Saturday, October 11, 2014

Branching Out

I have found myself being a little more adventurous in the kitchen lately. I'm not sure why, maybe just boredom, but it's been fun and tasty! Today I tried a recipe to make Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels. They don't look exactly like the do in the picture but for my first time making pretzels I was impressed and pleased with how they turned out. They were also a good food for Eliana to help me make. I think I'll be making these again!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Park

A new park with a great playground opened while we were in the US. There isn't shade really at all though so I hadn't taken Eliana yet because it's been so hot. The weather is cooling off though and Drew had the day off yesterday so we went and checked it out. There are several different areas to play on, the ground is astroturf and very clean and except for one precarious staircase, everything seems quite safe. Eliana had a blast and we had fun checking out somewhere new.

 Despite all the niceness, we knew were were still in Central Asia when we discovered that the perfectly good slides lying on the ground were covering up either sketchy manhole covers or large bolts sticking out of the ground!

Crazy static hair from the slides!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Such a Beautiful, Growing Girl!

Some days and in some situations Eliana just seems so big and grown up to me. Seeing her wearing her new ballet outfit, generously given to us by a sweet friend, was just one of those times. Slow down baby girl!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Road Trip

This weekend we took what has become our annual trip up north to visit our friends and co-workers. The fall is a great time to travel and we always enjoy spending time with our friends and seeing what their life is like outside the city. Eliana had a blast this year playing with all the kids and really was just in heaven having buddies around all the time. Drew did his second round of science/technology teaching (last year he taught them how to make water bottle rockets) and taught the older kids how to build their own motor. We also enjoyed watching movies in English on our friend's satellite, lots of yummy food and good conversations. We were spoiled!

Our trip back into the city turned into quite an experience. We had to sit and wait for five hours for the road to open up where they are doing construction and then we had to wait four more hours when there was a wreck in the 3-mile long tunnel through which we drive. Overall it took us 15 hours to get home! Yikes! All things considering though, the trip went well and we made it back safely so we were thankful.

Thanks to all our friends for a great weekend. We'll hope to see you there again next year!

 Just a little learning time

 Our friends' new house has an awesome yard!

"Uncle Drew" teaching all about motors

 Saturday it rained off and on all day making for beautiful, clear skies on Sunday.

 Chillin' in the car during our first delay

 Eliana spent time collecting rocks and setting them up on the car.

 "Curious George" helped get us through both long waits.

We were all pretty tired and ready to be home at this point!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Birthday Celebrations!

Today Eliana and I had the chance to celebrate the birthday of our language helper. Without her we would not know Tajik so we are so thankful for her and I was excited to have the chance to see her and celebrate her, especially since we hadn't seen her since we returned. She also just loves Eliana so it was fun for that reason as well.

Happy Birthday Z!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saturday Morning Fun

Saturday morning Eliana and I went to the Botanical Gardens while Drew was doing some studying. We had fun playing on the exercise equipment, looking at the flowers and mostly, seeing the "wedding girls." Eliana just loves seeing the brides and their dresses and this is prime wedding season so it was a fun morning.

Monday, September 22, 2014


The girl knows how to work an outfit!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday was my birthday! Yay! I love birthdays and this year was another fun day of celebration. We had a delicious homemade breakfast from Drew, I was able to talk to lots of friends and family, we had a babysitter and a quiet evening at home watching the Cowboys' game and eating Indian food, Drew surprised me with a cake and my parent's birthday package came in the mail! I am thankful for another year of life and thankful to be so blessed and loved by those around me. Happy 34th to me!

Eliana's presents to me- a notebook, flashlight, funny face ball and two acorns. :-)

My main gift was a new smartphone, which was delivered by some guests Monday morning so Tuesday when I was at the office I got some shots of me, Eiana and our friends there.

Eliana also got me flowers. What a great family I have!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Our Apartment from Eliana's Perspective

Friday morning Eliana wanted to take pictures with the camera so I let her have it for a few minutes. It was a lot of fun seeing what things she took pictures of and just seeing our apartment from her perspective.

No, she can't set up a self-timer yet...Drew took this one! :-) 

It took me awhile to figure out what could be this dirty in my's the old oven that is still sitting on our porch waiting for a new home. Whew! 

 The rest of the pictures are of her sitting inside her wardrobe playing with her animals. She was very surprised to see that the pictures were light even though it was dark inside. Pesky flash!