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Adele at 23.5 Months May 25, 2014

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 2:07 pm

I missed the 23 month post… and I’m in denial that 24 months means TWO YEARS OLD… so I’m compromising by giving you her 23.5 month update. In a nutshell, she is constantly amazing us with her language, comprehension, preferences and personality. She continues to be a pretty easy-going kid and we are very excited for what the future will bring for her.
She talks and talks and talks. We can understand about 75% of what she is saying. And if we don’t, she’ll repeat it over and over until we do. It’s so cute. Most of what she talks about is the “Snowman” and “Princess” in Frozen. She saw the movie twice and is now obsessed with it. She wants to look at snowmen, color snowman and sing about snowman. She’s been known to ask complete strangers if they “Want to build a snowman?” with her. HAHA I can’t believe the Disney bug starts so young.

She’s also into The Little Mermaid and will sit through the whole movie on the couch now. We obviously don’t let her do this often, but on the weekends when we need to cook dinner or get something done, Disney the Babysitter comes to the rescue…{Add this to the list of things I never thought I’d do. “I’ll never be that mom.” Famous last words!} At least she’s an engaged viewer though… she narrates everything that’s happening “Oh no! The snowman fell down!” “There goes the Princess!” “The man is sleeping!” “Oh, there’s a bird there! Hi Bird!”


But she does still have other interests including puzzles, books, dollies, stuffed animals, tea parties, playing ‘doctor’, and LEGOS! She LOVES legos! It’s been fun to see her imagination start to grow. She loves putting real diapers on her dollies and teddy bears (sorry, Teddy).




Her hair has finally grown long enough for little baby french braids! How cute is this!IMG_3114

But we did take her for her first haircut last weekend! They actually called it a ‘dusting’ since they just evened it out a bit. But now she looks like she’s twelve. ha!
I prefer the pigtails to the bangs. I always wonder what she’ll look like when she’s older.


In other big news this month, she started Preschool last week! She’s just going a few hours at a time now and she’ll start full-time the day after her birthday. It was bittersweet on her last day of daycare because it’s really her second family there! She will definitely miss all of her friends. But we’re excited for her to experience new things at Preschool!IMG_3129


Weight = 24 Pounds
Diapers = Size 4
Shirts = 24 Months / 2T
Pants = 18 Months

Still going strong with the 7:30p-7:30a routine…. but the past few weeks she’s slept til 8a or 8:30a! (One day even 9a!) Still blessed with a wonderful sleeper. She did have a couple of days where she got up early, but I think that was more due to a little separation anxiety after we were gone for two weeks. Who can blame her. But things have gotten back to normal since then.

Sometimes she skips naps, sometimes she sleeps for 1-2 hours. It all depends how busy she is in the morning, really.

Still sleeps with blankie and puppy! This picture was taken on her last day of daycare!


We are loving the ‘smile for the camera’ action we get now. Adorable.IMG_3173

Oh, and look what she made me for Mother’s Day! Aweeeeeee! She’s the best!IMG_3179


Macau: From Venice to Portugal to Another World

Filed under: China,Macau,Travel — Kelocity @ 4:33 am
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We started our day off with some coffee from the Pacific Coffee Company. Paired with a croissant. IMG_2614

Today, we are exploring ‘old Macau’. The Grand Lisboa Hotel is iconic here. It has an ‘old Vegas’ feel even though it was only built in 2007.IMG_2621




Right down the street you are transported from Vegas to Europe. You feel like you’ve walked right into Portugal. Macau is a former Portuguese colony, right up until 1999. That’s why a lot of the architecture and culture feels very European. Even though Macau functions as it’s own ‘country’, it’s still technically part of Mainland China.

From Wikipedia:

Under the policy of “one country, two systems“, the PRC’s Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal systempolice force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy. Macau participates in many international organizations and events that do not require members to possess national sovereignty.




The tourism office offers free self-guided audio tours of the old district, so we picked them up and headed off to check it out!





I was very excited to get to this site…The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is now a UNESCO site. All that is left now is the facade of the front.IMG_2667


We quickly realized that the audio guide we were using gave us way too much information. It went on and on and on, after a few hours, we were burned out on history. =)IMG_2669



We also climbed up to a fortress above the city to take in the views.





What a cool place for wedding photos!IMG_2693

On our way back down to the casinos, we noticed this restaurant. Love the name!

Our lunch spot today would be at the Wynn!IMG_2699


I ordered a big bowl of fried rice! IMG_2705

Irving had a great sandwich. This actually ended up being one of the cheapest meals we had in Macau! We weren’t expecting that, especially at the Wynn! Score!
The Wynn has a few fun attractions to check out. The ceiling opened up at this one and a giant chandelier emerged from it.IMG_2708


And the Tree of Prosperity ‘grew’ from the floor. A cheesy little show, but it was fun. IMG_2720

It’s crazy how much it resembled the Wynn in Vegas! That was fun.

