A little slice of heaven came our way.
Grandparents came "this side"! The kids were jumping out of their skin they were so excited.
There is something so grounding and at the same time so magical about having family come visit when you live thousands upon thousands of miles away. It validates your life, somehow, and makes you think of all the reasons you *love* being an expat.
You show off all the good stuff - and in the process, you remember why you do this crazy thing even though it's hard to live far away from the people you love most and the life that used to be familiar.
|I mean, really, these guys! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕|
1. our house feels warmer
2. we text a lot more now
3. home doesn't seem SO far away
4. I am reminded of so many things here that i love
5. BONUS: we feel more connected to the life they lived here 25 years ago
As if it wasn't enough to have the 'parental units' witness our life here and inadvertently remind us that we are indeed living our own dream... why not a little vacay together to the Andaman Sea?
|photo cred: Grandpa Jack|
Phuket, Thailand ::
white sands. clear water. fresh food. zen vibe.
Kamala Beach ::
Shallow forever. Gentle surf. Loungers. Local food stands and restaurants all along the beach. People are here, but it doesn't feel crazy-crowded. One local guy even jet-skiid home to get us a paddle board to try. Incredibly kid-friendly.
|photo cred: Grandpa Jack|
|oh - to be eight with the ocean to yourself!|
Lanterns !!!! (make a wish, and send it up to heaven)
Romantic. Peaceful. Private. What a find, Grandpa Jack! Perfect place for an in-law villa.
|watching the hermit crabs|
|observing the local clam digging procedure|
~ Time to CELEBRATE somebody's 70th birthday ~
|photo cred: birthday boy|
Our Hotel :: Sunwing KamalaEasily one of the most kid-friendly places we've been to. Free food for the kids. Kid-Buffet at their height. Cartoons on at breakfast. Child-friendly entertainment every night on a small stage. Mommy water-aerobics by day. A little too large for my typical taste - but all in all, a great place for families.
|Bernie! Lollo! (like celebrities)|
|playroom with craft projects|
|this girl found her inner-thai.|
coconuts and cashew-chicken please!
shops. architecture. flavor. and a hotel from the movie "The Beach".
Day trip :: catamaran ride
Bit of an incident with a jelly fish.
We dropped anchor just off the secluded Buddha Island. Pristine water looked so inviting - so we decided to snorkel to shore. ABear had an uncanny feeling that it wasn't safe to swim. After finally coercing her into the water (normally an avid swimmer/sea explorer), and repeatedly
Ever-Watchful after that.
|keeping a weather-eye on yet another jelly-fish|
|A day like that'll tire a girl out|
|take me to shore! (Nai Harn in the distance)|