Thursday, December 31, 2009
1. I could blame every bad hair day on my scarf.
2. I would have to blow dry my hair here in the winter.
3. There are many foods here that I didn't expect to see like candy bars, cereal, and fruit cups.
4. The school here looks like other schools in the states. You can tell if the teacher is female by all of the colorful decorations, or if the teacher is male by the more minimalize way of decorating.
5. The chicken I've had twice is amazing.
6. Taking a nice hot shower is one of the biggest blessings here.
7. Kyle can make friends no matter where he goes, even if there is a language barrier.
8. Sherry and Perry really do like living here.
9. Hal is quite the story teller.
10. I use chapstick every couple of hours here, yet my hands aren't nearly as dried out as they were at home.
11. Facebook is really important when you are on this side of the world.
12. I think I would read a zillion books and crocket blankets rather than scarves if I lived here.
13. I miss family back home a lot.
14. There are no lines on the roads. People drive as they please including horse drawn carts, boys selling gum, police vehicles, and lots of cars depending upon where you are in the city.
15. The grocery store is similar to the Rainbow Mart in that you buy what you want now because it might not be there next come you come.
16. Boys wash cars to earn a living. They really like when they see Perry coming.
17. Perry has done a great job building relationships at his hospital. You can really tell that they guys there respect and enjoy Perry. They even get his sense of humor.
18. It is very dusty here.
19. Family is taking very good care of me and the baby while we are here.
20. We are heading out to celebrate New Year's Eve with a friend of Perry's.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Perry, Sherry, Hal, Tasha, and I are all safe. We found out today that there were bombings in Afghanistan yesterday. This was far away from us. Afghanistan, as a country, is comparable in size to Texas. There were two bombings. One was at the Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province and the other was in the south-eastern province of Kandahar. The Khost Province is over 80 miles away from Kabul if you measure as the crow flies. Kandahar is over 250 miles away from Kabul if you measure as the crow flies. Both of these distances would be much greater if they were measured by road travel. Again we are safe and our updates will continue during our stay.Love you all,
Kyle and Tasha
Street boys that wash cars for 100 Afs, which is approx $0.50 US.
In the US, the richer buy houses on hills. In Afghanistan, homes on hills are for the poor. This is because there is no water or electricity on the hill sides.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Before breakfast: a bowl of Rice Krispies
Breakfast at 9:00: 2 waffles, a piece of toast, orange juice, and a scoop of oatmeal
After my nap: a bowl of Rice Krispies
Dinner: Chili's cajun chicken pasta
After waking up at 11:30 to get ready for our 3:00 am flight: a bowl of Rice Krispies
We did quite a bit of walking in Dubia, but still I'm eating more than I ever have in my life.
I'm surprised at how things taste amazing one day, and then terrible the next. There are so many food that don't interest me like they used to. For example, overall sweet things don't sound good. I used to eat a sweet treat over chips any day. Since I'm pregnant, chips have become my very good friend. Normally I love the tomatoes and chicken in Chili's pasta , yet I didn't even touch them that night.
Monday, December 28, 2009
We had breakfast with the family and got to meet some new people. I am sure that we'll continue networking with them. During breakfast, we had someone come in and tell us that the airport had found Tasha's luggage. We went out to meet the driver and sure enough, that was it.
We walked to a Starbucks this morning and then took a taxi to a mall. Here in Dubai you see so many people of different origins. People here like big sunglasses. I think they think that they look Hollywood, or perhaps Baliwood. You know these people have lots of money because of the clothing they wear and the cars they drive. This place is a high abnormality; not what I expected.
I'll post pictures later today. Stay tuned...
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The lack of sleep made me VERY sleepy on the flight to Dubia. I slept nearly the entire way. Again, I didn't get sick! We have since gotten some rest and breakfast is within the hour. Being pregnant and all, Sherry helped me find some cereal before breakfast time.
