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Vietnam, Christmas, and Anheuser-Busch

I am very well aware that it has been a long time since I have posted, so I will catch everyone up and promise to do my best to keep up with this.


This is now the 3rd year in a row that I was out of the country around Thanksgiving, however, this year I was actually gone FOR Thanksgiving. Beth is such a saint. I went back to Vietnam for a 16 day trip. I didn't do a whole lot around Saigon, though I did get to play another soccer game with the company team. The highlight of this trip was that I was invited to go on the annual company trip. We went to Nha Trang, which is a beautiful resort area. The beach and water reminded me very much of Destin, Florida. I have some wonderful pictures you can view here. It was definitely an experience I will never forget. I was so shocked at how beautiful the beaches were.

One of the most unique experiences I had in Vietnam was having dinner with the family of one of my co-workers (and he was here in the US). I had so much fun and got to meet and hold his infant daughter. She is so beautiful. I was trying to get her to call me Uncle Andy, but I guess she's still a bit too young to talk. Here are some pics.


We spent Christmas day at our house with Beth's family, then we headed up to Pennsylvania to see my family for 10 days. We hadn't been up there in about 15 months and I desperately needed an extended vacation.

One other note, there is now a 12th Grandchild for my parents. My brothers had his, GULP, 6th child in January (Audrey). However, the balance of power in the family has now shifted to the girls 7-5.

I spent two weeks in St. Louis in January. The first trip was my chance to say goodbye to two of my Vietnamese co-workers who were returning to Vietnam. This was Lam's second visit, but this was the first for Dung, who's family I had dinner with while I was in Vietnam. We had a dinner and bowling party for them then some karaoke. Dung is quite a good singer. I miss having them here, they are always so friendly.


This week I had to go close our corporate apartment in St. Louis and we FINALLY took a tour of the Anheuser-Busch facility. It was so, so cold and windy and half the tour was outside, but it was still worth it. I learned that there are 2 national historical monuments on the grounds and we also got to see the horse that kicked the field goal in last year's Super Bowl commercial. You can see the pics here.

Lastly, indoor soccer season started 2 weeks ago for Michael. It is a ton of fun and he loves it. The first week the team had trouble with the pace of the field, but we worked on possession and control in our practice last week and they did great in the game.

Spring soccer starts in late Feb and all 3 kids will be playing and I think I'll be coaching all 3 teams. We got Elizabeth her first soccer boots and they are so cute...pink Diadora.

Comments

  1. Its about time, you slacker! How come you didn't post the "A is for Andy" photo. I'm sure that would generate a lot of comments!

    love to all-Sue

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