Saturday, November 28, 2015

Zoom! Did you see that?!


Did you see that?!

Me neither.

Oh, yeah. It was the rest of August flying by.

With that said, here are a few of the random pics I came across from the second half of August.


Another picture dilemma. I can hardly get non-blurry pictures of her because she is ALWAYS moving! ;) The ones above were my attempt at her modeling some cute leggings a sweet friend of mine from South Louisiana had sent us for her. So, here is the much-delayed sharing of the cute pics.

Hanging out with her brother and playing with his Minecraft Diamond Swords and his Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws. She still plays with them often. :)
Playing with an electrcity conduction experiment toy he got for his birthday from a cousin.

It lights up when the current is being conducted through the object(s) touching each end. 
He is a good conductor of electricity. :)

 Baby Girl taking a bath in her big Duckie. She says "Duck" and "Kak Kak! (Quack Quack!)".

 I can't for the life of me remember why we drew what looks like whiskers on her sweet, chubby cheeks. Neither can her brother. But it's cute anyway. :)


On another note, the kids and I went with my mother-in-law to an antique store one day. Believe it or not, my son loves to go to antique stores.

Anyway, while we were there I just had to take a pic of a couple of cute signs and such that they had.

My husband must have made the one on the right... ;)

The one on the left is in honor of our former dog...Sadie, the mini-dauchshund. 
She lives with a new family in New Orleans now. 

The one on the right, well, it just says it all. lol! 
In case you can't read it, it says, 
"Louisiana Girls. Just like you, only prettier." 

The one on the left is more profound. Kind of hard to read with the glare, but definitely a must-read.
"It is not great men who change the world, but weak men in the hands of a Great God."
I added the one on the right, because it fits quite well with the sentiment as well as with our lives.


Cousins! :)

We had the blessing of hanging out with lots of sweet cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents, etc., etc., etc. while we were in Northwest Louisiana!


So sweet!

And of course, some more front porch pics with grandparents at my sweet in-laws' home...

And finally, some sweet, food-face smiles in, of all places, Walmart
(Never thought I would miss that place, but I do. I miss Target more, though.)

So, there you have it! Again! 

Getting so much closer to finally being able to share lots of our Middle East life in Qatar with you!

Until next time...

Friday, November 27, 2015

Grateful for Life and Love

On this, the day after Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a minute to share some more of the precious family and moments I am grateful for.

Yes, by the way, we did celebrate Thanksgiving here in Qatar with some American friends as well as new friends from all over the globe. We even met a new friend who is from a very small town in Louisiana (where we are from as well).

And, yes, we had the typical American Thanksgiving fixings available for us to stuff ourselves.

And we did.

See? Even Baby Girl looked stuffed here. lol!

You can't blame her. She did eat some Mashed Potatoes and some Turkey Dressing, after all.

Yep, that's Fried Okra (made by our new Louisiana friend) and Turkey & Sausage Jambalaya (made by my husband, a la Emeril's recipe)!

So, back to the gratefulness rewind...

While we were in Northwest Louisiana, we got to celebrate Big Brother's 10th Birthday! :) We had some fun times. 

On the actual day of his birthday, we got to take him and some of his cousins to the local indoor trampoline park called AirU

They had a blast! 

My little FLASH!

His little girl cousins were coming after him with their dodgeballs! :)
CANNONBALL!!! This one was for Daddy, he said! :)
Racing his cousin
Climbing out of the foam pit
That's one of his little girl cousins on the right. She ran on this so funny! She had straight legs most of the way and looked like a little robot or something. :) So cute!
She sure could jump in, though!
On the left is another of his little girl cousins (she is about a year older than the one in the other 2 pics above). She had a very cute way of going down the lane, too. She jumped up and down the whole way. I got pics. :)

Told ya! All the way to the end! :) Sweet girls! I love all of my nieces...and nephews, too!
So, a couple of days AFTER his actual birthday, we had a Saturday birthday party at the glow-in-the-dark bowling alley! Lots of his local cousins and friends got to come. It was a great time!

We have that autographed souvenir authentic bowling pin here with us in his room in Qatar. ;)

The Indominous Rex is about to eat the Birthday Boy's finger off! :)
The Jurassic World cake in the dark. It had glow-in-the-dark, edible paint on it, too. And even the Indominous Rex was edible (Rice Krispie Treat!)! My husband's talented cousin made the cake. Check out her business - Royalty Sweet Shoppe! :) Baby Girl wasn't too sure what to think! ;) 

Hanging out eating and having fun with his buddies!

Jurassic World is closed due to total demolition!
That's all, folks! Nothing left here to see...for now, at least!

Until next grateful, and give thanks!