Monday, 28 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
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Took Amelia to drop-off this morning and she is AAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL about any activity that involves her big sister. She particularly loves Alli's school - the teachers, the friends, the pencils - I am hoping she will love it as much as Alli does when her time finally comes.
And P.S., can we please talk about the inner thigh rolls? Truly one of my most favorite things in the world. She is utterly edible.
I have spent the last week pouring over research as we prepare our "bid list" for our next tour. We should know the location of our next home sometime in March. To say the research is overwhelming is to put it mildly. This has been a stressful process, and I will be glad when it is over and we can go back to focusing on "today".
This is a bittersweet time for me. If it is not obvious from our blog, we adore our life in Saigon. Erik loves his work and his colleagues. Our daughters are THRIVING. I am happy and settled. This post, our first, has been a dream come true for us. I know that two years have and will continue to fly by, and I will always wish we could have stayed longer.
But don't get me wrong. We knew what we signed up for, and part of the allure of this life is to be able to experience so much of this vast world. I remain optimistic about our next home and the next stage in this journey.
Friday, 18 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
It is so thrilling as a parent to watch Alli grown and learn. I could not be more pleased with her school, and feel very grateful she will be in the same homeroom with the same teacher (whom we all love) for our entire 2 year tour in Vietnam. I know this amazing environment will challenge our bright first-born, but also foster her enthusiasm for learning and hopefully, set her on the right path. And yes, I totally cried when I saw this at pick up. I am becoming THAT mom.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
The restaurant is famous for its clay-pot rice. The rice is baked in clay pots which are then shattered open. After that, the rice is thrown across the room to a waiter. I wish I had pictures of that, but let's just say that I got all excited and put my camera on some crazy setting, so all I got was this:
If you want to see the rice-throwing action, check out this video from Anthony Bourdain who visited the restaurant on one of his shows. Since he visited, the beloved owner passed away and the restaurant has changed location, but I still can't WAIT to go back.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
into the land of candy hearts and pink markers and red glitter and a nice reminder to take a minute or 100 and tell those that you love how you feel....
Apparently, it is also lucky to see/touch/have your picture taken with our family because all during the flower festival we were stopped by numerous folks wanting to do this:
We always try to be gracious, as most Vietnamese are to us. And thankfully, Amelia loves the attention. Occassionally, folks can get "grabby" which irks me, but overall, they are respectful.
One older gentlemen told Erik that he felt lucky to have just seen Amelia in person which I thought was sweet. And got me thinking....perhaps next year I can set up a booth and charge for photos.......