Catching up…

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I have been feeling a bit off for a while, but seem to be pulling through and am eager to write once again. I have some catching up to do…

Having Aundrea here with us has been so much fun. She is such a beautiful soul, full of light and goodness.

The waves have picked up slightly since it’s the rainy season, which provides a fantastic playground.

One can not get too much beach time in…

Fun times!

The creatures finally said farewell to friends and family in Hawaii, and returned to us, while Jude continued on to Alaska for the fishing season. Emma returned with a spiffy new hair cut, which is gorgeous on her!

One of the wonderful things about living in Thailand, is the constant supply of cheap, fresh fruit.

I have never seen lychee this big before!

We buy them in big big beautiful bunches, and the fruit is so plump and juicy!

Mycah and I took a Thai cooking class together from the same place I took my last one – The Brass Wok.

This time we learned how to make some delicious soups and Pad Thai.

I absolutely love learning about cooking and then coming home and preparing delicious meals for my family. There has been a steady, open ended request for mango sticky rice, which I have now perfected, and love making.

Mango season is at its peak right now, so I periodically go to the fruit market and return with 10 kilo’s of mangoes at a a time so I can cube them and freeze some for when mangoes are out of season. I made a huge bowl of mango salsa the other day, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Also some lychee freezer jam which is now neatly stacked in containers in the freezer. Mango jam is next…

While Aundrea is here we thought we’d take advantage of inexpensive dental care and get het wisdom teeth out in preparation for her mission. She had 3 wisdom teeth – one of which was impacted and the total cost was $360. I have kept her in good supply of jello and popsicles, which she has gladly devoured, and has healed up well.

Aidan had braces installed and for his braces and adjustments for the year, it is a total of under $800. The dental work is first class, as well as the facility.

We stopped by a market where baskets are made and sold, as well as dried fruits, vegetables, nuts etc. The little Thai grandma there, who we call, Mama, fell in love with Aundrea and asked if she could keep her. We truly love these beautiful people.

When Aundrea arrived I asked her what she’d really like to do here, and she mentioned that she’d like to get a fish pedicure. We fulfilled that desire and she loved it.

We have gone on some fantastic adventures, which I will write about in upcoming blogs, and in our down time we have enjoyed the pool (Aundrea has spent hours in it),

eaten at fantastic places,

watched Danny and Aidan get some intense body boarding in,

and spent lots of time at the gym. Our ‘pet’ otter has shown his face a few times,

and so have the wild pigs.

As for Jude, she has been working on a gill netting boat and absolutely loves it. In the last two weeks they have caught 30 000lbs of salmon, one octopus which she was able to set free, and she’s had jelly fish in the eye once, which she said, ‘stung like a mother,’ and she’s been slapped in the face by salmon more times than she can count. In about 3 weeks, she will begin working on a Seiner fishing boat. We hope to see her this fall, and miss her terribly.

As for the rest of the creatures, Ashley and Mike are so sweet and madly involve as newly weds, and are moving to Florida soon. Jake and Jordan are in Florida with their beautiful momma, Stephanie, and doing wonderfully. Kjira has become the queen at long boarding and can be found either working, long boarding around Idaho Falls or home bandaging her road rash! Hunter and Nonna continue to be amazing parents to the most beautiful grand baby in the world! Our precious Zailyn…

Jonathan continues to work for Tesla, building batteries and loving it, Mycah and the twins are working hard at school and loving Thailand, and Aundrea heads back to the US in 2 days, where she will work till Fall then go to BYUI until she goes on a mission for our church in about April of 2019.
We continue to try save up for a catamaran so we can return to the ocean, and until then, Danny flies periodically and we are loving Thailand. I will write soon about some of our recent adventures…

2 thoughts on “Catching up…

    Eric Brand said:
    June 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Keep it up girl! I love reading your blogs. I wonder if you have any updates on Tanda Malika?
    What size of cat are you looking for now? I look forward to you guys getting on the ocean again.
    Cheers
    Eric from Canada!

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      belindagovatos responded:
      June 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much Eric. Updates on Tanda Malaika: She was taken from the reef and placed on the island of Huahine and is being lived in as a home on land. She looks peaceful and beautiful (and like a fish out of water).

      We are still interested in a cat Tanda Malaika’s size or bigger – nothing smaller. So, anything around 50ft or so. We’ve considered Catana’s,
      St Francis, Knysna, another Leopard 46….just watching for the right boat and the right time. we are very anxious to get back to sea. It drives us crazy to see all these beautiful islands around Phuket, because we’d love to sail around and explore them.

      Take care Eric, and maybe we’ll see you on the ocean one of these days..
      Love,
      Belinda

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