Where do I start?
24 hours from now we'll be airport-bound, headed back to the Big Country :) We have used 29 days of our 30 day tourist visas..... it's been a good trip.
The first two weeks were work-full (especially for Matt, less for me). The final two weeks? Mostly play. We decided that since we were already here we might as well go ahead and use up some vacation days!
Such a treat - such a sweet break from some of the specific stresses and demands of life in China, a wonderful time together with our family and friends, a gift to play in SUNSHINE every single day, and a blessing to get out of the "fishbowl" for a while. [The tourist industry is so large in Thailand + we stay on the beaten path = no constant paparazzi taking photos and stopping our family to ask questions and generally making it difficult to blend in.]
We spent the last 12 days at a resort designed specifically for folks like us - beach front with a water-slide equipped pool. Julianna wanted to live there! It was perfect.
Really, the entire trip has gone so very smoothly. Very very smoothly. Our housing always been more than adequate - double rooms the first two weeks (one had a kids' room with an underwater theme and beds that looked like boats, so cool) and these last two weeks we had a three bedroom cottage! I think it was just about as big as our apartment back home!
Last night and tonight we're squished into one hotel room. I'm pretty sure it wasn't designed with our family in mind, but we make it work well :) Julianna is sleeping in the closet (her choice) and Lydia under the desk (again, her choice). Baby Luke is doing really well at night, so that makes sleeping-with-seven truly a viable option. [Although we tend to wake early when we're all stuffed in one room, 6am this morning..... but our hotel room overlooks the Chao Phraya river so we opened the curtains and watched the river come to life with boat traffic which made up for the early wake up call!]
Loads of photo-heavy posts to come, along with an update on how Luke is doing, John Paul *finally* off his restricted diet, lots of swimming, and a bit about our elephant ride too.
Stay tuned. I'm back :)