Counting Days

Once again I’ve allowed quite a bit of time to pass between posting anything. It’s been a busy past couple of months, but it’s suddenly gotten very quiet and time seems to be passing by with a crawl.

In December we took a quick trip down to Disneyland. Rotchana, Victoria and I were joined by a family friend and her new husband. We drove down to LA on a Tuesday, spent all day at Disneyland on Wednesday, and then headed back home on Thursday. It was a quick trip, but we all had a fun time.

Victoria spent most of the time at Disneyland sleeping, but she managed to wake up long enough to go on a few rides. She liked the Jungle Cruise and It’s A Small World, but fell asleep a few minutes into Pirates of the Caribbean. We’ll definitely need to go back when she’s older.

Rotchana really like Disneyland. Before going she didn’t know what all the fuss was about and felt as though amusement parks were only for children. Now that she experienced it firsthand she’s already talking about going back for a trip to spend several days there. I think she gets it now.

Christmas this year came and went quickly. I never got a chance to put up a tree or decorate, but we had fun. Victoria got to open some presents. I think she enjoyed the paper more than the gifts, but I guess that’s normal. We went to a friend’s home for dinner that afternoon and enjoyed visiting with everyone. They’ve become our family and we appreciate the opportunities to spend time with them.

We went to our friend’s house again for New Year’s Eve. They have an annual Wii bowling tournament that I won the first year they held it so I have to go back to try and get my trophy back. That will have to wait for next year as I came up a bit short and finished second.

Rotchana and Victoria left to go to Thailand last Sunday. They will be there until I can finally meet up with them at the end of March. This is Rotchana’s first visit back to Thailand after coming to the US, and of course, it’s Victoria’s first time in Thailand. Rotchana’s family is excited to see the girls, along with many of her friends. It’s a shame Victoria won’t remember any of it, but it should be a lot of fun for the both of them.

It took them a total of about 20 hours to arrive in Bangkok. Victoria did really well the entire trip despite not sleeping very much. She didn’t cry or make it difficult for Rotchana so I’m sure that made the trip a lot easier. I know Rotchana was nervous about how things would go, along with worrying about getting lost at the airport in Beijing when they had to change planes, but I guess it all went very smoothly.

They’ve spent the last few days in Bangkok visiting with one of Rotchana’s sisters and some friends. As I type this they’re on a 8 hour bus ride to go to her family’s village. It’s going to be an emotional reunion for everyone.

I’m jealous I can’t be with the girls, but I’m not able to get away from work for that long so I’ll have to wait for the end of March. Not only do I miss them, but I miss being in Thailand. I really enjoyed my time there over the last couple of years and can’t wait to be back. I’m super excited for Rotchana to be there. I know how important her family and friends are and knowing that she’s having a blast makes my being home here alone worth it.

Below are some photos from the last couple of months that I didn’t get around to posting.

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