Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas in Liwa

This is the Al Dhafra Festival celebrating Emirati culture and heritage.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Grandma Anna is Here

and she brought an excavation toy. We all had turns digging for bones. Andrés explained that we were being paleontologists.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Home-made Obstacle Course

Winter Break with Friends

Here is Omar and Basl, they are good friends who used to live next door to us. We still get to play together because they moved near by.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Butterfly Concert

Pau and his friend Aiden sing Christmas songs at the Bright Beginnings Concert.
Adorable Casimir
The scene
Gielyn and the boys
Fraternal cooperation

Sand Box Chit Chat

Yesterday I was playing with Pau in the sandbox at Andrés' school. We were discovering and collecting rocks that had been buried in the sand. I pulled out a small, shiny, angular black rock and Pau exclaimed, "That's igneous!"
"Wow, you are right. How did you know that?" I asked.
"I learned it when Andrés learned it."
So, that's that.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Avian Neighbors

Walking the boys home from school we saw our Emirati neighbor out airing his three falcons.  He invited me to hold one. Just another day in Abu Dhabi. . . 

Saturday, December 14, 2013



Time Off

Deep Thoughts

Driving in the car with Pau, out of the blue he says, 
"Mama, it's taking so long to become an adult. Why does it take so long to be a Papa?"
I distinctly remember a similar feeling, watching my teenage brothers going out by themselves and thinking, "When will I ever get to be as old as them? Why does it take so long?"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

ACS Christmas Extravaganza

The KG-! class at the American School participated in the Holiday Concert. Andrés mostly watched and gestured on cue.
His wonderful teacher Mrs. Ragelow played her guitar.
Handsome, even with a face injury (from goofing around in his room) and frozen milk on his nose.
Andrés surveys the goods at the Holiday Bazaar.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Last Night of Hannukah

"Oh Hannukah oh Hannukah, come light the menorah. / We'll have a party, we'll all dance the horah. / Gather round the table, we'll give you a treat. / With dreidles to play with and latkas to eat. / And while we, are playing, the candles are burning low. / One for each night, they shed a sweet light / To remind us of days long ago. / One for each night, they shed a sweet light / To remind us of days long ago.