Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Leavin' On A Jet Plane!

All our bags are packed we're ready to go... Sadie Mac is standing here outside our door. It will be sad to wake her up at 5:30 a.m. to let her say "good bye". But the dust is waiting in the early morn'... the taxi's waiting and of course blowing his horn... Cause we're leaving on a jet plane and we're not sure when we'll be back again!!!
So, you get the picture! We're going home to the sandbox!!! We have our bags by the door and we're excited, ready and a bit nervous about hitting the heat on Saturday morning. We have been checking the weather and it's going to be about a 40 degree temperature change for us... ugh. It's the home of dust, sand and heat... and it's also the home of the Rhynes! Ready or not, here we come!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ready for fun in the Sun!

Somebody has been ready for summer for a while! Last week, Sadie Mac kept finding her bathing suit in her closet and insisted on putting it on for about a week or so. That weekend, we decided to see how cool the water was and how warm the sand and sun could keep us. We headed down to one of the local beaches with a picnic in hand and enjoyed the day in the sun. The weather was beautiful and the water was a little chilly, but not too cold for her and Stephen. She would dip her feet in at first, but when Stephen decided to go in... she wanted to go too. He held her in the water and after a few minutes her little teeth were chattering. But when we tried to take her out she would just cry out, "NO!!!" I have a little water bug on my hands... We built sand castles, slid down the sand banks, and of course enjoyed the water... on and off.

Picnic over... let's hit the waves!

Me and Daddy...

The struggling little legs to get out of the water and not get pulled down by the sand!

Cheetos and sand toys... what else does a girl need?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

We are loving this nice, warm weather... warm is relative to where you live. When we are in the sandbox and say "warm"... we are joking. It's always HOT there. But life here along the coast, the warm weather is wonderful. It's low-mid 80's and we are loving the breeze from the Med. There is a beautiful park a few miles from our house so we like to go often to enjoy the greenery along with the sea. Last week we went walking and enjoyed time together, as well as the "paparazzi" of nationals who are always wanting to take Sadie Mac's picture. Because of her blue eyes and blonde hair... everyone is her fan. They are all so welcoming and say, "Welcome to Eg." and usually ask our names. This is the extent of their English. But none the less, most days it's fun and Sadie doesn't always mind the attention. The picture above is two ladies who are taking Sadie Mac's picture with their camera phone, a very common occurrence!

This was a group that was being made to "leave the foreigners alone"... from one of the men who worked at the park.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!!! We had a blast at our house with new toys, good food, friends, and celebrating the Risen Savior! How Marvelous, How Wonderful is my Savior's love for me!!

Well, first thing in the morning after Sadie Mac woke up, we had to go hunting down her easter basket. At our house, he hides them! So, we looked and looked (I don't think she got it at all, but it was fun for me and Stephen!) When she found it... oh the joy to her sweet little surprise! Along with the play dough set, he left her OREOs and Doritos. (Sorry, no peeps or Reece's Peanut butter cups could be found here!) Her little heart could not be more excited. She played with it all afternoon!

What is this....???

Oh wow!

We had some special friends come over to fill the house where we enjoyed HAM (!!!!), beef, twice baked potato casserole, green bean casserole, salads, bread, deviled eggs, and more. I also made my very first (from scratch) apple pie!! We sure did get our belly's fill of Easter food. So thankful... so blessed. Hope you all enjoyed the same!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cook Like an Egyptian

One of the best things about living overseas is learning and embracing a new culture. One of my favorite things to do with my national friends is learn how THEY cook. It's so different and I always learn things that will help me cook my "American" way. Last week I went over to visit a friend and we had a planned cooking lesson. I learned to cook "Mashi" (Mash-ee)!! This is a staple dish around here made up of rice, tomatoes, onions, and other spices all wrapped in grape leaves or cabbage (or hollowed out peppers, zucchini). It is delicious. Honestly it's one of those dishes I don't like in the restaurants here as much as I like from my friend's house. Her and her mother REALLY know how to cook it... tasty, tasty!! We had a great time and I'm thankful for the learning experience!