I have to say, when Bobby first proposed the idea of hosting a total stranger in our house, for 24 hours a day, for two weeks, I was hesitant. Maybe a little more than hesitant. I'm not exactly the most outgoing person in the world and new things sometimes make me nervous. New people make me nervous. That's probably why, for all my big talk of moving somewhere warmer, I'm still in good ol' Indiana. Anyway, after some serious discussions and promises that all home repairs would be completed, I conceded. I agreed that it would be a good experience for both us and our children to be exposed to a different culture. This is especially important to Bobby given his Asian ancestry and dedication to teaching for the IB program (International Baccalaureate). The whole experience was SO much more than I could have asked for! Noi has a 4-year-old son of his own so living with our two kids was perfectly normal for him. They adored him and had fun wrestling and entertaining someone who hadn't already seen all their tricks. :) And while they're kinda young to understand the whole "from a different country" thing, some things definitely sunk in. Last night Trey and Emerson were playing in our coat closet (their cave) and invited Bobby to join them. Bobby said he was too big to get in there and Trey said, "No, it's an international closet. Everyone can come in, no matter what." Hmmmm, maybe he did soak up a few lessons along the way. We also opened our house to some other hosts and the other Thai teachers as well. Those nights were a blast--learning about a new culture while entertaining friends. It was perfect (and a nice preview of the summer days soon to be here).
We've also been looking at vacation places in Thailand. It's super cheap to stay in most places over there because of the exchange rate. We'd love to go visit and experience Noi's every day life too. Now, if only the flights were cheaper and it didn't take 2 days to get there! Just another far-off place that we need to save our money for. :)
Trey shows his ninja moves while Emerson rides her trusty steed (aka: Noi)
Bobby's cooking lesson
Our "family" dinner--l to r: Yai, Di, Steve, Trey, Angie, me, Emerson, Noi
The kids and Noi on his first night here