Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spring Break 2013

So we started our Spring Break by saying goodbye to compound  friends. We knew time would fly by after our week off.  Plus, some friends would be away from Doha and we would miss the chance to see them before moving to Houston.

For the week of spring break we mostly enjoyed some down time together and then finished our week with friends and an overnight staycation at the Ritz hotel.  I took note that there was something truly valuable about our last Spring Break in Doha and other special days.  While we miss things to do and have so often found ourselves bored, there is something to be said about boredom...it pushes you towards people and relationships rather than busy-ness.  We have spent so much time in Doha with people rather than distracted by activities that would keep us from quality time with dear friends who are more like family.  For that I am very thankful and feel blessed to have even noticed. This Doha life can't be recreated anywhere else. 

Measured our Doha friends for the last time before moving.  We have a long list of friends and neighbors who have their mark on our growth board. Pretty fun to see how big our boys are compared to when we arrived almost 5 years ago. And now we have a fun group of Doha friends to take with us that left a mark on the lives of our kids too.
 Spent one morning at the beach with some of our compound buddies.
Staycations are the BEST!!
We hit up the brand new Doha Outback on opening night number 2.  Seemed like such a good idea...
  
It was just after we had the blooming onion that everything, I mean everything went south!!!  Poor restaurant!  Lots of challenges opening an American (wanna be Australian) restaurant in the middle east where the wait staff is mostly from Asia/Phillipines. The American trainers were pretty clueless!  Lots was lost in translation! 
 We ordered pizza for night number 2...much better!! and much cheaper!!
 Sweet Doha Cousins together one last time.  Hopefully they're all Houston bound with us in the next few months!!
 



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