• thailand •

i have sat here for over an hour typing, deleting, typing, deleting…the right words just arent coming to me. i cant quantify how i feel now that it is over. its quite possibly the jet lag, i am still running 14 hours ahead of CA time. it could also be that there is just too MUCH to say.

i did have a very

but, until the words come, i will do what i do best. shut up and show the pretty pictures, as cathy would say.

this is our lovely group:

me, tami, sabrina, kari, michelle, doña, clare, jo, maren, april, amy, and my partner in crime: em.

some shots from around our first hotel in bangkok:

our time in bangkok consisted of much singing of this song, massages, a dinner cruise, a visit to a temple, having our palms read, an art journal workshop, lounging about the pool, and oh did i mention shopping? LOTS OF SHOPPING. so much shopping.

we drank loads of this fresh oj to keep refreshed and energized.

a couple shots from inside a taxi

the workshop took place under a pagoda on hotel grounds, on the edge of the river while the rain poured down around us. emily was in her element.

and then, a 90 minute flight and pure bliss after busy, bustling, bangkok: the tubkaak resort in krabi. we did a whole lot of this.

and spent a lot of time in this:

yes, that is a completely outdoor shower and bath. the details of this resort were beyond spectacular. i have never ever in my life seen something as amazing as it.

the day we arrived, as sabrina and i were unpacking in our rooms, emily comes rushing through the doors and says, “did i do good? DID?! I?! DO?! GOOD?!” i laugh even now thinking of her…she did more than good. the tubkaak will serve as location for my dreams for years to come…

this was where i did the photo sessions for the girls, mostly in my bathing suit. now, that is a dream come true. to feel comfortable enough around our tribe that i could contort myself into the positions i contort while shooting, in a bathing suit. but it was just oh so handy…and oh so cool.

(photo of me, photographing kari, taken by amy)

while in krabi, we each had five hours of spa treatments, spent a lot of time in bean bag chairs on the beach journaling and laying about, had dinners outside with the warm breeze and the lap of the ocean, had our lunches served to us pool or beachside, and in general pampered ourselves to excess.

here’s to being pampered to excess.

and to being back home again.

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  1. Ok… God’s honest truth here. My most intentional thing about my life is I refuse to be envious… I live my life loving what I have instead of yearning for what I lack.

    And in the 2.5 seconds it took to start looking at your photos I threw a lifetime of intentional thinking out the window.

    I want to live the life you just did. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. OHMYGOD!!!! SHE! DID! GOOD! Wowzers. Looks like you had an amazing time, but I’m glad you are back in the land of blogging ;) Beautiful wonderful images from your large, magic camera(as one of the girls said in her blog). Welcome back.

  3. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! It looks like you had an amazing trip. I LOVE the photo of you relaxing in the water. I love all the shots. I would have loved to have gone too but the schedule wouldn’t allow me! For a busy mom this looked like the perfect trip to relax and unwind .. Good for you!!

  4. I am trying SOOOO hard not to be jealous right now! It looks beautiful, and it sounds like you had an amazing time away from reality (sort of) and enjoying yourself and your passions. So happy for you. A working mom as busy as you deserves it! :o)

  5. looks like you girls had an awesome trip. i think i speak for all the husbands that stayed behind in saying that we just can’t wait till the next one! the MAN TRIP that is! come on, back me up fellas!

  6. Dear Jeff,

    There is a couch here in Toronto with your name on it. On the couch sitting next to you will be my husband all ready for many nights full of video games, beer and mexican food. We need to talk ;)



  7. I have been waiting and waiting…patiently for the pictures from thailand. I wanted to go more than anything else I have wanted to do. It is amazing there and will definately be on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the pictures and glad that you and em had a safe journey.

  8. Your photos brought back so many of my own memories of Thailand. The tuk tuk, $1 pad thai, thai massage…isn’t it a magical place? What an amazing trip for all of you.

  9. I am not jealous….I am not jealous…. REALLY, I AM NOT JEALOUS. I am happy for you and for all of the cool girlz that got to go … I am not jealous. OK I’m trying my hardest…
    I checked your blog 100 times since the 30th (OK maybe not quite a 100 times). Thank you so much for sharing and letting some of us live vicariously through you. I would love to see and hear more about it. Tell us something that you discovered about yourself that surprised you.

  10. Oh Girlie,
    What a magical journey thru your camera lens. Looks like absolute bliss. So happy that you did this for yourself–you deserve excessive pampering.

  11. I don’t know whether to be so happy for you for your wonderful time… jealous of you for the fact that you had it… or just hate you for not taking me with you!! I am currently fluctuating between all three… I’ll get back to you when I decide :o)

  12. Oh the colours! I love the colours! When you get back to reality, it all really does feel like it was a dream – such a beautiful dream. Miss you and everyone else! Am saving my money madly already for a trip to the northen hemisphere for next fall. . .

  13. oh. my. goodness. i was jealous to begin with that I wasn’t able to sign up and come with you guys, seeing as how I am expecting a new little one in about 2 weeks here, but now I am more than jealous. What an amazingly beautiful and wonderful trip!
    Please do it again in another year or two, I will so be there!
    gorgeous shots, beautiful colors, so divine!

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