25 May 2016

KG2 Graduation

N’s Kindergarten class spent many weeks preparing for their graduation ceremony. It’s a big deal. They learned songs in Arabic and English. They had outfit changes (a matching H&M dress I had to buy for her and a graduation gown later). They had speaking parts. There were props and a background. Pretty fun and kinda exhausting. She was the only foreign child there and she didn’t care one smidgen.



Here they are doing the song about what they want to be when they grow up. I think they got put into groups. For sure some of them against their own will. N was in the chef group, which she was happy about. She loves to cook.


A three part solo. (??)


And here come the gowns and the marching around in a circle.



Receiving her certificate.





Paparazzi. (guilty)




Some classmates…


Her favorite teachers. They were very sweet! Miss Dalia and Mrs. Marta.


Mister B on a Roll

He is on the move and pretty happy about it. Never know where you might find him (although near a curtain somewhere would be a pretty good guess… he thinks curtains are so fun!).






23 May 2016

Mister B to the Salon

This wasn’t the first time Noelle welcomed B to be her salon client.


And I’m sure it won’t be the last…

Dear Daylight Savings

I think I need to make an apology to daylights savings time.

I used to complain about the inconvenience of moving the clock one hour. It was enough to make us late for church or to make my children rise too early for my liking.

But I’d like to apologize now.

Because the REAL evil is the LACK of daylight savings time.

A couple months ago I noticed that the sky was growing lighter fairly early. So I glanced ahead to see the sunrise times.


Say WHAAAA?! 4:54? Oh no please say it’s not true…

I got nervous. But what I didn’t realize is that if the sun rises at 4:54, that an east facing window actually begins to look quite bright as early s 4:30. So it’s actually even worse than I thought!



My children (who are lacking blackout curtains in their room) are rising earlier than they have in the history of their precious little bounce-out-of-bed-ready-to-go-without-considering-the-state-of-the-drowsy-parents children.

Our current country has a history of waffling about daylight savings time. So much so that my phone automatically changed time and Mike’s didn’t… and we have the same phone on the same network. Weird huh?

I think this month the sunrise is as early as it gets and it should start moving back in the direction that I find more favorable…

22 May 2016

Kindle Buddies

My boy H loves to have company in his room in the evening, especially when Mikey is traveling. Tonight I obliged…


20 May 2016

Slip N Slide–Balcony Style

My kids asked for a bucket of water and some dishsoap.

I said yes.

They asked if they could get wet.

I said yes.


An hour later they were still sliding around on the tile balcony having a ball. So much fun!

19 May 2016

Very Observant

Today, while driving my two littles home through the main street of our part of town, Lil’ A started noticing all the ‘boys’ that she saw.

She started pointing them out…

“Ders a boy”

“And anudder one”

“And anudder one”

“And anudder one”

She continued like this for at least a kilometer. Never did she say “Ders a girl!”… just boys.

SO. MANY. MEN. Everywhere we look. She could have said “Anudder one” a thousand times and she’d just be warming up…

Women? Yes, they are out there too, but we sure don’t see them nearly as much.

It’s a man’s world over here and my girlie sure noticed that today!

09 May 2016

Creations for Mother’s Day

These days, Sweet N loves to do crafts and cards and creations and coloring and drawing. She reminds me of myself. She’s so precious!

This year for mother’s day, she created an assortment of creations to show her love and presented them to me with shining eyes. I love her so much.


One of her new things is this fancy scrolly writing.






Another new idea was a puzzle to unscramble…



I think she loves me!

03 May 2016

Hanging out in the Boot

I’ve seen people being transported lots of ways in the past.

But this was a new one for me!


Career Day

A couple weeks ago my kids had career day at school.  Things like this always make a little nervous when I first hear about it because the first thought that jumps in my head is “Oh no! How much work is this gonna take for me?!”

It’s terrible of me! (But I know I’m not alone.)

It took them no time at all to declare that they’d like to be a chef and an architect. With a little thought we had outfits planned…


The biggest victory in this outfit was the chef’s hat made by stapling a plastic bag (thank you God that I had a plain white one!) in a ring of folded parchment paper. Easy peazy!


Check out this kid. I can hardly handle it.

He has his recent 3D puzzle model of the Burj Al Khalifa (tallest building in the world in Dubai), his Dad’s padfolio, a tie and combed hair.

Oh my word he was so cute.


He asked for business cards so I whipped some up for him (which he then passed out to his classmates and teachers very proudly like a good little businessman)…


And some plans and sections of the building itself. I couldn't’ help myself.

Success! And it was actually fun!

Best Brother Award

And the best brother award currently goes to this boy… who laid on the floor to play a game with Lil’ A early one morning even though no one asked him to and she didn’t have a clue how to actually play.


So good to see this to balance out all the bickering the kids often do…

A Fleet

H also can get creative.


Especially if it has to do with creating a fleet of Star Wars fighters!

Crafty Girlie

This girl loves to do crafts and in the past few months she’s gotten so creative.


Here she put on display the cute things she had created in just the past day or two. She wanted me to send a picture to her Grammi, because Grammi supplies a lot of her craft supplies!

Love it!

Wiggle Worm

B is def in a wiggle stage. Similar to this, he also worked his way out of his boppy that I had laid him in, nicely supported of course. But the opposite direction that I would have expected.



I’m trying to prepare myself for when he REALLY starts to move. Oh my goodness…


Pink Cheekers

I get major flashbacks these days because I have baby boy in a hot desert climate and culture. It’s so similar to when H was a baby and it feels so familiar.


Like this day, when we went out to lunch after church and Mister B was snoozing in his car seat, flushed and pink from the hot temps, but not letting it interrupt his nap.

I think I’ll be seeing a lot more of those pink cheeks now that summer is almost here!


Either he’s a little Houdini or he’s just outgrown the baby positioner.


My-Tooth-Hurts Face

Do all kids make this face when they are teething? Or is it just my four?

First it was H. (Yes, this is H in this pic, not B, I promise!)

Week 31b 005

Then Sweet N.

Lil’ A, looking a little crazy, ha!


And now…


Mister B joined the club.

Havent’ seen the tooth yet, but it’s on the way!

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