Saturday, July 15, 2006

Early summer in Nepal and a visit to Thailand

Josiah's 4th month was full of activity. When his friends, Rebekah, Hudson and Zane came over for lunch and play time, he was very happy to see them, but by the end of the visit, you can see by the look on his face that he couldn't keep up with the big kids!

"Let's play with tractors!" Our friend from the "T" peoples came with his wife and son for Nepal's staple dish Daal Baat. here little Asis, who is 2 1/2, is trying to show Josiah how to roll his tractors across the floor. Our Didi Urmela (house helper) refereed the play time.

It's time for a change of pace! We spent 1 1/2 weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a retreat with friends who work with our company. About 400 adults were in attendance. Josiah and Kris both got UK attire as gifts in a package sent from loved ones in the States and are wearing them together here in the hotel room.

"I love warm water!" We weren't prepared for Josiah to go swimming on a trip to a local school's pool on the 4th of July. His float and swim trunks were still in the hotel, but as you can see here, he didn't mind a bit!

While Kris and Tonya attended meetings from 8:30 to 5:15 every day, Josiah got to live the spoiled life with volunteers from the States who waited on him hand and foot. He got to meet and play with other white babies around his age for the first time too!

We were honored at the hotel by the staff with a procession of Thai dancers and lots of Thai treats on the last day of our conference. A lot of the food is very different, but the sweets are delicious!

Before flying back to Kathmandu, we got a quick family shot in the hotel lobby. Josiah wasn't too happy to be woken up at 4:30 am to make the flight, but travelled pretty well on the way back.

One of the things we bought for Josiah in Thailand was a booster seat to take with us to restaurants and others' homes. He can already sit up in it fairly well (with support) and seemed to enjoy joining us for the first time during a meal!

"I can't wait to figure out how to eat with this thing!" After Josiah turns 4 months, we will introduce rice cereal. To help him prepare, we've given him a spoon to chew on since he's already teething! No teeth have cut yet, but he's showing all the signs that it won't be long! He also has indicated he wants to start eating food. He tries to taste everything, from plastic toys to paper in our hand to whatever food we are eating in front of him.

"I see you Mommy!". Since he's rolling all over now, Josiah has to play on the floor from now on. He follows us upside down as we walk around our apartment. Squeals of excitement indicate he wants us to look back. Thankfully, he plays by himself contently for long periods of time, giving mommy and daddy time to do other things!


At 10:22 AM, Blogger Joyce said...

We love you guys and enjoyed meeting the new little guy! I will never forget when he fell asleep in my arms. He is so sweet!


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