April 22, 2015

April 18, 2015

Sorting, Purging, and Playing

Pretty crazy that we are down to our last 7 weeks in Kuwait! And in between the moving preparations,  we both have individual work travel planned, so the time will go by very quickly. This week Nathan and I took a little time off work to begin the sorting and purging process. We got through most of our house, sold some stuff at a yard sale this weekend, and donated the rest. Next step will be organizing what is going home with us for the summer and what will go to Jordan. There will be a bit to do in the coming weeks, but all in all, I think we are off to a good start, thanks to my wonderful partner :).
We are also taking the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the things we love about Kuwait. It is getting hotter, but it has been very dusty the last few weeks, which makes the temperatures cooler, or at least it seems. Today we went to a new souq, then we went to a park downtown to let the boys ride scooters and play, and we had a picnic.
Love our little tree climbing monkeys!
Happy Saturday!

April 11, 2015

Dino Park Round 2

Nathan got home the other day after being gone for the last month. We are all really happy he is home, and there is a lot of 'daddy, daddy' being said in our house these days :). We have enjoyed spending time together and doing fun things as a family, since we are down to our last 2 months before we depart.

Yesterday evening we went back to the Dino Park with our good friends. In the evening all the rides are open, and it was pretty much an amusement park for kids, you almost don't even notice all the dinosaurs. It was a really fun evening for everyone, and the highlight for Nathan and I was seeing how much fun the boys had on all the rides. They have never been on fast rides before, and we didn't really know what to expect. Let's just say, they loved them!  Here's to our first time roller coaster riders...
Pirate ship boat. This made me feel so sick when I used to ride, but not these kids!
Bungee cord bouncing. Caleb was a little unsure at first to be raised so high, but he got the hang of it and had a blast.
Bumper cars with the twins.
The carousel
The drop ride, this one put a huge smile on everyone's faces!
Where else could a 2, 3, and 7 year old drive on their own….together?
And I got to ride too :).
Ben got a little tired by the end, but perked up quickly once we got food. After leaving the park, we all went to get subs for dinner, and the kids ran around and played for close to another hour. It was a fun night with our friends.
I took a lot of videos, and the program I use to convert the format will combine lots of videos together. So, here's a reverse order longer video of the fun had by all. Enjoy!
Look out Holiday World and Disney World, here comes Caleb and Benjamin!

April 6, 2015

Easter and Passover

We had a special weekend celebrating both Easter and Passover with friends. On Friday, our church had a wonderful Easter worship service and afterwards a we had a pot-luck lunch and fellowship with our friends.
I am humbled and so grateful for Jesus's sacrifice and gift of eternal life. And especially grateful for Nathan and these two sweet little boys.
On Saturday, I hosted a Passover Seder. It was a special evening sharing this tradition and celebrating the Jews liberation of slavery from the Egyptians. It was a fun evening with friends. In total we were 10 adults and 12 kids!
I couldn't quite find all the items for a traditional Seder, but we improvised where needed.
It was most people's first Seder. Everyone participated and enjoyed the new experience.
And right in the middle, Ben decided it was time for some naked car racing!
After the Seder we ate some delicious Lebanese food. Unlike in a traditional Seder, there was a fair amount of leavened bread.
After the Seder, the kids searched for the Afikomen that was hidden earlier that evening. After about 15 minutes of searching, it was found and a reward was given
I am so thankful for our friends that have truly become our family away from home. Happy Easter and Passover to all of our family and friends around the world!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3.

April 1, 2015

Buzz and Batman

Buzz and Batman like to drink milk...
Dress up...
And sing songs...
 Happy Wednesday!

March 28, 2015

Easter Party

Today there was an Easter Party at the Embassy. The boys have been excited all week to go on an egg hunt and see the Easter bunny. The party was at the Ambassador's house. They had a bouncy castle, face painting, an egg hunt, magic show, and game show. It was a full day and lots of fun.
When we got there, we waited on line to get our picture with the Easter bunny. Both boys said they would sit in his lap. Caleb was a little less excited once he saw the bunny, but Ben was all about him ;)
 Lots of our friends were there, these girls are some of our favorites.
 I don't get many chances to get a picture with both boys, so I took the offer by our friends.
Tes came with us and had a fun time with the boys
 The bouncy castle is always a hit with Caleb. Ben is warming up to it, but still prefers to watch. Caleb fell and hurt his arm. He was really upset for a while and needed ice.
 I was going to have him be seen by our Embassy doctor if he kept complaining about it hurting, but ironically as soon as the egg hunt started he dropped his ice and said, "mommy, look my arm is all better now!" I think we have a drama king in the making!
Their egg hunt was for kids 1-5. This kid looked a little bigger than 5 from what I could tell!
There were lots of kids and lots of eggs to find.
 Look what we got!
 Our sweet friend Clover joined us for some sunshine and chocolate.
 And then the Easter bunny made his rounds with the kids. He and Caleb got into a pretty important conversation about Caleb's eggs.
 I'm not sure what happened, but the Easter bunny looked a bit sad at the end of their conversation.
 Next the boys got their faces painted. Caleb was a scary skeleton….
Benjamin was the cutest puppy dog I've ever seen!
Caleb loves our friends' twins.
 Brotherly love :)
 Caleb with his pre-school friend and his big sister.
 Tes and Benjamin are good buddies ;).
 After the party, we went to the playground for a little while
 Within 2 minutes of driving home, both boys crashed!
It was a very fun day had by all!