And just like that, my baby is done with first semester of her Senior year and we are one third of the way through her last year at home. What better way to celebrate than introducing the girls to some old favorites- tonight it was The Great Outdoors...
Pre-christmas IKEA shopping trip confirmed again what my mom has always said- my taste is way too expensive! Rugs for days between 50 and 150 JD and I like the one that's 750 JD!! I love this black multi-colored one but they were WAAY too proud of it!
Can you spot the teen hiding in the mound of clothes she's supposed to be folding? Hey, at this point I'm just glad they're clean clothes even though they now have to be ironed since I can't ever find time to fold!!
And AB continued to wear her ball gown for the next 2-3 days... And this is how I found her at breakfast. When I asked what she was doing she said she was "saying her prayers like that cat and that mouse." Thankful Naomi's interpretation that she was talking about Tom and Jerry!!
Christmas dance! Maddie told Anabelle that she was going to a "ball" so of course Anabelle wanted to get dressed up too and go see the girls off. We pulled up in front of the school to see them (they were at friends houses close by getting ready and were supposed to come out to see Bella so I could take pictures). When we pulled up in front of the school she says, "THIS is the ball. I'm not getting out of the car. It's too cold." Obviously the ball was quite a let down.
Naomi did some dancing too today. She's been taking a ballroom dancing class all semester (and would want me to say that it's REQUIRED). Today was their performance. So fun!
I promised no pictures of her dancing with boys, but I think Daddy is ok!
Time for another football game! This time, thankfully, it was not raining but still pretty chilly. I'm gonna have to do a better job of taking pictures of the fact that we actually ARE watching American football in Jordan!
Our Wednesday evening drive around is always forever long- big girls from play practice to home, Naomi from home to tutoring and back home again. Thankfully I had some non- stop entertainment with me in the car....
AAANNND I forgot that I can't get videos to work and that would be the only "picture" from this day. Oh well, just picture AB singing and drumming to Jingle Bells NON STOP for a very, very, very long time...
Summary of last 3+ hours (I should preface by saying that Jason left on a trip last night so the odds are not in my favor). 4:45- leave home for what COULD be a 30-40 minute outing to pick older girls up from Bible study and take Maddie and friend across town to mall. (if you know Jordan, you would be right in thinking WHY would you think you could go from Rabia across to 7th circle area in that amount of time on Sunday (1st day of the week) evening traffic. Why indeed?) Almost an hour later, arrive at mall and begin journey home. Traffic on this lovely Sunday evening was just awesome. 6:15- Still in car on way home. Begin to get texts from Naomi who has begun to stay home by herself for short stints (keep in mind please, friends living in America, that it's very different over here- easily accessible neighbors and very helpful building guards). She thought I'd be "right back". I am not yet back. 6:25 (ish) Attempt to take a "short cut" or at least turn down a road that is moving and puts me at Abdoun circle- not so far from home. Begin heading around the circle only to realize that there is a traffic cop blocking the entrance to the Abdoun bridge that will put me right at 4th circle and so, so very close to home. Observe him move the barricade to let a car through. Pull up to barricade and do what I always do with police men- speak only English begging him to please let me go that way. He begins literally yelling "NO ENGLISH, NO ENGLISH". Switch to Arabic and explain I have left my daughter at home, I don't know how to get home (little white lie) if he won't let me across the bridge, please, please, please please let me through. Obviously quite impressed by my Arabic (eye roll), he begins giving me directions at a rapid fire pace of how I can get to 4th circle from a different way. Tell him I don't understand, please, please, please. Attempt tears which turn out more as a laugh and therefore completely backfire. He begins yelling again and waves me away. I, being very thankful at that moment to only have my eldest with me, begin yelling many things and head back into the horrible traffic I just managed to exit. Begin yelling over text at friends who I know will understand and because, darn it all, I need to yell at more people. 6:40(ish) Arrive home, hurriedly finish putting up groceries left out 2 hours early when I left and was coming "right back" and realize it's now time to return to mall to pick up Maddie and friend to go home. Grab a handful of Triscuits for dinner (because let's be real, imported Triscuits make an awesome dinner) and head for the door. Begin yelling out instructions to kids left behind and inhale piece of Triscuit. Realize that yes indeedy, I am choking and likely turning purple. Frantically wave at Abbey to heimlich me. As she approaches and wraps arms around me, realize that she has forgotten all her heimlich skills and wave her off as piece of triscuit, thankfully becomes dislodged. Regain color, pick self up off floor, drink water provided by daughter who will soon get a heimlich refresher and realized that Naomi and Anabelle are standing there in tears watching crazy Mommy. Comfort them while running out door to get Maddie. Grab handful of Triscuits still on table to take with me. Abbey says, "mom, should you drive with those?" and tell at her that I AM EATING MY TRISCUITS!!!! Explain to Abbey that next time this happens, she is to call Craig N Jeanna Adams who will talk her through the right way to heimlich mom and to please stop freaking out. She knows better than to argue. 7:00 Arrive right on time back at mall to pick up Maddie and friend and get home only 45 minutes later (Jordan friends will understand that this should be a 20 minute trek) after stopping to get trash bags which, of course, I realized we were out of after my previous grocery run on this amazing day. Amen the end.
And a picture of the traffic was the best I could do this day...
Maddie, Naomi and I ventured out into a rainy night to watch friends play real for real American football. There were no pictures taken (at least by me) because every inch of every part of us was soaking wet, but thankfully Daddy took a picture of his little cooking buddy at home...
It's a fleece leggings and house shoes, computer and calendar in my lap, kind of day! Unfortunately still down with fever but hoping that will change by tomorrow! Girls still being oh so helpful- bringing me hot tea, washing the dishes, making dinner... Thankful in spite of being sick!
Unfortunately I went to bed last night with fever, and well, pretty much never got out of the bed on this day! Therefore, no pictures. Thankful for my family who can function in the midst of my sickness and keep everything in the house under control!
Another relaxing day of movie watching, game playing and crafting. Naomi and Anabelle made Christmas trees out of paper and cotton balls. Maddie made a snow globe for Anabelle and big girls headed to the mall for an afternoon movie. Biggest news- at the end of the day, we figured out how to make Netflix work. Great news for those who are oh so anxious to watch the newest Gilmore Girls! It's a lesson in patience though as we are waiting for some friends to finish so we can watch it together! We did sneak in the first of the four though!
The day after Thanksgiving is lazy day around our house! It was also Annie's last day. We played some games, watched some movies and ate lots and lots of Thanksgiving leftovers and junk food, and of course, lots of cuddles with Annie. All in all, a great day!
Happy Thanksgiving! Was a little different for us this year for several reasons- Annie was with us-YAY! We don't ever have visiting family for Thanksgiving. Also, I really think since we've moved overseas we've kept our girls home from school on Thanksgiving- it's just kind of been a thing. Since Thanksgiving is, after all, a very American holiday, it is virtually ignored over here so we do what we can to make it special. This year though, with Abbey and Maddie at a different, more American school, they were decorating the school for christmas on Thanksgiving day and it was a "fun day"- competition between the classes, bake sale, very little work etc. So they went to school this year and Naomi and Anabelle stayed home. Anyway, we headed to some friends house for our feast this year. As Annie said on her instagram post, "over the mountain and through the wadi to the Adams house we go."
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.