This is the way we wash our clothes…

Remember that nursery rhyme “This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes. This is the way we wash our clothes so early in the morning”? Well I thought I would give you a wee break from the food as a few people keep commenting that every blog makes them hungry. Instead I am going to share with you how I do my washing here in Hoi An. So once a week or whenever I am getting close to running out of clean underwear, I grab my little washing basket, which in this case is a box and I count out the number of undies, bras, pants and t-shirts that I have in the basket. I then write these numbers down onto a laundry list, place the list in the box and give the box to the lovely girls at reception. That’s it!!! 24 hours later, my clothes come back clean, folded and ready to go into the cupboard. Now I don’t want you to feel sorry for me at all because even though this is incredibly hard work for me, I feel thankful that I least I get to do it in a beautiful environment. On a serious note, can you understand why it is going to be very difficult for me to come home in a few weeks. No offence Mark, Jake and Jordan but you have all learned by now that wonderful wife and mother I am but domestic goddess I am NOT.

To make it even worse I don’t have to touch a cooking utensil, a dirty dish, a frying pan or oven EVER! Even my bed gets made each day and the rubbish taken out. I was going to say that now I know what most men feel like but I am concerned of the repercussions on the home front if I put that out there.

Cruisey day today with a sleep in until 11am, some work and then chats with hubby, Mum and Dad and Kirsten. Had a quick bite to eat with Van (and yes, it was really really good as usual) then back here for a movie and early night as tomorrow Van (my newly adopted Vietnamese daughter) is taking me to Chum Island for the day. She also gave me a beautiful card and earrings for Mother’s Day, making sure that I wasn’t missing my own kids too much. As for my own children, Jordan and Jake have both sent me lovely wishes for a great day tomorrow. I love you both heaps and heaps. While all 3 of us are in different parts of the world right now, I feel truly blessed that I have been given the opportunity to be their mother. Thank you Mark for giving me the best gift ever – the two of them.

I also thank my own mum for being a wonderful example and someone who inspires me every single day. I love you Mum.

To all you Mums out there, have a great day tomorrow and remember that even if they don’t tell you very often, you truly are loved and appreciated. It may just take you to leave the country for a while and have them do their own washing and cooking before they actually realise it.

What more is there for me to say on Mother’s Day eve than that.


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