May was much quieter than April in terms of outings and events. We are learning more of what it looks like for our family to live in Thailand.
Phil's brother, Dan, left early this month to go help with the Nepal earthquake relief efforts with All Hands Volunteers. We had a great time with him, and he made some pretty cool signs for the boys before he left. He also made them as swing out of one of our cutting boards!
We're enjoying our new house. There are always new geckos, insects, and crawling things that want to gain our attention. Millipedes are a favorite though.
Our bananas ripened this month, and our mango tree is covered in mangoes. They are green though so we are trying to learn how to best eat green mangoes like in Mango Salad.
We've also been exploring our neighborhood more. We live very close to Mae Tao Clinic, the Bus Station, the airport, and a large hardware store. The boys have also discovered the "playground", an empty lot with a banyan tree with dangling vines that they like to climb on. The boys also now have Razor-type scooters, and they will often scoot down to the shop at the end of the street to buy ice, vegetables, or a treat.
We've also been really busy with work this month. Because of Thai immigration and labor issues, we had to close down our consignment shop and coffee bar to set up a foundation office instead.
We also had to get our two-month stamp to allow us a couple more months in country before we could apply for our year visa. There was a lot of paperwork involved with that including Phil needing to make a trip to Chiang Mai for a couple of days.
It was a busy month of behind-the-scenes stuff, but we know it will help us do better work in the future.