Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Site Visit to Doha

In case you missed the announcement, we are moving to Doha. Jason headed there at the end of January and we got a chance to visit him towards the end of February. We had just over a week there to visit schools, houses, and have some fun exploring the city we get to call home soon.

We timed the visit to attend school assessments and y'all - this whole process is intense. We actually missed a lot of the deadlines for schools (for the 2018/2019 academic year) because they were in December...and some schools wouldn't even consider the twins for enrollment without previous school experience so I am thankful they started at Bumblebee this year! You also have to do one to two hours assessments (for all ages...) before you are either rejected, accepted, or waitlisted. 

Thankfully we visited two wonderful schools and got acceptance into both making it difficult for us to decide which to attend (and you only have like one week to decide after you're notified!).

In addition to visiting schools we decided to go ahead and view houses during the visit even though we don't need one until we move at the end of June. We were able to find one compound that we know is a great fit for our family and good location. There was only one house available and while we were tempted to go ahead and secure it now, we knew it didn't make sense to start paying for an empty house now. We prayed about it and got an email the following day saying that there was one which would become available at the beginning of July which works perfectly for us! 

Once we got the serious stuff out of the way (school and houses), we had some fun. Jason was working during the day so we took advantage by visiting some of the malls, playgrounds, and of course swimming pool to pass the time. In the evening we enjoyed some American treats with PF Changs, The Cheesecake Factory, and Arby's!

Overall it was a wonderful trip and Doha seems like a lovely city. It's definitely going to be a weird adjustment moving to such a big city and not having much outdoor scenery (this Colorado girl is going to miss her mountains!), but we are looking forward to the move and having just one flight to visit friends and family in the US. 

There was a beautiful park and playground near our hotel that we spent most of the day at after arriving.

We finally caved and let the girls ride these animals at the mall after they'd been asking most of the week.

One of the malls has a small canal imitating Venice and we enjoyed taking a ride after dinner.

Taking a break from the pool for Nutella sandwiches. So glad Olivia can have it since clearly she is a fan. ;-)

Enjoying a family brunch before heading back to Baku.


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Overseas Adventure Continues...in DOHA!

If you follow me on social media than you may have seen that we are moving... to Doha, Qatar! Everything happened very quickly and we are excited (and a bit overwhelmed) at this move to a much larger city. In fact, Jason has already started working there and will come back to Baku for just a few days every month until we join him in June.

The next few months aren't going to be easy doing long distance, but we felt that it was better overall than hurrying a move for the girls when they'd just started school and everything was happening so fast.

We were able to go to  Doha for our site visit, house hunting, and school assessments for the girls at the end of February. We got a lot done during that week in Qatar and are thankful how things are coming together for the next chapter of our overseas adventures.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Blur

This month went by in a slow and torturous blur - I know that doesn't seem like it make sense, but for me that's exactly how it felt. The girls spent the first half of the month sick and Jason gone for work. He returned home for a few amazing days over Valentine's Day and right before he left the girls promptly got sick again. 

So despite being the shortest month, it felt incredibly long and I was left in a blur of medicine, lack of sleep, minimal socializing, and overall just trying to keep our heads above water. Thankfully I have some amazing friends and neighbors who helped me with some meals, groceries, and most importantly prayer for our family.

Here's to a better March! ðŸ¤žðŸ¼

  1. Jason made and froze some pancakes before he went out of town. The girls were thrilled to discover this smiley face one.
  2. Liv the lady bug. She decided to fall and split her chin open the day Jason left to go out of town. Thankfully the doctor was able to avoid stitches and use glue, which healed very well.
  3. Jason was great about leaving notes for the girls by their backpacks, cereal bowls, etc. Mine was left inside the wine opener. ðŸ˜‚
  4. There is not even one minute of peace to go to the bathroom. Either a cat is creeping on you from the shower or there's a toddler. That same toddler sat down on the little potty and proceeded to say the following "You have a bug bum so you go on the big potty. I have a little bum so I go on the little potty." ðŸ˜³
  5. Sickness = snuggles. All.Month.Long.
  6. Madi asked for her hair to be straightened and to have me take a picture so she could see how long it's grown. 
  7. Awkward cat about to pounce...
  8. The second awkward cat lounging...they are still quarreling more than I would like, but are tolerating one another thankfully.
  9. A fun lunch with some amazing food and friends.

  1. Miniature foam mat puzzle for the dollhouse and hours of entertainment. Dollar Tree for the win!
  2. Catching smiles when they were finally on the mend of the first round of sickness.
  3. Glares from Ms Attitude.
  4. Madi taking her car for a drive up the street.
  5. We took advantage of the break in illness to have Friday night pizza and movie night with Madi's bff.
  6. The most amazing gift my embassy friend could get me. Ice cold and delicious Blue Moon. ðŸ˜‹
  7. A much-needed girl's night out for the Burns Supper.
  8. & 9. Why do they look so grown up and big with their bags and coats on the way to church? Especially Evy!!

  1. We truly have never gone through so much medicine. Ever. I had to track fevers and medicine dosage on paper because I couldn't keep all three sorted.
  2. Embracing the world of little legos...feet beware.
  3. Madi was crushed to miss a birthday party while she was sick, but very proud of writing her friend's name and hers. And when they dropped off a goodie bag and cake for her we both cried.
  4. A delicious quiche for the one week in February I was able to attend Bible study in between illnesses.
  5. Words of encouragement from my Bible study that God knew I needed this month.
  6. A sweet care package from my friend Christine. How did she know I was out of kleenex and soap?!
  7. Meri was helping during the girl's illness and they insisted on helping her clean. Glad they are finally earning their keep.
  8. Sweeping.
  9. When you have a doctor's appointment first thing in the morning, you let everyone stay in pajamas and ignore the judgmental looks. 

  1. Super Stingerie's!
  2. We found this cute set of girl superhero capes and masks on Amazon and had a friend bring them to us in their move. The girls were thrilled to have them!
  3. Since Jason was back in town for a few days (and constantly eating out while away), I tried to go all out with some of his favorites. First up was Mexican Monday that I made for lunch with friends and then again for dinner.
  4. Strollin' in the rain.
  5. We got to head out to a wine event with some of our ball-going friends. We've enjoyed attending the Marine Corps, BBG, and other fun events with this crew.
  6. Another amazing friend Emma - and Madi's future mother-in-law when M and J get married in a castle in Scotland (not that we've made a deposit or anything yet on the place...)
  7. Jason's last meal with us - bacon wrapped tenderloin. Because everything is better with bacon.
  8. The perfect plate - I am loving the spiraler that I bought and event he girls loves the sautéed zucchini side dish. 
  9. Notes Jason left for the girls after he left late that evening for another trip.

Madi was only able to do one swim lesson this month due to her illness and I know I have bragged on her before here, but I am just in awe at how great she is doing!!

Looking back at these pictures I am reminded of the good times we had this month despite the challenges. I am very thankful for the prayer warriors who were encouraging me and supporting me and everyone who brought us meals or dropped groceries off, etc. You all are amazing! But... I'm still glad February is over... ðŸ˜¬

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