Friday, October 30, 2009


We've proved to ourselves that having a birthday in Doha is no different than at home. I've been blessed! I've had a great couple of days thanks to incredible friends and a sweet husband. I woke up to breakfast in bed, plus a gift (new watch) from Nick. Then I dropped the boys at school and went to my dear friend/neighbor's, Karen for another birthday breakfast. After eating all morning I met 2 of Doha besties, Dede and Jackie at Chili's for a birthday lunch. They are absolute sweethearts and mean so much to me.

Finished up my day with beautiful flowers and a cake from Nick when he walked in the door. Brooks was very concerned about not having a cake all day...Daddy pulled through, except the Bees were very disappointed there weren't candles.

Brooks the photog

Doha knows how to do some "flurs" and Nick does too. He's so good at giving amazing flowers. Never fails and its always a treat.

Last night Nick and I had a birthday dinner out. We finished and said it was our best meal yet, out to eat in Doha. That's saying a lot. We went to Restaurant 29 in Beverly Hills Tower. They serve USDA beef and the chef is from Michigan. So we had a tasty home grown cow. Horrible picture of the flash. More importantly the pictures of the food "do tell".

Wedge Salad - yes, its beef bacon on top, not pork...duh. You may think we have sunk to an all-time low by eating it. Usually I don't...but this did the trick. Is was delish. Remember we live in "the land of almost".

Next up our home grown cow!

This is what they call peach cobbler. Once again we're in "the land of almost". It was served cold! What? That's not cobbler. It tasted good but not for cobbler. Pretty presentation though.

And finally these special people...Dede and Jerry Jackson are new friends to us, who we feel like we've known our entire lives. They are such a blessing to us. They just moved to Doha in August and we have a mutual friend, Vicky Habecker. Dede and Jerry have 3 grown boys and are the best resource as friends and mentors. I'm learning a lot from them, plus we love their company. So while we dined for my birthday they kept the boys for us just a few floors down. They live in a high rise apartment in the same building of the restaurant. We dropped the boys off at their place for a few hours. I'm not sure who had more fun.

Cushion slide they made.

Nonstop entertainment...let's just Aunt Dede and JJ know BOYS! And one day when they're still not old enough, they'll be incredible grandparents. I go back and forth between Dede being the comfort of my friend and/or my surrogate Doha mom. She's so fun, she loves God and has raised some really special boys. Plus she's from Dallas! Yay! They've been a long time coming on our blog!


Caryn said...

So glad it was a happy birthday!!! And what a wonderful blessing to have someone else there that loves you and your family! Swanky apt. I want to go there!

Sharon said...

Great post! Love to know about Dede! What a blessing she sounds like she is to you! I'm glad you had a Happy Doha Birthday!!!!

Shannon said...

What a wonderful birthday you had! Love that you got yourself a little bit of the Moo! You look beautiful and the flowers Nick brought were gorgeous! Love you!

angie said...

Yay for birthdays! This one looked fantastic. That Nick is a keeper:-).

shannonmichaelis said...

Yay for another set of small world believing friends! Such fun info on the food - makes me want to tear into some peach cobbler, Doha style! So nice you two had an evening to yourselves.

Lindsey said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Your birthday is so close to Ryan's! I really want to visit Doha now and eat all that delish food. Hope you had a fun Halloween!