Thursday, July 1, 2021

June Journal

 The month of June flew by - the girls were able to return to school in-person for the last few weeks, we had a friend visiting that we took out every Saturday to show around Qatar, we celebrated the girls' birthdays with an ice cream extravaganza, Madi turned 8, we celebrated Jason for Father's Day, and we checked out the new water park in Qatar!



We also packed and got ready for our flight to America which I am currently on as I type this post - amazing right?! 😁


Here's some of the highlights from this month 😊



  1. The girls excited to all head back to school in-person!
  2. Love a good charcuterie board - and super proud of my pepperoni and salami roses πŸ˜…
  3. Online learning day with their constant companion - Zoey. 
  4. We tried making almond butter blossoms. The girls just ate the Hershey kiss, but we enjoyed the entire cookie.
  5. Bubbles and swimming during the week!
  6. Teacher's gifts! πŸ€—
  7. Olivia dominating a game of Uno. We've been playing a lot more games recently and loving it!
  8. Our new game stash - we got a chance to order games directly to the house instead of having to try and bring back this summer and I may have gone a tad overboard in how many I ordered, haha!
  9. Enjoying a round of the game of Life!


Last day of school pictures! I can't believe they are now in Grade 1 and Grade 3! 😱


The past five Saturdays we’ve had the opportunity to take a friend visiting Qatar for work to some of our favorite places {and a couple new ones too!} From the city sights of Souq Waqif and the National Museum to outside the city visiting Abu Nakhla, Mangroves, and Sheik Faisal Museum to diving further into the desert for Eye Rock and Umm Bab Quarry and more! We had some fun adventures and it was a great reminder of how much beauty there is to explore in Qatar.









Jason and I were able to sneak away for a date night just before leaving Qatar thanks so some amazing friends. They not only asked to watch the girls so we could go out, but even insisted on taking them out to dinner! The girls enjoyed Cheesecake Factory with Mr Dan and Ms Gena while Jason and I enjoyed trying a new restaurant and enjoy each other's company. 






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Monday, June 28, 2021

Ice Cream Extravaganza! 🍦

 

We were so thankful to be able to celebrate our summer birthdays in-person with friends before school ended! The logistics were a bit challenging with current restrictions so we had three smaller parties for the girls with their different sets of friends. It was a bit of extra work for us, but not as bad as anticipated. 


We chose an ice cream theme this year and it was the perfect way to cool down in the Doha desert heat! We had a full ice cream bar with cupcakes baked in ice cream cones. Party activities included pin the cherry on the ice cream, ice cream bingo, pass the parcel, a piΓ±ata, and the most fun - making their own ice cream in mason jars!


I love how everything turned out and being able to celebrate these girls turning 8 and 6!




The setup and decor! I have been randomly purchasing things over the past few months whenever I saw them - unsure if we would even be able to have a party. I am amazed how everything fit together in the end!















These girls have some amazing friends! 😍









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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Desert Falls Water Park

This year a new waterpark opened in Qatar - Desert Falls. It's also a Hilton hotel and located close to the Saudi Arabia border. We booked a staycation there for April, but then Qatar went back into full lockdown and closed all pools so we cancelled. Thankfully they re-opened with a promotion for a day pass. We bought tickets to go with friends and celebrate the end of the school year!


The kids had a blast and the water park is amazing! We stayed from 10 am until 7 pm when they closed. Everyone was exhausted, but asking to go again soon. I would definitely recommend if you're in Qatar and need a way to beat the heat this summer!















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Monday, June 21, 2021

Father's Day 2021!

 Jason was a trooper sharing Madison's birthday with Father's Day this year. πŸ˜‰



The best Daddy Llama for these Little Llamas! 😍







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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Madi is EIGHT!

This sweet girl turned EIGHT years old today! Malls just re-opened to kids a couple days beforehand so she was able to pick her restaurant of choice - PF Changs. The girls all received their present back in May (roller blades so they could use them before the heat!), but we surprised her with new pajamas and some books that morning. 








Madison, you are a such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for being a great big sister, a good friend, and fun to be around. We love you and can’t believe you are already 8 years old!!

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