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Good morning Bangkok! We don’t often catch a sunrise but everyone was up early this morning.

After breakfast we all piled into the van for a big family lunch at Winner House Vietnamese restaurant.

Happy to see my Aunt Lita after so many years.

Then a few of us headed over to JJ Market for a bit of shopping. We lost Dad at one point – oh never mind, he’s by the durian of course.Then time to pick up some street food for dinnerAnd then promptly passing out for the night from sheer exhaustion

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First we needed to say good morning to Mr. Chimpanzee on the way to breakfast.Then it was time for a much anticipated dip in the pool.Sweet cousins.Lunch by the poolside of course.And a much needed nap.Then we all piled into our vans and headed off to see my Grandma, whom none of my kids, or nieces, have met, and whom I haven’t seen in 14 years.All of the babes passed out during the drive. Jet lag is rough!Upon arrival, we can’t help but admire my Uncle Thavee’s orchids.Meeting Ahma for the first time.Then off to a big family dinner on the river. The kiddos tried their best, but they were really too hot and tired to be hungry.Poor Mia couldn’t even stay awake.All Autumn really had an appetite for was some plain rice, which at least was super cute.But the ice cream was a definite hit.Long overdue reunion with cousin Earth.Finally back to the hotel, time to wind down and pass out.

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Ready for our spring break trip to Sunriver!

After a four hour drive (including vomit all over the carseat on the way over the mountain pass) we made it!

First thing was to test out all of our fun gear with a bike ride to the park

The next day we went to Mount Bachelor for snowboarding, sledding, and in Mia’s case, lots of snacking (see previous post)

After the inevitable exhaustion following a trip to the mountain with three kids, the following day we decided to keep it low key with some time at the swim center

We rode bikes everyday, rain or shine

We also explored the nature center

Luca was pleased to see a real red-tailed hawk, his school’s mascot

There is also a small observatory, and we were quite impressed with their set up and knowledgable staff. Chris and Luca went back the following evening for some night-time star and planet gazing. They could see Jupiter and its moons!

Although it was still pretty cold most of the time, it was actually quite comfortable in the afternoon sun. Mia tried out a bit of a nap on the deck.

Later in the week Grammie and Pop Pop joined us for a couple of days. After their long drive we decided to get the legs moving with a walk to the park.Autumn conquered the firefighter pole all by herself for the first time!

Then it was off to the local brewery for a yummy (and silly) dinner

The next morning started off with everyone’s favorite breakfast – Grammie and Pop Pop’s blueberry wafflesFollowed by a nice long bike ride along the Deschutes River

Two little munchkins snuggled quite cozily in the Burley trailer

The grandparents offered to watch the kids while mom and dad went on a date in Bend – woo hoo!

The next day we went on a hike along the Deschutes River to Benham Falls

And among all of the many fun things we did during our vacation, we also found plenty of time for silly snuggles and selfies

and the hot tub!

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Guess what – we went to Hawaii! Yes it was 3 months ago, but hey – life is busy these days, and it takes time to sift through hundreds of photos. Especially when I only get 5 minutes at a time to myself! Both kids did great on the plane, and they handled a week long of unfamiliar environments and inconsistent scheduling better than we could have expected. We took Auntie Libby with us, and it made all the difference having an extra set of hands to help out. It was definitely not a restful trip, but it was a lot of fun and we had such a great time.

The first thing we did after arriving was go straight to the beach for a quick evening stroll. Luca got right into it, being chased up and down the sand by the waves, and Autumn dipped her toes into the ocean for the first time

After a long day of traveling and a yummy udon dinner, both kiddos immediately passed out in the hotel room for the night.

Luca and I woke up early the next morning since our internal clocks were still on West Coast time. So the two of us took a stroll through Waikiki. Of course we had to test out the sand again.

By then everyone else was up and ready for the day, so we gathered all of our gear and headed back to the beach for some fun in the waves.

 After a good cleanup, lunch and nap time, we headed out to Kaka’ako Park for the rest of the afternoon

And this is basically the same routine we followed each day for the rest of our trip. Beach in the morning, lunch, pass out in the hotel room, then out to a park or for a walk before dinner. What more could you want on vacation?

Here are some pictures of Luca and Auntie Libby frolicking at Ala Moana Beach Park

One of the non beach-related activities we did was to take a trip to Diamond Head Cemetery. As you may or may not know, Chris’ family has roots in Hawaii, and we found the grave sites of a couple of his relatives. The ironic thing is that Chris and I lived within walking distance of this cemetery when we lived in Hawaii!

Luca takes charge of the leis as we walk out to the graves

Luca and Autumn pay respects to their great great great grandparents

I’m not sure how much Autumn picked up on the significance of our visit to the cemetery, but she sure did learn a lot about the taste of a flower lei

Luca and Daddy share a nice snuggle at the end of the day

 Back to the beach for more fun in the sun!

Auntie enjoys her much-deserved iced coffee on the beach

Brother and sister wind down with a little movie time at the end of the day

Here we are at our old surf spot at Diamond Head beach

More beach time! Chris and Luca dedicated one morning to testing out the waves on their boards.

Family picture time!

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