After may requests and fighting of exhaustion I have got another slideshow with more pics of Kenzy up. She is an angel :)
Yesterday we brought Yvonne and the baby home from the hospital. I had a friend of ours stay with Yvonne for a few hours so that I could go get Kenzy's birth certificate done. It is not like in America where the hospital issues files everything and then you get the official birth certificate in the mail or anything. Here you get a proof of birth form and you take it to a special office. Since we're Americans I had to have our marriage license translated into Arabic then turn in all our paperwork. So I got her birth certificate and had to have it translated into English for the US Embassy. We will go there first day they're open next week. I wanted to share with y'all the picture that will be on her passport for the next 5 years... and she is 2 days old in it. :)
Josiah has been kissing for quite some time in the form of just opening his mouth and pressing it up against you. So we have been teaching him the kiss sound and he hasn't quite mastered it yet. His interpretation of the kiss sound is to make the raspberry spitting sound at your face. Here is a video of an example of him doing it...
Well Landon's first week of KG1 is officially over. He seems to have had a great time. We are so excited that he is enjoying it. We were concerned because he can get kinda shy and most of the kids there are speaking mostly Arabic. But he is doing great. He gets on the bus no problem in the morning and comes home with a smile.
His first day sans parents was his birthday. They made him a crown and sang him happy birthday and made him feel real special. All the kids got a "first day" picture and his was in his crown. Here it is...
In this part of the world the kids have 2 years of Kindergarten. It really is more like preschool but we really wanted him to go to help him learn Arabic better. He has 2 teachers... one who speaks only English and one who speaks only Arabic. It seems like a very good program and we are excited that our big boy is getting to go to it!
Landon turns 4 on the 8th... but we were having some friends over today with kids anyway, so we just told Landon that today was his birthday. haha.
Here are some pics from the party...
Due to super annoying music... I have moved the post here.
We had a great time yesterday celebrating our home country's independence day :)
We had lots of friends over and had burgers and dogs along with all the good fixins... like baked beans, corn casserole, and potato salad. Of course there was also plenty of sweet tea and lemonade on hand and a healthy desert selection (healthy meaning lots to choose from... but not healthy at all).
I also ran around the day before and found some fireworks. It was a cube of 25 mortars with one fuse and it put on quite a show for us. I particularly loved the name of the fireworks... make sure your mind doesn't read it the way it should be (I didn't notice for a day or so). The mortar tubes lobbed the rounds about 100 feet in the air and it was very nice :) Enjoy the vid.
Oh on another funny note... back in the states, when it came to fireworks, you would always hear adults say that they are not a toy. Well here... the word for fireworks is الالعاب النارية, which translated means "toys of fire." That just cracks me up.
We were eating dinner out on the patio tonight. When Yvonne was pouring herself some sweet tea both Yvonne and I distinctly heard Josiah say, "May I have some please". We both looked at each other with a look that said "did you just hear that?". So we decided we might as well encourage him and so now he has to say it before he can get something from us. Landon says it already so we know that the little guy was picking it up from his polite older brother. In this video it isn't as distinct as it was the first time... but it is still cute.
Here is a cute pic of Landon at the same time...
And another funny pic that we took of Josiah the other night when he passed out at the dinner table. Too cute :)
While my mom was in town last month we planted all sorts of plants and flowers. Well they're getting pretty so these pics are for mom to look at.
Yvonne makes this really great Chicken Marsala sans Marsala and it calls for fresh basil so we panted some seeds and they're doing great.
This bushy little plant was about 25% this size when they left. He is affectionately called "cousin it"
So I like facebook for lots of reasons. One reason is meeting new people... not just finding old friends. I joined a group here that likes to hike and an American friend of mine and I joined them on a great hike through the canyons about an hour away. Most of the hike was through a stream and it was totally fun. We stopped at a waterfall and later climbed up it and jumped into the pool below. Enjoy the pics...
We thought that Easter had come awfully early this year... but we got to celebrate it twice. The dates on this side of the ocean don't necessarily line up with those of America. Lots of the Christians on this side of the pond are Orthodox/Coptic and have their own days of celebration. We got Landon a bike which he really enjoys. Here are a few pictures from our celebration here. I uploaded a few of them with them facing the wrong direction and I don't feel like fixing it so learn to enjoy them sideways.