Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ashley and Shannon Visit Doha (first few days)

It felt like Christmas when I got to hug Ash and Shan in DOHA! Their flight came in almost an hour early so when we drove up they were already outside waiting for us! I barely got the car in park before I jumped out in the middle of the road. I really couldn't believe they were here! I cried and hugged and hugged and cried! Nick was already there and he was shocked to see them so casually walk out of the airport so early! We went to Chili's to eat dinner then home to get settled. Jet lag proved to be a mess for both of them. Brooks woke up in the middle of the night and to no surprise, Aunt Shani kicked it in mommy gear and put him right back to bed since she was up suffering from the time change.

The next day we took Brooks to school went to Villagio Mall and did some serious shopping at H&M. Probably Shannon's highlight of the trip :)


After the boys napped they got to open presents from Honey and the Tuleys that our visitors brought in their suitcases. Honey send all kinds of Easter treats. You wouldn't believe all that we asked them to buy and bring. We miss a lot of good things from home like Reece's, Butterfinger, Children's Place, Gap, Target, Crocs, Benadryl, Triaminic, marshmallow cream, kites, jump ropes, XXI, Marshalls, and the list goes on...



Mrs. Katie sent Barrett a birthday present as well as a present for Brooks. The piano and jumping frogs are a huge hit! Thank you Tuleys!!!


That evening we went to the Souqs (local market), where we seemed to be some of the few Westerners, which is usually not the case. It was a rush of culture shock to say the least. To stick with the culture, we picked up the popular local food, Shawarmas and of course hummus.


Who knew a fake kitty at the souqs would be so popular with the boys.

Russian dolls painted like the local dress here. Pretty funny!

Bear got lovin' from both Miss Shani and Aunt Sissy. These sweet mommies, left their babies to help take care of mine. The boys LOVED it but definitely missed Justin and AnnaLou.

Painting while dinner cooked...

Someone painted their back...

Bear and his silly camels. His absolutely favorite.

Skyping with Honey on her birthday.

to be continued...

6 comments:

Caryn said...

OH MY MY MY what a sweet blessing I am crying just reading your post and picturing the sweet reunion. How precious to have your sister and BFF across the world on your turf with you. Wish I had been organized enough to send goodies myself, but so glad others were!! Hope your taste of home has been good medicine, we're counting the months til summer.

nanflan said...

Ha! You win for posting your pics first, I'm sure Shannon and Sis are still recovering from reverse jetlag! Why is there not H&M in Houston??? Got Caris's dress at the Carter Outlet BTW.

Jaime said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I think Doha looks amazing...that is so awesome that you have already had visitors. I hope you guys have a great weekend! :)

angie said...

I am so glad you got to have such a great visit! The little gifts from your family and friends are such a blessing. I can totally picture you hugging them when they first arrived. What a relief to finally hug them in person!!!!! Bring on the rest of the pics:-)can't wait

Hunter, Amanda, Hudson and Maddie said...

oh so fun...i can't wait to see the rest of them!!!! ash said y'all had the best time!!! i wish i could have come in her suitcase!!!!

thesheps said...

Loved looking at the pictures!!! How fun for you and for Shannon and Ashley!!! Can't wait to see you this summer!