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Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 5 comments

Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

You guys, I am driving in Vientiane. I know this might not sound like a big deal but, trust me, it is. Our driver has been very sick, so I’ve had little choice but to face my fears and tackle the rutted roads. And when I say rutted, I am in no way exaggerating. It’s the middle of the rainy season and you pretty much need a four-wheel-drive to get down the road to our house. This is what happened on our lane (three times) the other day to some unwary trucks… And while we’re showing random photos, this is a woman fishing in the rice paddies right outside our gate. In the last two days...

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Introducing Alexander McKay Wolfe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 39 comments

Introducing Alexander McKay Wolfe

It’s been a big week in the McKay-Wolfe world. Mike arrived from Laos last Saturday, much to the delight of wife and son. Then, Dominic turned two on Friday.  He didn’t really seem to care that his parents vanished midway through his second birthday party on Saturday morning, although we suspect that in years to come both boys will be grateful they missed sharing a birthday by about 18 hours. Now, the news we’ve all been waiting for. Alexander McKay Wolfe was born on Saturday August 10, 2013 at 5:19pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 3.78kg (8lb 5oz) 49cm (19.3in) Baby is healthy...

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Glimpses of a good week

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 4 comments

Glimpses of a good week

Cue the angel choir for the Halleluiah chorus… Dominic has slept from 8pm until 5:30am without needing us to get up to him several nights in the last week!! A bit more sleep makes the world an even happier place, and it’s been a pretty happy week already. We had good friends from California in town from Tuesday to Sunday and there were massages and fruit shakes and good talks over good wine. There was lemongrass stuffed with chicken and sticky rice, sunset boat rides on the Mekong and baby laughter, early-morning monk-spotting and late night chatting. Well, 9pm chatting, anyway. That’s...

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The Game of I Like

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Miscellaneous, Posts with photos | 13 comments

The Game of I Like

Last Thanksgiving, a friend of ours, Ryan, introduced us to game called “I like”. The rules of this game are simple. You go around the table one by one and say something that starts with “I like”. Oh, and you can’t qualify it. None of this, “I like snowflakes but I really hate like how it gets so cold in winter that my teeth hurt.” No. No buts, just simple statements about things you like, one after the other in a chain of positive declaration. It’s a really cool game. (Also, once or twice Mike and I have gone to one of the few wine bars in Luang Prabang and ordered ourselves...

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Sometimes you try

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 10 comments

Sometimes you try

Saturday was a long day. There was a 5AM start, a flight to Thailand, four doctors appointments, three immunizations, two X-rays and a cast removal. We’d known it would be a hard day, so Mike and I had planned a special treat for after it was all over – we booked into a nice hotel with a pool and took Dominic for his first swim. The result? Well, let’s just say the photos belong in Mike’s “Sometimes You Try” facebook album. Me: “Dominic, guess what, we’re going swimming. Swimming is fun!” Dominic: “You also said the needles would...

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Best of 2011

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Miscellaneous, Posts with photos | 0 comments

Best of 2011

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Annais Nin) Happy New Years Eve! In the spirit of celebrating roads already travelled on this last day of the year here were your favourite posts of the year, my favourite posts of the year, and Mike’s favourite photos from 2011. Your favourite posts The most popular posts from this past year (judged by traffic) were all pregnancy related. I guess there’s a reason why so many “mommy blogs” become big deals. Ten Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and Thirty Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and New Parents Introducing...

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Things to love about coming home

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 8 comments

Things to love about coming home

We’ve been back 48 hours, and I’m way too tired to write anything deep on the current theme of love, so I thought I’d just offer a look at things I’ve loved about being back so far… The power went out before 9am the first morning we were back, so instead of unpacking and organizing necessities like change tables and diapers we spent three hours mostly trying to stay cool. Well, Mike and I tried to stay cool. Crazy baby didn’t want to lie on the tiles for some reason so he lay on Mike and sweated his way into a bad mood. A really bad mood. Oh, wait. I was supposed to be talking...

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Holidays in Noosa

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Posts with photos | 8 comments

Holidays in Noosa

Hello from the sunshine coast! I figured that after all the stress of being born Dominic deserved a holiday, so I packed him up and we’ve spent the last four nights at Noosa (also, the fact that some of my closest friends had planned to get-together for five nights up here may have been additional motivation). I was a little nervous about taking him away by myself at four weeks old, but it’s turned out to be a great decision to come crash this party. Three of my friends up here also have babies younger than nine months old so there have been many willing hands to cuddle little D, and lots...

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Introducing Dominic McKay Wolfe

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Parenting, Posts with photos, Pregnancy | 80 comments

Introducing Dominic McKay Wolfe

Dominic McKay Wolfe Born Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM 3.62 kg (8.0 pounds) 53 cm (20.9 inches) More to follow after I get some more sleep and Mike and I figure out which way is up (so maybe you should check back in a couple of years). But in brief: Mother and baby are both well. After being very skeptical about whether I was capable of natural childbirth, I surprised myself by making it through the eleven and a half hours of labour and delivery without any pain relief. Dominic surprised me by coming out with one hand up beside his head – a surprise that has granted me an unhappy...

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Ten things I learned this weekend

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 24 comments

Ten things I learned this weekend

1.  Many people hold very strong views on circumcision. More than 30 people commented on my facebook status: “To circumcise or not to circumcise, that is the question. Thoughts?” Several more sent me private emails on the topic. 2.  The white mushrooms we buy from the lady down the street who sells vegetables off a tarp on the pavement are enoki mushrooms – originally Japanese and highly prized (and priced) by Western specialty food stores. We can buy a whole plastic bag for 60 cents. 3.  Don’t cook enoki mushrooms for longer than five minutes or they go tough and chewy. 4.  You...

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