Monday, December 12, 2011

Why have I not been blogging???

I really can't believe I  haven't blogged since MAY!!!  What in the world?  I'm really just out of the habit and hopefully this little post will get me going again.  We are alive and well in Saudi Arabia!  The house has been rather quiet since Whitney graduated and left the nest.  We miss her like crazy and can't wait to see her next week.  Not only will she be coming but so will ALL OF THE REST OF THEM!!  Yes, Taylor is coming from Idaho and Ivy, Calder, Piper and Rhett-baby will be coming from Vegas.  We are so excited we can hardly stand it!  Evan is almost half way through with his junior year.  He's doing great and loving life.  He got he opportunity to take a trip to Berlin.....(that deserves a post of it's own....) I'm staying busy decorating for Christmas, being the branch Young Women president, and whatever else I do on a day to day basis.....So expect more posts very soon!! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hey 19

"Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?  Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the streets......"
So Whitney turned 19 this week!  She has always loved her birthday and likes to celebrate BIG!  She starts talking about her birthday weeks ahead of time and makes sure everybody knows.... I checked her out of school and took her to Applebee's for lunch.  That evening she invited some friends over, we ordered pizza and they did what they do best.......this time it was a spontaneous street dance.
She took a pic with most of the kids there, here she is with Evan.
Here she is with Marcus.
Here she is with Tanya and Wafa.
Here she is with Taylor (who is also heading to BYU-I) and Abdullah.
Here she is with Luke who is moving to China soon.  We'll miss them.
Here she is with Micha.
Here she is with Ben (who leaves soon for his mission to London, England -cool!)

Ninth Street, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has never seen such action!  Whitney is such a fun girl and I can't help but think how quiet the house will be next year without her here.  Happy Birthday, Whit-Bit!! We love you tons!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Idol Nights.....

I have always been an American Idol fan! I jumped on the bandwagon in Season 2.  I absolutely love it and can't understand how anybody can't!  Evan is as obsessed as I am and Whitney and Brad just endure it as best they can.  We have continued our Idol tradition here in Saudi Arabia.  We get it two night a week just like in the States only one day later.  So we get it every Thursday and Friday nights.  We get together with three other families EVERY week~ the Masons, the Mosleys and the Stratfords.  We rotate houses and cook lots of food and it's just a good old time. 
This past week it was at our house.  We laughed how we all ended up Saudi-style with the guys in one room and the girls in the other. 
Here are the girls. The cute lady below is "Nana", Brent Mason's mother.  This is her second visit to Arabia and we all just love her. 
Gwen, Debbie, Donna and Abigail.  Below, Leanne and Tori.
Now on to the boys room, here is Evan,
and Brent, Rusty, Brad, Wade and Christian.
Sorry to Whitney who was the photographer and didn't get in any of the pictures.

We all have our favorites but we all agree that at this point it's sad to see any of them leave!

Monday, April 18, 2011

That's right!

Apparently in Arabic, there is no "guh" sound.  I learned this a long time ago when I was ordering myself a silver necklace that was to say Gwen.  I had the choice of them spelling it like J-wen or like Quin.  I chose the latter. 

Last week we called in take-out from Tandoori, the restaurant very near our house.  I placed the order, they asked my name and I told them Gwen.  They spelled it the best way knew how.
I hung this one on the fridge!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Oodles of Oods

This instrument, my friends, is called an Oud or Aoud.....pronounced "ood".  Don't you just love that name??
a musical instrument of the Middle East and northern Africa belonging to the lute family.
All of you who know Evan, know that he is obsessed with all things musical and plays many different instruments.  Today, Brad signed him up for Oud lessons.  He'll go for an hour and a half once a week until summer.  He is beyond excited!  Now we begin shopping for a reasonably priced one.

