Clare’s first trip to London

London was a BLAST!   Well, all of it besides catching a nasty UK cold virus.  But I guess it was worth it.  Clare had a fantastic time.  She often would just blurt out, “I love London!”.

SO many fun playgrounds!
SO many fun playgrounds!
Our hair was frozen solid from the rain but we still thought the ice kingdom was cool!
“I’m a mean pirate.”
I need to find our engagement picture that was taken in this exact spot….
Clare’s first ride on a roller coaster (she is behind that dumb looking lady in pink)

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Our 1 Year Dubaiversary!

One year ago today we landed in Dubai. I am so glad we came here, but I am so glad it’s not then! We had so much to learn. I remember being so…not scared, exactly, but fearful sometimes. That first day I ventured outside without Shawn my heart was beating like crazy. It’s so funny to look back at that time. This is home now, I am very seldom scared at all, less so than I ever was in KC honestly! We have a great life here. Our family of 3 has had more time together than ever would have been possible with both of us working. Obviously there are drawbacks, we miss our friends and family like mad, but in some ways this adventure has made me closer to many people in my life. Thank God for imessaging, facetime, Skype and facebook! And thank you to all of you who go out of your way to comment here and to keep up with us. My mental state wouldn’t be nearly this sane without you. Especially my two girls – you know who you are! Your iMessages keep me going!

Just now as I was writing this, we heard fireworks being shot off over Atlantis. Clare’s asleep so Shawn and I stood at our living room window and watched them falling over the sea. There is no holiday this weekend (as far as we know). We have no idea what they are celebrating, but it’s nice it happened tonight 🙂

Love to all back home. With the holidays upon us we will miss you even more fiercely. We will be home in April/May and can’t wait to see as many of you as possible. Xoxo

Halloween, etc.

Happy Halloween everyone!  While we didn’t try any trick or treating this year (nor did we have any come to our door), we had a fabulous Halloween!

Clare dressed as a princess ballerina.  Obvi.  She got to show her costume off at her school party last week and at a party at Cheeky Monkeys this week.  Oh and also around the house many days:

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Carving pumpkins was a blast!  Shawn made us roasted pumpkin seeds afterward and we all loved it, especially Clare.  We called it pumpcorn.

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In other HUGE news, Clare is potty trained!  BIG shout out to my sister-in-law Beth for her guidance, couldn’t have done it without you!  It was a messy week but she hasn’t had an accident in 6 days.  Go Clare!

I am very much yearning for autumn, especially the changing leaves.  Luckily it has gotten a little cooler here, low 90s in the day and 70s at night.  Humidity is way down also.  This makes me so very happy.

And on a final note, we welcomed a new baby into our house today.  I look forward to many great mornings together.


Goodbye instant coffee, it’s been a weak brewed year.