Wednesday, January 1, 2014
- We visited Abu Dhabi & Dubai in the neighboring country of United Arab Emirates. There we visited friends, snorkeled with sea turtles, took in the view from the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and played in the snow.
- Mirah Delaunay joined our family in May. She is everyone's favorite family member and is full of smiles.
- We spent another warm summer in Doha, though this year, Travis wasn't teaching any summer courses. We took part in the Ramadan festivities of Garangao (see here and here) and the sunset cannon.
- Fall semester marked the beginning of Travis' 5th year teaching at Qatar University.
Photos courtesy Tony Murray(more from Tony also here & here)
Thursday, October 17, 2013
We headed over to Katara for their Eid celebration, which included a presentation of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves with giant puppets (more here). We left before the fireworks since our kids find them far too loud. Instead we headed to the gelato shop to cool off from the heat.
The Arab man & horse puppets in the background
Almost full moon
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
I braved an outing with all three kids alone to the ballet. I thought it was crazy myself, but Leoni really wanted to go. Katara had a Russian ballet school performing a special version of the Nutcracker for children, which was just over an hour long. It is traditionally Christmas-y, but not being a Christmas celebrating culture, October seemed right I suppose. I didn't know what I would do if we had a meltdown, crying, etc. because my kids are too young to leave alone while I take another out. I was surprised at how well they did, especially when there were 15+ kids running up and down the aisles right next to us.
Before the performance
We were also part of it
Thursday, October 3, 2013
On a very busy Thursday, where we were going from one thing to another, I was grateful for a small reminder to let go and have fun even if it isn't the most convenient.
The moment Mom walked into the fun
Not sure how to react and a little confused as to why Mom is shooting pictures
I wasn't thrilled that the afternoon baths in preparation for church the next day were null and void, nor did I love that the mud stained Leoni's clothes (including brand new shorts), but at least they will have a memory that their mom did allow them to just be kids, at least I hope they remember it.