Next Family Vacation: Vietnam?!

That’s what we’ve been tossing around. Our last trip to Spain was 100% my choice so this time around I am at the mercy of my husband’s choice which is Vietnam. Upon further research, I have a few hesitations. We’re looking at traveling during the summer of 2016. We’ll have a one year old and a three year old! That alone would be scary enough anywhere, let alone as far away as Vietnam. So I thought I would share my fears and excitements below.

FEARS:

Traffic: This is probably the number one thing I am worried about in Vietnam. Apparently it is very different than I’m used to in the states. Based on my googling, it would seem that there aren’t too many traffic lights or stop signs and you have to walk head long into traffic without even hesitating as cars whiz passed you. The drivers are expected to assess your stride and swerve accordingly. This seems particularly risky, especially with my tots in tow. Perhaps we can plan our travels without having to cross the street…?

Mosquitos: Everything I have read recommends bringing lots of bug spray, mosquito nets, long sleeves, etc. Here at home, I am a mosquito magnet and Vietnam appears to be the mosquito capital of the world. This could spell trouble. And of course, I don’t want my little guys all bitten up either. I guess my hubby can fend for himself, his bites are never as bad, numerous, or noticeable as mine anyway!

EXCITEMENTS

The food: I am definitely excited about the food portion of the adventure. Maybe it’s because I’m 6 months pregnant as I write this but I can’t wait to taste the exotic flavors. We may also stop over in Thailand while on our trip and I have always been a big fan of Thai cuisine (what’s available here in the states anyway). We have a friend that is an excellent cook who is from Thailand so I do feel I’ve had the real deal and it did not disappoint! I can’t wait to share the culinary delights with the little guys too. Hopefully they’re receptive!

The culture: Vietnam seems to have a lot to offer in the way of cultural, hands on experiences. One such experience that has caught my eye are treks and homestays with locals in Sapa, Northern Vietnam. You can stay with a local family, trek through beautiful scenery, see local animals and eat meals together. It all sounds so fantastic. Of course, the thought of the mosquitoes is still buzzing through my mind..here’s a link to the site all about it: http://www.sapaochau.org/.

Getting a stamp in my passport: Seems silly and small, but life is all about the little things, right? I recently went on a cruise with some friends and we went to Belize and Cozumel and I was very sad to realize that other than a passing glance, my passport would not be getting any attention.

What do you think? Would you travel with your little ones to Vietnam?

Baby #2

I’m just going to ramble some updates at you…

As you can see by the vast length of time between posts, I’ve been a little busy. My little guy is now 20 months old and he has a little brother on the way! Baby Jones number 2 is going to be a boy! I’m getting settled into my new identity as a boy mom. We plan to only have two children so boys it is! So far the biggest struggle is coming up with another boy name. Girl names were so easy. I’m glad that there will be no shortage of clothing for the little brother and the toy situation should work out nicely as well.

I continue to reflect on how great it has worked out being a part time substitute teacher and stay at home mom. Although I longed for a full time teaching job of my own, I continue to realize what a blessing it has been to have this time with my son. I now know that I want the same for my next boy and will not look for full time work until baby # 2 is at least a year old. Having my in-laws nearby, retired, and eager to hang with their grand kid has been a major help and allowed me to keep one foot in the teaching world.

Pregnancy number 2 has so far, and thankfully been exactly like pregnancy number 1. I was lucky to have no sickness or issues the first time and people continually reminded me that each pregnancy is different, to which I had hoped they would be wrong. So far they have been. Although perhaps one difference is that I am truly struggling with my cravings, which have mostly been for sugar and junk food. I just can’t seem to say no. I’ll blame it on the pregnancy for now and hope I can curb it soon!

My little man is pretty awesome. He talks a lot. Can’t believe I was worried when he didn’t say much at a year! He knows his colors and can point out a few letters and numbers. He’s addicted to Thomas the tank engine and knows the names of the trains better than his family members! He loves animals, especially our two cats (to their dismay). He’s starting to become a wildly picky eater. It’s hard at times and makes me feel like not getting those veggies in will cost him dearly. Trying to be like Frozen and let it go. He does have some good times with meals so I’ll focus on the small successes (continued love of peas, yay!).

I just got back from a dirty thirty cruise with my other lady friends who are also turning the big 3-0 this year. It was fun but a bit challenging being all pregnant and unable to truly party it up or do daring things like the flow-rider on the ship. Snorkeling in Belize was a blast, the food was great, and the company wasn’t too bad either! The hubs is currently on his man trip to compliment my lady trip, out in Colorado. He’s spending the week with his cousin skiing to his hearts content.

So June 19th is the proposed arrival of baby boy #2! Lots to do before then. We are working on (by we I mean my husband) remodeling two rooms of our house which will be our new room so the children can have what’s left over. I keep thinking that I can’t believe I’m going to give birth again. All of it seems just as scary as the first time. Maybe even more so, because I know what I’m in for! Wish me luck and hopefully I’ll update again soon!