Out front, we waited for the water show to begin. They have dancing fountains that go off on the hour.IMG_2727





Then it was a short walk over to MGM!


It looked like the Bellagio in there! Check out this atrium!IMG_2761



We took the free shuttle back to the ferry terminal and switched to another bus back to our hotel.




We changed and then headed out for dinner. The Hard Rock Cafe again! No drinks this time, just some appetizers!IMG_2793




Tonight, we’ve got tickets to the ‘House of Dancing Water‘ show! It’s an acrobatic show that was created by the same guy who made ‘La Reve’ at the Wynn in Las Vegas. IMG_2802



Strange that they let you take pictures during the show. It was very cool, we loved it!IMG_2811

These were motorcyclists doing crazy moves and jumps! I played around with long exposures to get these shots!IMG_2817





Macau, it’s been real. I will be back someday to see how much more you’ve developed. Rumor has it the Paris Hotel is being constructed next to the Venetian. Soon it will be a whole strip!


Macau: The Vegas of Asia May 24, 2014

Filed under: China,Hong Kong,Macau,Travel — Kelocity @ 2:39 pm
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We woke up at our Hong Kong hotel in time for another amazing breakfast. This buffet was huge. Here’s plate #1… this was followed by a couple more. And let me point out, they had cheese! It wasn’t until we got to Hong Kong that I realized I hadn’t eaten any dairy while in China. They don’t use a lot (if any) cheese in their foods. I realized how much I missed it! IMG_2507

They also had a “Pancake Machine”. All you had to do was Press Ok. Wait one minute! Easiest pancakes ever! They were delicious too! OK!IMG_2514

We said goodbye to some tour mates in the lobby, and then headed off on our own for the next leg of our trip. We took the subway over to the Ferry Terminal to depart for Macau!IMG_2516

Macau isn’t part of Mainland China or Hong Kong really, so we had to show our passports and off we went on our boat! It’s only an hour ride, I read my book the whole time. IMG_2518

Macau is known as the “Vegas of Asia”. They have lots of big casinos and it’s growing by the day. Each hotel/casino has a free shuttle bus from the Ferry terminals, so all you have to do is find the one you want to visit and all your transportation is free.


We decided to stay in the ‘new’ section of town called the Cotai Strip. We chose the Sheraton which was right across the street from the Venetian. Great location, highly recommended.
It was also randomly voted one of the world’s best hotels for kids. Perhaps the daily character parade helped it earn that title!


That was the biggest difference between Macau’s casinos and the ones in Vegas. These catered to kids in a big way.

We were very excited to check out the Venetian to compare it to the one we know so well in Las Vegas! It’s a little bit smaller, but man, it looks exactly the same!!IMG_2547









Even the false “daylight all the time” ceilings were the same!IMG_2591












Across the street is the Hard Rock Hotel and the City of Dreams complex.


Since we were already there buying tickets to a show for the next night, we grabbed dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The food was so ridiculously expensive that we decided “Hey, why not make it outrageous and order two drinks while we’re at it.” When in Rome, right? The bill alone made us feel like we were in Vegas. HA!IMG_2555



One of the biggest differences between Macau and Vegas…. it’s mostly smoke free! I think they allow it on the casino floor, but no where else inside. That was really nice. IMG_2576

Tomorrow, we’ll head out to the older side of Macau and explore a little of the history. This trip has been amazing so far!


Hong Kong: Escalators, Lights & The End of the Tour

Filed under: China,Hong Kong,Travel — Kelocity @ 10:15 am
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Ha, that title pretty much sums up this post! I left you after lunch in Hong Kong, here’s a recap of how we spent the rest of our day. Our tour guide took us to an iconic part of the city. A glimpse into ‘old Hong Kong’. Or perhaps ‘traditional’ Hong Kong. Most of the city is very developed and modern, but it was fun to visit this area as well.

The colors were so fun. Especially with all the umbrellas added as well. IMG_2374






It had all the pieces of a ‘big city’ with the advertising and bustling people on cell phones, but still had old charm as well. IMG_2386

After a failed attempt at shopping in some of the touristy kiosks, we used some free time to experience “The World’s Longest chain of escalators“, totally a half-mile total. And we rode the whole thing. haha.


Of course riding the escalator all the way up meant walking the stairs all the way back down. It took a while, but it was fun and it’s in a buzzing part of town with lots of stores and restaurants to look at along the way.

I loved the reminder that they drive on the other side of the road here! It must be an issue with tourists and mainland China visitors!IMG_2398


Here’s a map of how far the escalators take you! From here to here!