We got 7 of our 8 pieces of luggage. In the form of percents, that is a nice big percent. Sadly, the one piece missing is my only piece of luggage. Luckily, I have some food and my prenatal vitamins in my carry on. Sadly, my music books and two library books along with many other things are in that missing piece of luggage.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Then she asked me a silly question. "Are you okay?"
I'm trying not to let the tears in my eyes spill over as I say, "It just hurts."
She responds, "Of course."
Maybe she was afraid I'd faint, and thus the question.
Kyle and I are going to have a baby! Today we got to see the baby at my first ultrasound. We heard the baby's heart rate at 178 beats per minute. Apparently, the smaller they are, the fast babies heart's beat. The baby is due July 19, 2009. That puts me at 10 weeks and 1 day.
Things I know about our baby:
1. The baby is hungry often. I eat more than I ever have in my life. Well, maybe as much as I did at the height of swim season in high school. Do you know those burrito especials at Rubios? I had a WHOLE one all by myself. That NEVER would have happened a few weeks ago. Then a few hours later I had a frozen strawberry bar. Food has become SO important to me. Sherry visited us, and she just laughed as I brought up food of some kind every couple of hours.
2. The baby is hard a work. I now get up nearly every night to go to the bathroom. Sometimes I even get up more than once a night.
3. The baby has arm and leg buds. I saw them move today!
4. The baby causes people to genuinely ask how I am doing and how I feel. Luckily I haven't run to the toilet or thrown up outside my classroom yet. I almost did lose my breakfast one morning, but thankfully I didn't. I did switch to taking my prenatals to night time and that has helped tremendously. Plus I have crackers and dried fruit on my desk.
5. The baby needs a LOT of fiber. Some of you can read between the lines there. Let's just say that I now have Fiber One for breakfast. I often drink unfiltered apple juice. It is very common for me to eat an apple at lunch.
6. The baby doesn't like all foods. Anything mushy looks and tastes terrible. This was very sad to figure out during my three Thanksgivings over three days. That meant mashed potatoes, stuffing, and yams weren't my friends anymore.
7. The baby is dearly loved by Kyle, me, and our extended family. Taylor loves to say that my eggo is prego.
Things I know about me:
1. Those mood swings people say pregnant ladies have... they weren't lying. I normally am a people pleaser by nature. I normally analyze multiple ways I can respond before saying anything. Those filters that people have grown accustomed to have disappeared, got lost, or are MIA. The thing is, I normally think so many thoughts, but I tend to mold them into a way that most people can handle. That whole process of thinking before talking went away. So my first thoughts are often spoken with a lack of please and thank you. My wonderful husband has had all kinds of things said to him. The sad thing was that I didn't always realize how mean they were until I got a look back from him or his cousins.
2. This lack of a filter made me realize that I am definitely a sinner in need of a Savior. I've been praying about the words I use, and those harsh words seem to be calming down a bit.
3. I am so blessed to be carrying my first baby.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Every morning in the fall, I am greeted by the beauty of this tree. I just wish the beauty didn't also leave leaves in my home.
Believe it or not, these were found on the ground that is part of a loop from our close freeway to our home.
I don't know what they are, but their color is amazing to me.
I love that an orchard is near us. It is quite the sight in the spring.
My husband choosing to wake up a little early to walk with me is another reason why I love him!
I am fighting a sore throat, so Kyle picked up some grapefruit juice and cranberry juice for me earlier this week.
I was still fighting the sore throat, so he bought a Vic's vaporizer to plug in by my nightstand two nights ago.
Kyle brought me my music books to school on Thursday in between my busy conference day. He even got to know some of my students out on the yard! One of them asked who he was. He said, "Mr. Guess".
The student said, "So... that makes you Mrs. Guess's wife?"
"Did you just call me her wife! That means you are in trouble!" he replied.
The student covered his face and kids started laughing. The student walked away, and the others followed.
After dropping off the music, Kyle found the same group of kids and gestured to the one with the grammar error to come talk to him. The student looked a little scared, but he came. Kyle let him know the he was just joking with him, and that I laughed at the story. The student relaxed and the rest of the kids came to talk to him and show off a rocket and other things they had.
