Ada Rose – 9 months

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Eats: lots and lots of food. She especially likes oatmeal and bananas with yogurt! But really, she’s not picky.

Sleeps: All night and one nap most days. She is still rising earlier than the sun, but that’s ok… most of the time.

Favorite activity: Standing and trying to walk. She loves to move in her rolling walker and follow Oliver around everywhere he goes. Also she really wants to go into the bathroom…

Least favorite activity: When Oliver takes her toys away, which is constant. She also gets frustrated when she can’t stand.

Words: Ada is babbling along and imitating all of our noises, including smacking her lips.

Starting to: Get teeth! She is finally getting her bottom two teeth.

We are smitten with our little girl and Oliver loves his “Baby Rose”.

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Da Nang and Hoi An

We just returned from a relaxing beach vacation. Ok, the truth is it was really too cold to swim most of the week, but we were staying on the beach. Our family flew about an hour from Hanoi to Da Nang, which is located in central Vietnam, and stayed at the Hyatt for 7 nights. We had spent memorial weekend in Da Nang this year but we wanted to go back and really soak it all in.

The weather was pretty chilly, in the 60’s and rainy most of the week, but we did have a few nice days and a little sunshine. Oliver was suddenly afraid of the ocean so it’s probably ok that we didn’t swim much. The one day we had blue skies we were able to take a chilly dip in the pool and try out the water slide.

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We made the most of our trip, taking several drives into Hoi An which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hubby and I had clothes tailored and we enjoyed walking around looking at the different shops and food stalls. At night the river lit up with lanterns, and boats floating in the water. We put a paper lantern in the river, which was not as easy as it sounds, but luckily nobody fell in (aka Oliver).

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One of our days was spent driving to Mỹ Sơn which is the ruins of Hindu temples from the 14th century. These temples are also a UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1999 because they are evidence of an Asian culture that is now extinct. The site was nicely laid out and we were able to get around somewhat easily with our stroller. The ruins were very pretty and I’m sure it is a nice place to visit if you don’t have a cranky 2 year old.

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Our trip also included lots of food and we enjoyed walking in downtown Da Nang at night after dinner. Oliver loved the famous Dragon bridge and asked where it was anytime we got into the car. We indulged in our favorite taco hut 3 times over the week, and had pizza 3 times as well. It’s nice to have a break from the delicious but repetitive Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi. We enjoyed our time in Da Nang and hope to go one more time before we leave.

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Thanksgiving in Bangkok

We took a much-needed vacation to Bangkok over Thanksgiving. Our trip was two travel days and three sight-seeing day, so it was a quick one, but we also met up with some friends so it was worth it! We were able to see a lot of sights in a short amount of time, and all four of us were wiped by the time we got home. The weather was very hot and sunny, which made the pool at our hotel very relaxing in the afternoons.

Our first day we toured The Grand Palace which is a huge complex with lots of different buildings and temples to see. By the time we arrived it was nearing 11 and the place was jam packed with tourists. It was by far the shiniest place I’ve ever visited, which made our sunny day even brighter. The gold painted and elaborately jeweled buildings were stunning and we enjoyed our time walking around. Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing because they were very strict. Hubby had to go buy some cloth pants before entering so he wasn’t baring his white legs in the complex. We found a delicious street vendor serving up some yummy chicken rice and many, many coca cola bottles before heading back to swim at the hotel.

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Our second day we went to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This temple is the oldest and largest in Thailand, housing the largest buddha in the country as well. We enjoyed walking around the different stupas (structure containing someone’s remains) and looking at the temple. The Reclining Buddha is very large, taking up the entire temple space. It was hard to get a good photo because of the size. Next, we went to the Jim Thompson house. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalize the silk industry in Thailand in the 1950’s. He disappeared in 1967 and now his house is open for tours. Our last stop was to get food at CentralWorld mall, famed for it’s food court, and the food did not disappoint.

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Our third and final day was spent shopping and relaxing by the pool. We finally tried out the metro system and we wish we would have done it sooner. It was a much easier way to get around the highly trafficked city. The BTS dropped us off right at the Chatuchak weekend market where we happily shopped until we dropped. Hopefully we can make it back to Thailand soon to see more of this beautiful country.

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