Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finally Uploaded Some Videos

This video is of Terryn and Sean rolling around.

This is Terryn wearing his vampire teeth. He can put them in himself... although he seems to have trouble with it in the video. Usually he puts them in and growls like a monster. In this video... he mostly just drools a lot and smiles.

One of Terryn's favorite movies is Monsters VS Aliens. There is a part where one of the characters does a DDR-like scene to save the planet. Terryn always gets up and dances to the part. Here he is demonstrating.


Thanksgiving in Saigon

For Thanksgiving this year we invited a bunch of our friends over for a big traditional feast. Most of us were Americans and it was a nice way to celebrate. I think we had almost 20 people over. We decided to have the dinner on Friday instead of Thursday because nobody gets the day off here. Go figure...
I of course went crazy with the pie making. I made 11 pies: 2 coconut cream, 2 pumpkin, 2 apple, 2 berry, 1 strawberry cheesecake, 1 chocolate cheesecake and 1 chocolate chip cheesecake. We did not have a shortage of dessert as other people brought goodies too.
Elder Jackson carved the turkey for us, but first of all he had the Bird kids sing "Carve the Turkey." It was pretty funny because little Daniel was dancing to it. So cute.
It was Trinh's first Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. I think she had a fun time.
Aaron was loving the pie. He kept saying how it'd been 6 years since he's had real pumpkin pie or good cheesecake. Thanks Aaron! I love how both he and Julie are posing the same. It was not planned.
Lilly and Daniel.
Sister Jackson kept saying how she was tired of having her picture take. Well.... then I'll take one with you talking in it. Hahahaha.
Juan and Andrea. She's such a little cutie. She and Terryn had a fun time eating with Trinh at the little table. Trinh was entertaining them.
Everybody who came helped contribute to the meal. Lilly, Teresa and Sister Jackson did the turkeys. We had two. There was no way I could have cooked a turkey because my oven has a 60 minute timer on it. I would have to be turning the dial every hour to cook it! I made mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole (which was FABULOUS!) and other random things.
We had so much good food and TONS of leftovers. I made people take stuff home with them.
Even with that, almost a week later, we are still eating leftovers. We really enjoyed being able to celebrate Thanksgiving even though we are out of the country.

I'm thankful to have friends here that we could celebrate with and a house we could celebrate in. I have to many blessings to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family, both here in Saigon and in the US. I love them so much. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to live here in Vietnam and experience a different culture and have a different perceptive of the world. I'm also thankful for all the friends who have touched my life and made me want to be a better person. I thank God for the strength to accomplish things that seem impossible and give me the courage to try. As I said... I have so many blessings in my life, that to list them all would take forever, but I wanted to express my thanks to all the people in my life that I love that have made my life richer.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Sad Shoe Search

I am trying to find some dress heels here in Vietnam to go with a dress I'm getting made. The dress will (hopefully) look like the picture you see here, except that the length will only go to the mid-calf. I'm trying to find some silver heels to wear with it. The only problem is that I wear about a size 42 or 43 shoe and guess what? Shoe stores here don't carry dress shoes past size 39 or 40!!! Arggg!!!!! SO FRUSTRATING!I spent most of the day going from store to store hoping that they'd carry my size. So far no dice... I will continue the search tomorrow and hopefully find something that will work.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tắc Gia Ɖiên

Today I got to have a day out without kid in tow. Sean watched Terryn while I went to a Relief Society activity. We went to Tắc Gia Ɖiên. It's a waterfall located about an hour away from Ho Chi Minh City.There had been a storm that caused the water in the river to look like Willy Wonka's chocolate stream. It was pretty weird.
There was another river that fed into the dirty river and it's water was clear. You could definitely see the current of the water because one side was brown and the other, normal water color.
When we arrived we hauled all the lunch stuff out into the park and set up our picnic area. Then we strolled along the grounds.
They grilled some chicken and pork for lunch. We ate it with lettuce, cucumber, rice and soy sauce. It was dang good.
We also had Vietnamese apples, quyêt thái (Thai mandarin oranges) and cookies.
We had WAY more food than we needed, but those mandarin oranges went so fast. They were soooo good.
Then we played a funny game. We had to pass rubber bands that had been drenched in flour using straws in our mouths. It was pretty funny.
We all ended up with flour on our faces.
There were twelve of us that ended up going. I managed to get a group shot of all of us.
Elder Jackson then wanted to get a picture of just the Relief Society women. It was a pretty great trip. The grounds were beautiful with lots of manicured flower beds, orchids and trees. Though the water was dirty and we didn't go swimming as planned, we did chat a lot with everyone. It was a great day and we were glad that the rain waited to come down until after we left.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo shoot with Jackson

