today was an overall great day! it all began just before 10:40am when i roused myself awake just before the alarm went off. i got to sleep a bit more since paul claimed the shower first. yeah, i love when he does that for me. the girls went to lunch at the living room cafe down in bkk and it was fabulous. the younger girls played in the kids playroom while the older girls chatted and reflected on the holiday here. it was a fabulous time and all of thoroughly enjoyed being together. we had lunch and then made three stops before coming back to the house for the afternoon--the frame shop, monument toys, and the pharmacie. i got the cool indigo dyed fabric i bought in laos sorted out for framing as well as the piece of art that our favorite cafe owner in seoul, jenny, made for us when we were there in october. big check off the list of the last bits for now of the home decorating. monument books/toys was to get a birthday present for the smallest girl of the bunch and both of them spent a bit of their christmas cash on crafty items too. last stop was the pharmacie, my friend needed to stock up on some basic meds that they can get here and not get in seoul.
afternoon tea at the house with our housekeeper, ming, and her entire family. stu made scones and they were awesome! we visited, took pictures, and played video games. the afternoon breezed by and soon it was time for round one of goodbyes. ugh....they are hard no matter what the circumstance i think. the girls were really sad to say goodbye to sreyleak. they have had such a great time being together for the last few weeks.
we kept dinner simple by ordering in pizza. we shared one last meal together before starting round two of goodbyes which were more gut wrenching than the first. ming did not want to leave the girls and they surely did not want to leave her. it was hard to watch and totally a heart breaker. soon after the girls laid down for a nap before having to leave for the airport. the adults sat down stairs doing one last bit of chatting before the tuk tuk crew arrive to carry our friends and all their luggage to the airport. it was sad, hard, tough, and tearful.
paul and i again closed the night with some episodes of big bang theory to cheer up our moods and topped it off with the latest modern family. no big plans for the weekend at this point......we just want to rest and i am sure that won't be an issue since we seem to have genetic gifts of sleeping and resting.