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October

October is going awfully quickly. I feel like it should be the 8th or 9th. No, actually it’s the 21st. What?!

We are finding our rhythm. Stephen’s mom has gone back home, Myka is back in school, and I’m back to making school lunches and going to toddler activities. And we are all doing well.  Myka hasn’t missed her bus, and I haven’t forgotten to make her a lunch.  Emery went to art class and play time this week! That might be a first. Poppy went 3 1/2 hours between meals last night and usually takes a longer mid-day nap of 3 hours or so. She still mostly sleeps, and that allows me a nap here and there, and those naps keep me sane (most of the time). She is very pleasant, but when she is unhappy, wow, does she let us know. We think she might be the loudest of our babies.

Poppy is my first baby with any hair. It’s so soft. I have no idea how to comb it, if I comb it. Mostly it just fluffs up to her typical hedgehog style. I love it. However, this long hair has one major problem. She grabs it. She gets her little hand tightly holding her hair right down at the scalp, and opening an infants clenched fist is nearly impossible! She wails because someone is yanking on her hair. Maybe we should put a hat on her. No, it’s too hot for a hat.

Yes, it’s still hot here.  My weather app tells me that right now it is 97F with widespread dust. That sounds lovely. Who wants to visit?!! We haven’t had any rain yet. Last year it was cooler and had rained a few times by now. We are still enjoying going to the pool! And the pool has chillers on right now making the water cooler. We have started to visit the playground again. It was too hot even first thing in the morning until a couple weeks ago. We met a few friends there this morning. Poppy laid on her blanket in the shade while the older kids played. I think she got a little hot by the time we got home, though, and she has a heat rash that comes and goes. Poor thing.

Poppy’s paperwork for her passport has been processed, and I have submitted my application for passport renewal, but they don’t like our pictures. First, they said there was a shadow on Poppy’s photo. So we had a friend who is a photographer photo-shop out the shadow. This time they said they are the wrong size or proportions. Our faces weren’t big enough. We did use an online program to adjust our face size and we’ve used this process for our passports in the past! Stephen decided we should give birth in the states next time. We went to a photo shop in Jubail and got two very unattractive pictures of Poppy and me. It makes me feel vain, but I may have to go and try again. Otherwise my passport photo will make me angry every time we travel for the next ten years.

 

Update! You may have noticed that I say it is the 21st in my post and it is actually posted to the blog on the 31st. That would be because it has taken me ten days to get the photos added on here. Yikes! So I’d like to add that we had a very fun Halloween today. Myka loves dressing up. Emery will wear his airplane wings (see photo below) for about one minute before he wants them off. But they are awfully cute! I’ll have to update this post again with a couple photos of Myka in her fairy princess costume.

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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!


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…and away

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Oops.  What a scary moment that must have been for the driver.  But they did just drive over a curb and into a ditch, so…

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I took these from inside a mall in Dhahran. We went to two malls about two weeks ago.  Tons of stores!  People really do like to shop here. If you would like to see a little bit about them, I’ve included links the their websites.

http://www.dhahranmall.com/?en=1&m=4

http://www.rashidmall.com/AlRashidAvenue.aspx

I was planning on adding to this post when I went to Lulu, a grocery store in Khobar, last Saturday.  But, alas, there were only two women on the bus, and the driver said there needed to be five in order to make the trip.  I was so disappointed.  I wanted Pita chips!  *sigh*  We’ll try again this Saturday and make more of a fuss if it happens again.

Even though the traffic and driving is crazy, I like going on these trips.  I want to have more photos of our trips. You’d think that having a phone that takes pictures would mean I actually take more pictures…