Oh. My. Gosh.

The flights themselves were fine. Here’s how it went…

Bahrain to Kuwait

wait 2 hours

Kuwait to DC

Go through customs, wait 5 hours

DC to Houston

Wait 6 hours

Houston to Lake Charles

NOT fun.

In each airport we spread a blanket on the floor and got out all our toys and snacks. We always had some other little kids come over and play with us and that was great – it made the time go by so much faster. Again Piper peed through all of the clothes we brought and ended up in my extra tshirt by the time we got home.

Rhett at one point was in only a diaper and I had to buy him a “Born in the USA” onesie to wear home. It was freezing so he was also wearing Piper’s jacket.

Yeah, we were a sight. (Picture to come – if I decide to share it)

Then a few days later there was that flight from Houston to Las Vegas where I had both kids by myself and neither one slept the whole time. That was fun too. Let me just say that I am so thankful for nice people who are so willing to help a stranger. I had people offer to carry Piper’s carseat on the plane, hold Rhett while I strapped it in, hold Rhett while I changed Piper’s diaper, carry the carseat back off the plane, and one guy even offered to carry it all the way to baggage claim if I needed. Thankfully Calder was able to come meet me at the gate and help me the rest of the way.

It was a wonderful vacation but I am so so so glad to be home and back on a normal schedule.

Luckily two year olds don’t know much about birthdays, so she wasn’t disappointed at all about not getting any presents. Since we weren’t at home and she was spoiled rotten for Christmas we just did cake and ice cream and balloons.

(Also I don’t know how to make cakes, it crumbled completely – and it was a box mix!)

Piper was thrilled with all the attention and was happy to wear the fancy party hat her Nana made for her. DSC_0242DSC_0249

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Getting a lesson on blowing out candles.

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So good at sharing!

Some things about Piper at two:

  • She is scared of nothing (except the episode of Dora the Explorer where the little fish is jumping in the clams)
  • She loves Dora the Explorer and Curious George
  • She doesn’t talk much – but says all the important words like juce, no, and daddy
  • She is great at bedtime, two stories, a drink of water and she climbs in bed for hugs and kisses. Never a complaint.
  • She’s done with naps.
  • She runs away – and never looks back. She funs fast and far and isn’t worried about it at all. (I have a necklace made for her with her name on the front and my phone number on the back that she wears when we go to busy places – just in case!)
  • Favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, pizza, and bean and cheese burritos. Also blueberries.
  • Piper plays really well with other kids. She is really good at sharing and including everyone. Except some kids she just ignores. But usually she plays really well.

On our last day in Saudi we decided to drive down to the Aramco beach in hopes of finding camels to ride on the way. We didn’t have any luck with the camels but we did have a beautiful morning on the beach.

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Then we got ice cream

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And Piper had fun running from Pa-Pa while I was feeding Rhett in the car (Pa-Pa didn’t think it was very fun)

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It was a great last day!

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(This guy was having fun too)

The water was a little colder this time so we didn’t get Rhett in – much to his disappointment. He really hasn’t tried much to crawl but he was doing all kinds of flapping his arms and lets trying to get to it (with no success obviously) Look how warm and sunny! After we swam for a while we went to the snack bar for icees and lunch.

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One day (after Calder left) we invited some friends and took a bus to another Aramco compound that is on the beach. If we ever move to Saudi this is where I want to live! The weather was overcast and chilly but it was beautiful, green water and soft white sand. I could go everyday and never get tired of it. There was a playground close by and Piper thought that was a lot cooler than the beach (she had no interest at all in the water or getting her feet wet)

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Another day I took the bus by myself to the same beach. I didn’t bring the camera with me because we were in a rush to get me to the bus. I brought a lawn chair and my Nook and read a book. I bought two frozen mint lemonades and it was pure bliss. Thanks mom for watching the kidlets!

A lot of the teenage girls in Aramco ride horses. They have a great little Hobby Farm with all kinds of horse stuff. They have contests and lessons and hire guys to take care of the horses. Luckily my mom is good friends with one of the ‘horse girls’ and she let us take her horse for a little ride!

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And wouldn’t you know – Piper was not scared AT ALL! She loved it and kept saying ‘whee!’