Checklist

This week has involved at least 1 or 2 tasks per day we need to accomplish. On Wednesday we all went and met an agent to look at a house in the “Palm Springs” project. It was a bit higher than our planned budget, but has a nice view of a rice field out the back and the whole place is nice and bright. We’ll call it a maybe for now. After that appointment we went back to the car dealer to test out loading the whole family in our potential cars and have some test drives. We put down a small deposit on the truck to hold it until we can get funds into the country. Back to the apartment for some food and got ready for meeting. We got there early enough this time to get seats together (great victory). Chad got to chat briefly with the coordinator before the meeting and we all chatted with a super nice couple in the Chinese group on our way out. They spent 7 years in mainland china starting from 0 language skills. They moved to Thailand to help out getting the Chinese work going and as a break. Thursday Chad and Reichen went to the US consulate to get a residency affidavit notarized (needed to purchase a vehicle) and then we all headed to check out the recommended school. It was pretty awesome. It’s setup in a large property in an all wood thai house. There are 3 teachers who each primarily handle certain age groups and teach certain subjects to all the kids. There are rooms setup for...

Our review of “The Little Prince”

It was really depressing!   On Monday the kids started homeschooling. Nothing too strenuous yet… Rei is working on memorizing the multiplication tables and read for an hour, Indy is doing flash cards to recognize the letters of the alphabet by sight and is doing practice letter writing. Chad rode over to a used car dealer he has been in contact with to check out a couple of vehicles. It’s run by a father and son. The dad Walter is European I think. The son Elijah was born and raised in Thailand but speaks with a really neutral accent (western Canada sort of). Elijah spent 4 years in Fullerton going to a Christian college. I did get to witness to him for a bit when he asked why we we’re moving to Chiang Mai. We’re checking out a pickup truck and a minivan. Our options are a bit limited because Chad was remiss in his duty of teaching Mel to drive a stick.┬áThe┬ánext step on getting a car is getting a bank account in Thailand so we can get a chunk of money transferred in. They also recommend getting a Thai drivers license to simplify insurance. Chad stopped by a different BigC on the way back and picked up a few more odds and ends. We all hung out for a bit then headed for dinner. We ate at an Indian place directly across from the hotel that Amy will be staying at. We got one vegetarian and one chicken dinner combo as well as one bhathura (fried puffy bread). Food was very good but a bit pricey for...

Weekend chores

On Saturday we were all awake in the wee hours of the morning and Mel and Chad spent the night trying to keep the kids quiet. We gave up around 7 am and took a walk. ATM, 7-11, and breakfast at a restaurant later and we were back. Chad then went out and rented a couple of scooters for the month. With our new transportation we headed to BigC for some groceries and other sundries. Finished up with a lemon fruit shake from the store lobby and headed back. Lunch was more curry and noodles from the restaurant downstairs and we all made it to about 6 before falling asleep again. Sunday morning was similar but the kids managed to sleep nearly til 4. We decided to explore a bit and get the kids a little exercise. First stop was the city park in the southwest corner of the old city and we then drove around the old city and the Nimman area for awhile looking for something interesting and lunch. We were unable to find an Indian place to eat and finally settled at a place down the street from our apartment. Rei and Chad split a fried snapper, Indy had an egg and rice, and Mel had stir fried basil pork and peppers. We rested a bit before heading to our first meeting. The hall was packed. We learned from chatting that the back school is now filled every meeting with a Chinese group and the front is now getting filled with the 45+ publishers that have moved in over the last few months. No when is...

A few more details (warning-not interesting)

The grandmas dropped us at SFO around 4:15. After the tearful goodbyes we were able to do curbside checkin of our luggage and headed in. Security was thankfully pretty lite and we got to go through the metal detector instead of the scanner (I think Indy charmed the TSA). Kids had pizza and parents split a very pricey club sandwich as we waited at the gate. Flight was fine, nothing of interest. Now the part Chad was dreading: Arriving in terminal 5 at LAX, getting our 13 bags and ourselves down to the international terminal 3 buildings away…. It turned out to be less painful than expected. We paid for 3 luggage carts loaded up and caravaned our way down the sidewalk for 15 minutes. We found our checkin counter without issue and being 4 hours early for the flight there was no line. Our Cathay attendant was super patient and even checked one of our carryons for free. We hit a 7-11 in the airport for water, slurpee, and snacks then through security round 2 and on to the gate. This was a long wait but we broke it up with cards and pinkberry. Finally started boarding about 11:20. Mel, Indy, and Rei were in 69 A,B,C with Chad just in front in 68 C. Seats were average but did have a nice touchscreen video system. The kids were so tired they both passed out not long after takeoff. Mel and Chad not so much. We each took turns napping for a few minutes in discomfort, eating, watching a movie, stretching, iPad games….. contemplating the nature of reality?The...

We are here.

Man, that was a looong day of traveling. It actually all went smooth but very tiring. We just got our plethora of bags up to the room. We’ll post further details when we settle in.