Friday, August 29, 2014

Adalyn: 15 Months

This walking, talking, happy girl is 15 months!  Growing up by the day, Adalyn is such a joy to be around.  This month, Adalyn continued to grow her vocabulary and culinary tastes.  Her new favorite words are city, car, bye bye, bee, duck and dhal.  This month's favorite food was tempura shrimp and black glutinous rice.  Her hair is long enough that she can rock a pony tail (like her momma).  She continues to grow, weighing in at 11 kg or 24 lbs and is very tall.  She is taller than most Asian two year olds, and she didn't get that gene from me! We also had Aunt Kayla visit for two weeks from the U.S.  Adi loved having her in town an showing Kayla all around Penang.  She has also turned into quite the helper.  She likes to "help" with the laundry, by taking everything out of the baskets and even helped daddy fix a toilet. The last half of the month was a rough one for Adi.  She made five trips to the doctors, had a very high fever and broke out in a bad rash.  Poor thing.  She was a good patient and made a speedy recovery.  In no time, she was back on her feet, chasing Coco and playing!  Here are a few pictures from Adalyn's 15th month!
 I can't resist taking pictures of Adi while she's eating.  She makes such a glorious mess and I love it!
She loved this black glutinous rice for dessert
Rockin' the Pony
Daddy's little helper
 Monkey Beach!
She LOVED having Aunt Kayla here

Our little family
Poor thing!  So sick! 

And a few days later, she was back to being this happy! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

America 2014

In early June, we took the pilgrimage back across the Pacific and set our feet on American soil for three weeks. It was a full and challenging trip for us and one that I'm not sure we will be doing again any time soon.  It was a big trip!  We stopped in Michigan, Austin and North Carolonia and all got sick along the way.  We celebrated Adi's 1st Birthday, Father's Day, Allison's High School Graduation and Eric's Birthday.  We spent time with Jamie and Brian in Austin and Aunt Jo, Inayat and Alasdair in North Carolina. We also caught up with Christie, Jay and Maura and Jeb and Andera in Michigan.  It was a packed trip.  Travel was tough with Adalyn being mobile and taking her first steps at Aunt Sandy's.  We also all caught the "Asian Plague" and passed it to 14 of 16 people who were in contact with us in the first 72 hours we were in the states.  Being sick is no fun, but being sick while traveling with jet leg and a 12 month old, just sucks.  Here are a few pictures of our time in the States.  Enjoy.

We had a quick overnight stay in Hong Kong.  I hope to visit for longer soon
Noodles with a view! 
Our time in Michigan
Adalyn and Maura
Our old college hangout, Dominick's... 
Adalyn's 1st Birthday in Michigan
Three Generations. Adalyn, her momma and Great Grandma

Allison, the new graduate!

Adi and her Grandpa

Grandma got her wish to rock Adi to sleep.  Poor thing was so sick!
Our Quick Trip to Texas:
We were literally on the ground less than 72 hours!  It was a quick one but glad we could see my sister and Brian!

Adi loving her first Amy's Ice Cream in the airport

North Carolina:
Asheville  - We spent three lovely days relaxing in a gorgeous mountain house with Aunt Jo, Inayat and Alasdair.  It was a great few days and we all wished we had more time to chill here.  We spent some time exploring Asheville and participated in the weekly drum circle.  Adi loved it! We also celebrated Eric's 32nd birthday.  We went on a brewery tour, which was awesome and ate Mexican food for dinner.  We also got some hiking in and Adi broke in her new backpack.  It was a great time.

Our little drummer and walker!

Drum Circle
Look at all those taps!  Someone was in beer heaven!

After Asheville, we drove to Raleigh to collect the rest of our stuff and have one last day shopping.  It was a quick trip and visit but we were glad that we stopped.

And after a long 25 hours of travel, we made it back to Penang!  6 suitcases, 2 strollers and a baby backpack later we were home!