Caitlin's First Birthday Party

Here are some photos from Caitlin's first birthday party.  We got a princess cake from a local Dairy Queen, and with some help from big brother and Daddy, blew out the candle.  Afterwards, we opened a box of gifts from Grandpa.


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Sorry, I Don't Speak Thai

Joshua has lived in Thailand since he was 6 months old and we've tried to get him to speak Thai but so far, he has not caught on.  At 4 years old, he talks a mile per minute in English but only a couple phrases in Thai.  As we are planning to be in Thailand long term, this will probably correct itself later on, but for now, he had a hard time with Thai people speak to him.  Often, there are three stages that Joshua goes through:



1) Listen to the Thai person talking to him

Riding an Elephant with Joshua

This past July, Joshua and I had an opportunity to ride an elephant in Ayuthaya, an ancient capital of Thailand.  We paid way too much for the ride, and way too much for the official photo that you see below, but it is not everyday that a boy gets to go for an elephant ride.  And Joshua had a great time, and that's what's important.




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Porcupine vs. Soldier

Joshua's drawing skills are greatly improving.  While he stills does a fair amount of indecipherable scribbling, once in a while he produce a picture that actually looks like something.  When we asked him about the picture below, Joshua told us the following story (which Mommy wrote on the top of the picture): "A porcupine shot its quill at the soldier but missed.  Then, the soldier shot it with a gun, and the porcupine died."  I think that if I ever encountered a porcupine that big, I might shoot it too.




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