Sunday, September 1, 2019

August Update!

We arrived back in Doha after our summer in America (Part 1 and Part 2) and celebrated our 11th anniversary. We had about a week and a half of summer left before school started and we tried to make the most of it!

Our first stop was Kidzmondo to take advantage of their buy one, get one free promotion. We visited with two other families and literally had to drag the kids away after eight hours because we were starving and the husbands were waiting for us at the restaurant. They had a blast!



The rest of our time before school was spent re-training the cats (who took advantage of our absence this summer) and playing with their besties. We also visited the Qatar National Library for the first time.


The last week in August the girls had their first day at International School of London (ISL). We realized this is their third school in two years and we are thankful they have been so amazing with the changes and have adjusted wonderfully. We are looking forward to this being our school for the next few years!




The girls had more playdates, I had some coffee dates, and we got to have brunch with friends, do some baking, and lots of laughter and playing. We also had breakfast for dinner. :-)



We filled the last week of August with another visit to library, a cat who wanted to be left alone, a good reminder for our family, Thursday night pizza movie night, celebrating a friend's birthday, and family card nights.



We finished out the month with a visit to the Aqua park. We took some video and pictures with the go pro so I'll update the post once we have a chance to sort those!




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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Our 11th Anniversary

We arrived back in Doha after our trip to America (Part 1 and Part 2) a few days before our anniversary. We bought tickets a couple months ago to attend Blue Man Group with some friends and then headed to dinner afterwards to celebrate our anniversary.

The last time we saw Blue Man Group was in Las Vegas for Jason's 21st birthday back in 2005! We were surprised at how similar the show was after so many years and loved seeing it in Doha and introducing our girls to the experience.







We headed to a Peruvian restaurant for dinner after taking the girls home. The food was delicious and I was excited to celebrate 11 years with this guy.




Happy anniversary Jason! I love you life with you and exploring the world! Cheers to 11 years!



Here's our previous anniversary celebrations: 2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

America Trip Part 2

The first part of our trip to America was spent in Texas and Colorado before heading to Oklahoma for the remainder. The girls were fortunate to get to spend some time with both sets of grandparents while we were there as my Dad and Mary drove down from Illinois to see them.

The girls had lots of fun reading with Uncle Justin and Papa Jeff, visiting the zoo, having sleepovers with Grandma, playdates with friends, and spending almost everyday in the pool. I also got the amazing chance to see Hamilton with my friend Chelsea and it was amazing. If you have a chance to see it - don't hesitate. The show was superb and I am still listening to the soundtrack on repeat.



When my Dad and Mary came into town we visited the zoo again to see the second half we'd missed the first visit as well as outdoor and indoor playgrounds. We only had a couple days with them, but we made the most of it and the girls loved seeing them. 



We celebrated my Mom and Jeff's birthday while we were in town and visited the Children's Museum with a friend of mine from college and his lovely family. They girls has a spectacular time with them. I also made it to the casino {finally} a couple days before leaving and walked away ahead which is always a plus. 



There was so much delicious food while we were in America. I captured pictures of most of it during the time in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. In summer - green chile sauce is the best, lobster cargot is a new favorite, and all my coffee should be served with rock candy for sweetening.


We picked up an extra large rental car to haul our massive amount of stuff {only 6 suitcases, 2 boxes, 4 carry on bags, and 4 undersea bags - nothing too major 🙄). We loaded everything and made the drive to Dallas where we were flying the direct flight back to Doha.


Once again the girls were amazing travelers. They were fascinated by bugles (the best finger hats) and the water fountains (it's the little things, haha) and we lucked out on the flight being very empty and the cabin attendant insisting on moving us to another section where each girls had her own row!! This was a huge blessing as it allowed me to be able to rest for a couple hours while they slept (I usually am awake the whole time when flying solo as I can't sleep.)


Jason met us at the airport when we arrived and we anxiously got home exhausted and ready to rest. It was a wonderful summer in America and we are so thankful for everyone who hosted our family, re arranged things to visit us, and made an effort to come see us while we were in town. We have an amazing community back home and it sure was hard to say goodbye. We hope to see you all again next summer!

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