Thursday September

Ephesians 2:20 “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.”

We attempted to get up early so we could head to the immigration office and get our Visas extended, but we failed. Everyone was so tired and once we got the kids up and out of bed, it became increasingly difficult to get them ready. We finally got David and Lucia ready, but Anjali was refusing to move. She started in with her ridiculously emotional tantrum, commenting that we could just leave her behind and that she wasn’t going to go to breakfast or the immigration office. We were in such a crappy spot because she was in control. She is too big, and it is not culturally appropriate to drag a screaming 11 year old child through a hotel lobby and the immigration office to get this done; however, if we don’t get this done, our time and commitment in Thailand is totally screwed up. I took David and Lucia down for a wonderful breakfast while Jeff stayed back to try to pull Anjali out of this tantrum. I will say that these tantrums are so emotionally fueled. She doesn’t seem to have much control over herself and it seems that once she gets going, she is not able to  bring herself back to reality for quite some time. It is really frustrating for us as parents, and was even more so this morning because our morning had to go on and we needed to get this done here since we had a flight at 16:30 (4:30 pm) to Chiang Mai where we were to spend 3 nights before heading to our home stay.

Well she did come around, though very begrudgingly, and we took a cab to the immigration office.

Our plan was to get there at 10, but we arrived just before 11 to find a crowded waiting area. It began to look like we were not going to be able to get the immigration stuff done in time to get back to the hotel by 13:00 (1:00) so we could get a ride to the airport and catch our flight at 16:30. Then with only 4 more people to go, 12:00 came and the entire office shut down for lunch until 13:00. That just sealed it. We will be staying in Bangkok another night and are not going to make our flight this afternoon.

Now begins the fun of changing travel plans at the last minute and seeing if there is anything to salvage. As we were texting with our friends back in Germany, Susi was quick to reply that “God has his own plans and that to the best of our ability we should just enjoy Bangkok”. She was right. There was nothing that we could do, so we had a choice, be upset and frustrated by it, or laugh and enjoy the ride. We chose the latter.

So we had to re-booked our hotel (thankful they had availability) and were able to keep the same room, we got our Visas done and we were back at the hotel by 14:00 (2:00 pm). So back at the room we booked new flights (we had gotten the cheapest flights and they were non-refundable and not changeable) for tomorrow and called our hotel in Chiang Mai to let them know that we were not going to be there today, but that we would check in tomorrow afternoon. All was good.

The rest of the day went pretty smoothly. The kids played in the pool for about 2 hours while Jeff and I just relaxed poolside. We decided to order dinner in and just keep things as simple as possible so we could get the kids to bed early since we had to be up and out of the hotel pretty early to catch our new flight. Unfortunately we had another melt down from Anjali, this time because she wanted to share a bed with David, but that meant that Lucia (the 5 yr old) would have to sleep on the couch. That wasn’t going to happen so we tried to talk with Anjali and tried to get her to cooperate, to no avail. David offered to sleep on the couch again, but neither Jeff or I wanted to have him do that. Anjali should not get her way just because she throws a fit. So David and Lucia quickly fall asleep and Anjali lost her mind, again, with another tantrum. It is exhausting, as I am sure you can imagine. All of this flopping around and wailing and yelling from her resulted in Jeff taking her tablet and computer away from her as a punishment. After about 2 hours of this and us trying to talk some sense into her, she finally came into our room crying because she felt so terrible about how she acted. She apologized and snuggled up with us in bed as Jeff and I watched a movie. Sigh…..parenting is not for the faint at heart.

An update on David: we are still dealing with his forehead and scalp being itchy, red and blotchy and we still do not know what it is. This is very frustrating and confusing.

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