Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving in Doha

This week has been the usual Doha week with school and work but still we managed to throw some Thanksgiving tradition in there!

Started off our week with tons of excitement for Brayan, the newest addition to our family. I have been saying for YEARS, seriously years that I wanted to sponsor a child through Compassion but just never made it happen. SO ridiculous! So now FINALLY we're connected to a precious little boy in Guatamala who Brooks helped us pick out. In just a few weeks we'll have all the info we need to mail letters to Brayan but for now we've got a little collection going. Brooks and I worked up a little encouragement card as pictured below. Since we've been talking so much about different countries and cultures, Brooks wanted to immediately draw Brayan's flag on the card. He also drew a picture of Brayan that's hanging next to the card. We've got one enthusiastic 5 year old in our house! I couldn't be more encouraged myself!

Brooks has been giving a lot of attention to the fridge this week. Along with referencing Brayan we talk multiple times a day about the Texas chart. We whipped this little daddy up last weekend so that Brooks could count down the days (or sleeps as we call them) until Texas!!

Although Brooks goes to the American school its actually more like a true International school. He's 1 of 4 Americans in his class of 15. School and work actually carries on as usual on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. And for some funny reason PreK had pajama day on Thanksgiving Day.

Woody with his "thankful feathers"

Brooks' Thanksgiving Card

Thursday evening we enjoyed the usual shwarma delivery and then I made my first ever pecan pie, which rocked thanks to Pioneer Woman! Obviously I didn't make the crust which I know causes both of my grandmothers and my own mother to feel that they absolutely failed at raising me right but come on...when you see a premade frozen pie crust in Doha, YOU BUY IT, and you buy all of them to share with your closest! (thanks Dede!)
I don't think Baker, the 100 lb lab was trying to save me a few calories but he did! He managed to get just enough to ruin this pie crust, so I only made one pie. We had another!

My pie encourager!

After church on Friday and before actually eating Thanksgiving lunch we played a little T-ball!

BIG BIG thanks to our Uncle Jerry who is in serious grandparent training with our kiddos! He's so awesome and they LOVE him! He came to the (organized chaos) t-ball game this morning and he also brought the camera!

Thanks to the sling blox and our new friends, the Goldens we enjoyed the afternoon. The smells, sounds and tastes of Thanksgiving were plentiful!!

Macy's parade and the Cowboy game...just the sound of football on TV made our day!

Kids had a blast outside in the incredible weather!

So thankful for this turkey God added to our bunch.

Chris carving the delicious turkey they made!

Kids dining outside.

Adults inside!

Brooks went full steam ahead into their screen door, which left a mark!
Happy Thanksgiving Goldens! Thanks so much for having us over! Hope you like the doggie door!

We'll have our feet on Texas soil next weekend. It seems like the closer we get to coming home the more homesick I get. Or maybe its just anxious excitement! I can hardly wait to just be in my mama's house and of course see all the sweet peeps in our lives that we miss so much! See you soon Texas!!
And in less that 24 hours one of my absolute best friends, Tracy will be in Doha! She has been wanting to visit and offered to come now so she could help me tag team my 3 small crazy children back to the USA! Talk about being thankful for someone! Nick will join us about 10 days later but we want to make the most of our visit, the lengthy plane ride and the powerful jet lag so we're outta here!


Jackie said...

Gobble Gobble!! How fun! You are basically eating at our old dining room table! lol I LOVE Georgia's smile in these pictures!! And that fact that you're wearing a SCARF!!(I think I was with you when you bought that one!?) I'm glad you are getting a chance to wear your warmer clothes a little! See you soon! Thankful for the Junods!

Lindsey said...

Happy Thanksgiving! It looks like you guys had a wonderful one. :) I'll be praying for your family to have safe travels this holiday.

I made my first pies ever this year too thanks to the Pioneer Woman! I'll have to post about that soon.

shannonmichaelis said...

Love that your Compassion boy has a B like every other boy/dog in your family!

Love your darker hair - looks great, especially next to that scarf.

Counting down the days...