Journey to Larkyn

Friday, September 21, 2007

One Last Post

It is so good to be home and see family and friends again. Larkyn is doing great, we love her to peices. She is so funny, we have such a good time playing with her and watching her learn and do new things each day. This will be my last post. I am happy to say, I no longer have time to spend on the computer. I am posting some pictures and videos of the last days in Hanoi and pictures and videos of Larkyn meeting family here at home. Remember to double click on the slide shows to open Google and see the videos. This has been a great journey and it is now over (Hurray!). Our adpotion agency and homestudy agency have taken care of us the whole way, they are wonderful people. Special thanks to Gina, Kristin, Nancy, Trudy, and Tou!! You guys are the best!

Since we have been home...

Sunday, September 09, 2007

No more blogs!

Hi everyone...we just found out that we are being moved to a different hotel, not sure which one. They did not book us past today here so we will not have internet. As far as we know we have our embassy appointment this afternoon and we will get Larkyn's visa hopefully in the next two days. We should be home the end of this week. Well I am off to pack now.

We are almost done here!

Hi everyone, sorry I didn't blog but I have been sick...stomach bug. I guess I ate something bad. Joe had to take care of Larkyn all day, all I could do was sleep. I'm still not feeling that great nothing at all looks good to eat. Here are some pictures from the other day. Double click on the slideshow so you can see the videos I think it is the first three, one is of Larkyn and two are of the streets. The others are just pictures.

We have our last Embassy appointment in the morning. Then hopefuly we will get Larkyn's visa Tues. and be able to fly home Wed. We will see, that is our hope for now.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Video of Cab Ride

This is a a short video of our cab ride to the old quater. They honk horns to let each other know where they are, not to be rude. It looks really confusing and it is pretty scarry at first but even though it does not look like it they have a system and it works. They can go any which way on the roads.
Now that I know how to share video with you all, we are going to go out today and take more videos to show you. Pictures just don't show it all. Double click this to open it for video.

We had Larkyn's medical appointment yesterday. She has gained a pound and now weighs 10.7 pounds, still too little for the 3 to 6 month clothes I have for her. I have to get some smaller clothes when we get home.

So now we are just waiting for our 2nd Embassy Appointment, maybe Mon. or Tues. for that, then her we get her visa hopefully a couple days later. So we may be able to head home the end of next week.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Got Larkyn's Passport

Today we picked up Larkyn's passport and tomorrow we take her for the medical appointment, which just leaves our 2nd Emabassy Appointment and getting her visa.
The other moms found a lady in the silk district that makes the traditional dress for Vietnamese women for a very reasonable price. We found her shop today to have one made for Larkyn and me. We all wanted to have something special for the kids to put away for them. She will have them ready tomorrow, I know...really fast.
If you double click on the slide show it will open Picasa and you can watch the video of Larkyn playing with Joe.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

All Day Trip To Ha Long Bay

This was an all day trip and we were tired but, it is really a beautiful place to see and we meet some very nice people from different parts of the world. Larkyn was so good all day! She started giggling today and talking very loudly. She woke everyone up in our van on the way home as she was playing.

Tomorrow we are to pick up Larkyn's passport and her medical appointment is the next day. Then we will be waiting for the 2nd Embassy appointment.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Too Much Cuteness

Be prepared to OOOHHHH and AAAHHHH! Double click on the picture to go to the Pacasa Web Page, then you can watch videos of Larkyn! Thay are in the slideshow.

Hoa Lo Prison Tour

Hi everyone for those of you who request here is more about Larkyn.
She is such a good baby!!
She loves to talk and smile.
She loves a bath. We bath her in the sink in the bathroom and she smiles at herself in the mirror.
When she wakes up she like to play and talk for a while before she eats.
She can roll over and push up on her tummy to play.
She loves her Pooh Bear that is connected to her pacifier, which she also loves!!
She watches T.V.!!
She is a wiggle worm.!
She is very alert and takes in everything around her.
She makes a little old lady face, that is soooo cute.
We love her to pieces!!

We decided to walk down to that prison and do the tour. It was used during the Vietnam War between 1964 to 1973. Senator John McCain was one of the prisoners there then. Hoa Lo Prison was here way before the Vietnam war though, it was opened in 1896 by the French. The French imprisoned Vietnamese patriots and revolutionist. They had life size models of the Vietnamese prisoners and how they lived in this prison.

On the way to the prison tour this lady stopped us to talk and take this picture.

It is hard to see in the picture but there is broken glass and bottles all in the top of this fence. It seriously turns my stomack everytime I see it.