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When animals attack

When animals attack

Caution! What I’m about to expose about our paradise trip may not be suitable for people with animal phobias. Where do I begin…..? It was a beautiful day in paradise, we were hanging out all alone on a private island surrounded by beautiful scenery and soaking in the relaxation. Life couldn’t have been better at the moment. We decided before heading back to our resort to take a kayak ride around the island and explore. This for sure would be the perfect ending of our day. Well of course being the overly cautious, protective parents we are, we threw a life jacket on our son and decided to set sail on an adventure as a family with a little kayak in the middle of the ocean. It was great at first, there were lots of ‘wows’ and ‘look you see’ from Stockton. I was even in awe of the beautiful surroundings. We were surrounded by massive cliffs of greenery with water so blue you could see directly below you and name the fish you see. We could take a full circle look around us and we were completely alone embodied in nature. We continued for a long while and realized we had gone pretty far as I looked back to Matt, I asked him if he thought we should turn around now emphasizing we had gone far. My concern was for Matt, the solo paddler being so worn out because my job was holding Stockton. However Matt was determined to get just around the corner of the cliff to see what other beauties lay ahead so we kept going. As we went a little further we noticed some beautiful white birds flying above us, we were in awe of their beauty. Stockton was so excited seeing the birds flying he just watched them in awe. We kept paddling and noticed they began to circle us. That awe feeling left pretty fast when they started making screeching noises and swooping down literally inches from our faces. I felt like we were in a game of darts but our faces were the targets. They were swooping down one at a time taking turns trying to hit us. Stockton began screaming and the kayak was rocking. I thought for sure we were going to tip which was not good considering there were huge jelly fish all around us, and when I say big I mean bigger than Stockton. I was very afraid as I heard fear in Matt’s voice saying “Take care of Stocky Kay do everything you can  to not fall in.” At this point I realized I had to protect Stockton Because Matt was doing everything he could paddling as...

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Penang island and cameron highlands

Penang island and cameron highlands

Matt had to give a little presentation in Penang, Malyasia and so we decided to tag along. The drive there was breath taking. The mountains were beyond green and covered in trees. I could not believe how green it was, even Stockton was saying wow. Even though it was a 4 hour drive I really enjoyed every bit of it. We stayed the first night on Penang island at the Hard Rock Hotel. This Hotel was super family friendly. When we arrived Stockton was so eager to run around he immediately ran towards the water, reached down and picked up the sand. When he finally looked up to me he gave me this  little chuckle and smile and said “beach”! I was already swoon at his love for the beach I almost just let him get in with his clothes on. We finally had to reason with him to leave so we could go get his swim suit on. The rest of the day we spent swimming, throwing sand, collecting leaves, and finding bugs. We also saw a local riding a horse and he let Stockton pet him. Stockton has always been an animal lover. Along with the horse there were stray dogs along the beach as well, so we had to steer the animal lover clear of those “puppies” as he thinks all dogs are puppies. We were only able to spend a day at the beach before we had to head to the mainland for Matthew to give his speech. The highlight of that was Stockton started chanting ‘ya’ with everyone in the crowd when Matt asked questions. What can I say he is such a daddy fan and so is mama! It was a short trip but on the way back Stockton had a little cold so we decided to go into the Cameron Highlands and stay the night to help cut the trip in half. We didn’t plan this and it was totally spontaneous, but that’s how our relationship is. We just get up and do things! The drive was filled with tea plantations, strawberry fields, and lavender fields. We found a little bed and breakfast nestled in the middle of it all. Matthew and I kept saying we didn’t feel like we were in Malaysia but rather Switzerland. The cottage was very swedish and cozy. It was pouring rain when we got there but we didn’t even care, we walked outside and just enjoyed the beauty and the fresh air was a much-needed break from the city. Stocky kept splashing in the puddles and looking for bugs everywhere. There were flowers all over the property that overlooked a lake, it just felt so cozy! It...

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Indonesia Convention

Indonesia Convention

We took a quick trip to Jakarta, Indonesia for a convention for 4life Research with Matt. It was such a fun trip especially because Jenna, Matt’s sister works for the company too and we got to see her. We love spending time with her. She has been the only family we’ve really seen while being here in KL. The trip was short and sweet but I put together just a little list of things that I wanted to remember below. 1. Stockton running around on stage during convention rehearsals, he wanted to be just like his daddy up there talking to people. 2. The way when we first walked in and Stockton saw the big screens and was so excited to see the 4Life logo and because he can’t say four he kept saying life. Made me smile. 3. Stockton being so well-behaved, although he was literally stuck in his stroller for 5 hours straight watching the iPad. Angles were truly there helping us get through such a busy time. 4. The way the Hotel brought up a little gift for Stockton, a teddy bear, bubble bath, and slippers. Also him demanding a bubble bath every time he saw the bath. 5. The way Stockton ran into the crowd and starting blowing kisses and giving high fives. 6. To see Matt and Jenna on stage together, they both did such a beautiful job on their presentations. 7. Just being together as a family, hanging out in the hotel room and eating room service and the way Stockton would demand for pizza. 8. Being in a new country and getting to travel with my little family. I love them so much. It was such a short visit but truly such a little piece of heaven that we needed. I feel so thankful everyday for Matt’s Job with 4Life, they have given us everything and we are so blessed to be a part of such a great...

