11th Jul 2012 - 14th Aug 2012
It has been a while...a month of fun since Bohol and the Philippines. We caught snippets of the Olympics and I am obviously thrilled to see Posh Spice back on stage. London and team GB were awesome, we are now slowly catching up on races via YouTube (and the boys are re-enacting them and rather oddly boxing even though we didn't watch any). The boys have also now become enthralled with Mr Bean.
We spent a few days after the Philippines changing the house around so the boys now have a playroom and their clutter is finally removed from the living room, phew. We spent some lovely days at the zoo, planetarium, IKEA (Noah can eat a plate of meatballs), the aquarium and other kid-friendly spots around Bangkok. Nung went to do a course on cows for a week and the boys missed her but we had a lovely postcard from Som in Singapore which was brilliant! We then had the delight of the Barretts in town for a few short days. Unfortunately our plans were a little ambitious so we didn't get to do everything planned but its tricky when there's 8 of you trying to get around town! Maybe we should have just swum in the pool but it was really great to see them all again and the boys remain absolutely obsessed with Zoe and Lea, who are very good at putting up with them. Thankfully Val and Nige have escaped the floods in Manila but thinking of all the people we know in the Philippines.
Nick did some work in Khao Lak so we had a lovely week up there, lots of walks on the beach, swimming, feeding elephants and our first rockpooling expeditions....there really isn't a lot there, except a lot of waterfalls so it was wonderfully chilled but very beautiful. Noah discovered the joy of floating around in a dinghy and Hector enjoyed the slides. We caught lots of Hermit crabs, ate a lot of fish and watched quite a lot of Tom and Jerry, it's quite violent but that didn't stop the boys trying to recreate it, Hector is usually Tom. Thankfully there was no pneumonia this year!
Following this we were back for a few days before heading off to Hua-Hin for Adam's 30th. He rented a giant villa with a pool and we had giant fun...late nights with champagne and decadent food, perfect! Happy birthday Adam! Matt, Lorna and Evelyn sadly leave today for the UK. Where has the summer gone? I went to my classroom today and the boys start on Monday...on the school bus! Golly gosh where have the last 3 years gone???!!!
Nick took me out for my birthday which was elegant...the Cabouchon and Quince....I kind of remember coming home. 39, crikey. Thank you for my thoughtful and exquisite presents..pyjamas, perfume, books and love!
Hope you all had glorious summers too, INSET Thursday 17 week term starts Monday.
Wellies and loafers
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