Bampa and Grandma back in Taipei

Grandma and Bampa did it again! They flew thousands of miles to come and visit us once again on our tiny island. They arrived at night and so we let Jude stay up past his bedtime to see them. He was beyond thrilled to see them and the gifts they brought for him.

IMG_0563That first night, Jude insisted Bampa put him to sleep.

IMG_0568In the morning Toby was pretty excited to have new friends to play with. He warmed up to them right away and was totally attached the rest of the time.

IMG_0572Their first day we went for a walk around town.

IMG_0595And to Din Tai Fung for the most delicious lunch ever.

IMG_0606Bampa promised Jude ice cream after.

IMG_0609On Saturday night we left the kids home with our babysitter and took them to A Cai, so they could sample real homestyle Taiwanese food in a very lively atmosphere.

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And on Sunday we packed a few bags, said goodbye to Dad, and got on a train to Hualien. From there we headed to Taroko Gorge, where we spent the night at the Silks Place.

IMG_0664We were all happy to arrive at our hotel room after the long journey.

IMG_0684Later we found some energy to check out the rooftop pools famous for the fabulous views.

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IMG_1380And after a quick play in the basement playroom we headed to happy hour.

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Sharing one room with the boys meant we had to be pretty quiet while they fell asleep. We actually all ended up falling asleep when they did – around 7:30pm! So we were up in the morning and ready to go. First, breakfast.

IMG_0696And then, to the indoor pool for one last swim.

IMG_1383Before we know it it was time to leave. Wee Toby fell asleep in Grandma’s arms in the van back to the train station. Precious!

IMG_0717Back in Taipei we got into our normal, everyday routine again. Going to the wet market,

IMG_0731Playground,

IMG_0736And lots of walks around.

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IMG_0628We spent one morning at Leo’s for a change of scenery.

IMG_0755And lots of time at home chilling out.

IMG_0989We also managed one more adult night out at our favorite Japanese spot.

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Then on Thursday we packed our bags again and took the High Speed Rail down to Kenting to head to the beach.

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IMG_0825We spent 4 days down there and the boys were really pooped at the end of each one.

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IMG_0828It was nice to escape the city for a bit and get to play in the sand and surf.

IMG_0826Their final few days we were also busy. We went to IKEA for hotdogs and a new chair for Toby.

IMG_0859We celebrated an Early Thanksgiving.

IMG_0849Baked cookies with Grandma.

IMG_0874And took Grandma to Toby’s modeling gig.

IMG_0923As always, time went by all too fast. We miss this scene so much. It was so sad waking up the days after they left and the boys realizing that they really weren’t there.

IMG_0841We miss you Grandma and Bampa and can’t wait to see you again.

 

 

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