Last week at this time we were preparing to leave and head to the First Princess birthday party. We brought the kids back with us that afternoon and started our five day stint as babysitters! I wasn’t sure how the kids would react when they were buckled into their car seats in our van, but they were fine and so we started our road trip on the back roads of Idaho.
Hundreds of photos were taken from the back seat! Aiden took a tiny nap while Bennett and Alayna played and babbled. It was a gorgeous blue sky day for both parts of the trip.
When we arrived home, remote control doggies were waiting for each boy and some baby toys for Alayna. Fattima and Ben ordered pizza and came to help with the kids. The next day Ben took the boys out to walk their dogs.My children at home were a huge help as always and there was definitely no shortage of laughter, playing and the odd fight here and there!
My kids went back to school and the weekly routine quickly turned to chaos. It is something I was used to when my children were small but I am much older now and that was evident from day one!
We made cookies (frozen kind) and lots of pasta!
Naps, diapers and play time all seemed to melt together until Thursday came and life returned to it’s normal routine. No more fingerprints on the t.v. screen and slider, toys are neatly tucked away and stored and today I will cook grown up food. It is strange and somehow familiar, this feeling of sadness and missing them. There is also a part of me that is eager to go to the bathroom alone and take a daily shower again! I love you Aiden, Bennett and Alayna, thanks for the staycation!
Osama was scheduled to attend training in Vegas! It was a chance for Jacki to accompany him and get some much needed time away! When we went for the first birthday party last Saturday, we brought three special little ones back with us for the week. Yesterday, bags, bottles and toys were all stacked by the door and Mommy and Daddy arrived to take their babies home in the morning.
After goodbye waves, hugs and kisses, it was time to get back to real life and final touches on the book. I made a promise to myself a few months back that I would publish my poetry book and then get back to work on the big book about our life in Saudi and the struggle to be free! It has been a fun and challenging process to work on the book. This morning I received an email telling me that my book was now available!
Any shares, likes, reviews and support are greatly appreciated! Thanks for being on this journey with me! It’s time to get back to work on the other book.
Now that the babies are back home I will be visiting my friends here on wordpress and catching up with everyone.
After four proofs and a final one yesterday, I think I am ready! I asked Foof if I should hit publish and she said YES. I had a couple of minor details that needed fixing and have now hit Publish once again!! I will let you know when it’s official.
I am sorry that I am not been visiting much this week, but I am babysitting and not able to comment much!
It is hard to believe that Alayna is already turning one. This week the feisty, beautiful little princess will start a new phase of life and we are blessed to watch it unfold. On Saturday we made our way over to Osama and Jacki’s where family and friends gathered to celebrate this occasion. Guests arrived and placed presents on the counter while the boys played with balloons and Alayna practiced walking.
Meanwhile Daddy spent his time in the kitchen preparing homemade pasta for his little girl. This is one of her favorite things to eat and he decided from scratch was best!
The pasta was a big hit and soon afterwards cake was served.
Everyone was in a celebratory mood and it was evident that the party was a big success
Happy birthday dear Princess
Yesterday we took a little road trip to help celebrate Alayna’s first birthday! Tomorrow I will post about the party but will share these pictures today.
A wonderful blogger, Joy, came back from the beach and posted stunning photos. She asked if anyone wanted to write a poem after witnessing this beauty and inspiration. I certainly did feel inspired and decided to give it a try! Thank you Joy
Please do visit her over at: Nuggets of Gold
Pictured above is a gorgeous photo from her recent post:The Splendorous Sky
Joy in morning
Sun does rise
Then lowers gaze
Meld and mingle
Soft yet bold
Lay me down in fields of saffron
I cannot sing in thorns and briar
Many steps until forever
Distortion sealed in secrecy
Touch my hand and hold me closer
All the while eternally
Belatedly in solstice shower
A fool for you No more to be
The poetry book is coming into focus! I have ordered four different proofs so far! I had no idea what putting a book together involved and so now I know!
It has been fun as well as challenging! I am hoping my newest proof will be the final product! By the way this book is self published!
I don’t know if I am allowed to show one of my experimental books before it is published. I don’t know if I can advertise for my book on my blog or facebook. Basically I am a blank page and so here are pictures of the newlyweds instead.