If you want to know what one sounds like, go here:

Hopefully I can post a video of him playing in a few weeks!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Hi Friends! Sorry I haven't updated in awhile. I'm not sure if it's me, my computer or blogspot but I'm having a plethora of problems posting. We'll see how this goes. Well, my dear friend, MaryRuth has a new feature on her blog called Tweet, tweet, let's meet. She featured moi this week. Check it out. I have to add that it is because of MaryRuth that I am now the biggest blog stalker of all time. Many years ago, we got her Chistmas card and in it was a web address to her "blog"- a word I was unfamiliar with. I read hers, read her friends (many of whom I still read- Catherine, Hillary, Emily Kate...)  A few years ago, I started my own. I love it!
Continuing our American Idol tradition here in Saudi Arabia is a blast. This, in my humble opinion, is by far the best season ever. We get it here on Thursday and Friday nights. Three families and ourselves get together EVERY Idol night and whoop, holler and eat yummy food!
Hopefully I can get this problem solved with blogger and can upload my pics soon! Thanks again, MR!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm Back......

Ooops! What in the world has happened to my blogging? It's been two months now. So much has happened lately that I'm overwhelmed with the thought of trying to capture it all with words and pictures. So, I'm going to just touch on some highlights and go from there.
  • The middle of December found us boarding a big plane to bring us back to the good old USA for the Christmas holidays.
  • Brad, Whitney, Evan and I flew to Miami and rented a car. We drove down to Key West for a few days. We ate some good food and saw some sights then on to Orlando for some real fun.
  • Drove up to Orlando. Checked in to the condo and met up with Victor, Stephanie, Devon and Emily (Brad's sister and family) We dropped off the kids and headed to the airport to pick up the other kids. Taylor and Ivy and Piper flew in around the same time so Brad and I went our separate ways to find them. Bought Piper a Minnie Mouse at the airport. Calder didn't fly in until the next night. It was SO great to gather them all up and then we headed back to the condo. Jerry had reserved two three-bedroom condos right next door to each other. They were beautiful!
  • Brad's parents, Mary and Jerry, flew in later that night. Brad's brother, Brian and wife, Cindy had arrived that day, as well. Now everybody was there.
  • Took Disney by storm! Everybody hit it hard. Covered it all, Hollywood Studio(where our favs are Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster) Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom....The funnest thing was Piper being there. She was really, really good and it was so fun to watch her loving every minute.
  • Ate Christmas dinner at Golden Corral but even that was good. It was a huge buffet with all the holiday trimmings.
  • Spent a wonderful week there then put the Huntington's on their flight back to Vegas and the Graves back to Arkansas. The other Pogue's (Mary and Jerry) were headed to Ft. Lauderdale to go on a cruise. Said our goodbyes and flew back home to Louisiana!
  • Spent a relaxing ten days with our family and friends. Nothing set in stone to do, no wake-up times, no committments.....very relaxing, enjoyable days. Some eating, some shopping, some movies.
  • Put Taylor in a plane back to Idaho for winter semester. He's signed up for snowboarding class (along with his real engineering classes) and is spending all the free time he has on the mountain and loving every minute of it.
  • Flew back to Saudi in time to rest a couple of days and send everybody back to school and work. Chelsea was glad to see us when we picked her up at the kennel. She knew we had had fun without her. The best thing about this trip is we got bumped to Business Class for the longest leg from Dallas to was fab!
  • Found out the happy news that new Baby Huntington will be a BOY! Piper will be the beautiful big sister to a bouncing baby brother in June!
  • Evan tried out for the school, Dhahran Academy's fall production of The Crucible. He found out he got the role of Giles Cory and he is really excited. They started practice Thursday and it will be a busy couple of months with practice almost every day.
  • We also got word that Whitney has been accepted to BYU-I! It's nice to feel like we have a plan now and can make summer plans. Yay, Whit!
  • The kids are heading into mid-terms this week but after that, have their trips to Switzerland and Bali to look forward to. Evan to snowboard in the Alps, Whitney to snorkle, hike and bike in Bali. What's wrong with this picture?? I've never been either place. Someday.....
So, that's basically what's been up! If you ever look at my facebook, you knew most of this anyway. Now I feel like I can start from 'now' and I'm not behind anymore! (It will also help to change my Christmas background to something else!) Love y'all and thanks for reading!