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There’s a dragon in our bathroom

I sent Myka to the bathroom to wash her hands.


Myka – I need the light turned on. There’s a dragon in there, but it disappears when the light is on.

Me – Ok. I’ll be right there.

Myka – there’s a dragon.

Me – I’ll turn the light on so the dragon will disappear. [I turn on the light]

Myka – It’s still here. But it’s just a little one.

Me – As long as it doesn’t eat you, that’s fine with me.

Myka – It’s a good one. It does this.

She crouches with her hands held up in front of her – like a rabbit.

Myka – It doesn’t bite me.  It’s pretend.





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now I have time

EDIT: After I posted this I accidentally deleted all the photos on my blog.  I’m not sure if I can find the ones that are in this post; they aren’t in my photo folders.  I’m still working on it, but until then….


And now that I have some extra time I can catch up on posting some photos.  Let the randomness begin!

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Myka has some letter stickers and I made a page for her to use them on one day.  She did a great job finding the correct letter sticker and putting it very neatly on the page.

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Myka and I made a tent for her out of a sheet over the coffee table and couch.  The cats thought it was for them.


Lola is still shy, but she is getting more and more friendly and will let you pet her.  Sometimes.

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I love when my children eat food.  Crackers with peanut butter and raisins (frogs on lily pads) was a big hit.  And oranges. They love oranges.  “These have orange juice inside!” is Myka’s comment every time we eat them.

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Myka, Emery, and I went on a bus trip from our compound to a beach in Jubail.  The trip was organized for the Bechtel wives here in Jubail, and most of the people who went were from the other, larger compound here.  A bus came to Al Jude (the compound we live in) and pick up three other women and the three of us.  I didn’t know what to expect or what to pack.  I wondered if we were going to be on the beach or just see the beach, if there were going to be other children, if Stephen was going to have to come rescue me half an hour after we arrived…  But it was great and we didn’t need to be rescued.  There was a play ground and lots of other kids.  Myka and Emery dug in the sand while the adults sat in chairs and chatted on the beach.  Lunch was delicious; I had shawarma for the first time and loved it.  There lots of little sandwiches and bite sized desserts.  Most of the time I was chasing Emery, trying to keep him near by, or explaining to Myka why she couldn’t get into the water, so I only ended up with these two photos.  Disappointing but typical.  He loved peeking through those slats though!  This was on one of our walking loops during lunch.  No high chair meant I was either trying to hold a squirmy boy or we were walking.  We walked a lot.  I am so thankful for friends who help me keep an eye on Myka and Emery!  They are the only way I can make it through these kind of events.

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I don’t like I ever told you about the soup Stephen and I made.  Chicken vegetable soup made with real broth which Stephen cooked down himself.  He is such a good cook.  I love when he makes me broth.  It’s a labor of love, and I’m thankful he takes the time and makes the effort to do things like that.  This wasn’t as good as the broth he made from our deep fried, flavor infused turkey last year, but come on…they were deep fried.

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There was a recipe for apple cinnamon scones that I wanted to try, but it called for cinnamon chips.  I didn’t know if I could find any around here, so I looked up a recipe for making your own cinnamon chips.  These. Are. Amazing.  I can’t wait to try this with cinnamon bread.  And you can use a different seasoning instead of cinnamon to make pumpkin pie spice chips or ginger chips or whatever else you want in little bursts of flavor.  Yay!  The scones turned out quite yummy, by the way.




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I made some animal crackers from weelicious.com.  They were easy, yummy, and the kids gobbled them up.  I don’t think they lasted three days, maybe only two.  The first tray burned.  The oven got too hot.   This is a continual problem for me, but I’m learning and checking on whatever I’m baking more often.  Myka helped me cut out the cookies and loved picking out the cookie cutters.  I loved that these cookies are made from basic ingredients and I know what my children are eating.  We’ll make these again!


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Sleepy girl! Sometimes if she sits still long enough and she is tired enough she will fall asleep during quiet time.  So cute..

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After going out for lunch in Jubail with some friends, we stopped at Cafe Lewan for some cheesecake.  Stephen mentions this cafe and their delicious cheesecake just about every time we drive past it, and I was tired of hearing about it but not eating it.  It was so good!  The coffee shops here have very good pastries and desserts and hot chocolate.  Because I don’t get out much, they probably seem all that much more exciting. Haha!

