August 7, 2017

Ladies Getaway at the Dead Sea

This past weekend, I went to the Dead Sea for the night with a couple of my girlfriends. It's been a busy summer, and Nathan was so sweet to let me go relax. 
Floating in the sea felt surprisingly refreshing, even in the 110 degree weather!
Then we got mudded up.
And floated again!
It was a hazy day, but still a beautiful sunset. This is the adults pool that we usually can't visit with the kids. The view is nice, but I think the family pool was way  more fun!
Beautiful morning the next day!
Before breakfast, my friend had the great idea to do an aqua jog for 30 minutes and it felt great!

The sea was so clear in the morning.
Such a fun and relaxing night away! Thank you Nathan :)


August 5, 2017

Jump Park and Talent Show

We went back to the fun jump park near our house, with some friends last week. The boys (and I), love jumping and having fun there!
They have all kinds of trampolines, this one goes into a foam pit.
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Fun rock climbing wall. We are thankful to have this fun place just a few miles from the house!
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This week at summer camp, the kids learned about talent and at the end of the week they had a talent show! Both boys recited poetry from Shel Silverstein. Ben recited a poem with his counselor and Caleb recited a poem with Nathan. So proud of them for getting up in front of the crowd! I was away at the Dead Sea with a couple of friends and was sad I missed it, but Nathan and Tes sent me pictures and a video (which I can't seem to be able to upload). 
 All the kids giving their bow.
 They love playing in the grass!
One more week of summer camp, one week of vacation, then school begins!






July 28, 2017

Summer Fun

We have had a busy but fun summer. The boys are enjoying camp very much, and they like that it is at the Embassy and they get to come to work with us each day! Say hello to some happy campers :).

Each week is a different theme, and I think their favorite was last week's Marine boot camp! Each day, the Marines started with PT, the taught them different lessons. Some of them were about uniforms, weapon safety and weapons, war paint, medal of honor. Here is Caleb trying on a uniform :)
 The last day of the week they did the war paint and the kids loved it!

 Caleb graduating from boot camp!
 Benjamin graduating from boot camp!
We have been enjoying the pool this summer and on Thursday evenings they have a BBQ night. Here is Benjamin playing soccer with the cooks while we wait for our food to be ready.
These boys love BBQ ribs!!
And just playing outside on the grass. Caleb was showing off some of his Marine moves from the week.
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 It's that time again where we will be saying bye to more friends in the coming days. These kiddos have been good buddies and their parents were Dead2Red runners with us. We will miss them as they venture on to Nebraska next!
 The boys have been taking swimming lessons for the last several weeks and had their last lesson today. I usually forget to take pictures of them swimming, but I remembered to get a few today.
Little fishes!

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Thankful for the fun places we can enjoy during the summertime as a family!


July 14, 2017

Happy 6th birthday, Caleb!

Happy birthday to our sweet, fun loving 6 year old! It's hard to be believe that this little boy who was barely 5 pounds when we took him home from the hospital, turns 6 years old today!  Caleb bring so much joy into our lives. He is funny, sweet, inquisitive, and so curious about the world around him. He loves learning about science and magic, building lego sets, being read to, and riding his bike. Caleb is on the go most of the time, and crashes hard at the end of the day. He still loves to cuddle with us in the morning or at night before bed, we will take it as long as we can. All day today he has been saying, "today I am six!" 
Today we celebrated with a lego party at the house. We had about 20 kids come for a playdate, games, and cake and it was  a fun time!
We catered food from the Embassy and it was the best choice to not worry about the food prep and it all tasted great.

Tes and her friend Lucy.
The kids all lined up to play pin the head on the lego man, blindfolded.  All the kids enjoyed the game.
The final result, it was cute :).
Next we had birthday cake. Tes has made the boys cakes just about every year, and this year she made Caleb an awesome lego cake! He loved it and it was delicious! Of course we had the firecracker candle :).



After the party, we took a rest and then opened gifts from family. Caleb got lots of nice gifts and says thank you!!
 And we had round two birthday celebrate with just family after dinner.

Here are our annual birthday questions - enjoy!

Birthday Questions:
1. What is your name? Caleb Nathan Purcell
2. How old are you? Six
3. Who is your best friend? Sean Patrick, who already left Jordan
4. What is your favorite thing to do?  watch movies
5. What is your favorite color? Red
6. What is your favorite food? chicken, with crushed tomatoes and salt
7. What do you like to do with your family? Science
8. What is your favorite toy? legos and nerf guns
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?  secret agent
10. What makes you happy?  building my legos
11. What makes you sad?  when you scare me
12. What is your favorite TV show?  Lego Chima and Nexo Knights
13. What is your favorite book?  Where the sidewalk ends, A light in the attic, Falling up, The giving tree
14. What do you love to learn about? science and dragons
15. What was the best part of your birthday? Cake time
16. Where do you like to go? Summer camp and Zait and Zatar
17. Who was your teacher? Ms. Loujain and Ms. Mira
18. What is your favorite treat? Gum
19. What do you think about before you fall asleep? Lego
20. If you could meet someone famous, who would it be?  Bigfoot
21. What was your favorite birthday present? Lego chima set and my microscope

Happy birthday Caleb. We wish you a very special day and many more to come. We love you!

July 8, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! We celebrated freedom in the Middle East a lot the last few days. But first, we started the day with the boys' first visits to the dentist. The dentist was great with kids and the boys did really well and had a good checkup.
Next stop was the Embassy pool for a BBQ with friends. We have enjoyed swimming this summer, and I keep meaning to get videos of the boys swimming but we are in the pool swimming with them:). They are doing great with their swimming and they take lessons on Fridays for the next few weeks.
That evening we had another BBQ at our house with our Bible Study group. There are only a few Americans in our group and its fun to share our traditions with them.
 Nathan was the master hot dog and hamburger griller, with this sweet grill we inherited from some friends who recently departed.



I got these masks and some glow sticks from target over a year ago, and was glad to remember where they were!
 Fast forward to July 7th, for the Embassy 4th of July party. Each year they put on a community event for employees and their families and it is a lot of fun! They have food, games, magic shows, bouncy castles, dunk tanks, pie eating and baking contests, and fireworks. This year was even better than last year (due to the amazing weather that evening), and we all had a great time. Here's a gigantic American flag cake.
Of course we hit the food court first and ate more...hot dogs! I think I hit my annual hot dog quota this past week alone.
 One of the boys good friends Eve and her sweet sister Elle. They go to camp together and are good buddies.

 Caleb said his favorite part was visiting the dunk tank...wonder why? By the way, this is my friend that Nathan dunked...twice with his 3 balls!
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 Getting higher up to watch the magic show. It was weird just like last year. Lots of techno music, dancing, and some tricks in between. This year I was most excited that I understood most of what the magician said, since the show was in Arabic! The boys stayed at the bouncy castles for a while too, it was an active evening.
 And they had face painting. This sweet boys loves super heros!
 When the sun went down, they put on a a great fireworks show!

The finale.

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I am thankful for the freedoms that we have as Americans, in our home country and where we live abroad, and so thankful for the many men and women who fight for our freedom each day. God bless America!