We bought a space heater on Thursday night when our heater went on the fritz again. Kyle wanted my input as we looked at multiple options.
Kyle was flexible with where we ate out last night. Instead of waiting to be seated and then wait for our food at a Mexican food place, I suggest Panera. He tends to be a little hungry when he leaves Panera, so he opted for Slices, a pizza place. Yum!
I love my husband!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The seeds that Rachel later baked for me after out multi-hour endeavor.
Rachel and Ruli helping puree the pumpkin after boiling and peeling.
The pureed pumpkin with bumps from sitting in the strainer.
After: The delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!
Plus, Rachel and I have 4 premade batched of the pumpkin puree left over for a rainy day.
I don't remember which relative blessed Rachel with the recipe, but boy am I glad they did. They were like a pleasant mix between a spice cake and a chocolate chip cookie. They stayed much more moist than chocolate chip cookies which get hard after a day or two. Yummy!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cream 1/2 C shortening, 1 1/2 C sugar together, add 1 egg, 2 C pumpkin and mix. Sift together 2 1/2 C flour (which we didn't do and they were still delicious), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt add to the pumpkin mix. Mix well then stur in 12 oz package of chocolate chips and 1 c of nuts (which we didn't use). Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Kyle remembers his parents setting up their house as a haunted house. His grandma June was legally blind (possibly had cataracts) so her eyes were glossy. She was recruited to be a witch that stirred a brew in a metal cauldron, which was filled dry ice so it bubbled and gave off smoke. She was posted in Troy's bedroom doorway. Kyle's mom had put packing peanuts all over the ground and told kids that they were ghost terds!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Kyle remembers his parents setting up their house a haunted house. He had an elderly aunt who was legally blind (possibly a cataract???) dress up as a witch with a metal caldren filled dry ice. She was the greeter at the door. Kyle's mom had put packing peanuts all over the ground and told kids that they were ghost terds!
As a kid, I remember going to many Harvest Festivals at my old school. As a teen, my family went to Boomers often and played miniature golf on Halloween. In college, Kyle and I went to our college group's parties. I remember someone coming as Bart Simpson with yellow paint all over his face. A couple dressed up as characters from the Drew Carry Show. The guy dressed as Mimi with lots of blue eye shadow. The girl dressed as Drew Carry. When Vons was picketing, someone dressed regularly and made a picket sign! As a newly wed, I remember joining some good friends of ours as they passed out candy. We enjoyed a great meal together and a kids Halloween movie. One year, I think it was The Great Pumpkin staring the Peanuts gang.
Today Kyle and I had goodie bags and an extra supply of candies if we ran out. You won't believe how many kids came to our door. You can't even count them on one hand. That is right! A big, fat ZERO! Kyle did have fun dressing up with stuff he already had at home though. I opted to work on lesson plans rather than dress up.
I told Kyle that he was scary with the paint ball mask. To which he replied, "But, I'm smiling!" So... he got creative.
Here is Kyle using REGULAR paint on his face. Let's just say I wasn't thrilled with this idea.
I then decided to make it a photo shoot and took a dozen shots of him painting his face. This is my favorite one!
This turned out to be a fun angle to get the leaves.
There are still flowers blooming here!
I love lilies!
It is still early in the fall season leaf wise, so many of the leaves are still green.
Aren't these cool!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This was our winner for the funniest face!
Here is my Bible character, the great fish from the Jonah story!
A little girl loves the Miss Spider books and tv series.
When we picked out the pumpkins, Kyle looked at this one and said it would be a great strawberry!
I love the trunk on this elephant!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Daylight Saving Time has been used in the U.S. and in many European countries since World War I. At that time, in an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power, Germany and Austria took time by the forelock, and began saving daylight at 11:00 p.m. on April 30, 1916, by advancing the hands of the clock one hour until the following October. Other countries immediately adopted this 1916 action: Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and Tasmania. Nova Scotia and Manitoba adopted it as well, with Britain following suit three weeks later, on May 21, 1916. In 1917, Australia and Newfoundland began saving daylight.