EDIT: After I posted this I accidentally deleted all the photos on my blog. I’m not sure if I can find the ones that are in this post; they aren’t in my photo folders. I’m still working on it, but until then….
And now that I have some extra time I can catch up on posting some photos. Let the randomness begin!
Myka has some letter stickers and I made a page for her to use them on one day. She did a great job finding the correct letter sticker and putting it very neatly on the page.
Myka and I made a tent for her out of a sheet over the coffee table and couch. The cats thought it was for them.
Lola is still shy, but she is getting more and more friendly and will let you pet her. Sometimes.
I love when my children eat food. Crackers with peanut butter and raisins (frogs on lily pads) was a big hit. And oranges. They love oranges. “These have orange juice inside!” is Myka’s comment every time we eat them.
Myka, Emery, and I went on a bus trip from our compound to a beach in Jubail. The trip was organized for the Bechtel wives here in Jubail, and most of the people who went were from the other, larger compound here. A bus came to Al Jude (the compound we live in) and pick up three other women and the three of us. I didn’t know what to expect or what to pack. I wondered if we were going to be on the beach or just see the beach, if there were going to be other children, if Stephen was going to have to come rescue me half an hour after we arrived… But it was great and we didn’t need to be rescued. There was a play ground and lots of other kids. Myka and Emery dug in the sand while the adults sat in chairs and chatted on the beach. Lunch was delicious; I had shawarma for the first time and loved it. There lots of little sandwiches and bite sized desserts. Most of the time I was chasing Emery, trying to keep him near by, or explaining to Myka why she couldn’t get into the water, so I only ended up with these two photos. Disappointing but typical. He loved peeking through those slats though! This was on one of our walking loops during lunch. No high chair meant I was either trying to hold a squirmy boy or we were walking. We walked a lot. I am so thankful for friends who help me keep an eye on Myka and Emery! They are the only way I can make it through these kind of events.
I don’t like I ever told you about the soup Stephen and I made. Chicken vegetable soup made with real broth which Stephen cooked down himself. He is such a good cook. I love when he makes me broth. It’s a labor of love, and I’m thankful he takes the time and makes the effort to do things like that. This wasn’t as good as the broth he made from our deep fried, flavor infused turkey last year, but come on…they were deep fried.
There was a recipe for apple cinnamon scones that I wanted to try, but it called for cinnamon chips. I didn’t know if I could find any around here, so I looked up a recipe for making your own cinnamon chips. These. Are. Amazing. I can’t wait to try this with cinnamon bread. And you can use a different seasoning instead of cinnamon to make pumpkin pie spice chips or ginger chips or whatever else you want in little bursts of flavor. Yay! The scones turned out quite yummy, by the way.
I made some animal crackers from weelicious.com. They were easy, yummy, and the kids gobbled them up. I don’t think they lasted three days, maybe only two. The first tray burned. The oven got too hot. This is a continual problem for me, but I’m learning and checking on whatever I’m baking more often. Myka helped me cut out the cookies and loved picking out the cookie cutters. I loved that these cookies are made from basic ingredients and I know what my children are eating. We’ll make these again!
Sleepy girl! Sometimes if she sits still long enough and she is tired enough she will fall asleep during quiet time. So cute..
After going out for lunch in Jubail with some friends, we stopped at Cafe Lewan for some cheesecake. Stephen mentions this cafe and their delicious cheesecake just about every time we drive past it, and I was tired of hearing about it but not eating it. It was so good! The coffee shops here have very good pastries and desserts and hot chocolate. Because I don’t get out much, they probably seem all that much more exciting. Haha!
We’ll end with some of our fun, everyday photos. Emery desperately wants the phone. Only, he likes to put it in his mouth, so I he doesn’t get to hold it very often which makes him a little upset. Myka likes to take pictures with my phone. Pictures of me, herself, the cats, the rug, a doorknob, the counter….the world from the viewpoint of a three year old.