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We’ll end with some of our fun, everyday photos. Emery desperately wants the phone.  Only, he likes to put it in his mouth, so I he doesn’t get to hold it very often which makes him a little upset.  Myka likes to take pictures with my phone.  Pictures of me, herself, the cats, the rug, a doorknob, the counter….the world from the viewpoint of a three year old.

The. End.

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We stayed in a hotel in Bahrain the night before our flight to Cyprus.  There was a mix-up with our reservation and we ended up in a bigger suite than we expected!  The pictures probably don’t quite do it justice.  Myka’s two cents: where’s the carpet?

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I think that was the biggest bed I have ever slept in, and while it was a short night it was lovely!


of cats and kids

Haha…Is anyone getting my literary allusions??

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This is a Charlie in a Box.

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And this is Charlie trying to steal my food.

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They are moving right in, making themselves at home.

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This is a very pregnant kitty that comes for food most days.  We have a box under a table for her.  Maybe maybe she’ll use it to have her babies and they won’t be under a bush somewhere.  She is a little scratched up.  She’s feisty and squabbles with any other cats that are nearby while she’s eating.  Poor thing.

And now…my babies..

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Bahahahaha! This makes me laugh every time.  I’m sure he’ll appreciate these photos when he is older.


He was scooting backwards, feet first, under the gate.  And laughing.  Hahaha!

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I could just squeeze them!  They frequently remind me that they don’t Always get along, but they have these beautiful brother-sister moments.

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This cupboard has been a favorite spot recently.

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Some fashion inspiration, a cute hair do, and cuddling.  Life is good.


And she’ll be the one who reads the map and navigates.

I love my children.


Once again I’m playing catch up…

But we’ve been having fun!

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“Does this look like a headband?  Yeah. It looks like a headband.”

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Braids and winks.

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Somehow he had No pajamas, so I put some of Myka’s leggings on him. Haha! How cute is he?!

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I needed a nap one afternoon, and apparently Myka did too.  I woke from my nap to find this sleeping beauty beside me.

More pictures coming soon!


catching up


Our porch is being screened in.  It will be wonderful to be able to use it more. In this picture the screens are not up yet.  They are a dark green, so it does darken the porch, but not too much.  Now we just need to kill the mosquitoes that are now trapped on our side of the screens. Stephen filled in some holes in the structure of the porch and added a latch to the door.

Because our porch is now enclosed, our two kitties have been delivered!  I’ll try to take pictures tomorrow, but most of the time today they hid behind the shelves that are on the porch.  Myka and I went out, sat on a blanket, and read for a while this afternoon.  Hopefully they will get used to us quickly.

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Here is the washcloth I knitted.  Isn’t it cute?!  I used a basic cotton, craft yarn.  Also, please notice my bracelet and Myka in the background.  She loves being a princess and dressing up.  And sometimes I get to dress up a little too.  It will be fun to have the sewing machine out and be able to make things for her and with her.  I think she’ll really enjoy that.  First, I need to find a desk for the sewing machine to sit on.  Usually I’d just use the table, but the chairs are too low.  It would be really uncomfortable.  I’m going to ask if they have some desks in storage here that I could look at and maybe a chair as well.

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I found these on my phone (among many others…).  Guess who was taking pictures with my phone!  We have a self portrait on the left and a very happy Emery on the right.  The image is blurry, but he is so excited to see his sister!  How cute is that?

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We still don’t have a seat for Emery.  These chairs have a large gap between the seat and the chair back, and he could fall right through it.  So this is how we feed him most of the time.  He doesn’t seem to mind very much.  And I love this picture of the three of us!

More catch up posts to come…



Just some moments I want to remember:


Myka – Can I cut paper with scissors?

Me – Maybe at quiet time.

Myka – Will you put Emery to bed? I think it’s nap time.

Me – No. We haven’t even had lunch yet.



Myka – Momma, you are my best momma!



While playing house:

Myka – We have children.

Me – How many?

Myka – four.

Me – Oh!  What are their names?

Myka – Sandy, Sod, and Sword

Me – ……ok.  And the fourth one?

Myka – Sahdi, the baby.

I’m not really sure I’m spelling that correctly.