We are tucking in for the evening here, and we are thanking God for a good, sweet day with our girl. Some milestones:
- MyLinh woke (IN the crib) from her (two hour) nap with a smile on her face!
- Mommy elicited a laugh by introducing MyLinh to the "tickle bug."
- Alex is getting a warmer reception, helped by feeding her an amazing hot donut at our afternoon coffee time.
We had a full day, starting with our immigration appointment where we applied for MyLinh's passport. MyLinh slept through it all in the Ergo, and we were tremendously grateful for the very capable Holt staff here. We were off to get some groceries after that (yogurt and formula for MyLinh were priorities). We were surprised at what we could find in the store. There were some familiar things (miniature jars of Prego), not quite so familiar things (strawberry flavored Oreos), and some very unfamiliar things (water chestnut beverages). After a coffee break, we were back to the hotel for a MyLinh's nap, during which I lounged by the pool, reading C.S. Lewis and enjoying the sunshine.
We ventured into the Old Quarter tonight, and although it was incredible, it was exhausting. Every sense was assaulted -- the constant cacophony of traffic, the smells from street vendors selling dried squid, ginger, and meats, the jostle and push of crowds and motorcycles on the sidewalks, and the wares taking over the sidewalks and stalls, colors and textures jangling and new. It was an amazing cultural experience, but we are glad to be settled in the for the evening with pain au chocolate, Vietnamese yogurt and a sleeping sweetpea. We are missing all. Those that are near our boys, kiss them for us!