Our first couple days here have been been fun and interesting! Here are some photos and things that have been going on:
At the airport we let the kids run off some of their energy. Thank you Grandma Gail for running with them! Emery was SO happy to be able to move around, and Myka hid behind those poles to the left and played hide and seek. She still has some room for improvement when it comes to hiding.
The kids did pretty well on the plane. Myka is easily entertained, but Emery just wants to go. Myka didn’t seem to be able to get comfortable while sleeping and would suddenly whine and kick and stick her legs in the aisle. I kept having to push her legs back onto her seat.
Changing time zones wasn’t really a big deal when we were going from Washington to Pennsylvania. Three hours. Eh. We could handle that. Eight hours on top of about eighteen hours of travel has Not been so simple. The kids want to eat at 2:00am because it feels like dinner time. But it is getting better! They have adjusted really well to being in a new place, though. They play, they fight, we eat snacks: it feels pretty normal.
Speaking of snacks…
The strangest food we’ve dealt with so far has been milk. I mean “milk.” This was the only milk at our compound’s store and it says ‘real cows milk’ on the label, but something was definitely off. It smells like plain yogurt. Thanks to my Uncle Steve, who lives in the middle east, we now know that this is Laban. It says that on the label too; I just thought it was another word for milk, silly me. He informed us that it is like buttermilk. We’ll make some pancakes.
We struggle to get Myka to eat enough, so I’m being more creative in my meal prep or presentation. Here we have a heart shaped tuna melt and fish shaped pieces of toast. She gobbled those fishes down! And while she didn’t eat the tuna melt she did eat six or seven bites of tuna salad. I’ll take that! Yay for cookie cutters and our first lunch in our new home!
The entertainment for today: watching the laundry in the washing machine! It seems that only hot water is going into the washer. Stephen will have to figure that out. We also went for a walk today and it was surprisingly nice out! It was a little chilly when Stephen was giving us a tour of the compound the other evening. I could have used a jacket. But today I went back inside and changed from a sweater to a t-shirt. I wonder how warm it was. A quick check with my friend Google shows that the high today was 64F. And it’s winter here, just so you know. Our compound isn’t very big, and Stephen did show me how to get around the other day, but I still couldn’t figure out where I was during our walk. The streets and sidewalks are windy and completely unorganized, and the house numbers are in no particular order. A friend who lives here said it was like a ‘drunken camel’ assigned the house numbers. But a camel wouldn’t be drunk here. Alcohol is illegal, you know.
If you have made it through this rambling post – Congratulations! You win a non-drunken camel and 2 litters of laban!! They will arrive in 6-8 weeks. Now that the kids and I are here, I’ll be posting more often. And hopefully that will help my writing be a little more focused. Thanks for reading and visit again soon!