Wow, really does feel like home here!IMG_2403


Finally back at the hotel, we met back up with our group to attend our farewell dinner and the Hong Kong light show! Here’s our trusty tour guide, Alex!IMG_2405

On our way, we sped past the Peninsular Hotel. This used to be an iconic place for the wealthy to stay and dine. They’re famous for their “High Tea” which is so authentic, you feel you’re back to England! Next time, Hong Kong!IMG_2406

First up was the light show! We sadly missed the show in Shanghai, but this one more than made up for it. It was very cool to experience. Music plays on the viewing platforms we were on and the entire skyline lights up and animates to the sounds. Here’s a plethora of photos and a video at the bottom!IMG_2408















A video of the show!

A Selfie with our local guide, Gain, before dinner!IMG_2494

The last included dinner of the trip was at a British Pub. Fitting for Hong Kong, but we all sort of wished it was Chinese Food instead. But it was fun and delicious.




Bread pudding for dessert!


After the dinner, the tour was officially over. We’d be on our own for the next three days while we explore Lantau island and Macau! The adventure continues!


Hong Kong: The Peak Tram and Stanley

Filed under: China,Hong Kong,Travel — Kelocity @ 4:37 am
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We woke up to the sound of rain outside. A quick glance out the window revealed a very grey, cloudy day. The rain literally chased us around China during this trip, but we were quickly cheered up after seeing how amazing the breakfast buffet was! I can’t believe I forgot my camera on this day, because it was huge…Vegas-sized! A+ to the Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel. I think it’s mostly a business hotel that caters to Westerners.


We boarded our coach bus and headed first thing to the Peak Tram. Because we were part of a tour, we skipped the line and quickly boarded one of the world’s oldest funicular railcars up to the top!

We were excited because the views at the top were rumored to be spectacular. It leads up to one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong that used to be home to rich Westerners living in Hong Kong. IMG_2267


After a quick, fun ride to the top, we were excited to take in the views!IMG_2272


Oh, look! Another “Mail a postcard to the future” store in the visitor’s center!IMG_2276

Ok, back to those incredible views we were about to see…… Uh oh…. Nothing but fog and clouds! WHAT?!IMG_2277

See this view here… this is what we saw. Grey all around us. I’m not even kidding. We couldn’t see 10 feet in front of us!


For comparison’s sake, this is what the view was supposed to look like (borrowed from our friend, Ed, who went back a few days later for a better look!) What a difference, right?!

Haha I love this picture of what we’re supposed to be able to see… IMG_2281

I laughed and said, “Let’s get a picture of us in front of the skyline!” And here it is: IMG_2282

We braved the rain to walk around for a few minutes before finally ending up in a Starbucks nearby.IMG_2284

This place will come back to haunt us a few days later when we try to visit again… only to be caught in the rain AGAIN! Oh well. It just wasn’t meant to be this time. Guess I’ll just have to come back some day 😉

From there, we got back on our bus and drove to our next destination. The drive was really pretty (yes, rain and all). Here’s a drive-by shot of the Hong Kong Cricket Club. We also passed one of Hong Kong’s only golf course. It opened in 1889 and rumor has it that it cost hundreds of dollars to play there.IMG_2286

We stopped to take a Sampan boat ride through a bay that housed really expensive yachts alongside really old fishing boats. Old Hong Kong meets the new. So neat to view something like this from the water. IMG_2287




I think this is the world’s largest floating restaurant.. (Another “Worlds Largest” superlative!)IMG_2294





You can picture what it used to look like when Hong Kong’s fishing industry was at its height. IMG_2316



We went from boat back to the bus to head to Stanley Market. A quiet neighborhood situated along a beautiful bay. This was our lunch spot today.IMG_2328


Hong Kong belonged to Great Britian up until 1997. The Chinese have British accents and they drive on the left-side of the road there. The whole city looks very European, which is probably why I loved it so much.

Here’s a little history lesson about Stanley, courtesy of our friend, Wikipedia.

After the annexation of Hong Kong in 1842, the British made Stanley the temporary administrative centre, before moving it to the newly founded Victoria City (present dayCentral) on the north shore of Hong Kong Island.

Stanley Fort was where British and Canadian troops mounted a last stand during theBattle of Hong Kong. The survivors surrendered to Japanese forces in December 1941. The fort, which was the former British Army barracks in Stanley, is now occupied by the People’s Liberation Army following the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong to thePeople’s Republic of China in 1997.






We had a few lunch options here, most of them had Western food. It was between a few British Pubs and this Italian place. (Which we later found out was a huge chain in Hong Kong, who knew!)IMG_2343

I had the most amazing gnocchi and Irving had a bowl of tomato soup. Perfect for a rainy day.IMG_2344




On the drive back to our hotel, we passed this mountain. If you look closely, you can see a giant gondola, 1 mile long, that goes up and over the hill. On the other side is Ocean Park, a huge amusement park. Some friends went the next day and loved it. Have to add it to my “next time in hong kong” list. IMG_2355

Here’s a closeup of the park in the distance!IMG_2356

See the gondolas here?



I’ll save the rest of this day for another post. These days were very full and exciting, indeed!


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