One of the hardest things about living in Beirut is that it is such a concrete jungle and it's pretty hard to find inexpensive entertainment for the kids or just places to run around. However, one of the best things about living in Lebanon is that within forty five minutes we can drive from the Mediterranean up into the beautiful mountain peaks. We've started somewhat of a tradition of taking drives on the weekend to enjoy this beautiful country where we live. We usually end up adding some sort of treat into it- whether it be climbing on rocks of ruins of a crusader castle, stopping for ice cream or Starbucks or soon to be our new Krispy Kreme. We've found rivers to wade in, snow to play in the winter, and rocks to climb on along the Mediterranean coastline.
We started out along the corniche (the walkway along the Med) and then headed up to the mountains.
Jason and I love finding beautiful old homes and buildings amid all the apartment buildings. Some of the architecture is so beautiful!
Once in the mountains, out the right side of the car, we had a beautiful view of the rocky peaks that will be snow capped in just a few months. Out of the left side is the steep drop back down to the Mediterranean but it was still a good bit too hazy today to get a good picture.
Here's what we try to prevent happening during our afternoon drives, but once it happens there's no reversing it! It's amazing what a thirty minute power point can do to bedtime. Case in point- it's after 10 and Naomi just came walking into our bedroom and said, "mommy, I"m all done in my bed". Well, at least she was polite about it!
And the grand finale for the afternoon was an early dinner at Chilis! Thankfully not quite as pricey as it could have been because all Jason could stomach after a week of being sick was mashed potatoes and my food didn't taste quite right so we sent it back and didn't pay. Unfortunately, my tummy is still not too happy but the girls were thrilled and that's what counts!
I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful husband, Jason, and four beautiful daughters, Abbey, Maddie, Naomi and Anabelle. We are living our dream of living and working cross-culturally in the Middle East. Life is an adventure and never dull. As a child of the Eternal King of Kings, held together in the palm of His loving hand, I am a work in progress, thankful to share my journey with anyone who wants to listen.