Friday, December 2, 2016

Kuwait Air Show


Last Monday the Red Arrows (in cooperation with the Kuwait Air Force and Navy) put on a show in front of the Kuwait Towers.
The kids and I raced outta school/work and headed to a park nearby the towers to watch.

Being that it was supposed to start at 2:30 and go until 4:00pm, we rushed there.
And true to Kuwait form, it didn't start until 3:10 and ended 40 minutes later. 
How I didn't realize that would likely be the case is beyond me. Such a rookie move.
But, it allowed for some fun park play while we were waiting for the show to begin...






...and then sat and enjoyed the show!



















The heart with the arrow through it that they made was my favorite =)...







 They were REALLY loud when they flew right overhead...



The jets were really entertaining to watch, and the kids and I ohhhed and ahhhhed as they flipped and whirled through the sky...


Sometimes living in Kuwait can be really cool =).




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lately...

Suddenly it's December!

I realized as I was opening a new folder (for the new month) to download our pictures into that I had several from November that I wanted to post about so we could always remember.

I've mentioned before I'd like to print this blog into a memory book when our time is done here in Kuwait, so in the years to come we can always look back on all that we did while we lived over here.
Plus, I figure the more the kids can look back on all the fun!! and the smiling!! and the great memories!! The less likely they are to remember all the yelling =).


We took these two monkeys to see Trolls...



...and after we walked around the mall a bit, and found a shop of wooden toys and Pinocchio stand in...
Brother.. 


Sister...



I'm so grateful for my friend and neighbor Reem. When I was in Portland, she and another friend, Hatifa, both delivered homemade dinners to David and the kids. I was so touched. They never said anything prior, they just knew I was out of town and thought to step in and help feed my people...


...sweet neighbor friends...




Dave torturing dancing with the kids...





Both kids are reading really well these days, and it's such a sweet season of listening to them read to us...










The Boy, of course, continues to perfect his Jedi moves...




They spent three hours one weekend morning playing "school" in the kitchen. Those are all their students on the blanket...




We had friends over for movies and popcorn...




Sister lost another tooth!




I've been enjoying the Kuwaiti sunsets...


...with the man I love.

...and feeling very lucky.


The only other noteworthy occurrence of late is this morning we awoke to the unmistakable sound of thunder and POURING rain. 
Kuwait just was not made for such weather.
There is zero drainage in the streets, so they all flood rather quickly. 
Also, since the drivers here only see such rain literally a handful of times a year, they just don't know what to do with themselves.
The kids and I left an hour and a half later than we normally do for school/work this morning, hoping to avoid the worst of it, and it still took us over an hour to get there (normally it's right about thirty minutes)
My Oregonian heart just had to smile =)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's beginning to look a *little bit* like Christmas.

Another Sunday, another sick family member...


Poor Sister is feeling pretty crummy today. Fever, body aches, coughing, sneezing...an exact match to what Brother and I had last week. 
Not awesome.

But, I'm grateful to be able to stay home with her and care for her, and that we have Netflix so she can lay down and rest while being entertained endlesssly =). It also allows me a little extra blogging time while we cuddle.


Over the weekend we decided to deck our halls!

David got our little tree set up...




It was Brother's turn to put the star on top this year...



The twins got to decorating...




We hung up the little handprint tree canvases we made last year...







Sister had made this picture sometime towards the end of the summer, and I saved it and picked up a cheapy little frame at IKEA for it.
I thought her little details were just too precious, and it would make for a lovely Christmas decoration...and it does!



Not to be left out ( =) ), Brother drew a Christmas tree all decorated, so of course I framed that up too because TWINS.

We also put out our lovely, hand-and-home made Nativity that our sweet homeschooling friends made for us last year...

 (Thanks Ali!! It's such a special piece to us and I LOVE having it on display this year!)


Our little frosted tree, and lighted snowman...



We have our stockings up, and Christmas lights all over the front room, so it's fairly festive here =).
It's nothing like Christmas at home, and I'm fighting the urge to miss my big totes full of fun family holiday decorations...this will be our last Christmas here in Kuwait, and that is special in it's own right.

My annual pic of my babies in front of the tree...






...they weren't really workin' with us when it came to big ol' smiles, but I suppose that's what I get for forcing staged pics each year!


Here's one from their first Christmas, because CUTENESS...



We ended the evening by introducing them to the movie "Home Alone"...


Classic.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

So much to be thankful for this year.

While we miss our families and friends back home very, very much, I'm still so grateful I have my little family, and I am thankful for our health.

We celebrated Thanksgiving today, Friday, (which is the first day of the weekend here), by going to David's boss's house for a giant feast and games.

We woke up this morning, Skyped with some family and left Skype messages for others (Mom and Amanda, how do I not have your Skype contacts?? Must remedy this ASAP) and then I took a nap (don't judge me!!! I'm still kinda ill) and then got up to make a spinach lasagna to take to the feast, after that was finished, I hopped in the shower. 
When I came out of the bathroom, I walked into this scene...

video

Who needs a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when you've got THAT happening in your living room?!?!


Since the twins were tiny, I've always made a "Thankful Tree" for us on a wall in our home during the month of November, and we've written what we're thankful for our leaves and taped them to the branches.
Trying to instill gratitude in our children.
And ourselves =)


My goal of each of us writing a leaf every day of the month clearly failed. 
That's a pretty sparse lookin' tree, man. But this momma is still trying to figure out how to work 35 hours a week and do all the other stuff I wanna do...obviously, some things are falling behind.
(Like the cleanliness of our dining room table you may of noticed in the video above.)
(Or the overflowing laundry basket on the floor in the video above.)
(Or the dust everywhere...could you see that in the video above? Likely not...you'll just have to trust me. It's dusty up in here.)


But! I did remember to nag ask my husband to set up the camera with the self-timer so we could take a family pic for our Thanksgiving 2016.

He captured this cute pic while testing the settings...



Nearly every day here in Kuwait, we meet someone who is here working, without their family. I'm so thankful I get to be with mine every day.



Clearly, elevator selfies are where it's at though...




We drove thirty minutes into the desert and finally arrived at his boss's house. 
The twins quickly entertained themselves by turning her home into their own personal jungle gym...






We played the "Name Guessing Game" where you have a famous person's name taped to your back, and you have to ask yes or no questions to try and guess who your person is.
Dave was Adolf Hitler.


I was Ghandi. 

So naturally, I had to get a picture of Hitler and Ghandi, together...



Such a fun crowd of people!




Dave's sweet coworker taught the twins how to play with snapchat and then let them play with her phone...



Our table had such a lovely time chatting while we ate...





 The twins were entertained while waiting for the food to settle and dessert time...


...and then it was time to roll ourselves outta there and head back to our apartment, bellies and hearts full.

So much to be thankful for.