Betsye asked me if I could take some pictures of her and her baby Jackson. I have to say I was really pleased with how most of them turned out.
He is such a darling little baby.
It was pretty easy to get him to smile.
There were some poses he didn't like, but he was so good.
The biggest problem I had at the photo shoot was the light. I didn't want to use the flash and so I took slower pictures.
With a baby that can be a little difficult and so a lot of the pictures were a little blurry.
I think this picture is my favorite. He just so cute!
Hahaha.... and who doesn't like a baby bum picture. Hahahaha... adorable. These pictures are just some of the highlights, but overall I'm really happy with what we got.

A Journey on Motorbike

On Monday I was really excited to go to my bookclub meeting. I had spent the last week reading the book "The Girl in the Picture: The story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph and the Vietnam War." I actually really liked the book and it gave me some much needed incite into some of the events of the Vietnam War.

I was excited to discuss my thoughts at the meeting and to meet some new people. Unfortunately for me, the night had other plans. I hopped on the motorbike and made my way down Nguyen Van Huong Street. The street had a little bit on water on it, but I thought... no big deal. I was following this other guy that was on a bike too. I thought it can't be that deep. Then I realized too late that it was FREAKING DEEP! The water was almost 2 feet deep! Then my only thought was to keep going so I could get out of there. It was at about this time that the motor died. Then I had to push the bike to high ground in water that almost reached to my knees. The water was surprisingly cool and disgusting. There was trash floating by from the waves created by passing cars. I saw that somebody lost a shoe in the water.... probably from pushing their bike.
I parked the bike on an elevated sidewalk and stopped the taxi that was passing by. I drove home, picked up Sean and made him drive it back home. He had to stop at a bike shop to dry out the spark plugs so he could get it to start again.

I really don't know what happens to me when I get on that bike. I swear my IQ drops and I lose all the logical thinking skills I have. On the way back to the bike we saw a lady pushing her bike through the deep water. A taxi passed by causing a wave in the water that knocked her over. She got completely soaked.
On the way back from dropping off Sean at the bike I snapped these pictures. Unfortunately I didn't take shots of the really deep water, but you can see them sandbagging the entrance to the BP Compound.

When I got home I showered and tried to scrub off all the ickyness. Needless to say, I didn't make it to book club.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Trying to Take a Family Christmas Photo

Tonight we tried to take some family pictures.... TRIED.... being the key word. We didn't quite get the pictures we were hoping for.
We tried some with the conical hats, but Terryn wouldn't keep his on for long.
He does look pretty cute in it though. Mostly the photo shoot consisted of Terryn running out of the shots. I had the camera on automatic timer and so we were just hoping that something would turn out.
I had Sean show off the embroidery on his tunic. Booyah for Dragons!
Then here are just Terryn and I. He did look pretty cute in his little outfit too.
My Au Dai and hat were custom made. I picked out the fabric and the embroidery design. I have to say that I really happy with it. I think it turned out beautiful.
These last two photos were the best ones we got as a family. I think this one is my pick.
This is the shot that Sean likes the best. We're having our families voice their opinions on what they think we should use.

Mommy's Little Monster

At Terryn's party last week I gave out goodie bags for all the kids. We had some stuff left over that I let Terryn play with. His favorite right now are the vampire fangs.I keep trying to get him on video, but he just wants to look at himself. He usually roars and growls and acts like a monster when he puts in the teeth. It's pretty hilarious.