Wednesday, January 27, 2016

November and December 2015

November
Occasionally for different Thai holidays, there will be a special carnival in town.  We went to one this month.  The boys got to ride on the Ferris Wheel, play on the bounce houses, and eat fun food.

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The rides

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Hanging out on the Ferris Wheel


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Bounce Fun

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Pork on a stick!

In November, this holiday is called Loy Krathong.  The Thais also celebrate by lighting candles and floating them in the water.  We went down to our local stream and did a bit of that too.

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Our floating candle
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Watching it go into the stream

December
This was our celebration month.  We enjoyed spending time with each set of grandparents while celebrating multiple birthdays, Christmas and our 11-year anniversary.  The month began with Alisha's parents coming for two weeks.

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We took them to all our favorite waterfalls.

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We went to the new Extreme Water Park in Mae Sot as a celebration for N's birthday.

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It was fun playing with Grandma and Papa.

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The water park is basically a bunch of bounce houses with water!

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We love going to Mae Kasa Waterfall.
I think we make it there almost once a month.

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Papa really seemed to enjoy it.

Christmas looked a bit different this year.  We had a little tree and a few decorations, but with the temps in the 80s, it was hard to remember that it was winter in the States.

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Decorating the tree

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We got to go to a Christmas celebration at a local Burmese church

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There were lots of fun games!

We celebrated N's 8th birthday a second time when Phil's parents came.  This time was for lime cheesecake and lime ice cream.

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Getting so big!

We had a good time with Phil's parents and brother while they were here over Christmas.

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Grandma likes baking things in our kitchen!

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We finally made it up to Mae Us-A cave.  Didn't get to go in much, but it was pretty cool.

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Eating lunch after our big hike.
It was a pretty busy month, but it was our last month of not having a lot of work to do.  It was nice to be free to show people around our beautiful area here in Thailand.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Books of 2015

I'm behind on my blogging, and it's time for my annual list of books that I've read over the past year.  I also thought it would be fun to keep track of what the boys have been reading this year too.  However, with the advent of Kindles, I don't always know what N and Z have been reading so their lists are not complete.  Our entire family loves to read which really gives joy to my heart.

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So without further ado....

My list:
1. Just a Minute by Wess Stafford
2. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
3. The Great Omission by Steve Saint
4. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
5. Avishag by Yael Lotan
6. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
7. Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan
8. Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis
9. Lent for Everyone: Mark, Year B by N.T. Wright
10. Wrecked by Jeff Goins
11. The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle
12. How God Became King by N.T. Wright
13. Little Daughter by Zoya Phan
14. Overrated by Eugene Cho
15. Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black
16. Kingdom's Hope by Chuck Black
17. Astonished by Mike Erre
18. Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch
19. Restless Souls by Phil Thorton
20. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows
21. The Last Train to Istanbul by Ay┼če Kulin
22. Be Free by Warren W. Wiersbe
23. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
24. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
25. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
26. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
27. Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child by Julia Simens
28. Mindstorms by Seymour Papert
29. The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin
30. Burmese Days by George Orwell

N's Reading: (he definitely read more than me!)
1.-7.Chronicles of Narnia (He probably read all the books 10 times!)
8-12. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
13. Mary Pope Osborne's Odyssey
14. The Children's Illiad by Alfred Church
15. The Golden Fleece by Colum
16. The Action Bible
17-27. Adventures of Tintin (Multiple books)
28. The Wonderbook for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne
29.-35. The Magic Series (7 books) by Edward Eager
36. Who was Julius Caesar?
37. Peril in Pompeii
38. The White Stag
39. Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson
40. Kingdom's Dawn
41. Kingdom's Hope
42.-55. Complete series of Wizard of Oz (14 books)
56. Nate Saint
57. George Mueller
58. Eric Liddell
59. Out of the Silent Planet
60. Tom Swift and the Submarine
61. Tom Swift and the Motorcycle
62. Tom Swift and his Motorboat
63. Lauren Ipsum
64.-71. Enid Blyton Adventure Series
72.-75. Wrinkle in Time Series (4 books)
76. The Castle in the Attic
77. The Enchanted Castle
78. Storybound
79. Story's End
80. Robin Hood
81. The Ark, The Reed and the Fire Cloud
82. Tales of the Kingdom
83. Lassie Come Home
84. The Hobbit
85.-90. The Minecraft Series

(I don't think I'm going to even get close to being able to keep track in future years.)

Z's Reading:
1. Nate the Great
2. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
3. Go Dog Go
4. Are You My Mother?
5. Treadwell Primer
6. Treadwell First Reader
7. Treadwell Second Reader
8.-18. Magic Tree House Series (10-12 various books)
19.-24. The Minecraft Series
25.-27. The Imagination Station series (books 1-3)
28. The Phantom Tollbooth
29.-33. Enid Blyton Adventure Series (first 4 books)

(I know he read a lot more, but his reading took off just in the last couple of months when I wasn't as good at tracking).

Family Reading:
1`. Homer Price
2. Odd and the Frost Giants
3. Alice in Wonderland
4. Augie and the Green Knight by Zachary Weiner
5. Through the Looking Glass
6. A Wrinkle in Time
7. Charlotte's Web
8. Through the Looking Glass
9. 50 Famous People
10. 50 Famous Stories Retold
11. The Wizard of Oz
12. Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child
13. The Secret Garden
14. The Phantom Tollbooth
15. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift