In February, we were overjoyed to welcome the California (USA) Wells to Cambodia. Nate’s parents, sister-in-law, Kimberly, and niece, Aubrey, had visited us previously, but this was the first time for his brother, Jason, and the rest of the kids, Allie and Ethan. They were here for a combined total of three weeks, the younger Wells arriving first, followed by an overlap week with Nate’s parents, which we spent mostly in Siem Reap, and then a week or so with just Grandpa and Grandma. It was a busy, fun-filled twenty-one days with our beloved family (whom we hadn’t seen since Paton was 6 weeks old). We are so incredibly grateful for the time and financial sacrifice that was necessary for them to visit us and all of the extra ways that they chose to bless us. Here’s a collage of memories from these precious moments with them.
Excitedly waiting for family at the airport
The Becks (team mates) joined us in welcoming them, as they are old friends
Aubrey getting reacquainted with Paton
The Beck boys and Ethan playing ball
Ava wanted to join them
Sunday breakfast-before-Khmer church at our favorite gas station coffee stop–Caltex
Ava was excited to have Ethan join her at Sunday school
Nate translating the sermon
On our way for some quality girl time at Daughters
$3 Pedicures for all!
Ava fell asleep on the ride back
We were a bit stuffed in the tuk tuk…
…since we had a piece of furniture with us, ha ha.
Everyone helped to set it up–a local carpenter made a shoe bench (with baskets) for us
Family bonding over a Settlers game!
Ethan and Ava playing with the wooden version of paper dolls
And back at the airport to welcome Gramps and Grandma!
Visiting the Royal Palace
A model of Angkor Wat in the foreground
Outside the palace grounds
Somebody loves her cousin
Dinner at the wonderful Gateway Cafe
And then to the zoo!
Taking a break from the heat
Orange tongue or fish cracker?
The bears are very friendly in Cambodia…
Exchanging Christmas gifts in February
A Cambodian drum for Ethan!
A dancing flower from G & G
Balls! from the Wells Jr. family
A vintage dollhouse set from our Leith family (originally Grandma’s)
GIving hugs of thanks
On our way to Siem Reap! We left on Valentine’s Day–after exchaning some cards and gifts
Uncle Jason and Paton
Ava got to sit by Grandma!
Eating at the half-way restaurant
Aubrey’s creative way to keep the flies out of her drink
Here we are at one of the night markets
Having fun at the crocodile farm
We watched one of these big guys engulf a live duck…Duck Dynasty, crocodile-style.
More crocodile watching
Our first temple in Siem Reap–Bayon.
We arrived at dusk
The photographer and his assistant
They were setting up for a posh event.
A humongous spider
If Jason had FB, this would be a stellar profile pic
Bayon at dusk
Ava loved hanging out with her older cousins
Can you see the stone faces? (not the happy ones below)
The Wells (Jr.) family
Ava really wanted to be in the end one with Ethan
Gramps and Grandma
Our little family
Love all of the cousin shots!
Some of the performers (at the event) and Ethan
And the pride of Cambodia’s heart–Angkor Wat.
A beautiful couple
The whole clan in front of Angkor Wat. How blessed we are!
Exploring the outside wall of Angkor Wat
This was Paton’s first time to the historic temples
This was 3-year old Ava’s 3rd time, ha ha
Some of the beautiful carvings
One of the towers in Angkor Wat
Taking a rest before some of us climbed to the top
Nancy and I stayed down with the three youngest
Ethan would have loved the steep climb, but there was an age restriction (12 years?), unfortunately
Paton entertained himself with empty water bottles
Ethan taking pictures of his cousin
The group waved to us from this tower
A steep climb, indeed!
At the base of the highest point
And on to Ta Prohm…my favorite.
These trees are breathtaking
And it wouldn’t be complete without chickens! (?)
The pool was the perfect solution after a hot day at the temples
Exploring another night market
Amazing “rice kernal” art. Check out the Eiffle Tower picture behind the gal on the left
Hanging out at one of our favorite places in SR–the Blue Pumpkin.
At the Apsara (traditional dance) show, Ava and Ethan checking out the musicians
It’s hard to see, but there are some Apsara dancers in the corner, waving at Ava, and she waved back. She was so excited.
Ava got up to see the dancers more closely
The equisite Apsara dancers
Allie and Ava enjoying the performance from a closer perspective
Paton enjoyed it too
Watching the beautiful dancers
Ava in our hotel room, making matches on the floor
More pool time!
Paton REALLY wanted some of Nate’s mango smoothie
This was our first time at this new restaurant–The Sun–and we loved the food and atmosphere.
Visiting the local circus…an rather “interesting”, yet enjoyable experience!
Paton was fascinated
The performers were amazing!
The 7 hour drive home…
…called for a little entertainment
Allie and Ava doing the “Pin the Heart” game that they brought for Valentine’s Day
The “kids” table
Enjoying the s’mores that they brought from America
The girls wanted to go back to Daughters and have their hands done too
Our last tuk tuk ride with them :(
Family pictures at The Shop Too
Ava (and Paton) loved playing Go Fish with their big cousins
Hangin’ out on the last evening
Playing chess while Allie fixes Ava’s hair
Posing in the play room (under the stairs)
Have you noticed Ava’s extreme concentration during these card games? Ha ha
Taking the younger Wells to the airport
Some messages I found on the play room wall
Nancy and Bob spoke at our “My Family” Bible Study
It was fun to have Nancy join us at our weekly play group
We had another North American grandma visiting! (Grandma Hein)
Saying goodbye is always hard…
We love you so much and can’t wait to see you again!