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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

-Emily Dickinson

Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Today is Moon Festival, yay!  This holiday is celebrated all over Asia and you can learn more about it here.  We usually celebrate by purchasing moon cakes and enjoying them in the backyard under the autumn moon.  I love that the holiday also falls near Little Man’s birthday.  I also remember when we were leaving Vietnam at the end of August 2008, all the shops were starting to set up to sell moon cakes and it was so neat to see. 

Thanks to my friend KA, I think we will be trying out this recipe if we can squeeze any time into our crazy weekend…perhaps after the birthday party?!  We’ll see!  They look yummy!

Survey says…

Turns out that f@ceb**k is good for something.  I polled my peeps about child restraints for the flight to Hong Kong and got some great responses.  I’m going with the CARES restraints…and the best part of all??  You can rent them cheaply!  I’ll let you know how they do.

Yes? No? Help please! (i.e. delurk to help a mama out)

For all of you world-travellers who take on the world with {2} toddlers in tow (any takers??), what do you think about this restraint:

There is absolutely no way we can lug two carseats half way around the world.  Maybe it’s possible, but I’m tellin’ ya, we can’t do it.  I learned a lot on our 48+ hour journey home from Vietnam. Luckily, Little Man was just a baby then and he couldn’t even walk. It was still a little rough even though he slept through a lot of it (yes, lucky mama right here). Now, Little Man has to be restrained or he’ll be running laps, dancing in the aisle and climbing over the seats the entire flight.  So there’s no question about it, my kid is not one to sit still on his own. And then there’s Big Brother…who hasn’t even ventured out of the orphanage much in the last 3.5 years…so, ya know…

OK, help please.  These restraints are a little pricey, but obviously easy to use and carry along.  Advice?

P.S.  Just in case you think I am some kind of super mommy crazy lady(muwahahaha) for attempting to travel 10,000 miles with 2 three year olds in tow-one of whom doesn’t know us- I’m hoping to have a travel helper come along with us to Hong Kong… my MIL 😉


… of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

I wanted to let everyone know that we still have T-shirts for Big Brother available.  Go to this post to learn more.  For those who have ordered, I also wanted to let you know that it will be several weeks before we have the T-shirts in hand as we are pre-selling them in an effort to be most efficient 🙂  But don’t worry, they will be here soon!!  Please consider passing on the info to others as well! 

I can hardly believe that the countdown to travel is upon us.  In 10-14 weeks, we [hopefully] will be meeting Big Brother.  That means we could be spending the holidays in Hong Kong which is A-OK with us. We have sooooo much to do, but I’m loving every moment of it.  Somebody pinch me, ’cause I can’t believe it’s happening all over again!