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Blessings big and small

The majority of our family birthdays fall in the first 6 months of the year and usually the May birthdays are celebrated at our home. Mom and Dad come over for Memorial day to put flowers on family members graves and Yusuf and Alicia make their way over from Seattle. But this year the birthday boy wanted to spend time at the lake house as last year they missed any significant time there.

The lake house was built the year before we moved to Saudi.


The past week has been a busy one and I have not been around in blog world much. On Friday our little family arrived in the afternoon and Osama got to work on covering our patio. We live on top of a hill and the sun seems to beat down on the patio all day and this means it gets little use. I love lighting and he surprised me and put up the same lights that he has on his patio. He also ordered a new cover for my lawn swing and Heme put it on.

Friday evening we had breakfast for dinner which included pancakes, sausage and eggs. Fattima and Ben came after work and Osama completed his project. It was total chaos and fun family time.


Ben has mixed in with the family well and takes things as they come!

The next morning we were set to leave at 8 a.m. but an ongoing issue with Heme meant another visit to the Doctor’s office. Two cars of people headed to the lake and we were to follow.  We have spent the past two months in and out of the doctor’s office with him coughing uncontrollably! The diagnosis has been allergies and now it was apparent that he had pneumonia.


Heme at the lake

Heme still wanted to go to the lake and so we got his prescription and made our way there. It is only an hour drive and one that brings back so many memories!

My mother planned a nice meal to celebrate the two birthdays and she ordered a cake from our favorite place. The kids helped out with various projects and we all kept a watchful eye on the babies!

The boys are now afraid of Clementine but Alayna had so much fun petting her and trying to play with her!

 Dinner was served and afterwards cake!


Cake was dipped into until I exercised my Grandmotherly rights and swooped in taking her away! I am sure her Mom and Dad were happy I did!

The boys were introduced to water balloons but were not quite sure what the big fuss was about!

While Yusuf and Alicia spent time with their niece and nephews!

Most people left except for a few of us who spent the night. We left early in the morning and Yusuf and Alicia took over our jobs outside!

Being a Grandmother is amazing so I imagine being a Great Grandma brings even more joy!



One last look before they left and a glance towards Grama!

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62 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful Family!

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    May 28, 2018
  2. Alice #

    Making wonderful memories!


    May 28, 2018
  3. What a perfect way to spend the weekend – you truly do have many blessings!

    (And I hope Heme is fully on the mend!)

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    May 28, 2018
  4. Good times to be had and that is one chocolaty kid lol I am sure she enjoyed herself thouroughly

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    May 28, 2018
  5. How lovely to be by the lake!

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    May 28, 2018
  6. What a beautiful family you have, Lynn. So much fun for all here, and so much love that shows for everyone.

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    May 28, 2018
  7. Going to the lake and getting some sunshine and fresh air would probably be good for Heme. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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    May 28, 2018
  8. Reading your post you have me smiling all the way to the last line. What a beautiful area… and that view. Then your touching and exciting family gatherings for the birthday celebration and so much fun for everyone. The little ones are too gorgeous! My God, what a wonderful time you have spent.

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    May 28, 2018
  9. Absolutely delightful Lynn, and you have the most gorgeous views. That’s one chocolatey little lady!

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    May 28, 2018
  10. Poor Heme! I hope he’s better soon!
    Lovely family time!


    May 28, 2018
  11. Oh what wonderful family time. Making beautiful memories!

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    May 28, 2018
  12. Love your post. Whose daughter is Alicia- sorry I missed some of your past posts so I am not up with the news.
    What a beautiful way to spend a holiday. And the weather looked gorgeous- truly summer.
    Hope Heme is better now.

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    May 28, 2018
  13. I can’t help but smile the entire time I am reading and enjoying the pictures. You truly are blessed. What a beautiful family. Hope you son is feeling better. sending you peace and love Kat

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    May 28, 2018
  14. You have a lovely family, Lynn. I’m so glad you are able to enjoy them.

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    May 29, 2018
  15. What a beautiful family time, the kids all look so happy.

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    May 29, 2018
  16. Great pictures. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I hope Heme gets over his pneumonia soon.

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    May 29, 2018
  17. Did you ever think you’d have days like this?

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    May 29, 2018
  18. I love to see you and your family so happy.No one deserves it more than you Sis.Lovely birthday celebrations, happy stress free times long may they last. I hope Heme is feeling better now. 💜💜💜

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    May 30, 2018
  19. Good times! It looks like it was lots of fun. I too love lights on the patio. My remote for mine isn’t working anymore. 😦 He-Man is going to look into the problem for me…soon he says.
    👍😀 I hope his idea of soon matches mine.


    May 31, 2018
  20. Four generations of fun! I love the cake-face. Ha ha. Great pictures and a beautiful spot. I hope Heme is feeling better. Thanks for sharing the wonderful day, Lynn.

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    June 1, 2018
  21. This is a true family event. Fun! I hope Heme has recovered.

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    June 2, 2018

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