Monday, May 24, 2010

Good Clean Dirty Fun!

A few weeks ago we had some good friends come over for dinner. They have a little girl who is only a few weeks younger than Sadie Mac and they play together great! We are so thankful for them... and their little girl! After dinner, we were talking in the living room which has windows out to our balcony. Stephen thought he noticed dirt flying (not in the sense of a sand storm...) and he peeked out there and said, "Amanda, get your camera!" This is what we found!! Too funny and too cute!

I think she started it.... ?!?!?

Um, we can explain.... ?!?!?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Planting of my life...

A few days ago, Stephen was cleaning the balcony and all he needs is a bucket of water and a squeegee. I was working on my flowers (or my garden as I like to call it!) and Sadie took a lot of interest. First, in the dirt and decided to dig in the pot of dirt and make a muddy mess. She wasn't such a fan of being covered in dirt and mud, so she decided to plop herself down in the water to clean up and I'm sure cool off. She was as happy as a little clam. My heart just smiled as I thought, well... I'm planting my life, my heart, and my children here in the sandbox. What a blessing.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

She's a Dancin' Queen!

Hello everyone... I'm the Princess... Welcome to my dance party! As you can see I'm VERY HAPPY you are here... I didn't want to hold back, so I have on the full set: tutu, tiara, and princess dress! Hope you enjoy the pics!

Mr. Roboto... Rockin' out the Robot?

Now everybody FREEZE!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

We're HOME!

We made it back in and were welcomed by dust and heat!! Temps the day before we arrived were 120, but we felt blessed that a dust storm came through and delayed our flight, but also cooled things down a bit for our arrival day. Yes, the dust all over is a bit of a trade off... but we'll take it. Arriving into our own place was so nice and just felt like "home"! The first night our water cooler wasn't working in our bedroom, so Stephen and I slept out in the living room and ended up pulling Sadie Mac out there too because her room wasn't getting cool enough either. But, my handy man fixed it so we have been sleeping comfortably (and even have been chilly because of that amazing cooler) some nights.
A few nights after we arrived, some friends got together and gave us a little "welcome home" party which was wonderful! We were so thankful to have them all come together, so the next month we're not tracking everyone down. We are thankful for not only our national relationships, but also other foreigners like ourselves. So, Sadie Mac has not only friends from here in the sandbox, but also from America, Germany, and Switzerland too!

This is my little "helper" in action. It seems now like wherever I am, she is also. Helping me unload trunks, wash dishes, or doing laundry. We're working on the "independent play" aspect in her life. She's not a big fan of it so far. She will pull on my (or Stephen's) hand and say, "C'mon"... and if we try to leave the room after she has us there, she pitches a fit. We're learning to pick and choose our battles!

Unpacking all our trunks, well, it's like Christmas... again! Several things we saved up from when our parents came. Some of this was good, and some of this wasn't so good. My mom came in Oct. and brought us Lance Crackers and I thought this would be perfect for the sandbox... a quick and easy snacks. Well, they are stale. But, I'm still enjoying them!! Can't let a little treasure like that go to waste!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Enjoying R & R

Well, before we headed down to the land of sand, we decided to enjoy a day of R&R at a hotel in Cairo. We left Alex on Thursday and within an hour of us leaving, a package we had been waiting on for Sadie Mac arrived in Alex!! Of course it did! On Thursday, we had to do a few random things in Cairo, and Friday we had planned to take the day off and enjoy the pool, sun, and time relaxing. We have some good friends brought down the package to us on Friday so we could take the goods back with us!
Friday was a good day of rest. We woke up to what we thought was going to be a rainy day... but thankfully by noon the clouds were breaking and we could lounge around. The pool was cold and Sadie Mac would hardly get in. This is a shocker because in the sea, she was shivering... but the pool, she wasn't interested. She would clap for me when I would swim under and then come up to her. This little girl is too funny!