Starting to Feel Settled
Jeff & I were discussing how we’ve fallen into a routine of sorts for now, and how it feels pretty good. The days are FULL – as in abundant, or complete – but NOT busy -as in overloaded or swamped. Back home in the states we had felt busy in that rushed type of way, and now the days feel full, in a more purposeful way.
The Weekday Routine
4:50 My alarm goes off, and I may get up, or hit snooze once
First order of business is coffee, just like it was in the states. The problem is that good, affordable beans are difficult to find. But still, I have kept our daily french press tradition from the states. (We bought our cool press on our trip to Yellowstone in 2011, and have used it nearly every day since!)
5:00-5:45 Quiet time
5:45 or 6:00 Wake up the kids
6:15 or 6:30 Walk to school (kids come later on their own)
6:30-7:00 Settle in at work, get the air con going, check email (Oh, the emails! They just keep coming!)
7:00 Morning Devotions as follows: Mondays-worship (singing together), Tuesdays-grade levels meet and pray for students, Wednesdays-Someone shares a testimony, Thursdays-meet with individual prayer partner (I have two wonderful ladies, so there are three of us), Fridays-message from the headmaster or other campus leader
7:20 Pick up the kiddos from the open air (so, hot and humid) cafeteria tables
7:35-2:20 A day with second graders of loving and learning. I teach Bible, math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. The specials teachers teach them P.E., art, music, and computers. I also do a swap with the other two second grade teachers when we have the non-Thai kids, so 1 day a week I do STEM projects with them. (Thai kids go 5 days a week to Thai class for half and hour, and 2 days a week the non-Thai kids have Thai culture and beginning language, but the other three days the non-Thais get extra enrichment)
2:20 Dismissal & touch base with my own kids. They often hang out with friends after school, and right now Austin has cross country practice most days. They have homework to do as well, and mostly do it at school, in my classroom or the band teacher’s room because Austin and Taylor are good friends with his kids and they all hang out often, and Jeff and I are good friends with him and his wife.
2:20-4:00/5:00 I am helping with various after school activities or lesson planning, and Jeff is coaching U11 boys basket ball. Kids might run over to the garage food area and get a smoothie or Thai iced tea.
5:00 and into the evening, we figure out what’s for dinner. This is the most different aspect (well, one of them!) from our life in the states. It will get its own post eventually. But here’s a quick summary of the various dinner options that typically happen on weekdays – reheating of the day’s food delivery from Paleo Robbie or the Pakistani refugees’ homemade food, Thai food from the garage stalls or the Yellow Yellow restaurant right by our apartment (always the cheapest option), Tuesdays usually the Mexican food truck that comes for us at the garage (not as good as California Mexican food, but then nothing could ever be!!), maybe cook something in the apartment like pasta or breakfast food.
Evenings are usually relaxing a bit at the apartment, or swimming with the kids at the school pool, or hanging out with school staff eating at the garage. Sometimes we need to run to the mall (most stores you need are located at malls.) It gets dark by 6:30 or so, and the mosquitos come out by 7:00, so we try to be inside by then. Dinner is earlier here for us than it was in the states, that’s for sure.
8:30 is the goal for getting into bed – but depending on homework and such, maybe later. I wish I could be in bed by 8:00 since I have such an early wake-up time! It is usually 9:00 if I am honest.
…our daily life here is definitely different than it was at home. We are really enjoying the fullness of it right now as we build relationships with people here. We miss our family and friends from Modesto very much, and appreciate all the contact we are able to maintain via What’s App, email, Facebook, and Skype calls. Thank you to everyone who was part of our California daily routine, and thank you to everyone who is part of our BKK daily routine. We look forward to continuing to settle in and adjust to life abroad, while maintaining relationships with those important people from home.
If you read this far, you must be one of those important people in our life either from the states or BKK. Please post a comment to let us know what topics you want to read about. My friend Kim wants to read about and see pics of food. What else? Let me know what you guys want to read about and see!