Monday, March 31, 2008
Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever seen. Poor little girl, she must have been exhausted. :) I didn't even bother wiping her face; I just put her straight to bed. I couldn't resist taking a picture and sharing it with you all. Now, I need to clean up the lunch mess and then it's back to scrapbooking.... :)
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Monday: grocery shopping/errands
Wednesday: Bible study
Thursday: grocery shopping/errands
Friday: hang out at home/church in the afternoon (rest a little before and then nap after)
Saturday: grocery shopping/errands
Sunday: Daddy's day off
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Now that that's out of the way, I just want to say what an amazing month this has been in the twins' development. I already told you about the beginnings of empathy I'm seeing in them. Here are some other developements:
--Nick loves to wrestle. When Daddy gets on the ground, Nick runs over and climbs all over him. Unfortunately, he also does the same thing to Catie when she least expects it. :)
--Catie has been learning words like crazy. She now says baby (bay-bee, bay-buh, or bah-bee), brother (buh-ber), uh-oh, ball (baw), yay, mama, and dada. Nick has been using mama appropriately the last couple days. I think it's his first word!
--Catie can pull her hands out of her pajama sleeves without help most of the time. (They always get stuck in those tight long sleeves.) Both of them have started helping when we take their clothes off, and they also help us pull their pants up.
--They started wearing real shoes this month. Before this, they were wearing leather soled slippers. They walk really well in their shoes now and aren't constantly trying to take them off.
--They've started using a spork to eat. They aren't great at it, but they try. :)
--The best part this month, has been the development of their sense of humor. Recently they've been doing things because they are funny. I wish I could remember an exact example, but they crack me up at least ten times a day.
My babies are toddlers!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Now, on to my other favorite subject. Catie and Nick are so smart. I have to tell you, recently I was bemoaning the fact that my twins seemed to be just like any other toddlers. They really didn't pay much attention to one another, except to take each other's toys and generally annoy one another. However, this week has seen a turning point, a mile marker so to speak, in their development. A few days ago Nicky was throwing a little fit, I forget why, but he threw himself down on the ground crying. Catie toddled up to him and started patting his back! So adorable. She now pats his head all the time, just like she does to her baby dolls, and just like Mommy does, apparently. Later on, Catie was a little crabby, so I let her play with my cell phone (an excellent distraction tool) and Nick took it from her. She, of course, started crying. When Nick realized that he had made her cry, he tried to give the phone back, but she wouldn't have it. So, he went over to the toy basket and picked out another choice toy and brought it to her. Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever heard? I thought so. :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
So, here are Catie and Nick, dressed in their Easter finery, playing with the contents of their Easter baskets:
Friday, March 21, 2008
So, what I have learned, in my short time here, is to enjoy what I have. I control my expectations, so that when someone does something that they say they will, it's icing on the cake. This apartment is one hundred times better than our last place. I plan to enjoy it. If we happen to move to an apartment with better windows, that would be wonderful. If not, I like it here. :) To prove my point, here is a side-by-side comparison of the views from my last apartment and the views from this apartment.
The building under construction across the street at the old apartment. If I spoke Arabic, I could have told you what they talked about all day long.
The building under construction across the street at the new apartment. We hardly ever hear any noises from them.
The "skyline" view at our old apartment.
The part of the Doha skyline that we see out our window now. Every building in this part of town has something cool about its design. And, it's beautiful at night. The darker blue near the base of the buildings is the bay. So, we have a little bit of a bay view, too.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Brad and I are poor losers. Actually, to be more precise, we're poor winners. Brad kicked my butt the first game during the twins' nap. Then, I challenged him to a rematch tonight when the twins went to bed, and I won. I won, I won, I won! :)
Nicky, on the other hand, must not have inherited our competitive natures. He did however inherit my tendency to cry spontaneously and uncontrollably when things don't go my way. (Ask my family sometime about BeeZee.)
Here they are sitting nicely on the chair together.
Aren't they cute?
This is where things start to go sour.
Today, Nicky started a new defense mechanism. When Catie comes up to him while he's playing with a desirable toy, he throws the toy down on the floor immediately and starts crying. He doesn't wait for her to try to take it. After he did this several times with the toy phone, he walked over to their favorite ride-on toy, the Elmo car. Pretty soon, Catie came toddling up and he got up, gave her the car, and started crying. Someone needs to teach that boy how to stand up for himself!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
In addition to that announcement, I also want to say, "Happy Birthday!" to my brother, Andy. We're thanking God for another great year, and hope you have a great day! Sorry that we can't be there to celebrate with you.
While we're on the subject of birthdays, I forgot to acknowledge some other birthdays on here recently, and I want to say something now. Better late than never, right? All of the women in my husband's immediate family have birthdays within like a week and a half of each other at the end of February and beginning of March. So, hope you all had great birthdays, too, Ruth, Brittany, and Laura!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Okay, on to pictures of our new apartment. Remember, this is an apartment/hotel complex, so they made all the apartments "smart" rooms, meaning that they can be broken up and rented individually. Our kitchen/great room could have a bed instead and be an executive studio because it has a 3/4 bath, and the other two bedrooms could be rooms on their own; they each have their own bathroom also. Here's a picture of the hallway to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Welcome to my kitchen. :)
I can't resist this oportunity to point out the wonderful planning capabilities here in Arabia. Take a look at where the oven is in relation to the dishwasher. Luckily the oven is light and easy to move because you have to move it in order to open the dishwasher all the way. The washer/dryer is also in the kitchen, hidden in the first cabinet.
Here's a picture standing in front of the window. All of the rooms have plasma tv's. We're saving our empty moving boxes because we may move to a different apartment in the complex in a couple weeks so that we can have larger windows.
Here is the Master Bedroom. Including the bathroom, it is almost as large as the kitchen/great room. It's so nice to have elbow room!I don't have a picture of the twins room because they're taking a nap. I'll post more soon!