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Thankful

Thank God and thank Stephen!

When Myka has a cut or scrape we talk about how God heals us and made our bodies so wonderfully. Our skin and blood work to make new skin where we have a cut, and before we know it our knees and fingers are back to normal. I am so thankful for how our bodies are able to heal, and I’m also thankful that someone learned how to make Tylenol.

A week or two ago I was sick.  I don’t often get sick, but this knocked me out.  Some kind of flu like bug but without the stomach issues, I had a terrible headache, fever, chills…yuck. I was basically in bed for a solid 48 hours, taking Tylenol (which is your only option when you’re pregnant) around the clock, and then took at least two days to recover after that. Stephen stayed home for two days, and he was so wonderful.  Took care of the kids, brought me food, made me tea – he was a very sweet and patient caretaker. I don’t know what I would have done those two days if he had not taken off work.

I was thinking recently that I hear a lot of accolades for stay-at-home moms. We have a lot on our plate, have a million different jobs to do each day, and often do it all with a lack of sleep thrown in just for fun.  There are good reasons for applauding moms. But those go-to-work dads are pretty awesome too. They go to work day after day, consistently providing for their families, and then can be found helping around the house when they aren’t at work. Now, I know there are all sorts of ways to look at this situation; there is an endless variety of ways parents work together and provide for their family.  My point is that I’m grateful for my situation, my husband, and the effort he puts into our life and our family.

So, thank you, Stephen, for all you do!  We love you.


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School

It’s Myka’s first day of school today! She hopped right on the bus while holding a friend’s hand (so cute), and a friend of mine who works at the school said she settled into her class well.  I am so thankful for friends who check on my little girl on her first day of school!  What surprised me the most was how in-the-dark I feel about what’s going on for Myka right now.  Why didn’t I realize it would be like this? Of course I wouldn’t know what is going on: she’s at school and I’m here at home.  But I just didn’t think about how clueless I would feel.  And it’s not like I can text her teacher and ask, “Hey, how’s Myka? Everything going well?” which is what I could do if she was at a friends or with a babysitter.

Emery’s surprise today was a set of trains and tracks from Ikea.  He loves it.  He has played with those trains for hours today.  We did stop playing with trains to go to the playground.  That was a poor decision on my part; it is still too hot for that. We should have gone to the pool, and we’ll go swimming tomorrow. As we get to the playground, and Emery goes running off, he says to himself, “Where’s Myka? Oh, school.”  It was so sweet that he thought of her.  I love that.

Now I’m in the middle of my first quiet afternoon of the school year.  Emery is napping, Myka is at school, and I get to decide what I want to do.  I made some banana muffins already.  Now I think I’ll pick something to watch on tv and work on the baby blanket I’m knitting.

I only have a few weeks of this type of leisure time!  Ha!  I’m going to soak it up.

 

 

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Home and Away

When I get back home in Saudi Arabia there are things I miss:

Driving off to the store basically whenever I want

Grandparents available and quite willing to watch their grandchildren

Cooler weather

Wearing jeans

A crazy selection of everything at stores. (I especially like picking out whatever kind of juice that I happen to want. I know…weird.)

 

But there are things I miss when I’m not here:

Being together as a family

My own space with my very own things

Our friends here

Our regular routine (not that we have found it again yet!)

A swimming pool just a walk away

Even our cats, though not the cat hair..

 

Our big event since we have been back: Emery has switched to a toddler bed from his crib. I’m thankful for the two and a half years he stayed put in our crib, but during this last trip he perfected the art of climbing out of a pack-n-play. The plan was to wait until we got over the jet lag to switch to the toddler bed, but he was climbing out of the crib a lot. I didn’t want him falling all that way onto a ceramic tile floor (OUCH), so our first full day back he moved into the toddler bed.

Nap times are great. No issues. He just stays there and goes to sleep. Night time is Awful. He doesn’t stay in bed, he climbs in his sisters bed (they share a room), he visits the playroom and brings noisy toys into their room, he is waking his sister up, they both visit me in the middle of the night… It’s been four nights. The first night the time change kept them up until the middle of the night. The second night we improved to a solid eleven hours from 10:00pm to 9:00am. I thought, “Great! We are on our way!” Uh…Yeah. Now they just get up. All night long. It’s throwing my sleep off (on top of any remaining jet lag and being eight months pregnant), and I end up awake even between the visits of my children.

So I’m a little grumpy today.

And I will be changing my tactics tonight. Hopefully a change on my part will cause a change on their part! Maybe this is combining the transitions of jet lag and switching beds, so I’m just going through it once instead of twice?

 

Edit: I also miss Target. And pharmacy items in the grocery store. And Panera Bread.  Those cinnamon crunch bagels are *sigh* amazing…

Last night was much better! Emery came out of his room room two or three times before Stephen and I went to bed. And he visited once in the middle of the night. Also, he was up at 6:00 which was a little early, but I’ll take the overall improvement! I stayed in the kids’ room for about fifteen minutes after our bedtime routine to see that Emery stayed in his bed and everyone settled down.  Not sure if that is what made the difference; Emery was still awake though quiet and laying down when I left. We will see how tonight goes!


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Scotland

I think we got a pretty good glimpse of Scotland in the two weeks we were there. Miraculously, it didn’t rain very much at all, and our day trips included seeing Lochness, St. Andrews, Fort William, Mallaig (on the western coast), Glen Coe and the Rannoch moor, Rosslyn chapel, Melrose Abbey, Stirling Castle, Alnwick Castle, the Cairngorms National Park, and Edinburgh Castle. Highlands, lowlands, west coast, east coast, and even a little trip across the border into England!

