying that brings us such joy? we have these visions of family foot massages). We obliged by sharing ten minutes of my massage, and she was nearly catatonic in her relaxing state.
We also celebrated her special day at school. We'd been hearing about the birthday song (Oh, do you know the birthday girl, the birthday girl, the birthday girl?) for quite a while, but it was adorable watching her soak up all the birthday love with her classmates.
Even brushing her teeth that night, she stopped and said, "I'm five now." This was a biggie, it seems.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Dancing in the Street

Blog-worthy for sure. This is Sojo dancing in the streets with the headlights in the distance...

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Grandparent Glee

I love when things happen in life that I know I will remember them always. Sojo on Thursday night, outside our house in the dark, binoculars in hand, searching for the headlights of the taxi that carried Popo and Gong Gong is what I will remember. And the dancing and jumping that ensued when they finally arrived. It was pure joy and love and so gorgeous.

We're already having a great time. Birthday preparations, massages, leisurely lunches and lots of time hanging out. Plus I got a kick out of calling my parents and asking them to pick me up from school. Felt a bit nostalgic.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

What's Up??

We are fully into a new janitor phase of carrying a lot of stuff on your utility belt. And I mean a lot. Belt courtesy of her handy baba.

Preparing for her birthday this weekend. We are having a science experiment party, per her request! I could watch her write her letters all day.
My dishwashing friend, but this is really just an excuse to show the cutest hand-me-down cat skirt that makes her look so grown-up.
And her new work area. She put this together and loves to spend time cutting and working.
Whew! Grandparents on arriving in one hour, so we will have lots to blog about this month! Can't wait!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Three of Us

It's been a while since we have done an adoption update...

Back in June, after 18 months of waiting, our time finally came to have our interview with the Thai social worker for the adoption. The two ladies who came to our house were very nice, but, unfortunately, we were told that we would have to wait another three years, and that my age then (45) would make us ineligible for a child younger than four years old. For us, that is too much crucial bonding time spent in an institution. We were even open to a number of special needs, but anything correctable by surgery is not considered a special need in Thailand, so this would not make the process any quicker.

We took the summer to process all this and came to the difficult decision to stop the adoption process. Telling Sojo was a bit hard as she has been waiting for him and asking about him and saving toys for him, but she took it in stride. We said that he will always live in our hearts instead of with us.
Sad, yes. We wanted to share our love with another cutie pie in the world. That being said, it's hard to be sad for too long when our days are spent with this joy.