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Monkey business

Monkey business

So while I’ve been in KL people have been telling me there are monkeys all over the place but I had yet to see any since I’ve been in the city…a bit disappointing being here 3 months. However for a play date my friend Ginne gave me a call and asked me if I would like to go feed the monkeys with her, this was an easy yes. So we piled 3 kids into a car, got a bag of peanuts and headed to the golf course area where apparently the monkeys like to hang. When Ginne first got out of the car she laughed with surprise and told me there was a monkey right next to her. Sure enough I walked along the side of her and there it was, literally tugging at her arms. Kind of a weird sensation when your constantly around a little child because you expect it to be your little one but instead you look down and see a monkey. I was nervous at first as these monkeys were a lot bigger than ones I have interacted with before. At first I kept Stockton tight in my arms but he wiggled and begged to be let down so I caved in. The monkeys would literally open our fists filled with peanuts, and eat them from our hand–crazy!  Stockton and Ginne’s kids didn’t have any fear, they were just so excited to hang with the monkeys. At one point we left the keys on top of the car with the bag of peanuts and from the corner of my eye I saw the monkey jump onto the car and dart for the keys. I knew it was automatically a thrown down between the monkey and me. So I let my inner Chuck Norris out, leaped to grab the keys and bag of peanuts as fast I could possibly move and saved the day from us being stranded.  Let’s be honest, once that monkey had our keys, it would have turned into a Jumanji scene and we probably would have never seen the keys again. I did however have a few tug a wars with the monkeys and the bag of peanuts, they were very sneaky. When it was time to go, getting into the car was another story, they are known for jumping into your car. You can’t exactly just shew a monkey away when you have been feeding it. So we literally had to hold our ground. I was trying to get into the front seat and every time I made a move for it so did the monkey. I just made my move and jumped in. It may have made my heart beat...

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Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Genting Highlands, Malaysia

I have been craving some fresh air lately. It’s wonderful living in the city, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something about a less busy atmosphere and fresh air that my body just craves. So we decided to take the hour drive to Genting Highlands on our Saturday. It was a beautiful drive up, so green that there was no need for filters on editing, which makes me smile. People told us that it might be chilly up there, but I doubted anything could feel chilly in Malaysia, where I am use to taking a shower every time I come back inside my house. However I was wrong, it was very chilly and dare I say it, I needed a jacket, but didn’t bring one. I don’t even think I packed a jacket at all when we moved to Malaysia (haha)…guess something like that did not cross my mind. I’ll be honest, I was thrown off by the city itself that sat on a hill. When we went inside the hotels to explore, I felt like I was in Vegas walking through “fake lands”, casinos and all. It was kinda fun to me because it was something that felt familiar. Even though I have never gambled or drank alcohol in my life, I’m only referring to the ambiance of the place. There was an indoor theme park and of course we couldn’t resist some little kiddy rides for Stocky. After we got the theme park out of our system, we decided to do the more outdoor scenic view. On our way home we saw a sign for a Chinese temple and we couldn’t pass this up. The Chinese temples here amaze me. They are made completely without nails, bolts or screws, (they believe it is bad luck), but yet are magnificent buildings. Decorated in the most vibrant colors and tall above the earth so you can take in all the view. When we arrived it felt like we were alone so we climbed the 9 levels of stairs and reached the top.  It was silent, not even Stockton said a word. The view was beautiful and I found myself lost in nature. Afterwards we continued walking around the area looking at the statue idols and gardens that just made me smile. So much Beauty behind all the things they have created in this area. I didn’t mind the chill or the breeze, it was actually very refreshing to me. To be honest I didn’t want to go home, this place just made me feel happy inside and it felt so good to be away from the city and the hustle and bustle of it all. Also, for the first...

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Batu caves

Batu caves

This week has been really foggy with smoke in the air due to a lot of fires burning in Indonesia so we have been coped up in our house from the bad air quality. We had planned on going to the Batu caves on Saturday and lucky us the smoke cleared up literally on that day and the next day it was smoky again, a little tender mercy might I say. So we packed our sling got some water and on we drove to go explore the Batu Caves. We were really excited because it was only about 25 mins from our house or so we thought… We only got a car a week ago and we really don’t know our way around so we rely very heavily on our GPS to tell us where the heck we need to go. Turns out our GPS had other plans for us and took us into some small village area where I was sure in my mind we were going to get mugged if we parked our car. luckily though after lots of missed turns a lot of frustration towards google maps we finally arrived at the caves 2 hours later. haha It was well worth the wait. The Batu caves is a Hindu shrine for worship and outside the caves is a huge gold statue called Murugan. Murugan is the Hindu God of war, victory, wisdom, and love. It was a magnificent its gold color shined so bright with the reflection of the sun. Even more spectacular was the view when you got to the top of the caves. However the climb was not an easy one. The steps were so steep I constantly had to pay attention to make sure I wouldn’t trip and there was not much depth to the steps either. When we got to the top the caves were spectacular. The cool breeze inside was a little teaser from the scorching sun outside and I enjoyed the little tunnels of light that leaked through it really was breath taking and pictures could not do it justice. After visiting the main cave there is another optional tour for the dark cave where you have to have flash lights. Its a 45 min tour but it was well worth it. We just carried stockton in the sling and he enjoyed it and did well for the mot part. As soon as you enter into the dark cave you can hear all the bats that are above you. Its kinda creepy but I enjoyed being completely out of my element. The tour continued and we saw spiders, centipedes, and some of the most amazing rock formations that literally blew...

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