Tuesday, September 1, 2020

First Day of School Pics!!

It's hard to believe that the summer is gone and we are back to school. Things in Qatar have slowly started opening back up and school was delayed to start from August to September with a hybrid approach learning style. The girls have varying days they are in school and the rest of the days online. 

It's definitely going to be a challenge given the girls are currently assigned opposite days, but we are thankful that Jason is still working from home to help and that the girls got to meet their new teachers in person and see their friends after their abrupt dismissal last March. 


Welcome to second grade Madison!




Welcome to kindergarten Evelyn!





Welcome to kindergarten Olivia!



The new norm for walking into school (temp checks and directed traffic flow) plus a small treat we brought for our new teachers and helpers. ☺️


  


And a glimpse into our home classroom setup. The girls have new headphones on the way with inline microphones to hopefully help the few times they have simultaneous learning. 




These goofballs are ready for the new 2020 - 2021 school year!

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Monday, August 31, 2020

August Update

The majority of the month of August was spent mostly outdoors (despite the humidity and 100+ F heat) enjoying the water at the beaches and our pool plus the sand and some water sports. However we did also have some fun with family sleepovers, house updates, and also celebrated our 12th anniversary!



  1. We can successfully fit five kids in one bedroom for their first sleepovers. It's been a favorite this summer to do family sleepovers and made for a great Eid break since we couldn't travel. 
  2. While the kids slept, the parents played games. 😉
  3. Jason's pretty much perfected his pizza game and we've enjoyed Friday night pizza most of the summer.
  4. We baked name cookies and got to decorating them with our friends!
  5. The final products. 😍
  6. Decorating fun!
  7. CeCe refusing to give me any time alone.
  8. Zoey enjoying some time on the balcony.
  9. Family game night with Monopoly Junior. 


  1. Pool ready with their sunglasses and swim bags!
  2. Olivia enjoying the diving board.
  3. Madison running and jumping off!
  4. Evelyn ready to make a splash.
  5. We brought the GoPro to the pool and captured some fun shots (and video, see below).
  6. Underwater Madi
  7. Enjoying the unicorn float
  8. We've loved going to the pool with our neighbors!
  9. Living my best life with an iced coffee and adult float. 



  1. Evy holding a turtle - one of her favorite animals! They allowed a certain number of people to attend the turtle hatching this year and we were fortunate enough to snag tickets. The weather moved the season up and so we went on the last night, but were thankful to still see some turtles.
  2. Madi holding a turtle.
  3. Liv with her turtle. 
  4. We decided to add fake grass to our upstairs balcony for a hang out when the weather cools down.
  5. The best tie dye shirts made especially for them by our Baku friend Emma
  6. Jason built an awesome fire pit in the backyard!
  7. Delicious breakfast tacos!
  8. My first girls night out for curry and a lovely catch up. 
  9. Jason bought a truck 😁




So much beach and water fun outdoors with friends! The girls tried tubing and kneeboarding and I tried wakeboarding for the first time and didn't do too bad (the video below is from my third ride and I was able to get up only second attempt). We have been thankful the beaches opened back up in July to allow us to spend time enjoying sunsets and sand all month long. 😊





It's crazy to think we start school tomorrow as the summer has flown by quickly in some respects, and slowly in others. We never imagined spending a summer in Qatar, but have been very thankful for the time as a family, time with friends, and lots of adventures together still and enjoying the beauty in this country. 

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Happy 12 Years!!

 This August we celebrated our 12 year anniversary married (16 years together!) and got to go out for our first date night since I think the middle of March! 🤭


We had a lovely night out celebrating together and having delicious Thai food (full of peanuts and cashews since we didn't have Olivia with us 😂)





Here's a collage for our 12 year anniversary and a video below with all 16 years we've been together. 😍




Thank you Jason for the amazing memories, laughter, and learning we've experienced in our relationship! There's no one I'd rather do life with than you and you are a constant support in everything. Happy Anniversary!


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