Friday, December 12, 2008

Keeping Busy

Out and about in the streets near Ho Tay this morning, we stopped and tried some local cusine. It was yummy. Not a named place, just some ladies inviting us into their shop to eat so we did! Some type of cold soup that had what tasted like a cucumber in a salty vinegar base with some sweetness. Add a few red chillies and YUMMY!! Also had a tasty tofu with it. Sampled some Banh Cuon Nong which is super nice! Best way to describe it is a rice crepe filled with salty cooked pork and then topped with some salted shredded pork and oinions. Sophie loved it too! Best of all, the four of us ate for 20, 000 VND which us $1.17. Headed back to take a nap and then the afternoon digs. We also had a lot of firsts today. Sophie actually played with her friend Mya today in the play room. She also started coping Tricia. We were at the Hanoi Hilton today and she started making funny noises with her tounge. Tricia was doing the same thing. She is also repeating things Tricia says, like ba, ba. She had pasta for the first time and of course ice cream. She is really making progress. We have a tired trooper so we are going to get her to bed.

Walking at the Hanoi Hilton with Mommy.
First ice cream... yummy!

Buttered pasta!

Belz Family

I love hanging out with Momma

Our friends at the little food stall shop. They loved our girls!

The local fare....FANTASTIC!
Sophie gives her approval.

Already into Pop's wallet!

Rich and I are thinking of starting a show for the food network!


It's Absolutely Us. said...

You all look like you are really having a great time! I'm checking your blog like 10 times a day, haha! Sophie is precious. Keep the pictures (and videos) coming, I'm loving them!

Libby said...

Looks like you all are adjusting very well. The boys LOVE watching Sophie on the videos. Mason says "She talks!" - it's so good for them to see that she's a real person and not just a photograph! I can't wait for them to meet their cousin!!! What a blast the three of them will have!!!

We love you!

Thomas and Cathy said...

Aahh, I see you took my advice and went to Mama Rosa's! I should be getting my cut from them soon :) JK

Looks like you are having fun! Keep the pics coming! T, C, and E

Anonymous said...

U all look just awesome together. I still get teary eyed reading and looking at your daily u...Aunt Sue

Anonymous said...

Luv the videos, sophie is a doll. Keep them coming. Love Aunt Tam

Jess and Joe said...

Sophie is so cute! The videos are great.

Destiny said...

YES!! VIDEOS!! I'm done with classes! Tricia it's good to see you teaching Sophie the Smith family Tradition of food sharing....many people... one spoon. I told your mom I'm bringing the mac to christmas so we can skype our hearts out. Who knows we maybe could even set it up so uncle larry can still pass out the gifts. :) Love and miss you.

Val, Mike and Brax said...

it's so great to see yall together as a family. i love it! sophie is gorgeous... you guys are complete!

sandwichinwi said...

You know you're a mom when.... share your kids' spoon! Love the licking it after she did.

I did the same thing with both boys before we were even back on American soil. You don't even know you're doing it!

Sandwich (from the Holt Boards)

Anonymous said...

I bet she is going to love Blue Moon ice cream this summer in Michigan!!! Pictures are great. I'm addicted to your blog. I was late to work yesterday because I had to check it before I left home! -Momma Walker

Max & Anne-Marie said...

I love that you've posted the "our family" photo at the top of your blog! What a wonderful statement! It brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you! You're doing a great job recording your trip with photos and looks like you're having a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

What you ate today is one of the things I was telling you about before you left! So good. Wish I could be there enjoying it with your gorgeous family! Awesome!
Amy F.