I wasn’t too sure about Nai Yang when we first got here but the town is beginning to grow on me. It is located on the North end of Phuket island and it is much, much quieter than the rest of the craziness known as Phuket. The beach is quite lovely, the local market is, well, local which makes it totally rad, and the best thing of all about Nai Yang is that the Miller Family is calling it home for now.
We met the Miller’s at the party back in Penang and we all bonded quickly. They liked us so much they invited us to come back to their home in Thailand with them! Their children have graciously given up one of their bedrooms, and our family of four is snuggled up at night like peas in a pod sharing one large bed. Surprisingly sharing a bed with my whole family is more comfortable than I ever thought it would be….except for the nights when my youngest wets the bed!
We are doing our best to find our own accommodation before we overstay our welcome but we are having a hard time of it. Busy season is just around the corner and rental houses in this area are few and far between. We still aren’t sure what we are doing yet which puts me in an uncomfortable situation. I really like having a plan!
But whatever happens on the housing front we are having an amazing time here with our new friends. All of the kids get along wonderfully together and parenting has become a whole lot easier when there are four kids over ten watching out for and playing with my two boys!
Our days have been completely laid back. Some are filled with running errands, some are spent at the beach, some at the pool, some days are completely filled with nothing other than Lego and laughter. Evenings are spent in conversations, making music, and introducing us newbies to the ‘Firefly’ phenomenon.
We really couldn’t have had a better (re)introduction to Thailand. We have basically had the luxury of having our very own personal tour guides to the area. We now know which restaurants are good, what to buy and try at the local market, and which pharmacy speaks the best english. We know where to get our groceries and who will give us the best deal on motorbike rental and where the best spot to chill on the beach is. Jen has been spoiling us with home cooked meals that remind me of my mama’s fabulous cooking. Jen’s husband Tony has been getting along famously with Mike as they share the same off-beat sense of humour and the pair of them have been giving our laughing muscles a work out. The Miller children are a walking advertisement for homeschooling your children, they are all well rounded, interesting, and articulate…exactly the kind of teenagers I hope my children will become.