Edinburgh was a great location to have as a home base. We walked (and walked and walked and..) everywhere. A few of my toes were unenthusiastic about all the walking, and a couple of them are just now recovering. Stephen’s suggestion: wear sneakers – real sneakers (aka – athletic shoes or trainers). Not that I could bring myself to wear them with my skinny jeans. Ha! I was wearing little canvas shoes, not something crazy.

But that reminds me: Jeans! I wore jeans the whole time and I loved it. There was one day it got a little warm, but otherwise I was happy in jeans, a long sleeved shirt and a light scarf. Ahhh….loved it. I miss wearing scarves.

Here is a quick run down of the highlights:
– bus trip to Rosslyn chapel, Melrose Abbey, and Alnwick castle with my mom and her friend
– bus trip to Inverness, Lochness, Glen Coe, Rannoch moor, and the highlands with Stephen
– day trip to Stirling Castle
– walked up to the Edinburgh castle
– trip to Saint Andrews to see friends and we had lunch at Anstruther Fish Bar
– Stephen and I walked for 1 1/2 – 2 hours to find the restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner. It took us 20 minutes to walk home.
– day trip to take a ride on the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig
– the house we stayed in was a perfect location, beautiful, and I felt right at home

I’ll spread the pictures and stories out over a few posts.

After all our fun in Scotland, Stephen had to go back to work, and the kids and I came with the Grandparents to Pennsylvania. We have been visiting family, enjoying thunderstorms, and I can drive!! Somehow, I haven’t been to Target yet, but give me a day or two…

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It’s hot.

 

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That picture of trees against a blue sky is misleading.  The sky is rarely blue here.  Usually it is more of a gray or brown color.  I find the choice of photo in this app annoying.

It is June 1st today! The beginning of Summer!  And I am so glad we are going back to the states for a while this year.  I don’t remember being this uncomfortable last year, and we stayed through the summer months.  Maybe we stayed inside more.  Maybe it wasn’t as hot last year. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant.  Either way, I find I am not enjoying the increasing temperatures.  By 10:00am there is no longer shade to walk in, and it isn’t until about 5:00 that it starts being bearable outside again.  When we go to the pool in the morning, we are usually walking back to the house around 11:00, and it is a hot walk home.

However, we have enjoyed some time out at the pool in the evenings and have cooked out on the grill with friends.  We even tried making some s’mores, but something is wrong with the marshmallows I bought here.  They don’t melt.  They stay chewy on the inside even when the outside has been perfectly toasted by my loving husband.  (I didn’t want to stand that close to the extra heat of the fire!)  I am looking forward to more cookouts in the fall!  And I may have to add marshmallows to my list of things to buy in the US.


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Bahrain

We stayed at three different locations for our three weekends in Bahrain.

The first was located right beside the yacht club where Stephen’s lessons took place.  It wasn’t close to anything else, but it with restaurants, a beach, pool, and room service why go anywhere?!  We had a smaller room: bedroom and living area combined, bathroom, and a balcony. The balcony looked into the marina, and a big yacht was right in front of us.  While Emery napped, Myka and I would read books, eat snacks, and drink iced tea (all which we brought with us to save on cost) on the balcony while we watched them clean and ready the yacht to go out.  Jet skis would zoom around, and the kids would wave at the riders.  The balcony got afternoon sun and was Hot! I would pick a different location next time.  It took a short walk to get to the beach and restaurants.  The kids loved the little beach area, but Myka was a little worried about the small crabs in most of the tiny sea shells. It was entertaining to watch them crawl about though!

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The second place we stayed was attached to a mall, so I had a completely different packing list.  There was a pool, and the kids loved the play area beside the breakfast buffet.  We did some shopping and besides one Major Meltdown (I think it was the worst fit Myka has ever had…and in public too.  And Emery joined in.  Lovely. but besides that…) the kids did really well!  I got almost everything on my list! This hotel was so comfortable and had a large kitchen area.  Because the other two places we stayed at had beaches and lots of outside activities, we will probably stay at this location if we visit during the summer because we will want to be inside where it’s cooler!

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And the third place we stayed was back on the beach!  It so happened that some friends were going the same weekend, much to my children’s overwhelming joy, and it made this weekend so enjoyable!  It cost more than the other two places, but it is a beautiful resort.  We had a spacious room with the bedroom and bathroom separated from the living room and dinning area.  The living room and bedroom had french doors which opened onto a patio, and we could walk right out to the pool and beach from there.  It was shaded nicely and Myka and I enjoyed our afternoon outside on the porch while Emery napped.  The pool had perfect areas for children with slight grading with plenty of water about 1 1/2 feet deep. There was also a splash area specifically for small kids.  The service was impressive: drinks brought to you on the beach, towels laid out on your pool chair… We had a rough time at dinner the one night (really slow service. Just getting our drinks took 45 minutes!), but other than that they were very attentive.

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You never know what you might see along the way…


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It’s a girl!

Myka was right.  The boys will now be out numbered.  I am so excited to start getting ready for another girl!

 

Here are some pictures and happenings from April.  First, some randomness:

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A budding photographer:

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I made Myka a skirt!

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And the last of a set of four plastic cups from Target cracked.  I loved them.  White on the outside, bright and colorful on the inside – it’s the simple things that make me happy.

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We played outside with friends:

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(Can you see what Emery is looking at?  A digger.  He loves scooping, digging, machines, trucks….)

 

And we went to Bahrain THREE times!  The packing and unpacking and prepping for each weekend trip was a little crazy, but it was a lot of fun.  Stephen took sailing lessons and the kids and I enjoyed the hotels.  We stayed at three different places; so much fun!  I’m putting together a post about the three hotels we stayed in, and there will be more pictures with that one.

 

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