Monday, September 27, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

We are currently holed up in our hotel- two adults, three kids, 10 pieces of luggage, 1 set of golf clubs, two laptops, five carry on bags, and menagerie of small stuffed animals. The room is a bit crowded, the kids are restless, Ariel and I are stressing out, but finally, FINALLY, we will be on our way to Cairo soon.

Our flight leaves tomorrow at 4 pm. Please, send prayers, well wishes, good vibes our way. We are going to need it!

Goodbye Texas, we will miss you. See you in Egypt!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Things I'm Going to Miss

In the middle of the chaos of our lives right now (living out of suitcases, eating out every meal gets old fast!) I've been thinking about all the things I'm going to miss about the States, specifically Texas since I've lived here my whole life. Here's my list so far (friends and family are not included- they're a given!)

1. Thunder storms
2. Target, HEB, and Dillard's
3. BBQ, Mexican food
4. Driving through south Texas (especially from about Edinburg to Three Rivers- that drive reminds me so much of McAllen, and my family, and my childhood).
5. The hill country
6. Dallas Cowboys and UT football
7. Whataburger and Luby's
8. walks around the neighborhood
9. the library

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Birthday!

Happy 4th birthday to my little Julia! You are a true middle child, Julia, always trying to find your place between your big (sometimes bossy!) sister and your little (sometimes spoiled!) brother. You are an interesting mix between overachiever and free-spirit. You are ultra competitive and very independent and one of the funniest kids I know! You crack us up with your jokes and witty one-liners on a daily basis. You are also SUPER smart and cute and can be so sweet and lovable. We all love you so much, Miss Julia!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Birthday and an Update

Happy 6th birthday to my Jacqueline! I can't believe how big you are! You are such a smart, silly, sweet, and gorgeous little girl. You are definitely a 'girly-girl'. Your idea of fun is dressing up, playing with dolls, dancing, and modeling. You have a terrific imagination- you dream about unicorns, ponies, and fairies. You think the world is magical and you have a heart of gold. Your Daddy and I always say how funny it is that you can be so fantastical but so logical as well. You amaze us with your problem solving and inquisitive mind. We love you!!!

In other news- we have a flight finally!!!! Yay! We leave for Cairo on September 28th from DFW.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Not to be Forgotten!

I realized yesterday that I forgot to mention something (someone!) very important in my last post.


Audie, our 8-year-old cat, went off to live with my Mom in McAllen. Oddly enough, the girls, who usually pay poor Audie no attention, were devastated! They both cried and sobbed and begged for Audie's return. I was very surprised since they have never been too close to him, and Audie usually spends most of his time outside. But, as Ariel said, he was a part of our family since before they were born. We promised we'd visit him in the summers and when we return from Cairo he can come back and live with us.

Bye for now, Audie. We'll miss you. :-)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Quick Update

We still do not have a move date. I have no words for this.

My Mom took the majority of our furniture yesterday. This includes our washer and dryer. :-0

Both girls birthdays are next week (they are exactly two years, one day apart). Where does the time go???

We are pretty much living out of suitcases now as we wait for our flight. I know this will get old real fast. I hope we leave soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On the 'Koran Burning Day'

From the Vatican Press:

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue received with great concern the news of the proposed "Koran Burning Day" on the occasion of the Anniversary of the September 11

the tragic terrorist attacks in 2001 which resulted in the loss of many innocent lives and considerable material damage.

These deplorable acts of violence, in fact, cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community. Each religion, with its respective sacred books, places of worship and symbols, has the right to respect and protection. We are speaking about the respect to be accorded the dignity of the person who is an adherent of that religion and his/her free choice in religious matters.

The reflection which necessarily should be fostered on the occasion of the remembrance of September 11th would be, first of all, to offer our deep sentiments of solidarity with those who were struck by these horrendous terrorist attacks. To this feeling of solidarity we join our prayers for them and their loved ones who lost their lives.

Each religious leader and believer is also called to renew the firm condemnation of all forms of violence, in particular those committed in the name of religion. Pope John Paul II affirmed: "Recourse to violence in the name of religious belief is a perversion of the very teachings of the major religions" (Address to the new Ambassador of Pakistan, 16 December 1999). His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, similarly expressed, "…violence as a response to offences can never be justified, for this type of response is incompatible with the sacred principles of religion..." (Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI, to the new Ambassador of Morocco, 6 February 2006).

It makes me sick to my stomach that anyone would even fathom doing this to ones holy book.

A List

-We are still here in Texas. Waiting and waiting. Things seemed to be finally progressing along and then we hit another roadblock. HR in the states is waiting for a very important 'move notice' from HR in Egypt in order to proceed with the movers and flight booking. But, since Ramadan is coming to an end, Egyptians will be on Eid holiday from September 9-12th. So that is 4 more days of delays. ARGH.

-The kids are getting antsy and bored from having such a long summer vacation. Jackie and Julia re ready to get back to school and I am counting the days too! Ha.

-Even though we have rid ourselves of so much stuff we still have so much stuff! How is it possible to collect so much stuff??? There is no end in sight.

-Jacob is talking a bunch now. It is really cute and very funny. He strings together lots of words to make sentences and is very good at making conversation that is actually in context. He is also super silly and very rough! I am not used to all this boy energy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Sorry for the lack of updates lately. We have been waiting patiently for our relocation to be completed. After weeks of unorginazation, delays, and a general attitude of apathy from Ariel's HR relocation people, we have run out of patience. Seriously, people, get you head out of your asses!!!


We are still hoping to be moved in the next 10 days or so if some stupid people (I'm talking to you HR) can get their crap together. Instead of enjoying my last few days here in the states I am stressed beyond belief, frustrated, exhausted, and just ready to get this show on the road.

Cross your fingers for us that the rest of this relocation progresses smoothly and quickly!